A recent Buffalo Bike Tours’ Wing Ride tour group
BUFFALO BIKE TOURS 2020 – THAT’S A WRAP!
While bike tour season has ended, we’re keeping busy at Buffalo Bike Tours and making the most of our off season. 2020 brought many challenges but was still by and large a resounding success. We put together a wrap up highlight video – enjoy below!
BUFFALO TOURS – THE WING RIDE GOES VIRTUAL
Buffalo is full of history. From the Pan American Exposition to the Erie Canal, and from the War or 1812 to the city’s magnificent architecture – Buffalo is a history nut’s paradise.
And while Buffalonians often dwell on these historical anecdotes, these pale in comparison to tourists natural curiosity for our most fabled history of all: chicken wings. This has led us on a research path down the wild, fabled, and hidden history of wings (be sure to check out this blog article) – and we’re very honored to present some of these stories in a free and fun zoom lecture on Wednesday, December 2nd hosted by The Buffalo History Museum.
CHICKEN WING LECTURE LINE UP
As part of the history museum’s free Zoom lectures, we’ll be bringing together some of our favorite chicken wing scholars (yes, that’s a thing!). Join us as we dive deep into the hidden history behind Buffalo’s most famous and fabled dish through a series of “hot takes”.
From the museum’s Facebook page (where you can also register for the talk and get the Zoom link):
CHICKEN WINGS: THEY’RE AN INTERNATIONAL SENSATION THAT PUT BUFFALO, NY ON THE CULINARY MAP. YET FOR MOST, THE DEBATE ENDS AT WHO IS BETTER: ANCHOR BAR OR DUFF’S. IN THIS FREE ZOOM LECTURE, WE’LL DIVE DEEP INTO THE HIDDEN HISTORY BEHIND BUFFALO’S MOST FAMOUS AND FABLED DISH THROUGH A SERIES OF “HOT TAKES”.
Speakers:Cynthia Van Ness, Director of Library and Archives at Buffalo History Museum, will share highlights from the museum’s chicken wing collection, including menus from as early as the 1850s. She is the author of Victorian Buffalo and Quotable Buffalo.
Arthur Bovino is a veteran food writer and author of Buffalo Everything, and its companion cookbook. A trained cook, Arthur started at The New York Times and led the food site The Daily Meal as its executive editor. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Bon Appétit, TimeOut, First We Feast, Food52, Travel + Leisure, Rough Guides, and more.
Lina Brown Young, daughter of John Young, will describe her first-hand memories of Wings N’ Things, Buffalo’s first chicken wing restaurant. The eatery was a popular cornerstone in Buffalo’s black community in the 1960s and was well known for its secret mumbo sauce, described as “lip smacking and liver quivering”.
Marc Moscato, owner of Buffalo Bike Tours, will share his experience starting “The Wing Ride”, a tour of Buffalo wing history by bicycle. A native Buffalonian, Moscato will discuss developing the tour and historical recipes dating back more than 2,000 years.
CHICKEN WING POP UP EVENT
In conjunction we’ll also be co-hosting a one-day-only chicken wing pop up on Monday, December 7th with Lina Brown Young, Tiny Thai, and Southern Junction. Here, you’ll be able to try some historic wing recipes and support a new mural honoring the late John Young, Buffalo’s wing pioneer. It’s a game day and this is sure to sell out, so make sure you reserve your order ahead with a pre-order to be picked up at Southern Junction.
From the Facebook page (where you can also pre-order):
The Hot Takes Game Day Pack – $30
An incredible mix of flavors come together in this one-day-only take out package…perfect for the Bills game!
Each order includes:
Lina Brown Young’s Legendary Mumbo Wings
Mumbo wings are the original Buffalo wing that started it all! After 23+ years, Lina Brown Young makes available her father John Young’s mysterious recipe. Young’s Wings N’ Things was Buffalo’s original chicken wing shop dating back to the early 1960s. You won’t find these wings on any other menu in Buffalo but you won’t regret trying this original and iconic Buffalo dish, often described as “lip smacking and liver quivering.
Tiny Thai’s Imperial Consort Wings
The imperial consort wing is the oldest known chicken wing recipe in the world, dating back to the Tang Dynasty in China, circa 750 AD. Originally inspired by Yang Guifei, one of the four beauties of China, the wing is known for its sweet, alcoholic flavor – one of the empresses’ vices (this variation is cooked in port, sherry, and brandy). While still found in villages in China, you’d be hard pressed to find this dish anywhere in the United States…until now.
Southern Junction’s Pizza Kolache & Smokey Tikka Log
2 X Pizza Kolaches – Semi Sweet Pastry dough Stuffed with Pepperoni, Mozzarella, and Basil filling.
2 X Smokey Tikka Logs – Deep fried logs filled with smoked chicken tikka.
Comes with a side of smoked spicy marinara.
BUFFALO’S MOST UNIQUE FOOD TOUR: THE WING RIDE
Through our Wing Ride, you’ll be able to taste and experience Buffalo as you never have before. And while tours are over for 2020, you can purchase gift certificates for 2021 – great for Christmas gifts.
This experience will be of interest to anyone who loves wings, history, Buffalo, or all of the above. Need more reason? Check out our blog article 7 Reasons To Try A Buffalo Food Tour. Our Buffalo food tours provide a new side of Buffalo you’ve never known – even if you’re from here. As always, bike rentals are available for all our tours as well.