The second annual Wings & Whiskey at Ace Eat Serve on Sunday, June 7 drew 375 guests (a sellout) who gobbled wings from the chefs of eleven different restaurants to raise money for the Denver Housing Authorities Youth Culinary Academy. This year's winners were chef Ryan Higgins of Lou's Food Bar, who took the Judges' Choice Award for his pickle-brined wings with jerk sauce and tostones, and chef Mimi Banish of the Osage Café, the restaurant that serves as an on-the-job training program for the kids in the academy, who won the People's Choice Award. Banish and her student-employees came up with a recipe for HaboBerry chicken wings served with sweet and spicy corn on the cob.
Other wing concoctions included triple-fried sriracha wings from the Secret Sauce team (representing Ace, Steuben's and Vesta); Laws whiskey-barrel-smoked wings from Eli Odell of Highland Tap & Burger, garlic-toasted sesame mole wings from the Big Red F's Jamey Fader; grilled ssamjang wings from Matt Selby of Central Bistro and Bar; coal-fired limoncello wings from Mark Dym of Marco's Coal Fired Pizza; and wings with Parmesan-rosemary hot sauce from Steve Redzikowski and Amos Watts of Oak at Fourteenth and Acorn.
A wing-eating contest proved to be a messy good time, and music and whiskey cocktails provided further entertainment. Photographer Danielle Lirette flew by to check out the fowl event. For more photos, check out our complete slideshow.