PHOTOS: Asheville Wing War at the Asheville Music Hall


Here’s a look at the annual Asheville Wing War, which was held on Sunday afternoon at the Asheville Music Hall. It featured piled of specialty wings done up by a selection of Asheville’s independent restaurants. You could have your wings flavored with Cheerwine, apple butter, stout beer, jerk-style, buffalo-style and much, much more. The event benefitted MANNA Food Bank. A group of judges, in a blind taste test, picked the winners. Here’s a list of the judges, the competitors, and the winners, courtesy of Ashvegas contributor Stu Helm, one of the judges known as Asheville’s Facebook Food Critic.

The competitors:

The Bier Garden
Creekside Taphouse
Moe’s Barbeque
Mojo Kitchen & Lounge
Charlotte Street Grill & Pub
Luella’s Bar-B-Que
Bens Tune Up
King James Public House
The Barleycorn
The Green Room

The judges:

Mackensy Lunsford – Asheville Citizen-Times food writer

Duane Fernandes – The head chef at Isa’s Bistro

Cammy Kennedy – Who won a contest on line to be a judge

Becky Upham – A representative from MANNA FoodBank

The winners:

People’s choice:
Moe’s BBQ best traditional
Charlotte Street Pub best specialty

Judges’ choice:
Barleycorn best traditional
Creekside Taphouse best specialty


Mark March 10, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Jason…wasn’t Stu a judge? or was he just there to get love by all the fine women there?

Mark March 10, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Nevermind…helps reading whole article

Stu Helm March 10, 2014 - 8:41 pm

I can totally do two things at the same time, Mark! 🙂 That was one of the top 100 most fun days of my entire life.

Mark March 10, 2014 - 9:53 pm

You looked like you were having fun.

BL March 10, 2014 - 7:29 am

Is Moe’s Original a local independent? Everybody else seems to be a one off-there are like 30 Moe’s.

Smytty March 10, 2014 - 9:48 am

I think there are two different “Moe’s” in town. There’s Moe’s BBQ down in Biltmore Village, and then the Moe’s burrito joint that is everywhere.

Mark March 10, 2014 - 10:53 am

Moe’s BBQ is franchised. Locations in Alabama, Colorado.

BL March 10, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Thank you, Mark. I’m not hatin’, just curious why they were included.

Smytty March 10, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Learn something new everyday. Thanks

Randy Orton March 10, 2014 - 1:07 am

Where was Rocky’s?

Doug Cegelis March 10, 2014 - 6:53 am

I was definitely also wondering that.

Kelly Denson March 10, 2014 - 12:24 pm

Rocky’s was definitely invited however they declined. They do have a delicious wing there!

Kelly March 10, 2014 - 1:17 pm

I wondered the same thing! Seems like you can’t have an Asheville wing contest without Rockys Hot Chicken Shack!

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