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



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

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

  3. Randy Orton says:

    Where was Rocky’s?

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