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Hot Wing Cookoff at Union Restaurant in Seattle

Scott "The Cluckbucket" Roth and Mike Suarez - loyal Cluckbucket enthusiast certified wing lover will be attending the following event. Look for our review to be posted shortly after the event...

Everyone loves hot wings. And everybody has an opinion about their favorite – from the traditional Buffalo-style to sweet & sour and extra, extra crispy wings. The options are endless, and the discussions can be heated from the use of breadcrumbs to the ideal spice factor for the sauce. One thing is for sure, people are particular about their hot wings! Now is your chance to let your hot wing preference be heard loud and clear because Ethan Stowell is kicking off his 2009 Cook-Off series with Hot Wing Hoopla. Grab your favorite hot sauce (if you dare) and bring your appetite – there’s some hot wings to be judged! Stowell has rounded up a slew of local chefs and foodie friends to participate with him in the festivities. Chefs include: Mark Fuller (Spring Hill), Justin Solomon (Union), Dan Braun (Oliver’s Twist), Brian McCracken (Spur Gastropub), and Vuong Loc (Portage). The food enthusiasts battling against the chefs include: Rocky Yeh, Darryn O’Shea (O’Shea Scarborough Winery), Keith Waldbauer, and Darren Vengroff.

Each cook will prepare a pile of hot wings from their own secret recipe and bring them to Union to be eaten and judged. Guests will be given a scorecard and then will proceed to enjoy beer as they rate the hot wings. After much bribery and deliberation, a winner will be declared. The winner of the Hot Wing Cook-Off will receive dinner for six at Union, Tavolàta, How to Cook a Wolf, or the soon-to-be opened Anchovies & Olives, and of course, bragging rights!

The Hot Wing Cook-Off is Sunday, January 18 at Union. The finger-lickin’ fun begins at 6pm. The cost to attend is $50/person and includes all the hot wings you can eat, fries, celery with blue cheese dressing, and tap beer. All proceeds from the evening go to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Reservations are highly recommended, as past cook-offs have sold out. For reservations, call Union at (206) 838-8000. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. For more information or to make a donation, visit

Save the Date:Sunday, April 19 – Lasagna Cook-OffSunday, September 13 – Rib Cook-OffSunday, November 15 – Chowder Cook-Off

Union Restaurant, located at 1400 First Avenue (at the corner of First and Union) in downtown Seattle, was opened in October 2003 by chef/owner Ethan Stowell. Union’s creative, elegant menu changes daily to reflect the freshest and most unique offerings available. Union maintains an award-winning wine list, which includes a cellar with over 200 premium wine selections to choose from. Union serves dinner seven nights a week from 5pm – 10pm. A bar menu is offered between 5pm – 7pm and 10pm –12am every evening. For more information, call (206) 838-8000 or visit

Union Restaurant is located at:
1400 First AvenueSeattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206.838.8000Fax: 206.838.8001