The spices have been drawn.
Wild Wing Cafe today announced the launch of its annual Battle of the Bones
competition. The wildly popular bracket-style cook-off invites fans in all corners of the
country to submit their wing recipes for a chance to win an extraordinary collection of
• An exclusive private party at Wild Wing Cafe with Chef Rusty Hamlin, the Executive Chef of
Southern Ground and Zac Brown Band
• A permanent spot on the Wild Wing Cafe menu
• A $5000 grand prize
“The time has come for our loyal fans to show us what they’re made of,” said Debra
Stokes, chief marketing officer for Wild Wing Cafe. “We’re on a mission to find the best
wing recipe in America, which is why we reached out to our incredible fan base for
submissions. Nobody understands wings like our fans. We are eager and excited to see
what they come up with for the contest.”
Chef Rusty Hamlin the Executive Chef of Southern Ground, will play an important role in
guiding the recipe contest. The Louisiana born culinary artist is passionate about fresh,
local ingredients and gourmet Southern cooking. He is known for the famed Zac Brown
Band Eat & Greet events, which are held before each concert. During the events, fans
gather outside the concert venue to be served a top notch southern menu from “Cookie,
the band’s 53’ commercial kitchen.
During the competition, diners at all participating locations will have the opportunity to
taste Chef Rusty’s signature wing recipe along with two competing wing recipe entrants.
Upon completion of their meal, guests will submit a ballot to vote for their favorite wings.
The grand prize winner will be announced just prior to the start of the big game on Super Bowl Sunday.
For each plate of wings sold during the recipe contest, $1 will be donated to Camp
Southern Ground, the passion project of Grammy-Award-winning artist Zac Brown.
Nestled on nearly 500 acres of Georgia farmlands, Camp Southern Ground will be a
state-of-the-art summer camp program that will serve children between the ages of 7-17
with both typical and special needs.
The neighborhood eatery will begin accepting entries for the Battle of the Bones contest
via its website on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 through Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. The bracket-
style competition will launch on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 with the winning wing recipe to
be announced on Super Bowl Sunday.
Fresh, made-from-scratch wings and homemade sauces are at the heart of Wild Wing
Cafe’s menu. However, it’s the menu’s variety, which includes specialties such as
half-pound Angus Steakhouse Burgers, salads and Wild Wraps that keeps customers
coming back. And, the Wild Wing Cafe music scene bolsters the brand’s connection to
the communities it serves with events such as “Last Band Standing,” “WingStock” and
“The Wild Wing Voice Off,” among others.
About Wild Wing Cafe:
Founded in 1990 in Hilton Head, S.C., Wild Wing Cafe began as a single restaurant that
featured the homemade wild wing recipes of its two founders Cecil and Dianne Crowley.
As the good times and great food grew in popularity within the Hilton Head community,
the Crowleys expanded the brand, eventually offering franchise opportunities. In 2012,
Axum Capital Partners, purchased the then 32-unit chain (34 currently), and has
implemented an enhanced growth strategy for select U.S. markets.
Today, Wild Wing Cafe operates in seven southeastern states and is an unquestioned
leader within its category in food quality, drinks (an extensive beer list) and its
electrifying ambiance. Music is at the core of the brand’s personality, with nightly
entertainment and regular band competitions.
About Chef Rusty Hamlin:
As Southern Ground Executive Chef, Rusty Hamlin enjoys a broad and dynamic outlet
through which to spread his unique ethos and approach to cooking. Born and raised
in Louisiana, Chef Rusty grew up steeped in Louisiana’s famed culinary culture. He is
passionate about fresh, local ingredients, and is an advocate for the family farms and
farmers who make that possible. This commitment to locally-sourced materials, along
with his southern upbringing and culinary experience, defines Chef Rusty’s approach to
cooking, and permeates all of his culinary endeavors. For more information visit: http://www.chefrusty.com
About Camp Southern Ground:
Nestled on nearly 500 acres in the farmlands of Georgia, Camp Southern Ground is
the passion project of GRAMMY-Award winning artist Zac Brown. Inspired by his own
experiences as a camp counselor, Zac's vision is to create a state-of-the-art facility
whose programs will serve children ages 7-17 with both typical and special needs.
Set to open in Spring 2014, the camp will have activities that will challenge, educate,
and inspire children with diverse abilities and from all socioeconomic backgrounds,
races, and religions. Among the many traditional camp activities that will foster youth
development and create teachable moments for campers, plans are in place to align
certain elements of the facility with the latest innovative therapies and technology for
those children affected by neurobehavioral disorders. Zac has long recognized the
necessity for every child to have access to the best resources to be able to grow and
succeed, and accordingly, Camp Southern Ground will be a place for children and their
families to learn healthy life skills through an advanced program involving superior
nutrition, physical exercise, and the latest practices in therapy—all administered by a
knowledgeable staff. For more information visit: http://campsouthernground.org