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Wingbowl: Follow the Wings From P.J. Whelihan’s Pub To The Winner Pictorial

Wingbowl: Follow the Wings From P.J. Whelihan’s Pub To The Winner Pictorial

Good Tuesday. Oh I should have written this yesterday, but I had a chance to shoot the film set Untouchables with Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston. Great guys, best film set ever, so friendly. So glad to have a film back in town. Over the week I will share photos from the shoot, and head to another set this week for more stories. In the meantime, today I have this fun story. Originally I was going to forego the Wing Bowl this year as it’s a tough event because of the hours and vomit hazards. But P.J. Whelihan’s Pub approached me about a fun angle, following the wings. I always wondered about those wings …

Friday morning I got up early to photograph the Wing Bowl, specifically how the wings are made for the Wing Bowl. I knew they were by P.J. Whelihan’s Pub, but I always thought it was done at the Wells Fargo. BTW I love their wings, I was excited by the prospect of having a few myself.

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About 1AM the process of cooking 10,000 wings begins with Chef Terry Baily, Assistant Corp Chef at P.J. Whelihan’s Pub and Chef Rich Fredrick, Corporate Chef and Culinary Director at P.J. Whelihan’s Pub doing what they’ve been doing for 10 years, preparing the never frozen, honey/mild sauce wings; the same great recipe they serve at their restaurant ,

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but much smaller wings were used for the contest

P.J. Whelihan's

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so no judging them by their size. After the 10,000 wings were prepared, they’re prepared to go to the Wells Fargo Center for the
Wing Bowl.

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I had run into Allie Volpe, who was on an assignment for Thrillist, with Gab Bonghi (not pictured) at P.J. Whelihan’s. I gave them a ride to
Well’s Fargo, with this sweet girl Sarah Segal-Lazar , from Canada, who came down as she’s doing a documentary on competitive eaters. Anywho, we stopped at a Wawa on our way to share the joys with Sarah. While there we met other people on the way to the Wing Bowl.
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As well as a contestant, who showed us his float for the promenade.

HD1_2899 (Custom)Then we arrived as the set up continued

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Gab Bonghi getting a close up and personal backstage at the Wells Fargo center.  The wings get sauced about an hour and a half before the contest begins, at 6ish AM. They go through about 10 gallons of sauce.
You have to read the piece that Allie wrote, and Gab shot, about the best food
served in strip bars – (Best Strip Club Food)

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At about 8AM, the devouring of P.J. Whelihan’s 10,000 chicken wings gets going.

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To the delight of the audience

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The whole Wing prepping, serving operation is over seen by Jim Fris, Chief Operating Officer, P.J. Whelihan’s

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and the executive chefs from the eatery, who set up the wing distribution right on the stage near the eaters

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The gals from P.J. Whelihan’s serve wings to the “Wingettes”

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Who then place it in front of the contestants

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who then inspire them and cheer them on

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These guys crack me up – “Beads 4 Boobs”

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I have no words. I saw Santa there as well.

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Coolio is performed “Gangsta’s Paradise”

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Then like a true gangsta, left with a cheerleaders dancer

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There was an engagement and the ring was donated by Steven Singer Jewelers

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There was a Wingette contest where the best Wingette won $5ks from Steven Singer Jewelers

 

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The crew from  P.J. Whelihan’s Pub and Restaurant

 

 

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P.J. Whelihan's

Notorious B.O.B. (aka 50-year-old Bob Shoudt) took the top prize, consuming P.J. Whelihan’s Pub and Restaurant, Buffalo Wings 409 wings.

See you next year, maybe. In the meantime check out additional photos in my
Metro Philly column