Wing­man Wings

The Southern Gazette - - Classified­s - Terry Bursey

New Year’s Eve par­ties are a fin­ger-food par­adise, a smor­gas­bord of dips, tooth­pick skew­ers, ba­con-wrapped ev­ery­thing, and my per­sonal favourite – wings. There’s just some­thing about chicken wings that sets my soul and taste buds on fire. Honey gar­lic, blue cheese, spicy, buf­falo – along with flavours that are com­pletely unique – never seem to fall off their per­fec­tion mark.

A cou­ple of years back I was asked to a New Year’s Eve bash that was part potluck and part gam­ing party. It just so hap­pened to be the same year my pro­fes­sional wing­man job went vi­ral and I was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a small burst of no­to­ri­ety as a re­sult.

I had de­cided to take the op­por­tu­nity to bring shy and so­cially anx­ious folks, as well as peo­ple new to the is­land, to Ge­orge Street and house par­ties to help bol­ster their con­fi­dence, ef­fec­tively coach­ing them through the kinds of so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties that come much eas­ier to most of us.

All in all, I had enough adventures in my short-lived life as a pro-wing­man to write a book (or start a dif­fer­ent col­umn).

I wanted to make some­thing for the party that was a de­li­cious fin­ger food, but also some­how had a clever joke in it. The gen­eral theme of that month be­ing my wing­man gig, I de­cided to go with wings.

Af­ter brain­storm­ing a few flavours to try, I set­tled on a sauce that was so good, it ac­tu­ally had me giv­ing my­self a small round

of ap­plause.

Di­rec­tions:

In a deep fryer, fry de­sired amount of plain chicken wings un­til golden brown and fully cooked. Set aside.

For each wing type, sim­ply whisk in­gre­di­ents to­gether in a steel bowl and toss wings un­til evenly coated.

Place on baking sheet cov­ered in parch­ment pa­per and bake in pre-heated oven at 375 de­grees Fahren­heit for ap­prox­i­mately 15 min­utes.

All in­gre­di­ents can yield about 4 dozen wings in to­tal, more de­pend­ing on wing size. Sour cream and ranch dips go ex­tremely well with these wings. Be sure not to use breaded or flavoured wings with this recipe.

I ar­rived at this party with a client in tow. He was your typ­i­cal shy gamer nerd, and I fig­ured at­tend­ing a video ga­methemed party would be a fit­ting step­ping stone to help him min­gle with other hu­mans.

While he was ini­tially mor­ti­fied by the sheer num­ber of peo­ple and I could sense his mount­ing anx­i­ety, I soon broke the ice by in­tro­duc­ing him to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble and hail­ing him as prob­a­bly the most im­pres­sive and skilled gamer I had ever come across, which was true enough, I sup­pose.

Within sec­onds, he was hold­ing a con­troller and smil­ing as he took on our host in a friendly game of Halo.

The part I al­ways en­joyed most about work­ing as a wing­man was watch­ing my client trans­form from a shy, quiet in­tro­vert not at all in their el­e­ment to a laugh­ing, con­vers­ing, party-goer gen­uinely en­joy­ing the same fes­tiv­i­ties as the rest of us with re­newed con­fi­dence.

Al­to­gether we rang in the New Year with a bang, and while most peo­ple ended the night’s cel­e­bra­tions a wee bit poorer from par­ty­ing, this wing­man was happy to wake up with an ex­tra $100 in his pocket – de­spite the crip­pling hang­over.

Happy New Year!

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