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Returning to School Through the Lens of Food

Buffalo Chicken Wings, traditionally served in upstate New York with celery and blue cheese dressing. 

We continue our back to school series today with a look at the college scene in upstate New York. If you attended college north of Albany, you quickly learned that folks in upstate New York are crazy about Buffalo wings! So even today when I think about back to school food, Buffalo wings come to mind. When I was an undergrad in the 1980s pizza shops and all manner of eateries had deep-fried chicken wings served with a mild, hot, or very hot sauce served them with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing on their menus. The origins of the tradition date back to 1960s Buffalo, New York and from there spread south as Buffalo residents relocated. Hooters became the first restaurant chain to feature Buffalo wings as the center piece of their menu followed by Domino’s and Pizza Hut.

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