There are several stories concerning the origin of buffalo wings. One of the most persistent says that in 1963 the Bellissimos were closing up their tavern in Buffalo, N.Y., when in walked their son with a bunch of his friends. They were very hungry, so Mrs. Bellisimo found some chicken wings, fried them and tossed them with a sauce made primarily of hot sauce. She also served them some leftover celery sticks with blue cheese dressing. Think of how common it is today to see this dish featured, when it originally was improvised from a sense of urgency.

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A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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