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Mundelein eatery wins at national wing festival

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  • Jim Schultz Jr., right, owner of Franks for the Memories in Mundelein, poses with Sonya Thomas, winner of the National Buffalo Wing Festival's wing eating contest. Thomas, better known as "The Black Widow", ate 183 wings in 12 minutes.

      Jim Schultz Jr., right, owner of Franks for the Memories in Mundelein, poses with Sonya Thomas, winner of the National Buffalo Wing Festival's wing eating contest. Thomas, better known as "The Black Widow", ate 183 wings in 12 minutes.
    Courtesy of Jodi and Jim Schultz Jr.

  • Jim Schultz Jr., owner of Franks for the Memories in Mundelein, with his third place trophy in the Best Medium Traditional Wing Sauce category from the national Buffalo Wing Festival in New York.

       Jim Schultz Jr., owner of Franks for the Memories in Mundelein, with his third place trophy in the Best Medium Traditional Wing Sauce category from the national Buffalo Wing Festival in New York.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Jim Schultz and a crew from Franks for the Memories in Mundelein won two prizes at the recent National Buffalo Wing Festival.

      Jim Schultz and a crew from Franks for the Memories in Mundelein won two prizes at the recent National Buffalo Wing Festival.
    Steve Lundy/Daily Herald File Photo 2011

  • Video: Franks for the Memories enters national contest

 
 

Mundelein's Franks for the Memories restaurant claimed two prizes at this past weekend's National Buffalo Wing Festival.

The popular eatery, which introduced Buffalo-style chicken wings to Lake County in the mid-1980s, won the Chairman's Award for Festival Spirit and placed third for its recipe in the traditional medium sauce competition.

The festival was Saturday and Sunday in Buffalo, N.Y., birthplace of the spicy poultry dish. It was the first time Franks competed in the event.

"It was amazing," restaurant owner Jim Schultz Jr. said Wednesday. "I slept with (the trophy). I cuddled with it on the way home."

The twin honors for Franks drew congratulatory words from Mundelein Mayor Kenneth H. Kessler.

"They certainly offer a tasty product," Kessler said. "We're glad to have them (be) part of Mundelein."

Franks was the only Illinois restaurant invited to participate in the contest. Many others were from Buffalo, including the Anchor Bar, where the classic Buffalo wing recipe originated.

Schultz also competed in traditional barbecue sauce and creative spicy sauce categories but lost to other restaurants.

Schultz said he tried all of the other vendors' spicy wings on the final day.

"There were a couple that topped my hotness," he said.

All the prizes are listed on the festival's website, buffalowing.com.

Reports from the festival are up at the restaurant's Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Franks-for-the-Memories-Buffalo-Wings-Mundelein-IL/191393354205819.

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