WOW Cafe to celebrate grand opening with wing competition

Wings at the WOW Cafe Buffalo 13 challenge will be fried and tossed in Buffalo XIII SauceWings at the challenge will be fried and tossed in WOW Cafe's Buffalo XIII SauceWOW Cafe, which began serving UAB students last month, will host a grand openinng celebration Friday, October 18 from 4-8 p.m.

The centerpiece of the event will be the Buffalo XIII Challenge, a wing-eating contest where participants are tasked with eating 10 wings coated in WOW's Buffalo XIII sauce. If you think you're up for the challenge, register to participate in one of three time slots -- at 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., or 6:30 p.m. -- with five students competing in each round. Whoever finishes their basket of wings first will move on to a fiery showdown later in the evening where finalists will attempt to consume 12 wings in 5 minutes (complete rules here).

Registration is free and includes free wings. Winners will receive WOW passes for "Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner," a trophy, a T-shirt proclaiming "I Completed the Buffalo XIII Challenge," and a spot on WOW's "Wall of Flame."

Also included for all visitors will be free food and sauce samples, live music from Charles Judkins & Crew, outdoor games, face painting, and a raffle with prizes from WOW Cafe, Snoozy's, and Tapingo. UAB athletic teams, spirit leaders, and Blaze will also be present.

During the Grand Opening Celebration 14th Street South will be blocked off by police from the WOW parking lot to the intersection of 14th St. & 10th Ave. and additional outdoor seating will be available in the street.

Here's the schedule for the festivities:
3:15 - Road blocked off
4:00 - Event begins with raffle prizes, DJ, outdoor games, face-painting, and sauce sampling
4:30 - Round 1 of Buffalo XIII Challenge
5:00 - Ribbon Cutting
5:30 - Round 2 of Buffalo XIII Challenge
6:00 - Pep rally with UAB athletic teams, UAB Cheerleaders, Golden Girls, and Blaze
6:30 - Round 3 of Buffalo XIII Challenge
7:00 - Final Round of Buffalo XIII Challenge - winner announced

WOW Cafe is located at 1000 14th Street South across from Blount Hall, behind Snoozy's Bookstore. It is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 a.m. and Sundays from noon-1 a.m. UAB Meal Plans, Dining Dollars, and BlazerBucks are all accepted at WOW.