Sunday, July 5, 2009

Murfreesboro Team Takes Hot Chicken Crown

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Music City Hot Chicken Festival 2009
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The sun, the lines, the red lips and sweaty foreheads; it must be Hot Chicken time in Nashville. The big news this year? Murfreesboro boys (team name Pollo Sauve) took the amateur Hot Chicken crown. The contest was held during the third annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival in East Park on Saturday. All of the entries this year looked perfectly fried, juicy and really spicy. We watched as Mayor Karl Dean mopped his brow and took a few soothing swigs of milk. And how often do you get to see the Mayor dissecting a glowing orange chicken breast with country star (and former Hot Chicken purveyor) Lorrie Morgan?
The contenders ranged from the Ulika guys (team name: Hot as Cluck Fried Chicken) to fellows dressed up as Hula dancers (team name: Hot Hula Girl) and even invaders from North Carolina (team name: Bucky’s).

We noticed that some of the Hot Chicken in the contest looked like the traditional Prince’s style, while others slathered dark sauces and one even posted pineapple on top of the meaty breasts. Andre Prince, the queen of Hot Chicken, posed with the Pollo Sauve boys (Brandon Richardson and Matt Meisels) for a victory photo. And we were happy to see former mayor and Hot Chicken connoisseur Bill Purcell chowing down on the contest leftovers.
Meanwhile, the Hot Chicken faithful stood in outrageously long lines just for a chance to chap the lips and feel the heat. Luckily, the actual heat from the sun was several degrees lower this year, keeping everyone more comfortable. The Yazoo folks expanded the beer tent, which then of course immediately filled up. Guess you’ll need to keep expanding next year guys.

We caught up with a couple of folks in the Prince’s line, which stretched from one end of the festival to the other. Stephanie and Adam came in from Bellevue.

“How long have you been waiting in line?” I inquired.

“About an hour,” Stephanie said.
“Will it be worth it?” I asked.
“I hope so,” Adam answered.
“Have you been to Prince’s before?”
“No, we haven’t.”
I asked them both what heat level they would choose. Stephanie was quick to respond “Mild”. It was Adam I fear for…he was pretty much set on choosing hot. I raised an eyebrow and explained that Prince’s hot is a bit hotter than your usual hot. Adam seemed intent and considering the wait in line, who could deny him. At least he wasn’t going for the lethal extra hot. I hope they both enjoyed the inauguration into the legion of Prince’s fans.

Here’s to the Music City Hot Chicken Festival organizers for another great event and another year for Nashville’s signature festival!

2 comments:

Joshua said...

Hi guys, thanks for covering this event! Team Pollo Suave are friends of mine and they worked on their recipe for almost a year, perfecting the frying process and the spices and going through tens of pounds of chicken, if not hundreds. Look for their awesome hot chicken at a restaurant near you in the next couple of years! I'll come back and let you know when they put their dream into action.

Eric and Katie said...

We look forward to being able to taste their work...it certainly looked good. Keep us informed if they do decide to start selling their Hot Chicken somewhere.