TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) – Restaurants from throughout the Southern Tier competed to raise money for an important cause at the Binghamton Chicken Tender Festival on Friday.
“This is a first of it’s kind for the community,” said April Ramsey from the Family Enrichment Network.”We hope people have a lot of fun and we can continue this for years to come.”
The first time festival featured different restaurants putting their own special flare on chicken tenders.
“This experience has been wonderful. All the great chicken tenders around and the great atmosphere,” said Dom Lomonaco from Port Dickinson.
“We wanted to do something a little bit different,” said the owner of Chat-A-Wyle in Apalachin, Matthew Poch. “So we kind of went the idea of almost a breakfast chicken tender. Where we did it double fried with chicken skin and pancake batter and bacon and a little confectionery sugar and spicy syrup as well.”
The event is just focused on the food. Participants say they are also cooking for a cause.
The proceeds go towards the Family Enrichment Network’s Walk With Me Re-entry Program.
“[It] provides reentry services for those coming out of the Broome County Jail. We have case managers who secure housing, transportation, bedding clothing, any needs that someone faces when they leave the jail and helps give them a fresh start and helps integration into the community,” said Ramsey.
Restaurateurs say they love being able to give back to the community in such a unique way.
“That’s one of the things that we really get to be a part of in the restaurant industry, is doing all sorts of things in different things for different causes when it comes to these great events that are going on,” said Poch.
The event also included a 50-50 raffle, a wine pull and lots more.
Awards were given for the tasted tender as well as the best classic chicken tender.