Monday was a red-letter day for blue cheese – and for Drew Cerza.
Buffalo's self-proclaimed "wing king" held the first National Blue Cheese Dressing Day on 7/16, two months after Frank's RedHot stirred considerable angst when the company tweeted that ranch dressing was the ideal wing dipping sauce.
At Monday's Bisons game, two people bobbed for wings in a tub filled with blue cheese, the team's "Bleu Cheese" character was inducted into the Buffalo Wing Wall of Flame and it won that night's race against its fellow food-item competitors.
"He was fired up; it was his night," Cerza said.
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People turned in about 100 unopened bottles of ranch dressing as part of "Ranch Dressing Amnesty Day" prior to the Bisons game, Cerza said. The bottles will be given to food kitchens with instructions to serve them on salad, not with wings, he quipped.
"We're getting ranch off the street, one bottle at a time," he said.
Cerza also served as an interpreter when WGRZ's Kate Welshofer conducted an "exclusive," "60 Minutes" style interview with the Bisons' Bleu Cheese.
Cerza, who uses blue cheese almost exclusively to dip his carrots and celery and not the wings themselves, said he never gets sick of its scent.
"It's like perfume in Buffalo," he said.