By Greg Gelpi
Opening his chicken wing restaurant only months before Sept. 11, Joe Lewis struggled at first, but is slowly getting his name out.
Lewis and his D'Bo's Buffalo Wings n' Things will be one of about 30 restaurants participating in the Taste of Clayton, a food exposition from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Stately Oaks Plantation, 100 Carriage Lane in Jonesboro.
"It's a great way to get exposure," Lewis said. "We're right at the northern tip of Clayton. The people on the south like the taste of wings as well. This is a good way to get the word out."
With varying flavors of wings and different degrees of spiciness, D'Bo's will offer tastes of its Buffalo wings, as well as its unique turkey wings, at Taste of Clayton.
The event offers restaurants a chance to display their food and people the opportunity to sample their specialties.
"We have better sauces, better seasonings," Drew Funderburg, a D'Bo's cook, said.
Funderburg ran through the list of Buffalo wing flavors, including wings from "mild" to "suicidal" hot. Flavored wings include lemon pepper and honey barbecue.
"We're going to bring a variety of wings," Lewis said. "Everything is D'Bo'licious."
Everything from lobsters to ice cream will be there for the tasting, Betsy Devore, the office manager of Stately Oaks, said.
"It's just a fun community event that brings in 400 or 500 people," she said.
The Taste of Clayton will also feature music on the porch of the plantation and other entertainment, including the magic of Abb Dickson, a local funeral director.
Sweet Inspirations, the Honey Creek Boys and First Men will provide music for the event. There will also be a silent auction at the Bethel Schoolhouse at the plantation.
Tickets for Taste of Clayton are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Seniors, those 55 and older, must pay $15. For children ages 4 to 9, the cost is $10 and free for children 3 and under.
Tickets are available at the Historical Jonesboro office and the Clayton County Welcome Centers in Jonesboro and Forest Park.
Rain or shine, the Taste of Clayton will take place. For more information, call (770) 473-0197.