Wesleyan Storytelling Project: WesWings Guy Edition

This week, listen to Mia Lobel ’97 in conversation with Ed Thorndike, Class of 1989. Ed Thorndike is one of Wesleyan’s well-known entrepreneurs–if you’ve ever been to Wes Wings or Red & Black Cafe, you’d know why. An English major at school, and a restauranteur by profession, Ed is not only the 4th generation in his family to attend Wesleyan, but he’s also the 4th Edward Thorndike to do so.

For the past 22 years, Wes Wings and Red & Black have comprised the core of a modern-day Wesleyan experience, and Wesleyan students continue to enjoy Ed’s close relationship with Wesleyan. Tune in for five minutes and listen to Ed discuss the most common Wes Wings misconceptions and how he got into this business in the first place.

Could Be Worse. Could Be Raining.

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Wes Wings and Red & Black Cafe are both OPEN!!!

Update:  The Cafe and bookstore will be open 11am-4pm Monday

WesWings open regular hours.  

It’s been a difficult few days and it’s not over yet.  We will follow up with a long list of thank you’s to so many people.

Both locations have specials and we will post when we can.

Blizzard of the Century Schedule

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Update: The Red & Black Cafe and bookstore will be closed today Sunday.  We hope to re-open on Monday.

Wes Wings will continue to be open regular hours.  11-2  Brunch  5-8  Dinner

We will update the schedule including any closings as the clean up progresses.

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WesStuffed

Red and Black Café never seems to disappoint. This place is part deli, part coffee shop, a quarter bakery, and is conveniently located right in our campus bookstore. Did you ever notice the baskets of cheeses located in front of the refrigerator display near the yogurts and prepared sandwiches? And we’re not talking about pre-packaged American singles or string cheese. This is some quality stuff. Today we noticed blocks of Grana Parmesan, Brie, fresh mozzarella, and goat cheese. We asked the cashier if they just sold leftovers that they didn’t use on the sandwiches, and she explained that actually, a fare share of customers come in exclusively to purchase cheese, many of whom live in Junior Village. Overall, we don’t know what we’re more impressed with: the fact that the café in our campus bookstore is selling Bel Gioloso Fresh Mozzarella, or the concept that a good portion of our…

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Class of 2016 Guide To ‘Swinging

You’ve heard about it.  They have cookie dough.  Maybe you even ate there during WesFest.  But now you’re here, standing in line, with a crowd around you, and you hear one of the cashiers yell, “Can I help who’s next?”  

WesWings can be a little daunting the first few times.  Some will panic and just order a burger and fries or a chicken sandwich.  Our menu is pretty extensive and the choices are vast.

  • What kind of bread?
  • Regular or spicy fries?
  • What kind of sauce?
  • Here or to go?

To list just a few of the questions you’ll be asked.

So here are a few ideas to help you get the most out of our little dining establishment.

  1. Water is free, cups are not.  We charge 25 cents for a water cup so if you don’t want to buy a drink, bring your own mug.  We do this to reduce waste, not make money.
  2. To Go containers are free.  Our portions are big and delicious so why not bring it home.

What to order?

  1. Wings.  After all it is in our name.  Our wings arrive fresh and are pretty big.  An order of 12 is good for one person.  If you prefer boneless, we dip our chicken tenders in all of our sauces and are a popular choice.  We have several temperatures of Buffalo including a ghost pepper sauce.  If you’re looking for something different, try honey ginger.  If you want something you can’t get anywhere else, try our Rochester sauce.  Once you’ve had the medium Rochester, you’ll never go back to anything else.  
  2. Tender Sandwich.  You grew up on them and ours are pretty tasty.  Order a sandwich in a wrap or on a grinder (that’s CT for hoagie, sub, torpedo, po boy)  Fill it with any of our sandwich toppings and sauces.  (bacon…avocado..buffalo sauce.. Medium Rochester yum) lots of choices, great sandwich.  Two other great chicken tender menu items are the Kickin’ Chicken Club and the Chicken Parm Grinder
  3. Burgers and Chicken Sandwiches.  Both are cooked fresh and have plenty of options.  The Country Club is the most popular chicken sandwich and the BBQ Bacon Cheddar Burger is tops as well.
  4. But I’m a vegetarian.  WesWings is the most, we repeat, the most vegetarian friendly chicken wing restaurant in the world!  Veggie burgers are good, skip the herb mayo and cheese to make it vegan.  We’ve been making falafel for over 20 years.  We make it from scratch and offer it in a sandwich, on a salad or as a substitute on any of our daily specials.  Seitan come from a local supplier called The Bridge.  We lightly bread and fry it for sandwiches, salads or as  veggie wings.  We always have a marinated tofu (also from The Bridge) to put in a sandwich, salad or on one of our specials.  Finally, our bagel melts, garden melts, veggie melts, hummus sandwiches and even a grilled cheese rounds out the many choices.
  5. Specials.  Why we’re so popular and what will keep you coming back.  At lunch, we will have 3-4 specials.  From meatball grinders to fried clams to Philly steak sandwiches, they are always paired with sides to give you value and make it easy to decide when you don’t have a lot of time for lunch.  At dinner, our salad specials are huge and often feature great toppings like fresh strawberries, goat cheese, candied nuts, crab cakes, fresh mozzarella and basil.  We often make pasta from scratch and will feature penne vodka, homemade meatballs, and our very popular Eggplant Parmesan.  What else do we make?  Awesome pulled pork, Grilled Salmon, baby back ribs, risotto with shrimp, LOBSTER.
  6. Weekend Brunch.  Come find out what’s in a breakfast pail.  Try our eggs Benedict, omelets, smoked salmon, chunky monkey pancakes, french toast stuffed with plantains and of course free coffee.

This of course is just a brief overview.  We hope others will add comments of their favorites, to give you menu ideas.

…next up a guide to the Red & Black Café