Wing Sauce Competition – Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill

Wing Sauce Competition – Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill


Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill Announces

Winners get cash prizes, free pound of wings every day for a year and their sauce featured on the menu


PHOENIX (Jan. 3, 2018) – Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill announced today that it’s once again seeking the Valley’s best home chef to share their wing sauce recipe and compete for the 2018 title of Half Moon Sauce Boss.

All winners; First Place, Runner Up and People’s Choice, will receive one free pound of wings once a week for a year at either Half Moon location. First Place will also receive a $250 cash prize and their sauce will be featured on a future Half Moon menu. The People’s Choice winner will also receive a $100 cash prize and their sauce will be featured on a future Half Moon menu.

The Half Moon Sauce Boss competition will culminate at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 in conjunction with the restaurant’s “Bone Out Wing Thursday” where customers can order as many of the restaurant’s award winning wings they can eat for just $.69 a piece from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Minimum order is six. Add celery for $1.49. Dine in only.)

Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill’s Owner Clay Moizo will narrow down the sauce entries to the top five finalists. The finalists will compete for the title of Half Moon Sauce Boss at Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill, 2121 E Highland Ave. Phoenix.

Each finalist’s wing sauce submission will be sampled and voted on by a panel of local celebrity/VIP judges. The Half Moon Sauce Boss champion will be determined by the celebrity judges combined scores. Scoring will be based on overall flavor, originality and appropriate heat.

Event attendees can order any of the five finalists wings that night for just $.69 a piece, (six piece minimum).  The competition is free to the public.

Entry Details:

  • Entry Submission-all recipe entries must be emailed as a PDF file to [email protected].
  • Entry deadline is 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18.
  • All recipes must be complete with ingredients and preparation instruction and should yield one gallon of wing sauce.  All wing sauce varieties of flavor and heat will be considered.
  • The five finalists will release the rights to their wing sauce recipe and must be present for the final competition to be selected the Half Moon Sauce Boss.



Half Moon Sports Grill and Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill are Game Day Central for any sports fans. They’re chock full of HD TVs, state of the art audiovisual system and games on TV with sound every Sunday.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Sunday; kitchen open until midnight daily

Central Phoenix Address: 2121 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix

Phone: 602-977-2700

Moon Valley Address: 288 E. Greenway Parkway, Phoenix

Phone: 602-993-6600




Icon Hospitality Group (IHG), which owns and runs the two Half Moon Sports Grills in Phoenix, decided to renovate the location on Highland Avenue with a Chicago theme and rechristen it Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill. After 10 successful and award-winning years in business, they looked to their roots for inspiration and found it in their unabated love of their hometown. Clay Moizo, director of operations is among the lucky souls who are “Chicago born, Arizona bred,” as his business card reads. The second member of IHG is Don Talbot, director of design and concept development, who agreed that a Chicago sports bar was just the ticket to freshen up the brand. The Half Moon on East Greenway Parkway and Third Street remains as the original concept. IHG also owns and operates Scramble, A Breakfast Joint, with locations in Sunnyslope and Scottsdale.