You Can Handle Spicy Saturday

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The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is featuring a long menu of spicy specials all day long on Saturday.

The annual Spicy Saturday event, full of “blazin’ bites and strong sips,” will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the market, at 435 Ionia Ave. SW.

This year, Spicy Saturday will feature the first So Cluckin’ Hot spicy wing challenge at noon, hosted by Juju Bird.

Participants will have 10 minutes to eat 12 of Juju Bird’s So Cluckin’ Hot wings.

The winner will receive a $50 gift card to Juju Bird, a $50 gift card to the Downtown Market and a Juju Bird T-shirt. All participants will receive a $5 Juju Bird gift card and a T-shirt.

Spicy Saturday menu

Rak Thai: Spicy tom yum soup: chicken, shrimp, onions and bell peppers in a spicy broth, $4; and Firecracker Shrimp: fried, spicy Thai shrimp wrapped in a crispy shell, five for $5

Spice & Tea Merchants: savory nut spices: hell fire, devil’s dust, $7.99; hot sauces: ghost pepper and blueberries, pineapple and habanero, black garlic and Carolina reaper, $11.99 each

Social Kitchen & Bar: Spicy mac ‘n’ cheese: Social’s classic mac ‘n’ cheese kicked up a notch, $1 off any size; Ghostbuster Margarita: El Jimador Reposado tequila, ghost-pepper jam, lemon, sugar, $6

Sweetie-licious Bake Shoppe: Jalapeño angel food cupcake: key lime angel food cupcake topped with a candied jalapeño frosting, $3.59; chicken cheddar jalapeño quiche: classic quiche with added heat, by the slice or a whole quiche to go, $6.50 per slice or $24.99 per whole pie

Field & Fire: Jalapeño cheddar bread: jalapeño cheddar levain made with fire-roasted peppers and white cheddar, $8.50

Sushi Market: Viking roll: shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumber, wrapped with soy paper, topped with spicy crab salad and served with eel sauce, $11

Love’s Ice Cream & Chocolate: Mexican chili hot chocolate ice cream: Love’s classic TCHO chocolate base, spiced with green and guajillo chilies, habanero peppers and a hint of cinnamon, single scoop $4

Malamiah Juice Bar: Icy Hot Smoothie: sweet blend of carrot, orange and mango with cayenne, ginger and turmeric added for an extra kick, $5.79

Aperitivo: Spicy burrata plate: fresh burrata cheese topped with spicy pickled Mama Lil’s peppers, served with toasted Field & Fire bread, $12

Juju Bird: Three hot wings for $3, with any of Juju’s hot sauces: Buffalo, Nashville or Cluckin’

Carvers: Chipotle cheddar burger: house ground beef, adobo seasoning, cheddar cheese, pickled bread-and-butter jalapeno, chipotle mayo, lettuce, red onion and tomato on a Field & Fire potato bun, $14

Fish Lads: Hot Cat sandwich: cornmeal dredged catfish fillet, house hot sauce, cole slaw and remoulade on a Field & Fire potato bun, $14

Slows Bar BQ: Sweet and spicy ribs: hickory-smoked baby back ribs, sweet chili-cherry habanero, glazed and cooked until tender, served with cole slaw, half rack $15, full rack $20

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