Chicken Tetrazzini was invented in San Francisco in 1908 by Ernest Arbogast, then chef at the Palace Hotel. Which of the following was the dish named after?
- The part of the chicken breast known as the chicken tender, or tetrazzini, in Italian.
- The circular cast-iron pot that the dish was first served in.
- Luisa Tetrazzini, an Italian coloratura singer.
The answer is Luisa Tetrazzini.
She is famous for the line: “I will sing in San Francisco if I have to sing there in the streets, for I know the streets of San Francisco are free.” On Christmas Eve in 1910, at the corner of Market and Kearney near Lotta’s Fountain, Tetrazzini climbed a stage platform in a sparkling white gown, where she sang her heart out for an estimated 200,000 San Franciscans.