First on First: Buffalo Wings

For Pulse 2/2 - Anchor Bar - Inventor: Teressa Bellissimo

A staple at sports bars and Super Bowl parties, the buffalo chicken wing was created thanks to an Italian woman in Buffalo, New York.

In 1964, Teressa Bellissimo had a conundrum on her hands. That day she received a delivery of chicken wings instead of her normal chicken necks, which she used to create spaghetti sauce in her restaurant Anchor Bar. She and her husband were unsure of what to do with these often tossed pieces. Then, Teressa had a moment of inspiration.

buffalo-wingsShe cut each wing in half to produce two pieces (the drumstick and flat). Next, she threw the pieces into a deep fryer, tossed them in hot sauce and served it alongside celery sticks from her antipasto bar and blue cheese dressing. The chicken wings were an instant hit and were named after the city they were created in.

Sources: Smithsonian, The New York Times

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