OUR OPERATIC STEAKSHow Fyodor Ivanovich ChaliapinSang for His DinnerThere are several versions of the birth of the now globally servedChaliapin Steak at The Imperial. One has the brilliant,self-aggrandizing Russian basso delighted by a tender rump steakthe exotic Grill Room kitchens softened with onions. Another suggests Chaliapin(it's a 3 syllable name: shal-ya-pin) barged into the kitchen on his own andshowed the chef how to make the steak to his liking, leaving its recipe for posterity. Portrait by Boris Kustodiev, 1921.You can enjoy the real thing in the high-ceilinged depths ofour much beloved La Brasserie, LL1, Main Building,while recalling Chaliapin's (1873-1938) dazzling career,which began in 1894 at the St. Petersburg Imperial Opera,where his deep basso accented the singer'sconspicuously naturalistic, vivid acting.14

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