Neal Fraser is coming back to Saint Vibiana Cathedral with a sequel to last year's big beefsteak dinner, an ode to one those raucous, hands-on, all-you-can-eat-sliced-steak and beer-guzzling saloon parties from New York's yesteryear that was immortalized in a 1939 New Yorker story by Joseph Mitchell. Last year, Jonathan Gold did his best Mitchell impersonation and the event sounded sort of of fun, if slightly sullied by our P.C. present of great moderation. At $150, it's 30-times more than the five-dollar binges of last century and given our city's traffic-noosed nature, it's not not quite the same drunken free-for-all as you'd find Bill the Butcher stumbling home from in old-timey Manhattan. In any case, what's to look forward to in 2012?
Big motivators for the Downtown L.A. version include the patronage of funnymen Aziz Ansari and Eric "Weirdheim" Wareheim, with The Simpsons' Matt Selman and TV executive Cort Cass. Fraser's menu for the December 1 event will be unveiled on the day of, though it's promised that "Vegetarians will leave hungry. Nobody else will."
Eater reports that tickets include food and cocktails (to quote Mitchell's tale, "It didn’t take women long to corrupt the beefsteak. They forced the addition of such things as Manhattan cocktails, fruit cups, and fancy salads to the traditional menu of slices of ripened steaks, double lamb chops, kidneys, and beer by the pitcher") with proceeds going to L.A. Food Bank and constant entertainment from the likes of Eric, Aziz, and
DJ Divemaster Electron most likely, a traditional band or two.
RSVPs must come in before November 20 on the event's website.
Beefsteak 2012 [Eater]