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18 April 2024

Beefsteak IX - Los Angeles

Culinary excellence, Cargo Crew & Comedy unite at Redbird for a meat-fuelled night of magic.

Beefsteak is back in a big way and what a night - merging the best in food, design and of course, comedy to create the best party of the year, LA style. Hosted by Matt Selman (executive producer of The Simpsons), Eric Wareheim (comedian, actor, director), Cort Cass (vice president, comedy at ABC Studios), Chef Neal Fraser (chef & owner, Redbird | Vibiana).

Beefsteak IX was a larger-than-life dinner in the tradition of old-timey meat and booze-fuelled feasts, with all proceeds from the event donated to the No Kid Hungry campaign run by Share Our Strength.

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Cutlery is Forbidden - Aprons Only

500 guests sat at long, communal tables kitted out in their very own Cargo Crew Banjo Aprons. As the Beefsteak tradition dictates, there is no cutlery, plates, or napkins so the aprons proved essential while feasting on 600+ pounds of beef.

Chef Neal Fraser thoughtfully paired the meat-fest with whole Ora King salmon, grilled cabbage, carrots, fingerling potatoes and Eton Mess for dessert. Surprise bone marrow luges with Hudson Whiskey NY were also offered through the crowd by Chef Neal and his team.

Australian design meets downtown LA architecture

Australian modern-designed Cargo Crew Chef Aprons were centre stage at Redbird, the former rectory building of Vibiana. The cathedral-turned-event-venue is carved into Los Angeles’ most historical downtown gems, hosting over 700 events each year. The interior designers have paid homage to the existing timeless architecture with a simple, modern design that delivers a warm and considered space.

The Banjo Paprika Apron delivered the perfect modern tone for a night of fun and meat-frivolity. Even the hosts wanted to don the apron – under their suits of course.

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"The Beefsteak has grown to become one of the most iconic and anarchic dining traditions in Los Angeles or literally the entire world. This masterpiece of meat, booze, music, magic, and new bigger crazier surprises is the best party of the year.”

 

Matt Selman
Host & Excutive Producer of The Simpsons

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Beefsteak Origins

The tradition dates back to 1939 when The New Yorker’s Joseph Mitchell wrote an article called, “All You Can Hold for Five Bucks.” It described a feast of epic proportions known simply as a “Beefsteak.” A rite of gluttony that waged war on the livers of politicians and gangsters alike. The Beefsteak thrived in the saloons and political halls of the 19th and early 20th centuries.  

The menu was always the same — sliced steak served on toast, au jus or gravy, and all the beer you could drink. Knives, forks, plates, and napkins were forbidden. The life of the party were the guests who let out the most appreciative grunts, drank the most beer, and consumed the most steak.