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The 'Beefsteak' in New Jersey-NYT

Phaedrus Jan 30, 2008 04:33 AM


Sounds like fun every once in a while. I can see people doing this as a social ritual. And a reason for gluttony.

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    bnemes3343 RE: Phaedrus Jan 30, 2008 04:53 AM

    “You’ve got the tender beef, butter, salt, French fries, beer — all your major food groups. "

    What a great line! Sounds like a blast; maybe they finish it off by popping a few lipitors...

    1. mcgeary RE: Phaedrus Jan 30, 2008 08:00 AM

      Oh, that article made me HUNGRY. I'd definitely pick the place that uses butter. I just read the 1939 Joseph Mitchell article referenced in the story and thought it was terrific -- it's the first piece in "Secret Ingredients," the newish anthology of food writing from the New Yorker, a truly delightful book.

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        JerseyNOLA RE: Phaedrus Jan 31, 2008 09:18 AM

        a great article.....

        Raised in Passaic County, I had no idea that the beefsteak originated in NY.

        I vote for Nightingales, but am surprised that they do not use butter....

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          snaporaz RE: JerseyNOLA Jan 31, 2008 03:09 PM

          I sort of see why, with butter's propensity to burn, though I assume that even in a catering kitchen they would be able to find a slow burner to keep it just warm enough... Thomas Keller always has beurre monté going after all.
          Granted, that is probably an unfair comparison for something closer to a pancake breakfast than French Laundry.

        2. SunnysideUp RE: Phaedrus Jan 31, 2008 04:45 PM

          I just replied to a beefsteak post on another board: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/484691

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            Concetta RE: SunnysideUp Jan 31, 2008 07:30 PM

            I loved the article too! Did a Google search and there's one tomorrow night in Bloomfield! Fund raiser - no need to crash!

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              SunnysideUp RE: Concetta Feb 1, 2008 11:51 AM

              I hope you get to go! It would be great to hear a report.

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                Concetta RE: SunnysideUp Feb 1, 2008 01:00 PM

                Wish I could, but I live in the SF Bay Area.

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                marc10 RE: Concetta Feb 26, 2008 12:02 PM

                I have a group getting together next weekend (march 8th) and we would love to go to a beefsteak event.

                Aside from random Google search results, how do you know when/where they?!

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                  Concetta RE: marc10 Feb 29, 2008 09:04 AM

                  I would call the 2 places in Clifton mentioned in the article to find out what gigs they have next weekend and if they're open to the public.

            2. Divamac RE: Phaedrus Feb 4, 2008 05:49 PM

              I lived in No. NJ for 13 years and never heard of these. I grew up in Philadelphia where "beef and beers" were the de facto fundraiser activity. Essentially the same thing, but without the deep social roots or machismo! If you Google "beef and beer fundraiser" you'll find them all over Philly.

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                HarryK RE: Divamac Jun 29, 2008 11:33 PM

                I was thinking the same thing. Sorta reminds me of the Philly Beef and Beer. Terrible I know, but we pile beef between two rolls. All that bread, tsk tsk. Not as gluttonous as the NJ version.

              2. Boccone Dolce RE: Phaedrus Jun 29, 2008 04:36 AM

                Just talked to my husband about this. He got all worked up & drooly. I've never had the pleasure but I've heard stories. With all the transplants in this area (FL) this should be his next fundraiser event.

                1. Greg Strong RE: Phaedrus Jun 29, 2008 03:30 PM

                  The New Yorker magazine ran an article on these institutions back in the 1920's, and it was even more hedonistic and over-the-top back then. However, they were just as wound up about the old-fashionedness and historical veracity of the tradition back then. My favorite quote was from a guy, on the question of should there or should there not be other cuts of meat allowed besides the beef steak itself "they say it's not old-fashioned. I'm eighty-five years old. I know what's old-fashioned and what's not old-fashioned."

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                    wam957 RE: Phaedrus Jul 14, 2008 01:34 PM

                    We cook a beefsteak just about every year for New Years Eve. Unlike Hap Nightingales, we roast ours encased in a kosher salt crust. I have a post about our beef steak experiences with a recipe at here: http://househubbie.blogspot.com/2008/...

                    1. SunnysideUp RE: Phaedrus Nov 18, 2008 02:54 PM

                      The Market Basket in Franklin Lakes, NJ will cater a full Beefsteak (soup to nuts). It's $30 a person, with a 50 person minimum. I guess when all is said, done and spent - it can be easier on the nerves than handling a holiday party on your own. Novel theme for those who've never been to one. Incorporate the NYT article with 1938 photo into the invitation and/or place cards.

                      You'll need to download the catering menu PDF. http://www.marketbasket.com/

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