The Beefsteak banquet originated in New York City in the mid-1800s. Organizations wishing to raise money for politicians, friends, or a cause would host a Beefsteak. In the early days, Beefsteaks were men-only, all-you-can-eat events, with diners sitting on crates and eating with their fingers—no utensils were provided. Beef, beer, and brass bands were the focus of the evening and gluttony was the order of the day!
It wasn’t until the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 that women were invited to join the men. And with the women came refinements—suddenly forks, knives, and other niceties appeared. This 3rd Annual Beefsteak, in the glorious Farquharson Hall, welcomes both men and women to celebrate the pleasure and camaraderie of the communal table. There will be food, beer, and song to mark this great occasion. Oh, and utensils will be available for the faint of heart!
Saturday, February 6, 2016
$150 Prepaid, all-inclusive
Join us for a delicious tribute to the variety of foods we now can eat “on the street.” Begin your meal with oysters, pizza, and falafel served table side. Then feel free to get up and peruse the selections we’ve created at different stations around the dining room that reflect the New York City melting pot! Your meal includes beer from The Brewery at the CIA that we recently opened in partnership with the famed Brooklyn Brewery. It’s the perfect complement to delicious street food.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Noon
$55 Prepaid, all-inclusive
This totally unique culinary experience starts with a reception in the glorious Farquharson Hall. You’ll receive a passport outlining your evening’s journey through our three award-winning restaurants. In each, you’ll dine on a different course prepared in the style of that restaurant and paired with sommelier-selected wines.
Buskers, musicians, and singers will be waiting to entertain you as you move from restaurant to restaurant!
Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 5 p.m.
$150 Prepaid, all-inclusive
Beer lovers, this event is tailor-made for you! It begins with a tasting of more than 50 American beers in the lovely Beverage Garden behind Roth Hall. You’ll have a chance to speak with some of America’s leading beer experts and producers. After the tasting, head over the American Bounty Restaurant and enjoy a five-course dinner paired with five different beers. Local beer emporium Half Time and The Brewery at the CIA are joining forces to make this an evening you will never forget.
Friday, June 10, 2016 at 6 p.m.
$85, Prepaid, all inclusive
All event prices are per person and include all food, paired beverages, tax, and service.
* Cancellation Policy
The Culinary Institute of America and Half Moon Theatre are excited to continue our partnership that brings New York-style theatrical performances to the Marriott Pavilion on the CIA’s Hyde Park campus. Enjoy a meal in American Bounty Restaurant prior to the show. Book your table now and enjoy the critically acclaimed professional repertoire of Half Moon Theatre paired with one of the award winning restaurants at the CIA. To make reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-905-4533 to reserve your table now.