×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Comedy Bizzers Meat Up at L.A. Beefsteak

Festive foodie event benefitted L.A. Food Bank

It was the kind of evening where an animation producer might take a small white cardboard box out of his pocket and offer, “Would you like a duck tongue?” All manner of animal parts were on the menu at Beefsteak 2013 at Vibiana in downtown L.A Dec. 7. The annual dinner benefits the L.A. Food Bank by filling the bellies of foodies and assorted showbizzers including Jimmy Kimmel, Bob Odenkirk and John C. Reilly — many from the comedy side — with steak, chops, headcheese and Rocky Mountain oysters. “Homeland” creator Gideon Raff was there to support the food bank, even though he’s vegan.

The event’s creators, “Simpsons” producer Matt Selman (he wrote the show’s food blogger episode, of course), TV comedy exec Cort Cass and Eric Wareheim of Tim and Eric fame, started Beefsteak three years ago as an homage to the century-old New York steak fundraising dinners, where manly men ate beef with their hands and washed it down with pitchers of ale. “It seemed like if you were going to have this much gluttony during the holiday season, there should be a charity component,” said Selman. Last year’s event raised $20,000 for the L.A. Food Bank.

In the 21st century version, ladies are allowed, including comedy pros like Mindy Kaling and Kristen Schaal, and instead of beer, there are hand-crafted cocktails made with liquid nitrogen from mixologist Julian Cox. Chef Neal Fraser, who next year will open Redbird in Vibiana’s rectory, served up appetizers like Thai lobster soup and skewered chicken hearts before the action moved to the long tables inside the vast former cathedral where a jazz band was playing. There, platters of sliced steak, pork chops, lamb chops and even a whole salmon arrived with roasted potatoes and baby broccoli — all eaten with the fingers.

(Pictured: Matt Selman and John C. Reilly)

More TV

  • CENTRAL PARK FIVE

    Netflix and Ava DuVernay Sued by Police Interrogation Firm

    The company behind a controversial police interrogation technique filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against Netflix and director Ava DuVernay, claiming that it was defamed in DuVernay’s miniseries on the Central Park jogger case. John E. Reid and Associates developed the Reid Technique in the late 1940s, and it has continued to offer training materials [...]

  • Noah Oppenheim

    NBCU Has Likely Succession Plan Set at NBC News

    NBC News President Noah Oppenheim has been battling Ronan Farrow in recent and disturbing headlines, but the executive remains the most likely candidate to succeed NBC News and MSNBC Chairman Andy Lack, according to people familiar with the matter. Lack, who has seen NBC News through one of its most tumultuous eras, has a contract [...]

  • Succession Season 2 Roman Gerri

    How 'Succession' Turned Rich-People Problems Into TV's Most Satisfying Drama (Column)

    It was only as the credits rolled on the Season 2 finale of “Succession” that I realized I was standing. At some point during the exhilarating final scene, I’d apparently leapt to my feet, radiating with the thrill of watching the last meticulously placed domino fall. It was startling to understand just how invested I’d [...]

  • '100% Wolf - Legend of the

    '100% Wolf - Legend of the Moonstone' Leads Most Viewed Show at MipJunior

    Animated series “100% Wolf – Legend of the Moonstone” from Germany’s Studio100 Media topped the poll of most-watched shows at MipJunior, the children’s content market in Cannes, which wrapped Sunday. The series follows the adventures of Freddy Lupin, a young werewolf who has been accidentally turned into a poodle, but is determined to prove he’s [...]

  • jay-wallace-fox-news

    'News Stars' Will Fill Shepard Smith's Slot, Says Fox News President (EXCLUSIVE)

    Shepard Smith has left the Fox News building, but his hour will remain staffed by employees from the network’ news division. Bret Baier, Chris Wallace, Brit Hume, Shannon Bream, Martha MacCallum, Bill Hemmer and John Roberts are among the Fox News Channel news anchors who will do a stint in the 3 p.m. hour vacated [...]

  • craig-ferguson-join-or-die

    Craig Ferguson Game Show 'The Hustler' Gets Picked Up by ABC

    Comedian and host Craig Ferguson is returning to the airwaves with a new trivia game show series at ABC, “The Hustler,” in which one player will already secretly know all the answers. The format involves five contestants working together on a series of trivia questions, with the aim of growing and winning a collective prize [...]

  • Patrick Dempsey poses with his 'Excellence

    Patrick Dempsey, Alessandro Borghi Discuss Being Part of 'Devils'

    Patrick Dempsey (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Italian actor Alessandro Borghi (“Suburra”), who co-star in the anticipated financial-world thriller series “Devils,” said the show pulled them into uncharted territories. A sign that the TV drama business is becoming increasingly global, “Devils” marks the first truly international drama for both actors. Although it shot in English, “Devils” was [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content