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Bite Into Beefsteak Benefit At Ridgefield's Founders Hall

Women at Founders Hall prepare for the upcoming Beefsteak Community Feast on Friday, Nov. 18.
Women at Founders Hall prepare for the upcoming Beefsteak Community Feast on Friday, Nov. 18. Photo Credit: contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The 2016 Wreath Festival will kick off Friday, Nov. 18, with the Beefsteak Community Feast/benefit at Founders Hall in Ridgefield.

Beefsteak guests will be treated to a night of beef, booze and boisterous fun. The event will put a contemporary spin on a 19th-century New York City tradition when groups of men would gather in dingy taverns to tell stories, sing ditties, eat steak, drink beer with abandon and occasionally raise funds for a local politician, according to a release from Founders Hall.

Without women, etiquette was set aside, along with plates, napkins and utensils. Instead, the men used aprons to avoid the stains of gluttony, the release said.

This event will revive the best of the beefsteak traditions with an all-you-can-eat meal, bottomless libations, cocktail attire, complimentary aprons and fundraising for Founders Hall.

Women are most definitely invited to this beefsteak. The updated menu, catered by Sarah Bouissou, will appeal to all tastes, and forks will be available to rent.

Tickets for the Beefsteak Community Feast, which is sponsored by Fairfield County Bank and Winter Bros. Waste Management, are $150.

Beefsteak revelers will be among the first to shop for wreaths, holiday gifts and more at the festival, which will continue on Nov. 19, 20 and 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with free admission.

The Wreath Festival is sponsored by Ridgefield Crossings, Union Savings Bank and Joanne and John Patrick.

Proceeds from the Beefsteak and Wreath Festival will support lifelong learning, fitness and fun for Founders Hall's more than 3,600 members.

The Beefsteak Community feast will begin at 6:30 p.m.

For more information or beefsteak tickets, call 203-431-7000 or visit

Founders Hall is at 193 Danbury Road, Ridgefield.

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