SOUTHINGTON - Southington UNICO will host its inaugural Charity â€śBeefsteak and Brewâ€ť event Sept. 14 at Hawkâ€™s Landing Country Club.
UNICO board member Mike Fasulo, who heads the committee for the event, said that the â€ścarnivorous gluttonyâ€ť will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the club at 201 Pattonwood Drive.
Participants will be adorned with butcher hats, eat tender morsels of beef steak served on pieces of bread and wipe the grease on large napkins or aprons. No knives or forks will be allowed.
As the event progresses, each dining group will compete to build the tallest tower of greasy bread hunks.
â€śYou donâ€™t win an actual prize, but isnâ€™t a giant tower of bread a reward in itself?â€ť joked Fasulo.
Fasulo said that utensils will be available for the â€śfaint of heartâ€ť but that bread stacking is highly recommended.
The meal will include unlimited thin-sliced flat iron steak on crostini (an Italian appetizer with small slices of grilled or toasted bread and toppings), fries, salad, two beers, soda and water and a cash bar. Participants will also receive a complimentary butcher hat.
Proceeds will support UNICOâ€™s annual donations.
â€śWe donate to Southington High Schoolâ€™s Unified Sports program, Cooleyâ€™s Anemia research, the cancer society and Southington Bread for Life,â€ť said Fasulo. â€śAnother one of our organizationâ€™s main goals is supporting mental health.â€ť
Fasulo said that the event is intended to be a revival of a â€śclassic New York festival.â€ť He was introduced to the concept by a friend who had attended one of these events in New Jersey.
â€śNew York City first started beefsteak dinners in the late 1880s,â€ť explained Fasulo. â€śThey were initially held in taverns or dingy cellars where, sitting on crates or stools, guests would sing, tell stories, eat steaks and drink ale with abandon. They were very informal events with no knives or forks; donâ€™t wear anything that you wouldnâ€™t use as a napkin. They eventually turned into fundraisers and while they may have fallen out of favor in New York they are apparently still held sometimes in New Jersey. We thought it would be something new and different to do.â€ť
Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased at Fasulo & Albini, CPAs and by calling 860-276-9787, ext. 101.
UNICO is the Italian word for â€śuniqueâ€ť, chosen to represent the one-of-a-kind nature of the organization. The word has since become a backronym which stands for Unity, Neighborliness, Integrity, Charity, Opportunity, according to their website.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.