Archive for June, 2007

Date: June 28th, 2007
Cate: Menu
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Bye Bye Bulgogi

Official Menu announcement…

After much deliberation the MTKMF Committee has decided to omit the Bulgogi (Korean BBQ) from this years menu. The reasons are vast, including high costs, and long preperation time.

The previously allocated funds for the Bulgogi steak are now frozen, but are most likely going to be allocated for non meat products for our non-carnivore guests.

Thomas Cortese and new member Mat Ramsey will be heading up these new menu options.

please email suggestions to and

Date: June 27th, 2007
Cate: Committee, Members, People

Committee promotes Ramsey to Member status

WASHINGTON DC. With a 2/3 vote, the MTKMF committee has elevated Minister Mat Ramsey (of the Universal Life Church Monastery) from Preferred Guest status to Member status.

Ramsey moved quickly to secure his official title as “Minister of blouse”. No committee action has been taken to approve this title.

This is the first time a Pescetarian (a fish-eating-vegetarian) has been added to the Council of Members. The council does have oversight privileges for the MTKMF annual budget. A spokesperson from the Ramsey camp stated “At this time, Minister Ramsey does not have plans to challenge overall meat spending”. However, analysts close to the situation believe a recommendation to decrease meat spending in favor of increased fish, vegetable and exotic alcoholic beverage (a staple of the ULC Monastary) spending is due from the Ramsey camp any day now.

Date: June 27th, 2007
Cate: Video


The grand finale of MFX: The Movie, which you should now realize is also known as the Damien “Firestarter” Cortese Show, is finally up for your viewing pleasure.

This will conclude the entertainment portion of the MTKMF postings…

Coming next week we will focus on getting you to us and interesting facts about Montauk…


Date: June 27th, 2007
Cate: News

Apple Agrees to Sponsor 11 – Official Release

CUPERTINO, California and MONTAUK, NY—June 27, 2007—Apple® and MTKMF INC. today announce that Apple has entered into a long term sponsorship agreement with the MTKMF Committee.

As a result of the sponsorship, all 11 guests will receive a free Apple iPhone upon arrival at, notwithstanding proper RSVP to all 11 events, Chalet Cortese for the Friday night welcome dinner.

“This is an exciting time for all of us at Apple to bring a device we are all very excited about to the most elite guest list I have ever seen” Said Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Yours free at 11

System Requirements
iPhone activation requires an Internet connection; an iTunes Store account or a major credit card; a valid Social Security number (as required by AT&T); the latest version of iTunes available at and a PC or Mac with a USB 2.0 port and one of the following operating systems: Mac OS® X v10.4.10 or later; Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later; or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Enterprise or Ultimate Edition. iPhone requires a new two-year AT&T service plan. Customers with existing AT&T accounts will have the option of keeping their existing phone number and upgrading their account to work with iPhone. See separate iPhone Service Plan press release for further details.

About Apple
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and will enter the mobile phone market this year with its revolutionary iPhone.

Date: June 26th, 2007
Cate: Video


The Saga continues right here on MTKMF.COM

Witness the controversial 2nd part of the MFX Trilogy…

Date: June 26th, 2007
Cate: Menu

U Think U Know…

There are a few things in my life that I know I will forever be unable to truly explain to others.  I mean, I could articulate the details of the experience— perhaps even paint a vivid descriptive mental picture for them— but they could never really ‘get it.’  This is how I feel when people ask me, “so what’s this cook-out thingy you have on the beach?”  Ha, cook out thingy?!  Cook-out thingy?!  This isn’t your Uncle Vinnie cooking salsiccia, Hebrew nationals, and hamburgers in shorts in his fucking backyard by the pool.  I imagine I feel much like Columbus felt when trying to explain his first sight of the new world to sweet Isabella and naughty Ferdinand, or how Paul felt trying to explain to those fuckin’ non-believers how Jesus turned water into wine Meatfest, or the festival de la carne as I like to call it, is so much more than a barbecue.  Yes it’s on the beach, yes we grill meat—lots of it, yes we get said meat from the distributor that gives to Peter Luger, we drink champagne, we are even having fuckin’ lobster tail this year over a goat cheese frisee salad, but that’s still not why it’s not just a “cook-out thingy.”  Like I opened up saying, it’s the things I could never truly illuminate to those who have never been that makes meatfest, meatfest.  Because like all amazing experiences in life, will be made be the invite list, and the unspoken things they share.

Date: June 25th, 2007
Cate: Menu

Techno Bartending at 11

As Mr. Cortese said its not the champagne, and fancy meat that make meat fest what it is…but is it the high technology making its debut at this years event? That’s correct this year we will have battery power blending bay side.

Roughing it

Date: June 21st, 2007
Cate: Video


Please be advised that cameras will be rolling at 11. By attending an mtkmf event you are allowing the mtkmf committee full usage of your image and words, based upon how the committee deems appropriate.

For your viewing pleasure, please enjoy part one of last years extravaganza, MFX: The Movie.

Check back frequently for updates.

Date: June 17th, 2007
Cate: Committee, Guests, Members, People

Welcome to the MTKMF Society


The MTKMF Executive board has approved your membership to the MTKMF Society.

Your membership to the society includes full access to all 11 events. 11 welcome dinner – Friday July 6th, Chalet Cortese 11 – Saturday July 7th 12 noon, Official and Private MTKMF beach on L.I sound 11 The Motion Picture, Feb 2008, Soho House Screening room.

-All events are fully catered*, including Alcohol, by the MTKMF Events division.

MTKMF Society membership is exclusive and unfortunately, although one day it will be, is not free.

The annual membership fee is $85.00 per year.

If you plan to accept your invitation of membership to the MTKMF society you must R.S.V.P. to your local MTKMF representative no later than June 25th, 2007.

Please check frequently for updates and important information leading up to 11.

*Exorbitant prices apply to food and drinks at the Soho House

Date: June 15th, 2007
Cate: History
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From Meatfest to MTKMF

The root of the name is in indulgence and manhood. The first Meat Fest was just that, four guys on a beach cooking excessive amounts of steaks, hot dogs, sausage, ribs, and basically any meat they could get their hands on. It was simple and had an element of the absurd to it, something that only four close friends could really appreciate It wasn’t planned and it wasn’t fancy. It came together on its own and was so enjoyable that it was decided that it must be repeated the following July 4th weekend.

In the early years of Meat Fest, meat and man were king. Invites were only extended to “the boys”, vegetarians weren’t welcome, all meat had to be consumed no questions asked, and for some strange reason there was no drinking. The early “fests” had a lot of quirky traditions that were religiously followed. All meat was to be marinated for 24 hours, Iced Tea from the local Hampton Dairy was the only drink available, a standard grill design had to be used, driftwood was the only heat source for cooking (they are convinced that it adds flavor) and most odd of all the stealing of Tom’s socks which would then be turned into torches. Some have since been forgotten, but some are still followed to this day.

By the second year the location was set, a private beach on Long Island Sound that is only accessible by a four-wheel drive vehicle. The secluded location only allowed for the day and event to grow. More and more courses of meat were added, more people, more quirky traditions, and the finale, a large bon fire into the night.

019_17.JPGAs Meat Fest quickly grew from four friends grilling on the beach into a full-scale annual production, the Meat Fest Committee was born. To amuse themselves, while splitting up the responsibility of making meat fest happen and be unforgettable year after year, Julian, Russell and Tom treated Meat Fest as if it was an international corporation. The titles of Chairman, founder, and CEO were given to the original members. Head of secondary grilling, head of comfort, and head of construction were given to other annual attendees. What has proved to be one of the most important titles overtime was given to Tom’s brother Damien Cortese, the Head of Extra-Curricular activities. With the positions in place Meat Fest was ready to grow up.

When “the boys” entered their college years, partying became something that they excelled in. The introduction of alcohol in year four, rapidly transformed Meat Fest into a full on beach party. College also brought new people into the core group of Meat Fest’s lives. The legend of their annual July 4th extravaganza was heavily promoted, people who were extended invites were so intrigued that they had no choice but to attend just to see what the hell all the hype was about. With resistance outsiders, and most notably women, were allowed in year four. With any change comes tension, there was dissention among the core group that outsiders to Meat Fest would water down the tradition and the day would turn into a regular BBQ. The critics were proved wrong, Meat Fest flourished under pressure.

In the middle years Meat was still king, but alcohol and other extra curricular activates became the very powerful prince. It is estimated that one year there were upwards of twenty courses of meat. The quality of Meat also soared and new recipes were introduced. One year the recipe creativity went too far and wild animals including bear, elk, and goose were provided by a hunting family friendly with one Meat Fest guest. It was a complete disaster, but Meat Fest survived. In year seven, a new way of cooking was born. The founding members managed to build a wood burning brick oven which was used to cook a roast and the now signature dish of Meat Fest, filet minion wrapped in San Danielle prosciutto marinated in balsamic vinegar and red wine. Damien Cortese as he likes to say, “brought the party.” No longer was it a celebration of indulgence and manhood, it was the indulgence of life.

The 9th annual Meat Fest will be remembered as the year that Meat Fest grew up. Like the beginning it happened on its own, meat as king was no longer. Salmon and asparagus were a few of the items that snuck their way on to the menu, and Champagne officially replaced Iced Tea as the drink of choice.

With the launch of, The 10th annual celebration marked the beginning of MeatFest 2.0. Now that extravaganza was all grown up, it was time for some serious upgrades. For starters, the meat fest name was ditched, although still used in casual conversation, in favor of MFX. Kitchen upgrades began with the introduction of a rock patio around the grill, rumor has it that 2007 will see a full on upgrade. The committee entered into a long term distribution deal with the same meat distributor as the world famous Peter Luger’s steakhouse. And lastly, there was a full on baptismal in Long Island Sound.

Year ten also marked the end of the short lived, three year, tradition of sleeping in tents on the beach. It was not by choice, but rather due to a late night visit by EHPD Blue. A quick, extra curricular induced, exit ensued and another meat fest concluded.

This year the committee has settled on the new official nomenclature of MTKMF, translating to Montauk Meat Fest.

MTKMF.COM will be the official website/blog of meatfest for years to come….

Those who attend, all make it a priority to attend the following year. Those who, for whatever reason, miss a Meat Fest do not remember where they were that year, all they remember is that they weren’t at Meat Fest.

For more info about Montauk and Meat Fest read our about section