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Photos: Community turns out for steak night at Cutchogue Fire Department

Grilling steaks in sub-freezing temperatures at Cutchogue Fire Department's steak night. Photo: Katharine Schroeder

Despite the bitter cold, hundreds turned out for Cutchogue Fire Department’s 21st annual chief’s steak night fundraiser tonight.

Neighbors and friends enjoyed local wines and beer while waiting for their dinners, while volunteers were hard at work out back at the grill struggling with wind and freezing temperatures.

John Lademann, who has been manning the grills for all 21 years of the event said it was the coldest it’s ever been for steak night.

“We’ve even grilled in the snow,” he said. “But never before in temperatures like this.”

Inside it was warm and inviting as dozens of volunteers worked hard prepping plates, serving and clearing up.

SoutholdLOCAL photos by Katharine Schroeder

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Katharine Schroeder
Katharine is a writer and photographer who has lived on the North Fork for nearly 40 years, except for three-plus years in Hong Kong a decade ago, working for the actor Jackie Chan. She lives in Cutchogue. Email Katharine