THE RUTABEGAS

THE RUTABEGAS are a family. Brilliant. Strange. With roots that extend far back into the historic crevices of this country. Descended from southern sharecroppers, early Long Island Dutch, Irish mafia and bookies, the Mokawk tribe, and gold miners that made their way along the Oregon Trail, the last century of this family’s legacy has been just as varied and bizarre. Full of eccentrics, academics, prudes, luminaries, dreamers, addicts, stock brokers, artists, inventors, mothers, cousins, uncles, and those that shun but cannot escape the seductive world of family lore and money, the Rutabagas — in their holy embodiment of old money lifestyles — are one of New York’s most prominent fixtures.

Accused of reclusiveness, isolation and what the New York Times once referred to as “an undeniable knack for keeping themselves oh-so-buttoned-up in the face of overwhelming evidence suggesting heathen ritual, excessive vice, consumption ad nauseum and general weirdness,”  the Rutabegas are now embarking on what may be one of their boldest decisions yet. A few times monthly, guests will be invited to dine with them in their family home, revealing to outsiders for the first time in almost a century the inner workings of this notorious, iconic New York clan...