Support the Steppingstone Museum in Havre de Grace by enjoying a Euro-California style buffet and blues music.
Johnny Ciao, a celebrity chef, will be coming to Harford County on June 23 to host a Blues Buffet at Bellissimo Restaurant to benefit Steppingstone. Joining him will be blues band Professor Louie and the Crowmatix. Tickets are $50 and the dinner starts at 7 p.m.
For the benefit, Ciao will purchase all of his own ingredients and essentially take over Bellissimo's kitchen to cook the buffet.
"His style of cooking is very innovative," Linda Noll, executive director of Steppingstone, said.
In addition to the entertainment provided by Professor Louie and the Crowmatix, Noll said Ciao may also take time to share stories from his career, which includes a year-long stay at the Neverland Ranch to develop a diet for the late Michael Jackson.
Professor Louie and the Crowmatix will also be taking the stage at yet another Steppingstone benefit, the Summertime Blues Festival on June 25.
Noll said that Ciao set up the blues festival because they would already be in the area. That festival will be held on the Steppingstone property from 2 to 8 p.m.
Steppingstone has been around for slightly more than 40 years and represents the 1880 to 1920 time period for farming. In addition to being a museum, Noll also said they lead tours and host educational programs where students can churn butter and do laundry on scrub boards, among other activities.
"We're very much into educating the younger generation," she added later.
Noll said the museum regularly hosts fundraisers to raise money for its programs and to pay for operating and maintenance costs. Ciao's agents, she said, contacted Steppingstone a few months ago to organize the benefit. After getting clearance from Bellissimo, they moved forward with the event.
For more information or to purchase tickets call the Steppingstone Museum, 410-939-2299, or e-mail Noll, firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can also be purchased online at http://www.johnnyciao.com.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun