When he's not busy cooking food that Tom Colicchio called the "best Italian in the country," or raising over a million dollars in one night for Alex's Lemonade Stand, Marc Vetri likes to play guitar. Before getting into the food business, Vetri had dreams of becoming a rock star, and had a successful stint with his band in Los Angeles before trading in his axe for a toque. On Saturday night, you can catch a glimpse of the multi-talented Vetri strumming the strings with longtime buddy and Grammy-winning musician Phil Roy at The Kimmel Center.
"I met Phil five or six years ago when he came into Vetri," said Vetri. "We talked about food and music, and Phil said he was putting on a show where he cooked and then played for the guests. I suggested he hold it in the back room of Osteria, and we would provide dinner."
After the successful event, Roy caught Vetri playing the guitar himself. "He said I was pretty good," Vetri said jokingly. "And he invited me to play along with him after that."
Vetri's time on stage is part of the Summer Solstice Celebration, which rages on from noon until 2 a.m. Vetri and Roy will take the stage at 8 p.m. and tickets are only $10, which won't even get you one gnocchi at his Spruce Street ristorante. [The Feast]