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4 for 40: Chef Bryan Keller & Richie Stearns

3Stories is pleased to announce the next installment of 4 for 40. Bryan Keller and Richie Stearns will be the culinary and musical artists on Wednesday, November 14th. Doors open at 5:30pm. Music will be starting at 6pm. The evening will combine the finest that the Finger Lakes has to offer with music presented in an intimate setting with a casual meal of four courses. The bar will be open for beverage purchase featuring craft beers, local Finger Lakes wines, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. Reservations are $40 per guest, advance ticket sales required.

4 for 40 features two sets of music and a light dinner featuring 4 small plates. Following the opening set of music, the artists will join the guests for dinner, and conclude with a second set of music with dessert to follow.

Chef Bryan Keller, originally from Ithaca, NY, is currently the Executive Chef at Za Za's Cucina in Ithaca. Bryan's background includes development of concepts such as Luna Inspired Street Food and Monk's on the Commons inside the new Marriott in downtown Ithaca. The 25 year veteran of the food service industry has recently completed a season at Zama's Hotel and Que Fresco restaurant in Tulum, Mexico as executive chef. He has recently returned to his roots in upstate NY to further pursue business and culinary ventures. Bryan is a father of three amazing humans; Damon, Lyla and Fiona as well as his faithful sidekick, an old English Bulldog named Jax. Bryan and Richie, being kindred spirits carrying tons of mutual respect and admiration for one another, have teamed up to present you with a special pairing experience that we hope delights the heart, soul, mind and belly.

RICHIE STEARNS first discovered the pleasures of the old time banjo when he was 14. He’s traveled round the world, performing both traditional and his own original music, finding ways to collaborate with musicians from five continents (Africa/Asia/North America, Australia, Europe) as well as local musicians from diverse musical backgrounds (classical, jazz, country, R&B, and more). Over the past three decades, he’s written original music for film scores and dance ensembles as well his own bands (The Horse Flies, Evil City String Band, Ti Ti Chickapea, Donna the Buffalo, and the Renegades, among them) and collaborated with artists from a variety of disciplines to present public performances on stages through the U.S., Canada, and Europe, as well as on radio and television.

A founding member of the neo traditional alternative rock band THE HORSE FLIES, he’s toured extensively over the last three decades, recording eight albums with The Horse Flies, including releases on MCA and Rounder Records. (The Horse Flies have been featured on MTV, Prairie Home Companion, All Things Considered, World Café and Mountain Stage, and have been written about in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and other major publications.)
The list of musicians Richie’s recorded, toured, and performed with is long and diverse: among them, jazz guitarist BILL FRISELL, Malian bluesman VIEUX FARKA TOURE, North Indian Gypsy band MUSAFIR, Tibetan singer YUNGCHEN LLAMO, pop legend LINDA RONSTADT, country and bluegrass musicians (including PETER ROWAN, VASSAR CLEMENTS, TONY TRISCHKA, and JIM LAUDERDALE), Cajun groups (Michael Doucet & BEAUSOLEIL, REDSTICK RAMBLERS), Celtic bands (DE DANNAN, John Doyle of SOLAS) and Australia’s KASEY CHAMBERS as well as SAMITE of Uganda and South African Afro-pop star JOHNNY CLEGG.

3Stories is an incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit housed within the Cracker Factory that manages cultural events of all kinds. The Cracker Factory is a restored factory space on Geneva’s north side that hosts an event space, which is available for events including receptions, performances, and more. Advance ticket sales required. Tickets are available on Eventbrite, at the Cracker Factory and at Stomping Grounds in downtown Geneva.

Earlier Event: November 9
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Later Event: December 23
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