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4 for 40: Matt Venuti and Red Dove Tavern

  • The Cracker Factory 35 Lehigh Street Geneva, NY 14456 USA (map)

3Stories is pleased to announce the next installment of the 4 for 40 series of evenings pairing music and dinner at the Cracker Factory. The Red Dove Tavern and Matt Venuti will be the culinary and musical artists on Wednesday, July 11th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. 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 appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert courses. Following the opening set of music, the artists will join the guests for dinner, and conclude with a second set of music with dessert.

Rune Hilt and Giulietta Racciatti are co-owners and chefs at the Red Dove Tavern in Geneva. Originally Philadelphia natives, Hilt & Racciatti moved to Geneva twelve years ago and opened their small & seasonally driven gastropub in 2007. The Red Dove was one of the first restaurants to inspire the food renaissance in Geneva and continues to execute creative & exciting locally driven dishes. 

Rune began his culinary career in State College, PA where he worked the breakfast shift feeding hundreds of college students bacon & eggs at the Corner Room. Throughout his 20’s he waited tables to help pay the rent and finally ended up in Philadelphia working at The Standard Tap & serving as sous chef at Johnny Brenda’s- an experience which tailored his skills & inspired his future in the kitchen. Giulietta had a hodge podge of careers before she found herself owning a restaurant. Her past includes being a cheesemonger at Reading Terminal Market, writing for a community newspaper, serving as a financial coordinator for University of Pennsylvania’s orthopedic research department & working part time at Johnny Brenda’s on the line at brunch.  
But mostly the inspiration for entering a life in the kitchen came from her grandparents and some very influential family friends who taught her the joys of food, wine, eating seasonally & eating well. 

Matt Venuti is an artist who truly defies categorization. He’s a singer-songwriter, a one-man ensemble and modern day troubadour who tours nearly year-round. He’s a longtime bandleader and a masterful instrumentalist known for playing rare and captivating acoustic and electronic instruments. He’s also a video-artist/producer, a poet and storyteller. His lyrics tell a story from “the rhythm of life” and “the heart of the road”; an honest, soul-filled and often humorous musical journey that is beautifully melodic with entrancing grooves. 

Matt accompanies himself playing rare and captivating melodic-percussive acoustic instruments developed in Switzerland, as well as the highly expressive and dynamic Electronic Valve Instrument (EVI) wind-synthesizer that he layers with a looper, He was among the first to explore these instruments and share them with the world. 

Matt has a history of performing at major festivals, events and diverse venues throughout the Americas and occasionally abroad, including the Main TED conference and 4 different TEDx conferences. He tours extensively, performing over 100 solo concerts per year. He also performs with his San Francisco-based ensembles, The Venusians, who have a long and successful history in the Bay Area music scene. Matt has multiple album releases, one reached #4 on the CMJ journal and his most recent debuted at #6 on the ZMR top 100. His recordings are all available on your favorite download sites.

For more information and to watch some of Matt’s videos, click on the following link:

Lynch Furniture - Canandaigua will be the official sponsor for this installment of the 4 for 40 series. 

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.


Earlier Event: June 24
Official Unofficial: Locavore Tasting
Later Event: July 15
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