US WAR DOGS MUSIC BUFFET
Sunday February 26, 2017 at the East Bay Country Club in Largo, Florida
For Immediate Release:
This music and food extravaganza will take place on Sunday February 26,, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the East Bay Country Club in Largo, Florida. The event raises necessary items and money for our K-9 friends and handlers who sacrifice their lives to keep us safe while in service us overseas. Proceeds will also benefit the Lucas/Magazine Community Foundation. The Lucas/Magazine Foundation operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including but not limited to helping individuals and organizations in the community, focusing on veterans, children, first responders, and single parents. For more information go to www.lucasmagazinefoundation.com
For the past 13 years Johnny Ciao has presented high profile events bringing his Inventive California style Cuisine together with his many musician friends to raise awareness and monies for ALS, Toys for Tots, Chi Chi’s Kids, the First Tee, Oscar Night Parties, American Cancer Society, various Celebrity Golf Tournaments and the US War Dogs Association.
Johnny Ciao appears regularly on television and radio programs around the world bringing his keen sense of social issues, advice on eating well, to his incredible stories of hanging out with the biggest stars and celebrities. Always entertaining and informative, Johnny performs on harmonica with the Culinary All-Star Band at his events. The Culinary All-Stars feature a host of the finest and well-known musicians performing original and copy songs from all genres. Another Special Guest will be former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Chris Hovan who will assist Johnny in the kitchen as his sous chef. A night to remember! For more on Johnny Ciao go to www.johnnyciao.com
Tickets are $50.00 per person and are available at www.lucasmagazinefoundation.com or by calling Deana at 727 849 5353 or Howard Becker at 845 595 6115. All ticket holders are asked to bring at least one item for the US War Dogs cause.
The US War Dogs Association located in Burlington, N.J. was founded by Ron Aiello and has established itself as a leader in supporting K-9’s and their handlers during their service overseas, as well as when they return to the States. For more on the US War Dogs Association go to www.uswardogs.org. There you will find a comprehensive list of items needed for the K-9’s as well as for their handlers, plus everything else you need to know about the organization.
Event Facebook page - www.facebook.com/uswardogs
To book interviews and, or cooking demos with Johnny Ciao on television, radio or print, please contact Howard Becker at 845 595 6115 or Victoria Drake at 754 222 9297
Music Buffets, Golf Tournaments,
Food and Music Festivals, Private Functions
Johnny has prepared foods for some of the greatest and legendary performers of the 20th Century including the late Marlon Brando and Gregory Peck to Willie Nelson, Michael Jackson, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Carlos Santana, the Grateful Dead, Mayor Ed Koch, Ambassador Andrew Young, Donnie and Marie Osmond, Wayne Brady to Whitney Houston.
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FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Johnny Ciao's Live Events and Appearances combine music, food, comedy and storytelling in fun and outrageous settings, both formal and informal. Johnny is a unique character who appears at Festivals around the globe presenting a fascinating and interesting one-hour show unlike traditional chefs who simply cook.
He is sometimes known as the Benefit Chef due to his involvement with major and smaller charitable organizations. He creates and presents formal or buffet dinners for up to 500 people at the location of your choice and brings together his celebrity friends and musicians to create an incredible day or night full of entertainment, food and fundraising activities.
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Johnny Ciao is a popular auction item (Live or Silent) at many charitable events. He has commanded up to $50,000 to present a private dinner party in the privacy one's home. Johnny will come to your event, meet and greet guests, sit in and perform with bands or d.j.'s on harmonica, as well as schmooze the room getting guests excited prior to his Live Auction, where he stands on stage and tells stories about his colorful experiences getting the bids higher and higher.
Johnny also appears on television and radio prior to each event to boost attendance, increase awareness to the cause and promote the event. He has been presenting and performing at many Benefits throughout the US over the past 20 years for such charitable organizations and events including ALS, the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, Oscar Parties, Sundance Film Festival, Chi Chi's Kids, the First Tee, John Deere Classic, Toys for Tots, MasterCard Celebrity Golf Challenge, and various Cancer groups. He also presents his Caddy Snax on the 9th hole of a shotgun start, so as golfers approach the 9th hole they greeted by Johnny and fed delicious and inventive snacks.
Johnny Ciao did not get his start in the culinary world like most chefs. Working as a personal manager, concert promoter and entertainment marketing executive, he always prepared meals for his celebrity clients. Johnny grew up in New York and was an avid music lover. He began his radio career at WRXB in St. Petersburg, Florida. Johnny then moved to Atlanta promoting live jazz concerts with acts including Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Smith, Woody Shaw and Ramsey Lewis, to name a few. He then launched a communications firm managing bands and well-known personalities including baseball great Hank Aaron, Music Legend Isaac Hayes and others.
Brooklyn Johnny was responsible for compiling the very first music video chart, which was published weekly in TV Guide, Rolling Stone and USA Today.
Cooking with Country Music Stars
In the mid-80’s, Johnny Ciao produced a book and video called‘ Cooking With Country Music Stars’, that went on to sell over 1,000,000 copies. A unique collaboration of 36 of country music's biggest names, including Reba McEntire, George Strait, Hank Williams Jr., Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette, this book offers informative cooking and serving suggestions for more than 200 recipes. Full-color photographs and biographies of each star fill the pages
Chef to the Stars
After moving to San Francisco, Ciao took his culinary talent to new levels. His encounter with legendary concert promoter Bill Graham brought him in direct contact with the Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana, Huey Lewis, Buddy Miles, Chris Isaak and many other music greats. He created backstage food and went on to cook for many of these artists one on one in their homes, at recording studios, on the road and various locations.
Johnny then received a phone call that changed his life forever. Music Icon Michael Jackson collapsed on stage in the Far East, due to a poor diet and improper eating habits. Johnny was hired to strengthen and change Michael’s diet. He proceeded to move into Neverland Ranch and created healthy, fun and inventive foods for Michael and his many celebrity guests including Whitney Houston, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Barry Gordy and many others. It was an experience that no other chef has accomplished in the entertainment business.
Johnny Ciao's Koncert Kitchen
An inventive collection of easy-to-make recipes from one of America's most dynamic celebrity chefs, this cookbook is filled with what Ciao's calls "Top Five and Ten" recipes: tasty dishes that can be made with five to ten ingredients in five- to ten-minutes for five to ten dollars.
After the release of ‘Koncert Kitchen’, Johnny began appearing on top television and radio programs throughout the world. Some of Johnny’s appearances include the Today Show, Regis, Wayne Brady, Donnie and Marie, several Dick Clark Specials, Entertainment Tonight, VH-1, MTV, BBC, RAI and countless network shows throughout the US and the World.
Music and Blues Buffets
Johnny Ciao also performs on harmonica with his Culinary All-Star Band comprised of the hottest musicians in the biz while he prepares food at his Famous Blues and Music Buffets which have sold out at venues across America including the House of Blues. Musicians from major groups join Johnny as he presents and prepares a feast of food and music for
hundreds of guests.
Daytime TV Videos
Johnny prepares his famous Fruit Boats Live on Television
A Variety of Johnny's appearances throughout the years w everyone from Dick Clark, Regis, George Hamilton, Marilu Henner, Rick Dees and many others
Johnny prepares his famous Fruit Boats Live on Television
Johnny prepares Corny Shrimp
Television Talk, Festivals and Travels around the World
The Other Half
Johnny appears with Danny Bonaducci and Dick Clark and creates his Delicious Chicken Spedini
San Antonio Living
Johnny appears on San Antonio Living during his Childhood Obesity Tour "Cooking with Juice"
Celebrity Photos and More
Johnny has appeared at a variety of festivals, events and benefits over the past few yeas
PUTNAM COUNTY WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL
TASTE OF BUFFALO
TOYS FOR TOTS BENEFIT
SOUTH MOUNTAIN BLUES FESTIVAL
HUDSON BERKSHIRE WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL
SUBLICIOUS BLUES BUFFET
CORAL GALES BLUES FESTIVAL
DONALD TRUMP CANCER BENEFIT IN PALM BEACH
COOL JUICE OBESITY TOUR in Florida, Georgia and Texas
SUMMERTIME BLUES W PROFESSOR LOUIE
ALS CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
TAMPA BAY WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL
WINSLOW THERAPEUTIC HORSE HEALING BENEFIT