More times than not when the words rockstar chef get tossed around it’s typically in reference to an overexposed Food Network personality and rarely has anything to do with music. This week Marc Vetri walks the rockstar walk when backs his longtime friend singer-songwriter Phil Roy on guitar for an intimate dinner performance at Osteria. It’s actually the ninth such performance the two have done together this year, not including the string of dates they played in June opening up for Melody Gardot. “Marc is very serious about playing music and I love bringing him out in front of lots of clapping people,” Roy told Grub Street. “The great thing about taking him on the road is he knows all these chefs in every city and we always eat well.”
On Wednesday night the two will team up at Osteria for a special dinner and show in the restaurant’s wine room. Vetri and partner Jeff Michaud will prepare a four-course dinner, and then Vetri will join Roy on guitar. Roy will strum rhythm guitar and sing, while Vetri plays lead. The dinner is $130 per person.
Long before he became a chef, Vetri was an aspiring musician. He started playing guitar when he was 10, and developed a knack for picking jazz and blues as a teenager. In his 20s he moved to L.A. to pursue a career in music, landed a job at Wolfgang Puck’s Granita, and the rest, as they say, is history. On October 1, the two will team up again at New York’s Cipriani for Autism Speaks Second Annual Celebrity Chef Gala that will also feature Tom Colicchio on guitar and Jonathan Waxman on flute and trombone.