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Fundraising Events

Let Andy Help You Raise Money

Here is the information as to how I can assist your theater or non-profit organization in putting on a special event fundraiser. I have done many of these types of events all over the country and will give references if needed in order to assist you in your planning.

The show is billed as: "A Taste of Italy" with Andy LoRusso, The Singing Chef. I have put together a special 90 minute show that can be either performed as an elegant sit down lunch or dinner show at the venue of your choice, for 150 to 500 people, that includes a four course Italian dinner served, or in a cooking demonstration and sing along presentation with food and wine tasting, set up right on your theaters stage. (See menus for both options below). With both of these presentations tickets can be sold to your patrons at varying amounts with a meet and great the chef as a special perk after the event. Ask about my special discount on my cookbooks and CD's for perks to your patrons.

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In the first option, the four course sit down dinner, I demonstrate three items off the proposed menu while singing Italian love songs and arias. In option number 2, I demonstrate at least seven items while interacting with the audience, the same as above. Your local caterers or staff, using my recipes, cooks all the food that will be served in both options. I will work with them directly to plan the event out.

All of the music for both shows is on DVD with beautiful images of Italy that are projected on large screens in the venue. The words to the songs that I sing are also on the screens and I encourage all to sing along with me.

The rider below will let you know what is needed to set my show up. We can talk over my honorarium for my services when you call me. That's It! I will make myself available for any and all promotion either on TV, radio, and newspaper. I do look forward to talking with you and putting on a one of a kind special event for your theater or organization.

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A Taste of Italy Show

  • A.  A state of the art sound system with mixer.
  • B.  DVD with a switcher unit and a CD player for playback.(CD player only if needed) All of Andy's music is on the DVD along with words to the songs he will sing. The images require at least one if not two drop down screens so that people can see the images, read the words, to the songs and sing along. We can also use one or two 60" to 70" Flat Screen TV's with a DVD player)
  • C.  Technicians to work the AV.
  • D.  A follow spot if the show is in a large venue for a dinner show.
  • E.  Andy will provide an E6i countryman wireless mike, with a Shure GLX-D4 2.4 GHz Wireless Receiver. The client will provide one (1) hand held wireless mike.
  • F.  A stage set up with a cooking area that would include two portable butane burners or electric induction burners. An equipment list for what is needed on stage will be provided by Andy. (suggested stage size12ft x16ft and 20 inches high)
  • G.  One serpentine table for the cooking surface, that would be raised at least 32 inches off of the riser, waist high.
  • H.  One 8 foot table behind the main cooking table to hold all the food and equipment for the show.
  • I.  At least one (1) if not two cameras to show what Andy is cooking on the stage. Three is the best.
  • J.  Depending on the size of the venue, at least two drop down screens to project the DVD and the camera images on.
  • K.  Accommodations Ground Transportation and meals provided by event. (See contract for details)
  • L.  One professionally trained chef assistant or culinary student to work with Andy on stage. This person will assist in the procurement of all the food, do all the prep and make sure that everything is ready. The client will provide transportation for Andy if any appearances on local TV shows are booked and provide whatever is necessary for the segment, i.e.. food, assistant, etc.
  • M.  A merchandise table for Andys Cookbook's & CD's with one assistant to help with sales before and after the show.
1. Creamy Polenta
3. Seasonal Julienne Vegetables
4. Broccoli Rape (Rapini)

Fennel and Orange Salad with Walnuts and Sherry Vinaigrette

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  • A.)  1-large metal or glass bowl to mix dressing in
  • B.)  6-8-smalll glass bowls or ramekins for ingredients
  • C.)  1-medium whisk
  • D.)  1-black pepper mill
  • E.)  1-whole fennel
  • F.)  Kosher Salt
  • G.)  Creamy Polenta
  • H.)  Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • I.)  Seasonal Julienne Vegetables
  • J.)  Broccoli Rape (Rapini)
  • K.)  Nona Grace's Sicilian Ricotta Cheese Cake with Fresh Strawberries and Mint

Chicken Saltimbocca (optional)

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  • A.)  4-6oz skinless boneless chicken, breast halves, butterflied, lightly pounded
  • B.)  8 large sage leaves
  • C.)  1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese
  • D.)  4 thin slices prosciutto de parma
  • E.)  All purpose flour for dusting
  • F.)  2 tbls extra virgin olive oil
  • G.)  4 tbls unsalted butter
  • H.)  1/4 cup white wine
  • I.)  salt and black pepper
  • J.)  1 medium lemon, juiced

Chicken Scaloppine with Garlic Mashed and Julienne Veggies Bracioli with Red Sauce over Creamy Polenta (optional)

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  • A.)  2-small butane burners (extra gas cans)
  • B.)  2-12 inch saute pans
  • C.)  1-cutting board
  • D.)  1-large black pepper mill
  • E.)  Kosher Salt
  • F.)  1/2 cup of Brandy or Liquor for flaming
  • G.)  2-Chicken Breasts or 2-Flank Steaks (if serving Brasioli)
  • H.)  Plastic wrap
  • I.)  1-meat mallet to pound Chicken or Flank Steak
  • J.)  Finished sides, i.e. Garlic Mashed, Julienne Veggies Polenta, Sauce

Ricotta Cake and Polenta

(For Demo Only)

  • A.)  1-large metal or glass bowl to mix cake in
  • B.)  1-10" spring form pan
  • C.)  2-wooden spoons
  • D.)  1-rubber spatula
  • E.)  Medium or small glass bowls or Ramekins
  • F.)  6-eggs
  • G.)  Vanilla
  • H.)  1-cup sugar
  • I.)  1/2 cup flour
  • J.)  3-lbs RicottaVeggies Polenta, Sauce
  • K.)  1-cup chocolate chips
  • L.)  1-finished product


(For Demo Only)

  • A.)  1-Portable butane burner
  • B.)  1-4-cup saucepan with 1/2 water
  • C.)  Ramekins or glass bowls for ingredients
  • D.)  1-cup polenta
  • E.)  2-pats butter
  • F.)  1-clove garlic
  • G.)  1-bay leaf
  • H.)  1/2 cup milk
  • I.)  Black Pepper Mill
  • J.)  2-wooden spoons
  • K.)  1-finished product

First Course: (pre-set on tables)

4.  Grilled Polenta with a topping of Goat Cheese and Grilled Shrimp with Mint Garnish

Bruschetta with Gorgonzola, Kalamata Olives & Red Roasted Peppers Crostini of Caramelized Onions, Roasted Eggplant, and Cracked Green Olives

(Andy will make on stage)

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  • A.   Two 7 or 11 cup Food Processors
  • B.  2-Cutting Board
  • C.  1- Serrated Knife
  • D.  Technicians to work the AV.
  • E.  1-Chef Knife
  • F.  2-Wooden Spoons
  • G.  Black Pepper Mill
  • H.  2-Portable Butane Burners
  • I.  2-metal tongs
  • J.  2-10' or 12" sauté pans

Grilled Polenta Points with Grilled Shrimp, Goat Cheese, Mint & Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

(Caterers will pre-cook)

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  • A.   Grilled Polenta Points with Grilled Shrimp, Goat Cheese, Mint & Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Classic Pasta Fagioli

(Caterers will pre-cook)

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  • A.  1-Portable Butane Burner
  • B.  1-4 to 8- Quart Pasta Pot for soup
  • C.  1-Bottle of Olive Oil
  • D.  2-Wooden Spoons
  • E.  Kosher or Sea Salt
  • F.  Black Pepper Mill

Bellini's Pasta Norma (1 - lbs.)

(Andy will make on stage)

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  • A.  2-Portable Butane Burner
  • B.  1-8 court Pasta Pot
  • C.  1-14" sauté pan
  • D.  Cutting Board
  • E.  Kosher or Sea Salt
  • F.  Black Pepper Mill

Ricotta Cheesecake & Double Chocolate Almond Biscotti

(Andy will assemble Ricotta Cake on Stage. Caterers will have finished product of both the Ricotta Cake and Chocolate Biscotti already done)

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  • A.  1 -10"inch spring form pan & Rubber Spatula
  • B.  12-small glass bowls for all the ingredients
  • C.  1-wire whisk-1--medium glass or metal bowl to mix all items in
  • D.  4 to 6 White presentation platters
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