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'Sopranos' star the guest chef at two fund-raisers

From staff reports • Jul 2, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Joe Gannascoli, best known for his role as Vito Spatafore on HBO’s award-winning series “The Sopranos” will be the guest chef on July 12-13 during “Mobster Nights at The Troutdale,” an event benefiting two local non-profit organizations.

Gannascoli is well-known in the metro New York area as a culinary artist specializing in Italian and French foods. He regularly makes personal appearances throughout the country as a guest chef, and he markets a line of pasta and a saucelabeled under “Sauce Boss.”

During his appearance at The Troutdale Dining Room, he will present his line of fine Cugine cigars and cigar boxes, as well as the crime novel/cookbook he has written, “A Meal to Die For.”

Both nights will feature a book signing that starts at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., and will conclude with stories on the porch with the opportunity to try Gannascoli’s line of Cugine cigars.

The Troutdale bar will also offer fine scotches to enjoy with the cigars on the porch.

For “Mobster Nights,” Troutdale has partnered with two local organizations — Steppen-Stone Youth Treatment Center and the Spine Health Foundation.

Each charity will be featured for one of the nights — Steppen-Stone on July 12 and Spine Health on July 13 — and part of the proceeds from each evening will go to benefit those charities.

SteppenStone provides a comprehensive continuum of treatment programs featuring year-round residential, day and intensive outpatient treatment services for behaviorally and emotionally disordered youth with sexual issues.

The Spine Health Foundation’s mission is to provide education , encouragement and healing solutions to individuals suffering from chronic back pain related to spinal disorders or injuries.

Tickets for the event are $100 each, with $25 of each ticket sold going to the featured charity for each evening. To purchase tickets, visit troutdalekitchens.com/mobstern  ights  . Tickets also may be purchased in person at the Troutdale, 412 Sixth St., Bristol, Tenn., or by calling the Troutdale Kitchens Office at 217-1201.Contributed photo

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