North Tahoe BBQ, song fest fundraiser for pediatric mind cancer patients set for weekend

July 14, 2016 - bbq set

CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — In 2013, Crystal Bay Casino Manager Bill Wood was on vacation in New Orleans, shower in a stage during a New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, when a crony introduced him to a few giveaway locals.

“Some of them were in a health caring attention and some of them were chefs,” Wood pronounced this week, “and they started revelation me about this ‘Hogs for a Cause’ advantage they have each year a initial weekend in Apr — it sounded flattering cool.”

Specifically, a annual New Orleans eventuality is a fundraiser grill and song festival that raises income for families opposite a republic with children fighting pediatric mind cancer.

A year or so later, Wood was examination a internal news and came opposite a news that spoke to him — in fact, it changed him — to join a estimable means spearheaded by his new friends in New Orleans.

“It was substantially around final fall, they had a news on a small lady in Reno,” Wood said. “She was pang (from mind cancer) and was all magisterial from a steroid treatment, and a family was perplexing to put their best face forward, though we could only tell it was murdering them.

“I consider that was … we don’t know if it was meant to occur that way, though a timing told me, OK, we have to do something.”


Wood has taken it on himself to only that. The CBC manager is bringing a advantage innate in a lagoon to a shores of North Lake Tahoe this weekend.

On Friday and Saturday, “Silence of da Hams” (a Hogs for a Cause benefit) will take place during a Crystal Bay Casino.

The eventuality will underline 4 venerable chefs from New Orleans — Mike Brewer, Chris Montero, Justin Kennedy and Jared Ralls — as good as live song from Grammy Award-winning despondency and RB artist Jon Cleary (who will perform as Jon Cleary a Absolute Monster Gentlemen), as good as San Francisco-based unusual essence organisation Monophonics.

Starting during 7 p.m. Friday inside a CBC Steak Lobster House, a guest chefs will ready a multi-course feast — smoked drum bruschetta, parched snapper, white chocolate and blueberry bread pudding and some-more — finish with wines and raffle items.

To top a evening, Cleary, a former pianist for Bonnie Raitt, and his rope will play a giveaway unison inside a CBC Crown Room.

On Saturday, a festivities pierce to a back parking lot of a CBC, where a chefs’ widespread will be highlighted by a New Orleans favorite and tack during their hometown Jazz Fest: Cochon de Lait, a marinated, pit-roasted immature suckling pig, thinly sliced and served on a po-boy.

In further to a array of appetizing food, adult beverages will be served and a wordless auction will be held.


Punctuating a initial “Silence of da Hams” weekend, Monophonics will play a uncover inside a Crown Room. Notably, Truckee-based stone rope Coburn Station will be a opening act.

“Hopefully this will be a initial of many to come,” pronounced Wood, adding that he hopes it grows into a informal eventuality involving adjacent resorts and casinos. “We only motionless to put it together this year and do it ourselves to get a thing rolling.”

What’s more, Wood pronounced he organised an agreement with a Hogs for a Cause classification so that 50 percent of a supports lifted would go toward families in Northern Nevada.

“We’re anticipating to lift supports for some internal people in Northern Nevada,” he said. “And we’re also anticipating to only be means to put on a good grill and song festival as well.

“We have a good group operative together to do this, though it’s about these kids and their families. If we can only make it one day easier for a family that needs some assistance, afterwards I’ll feel good about it.”

Visit to learn some-more about Cleary and his music, and revisit to learn some-more about Monophonics.

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