Jazz singer Libby York and chef Hari Cameron team up for July 16 event

Local celebs help musician-chef Paul Cullen raise funds for Paul Kares
July 1, 2021

When it comes to local celebs who’ve gained fame outside Delmarva, singer Libby York and chef Hari Cameron are prime examples.

The two will join forces at 6:30 p.m., Friday, July 16, to raise funds for Paul Cullen’s Paul Kares, which provides grants to young people interested in the musical and culinary arts.

Cullen, a former bass player for Bad Company and a noted Delaware chef-sommelier, will host the fundraiser at the Room at Cedar Grove, his event venue near Lewes.

Along with a concert by York, who will be joined by Joe Holt and Mike McShane, the event will feature a four-course wine dinner prepared by Cameron.

“Many longtime coastal residents remember that York was a founder of the Back Porch Café in Rehoboth, the groundbreaking restaurant that started the Culinary Coast,” Cullen said. “So, Hari is creating a menu that pays tribute to the Back Porch – and Libby.”

York left Rehoboth to pursue her passion for performing in New York. Adam Gopnik, a contributor to The New Yorker, calls the recording artist’s voice “unique, with a rich, warm tone not often found.”

Raised in Sussex County, Cameron found solace in commercial kitchens while struggling with dyslexia and ADHD. He went on to open eclectic area restaurants and win national acclaim. Cameron made the shortlist for James Beard’s Rising Star Chef in 2013, and Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic in 2015 and 2016. In 2018, he earned a StarChefs Rising Stars Award.

Cameron and brother Orion own grandpa(MAC), which specializes in fresh pasta. Cameron is also the chef-consultant at Arcobaleno, which makes pasta machines.

“Having these two artists, who are at the top of their game, under one roof will make for an exceptional night,” Cullen said.

Since expanding, the Room at Cedar Grove Road has become the hotspot for music, wine dinners and weekend brunches, which often fill up.

Cullen is often behind the mic and in front of the stove, but he also books sold-out events that showcase local, national and international performers and chefs. This event is an example.

Tickets for the July 16 event are $75 each, and seating is limited. To  purchase, go to

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