Posts tagged 2012 in Food and Music

2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - CARL SUTTON
Winemaker Carl Sutton founded San Francisco’s Sutton Cellars in 1996. 
What was the food highlight of your year?
I had to think a lot about this, I don’t think in superlatives because food is such a quotidien experience. My wife and I cook at home and have a bottle of wine nightly so I’m fortunate (in my mind) to have a good food experience daily. And that’s the definition of a good food experience for me - some good food, a bottle of wine, and great company. This can be accomplished on a daily basis, there’s no reason to compromise or expect more…
That said there was a food experience in 2012 that got my attention - the night market on Place Djemaa el Fna in Marrakech. Every evening there a hundred plus stalls set up with a broad variety of foods. I can’t remember the stall number for sure, I think it’s #31, but we got a tip that the merguez there was the best - we were not disappointed. We snuck a little red wine with us (local of course, who knew Morocco makes wine?!?) and the experience was fantastic. I could go on about how good the merguez and the khob (bread) and the sauces were but it was also the noise, heat, stink, energy, life, and everything else. Sure the food was simple but the experience was sensory overload. This is the original Off the Grid! Thanks for asking and making me think of it.
What was the music highlight of your year?
I was honestly disheartened with Neil Young’s performance at Outside Lands. He’s still got something to prove and he did it loud and fucking distorted for the first 20 minutes or so. Good for him, he’s not an old fart… For the rest of us out in the freezing fog, IDK. I’m sure people ate it up, I went and got the car and drove home early. On a positive note - music is like wine in our house, we have some every day. Most of the time it’s KALX for the great mix of DJs, new and well known music, and the DIY/indie spirit that embodies my winemaking as well. If I’m not listening to KALX it’s old 60’s garage/psych/R&B/soul or music made by my friends like Mike Therieau. Bart Davenport, Tim Bluhm, or any of the musicians I’ve met through them over the years.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
Dinner at home with my wonderful wife. I don’t care what we’re listening to or what we’re eating so much as I enjoy the company. Best part: it’s easy to duplicate.
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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - CARL SUTTON

Winemaker Carl Sutton founded San Francisco’s Sutton Cellars in 1996. 

What was the food highlight of your year?

I had to think a lot about this, I don’t think in superlatives because food is such a quotidien experience. My wife and I cook at home and have a bottle of wine nightly so I’m fortunate (in my mind) to have a good food experience daily. And that’s the definition of a good food experience for me - some good food, a bottle of wine, and great company. This can be accomplished on a daily basis, there’s no reason to compromise or expect more…

That said there was a food experience in 2012 that got my attention - the night market on Place Djemaa el Fna in Marrakech. Every evening there a hundred plus stalls set up with a broad variety of foods. I can’t remember the stall number for sure, I think it’s #31, but we got a tip that the merguez there was the best - we were not disappointed. We snuck a little red wine with us (local of course, who knew Morocco makes wine?!?) and the experience was fantastic. I could go on about how good the merguez and the khob (bread) and the sauces were but it was also the noise, heat, stink, energy, life, and everything else. Sure the food was simple but the experience was sensory overload. This is the original Off the Grid! Thanks for asking and making me think of it.

What was the music highlight of your year?

I was honestly disheartened with Neil Young’s performance at Outside Lands. He’s still got something to prove and he did it loud and fucking distorted for the first 20 minutes or so. Good for him, he’s not an old fart… For the rest of us out in the freezing fog, IDK. I’m sure people ate it up, I went and got the car and drove home early. On a positive note - music is like wine in our house, we have some every day. Most of the time it’s KALX for the great mix of DJs, new and well known music, and the DIY/indie spirit that embodies my winemaking as well. If I’m not listening to KALX it’s old 60’s garage/psych/R&B/soul or music made by my friends like Mike Therieau. Bart Davenport, Tim Bluhm, or any of the musicians I’ve met through them over the years.

Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?

Dinner at home with my wonderful wife. I don’t care what we’re listening to or what we’re eating so much as I enjoy the company. Best part: it’s easy to duplicate.

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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - MICHAEL SCHORR
Michael Schorr has played drums on records by Death Cab For Cutie, Stephen Malkmus, and The Long Winters. He is currently working as a video game designer.
What was the food highlight of your year?
It’s odd to me to list pizza, but I’m gonna do it anyway. The Alibi Room’s pizza is simply the best pizza I have found in Seattle. That my wife, a vegan, can say the same thing, is incredible. Pair this with the stiffest drinks this side of Hazlewood and it’s hard to beat for a fun evening.
What was the music highlight of your year?
In terms of live music, it was either seeing PVT or Meshuggah, both at the Showbox Market. What those two bands achieved in a club, for me, was sensational bliss. Meshuggah was about sensory overload, while PVT was about the space between the sounds.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
Pizza and drinks at the Alibi Room before the PVT show at the Showbox.
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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - MICHAEL SCHORR

Michael Schorr has played drums on records by Death Cab For Cutie, Stephen Malkmus, and The Long Winters. He is currently working as a video game designer.

What was the food highlight of your year?

It’s odd to me to list pizza, but I’m gonna do it anyway. The Alibi Room’s pizza is simply the best pizza I have found in Seattle. That my wife, a vegan, can say the same thing, is incredible. Pair this with the stiffest drinks this side of Hazlewood and it’s hard to beat for a fun evening.

What was the music highlight of your year?

In terms of live music, it was either seeing PVT or Meshuggah, both at the Showbox Market. What those two bands achieved in a club, for me, was sensational bliss. Meshuggah was about sensory overload, while PVT was about the space between the sounds.

Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?

Pizza and drinks at the Alibi Room before the PVT show at the Showbox.

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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - WILLIAM WERNER
William Werner owns Craftsman & Wolves, a patisserie in San Francisco’s Mission District. His savory pastry, The Rebel Within, begs the egg version of the question “How do they get the jelly in the donut?” Photo: Aubrie Pick
What was the food highlight of your year?
Eating oysters with my girl in Point Reyes.
What was the music highlight of your year?
The Melvins and Unsane at Great American Music Call in April.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
Getting Mission Chinese Food delivered and watching the Joy Division documentary.
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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - WILLIAM WERNER

William Werner owns Craftsman & Wolves, a patisserie in San Francisco’s Mission District. His savory pastry, The Rebel Within, begs the egg version of the question “How do they get the jelly in the donut?” Photo: Aubrie Pick

What was the food highlight of your year?

Eating oysters with my girl in Point Reyes.

What was the music highlight of your year?

The Melvins and Unsane at Great American Music Call in April.

Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?

Getting Mission Chinese Food delivered and watching the Joy Division documentary.

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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - DAVID RODERICK
David Roderick is the Talent Buyer at Noise Pop Industries (Treasure Island Music Festival, Noise Pop, etc.).
What was the food highlight of your year?
We stopped by Sun Fat on Mission Street and bought a half a dozen Dungeness Crab. Got home, threw them in the pot and voila! One of the best meals of the year. Sun Fat never fails when it comes to a seafood feast.
What was the food highlight of your year?
Hot Snakes at Bottom Of The Hill was hands down my favorite show of the year! These guys never fail to blow the roof of any joint.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
Noisette at Public Works was really the perfect marriage of music and food. The musical lineup included Taken By Trees, Craft Spells, Pillowfight and The Dodos. The selection of food was equally impressive. Ian Marks from Beast and Hare served a delicious pork po’boy with pickled watermelon slaw. Flour + Water put together a carta di musica with rabbit and peach mostarda. The Monk’s Kettle served a delicious smoked rib-eye, burnt ends and beans, pickled corn slaw.
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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - DAVID RODERICK

David Roderick is the Talent Buyer at Noise Pop Industries (Treasure Island Music Festival, Noise Pop, etc.).

What was the food highlight of your year?

We stopped by Sun Fat on Mission Street and bought a half a dozen Dungeness Crab. Got home, threw them in the pot and voila! One of the best meals of the year. Sun Fat never fails when it comes to a seafood feast.

What was the food highlight of your year?

Hot Snakes at Bottom Of The Hill was hands down my favorite show of the year! These guys never fail to blow the roof of any joint.

Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?

Noisette at Public Works was really the perfect marriage of music and food. The musical lineup included Taken By Trees, Craft Spells, Pillowfight and The Dodos. The selection of food was equally impressive. Ian Marks from Beast and Hare served a delicious pork po’boy with pickled watermelon slaw. Flour + Water put together a carta di musica with rabbit and peach mostarda. The Monk’s Kettle served a delicious smoked rib-eye, burnt ends and beans, pickled corn slaw.

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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - KIERSTEN STEVENS
Kiersten Stevens worked at Foodbuzz before becoming a photo stylist.
What was the food highlight of your year?
Lolinda’s bone marrow hands down. Delicious melted meat butter in your mouth, really doesn’t get any better. Anothony Bourdain loves a good blood sausage, I can’t get enough bone marrow. I would suggest posting up at the communal table, order a Gilda (with mescal instead of Calle Blanco) and ordering a few bites!
What was the music highlight of your year?
M. Ward at the Fillmore was a real treat for me. I love that man’s voice so much and the Filmore is one of my all time favorite places to see music. I also stumbled across Canadian duo Whitehorse at The Continental Club in Austin during SXSW, which has been one of my favorite records of the year!
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way? 
The best food and music moment was definitely Noise Pop’s new festival, Noisette (such a cute name!). Top SF restaurants, mixing with the raddest bands, doesn’t get much better. A highlight of that event was seeing Dennis Lee, chef and owner of NAMU totally hammered. Good times!
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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - KIERSTEN STEVENS

Kiersten Stevens worked at Foodbuzz before becoming a photo stylist.

What was the food highlight of your year?

Lolinda’s bone marrow hands down. Delicious melted meat butter in your mouth, really doesn’t get any better. Anothony Bourdain loves a good blood sausage, I can’t get enough bone marrow. I would suggest posting up at the communal table, order a Gilda (with mescal instead of Calle Blanco) and ordering a few bites!

What was the music highlight of your year?

M. Ward at the Fillmore was a real treat for me. I love that man’s voice so much and the Filmore is one of my all time favorite places to see music. I also stumbled across Canadian duo Whitehorse at The Continental Club in Austin during SXSW, which has been one of my favorite records of the year!

Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?

The best food and music moment was definitely Noise Pop’s new festival, Noisette (such a cute name!). Top SF restaurants, mixing with the raddest bands, doesn’t get much better. A highlight of that event was seeing Dennis Lee, chef and owner of NAMU totally hammered. Good times!

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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - ROBERT LLOYD
Robert Lloyd was a fixture of the San Diego music scene of the early 90s and has since worked at Alias, Interscope, and Epitaph Records.
What was the food highlight of your year?
Two moments: St. Roy at Vine in San Clemente and homeade carne asada from the Kogi BBQ recipe. 
What was the music highlight of your year?
Refused at Glass House. First show EVER in the states. Even their mistakes were great.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
A hot dog cart in San Diego after the aMiniature reunion show.
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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - ROBERT LLOYD

Robert Lloyd was a fixture of the San Diego music scene of the early 90s and has since worked at Alias, Interscope, and Epitaph Records.

What was the food highlight of your year?

Two moments: St. Roy at Vine in San Clemente and homeade carne asada from the Kogi BBQ recipe. 

What was the music highlight of your year?

Refused at Glass House. First show EVER in the states. Even their mistakes were great.

Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?

A hot dog cart in San Diego after the aMiniature reunion show.

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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - NICK TANGBORN
Nick Tangborn has worked in both the food and music industries long enough to know better. He currently lives in Austin, TX.
What was your food highlight of the year?
My parents come to visit every year in early December on their way from Northern Minnesota to Arizona — they’re snowbirds, with the big white Ford 750 and fifth wheel RV. They always bring me canned tomatoes, pickles (my mom’s pickles blow away the competition), pickled green beans, “red hot” cinnamon cucumber pickles, sauerkraut, and plenty of Christmas cookies. This year, we went to Central Market (the big gourmet paradise grocer in Austin) and my dad said “Those tomatoes look just like the ones we canned — man they were hard to peel.” I looked at the tomatoes and realized that, somehow, my parents had meant to plant beefsteak tomatoes for canning, but had planted heirlooms instead. So now I have 12 jars of amazing, perfect peeled heirloom tomatoes canned and ready. That’s pretty awesome.
What was your music highlight of the year?
In March, when Batter Blaster — the company I helped run for 5 years — was still a functioning entity, a bunch of us were at a bar called Donn’s Depot here in Austin. I heard, across the bar, my CEO say “Don’t worry — Nick can book that Saturday show.” This was 3 weeks before SXSW. So I had 3 weeks, no budget, and a Saturday afternoon party to throw. Three weeks later, we had John Doe, both of The Posies (Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, playing separately), Ian Moore and Jesse Dayton together, Loquat, Shurman, Beaver Nelson, Carletta Sue Kay and Dave Mulligan from Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers. Ken and Ian, on the floor with no mics, singing “Give Me Another Chance” by Big Star is still my absolute favorite moment of the past year.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
A lot of my memories of the past year seem to be tied to the Hole in the Wall — that’s where we threw that party in March, and that’s where a bunch of my friends tend to play, like The Mother Hips, David Dondero, etc. They just opened the back kitchen up with Paul Qui, the Top Chef winner, and his East Side King concept. Previously food trailers, now it’s a full blown brick and mortar place, just behind where the bands play. The squid ink curry ramen is outstanding, as is the chicken tortilla soup (made with bacon dashi and chicken-tortilla tom yum paste to carry the East meets West theme). It’s awesome now to go to a show there and be able to walk 25 feet and get Chicken Kara-Age and a bowl of Beer Bacon Miso Ramen.

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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - NICK TANGBORN

Nick Tangborn has worked in both the food and music industries long enough to know better. He currently lives in Austin, TX.

What was your food highlight of the year?

My parents come to visit every year in early December on their way from Northern Minnesota to Arizona — they’re snowbirds, with the big white Ford 750 and fifth wheel RV. They always bring me canned tomatoes, pickles (my mom’s pickles blow away the competition), pickled green beans, “red hot” cinnamon cucumber pickles, sauerkraut, and plenty of Christmas cookies. This year, we went to Central Market (the big gourmet paradise grocer in Austin) and my dad said “Those tomatoes look just like the ones we canned — man they were hard to peel.” I looked at the tomatoes and realized that, somehow, my parents had meant to plant beefsteak tomatoes for canning, but had planted heirlooms instead. So now I have 12 jars of amazing, perfect peeled heirloom tomatoes canned and ready. That’s pretty awesome.

What was your music highlight of the year?

In March, when Batter Blaster — the company I helped run for 5 years — was still a functioning entity, a bunch of us were at a bar called Donn’s Depot here in Austin. I heard, across the bar, my CEO say “Don’t worry — Nick can book that Saturday show.” This was 3 weeks before SXSW. So I had 3 weeks, no budget, and a Saturday afternoon party to throw. Three weeks later, we had John Doe, both of The Posies (Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, playing separately), Ian Moore and Jesse Dayton together, Loquat, Shurman, Beaver Nelson, Carletta Sue Kay and Dave Mulligan from Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers. Ken and Ian, on the floor with no mics, singing “Give Me Another Chance” by Big Star is still my absolute favorite moment of the past year.

Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?

A lot of my memories of the past year seem to be tied to the Hole in the Wall — that’s where we threw that party in March, and that’s where a bunch of my friends tend to play, like The Mother Hips, David Dondero, etc. They just opened the back kitchen up with Paul Qui, the Top Chef winner, and his East Side King concept. Previously food trailers, now it’s a full blown brick and mortar place, just behind where the bands play. The squid ink curry ramen is outstanding, as is the chicken tortilla soup (made with bacon dashi and chicken-tortilla tom yum paste to carry the East meets West theme). It’s awesome now to go to a show there and be able to walk 25 feet and get Chicken Kara-Age and a bowl of Beer Bacon Miso Ramen.

2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - CHARLIE SPEIGHT
Charlie Speight left the Chapel Hill music scene for a life on the internets and is yet to forgive himself. He is currently the General Manager of Digital at lifestyle publisher, Future US.
What was the food highlight of your year?
Eating at State Bird Provisions a few times before it went supernova. It really deserves the recognition it is getting as best new restaurant in the USA… and the namesake bird is sublime.
What was the music highlight of your year?
The Woodsist Festival in Big Sur and, in particular: Woods, Real Estate, White Fence and Thee Oh Sees who were all completely on top of it under the redwoods.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
Meeting up with old bandmates at SXSW, driving to Lexington (TX) for fabled “Snow’s BBQ” and bringing leftovers back in time to catch most of the bands on seven stages (!!) during the day at Spider House.
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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - CHARLIE SPEIGHT

Charlie Speight left the Chapel Hill music scene for a life on the internets and is yet to forgive himself. He is currently the General Manager of Digital at lifestyle publisher, Future US.

What was the food highlight of your year?

Eating at State Bird Provisions a few times before it went supernova. It really deserves the recognition it is getting as best new restaurant in the USA… and the namesake bird is sublime.

What was the music highlight of your year?

The Woodsist Festival in Big Sur and, in particular: Woods, Real Estate, White Fence and Thee Oh Sees who were all completely on top of it under the redwoods.

Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?

Meeting up with old bandmates at SXSW, driving to Lexington (TX) for fabled “Snow’s BBQ” and bringing leftovers back in time to catch most of the bands on seven stages (!!) during the day at Spider House.

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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - SHAUN LOPEZ
Shaun Lopez has played guitar in Far, The Revolution Smile, and ††† (Crosses). He owns The Airport studio in LA and has production, engineering and songwriting credits that span from The Deftones to Lupe Fiasco.
What was the food highlight of your year?
Man, I love good food, so this is a tough one, but I will always come back to Mexican food. Other states that think they have good Mexican food are tripping, California takes it hands down. My favorite place in LA is a lil spot called El Caapintero. Hector is the owner, chef, & he takes your order as well. He’s a one man show, and my dude throws down some of the best salsa I’ve ever had. It’s located across the street from the big Warner Bros Studios, and it has the chillest outdoor seating area.
What was the music highlight of your year? 
My musical highlight was traveling down to South America with my band ††† (Crosses). We played Lollapalooza in Chile and the Quilmes Festival in Buenos Aires. The people down there make you feel really welcome and we had some great support from the fans/friends. Over 100 kids were at the airports when we arrived just to say hello - very surreal. I will never take something like that for granted. It was a good reminder of how music can connect with people. As far as songs go, the first time I heard Usher’s Climax, I couldn’t believe how good it was. The production and mix still blow me away every time I hear it. That’s definitely the JAM of the year for me.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
I remember standing in line for catering at Lollapalooza and right behind me walks up Perry Farrell. I had met him the night before, and as we served up our food we rapped a bit about the various bands/DJ’s we had been checking out. I was a huge Jane’s fan growing up, so this was a cool moment for me.
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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - SHAUN LOPEZ

Shaun Lopez has played guitar in Far, The Revolution Smile, and ††† (Crosses). He owns The Airport studio in LA and has production, engineering and songwriting credits that span from The Deftones to Lupe Fiasco.

What was the food highlight of your year?

Man, I love good food, so this is a tough one, but I will always come back to Mexican food. Other states that think they have good Mexican food are tripping, California takes it hands down. My favorite place in LA is a lil spot called El Caapintero. Hector is the owner, chef, & he takes your order as well. He’s a one man show, and my dude throws down some of the best salsa I’ve ever had. It’s located across the street from the big Warner Bros Studios, and it has the chillest outdoor seating area.

What was the music highlight of your year? 

My musical highlight was traveling down to South America with my band ††† (Crosses). We played Lollapalooza in Chile and the Quilmes Festival in Buenos Aires. The people down there make you feel really welcome and we had some great support from the fans/friends. Over 100 kids were at the airports when we arrived just to say hello - very surreal. I will never take something like that for granted. It was a good reminder of how music can connect with people. As far as songs go, the first time I heard Usher’s Climax, I couldn’t believe how good it was. The production and mix still blow me away every time I hear it. That’s definitely the JAM of the year for me.


Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?

I remember standing in line for catering at Lollapalooza and right behind me walks up Perry Farrell. I had met him the night before, and as we served up our food we rapped a bit about the various bands/DJ’s we had been checking out. I was a huge Jane’s fan growing up, so this was a cool moment for me.

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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - SARAH GAVIGAN
Sarah Gavigan is an award-winning music supervisor who places independent artists in television, film, and advertising. Her pop up ramen shop, Otaku South, was recently featured in Food & Wine Magazine and will soon be opening a permanent location in Nashville. Photo: nfocus
What was the food highlight of your year?
Without a doubt it was eating at Catbird Seat followed by the honor of cooking at the Catbird Seat. Erik & Josh are the real deal; thinkers….artists, so to experience dinner in their restaurant and have my own food be acknowledged by them, is just about the most amazing food experience of my life. I am not sure I spoke much during the 3 hour 9 course tasting menu because I was so memorized by what they were doing. Most often tasting menus can be too much, each dish stands alone with a slew of ingredients, one overpowering flavor after another…..but not at Catbird; each plate works to the next. My senses were in overdrive.
Serving at Catbird was honestly like a dream. As a home cook, these types of moments seem unfathomable, but yet it happened, and it was one of the coolest nights of my life. Erik and I just had a blast introducing people to traditional Izakaya and Ramen with a twist of Southern soul and Catbird madness.
What was the music highlight of your year?
My entire career In the music business I have stayed close to talent in the early stages of a career. I love that feeling of “anything is possible,” and this year in Nashville there was no shortage of buergoning new acts and records. Jessie Baylin & Leagues are my favorite local records of the year. I’m currently addicted to the Alt-J record.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
I have been very deliberate about the music at every one of my Otaku events. We had three seatings at Catbird, and I had a different playlist for each. The best moment was the final seating, everyone was deep into their bowl of ramen, and Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” played loudly and everyone’s heads bobbed and noodles slurped. I closed my eyes and smiled with my whole being. It was an amazing feeling.
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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - SARAH GAVIGAN

Sarah Gavigan is an award-winning music supervisor who places independent artists in television, film, and advertising. Her pop up ramen shop, Otaku South, was recently featured in Food & Wine Magazine and will soon be opening a permanent location in Nashville. Photo: nfocus

What was the food highlight of your year?

Without a doubt it was eating at Catbird Seat followed by the honor of cooking at the Catbird Seat. Erik & Josh are the real deal; thinkers….artists, so to experience dinner in their restaurant and have my own food be acknowledged by them, is just about the most amazing food experience of my life. I am not sure I spoke much during the 3 hour 9 course tasting menu because I was so memorized by what they were doing. Most often tasting menus can be too much, each dish stands alone with a slew of ingredients, one overpowering flavor after another…..but not at Catbird; each plate works to the next. My senses were in overdrive.

Serving at Catbird was honestly like a dream. As a home cook, these types of moments seem unfathomable, but yet it happened, and it was one of the coolest nights of my life. Erik and I just had a blast introducing people to traditional Izakaya and Ramen with a twist of Southern soul and Catbird madness.

What was the music highlight of your year?

My entire career In the music business I have stayed close to talent in the early stages of a career. I love that feeling of “anything is possible,” and this year in Nashville there was no shortage of buergoning new acts and records. Jessie Baylin & Leagues are my favorite local records of the year. I’m currently addicted to the Alt-J record.

Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?

I have been very deliberate about the music at every one of my Otaku events. We had three seatings at Catbird, and I had a different playlist for each. The best moment was the final seating, everyone was deep into their bowl of ramen, and Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” played loudly and everyone’s heads bobbed and noodles slurped. I closed my eyes and smiled with my whole being. It was an amazing feeling.

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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - OLIVIER CORDIER
Olivier Cordier owns Olivier’s French Butchery in San Francisco where he hand-selects all carcasses, uses old world techniques, and specializes in unique cuts.
What was the food highlight of your year?
A fantastic bottle of red wine with 100 days ages Cote de Boeuf.
What was the music highlight of your year?
Always a good old disco will bring life to us at the shop. 
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
Food and music will always set a better mood and make food taste better. 
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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - OLIVIER CORDIER

Olivier Cordier owns Olivier’s French Butchery in San Francisco where he hand-selects all carcasses, uses old world techniques, and specializes in unique cuts.

What was the food highlight of your year?

A fantastic bottle of red wine with 100 days ages Cote de Boeuf.

What was the music highlight of your year?

Always a good old disco will bring life to us at the shop. 

Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?

Food and music will always set a better mood and make food taste better. 

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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - EMILY HOBSON
Emily Hobson has worked at several music technology companies and can occasionally be found spinning vinyl in her hometown of San Francisco.
What was the food highlight of your year? 
Bar Tartine’s Fermentation feast with Sandor Katz, author of Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation. The Fish stew there continues to be one of the most comforting dishes in town. 
State Bird Provisions opened in January and has been a delight to visit all year long. The concept is perfect for sharing and they never fail to send out amazing food. 
Even after two years, Bar Agricole continues to produce amazing and food and drinks. Everything is super-fresh and thoughtful without being precious. 
The prevalence of purslane all summer long on nearly everything. 
Boot and Shoe Service’s great brunch. 
Turnip soup at Comstock Saloon‘s Friday (free) lunch. 
Portland Cocktail Week. It’s like to a music festival but totally focused on spirits and community.
What was the music highlight of your year? 
Bob Mould plays Sugar’s Copper Blue at Bottom of The HillOther Lives at Great American Music HallSharon Van Etten/The War On Drugs at The Independent
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
It turns out combining food, music, and the outdoors can be a winning combination. Who knew? Most of my memorable combinations of food and music arrived in a variety of excellent outdoor settings.
Two shows at Mountain Winery: Blondie/Devo and Go-Go’s/Psychedelic Furs pre-show tailgating at Mountain Winery. A beautiful view followed by great music at a stunning venue. 
The Woodist Fest, Henry Miller Memorial LIbrary, Big Sur and the two day picnicking in the redwoods. 
A hillside picnic at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass for Nick Lowe.
The confluence of food, wine, and music and sun at The Huichica fest. Our host cracked open a bottle of 1969 Lanson Champagne for breakfast to kick it all off.
New Order at The Fox followed by snacks and cocktails at Flora.
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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - EMILY HOBSON

Emily Hobson has worked at several music technology companies and can occasionally be found spinning vinyl in her hometown of San Francisco.

What was the food highlight of your year? 

Bar Tartine’s Fermentation feast with Sandor Katz, author of Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation. The Fish stew there continues to be one of the most comforting dishes in town. 

State Bird Provisions opened in January and has been a delight to visit all year long. The concept is perfect for sharing and they never fail to send out amazing food. 

Even after two years, Bar Agricole continues to produce amazing and food and drinks. Everything is super-fresh and thoughtful without being precious. 

The prevalence of purslane all summer long on nearly everything. 

Boot and Shoe Service’s great brunch. 

Turnip soup at Comstock Saloon‘s Friday (free) lunch. 

Portland Cocktail Week. It’s like to a music festival but totally focused on spirits and community.

What was the music highlight of your year? 

Bob Mould plays Sugar’s Copper Blue at Bottom of The Hill
Other Lives at Great American Music Hall
Sharon Van Etten/The War On Drugs at The Independent

Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?

It turns out combining food, music, and the outdoors can be a winning combination. Who knew? Most of my memorable combinations of food and music arrived in a variety of excellent outdoor settings.

Two shows at Mountain Winery: Blondie/Devo and Go-Go’s/Psychedelic Furs pre-show tailgating at Mountain Winery. A beautiful view followed by great music at a stunning venue. 

The Woodist Fest, Henry Miller Memorial LIbrary, Big Sur and the two day picnicking in the redwoods. 

A hillside picnic at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass for Nick Lowe.

The confluence of food, wine, and music and sun at The Huichica fest. Our host cracked open a bottle of 1969 Lanson Champagne for breakfast to kick it all off.

New Order at The Fox followed by snacks and cocktails at Flora.

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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - JEFF BUNDSCHU
Jeff Bundschu is President of Gundlach Bundschu Winery a co-producer of Sonoma’s Huichica Music Festival.
What was the food highlight of your year? 
I’d have to say the Italian Night meal at the local Catholic School here in Sonoma.  Though I heard it was fun, my kids don’t go the school and I had never attended until this year. It is a fundraiser for the school put on by their Dad’s Club.  The red and white checkered table cloths were expected, as was the copious amounts of wine, and the generations of Italian-Sonoman families in attendance.  What blew me away though was the food! Homemade antipasto, Chicken Cacciatore, and Spaghetti Marinara.  Turns out that the three head chefs/dads (none of whom cook professionally) concoct the meal every year using old family recipes, and start cooking days beforehand.   Everything was so good, in a head-spinning way.  Deep rich flavors not from this world, or at least this hemisphere.
What was the music highlight of your year? 
Pond, an Australian hard rock band. The best live show I’ve seen in some time, though seriously self destructive lead singer.  Saw them at SxSW in March.  Like Led Zeppelin crossed with Deep Purple with a large dose of Gibby Haynes. Run don’t walk if/when they come to town.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
Actually, I’ve been working on a project that combines wine and music and was blown away to see first hand that that what you are listening to really does impact what you taste.  Stay tuned for much more on that in 2013.
5 RECORDS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE - JEFF BUNDSCHU
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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - JEFF BUNDSCHU

Jeff Bundschu is President of Gundlach Bundschu Winery a co-producer of Sonoma’s Huichica Music Festival.

What was the food highlight of your year? 

I’d have to say the Italian Night meal at the local Catholic School here in Sonoma.  Though I heard it was fun, my kids don’t go the school and I had never attended until this year. It is a fundraiser for the school put on by their Dad’s Club.  The red and white checkered table cloths were expected, as was the copious amounts of wine, and the generations of Italian-Sonoman families in attendance.  What blew me away though was the food! Homemade antipasto, Chicken Cacciatore, and Spaghetti Marinara.  Turns out that the three head chefs/dads (none of whom cook professionally) concoct the meal every year using old family recipes, and start cooking days beforehand.   Everything was so good, in a head-spinning way.  Deep rich flavors not from this world, or at least this hemisphere.

What was the music highlight of your year? 

Pond, an Australian hard rock band. The best live show I’ve seen in some time, though seriously self destructive lead singer.  Saw them at SxSW in March.  Like Led Zeppelin crossed with Deep Purple with a large dose of Gibby Haynes. Run don’t walk if/when they come to town.

Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?

Actually, I’ve been working on a project that combines wine and music and was blown away to see first hand that that what you are listening to really does impact what you taste.  Stay tuned for much more on that in 2013.

5 RECORDS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE - JEFF BUNDSCHU

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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - BLAIR SHEHAN
Blair Shehan is a founding member of Knapsack and currently fronts The Jealous Sound.
What was the food highlight of your year?
Quite a good chunk of  2012 was spent traveling america with three other grown men in a 15 passenger van. My dining choices at home in LA are spent at my usual spots, so when I”m on tour I enjoy heading out on my own for some quiet time and hopefully a great meal. It grounds me out and helps me reset from the daily grind of touring. I often comment on how this country’s highways are littered with horrible fast food and people with broken down bodies from eating it on a daily basis. I then realize I’m standing in line behind them waiting for the same food. 
When we played San Diego recently I got a great tip on a shrimp burrito so I headed out. I wound up at a place called El Zarape. They make a burrito with shrimp, some kind of Jack cheese, poblano sauce, and massive shrimp and that’s all there is to it. I came back to the club and described it as” luxurious”. Deep, rich, and totally unlike any other mexican seafood I have had… Extraordinary.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
As far as music and food colliding, the band recieved an email offering us a free dinner at a Taiwanese noodle bar called Toki Underground before we played in DC, simply because the owner enjoyed our music. We were raggedy and tired and some free hot asian noodles sounded perfect. First off it’s not underground, it’s upstairs in a dining  room that is a cross between a Japanese pub and a treehouse. We belly up to the bar where they make Ramen and soups to order. I ordered a fried chicken in a red curry broth with noodles, a soft boiled egg, and ginger. I love all types of Ramen, but this was the hands down best I have ever had. Fantastic ambience and food in a hectic urban center. It was a generous gesture and much appreciated. Indie food community reaching out to indie music…just wonderful!
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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - BLAIR SHEHAN

Blair Shehan is a founding member of Knapsack and currently fronts The Jealous Sound.

What was the food highlight of your year?

Quite a good chunk of  2012 was spent traveling america with three other grown men in a 15 passenger van. My dining choices at home in LA are spent at my usual spots, so when I”m on tour I enjoy heading out on my own for some quiet time and hopefully a great meal. It grounds me out and helps me reset from the daily grind of touring. I often comment on how this country’s highways are littered with horrible fast food and people with broken down bodies from eating it on a daily basis. I then realize I’m standing in line behind them waiting for the same food. 

When we played San Diego recently I got a great tip on a shrimp burrito so I headed out. I wound up at a place called El Zarape. They make a burrito with shrimp, some kind of Jack cheese, poblano sauce, and massive shrimp and that’s all there is to it. I came back to the club and described it as” luxurious”. Deep, rich, and totally unlike any other mexican seafood I have had… Extraordinary.

Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?

As far as music and food colliding, the band recieved an email offering us a free dinner at a Taiwanese noodle bar called Toki Underground before we played in DC, simply because the owner enjoyed our music. We were raggedy and tired and some free hot asian noodles sounded perfect. First off it’s not underground, it’s upstairs in a dining  room that is a cross between a Japanese pub and a treehouse. We belly up to the bar where they make Ramen and soups to order. I ordered a fried chicken in a red curry broth with noodles, a soft boiled egg, and ginger. I love all types of Ramen, but this was the hands down best I have ever had. Fantastic ambience and food in a hectic urban center. It was a generous gesture and much appreciated. Indie food community reaching out to indie music…just wonderful!

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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - SEAN TIMBERLAKE
Sean Timberlake is the founder of Punk Domestics, a social network for the DIY food community.
What was the food highlight of your year?
Back in January, I brought a group to Italy for a week of hands-on DIY food classes in preserving, salumi, pasta, piadina and more. One day was dedicated entirely to fish. For lunch that day after visiting the town’s fish market, we ate at Ristorante San Marco, in the heart of Cesenatico, where we were based. The fish was unbelievably fresh. I’ll never forget the tiny clams the size of fingernails that burst with flavor, and the sweet cannocchie, or grey mantis shrimp. My organizer laughs that we all raved about the place, as it’s not fancy, but it was extraordinary.
What was the music highlight of your year? 
I have been unreasonably obsessed with one album for a few months now: Look Around the Corner by Alice Russell and Quantic with his Combo Bárbaro. It’s a marvelous harkening to Latin pop of the 60s and 70s, infused with some funk and soul for good measure. I listed to it nearly every day.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
In sort of a funny way, actually. We recently went to a restaurant here in San Francisco called Mozzeria. It’s an Italian place, unsurprisingly, but what makes it unique is that the owners, chef and all the staff are entirely deaf. Somewhat atypically, the staff, even the kitchen staff, were quiet as mice. (Deaf people often aren’t aware when they make noise, for obvious reasons.) Consequently, all the patrons in the restaurant were disproportionately quiet as well. As a result, you couldn’t help but hear the music, which was not inordinately loud, but there was just nothing to push it to the background. So we enjoyed our pizzas to a soundtrack of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and the Rolling Stones.
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2012 IN FOOD & MUSIC - SEAN TIMBERLAKE

Sean Timberlake is the founder of Punk Domestics, a social network for the DIY food community.

What was the food highlight of your year?

Back in January, I brought a group to Italy for a week of hands-on DIY food classes in preserving, salumi, pasta, piadina and more. One day was dedicated entirely to fish. For lunch that day after visiting the town’s fish market, we ate at Ristorante San Marco, in the heart of Cesenatico, where we were based. The fish was unbelievably fresh. I’ll never forget the tiny clams the size of fingernails that burst with flavor, and the sweet cannocchie, or grey mantis shrimp. My organizer laughs that we all raved about the place, as it’s not fancy, but it was extraordinary.

What was the music highlight of your year? 

I have been unreasonably obsessed with one album for a few months now: Look Around the Corner by Alice Russell and Quantic with his Combo Bárbaro. It’s a marvelous harkening to Latin pop of the 60s and 70s, infused with some funk and soul for good measure. I listed to it nearly every day.

Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?


In sort of a funny way, actually. We recently went to a restaurant here in San Francisco called Mozzeria. It’s an Italian place, unsurprisingly, but what makes it unique is that the owners, chef and all the staff are entirely deaf. Somewhat atypically, the staff, even the kitchen staff, were quiet as mice. (Deaf people often aren’t aware when they make noise, for obvious reasons.) Consequently, all the patrons in the restaurant were disproportionately quiet as well. As a result, you couldn’t help but hear the music, which was not inordinately loud, but there was just nothing to push it to the background. So we enjoyed our pizzas to a soundtrack of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and the Rolling Stones.

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