Meet Matthew and Kasey from Turntable Kitchen. Run by this food and music-loving couple, Turntable Kitchen is a place to look for inspiration regarding recipes, music, and the combination of the two. This unique food and music pairing business has been featured in The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. Find out how they got started, their favorite foods, favorite music, and what new food trends they think will be coming soon.
What inspired you to start Turntable Kitchen?
Kasey @ Turntable Kitchen: Matt and I would cook together nearly every night, and every night had a soundtrack. One day it dawned on me: why not take what we’re doing and share it with other people?
What makes a perfect musical pairing?
Matthew @ Turntable Kitchen: Finding the right musical pairing is in part about matching complementary traits in the food and music. Studies have shown that wine drinkers will associate the qualities of background music to the taste of the wine itself. The same is true of pairing food and music together. If you are enjoying a rustic meal, then rustic music will complement the meal best. If you are enjoying a refined meal, then you’ll want more elegant music. If you want to get advanced, you can use music that contrasts with the inherent flavors of the meal to try to elevate certain tastes.
Of all the places you’ve traveled, which was your favorite for food? Which for music?
Kasey @ Turntable Kitchen: My favorite food destination is definitely Italy. The pastas, meat, seafood, cheese, wine, and gelato: it is my gluttonous happy place. Matthew: Picking a favorite place for music would be pretty difficult. I’m very partial to the San Francisco music scene, but outside of the U.S., I’m really interested in old French (Jaques Brel, Francoise Hardy, etc.) and Argentinean (Mercedes Sosa, Atahualpa Yupanqui, etc.) music.
What food trends should we keep an eye out for this year?
Kasey @ Turntable Kitchen: Oh, good question! I’m seeing a lot of people experimenting with different kinds of sweeteners (Sara at Sprouted Kitchen wrote a lengthy post about it and Bon Appetit recently included a lot of recipes using sorghum syrup in their latest issue). I also think that food accented by flavored salts and sugars are going to be popping up a lot. But I don’t have a crystal ball!
What new bands should we follow in 2012?
Matthew @ Turntable Kitchen: 2012 is going to be a great year for new music discoveries. Here are a few bands who have yet to release debut albums that I’m watching out for in 2012: Purity Ring, NO, Leisure, Grimes, Exitmusic, Cheerleader, and Azealia Banks.
What is your favorite dessert and what do you like to listen to while you eat it?
Kasey @ Turntable Kitchen: Anything made of chocolate. Only dark, though. I’m not a fan of milk chocolate.
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