WYEP hosts Pairings Dinner at Eleven
Chef Bill Fuller creates menu to match The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
This past Sunday (June 11, 2017), Eleven (part of the big Burrito's Restaurant Group) hosted a WYEP benefit dinner with a menu that paired with The Beatles landmark release, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which recently celebrated it's 50th anniversary. WYEP's General Manager and foodie extraordinaire, Abby Goldstein, was in attendance and taking notes. Abby detailed the menu on her food blog Goldilox Cooks. Read a preview below and check out Abby's full post on the WYEP Pairings dinner here.
Matching Music and Menus
Music and food go together like, well.....I can't seem to come up with a simile that doesn't include food references in song lyrics. They go together like beans and cornbread, like a cheeseburger in paradise, like a lime in a coconut, like jambalaya, crawfish pie and a file gumbo. When you have a dinner party, do you have your guests eat in silence? If you are having a barbeque, would you choose to regale your guests with La Traviata? For a holiday cocktail party, would you pick surf music as the soundtrack? Of course not. You would pick music to create the right mood, that special ambiance that will make your event most enjoyable. I am a big fan of Bob Blumer and his book The Surreal Gourmet actually has album suggestions to accompany various menus. It's a really interesting approach and one I think is worth exploring more.
I have the best job in the world. I am the general manager of a very cool non-commercial music radio station in Pittsburgh, PA - WYEP. Obviously, I am biased, but I would be remiss if I didn't make sure you knew about this amazing station. Hint - you can stream it online. But I digress. Pittsburgh has a thriving and growing food scene with new and interesting restaurants popping up all the time. One of the segments on WYEP is called "Pairings" and in this collaboration between our on-air host Cindy Howes and our own local celebrity Chef Bull Fuller, they match music and menus. Cindy will play a song and Bill will suggest a menu. Then Bill will describe a menu, usually something seasonal, and Cindy will suggest some music. This approach seems custom made for a dinner party, doesn't it? So, that's exactly what we did.
Chef Fuller is the executive chef for the Big Burrito Group, which runs six restaurants. They do these benefit dinners once a month for local nonprofits in which they donate all the food and wine and the nonprofit sells tickets. We approached Chef Fuller about doing this as a theme dinner inspired by a classic album and he loved the idea. In 2014, we hosted a dinner at Eleven restaurant inspired by Bruce Springsteen's "The River" and it was a huge success. This time, we chose The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. It was perfect timing for a perfect pairing. Chef Fuller personally designed and executed this perfect menu.
Read the rest of Abby's post at her food blog Goldilox Cooks.