Where music and foodie culture meet

Covers is an underground dinner club in San Francisco where -- now stay with me here -- "covers" of famous chefs' signature dishes are paired with thematically-appropriate cover songs. Sponsored by Bay Area's Noise Pop music festival, Covers is only one of many recent hipster foodie efforts to connect fine dining with fine tunes. The Bay Citizen gives us a taste:
 Uploaded Images 2011 7 Turntable-Kitchen-02 Original Noisepopcovers Dishingdessert Web “The beef represents Dylan’s leathery exterior – the man is 70, after all – and the seaweed and soy provide heavy notes that pair well with his raspy voice,” said (Covers founder Blair) Warsham, whose events aim to match wide-ranging musical selections with complementary dinner entrees...

While restaurants have long had musical accompaniments, and concerts have long had food concessions, the current endeavors exhibit a new level of cross-pollination between music and food obsessives.

Musicians like M. Ward, co-author of a blog dedicated to crème brûlée, and members of the local band Vetiver have given lengthy interviews about their food interests. Summer festivals like Outside Lands, taking place in August at Golden Gate Park, advertise extensive creative food offerings, while the San Francisco Street Food Festival, also in August, boasts a large roster of hip-hop DJs and live bands...

“Obviously, you’ve got the total punk aesthetic of the working kitchen, with the cursing, staying up until 4 a.m., the drugs and everything,” said Dawson Ludwig, marketing director for Noise Pop. “But it’s more than that. Good music and good food are total indulgence, both providing fulfilling sensual experiences.”

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  1. SF hipsters can ruin anything. Anything!

    Here’s one: Scratch Acid’s “The Greatest Gift” played while served Sauteed Yak Penis on Texas Toast with Striated Greenbeen wisps. Yummy.

    M Ward, why?

    1. It’s a weird phenomenon. At first, I thought this food+music idea was cool, because music and food are my 2 favorite pasttimes. But, when I found out that it’s all a hipster fad, it became un-cool. Hipsters do “un-cool” things in an attempt to be cool by starting new trends, so does that mean this idea is actually cool?

      1. All I know is this: Here in NYC the hottest foodie trends are really just “artisanal” versions of average food at jacked up prices. There are a few places that do a really, really, really good job and charge a decent price, but man … there is so much crap out there.

        But Sauteed Yak Penis on Texas Toast with Striated Greenbeen wisps? YUMMERS!!!

  2. Excellent track indeed. And the album of same name, a sort of Greatest Hits (all SA tracks?). LOVE Scratch Acid – weirdo texas heatcore.

  3. Calling it “Covers” and advertising that you’re pairing music with food makes it a bit of a gimmick, which kills it for me. Don’t advertise it – just do it and let the customers discover it or notice it on a subconscious level. I like to go to hip, pretentious restaurants, but not when they advertise their pretentiousness.

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