Ben Harper performs one of his most personal songs at a Franciscan Estate in Napa.

Ben Harper performs one of his most personal songs at a Franciscan Estate in Napa.

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[MUSIC] There's something to be said for taking the time and energy and putting in the love to make sure it's right. [MUSIC] At the end of the day it's about harmony and balance. And really bring the food and wine together. [MUSIC] The interconnectedness between myself, the song, and whoever's in the room. It forms a union like nothing else I've ever experienced. [MUSIC] We're in Napa, California. Beautiful Napa, California. Today we're here to really, truly show how music and wine and food can work harmoniously together. As a matter of fact, if I had to choose one of the three, it wouldn't be food or music. I think those three things, they really appeal to our senses. Sight, sound, taste, touch, it's all of them. [MUSIC] [UNKNOWN] to three weeks ago Ben and I had a conversation about his loves and hates in food. There's a song, which is called Number with No Name. And the opening lyrics of that song go something like, I'm being serenaded by a chorus of a thousand burning cigarettes. [MUSIC] Serenaded by a chorus [MUSIC] And that really kinda set the mood for me with this menu. So what I've done is I've taken the entire menu along with the items that he really loved and tied those all together with a burn aspect in each one. So we do radishes with smoked butter. Okay. Kobe beef. But we're going to have Kobe crudo. So it's the top cut sliced very thinly like you would have sashimi. What we have done is we have made a charcoal out of coco nibs and onion to go with the chocolate persimmon. The fact that he could pull a line out of a song and have it influence his artistry. Is incredible because I've often said the better the dinner, the better the show. So it's the first time I've heard it in reverse where music can then influence another art in that way. Especially food, that's the tip. Chris's approach is really, he's all about bold flavors and he's very experimental. He uses all parts of the animal. I really like his approach. So to pair with that, we really wanted to look for flavors that would complement the flavors he's bringing out in the food. And this is really bringing out some of our boldest wines. Our wines that have an attribute that's gonna complement some of the flavors that are in his dishes. So what's your plan tonight? What are you playing? You know what we're playing, what are you playing? People say, oh when you got into music You know, what did you wanna do, what did you wanna set out to do. I tell people my main objective, the ultimate symbol and sign of succeeding in music when I got started, was just not starve to death. And so, this is like the ultimate representation of having That. Wow. As the foundation of accomplishment in music. [MUSIC] Number with no name. I don't know. It's just just I've been wanting to make that statement for a long time and that song can never find the way to it. It opened up a door to me song wise. That introduced me to another dialog and another language as far as writing notes. [MUSIC] Ben is just such a fantastic artist. Just the simplicity but complexity. He can think of musical notes or grapes, both being raw materials you can work with. And then how you put them together is really the expression of the artist. In a meal, you never want the meal to be dah, dah, dah, dah, dah. Nobody wants to listen to music like that, nor does anybody want to eat food that's dull, it's boring, it's flat. You want dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah. And it's heightening. You have ups, highs, and lows, and peaks, and weather it's food or music, it keeps your entertained. [MUSIC]. Roasted then charred with tallegio, little bit of microbead creams, we made hazelnut snow. [MUSIC]. [MUSIC] Some of our most memorable experiences are when food, wine, and music work together. And they really frame many of the most important experiences we've had. [MUSIC] It's a lot of fun. It's a little bit challenging, but it should be a good time. We hope That then gets all those flavors and tastes that he really truly remembers. [MUSIC] At this point I'm looking to do things different, in a different way, and stretch out and take chances. I mean, this isn't a usual setting for me. I'm excited about it. I'm really glad to be here. This is something different. You know. {MUSIC] [APPLAUSE] Thank you.
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