Pairings: Chris Cosentino, Ben Harper and Janet Myers

Chef Chris Cosentino creates a fire- and smoke-themed menu inspired by the lyrics to Ben Harper's "Number with No Name." Janet Myers selects wines to complement the experience.

Chef Chris Cosentino creates a fire- and smoke-themed menu inspired by the lyrics to Ben Harper's "Number with No Name." Janet Myers selects wines to complement the experience.

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[MUSIC] There's something to be said for taking the time and the energy and bringing the love to make sure it's right. [BLANK_AUDIO] At the end of the day it's about harmony and balance. And really bringing the food and wine together. The interconnectedness between myself, this 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. [MUSIC] 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, smell, sound, taste, touch, it's all of them. [MUSIC] Less than three weeks ago Ben and I had a conversation about his loves and hates in food theres a song which is called number with no name and the opening lyrics to that song go something like i'm being serenaded by a chorus of a thousand burning cigarettes. serenaded by a chorus [MUSIC] And that really kind of 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 some butter. Okay. Kobe beef. But we're gonna have Kobe crudo, so it's the top cap, sliced very thin like you would have sashimi. What we've done is we've made a charcoal out of cocoa 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 hip. Chris' 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 compliment the flavors he's brining out in the food. And this is really bringing out some of our boldest wines or wines that have an attribute that's gonna compliment 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, when you got into music What did you want to do? What did you want to 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 to not starve to death. And so this is like the ultimate representation of having That. Wow. As like the foundation of accomplishment in music. [MUSIC] Number with no name, I don't know. It's just I've been wanting to make that statement for a long time in that song and could never find a way to it. It kind of opened up a door for me songwriting-wise that That introduced me to another dialog and another language as far as writing goes. Ben is just such a fantastic artist. Just the simplicity but complexity. You can think of musical notes or grapes, both being raw materials to 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. 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. And it's heightening. You have ups, highs and lows and peaks and whether it's food or music,it keeps you entertained. [MUSIC] Roasted then charred with taleggio, a little bit of micro beet greens and we've made hazelnut snow. [MUSIC] Some of our most memorable experiences are when food, wine, and music were together and they really framed 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 and I 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] [MUSIC] Thank you. [BLANK_AUDIO]
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Pairings: Chris Cosentino, Ben Harper and Janet Myers


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