How Food and Music Go Together

Those of you who have been reading my posts regularly know that the overriding theme is food, glorious food, lots of it. You also know that the website promotes a lot more than just food. It’s a fusion of many cultures, and during my food-expo visits I spend a fair amount of time observing how dishes and menus are put together and how gourmands and ordinary folks like you and me react to the feasts put before us.

No good chef worth his salt likes to see his patrons go hungry. More importantly, he does not like to see them disappointed either.

Food, glorious food

Before I elaborate any further, let me explain this ditty a little more for you. ‘Food, glorious food’ is taken from one of the movie industry’s all-time musical greats. This British movie came out in the seventies and, critically acclaimed, won numerous awards. Oliver was adapted for the screen from the famous English writer, Charles Dickens’ nineteenth century classic, Oliver Twist. ‘Food, glorious food’ is a musical reflection of this scene; The story’s protagonist and dozens of other little orphans, stomachs grumbling, are celebrating the fact that they are finally going to eat.

Porridge and gruel is hardly a meal but these kids were starving. To them, a meal is still a meal. But to you and me, and we are grateful for this, it is much more than that. It is a celebration of life. It is a cultural experience. Invariably, the meals that we prepare for our families are indicative of embracing other cultures apart from our own. Without mentioning any particular dishes, we are visiting countries from around the world while we dine.

Music is on the menu

To name just a few in no particular order; India, China, Italy, France, Germany and England, even Thailand and Vietnam. And because we have embraced our cultural diversity, we have adopted one or two of these countries as our own. Hands up those of you who enjoy Mexican dishes. I have an indelible impression of this nation’s typical restaurant setting.  Picture this then; it is Valentine’s Day and you are out dining with the love of your life.

To add to the culinary and cultural experience, apart from the romance, a talented group of Mexican musicians, resplendent in their traditional costumes, wide-rimmed Sombrero’s, accompanied by the notes of their brass-coated horns and acoustic guitars, are doing the rounds of the tables, much to the delight of the restaurant’s regular patrons. To add to the romantic flavor, a lone musician does his solo right before you, strumming his fiddle. Playing the violin is no mean feat, let me add. Further, Violinio mentions briefly what budding violinists are in for when applying themselves to this instrument for the first time.

Now, the next time you go out to wine and dine, try and locate a restaurant which adds music to the culinary and cultural mix and experience first-hand how food and music go together.