Ben Rhau blogs about cooking for his young family at You Fed A Baby Chili?
What was the food highlight of your year?
Nicolaus Balla’s menu at Bar Tartine. That was a complete overhaul in format, and the menu is both exciting and smart. We went as a group and basically ordered everything. The wine and beer pairings are thoughtful, right down to the desserts. One of the most joyful meals I’ve had in a long time.
What was the music highlight of your year?
I was late the party on Neutral Milk Hotel, and assumed that I’d never see Jeff Mangum perform live. I’ve been obsessed with Aeroplane for years, and kept reading with insane jealousy about his secret popup shows in Brooklyn. Seeing him perform at the Fox was one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
Yes, I always enjoy the musical curation at Thomas McNaughton’s restaurants. The first time, I ate at Flour+Water, they played The Stage Names in its entirety. I mean, who does that? Every time I’ve been back to one of his spots, I always pay attention to what they’re spinning. It’s like they made the experience for me. Or, I’m a completely typical San Franciscan. Either way, I like it.