Chris Appelgren has run Lookout! Records, handled marketing for Noise Pop and The Bold Italic, and fronted countless bands including The Peechees and The Pattern.
What was the food highlight of your year?
Arriving in London in April and being able to get an amazing Sunday lunch roast at the Harrison Pub, near King’s Cross. I continue experimenting in the hopes of perfecting my own English Sunday roast chicken but this, and a pint of lager, reminded me just how far I have to go.
What was the music highlight of your year?
It was the realization of a dream that’s been percolating for years - recording the debut single with a project band, Adult Babys, made up of far-flung friends, David Feck from Comet Gain, Dale Shaw from The Lies and Blood Sausage, and Brent Rademaker from Beachwood Sparks, Further, and The Tyde. Adult Babys has been one of those musical ideas that seemed doomed to be more idea than reality but now, we’ve hopefully tipped the scale in the right direction.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
As a matter fact yes. My wife Jessica and I were sitting down to dinner at Chez Panisse in celebration of our anniversary, and looked up to see Tom Waits walk through the dining room, having just finished dinner himself.
I think in general music and food seem more intimate as of late, at least here in SF. Events like Noise Pop’s Covers dinners with Graffeats, The Bay Bridged’s event The Bay Brewed, and the Huichica Festival are proving that music and food pair incredibly well together as an experience, which I am all for.