Scott Parker is Studio Manager at 606 and Creator/Host of the Death Or Glory video series. Photo: Greg Jacobs.
What was the food highlight of your year?
My family and I have lived in the San Fernando Valley for the past 12 years. There’s a Mexican restaurant in our neighborhood called Salsa & Beer, which we dismissed for obvious reasons - not being on spring break in Cabo being the main one. A couple neighbors of our’s started telling us how great the place was. Being the only one that is half Mexican and grew up in LA, I figured they wouldn’t know good Mexican food if it burned their asses.
My wife and I started noticing the place was always packed. One weekend we decided to give it a try. The wait was crazy, the service was horrible, but the chipotle sauce, spicy bean dip & potato taquitos were UNBELIEVABLE! I consider myself a “flexible” vegetarian and there’s no meat in potato taquitos, right? Well…..only if you ignore the fact the potato to lard ratio must be pushing 50/50! These things are like eating cheesy mashed potatoes stuffed into a Churro! By far the best thing I put in my mouth in 2013.
What was the music highlight of your year?
My music highlight would have to be, hands down, the fact that old friends and some teenage heroes of mine where willing to sacrifice their time and participate in Death Or Glory. Without the likes of Pat Smear, Lee Ving, Jack Grisham, Glen Matlock, and Jerry Roach my musical vocabulary would be very different. The fact that they, and everyone else, were willing to be part of something I was trying to create still blows me away. THANX GUYS!
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
The Foo Fighters played a surprise show at Red Balls Rock n Roll Pizza in Moorepark, CA before their shows in Mexico City at the end of the year. I’ve worked for the band for 9 years now and have seen them do a few “secret” shows, that weren’t really a secret. This one was! Management didn’t know about it and their crew was already in Mexico City. Wiley, Lou, Vanessa and I and 3 other people from the studio loaded a minimal backline into a 10’ U-Haul and rolled up the 118 to Redballs and threw together a kick ass rock show for 200 people. The atmosphere and pizza were great. Half way through their set I realized they sound exactly the same whether in a stadium, arena, or a pizza place in Moorepark!