Scott Winegard is chef at M.A.K.E. and plays bass in Texas Is The Reason.
What was the food highlight of your year?
As far as eating food, I had some really stellar meals and I was all over this year so I made it a plan to eat (almost) everywhere! Most memorable for many and different reasons are Le Chateaubriand in Paris, Flour + Water in San Francisco, and Luksus in Brooklyn. I also have been mostly in Venice and Santa Monica, California these days so I am finding a whole new bunch of places to eat. Working with food highlights definitely have to be either the LA Times review for M.A.K.E. or our feature in Edible Westside Magazine in LA.
What was the music highlight of your year?
Finishing the tour with Texas Is The Reason. The European tour was really special and it was super great to spend that time with those guys. We got to see a bunch of old friends and meet new ones. The band meant so much to us and finding out it is still special for so many was really shocking and humbling. I feel very lucky that I got to be a part of all we got to do and see with the band. Every show was really amazing on it’s own and even up to the end in London. It was a perfect end. There are a bunch of photos from that night and you can see how intense it was for us knowing that it was it for us.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
In January at our show in Chicago we were invited by Chef Graham Elliot to eat at his Bistro. We had an amazing meal and time. TITR went out to a lot of meals as a band but I think that was our most epic and fun for sure. Turns out he was and is a fan of TITR and other bands we hung with back in the day. It was great to meet him. As a chef, I definitely admire his work and it’s great to say I now know him. Another funny thing that I first thought of was when we were in Barcelona the bass player of the opening band introduced himself to me and said, ” You are a chef, no?” I said, “Yes I am.” So he then says that tomorrow we are going to where my brother works, Cellar Con Roca (#1 restaurant in the world). He saw that we had a day off and got reservations. Unfortunately I had to fly into Rainy Glasgow only to have a whole other kind of fun with some old friends from there. Definitely no Michelin Star grub though.