Late last year, Kasey at Turntable Kitchen approached me to create a couple of images to accompany a personal essay reflecting on music, food and dinner parties in the Turntable Kitchen household. It took me two seconds to say yes, and so it was that we found ourselves at their cozy apartment on a February evening breaking bread over a platter of cold cuts and cheese, before tucking into a fabulous Moroccan-inspired chickpea stew. All set against a backdrop of chilled out tunes curated by TTK’s resident DJ (hi Matt!). It was certainly one of the best ways to spend a stormy San Francisco evening. Here are my favorite images from the event and an excerpt of her piece a couple of photos down the page. Head over to their site for more words and Kasey’s full recipe – a delicious keeper for grey, chilly nights.
“There is no party or gathering in our home without a soundtrack. Carefully curated, and artfully executed. Early guests gravitate towards the red-lacquered turntable which plays the evening’s early tracks. A mood is created. An ambiance, of sorts. As voices elevate and windows open to let in extra air into our second floor apartment, the music changes, too. We switch to digital and more bass. Music is never far from Matt’s mind, even when he is circling the room, I’ll see him pause and evaluate the status of his setup. He lights up when someone asks him what’s playing, or makes a request.
The convivial nature of our home, and what makes it a place where we create, share, feed and entertain our friends and family, is inherently tied to our two loves: food and music. And, to my surprise, cooking alone – without music – reiterates just how closely connected the two are for me, and how intertwined music is with cooking, and sharing, and creating a space where people want to connect and reflect.”