The Beatles

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito Restaurant Group) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week. Listen to the audio:


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WYEP hosts Pairings Dinner at Eleven
Chef Bill Fuller creates menu to match The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

This past Sunday (June 11, 2017), Eleven (part of the big Burrito's Restaurant Group) hosted a WYEP benefit dinner with a menu that paired with The Beatles landmark release, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which recently celebrated it's 50th anniversary. WYEP's General Manager and foodie extraordinaire, Abby Goldstein, was in attendance and taking notes. Abby detailed the menu on her food blog Goldilox CooksRead a preview below and check out Abby's full post on the WYEP Pairings dinner here.

Matching Music and Menus

Music and food go together like, well.....I can't seem to come up with a simile that doesn't include food references in song lyrics. They go together like beans and cornbread, like a cheeseburger in paradise, like a lime in a coconut, like jambalaya, crawfish pie and a file gumbo. When you have a dinner party, do you have your guests eat in silence?  If you are having a barbeque, would you choose to regale your guests with La Traviata?  For a holiday cocktail party, would you pick surf music as the soundtrack? Of course not. You would pick music to create the right mood, that special ambiance that will make your event most enjoyable. I am a big fan of Bob Blumer and his book The Surreal Gourmet actually has album suggestions to accompany various menus. It's a really interesting approach and one I think is worth exploring more.

I have the best job in the world. I am the general manager of a very cool non-commercial music radio station in Pittsburgh, PA - WYEP. Obviously, I am biased, but I would be remiss if I didn't make sure you knew about this amazing station. Hint - you can stream it online. But I digress. Pittsburgh has a thriving and growing food scene with new and interesting restaurants popping up all the time. One of the segments on WYEP is called "Pairings" and in this collaboration between our on-air host Cindy Howes and our own local celebrity Chef Bull Fuller, they match music and menus. Cindy will play a song and Bill will suggest a menu. Then Bill will describe a menu, usually something seasonal, and Cindy will suggest some music. This approach seems custom made for a dinner party, doesn't it?  So, that's exactly what we did.

Chef Fuller is the executive chef for the Big Burrito Group, which runs six restaurants. They do these benefit dinners once a month for local nonprofits in which they donate all the food and wine and the nonprofit sells tickets. We approached Chef Fuller about doing this as a theme dinner inspired by a classic album and he loved the idea. In 2014, we hosted a dinner at Eleven restaurant inspired by Bruce Springsteen's "The River" and it was a huge success.  This time, we chose The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. It was perfect timing for a perfect pairing. Chef Fuller personally designed and executed this perfect menu.

Read the rest of Abby's post at her food blog Goldilox Cooks.


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Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

Listen to the audio:


Pairings With Bill Fuller


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Previously unavailable on the music streaming service, the solo discography of former Beatle John Lennon can now be heard on Spotify. Eight albums that were released between 1970 and 1984 can be heard in their entirety, as well as many non record song compilations. Spotify acquired Lennon's solo discography as part of a series of exclusive deals the streaming service has been working on in order to compete with rise in the number of similar services being made available online. Lennon joins fellow Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Star in having his discography available on Spotify as well as several songs by George Harrison. however the Beatles music is still unable to be streamed on the service.

Read more on the Spotify release of John Lennon's music at Consequence of Sound.


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What's better than a song that short, simple, and insanely catchy?  Not much, really.

Today's Cool Kids selection comes from Sir Paul McCartney.  The legendary ex-Beatle is working on some new material, but today we're going to listen to the song that kicks off his 2007 release Memory Almost Full.  "Dance Tonight" fits the bill of short, simple and catchy perfectly.  With lyrics like "Everybody gonna dance tonight / Everybody gonna feel alright", this song will be stuck in the heads of everyone who listens and repeated spins will be welcomed.

The video for "Dance Tonight" features the left-handed mandolin played on the song prominently.  The mandolin in question was purchased at a London guitar shop by McCartney and whenever he played it for his then 3 year old daughter Beatrice, she would begin to dance immediately.  McCartney says the song, then, wrote itself.

Watch the video for "Dance Tonight" featuring Natalie Portman and Mackenzie Crook:




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