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Kasey and Matthew Hickey, Turntable Kitchen
What do you get when you pair great food with great music and mix it all up? Turntable Kitchen – a site beamed out of San Francisco's Sunset district that features recipes with a focus on local, fresh ingredients, hand-selected music, album reviews and musings about city living (and more recently, raising a little one in the city). The goal? Introduce food lovers to music and vice versa.
Turntable Kitchen is a Say Media partner - we used the occasion to catch up with the founders and creative might behind the site, husband and wife team Kasey and Matthew Hickey, and to find out what Otis Redding tastes like, what to eat when you're listening to Gilberto Gil – and their favorite food pairing of all.
For those that are new to your site, what are some great posts to start with? To get a good feel for Turntable Kitchen, we'd recommend checking out our Breakfast Mix, this reflective post on blogging (and a recipe for Overnight Cinnamon Rolls), a popular Pairings Box single, Musical Pairing for Mac De Marco's 2 paired with Southern Apple & Pecan Cake, and our City Guide to Sicily.
How would you describe your food philosophy? Pretty simple: eat food that's good for you, eat seasonally, and indulge your sweet tooth when the mood strikes. Food shouldn't be fussy, and our favorite meals are homespun.
Do you always listen to music while you eat? Pretty much! It's a rare occasion for our home to be silent.
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What have been some of your most popular food/music pairings to date? Hazelnut Hot Chocolate paired with Otis Redding, Argentinian Beef Empanadas paired with Gilberto Gil & Jorge Ben, Overnight Cinnamon Rolls paired with Kaleidoscope Dream, and Chipotle Shrimp Tacos paired with Ty Segall.
You've also started doing Pairings Boxes – tell us what's in the box…Yes! The Turntable Kitchen Pairings Box is the first and only food and music subscription service. In each Pairings Box, you'll find a limited edition, hand-numbered 7" vinyl, a seasonal collection of three original recipes, exclusive digital mixtape, 1-2 Premium ingredients to help you make the recipes in the box, Tasting Notes, and occasional treats (most recently, a set of awesome bamboo skewers from AHeirloom). Some of our favorite past collections include 'Childhood Favorites, Summer Picnic, and Italian Holiday.
And you've got a marketplace. What's the genesis of that and how's it going? The TK Market is a small online shop that features food and music-related products we love. There you'll find our first ever 12" vinyl single release, market totes for farmers market and record shopping, and even some organic baby onesies featuring some fun exclusive designs (modeled by our then-two month old daughter, Neko Rose). You can also purchase a Pairings Box gift subscription in the Market. It's a natural extension of the Turntable Kitchen lifestyle.
What other food or music sites are your soulmates in food and music? We have an extensive list of our favorite sites on our Links page, but a few go-tos include Sprouted Kitchen, Shutterbean, Not Without Salt, Spoon Fork Bacon, 101Cookbooks, Cookie + Kate, Happyolks, The Year in Food, and A Sweet Spoonful. On the music side we love Yours Truly, Indie Shuffle, Ears Of The Beholder, yvynyl, Sly Vinyl, The Bay Bridged, We Listen For You, I Guess I'm Floating, We All Want Someone To Shout For, and more sites than we can list. Over the years, we've been lucky to have gotten to know some truly inspiring, warm, and welcoming people and a number of our close friends are food and music writers.
How would you finish this sentence: When in doubt … cook tacos while listening to Spoon.
Follow Kasey and Matthew on Twitter @TTableKitchen.