'Musical Pairing' Perfects the Joy of Taste

EYES IN™ Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk enjoyed an innovative meal with 'Musical Pairing' author, Barbara Werner, and friends, including FoodRocket founder Paul Zaragoza. Musical Pairing is a simple way to transform the dishes you’ve eaten your whole life, and experience them in a whole new way.

Vivian is looking forward to an interview with Barbara Werner for an upcoming edition of EYES IN™ Magazine.

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Ruth's Chris Manhattan Musical Pairings Tasting 2015

Whether you are a chef, foodie, music lover or home cook, musical pairing will show you how to elevate a good dish to greatness and a great dish to near perfection… using a simple mathematical formula.

About Barbara Werner

Barbara Werner is a classically trained chef who was raised by a long line of cooks and food lovers. Through the application of her simple mathematical formula to both food and music, she can show you how to elevate a good dish to greatness and a great dish to near perfection. From the Musical Pairings author herself: "I discovered the basic formula for Musical Pairing by accident. I’ve always loved dining out and after my divorce, ok – my second divorce – I found that I really liked to eat alone – almost as much as I do with company.

"But I noticed that, when I would dine alone in a restaurant, there would inevitably be the ritual 'banging of the plates' as the Maitre D announced that I was a table for one and the bus person would clear any remnant of another person. Instead of addressing the cacophony of plates, I would put on my headset as soon as I sat down and I listen to my music of choice.

"One night, I forgot I had left my headset on. I was distracted because I was having the most spectacular meal of my life. It was extraordinary! The flavors were delicious. The cream was creamier, the spices were never more flavorful. It was a dish I had eaten a thousand times before, but it had never been this…well…perfect!

"And then the track changed! The moment was gone. Suddenly the food was good – quite good – but not spectacular. 'Why had this dish paired so perfectly with one song, and not the other?' I had figured out early on that it is music that will elevate a dish, but not just any music. It has the be properly paired music. But what dishes and to what music?

"After months of trial and error, I discovered the answer in a simple mathematical formula. Musical Pairing is meant to be a starting point. Once you understand the basic formula, you can add your own preferences and experiences and make it your own."

Ruth's Chris Manhattan Musical Pairing Tasting 2014

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