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Milwaukee chefs and 88Nine DJs blend taste with music at SoundBites fundraiser

Top chefs from restaurants around the city joined 88Nine Radio Milwaukee DJs to serve one-of-a-kind music-and-food pairings at the station’s seventh annual SoundBites fundraiser on February 8 at the Iron Horse Hotel.

SoundBites let food and music enthusiasts savor unique pairings at 13 tasting and listening stations. Guests were able to enjoy flavors from across Milwaukee’s diverse food scene, and listen to creatively matched tunes on earbuds. Taking inspiration from the ingredients of their food and music, the paired chefs and DJs collaborated to combine small plates with the perfect songs, harmonizing them to create unique dining and listening experiences. Participating chefs and their 88Nine music counterparts were:

  • BALZAC, Ronnie Oldham + Laura Kezman
    Dish: Crawfish bread + boudin balls with creole remoulade
    Song: “Iko Iko” by The Dixie Cups
  • THE DIPLOMAT, dane Baldwin + Alyssa Feuerer
    Dish: Peanut butter mousse, chocolate brownie, sable cookie, honey marmalade
    Song: “Gooey” by Glass Animals
  • LAKE PARK BISTRO, Adam Siegel + Amelinda Burich
    Dish: Gnocchi a la Parisienne – Choux pastry dumplings with Pleasant Ridge Reserve fondue, duck confit + mushrooms
    Song: “Un canard dans la mare (Lord love a duck)” by Les Cheries
  • SMYTH, Kevin Baumann + Sarah Fierek
    Dish: Braised beef cheek agnolotti with cherry + porcini mushroom jus
    Song: “Colors” by Beck
  • AMILINDA, Greg Leon + Kenny Perez
    Dish: Spicy lamb meatballs, cheese grits + linguica oil
    Song: “On My Mind” by Jorja Smith X Preditah
  • GOODKIND, Katie Gabert + Justin Barney
    Dish: Savory plum tart with Rush Creek Reserve + French butter crust
    Song: “Hymne a l’amour” by Edith Piaf
  • JUNIPER61, Darin Yenter + Dori Zori
    Dish: Seared potato pancake, smoked paprika braised beef short rib + white pepper creme fraiche
    Song: “Start Wearing Purple” by Gogol Bordello
  • KINDRED, Simon Barcelona & Joe Piscitello + Nate Imig
    Dish: Homemade pork sausage with black pepper spatzle, gruyere cheese sauce + apple fennel slaw
    Song: “Goodbye” by Porches
  • THE PABST THEATER GROUP, Kevin Sloan & Cole Ersel + Vianca Fuster
    Dish: Mofongo Puerto Rican plantain dumpling with chicharrones, pork shoulder, frijoles + mojo
    Song: “Pow Wow” by Manny Corchado
  • PARKSIDE 23, Kevin Marx + Ken Sumka
    Dishes: 1 Braised beef short rib, mashed potatoes + Diane sauce 2 Croissant jubilee, mascarpone cheese, cherry rum sauce, salad of frisee lettuce + matchstick apples
    Song: “Wichita” by The Jayhawks
  • SURG, Jarvis Williams + Tarik Moody
    Dish: Jollof rice + smoked beef
    Song: “Day Ones” by Manu Crook$
  • THE TANDEM, Caitlin Cullen + Tyrone Miller
    Dish: Port shoulder + dressing
    Song: “Redbone” by Childish Gambino
  • THIRD COAST PROVISIONS, Andrew Miller + Kima Hamilton
    Dish: Smoked lake trout, pickled pepper remoulade, crispy rice, charred scallion + bacon
    Song: “Let’s Go Get ‘Em” by Rebirth Brass Band
  • BEER TASTING – Courtesy of Miller Brewing Company
  • COCKTAIL TASTING – Courtesy of Twisted Path Distillery + Bittercube

“When DJ Tarik Moody, our resident foodie, first suggested this idea, we knew it’d be a hit,” said Program Director Jordan Lee. “The event has become one of our staff’s favorites, and our fan’s most popular. The artistic challenge of pairing a great song with a great dish is one that our team is always excited to step up to.”

In addition to tasting food and music pairings, guests enjoyed a champagne welcome reception and a sampling of Wisconsin cheese and craft beverages. Guests also had the opportunity to bid on unique food, music, and entertainment experiences in the SoundBites Silent Auction.

As a non-profit, community-funded radio station, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-FM 88.9) has been a part of Milwaukee since 2007. With a mission of creating a more inclusive and engaged city, 88Nine plays a unique blend of new and local music and public affairs programming that raise the social awareness of listeners and online audiences.

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