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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Eight Great Foodies from the Bay Area Music Scene

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DJ Pam the Funkstress: Cajun food queen
  • DJ Pam the Funkstress: Cajun food queen

The Bay Area's devotion to its homegrown music and food is steadfast. The culinary creativity here is as infectious as our sonic imagination, so it should come as little surprise that there is a crossover between the two local scenes. But did you know that DJs are whipping up cupcakes and burritos, and guitarists are serving up their personal brands of margaritas and champagne?

Behold our picks for eight local artists who rock kitchens and vineyards as easily as they do concert stages and DJ booths:

8. Boz Scaggs
Along with his legendary singing and songwriting career (that includes six Top 20 hits), Scaggs is well known for supporting live music in San Francisco: He owns Slim's and the Great American Music Hall. He's also the former owner of Marina bar/restaurant Blue Light Cafe and is now cultivating a new passion with his Scaggs Vineyard in Napa.

7. Sammy Hagar
The loud rocker runs a quiet food and spirits empire from his home base in Mill Valley. He sold 80 percent of his Cabo Wabo tequila company to Italy's Gruppo Campari for $80 million, and partnered with Gruppo subsidiary Skyy Vodka (of S.F.) for marketing. He is also the former owner of S.F.'s Tres Agaves restaurant and tequila lounge--he bowed out of that one in 2007. Thankfully, his more lowbrow and touristy Cabo Wabo Cantinas are nowhere near here.

6. DJ Hubert Keller

While Keller is principally a chef and restaurateur (Fleur de Lys

and the newly opened Burger Bar in Macy's Union Square), it seems that his heart is truly

found on the dance floor as DJ Hubert Keller, pumping out tunes that fuel the European

tropics. The Top Chef Masters contestant drops the Balearic beats of Ibiza by way of one-off parties at night spots such as San Francisco's Bambuddha Lounge and at the occasional culinary event.

5. DJ Rajah

Chef, culinary instructor, and DJ Roger Feely of Soul Cocina deftly blends the musical and edible diaspora, sourcing beats and ingredients from all continents. Find him on the streets of San Francisco, as part of the current wave of gourmet food carts.

DJ Mr. E: from beats to burritos and back
  • DJ Mr. E: from beats to burritos and back

4. The Bastard Prince
Brandon Arnovick, also known as the Bastard Prince of S.F. electronic act Rondo Brothers, is a bit of a cupcake. That's not to say he's soft, but that he's building his own miniature cupcake empire with Mission Minis,

currently a golf cart-roaming enterprise due to open a physical

storefront in -- where else? -- the Mission. An exact opening date

hasn't been set, but he says it could be as soon as early December.

3. Carlos Santana
Santana is more than just a rocker--and a shoe retailer. He owns five locations of the Maria Maria Mexican restaurant and dabbles in bubbles. His Santana DVX champagne was immortalized in a song by Saturday Night Live's Lonely Island and local rapper E-40.

2. DJ Pam the Funkstress
Those who've seen DJ Pam the Funkstress throw down on the turntables--in solo DJ sets or on tour with Oakland hip-hop group the Coup--might be surprised to know that Pam is also an expert at mixing in the kitchen. Her Piccadilly Catering in Foster City was the subject of a recent episode of local online TV show We Eating, where Pam offered a visual tease of her weekend Cajun buffet brunches.

1. DJ Mr. E
Miguel Escobedo operates two S.F. locations of his popular taqueria Papalote, and still finds plenty of time to moonlight in the clubs with funky hip-hop beats as DJ Mr. E. Papalote brings the music theme into the restaurant as well; look for the Triple Threat burrito, named after a legendary local hip-hop DJ crew.

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