About the Episode

Music and food is a natural match in our world and the idea behind this episode was to bring together these two arts to create a truly unique experience. Storytelling can come together in so many ways so why not pair food and song? We asked Matt Duke to choose 6 of his songs and take us on a journey. Chef Jason Maddens took the songs and weaved a multi-course dinner to pair with the musical storytelling. The result was an evening that was emotional, an awakening to all our senses and quite magical. We hope you enjoy the songs and course and pairing descriptions as well.

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About the Artist

As heard on XM Satellite Radio's "The Loft" and "Coffeehouse", Matt Duke is an American singer-songwriter born in Reston, Virginia but raised in Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey. He released his first independent album, Winter Child in 2003 co-produced by Stewart Lerman (Loudon Wainwright, Dar Williams) and Steuart Smith (The Eagles, Shawn Colvin) at The Shinebox Studios in New York City. Later he signed to a major label and has since released multiple albums: Kingdom Underground and One Day Die, plus two more EPs. Duke began playing piano at the age of seven, and by ten he developed a deep love for the arts. Inspired by artists such as Van Morrison, The Band, and Pearl Jam, he taught himself how to play his mother's vintage guitar. Duke spent his high school years at Philadelphia's St. Joseph's Prep, where he was exposed to Ani DiFranco, Ben Harper, Tool, and Damien Rice. Impressed by their poignant lyrics and musical ambition, Duke started writing and performing at coffee houses in Philadelphia area. He tours primarily as a solo act, with just an acoustic guitar but is also a member of the acoustic guitar trio T.F.D.I. with Jay Nash and Tony Lucca.