Donpasta is a DJ-economist with a passion for gastronomy who tries to combine his passions and knowledge into “Food Sound System, political manual for musical gastronomy”.
D.J.-Chef Practices ‘Musical Gastronomy’ in Williamsburg
New York Magazine
Cooking and music have been known to intersect — during episodes of Dinner With the Band, for instance — and an Italian gentleman known as Don Pasta Selecter (not his real name) is taking things a step further. In a move somewhat reminiscent of Steve Martorano (the Philly chef cooks while an audio-visual show wows the dining room, inspiring this rather hilarious hip-hop song), Don Pasta, who is also a D.J., has been using his cookbook, Food Sound System (sorry, not a cookbook — a “political manual for musical gastronomy”) as a springboard for readings-cum-parties, during which food-prep footage is accompanied by live jazzy, folky music. If it sounds confusing, there’s a video on Don Pasta’s Website. It’s suggested you come well-fed, lest the cooking videos make you hungry — we’re thinking some folks might just bring their own mushrooms.
I discovered a new philosophy the other day. A gastrophilosophy. My teacher? His name is Daniele. Daniele De Michele…but most people know him as Donpasta.
Donpasta-poet, cook, storyteller, gastrophilosopher.
Our journey took us to a small stage set un in a piccolo piazzetta. It is here where Donpasta took the arena and put on his show. A show where he shared with us his Puglian roots through stories, tales, and recipes. By his side was singer, songwriter Luca Morino. We really got to know him through one of the recipes of his childhood, parmagiana melanzane della nonna. He talked about this particular recipe, complete with mortadella and meatballs, as a video demonstrated the recipe preparation step by each delicious step. He shared with us his memories of Ferragosto, Sundays at grandma’s, the enormous lunches. Lunches where everyone was invited and everyone participated. How basically a community was constructed around this simple yet complex dish…A dish that could be debated for hours as far as ingredients, whether to use eggs and flour when you fry or not, etc, etc, etc.I was curious about the mortadella and meatballs.
As he spoke, I strongly believe that many of us in the crowd thought back to our family get togethers, the meals that bring people together, meals where, as he put it…
He shared, we listened…he cooked, we tasted…he passed on his gastrophilosophy, we absorbed, reflected, thought about what he had to say.
I think that’s what he wanted…
Donpasta and his “Cook and Roll Circus” is definitely a not to miss…