Kitchen Karaoke: treat your ears and your taste buds!

First rule of thumb from the unofficial laws of karaoke: out of respect for others, do not sing with your mouth full! On the other hand, singing for your supper is far from a bad idea!

When combining the pleasures of music and food, especially as part of a karaoke party for which you’ve drawn up a guest list and revved up KaraFun, feeding guests bellies as much as their ears is vital! With that in mind, on the KaraFun menu du jour: a spattering of flavorful and festive music-themed dishes paired with a delicate selection of deliciously sweet songs!

Yum, Yum!

Before whipping out the appetizers that you've just slaved over for the past three hours and that will be wolfed down in three seconds, help your guests get in the mood with the following tasty music morsels that will play perfectly over any rumbling bellies: "Yummy Yummy Yummy," an Ohio Express sweet pop song released in 1968 and based on the classic theme associating love and food ("I have love in my belly," sings Joey Levine). Continue with  "Hungry Eyes," from Eric Carmen (Dirty Dancing) and "Hungry Like The Wolf," from Duran Duran, for example.

The Beverage

On the menu, the traditional cocktail or aperitif, to be consumed with moderation of course. As you work the room, serving it, play a little Billy Joel with "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant," his classic of 1977, in which he offers "a bottle of red, a bottle of white, it all depends on your appetite.”

The Appetizer

Take your guests on a trip abroad that will titillate the taste buds as well as the ears! First stop, the Southern USA with a special recipe (and a taste similar to spinach) "Polk Salad Annie," sung by Elvis Presley. Next stop, Latin America with an offering of tortilla chips to dip in some "Red Hot Salsa" and a nod to the Dave Sheriff song or even as a tribute to the Californian rockers, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their song "Can’t Stop" is perfect for since nibbling on chips and salsa is hard to resist after the first bite


The Main Course

Forget counting calories and listen to the tunes instead. "Pizza Song" and continuing the menu du jour with Weezer's "Pork And Beans." Your guests will likely no longer have room, but according to Weird Al Yankovic in "Eat It," his hilarious reinterpretation of Michael Jackson's "Beat It,” you should always "Have some more chicken and have some more pie, it doesn’t matter if it's boiled or fried, just eat it!"

The Dessert

Finish off the dinner with a smorgasbord of songs more decident than the last. Ice cream lovers will enjoy "Ice Cream" from Sarah McLachlan. For guests watching their waistline, a bit of fruit to finish light with "Strawberry Fields Forever" from The Beatles or any track from the Cranberries will do. Those who are torn between the ice cream and and the healthier fruit option can combine the two with "Banana Split" from Lio. Others will love some "Peaches and Cream," sung by 112, or the crisp good ol’ traditional "American Pie" from Don McLean.

The Coffee

And at the end of it all, nothing like a good coffee while listening to the famous French artist, Serge Gainsbourg in "Couleur Café." Tonight, you were an exceptional host and you’ve succeeded in stuffing your guests with good food, good company and good music. It’s all the more clear as a guest hands back his coffee when Def Leppard's song begins "Pour Some Sugar On Me."

The Breakfast

With a sense of unparalleled hospitality, you tuck your overnight guests in after a long evening of music and feasting. In the morning, let the sweet smell of warm bread gently draw them from their slumber and sound the hour of the morn with, for example, "Breakfast In America" from Supertramp."

Bon appétit!

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