Combining her love of a fine dining experience with her passion for piano performance, Wendi created Quintessence—a theme-based pairing of food, wine, and piano music for intimate audiences.
What is Quintessence
The number five (or quin, the Latin prefix for five) has always been noteworthy to Wendi because of it’s relationship to musical theory, but it took on even more meaning when she learned of its significance in other areas of study:
A perfect fifth is the most consonant harmony, and is the basis for most western tuning systems.
Modern musical notation uses a musical staff made of five horizontal lines.
A scale with five notes per octave is called a pentatonic scale.
In food, there are five flavor profiles: salty, sweet, spicy, bitter, and sour.
In wine, there are five flavor profiles: sweetness, acidity, tannins, alcohol, and body (not to mention the five 5-oz glasses in a bottle of wine!).
The five virtues: wisdom, love, truth, goodness, and justice.
And the list goes on! The essence of each of these elements comes together in perfect harmony: food and wine pairings are complemented by a piano setlist, creating an unforgettable evening that’s a delight for all the senses.