Los Angeles-based chef and caterer-to-the-stars Lulu Powers is out to remind people that entertaining is supposed to be fun—not a chore. Her new book Lulu Powers Food to Flowers aims to inspire readers to enjoy themselves alongside their dinner guests (it’s a party, after all), so it’s no surprise that the playlist she created for us is lively, energetic—and would pair perfectly with her Ginger-Lime Cocktail (take a listen, then try the recipe here).
What do you listen to while you work? When I’m working, I love to listen to upbeat music. My tastes are very eclectic—I could be listening to anything from Elton John and Diana Ross to Linkin Park and Lady Gaga.
How do you listen? I mostly listen to my iPod through my home stereo or sometimes through my computer.
Where do you find music recommendations? Who influences your musical taste? My husband, who is very into music, knows my taste and always suggests things. Susan Mazo, a dear friend of mine who works for Warner Music Group, always has great recommendations. And every radio station I listen to—if I hear a song I like, I find out who the artist is and put it on Pandora. I also may hear a good mix in someone’s house and ask, “Who is this??”
Does music influence your work? I love “happy” music—fun, fun! I want my work to put a smile on my clients’ faces, like I would a friend coming for dinner. They walk in the door, they hear fun, happy, upbeat music, you give them a cocktail, and they’re bound to have a great time…
Read on for Lulu’s playlist
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Diana Ross
Home [Live From Madison Square Garden], Michael Bublé
Tiny Dancer, Elton John
Bleed It Out, Linkin Park
Alejandro, Lady Gaga
The Best Is Yet To Come, Frank Sinatra
Smooth Criminal, Michael Jackson
Thank Heaven for Little Girls, Maurice Chevalier
Coming Around Again, Carly Simon
She Thinks My tractor Is Sexy, Kenny Chesney
Drops of Jupiter, Train
I’ve Gotta Be Me, Sammy Davis, Jr.
Lucky Star, Madonna