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Culinary side hustles of this year’s Jazz Fest artists 

  While music may be their first love, many of the performers at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival have food-related side projects that range from ice cream and chocolates to Mexican food restaurant chains. Here are a few of their culinary side projects:

  Chaka Khan. After losing a whopping 75 pounds, Chaka Khan launched her signature line of chocolates in 2013 — Chakalates ( — which feature "antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, with velvety bass notes." There's also a ginger and praline flavor.

  Flavor Flav. Everyone's favorite timekeeping member of Public Enemy has tried his hand several times at launching restaurants including Flavor Flav's Chicken and Ribs in Detroit, Flav's Fried Chicken in Iowa and House of Flavor in Las Vegas. All closed within six months of opening.

  Boz Scaggs. The 1970s blue-eyed soul rocker is the owner and operator of Scaggs Vineyard ( in Napa, California, which produces French-style red and rose wines.

  Phish. Not every band gets its own signature munchie, but jam band Phish is well-represented in the ice cream market by Ben & Jerry's Phish Food. The sweet treat was created to celebrate the shared Vermont roots of the band and the business, and it features chocolate ice cream blended with marshmallow, caramel and fudge fish.   Christina Aguilera. The former teen pop queen comes with an entertainingly detailed concert rider demanding soy cheese, Flintstones Vitamins, banana chips, organic berries, PowerBars, Carnation Instant Breakfast in "Original Malt Flavor," bottled water but "NOT EVIAN," and more. She also serves as an official ambassador for the World Food Programme (

  The String Cheese Incident. While members have never dabbled in cheese production, the band's name stems from a fight between bandmates about cheese while on tour in their early days in Colorado. Band member Kyle Hollingsworth is an avid homebrewer, and with SKA Brewing Company, he released Kyle's Manipulated Modus IPA.

  Carlos Santana. Carlos Santana operates a chain of Mexican restaurants called Maria Maria (, with locations across Northern California, Arizona and Texas. The restaurants are named after the hit song from his 1999 album Supernatural,

  Lyle Lovett. In 2012, Lyle Lovett took a serious stand over Mexican food, claiming that he refused to eat it east of the Mississippi River — even if it was prepared by Chicago's renowned interpreter of Mexican food, chef Rick Bayless. The two eventually reconciled.

  Eric Clapton. Eric Clapton served as an investment partner in last year's reopening of longtime Upper East Side stalwart Le Bilboquet (, along with billionaire Ronald Perelman and real estate mogul Steve Witkoff.

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