Complemented with or complemented by

I read the sentence

The food was complemented with an array of musical bands.

My question has two parts:

  1. Can food be complemented with music?

  2. The difference between complemented by and complemented with. Are both correct? If not what is the difference?


It’s a passive construction. “Moscato wine complements chocolate” = “Chocolate is complemented by Moscato wine”. However, I feel that in the context of your example, there’s no intention to convey that the music was chosen to complement the food; the music merely accompanies it.

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