Monthly Pairing Dinner – BBQ, Bourbon, & Beer

Libra Posted on September 10, 2013 in: Press, West on Centre

Our monthly pairing dinner for the month of August was themed BBQ, Bourbon & Beer. West on Centre hold wine dinners and pairing dinners in Boston’s West Roxbury neighborhood each month. To join our mailing list, enter your email address in the bottom right corner of our home page. Our next pairing dinner is A Night in Paris on September 25th.


Many members of the West Roxbury community joined us on Wednesday, August 28th for our monthly pairing dinner. The neighborhood BBQ was hosted by Ipswich-based craft brewer Clown Shoes Beer.  As guests arrived, they were greeted a bourbon cocktail called the Angry Jack, featuring Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey, our signature fresh-squeezed lemonade and home-brewed iced tea. On the table was the first of many unlisted treats from the chef: hand-sliced potato chips with homemade french onion dip.


The mood was set by local musician Jorge Moscol. A one-man show, Moscol performed a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, a little bit blues, and a little bit soul to keep the good vibes flowing. The room was packed to capacity as the sun began to set.

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The event was full to capacity!

After everyone was settled and feeling good, the beer started flowing. Clown Shoes sent one of their finest representatives to explain each of the four beers that were paired with our menu, and to explain why those beers were the optimal gastronomic choice for pairing.


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Each guests received 4 different brews from Clown Shoes, along with 2 homemade bourbon cocktails

With so many samples to try, Chef wanted to make sure that guests had ample time to enjoy their beverages between courses. Among several amuse-bouches were a grilled chorizo topped with our signature chipotle aioli (found on our Chipotle-braised Chicken Pizza) and fresh cilantro, as well as a lavender-honey and Vermont goat cheese crostini, made with lavender grown on-premise in our patio garden.


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Surprise small bites from the chef!

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Lavender-honey and VT goat cheese crostinis made with lavender grown in our patio garden.

Another amuse-bouche from the chef, a surprise between courses.

The amuse-bouches proved to be a favorites among diners, but we received more compliments than ever before on each of our planned menu courses. These included, Chicken Sambal BBQ Skewers, Blackened Catfish with grilled mango salsa & cajun dirty rice, and Apple Honey BBQ Glazed 2 Bone Thick Cut Hickory Smoked St. Louis Ribs with sweet potato salad with white truffle oil, caramelized onions, and scallions.


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Course Two was Chef's unique take on Southern Fried Chicken: Spicy Sambal Skewers!



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Blackened catfish with fresh mango salsa and Cajun dirty rice

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Course four was slow-roasted ribs with a magnificent cold sweet potato salad.

The final drink of the night was a Wood Cooler, a Woodford reserve cocktail blended with several juices. This was paired with Chef’s final surprise of the evening, individual blueberry pie tartlets drizzled with homemade caramel sauce & chocolate sauce, topped with homemade whipped cream and powdered sugar. Chef never wants to see you leaving hungry!

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Surprise Dessert! A gift from the chef.

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Chef Gabe, the man behind the plates