Serious food, artisinal brews and live blues; could you ask for a better combination? Which is why you may want to reserve early for the March 2 “BBQ, Brews & Blues” dinner at Bobbique in Patchogue. Here, $50 covers a lot of territory: food, beer parings, entertainment, tax and tip.
On the food front, guest chef Joseph Felicetta will be putting out a six-course dinner and, later, singing in a blues jam. If Felicetta’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he was the creative force behind several Long Island restaurants over the past couple of decades — the former Octopus Garden in Port Washington, Fusion Grill in East Setauket and Allegro in Bay Shore. He also cooked at Casa Rustica in Smithtown and the Bayport House in Bayport.
To start: finger foods: spicy tuna nachos, smoked sesame chicken with peanut sauce, fried zucchini with pesto aioli and hot and smoky spiced wings, all paired with Troeg’s “Pale Ale.”
A first course of smoked seafood chowder with house-smoked fish and shellfish will be matched with Troeg’s “Hopback Amber Ale.” That’ll be followed by a second course of pomegranate marinated baby back ribs with gingered Napa slaw, toasted pepitas and pickled jicama, paired with Troeg's “Nugget Nectar." Next will be a third course of green tea smoked bbq quail with mushroom risotto and Troeg’s “Rugged Trail Brown Ale.”
Finished? Not quite. There will also be a fourth course of Moroccan spiced lamb shank with a tajine of root vegetables, served with Troeg’s “Scratch 26.” And, finally, a chocolate terrine with raspberry and vanilla sauce, to be had with Troeg’s “Mad Elf.”
Since Felicetta is gluten-intolerant, he'll be making most (but not all) dishes gluten-free.
The evening (hosted by Long Island blues singer Franny Mae) will include an “all-star” jam and an a Capella vocal group “The Island Chords.”
Seating is limited, so if it sounds like your kind of night, it pays to book asap.
Bobbique is at 70 W. Main St., Patchogue, 631-447-7744, bobbique.com.
Aug. 15, 2009, Newsday photo of the action at Bobbique in Patchogue/Timothy Fadek