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Bartenders' Pairings for Chocolate Cake & Candied Bacon

In honor of The Five Days of Meat, we've asked Boston food and drink personnel about their recommended pairings for a few specific meaty dishes, and we've been sharing their responses throughout the week. Finally, pairings for chocolate cake garnished with candied bacon, from a smoky 1920s madeira to Pappy Van Winkle. Previously: pairings for a platter of the fanciest charcuterie, the most perfect ribeye ever served, and a gigantic plate of sausages.

Naomi Levy - Provided.jpg"A great pairing would be our Black Douglas from the Eastern Standard cocktail menu, made with scotch, Amontillado sherry, and Licor 43. The smoky notes from the scotch will play nicely with the bacon, while the sherry and orange/vanilla notes of the Licor 43 would go beautifully with the chocolate cake." — Naomi Levy, assistant bar manager of Eastern Standard
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Todd Lipman - Official Site.jpg"A Malmsey Madeira from the 1920s (With this amount of bottle age, smoky character is definitely a probability.)" — Todd Lipman, C.S., sommelier of Bistro du Midi
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Tom Tellier - Provided.jpg"As much as I am Italian, I have to hop over to Portugal for this and drink a nice 20 or 30-year tawny!" — Tom Tellier, beverage manager of Restaurant dante and il Casale
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Ian Strickland - Provided.jpg"I would do a play on a Manhattan with bourbon, an Italian amaro, and a nice port with some age on it. The richness and the savoriness of the dessert needs something equally formidable." — Ian Strickland, a Boston bartender
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Sam Treadway - Rachel Leah Blumenthal.jpg"Chinato." — Sam Treadway, bar manager of backbar

Matthew Schrage - Provided.jpg"L.Aubry et Fils Rose Champagne. Small grower that's "rich" like Krug, beautiful mousse, and fuck it, we're having cake, it must be a celebration! Pop them bubbles!" — Matthew Schrage, bar manager at Brick & Mortar and Central Kitchen and beverage consultant at La Brasa
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Mike Thomas - Provided.jpg"A nice port — Taylor 20." — Mike Thomas, bar manager at Gather
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Paria - Provided.jpg"Anything chocolaty goes well with a bourbon or a scotch. If you're feeling daring, you could try and get your hands on a glass of Pappy Van Winkle while it lasts." — Paria Abazari, bartender at Boston Chops
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Robert Haberek - Provided.jpg"B.D.F.D., a Forum original cocktail made from a house-infused bacon/jalapeno rye whiskey, demerara sugar, and Fernet Branca. Chile pepper and chocolate, bacon on bacon, whiskey and amaro. That's how I'd like to end my meal." — Robert Haberek, bartender at Forum
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Tim Wiechmann - Official Site.jpg"Pedro Ximenez, preferably 20 years old." — Tim Wiechmann, chef/owner of Bronwyn and T.W. Food
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Michael Florence - Provided.jpg"If you can find it, I suggest trying a glass of Alcyone. It's an aromatized wine from Uruguay made from the Tannat grape with different roots and herbs, touched with aromatic floral tones & big Madagascan vanilla bean. Rich, aromatic and indulgent it is a fantastic accompaniment to dark chocolate and bacon. If not I love a Barolo Chinato as well" — Michael Florence, beverage director of Ole
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Ole Mexican Grill

11 Springfield Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 877 816 9996 Visit Website

Bistro du Midi

272 Boylston Street, , MA 02116 (617) 426-7878 Visit Website

Eastern Standard

528 Commonwealth Avenue, , MA 02215 (617) 532-9100 Visit Website


16901 Wright Plaza, , NE 68130 (402) 932-3078 Visit Website

La Brasa

124 Broadway, , MA 02145 (617) 764-1412 Visit Website


255 Washington Street, , MA 02143 (617) 776-9900 Visit Website

Forum Restaurant

755 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 857 991 1831 Visit Website

Central Kitchen

567 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02139 (617) 491-5599 Visit Website


7 Sanborn Court, , MA 02143 (617) 249-3522 Visit Website

T.W. Food

377 Walden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 617 864 4745 Visit Website


75 Northern Avenue, , MA 02210 (617) 982-7220 Visit Website

Il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar

1727 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420 (781) 538-5846 Visit Website

Boston Chops

1375 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118 617 227 5011 Visit Website