Max’s November Events!

With the change of weather comes new events from Max Restaurant Group! This November we have several happenings in all of the restaurants, here are a few to keep an eye out for. On November 13th, Max a Mia presents A Wine Pairing Dinner featuring the wines from one of the largest vineyards in Montalcino: Sassetti Livio Pertimali. Then on November 16th, join Max’s Tavern as they travel the world on whiskey at a time. The five course menu along with special guest speaker Brenden Lee, Massachusetts’ Scotch and Whiskey Ambassador, will be sure to impress! In addition to these great events, we have several more coming at you this month! Be sure to check them all out on our website!

 

A Beer Dinner Celebrating Deliciousness Through Bacon & Local I.P.A.

At Max Burger we do bacon and we do beer really well, and for the final beer dinner of the season, we have decided to combine these into one tremendous event. Focusing on the riches of our local New England IPA brewing scene, plus the mouthwatering deliciousness of BACON. This is a dinner not to be missed. Menu by Chef Brett Cook.

Monday October 30, 2017
6pm reception

Course 1
“Rye P.A.”
Pancetta, Arugula, Smoked Tomato Jam, Toasted Rye
Butternut Squash Bisque, Spiced Walnuts
Fort Hill “G-Fresh” Easthampton, Ma

Course 2
Crispy Carbonara Bites
Abandoned Building “Dirty Girl” Easthampton, Ma

Course 3
Pan Seared Scallops
English Pea Salad, Mint Puree, Warm Bacon Lardon Vinaigrette
Iron Duke “Positivity” Ludlow, Ma

Course 4
“Steak & Eggs”
Back Bacon Pork Steak, Western Potato Skins
Chipotle Hollandaise
Amherst Brewing “Jess” Amherst, Ma

Course 5
“Tim Dandy”
Banana Bread, Vanilla Ice Cream, Bacon Brittle, Whipped Cream
Brewmaster Jack “Beerly Devoted” Northampton, Ma

$65 ++
Call Max Burger Longmeadow for reservations
Seating is limited

Savoy Pizzeria and Craft Bar

CT Restaurant Association’s Annual Awards

It’s almost that time of year again, the annual CRA Awards are set to occur on November 28. This year, one of our own has been nominated for two awards! Savoy Pizzeria and Craft Bar is up for “Restaurant Newcomer of the Year” and the man behind it all, Dante Cistulli, has been nominated as the “Rising Star of the Year.”

The incredible event is a salute to excellence and recognition. The night will consist of exceptional food and masterfully made cocktails. It will take place at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino and will begin at 4:30 PM on November 28. Until then, we ask that you vote for Savoy and for Dante Cistulli!

The link to the CRA vote is located HERE.

 

Remember to always look out for updates on our social media accounts!
Instagram: @savoypizzeria
Twitter: @savoypizzeria
Facebook: @savoypizzeria

Max Chef to Farm “Ode to Tomatoes”

On Thursday, August 31, Max Chef to Farm was back at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards for our 8th event this summer: ODE TO TOMATOES.

Featuring a menu by Max a Mia Executive Chef Stephen Lundgren & Savoy Pizzeria Managing Partner/Pizzaiolo Dante Cistulli, this event celebrates the tomato at the height of the season. The Savoy Road Show was in effect and a good time was had by all.

Neruda’s “Ode to Tomatoes” said it best:

no pit,
no husk,
no leaves or thorns
the tomato offers
its gift
of fiery color
and cool completeness.

Here are some photos of the event.

Have A Seat!

 

CT Corn Fritters

Duck Prosciutto Crostini

You Say Tomato….

Local Goat Cheese-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Chef’s Meatballs

COURSE ONE

Rosedale Farms Grilled Corn, Eggplant, and Pattypan Squash Stuffed Tomato

bibb lettuce, crispy local basil

Thing 1 & Thing 2

(or Dante Cistulli of Savoy Pizzeria & Hunter Morton of Max’s Oyster Bar)

COURSE TWO

Cioppino

royal red shrimp, mussels, cockles, garlic crostini, chive oil, tomato fennel brodo

COURSE THREE

That’s my pie….

Wood-Fired Stone Pies

Squash Blossom: herb oil, tomato, fior di latte, squash blossoms, 
Soppressata: Mystic Cheese “Twain”, Rosedale roasted tomato sauce, fresh oregano

COURSE FOUR

Grilled Prime Skirt Steak

heirloom tomatoes, Cato Corner “black ledge blue cheese”,
crispy walla walla onions, grilled Rosedale corn vinaigrette

DESSERT

Basil Panna Cotta

sungold tomato & papaya marmalade

A good time was had by all!

Max Chef to Farm BBQ, Bluegrass and Brews

On Thursday August 10, 2017, Max Chef to Farm headed to Rosedale Farms and Vineyards for Max Chef to Farm BBQ, Bluegrass and Brews with the culinary work of Chef Chris Sheehan of Max Downtown. The event featured Thomas Hooker Brewery and Two Roads Brewing Co. alongside a reception and four course meal.

Reception featured: chicken and biscuits, fried corn mac and cheese, smoked bluefish, fried green tomatoes, chilled watermelon, corn and pork pizza bites and pork rinds.

 

1st course featured Shrimp and Grits.

2nd course featured Beef Brisket Presse.

3rd course featured a whole roast pig alongside corn on the cob, baked beans and other sides. 

The fourth course featured Grandma Morton’s lemon cheese pie.

(Published and Produced by Marketing and Communications Intern David Zambuto)

Maize: Corn and Tapas Max Chef to Farm

On Friday July 14th, 2017, Max Chef to Farm alongside Trumbull Kitchen headed to Simsbury, CT to Rosedale Farms and Vineyards for the Maize: Corn and Tapas Max Chef to Farm event.

             

The event started with a reception featuring the signature drink; the Del Huerto Cocktail alongside appetizers including Lobster Toast, Figs on a Stick, Tamales, Sweet Potato Shrimp Bites and Corn Empanadas.

The first course featured Corn and Shiitake Mushroom Pancakes.

The second course featured Deconstructed Corn and Crab Chowder.

The third course featured Corn Crusted Fluke Filet.

The fourth course featured Grilled Heritage Pork.

The fifth course featured a Corn and Blueberry Crisp.

(Published and Produced by Marketing and Communications Intern David Zambuto)

Max Fish Rhone Valley Wine Dinner

On Thursday August 3, 2017, Max Fish hosted the Rhone Valley Wine and Perrin Family Dinner. The event featured a five course meal with wine pairings with guest speaker Emmanuel Leminone.

The first course featured a Creamy Crab Salad served with Bibb lettuce, crispy shallots, salt cod and potato croutons that was paired with Perrin Cotes du Rhone Rose, 2016.

The second course featured Bone Marrow & Snails served with parsley salad and sauce lyonnaise paired with Perrin Cotes du Rhone Rouge, 2014. 

The third course featured Roasted Scallops served with Artichoke Three Ways paired with Perrin Chateauneuf du Pape Les Sinards, 2014. 

(Published and Produced by Marketing and Communications Intern David Zambuto)

 

Frosé and Other Summer Cocktails on Better Connecticut

By Brian Mitchell, Max Restaurant Group Beverage Director

This morning I appeared on the taping of Better Connecticut, on Channel WFSB 3 in Hartford. They had a special request to get a demo of the immediately popular Fosé Cocktail, which has popped up everywhere this summer.  They also asked for a couple other summer drink options to check out as well.

The Frosé can kind of be made in two different ways – 1 as a simply wine blended with ice, or a bit closer to a cocktail construction where we add flavors such as strawberry and lemon and keep a sense of wine and fruit in the drink.  With the first option, while simple, it tends to water down the “wine” aspect of the drink as the ice melts, therefore you get less impact of flavor.  With the second method it takes a little planning ahead but the results are definitely tasty.

For the first method, you simply add your bottle of rosé wine the equal amounts of ice in a blender and blend until the ice is crushed and incorporated. Add to the glass and garnish as desired. Quick, easy and cold.

For the Frosé where we are making more of a cocktail style, here is what you do…

Strawberry Summer Frosé
Ingredients:
1 x 750 ml bottle hearty, bold rosé (such as a Pinot Noir, Malbec or Merlot rosé)
Strawberry syrup – ½ cup sugar infused with 8 ounces strawberries
• 2½ ounces fresh lemon juice

Preparation
1 750ml bottle of rosé frozen (but not in the original bottle – need to move to a flexible container such as a plastic bag, ice tray or open top pan so the expanding ice will not burst the glass)
This will take about 6 hours, but will not be completely frozen as alcohol has a very low freezing point

Bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan; cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Add strawberries, remove from heat, and let sit 30 minutes to infuse syrup with strawberry flavor. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl (do not press on solids); cover and chill until cold, about 30 minutes.

Put frozen rosé into a blender.
Add lemon juice, 3½ ounces strawberry syrup, and 1 cup crushed ice and purée until smooth.
Transfer back to the freezer and freeze until frosé is thickened (aim for milkshake consistency), 30 minutes.
To serve, blend again until Frosé is slushy.
Serve in coupe glasses and garnish with a strawberry.

Other Summer Drinks:

Local Lemonade (Blueberry Version)
Ingredients:
10 fresh blueberries
1oz Vodka
1oz Whiskey
¾ oz Agave Syrup (1:1)
6oz Fresh Lemonade
Glass – 16oz Tumbler
Garnish – lemon wheel

Preparation
Add blueberries to glass and gently muddle
Add vodka, whiskey and agave, fill with ice, top with lemonade and garnish

Watermelon Crush (Snow Cone)
Ingredients:

Watermelon Juice – Depending on how much you want to make, juice some watermelon, but save the solids to infuse into the vodka for a few days.
Watermelon infused vodka
Basil Syrup and Lemon Juice

For single drinks – the ratio is about 3oz infused vodka, 3oz watermelon juice, 1oz lemon juice and 1/2oz basil syrup to flavor
This can be served in a mason jar over ice, garnish with a wedge of watermelon

For batches and the snow cones – juice the watermelon to make the base, then use the watermelon pulp to infuse the vodka for extra flavor, mix all and serve over crushed ice in a snow cone cup. A Straw helps.

 

Max Classic MA 2017

On Thursday July 27. 2017, Max Restaurant Group along with Max Burger Longmeadow and Savoy Pizzeria and Craft Bar hosted the Max Classic MA 2017 at the West Springfield Country Club.

Besides a 17 hole golf course tournament, there was a wide variety of food and drinks offered to participants. Including Max’s own Brewtus Maximus.

Max Burger Longmeadow offered participants grilled cheese and hotdogs.

Savoy Pizzeria and Craft Bar; Savoy Roadhouse offered a variety of delicious pizzas.

(Published and Produced by Marketing and Communications Intern David Zambuto)

Max’s Oyster Bar Soter Vineyards Wine Dinner

On Thursday July 20, 2017, Max’s Oyster Bar hosted the Soter Vineyards Wine Dinner featuring the wine maker himself James Cahill. The dinner featured the work of Chef Hunter Morton and consisted of a five course meal with a reception.

Reception consisted of Fried Green Tomatoes paired with Soter Vineyards Brut Rose Mineral Springs Ranch, Nv, Yambill-Carlton.

The first course consisted of Heirloom Melons served with fig, prosciutto, ricotta, mint and almonds.

The second course consisted of Vadouvan Grilled Shrimp served with Local lemon cucumbers, watermelon, green goddess and pickled mustard seeds.

The third course consisted of Seed Crusted Local Striped Bass served with local squash and roasted tomato bread stew.

The fourth course consisted of Licorice Spiced Hudson Valley Duck Breast served with charred cornbread dressing and cherry lavender jus.

The fifth course consisted of Fried Belltown Hill Orchards Blueberry Ice Cream served with blueberry sauce.

(Published and Produce by Marketing and Communications Intern David Zambuto)

Max Burger Longmeadow New Belgium Beer Dinner

On Monday July 17, 2017 Max Burger Longmeadow hosted the New Belgium Beer Dinner festival.

The beer dinner featured a four course meal featuring the creations of Chef Brett Cook.

The first course featured Chef Brett’s “Steak Diana” served with Pepper Crusted Tenderloin, Mushroom & Watercress Salad and Cognac Cream Sauce.

The second course featured a Deconstructed Jambalaya served with Andouille Sausage Rice Cake, Fried Rock Shrimp and Cajun Broth.

The third course featured Short Rib Empanadas served with salsa verde.

The fourth course featured Pecan Smoked Pork Ribs served with Golden Carolina BBQ sauce and a Warm Potato Salad.

(Published and Produced by Marketing and Communications Intern David Zambuto)

Max Fish Villa Maria Wine Dinner

On Friday July 14, 2017 Max Fish hosted the Villa Maria Wine Dinner featuring a four course meal.

The first course featured a White Peach & Scallop Ceviche served with Avocado, Corn and Tomato.

The second course featured a Red Snapper served with Sweet and Sour Pineapple, Crispy Noodles and Local Swiss Chard.

The third course featured Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie served with Jicama, Melon and “Headly’s” Jamaican Jerk.

The fourth course featured a Grilled Leg of Lamb served with Couscous, Olives and Savory Spices.

(Published and Produced by Marketing and Communications Intern David Zambuto)