Max Downtown Supports Journey Home

Max Downtown is very pleased to announce a month-long benefit to help Journey Home, one of Hartford’s leading advocacy groups working to end homelessness in Ct.  Journey Home is a team of innovative problem solvers who are passionate about ending homelessness in our community. Founded in 2007 as the agency responsible for implementing Hartford’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, Journey Home has grown to become a strategic leader and valued partner for homeless service providers throughout the region.

journey-home-logo-FINAL (1) whiteJourney Home’s mission is to accelerate progress towards ending chronic homelessness in the Greater Hartford region. Partnering with the region’s social service providers, Journey Home focuses on solving the problem of chronic homelessness with housing, employment, and support services, rather than managing it with emergency shelter. As a catalyst for systemic change, Journey Home develops and implements innovative ways to improve the housing and service system in order to offer those experiencing homelessness paths toward independent, fulfilling, and productive lives.

IMG_20160104_100302005Max Downtown is supporting the efforts of Journey Home during the month of January 2016, by featuring a special cocktail all month long, of which a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Journey Home.  The Wild Moon Beam Cocktail, created by Max Downtown’s Bar Manager Michael Boiano, features Jim Beam Bourbon along with Hartford’s very own Wild Moon Cranberry Liqueur by the Hartford Flavor Company.

For each drink purchased through the month of January, Max Downtown will donate $1 to Journey Home.  Max Downtown will also be helping to host the Journey Home 2016 Gala at City Place in Hartford on January 29th.  For more information on that event, please click here.

WILD MOON BEAM
Glass: Rocks
.75oz Jim Beam Bourbon
.75oz Wild Moon Cranberry Liqueur
.75oz Averna Amaro
.75oz Lemon Juice
Combine in a tin with ice, integration shake
Garnish: 5 x cranberries (dried) soaked in Bourbon

Max Fish and Max Amore Pair Up for a Dual-Patio Dinner Featuring Harpoon Brewery

Harpoon-Brewery-Dinner-REVISEDAt the Max Restaurant Group, we are big fans of Harpoon Brewery, one of New England’s great craft brewers.  Annually we team up with the folks at Harpoon to present a patio dinner at Max Amore, but the response has been so tremendous the past few years that we have decided to expand this dinner over to the patio at Max Fish and host a dual-patio event featuring the teams at both restaurants.  The menu listed below is a collaboration by both chefs and their teams, and guest will get a unique experience while sipping the current and limited selections from Harpoon Brewery.  This is a first for us as we bring two teams together for a great experience.

Special Guest Speaker – Steve Mills of Harpoon Brewery

This will be a dual patio event featuring the talents of
Chef Robert Peterson of Max Fish
and Chef Ted Burnett of Max Amore

Sunday August 30th
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Harpoon Kölsch style Summer Beer
Smoked Mussel Canapé, horseradish cream
Mixed Spiced Nuts
Scallop Crudo, wakame, yuzu, & cucumber

2nd course
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #54 Nordic Saison
Italian Panini Duo
#1 – Hot Soppressata, baby arugula, shaved grana, balsamic soaked vidalia onions, brioche slider roll
#2 – Speck, fontina, peach marmalade, pickled asparagus, ciabatta,
tri-colored potato salad

3rd course
Harpoon India Pale Ale
Shellfish Curry
Summer vegetable noodles, chopped peanuts, mint, farm grown CT chile peppers

4th course
Harpoon Leviathan IPA
BBQ Pork Belly Short Ribs
smoked jalapeno bbq sauce, red cabbage coleslaw

Dessert
Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin
an American Double / Imperial Stout
Beignet Trio: maple, hazelnut, & mocha fillings
Chambord sabayon
toasted oat crumble

$59 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

For reservations please call, Max Fish: 860-652-3474
or Max Amore: 860-659-2819

The Cooper Presents a Scotch and Cigar Dinner 7/23

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The Cooper Restaurant
is pleased to present a
Scotch and Cigar Dinner featuring
The Balvenie Distillery | Davidoff Cigars

Thursday, July 23
6:00pm reception | 6:30 seating

Special guest speakers for the evening will be
Carlos Escalona from Davidoff Cigars

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Menu by Chef Adam Brown

Reception
Craft Cocktail Featuring Monkey Shoulder Blended Whisky
Chorizo & Manchego Stuffed Dates (passed)

First course
The Balvenie 14yr Caribbean Cask
Smoked Faroe Island Salmon Tartar
Smoked eggplant purée/pickled eggplant/quail egg/crispy sunchokes

Second Course
The Balvenie 15yr Single Barrel
Roasted Lamb Loin
Duck fat braised Brussels sprouts, “butter scotch” gastrique, tobacco onions

Entree
side by side with
The Balvenie 12yr Double Wood and The Balvenie 17yr Double Wood
Coffee Rubbed Prime New York Strip Steak
Braised short rib& smoked bacon ragout, sherry- wild mushroom Demi, watercress “pesto”

Dessert
The Balvenie 21yr Port Wood
Ancho-Cinnamon Flourless Chocolate Cake
Chartreuse whipped cream

cigars provided will be | Davidoff Classic 2000 and Davidoff Winston Churchill

$92 per person, not including tax or gratuity

Please call The Cooper for reservations
561.622.0032

The Cooper Restaurant is located at
4610 PGA Boulevard | Palm Beach Gardens

seating for this event is very limited

Max’s Lunch Club with the Owner of Mohua Wines from New Zealand – 7/17

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Max’s Oyster bar is pleased to present the

July Edition of Max’s Lunch Club

mohua-wineFriday July 17th , 2015
12:45pm arrival, 1pm seating

Featuring the wines of
Mohua & Peregrine Wineries, New Zealand
With Special Guest Speaker, Fraser McLachlan, Owner

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Mohua Wines is a privately owned New Zealand winery, specializing in the production of premium Sauvignon Blanc from the world renowned Marlborough region and Pinot Noir from stunning Central Otago. Established in 2009, Mohua Wines is run by two generations of the McLachlan family, Lindsay and son Fraser, who are actively involved in all aspects of the business and share an unconditional commitment to producing premium quality wines in a manner which preserves the environment and natural beauty of the land for future generations.

Reception
Mohua Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Marlborough

Course 1
Steamed Cape Cod Mussels
kiwi, pineapple, coconut curry sauce
Peregrine Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Central Otago

Course 2
Oak Leaf Farms Goat Cheese Crostini
fava beans, smoked duck, arugula, fava beans, aged balsamic
Mohua Pinot Noir, 2012, Marlborough

Course 3
Grilled Lamb Loin
Belltown Hill Orchards cherry couscous, mint-sweet pea sauce
Peregrine Pinot Noir, 2011, Central Otago

Dessert
Fresh Berry Pavlova

$37.50 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar for Reservations
860-236-6299
964 Farmington Avenue | West Hartford, CT 06107

Baxter Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Max’s Tavern June 25th

Max’s Tavern in Springfield is very pleased to present

a craft beer dinner featuring the brews of

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from Lewiston, Maine

With special guest speaker

Woodley Wardell – Brand Cansultant

Baxter brewing is the first brewery in New England to can all of its beers.  Can are better for the environment, better for the beer and can go where glass cannot – like places you want to enjoy a cold beer.

Join us in celebrating these fabulous beers alongside a pairing menu created by executive Chef Paul Roberge of Max’s Tavern. Dinner will be served on the patio (weather permitting).

Beer-ception starts at 6pm
Relax and enjoy a nice cold pint and some passed bites from the chef

Dinner seating at approximately 6:30pm

Course 1
Baxter Brewing Co. Pamola Xtra Pale Ale
Grilled Blue Pt. Oysters
garlic butter, speck, Serrano chili

Course 2
Baxter Brewing Co. Tarnation California-style lager
Tasso Ham and Pimento Cheese Slider
buttermilk biscuit, fried pickles

Course 3
Baxter Brewing Co. Lonely Goatherd Hoppy Maibock
Beef Brisket Taco
pickled rhubarb, duck cracklin’

Course 4
Baxter Brewing Co. Stowaway IPA
Berkshire Baby Back Ribs
IPA BBQ, sweet and spicy slaw

Dessert
Baxter Brewing Co. Summer Swelter
Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake
honey thyme glaze

$65 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max’s Tavern in Springfield for reservations

413-746-6299

1000 W Columbus Ave, Springfield, MA 01105
(In the Basketball Hall of Fame)

maxrestaurantgroup.com/tavern

Tröegs Brewing Company Beer Dinner at Trumbull Kitchen

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Trumbull Kitchen is very please to announce a beer dinner
featuring the fabulous brews of Troegs Brewery of Hershey, PA.

June 23, 2015
Beer-ception @ 6pm
Dinner @ 6:30pm

Special Guest Speaker: Andy Piela of Troegs Brewery
Menu by Chef Steven Lundgren

COURSE ONE
Hop Back Amber Ale
Grilled Chicken Satay
coconut pancake / spicy peanut sauce

COURSE TWO
LaGrave (Bottle-conditioned Triple Golden Ale)
Picadillo Beef Patacon
three pepper cheese sauce

COURSE THREE
Sunshine Pils
Spring Salad
ramps / fava beans / english peas / kumquat /roquefort /dijon vinaigrette

COURSE FOUR
Troegenator Double Bock
Cold-smoked Pork Tenderloin
grilled spring onion  sweet potato gratin / maple bourbon demi-glace

COURSE FIVE
Jovial (Belgian-style Dubbel)
Salted Caramel Gelato
honeycomb crisps / espresso chocolate sauce

$65 per person
(not including tax & gratuity)

Seating is very limited. Call for reservations
860.493.7412

trumbull kitchen | 150 trumbull street | hartford, ct 06103 | trumbullkitchen.com
#TroegsAtTK

Tuscan Wine & Food Pairing Dinner at Max Amore

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6:30 reception | 7:00 seating

Special Guest Speaker: Claudio Andreani
Italian Wine Specialist and National Brand Manager for Kobrand

Reception

Tenuta Campo al Mare Vermentino Bolgheri DOC, 2013
Assorted Flatbreads

Course 1
Tenuta TorCalvano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, 2011
Chicken Liver Pate with duck fat,
frisée salad with hard cooked egg & classic vinaigrette, house made grissini.

Course 2
Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva Gran Selezione La Forra DOCG, 2011
Fresh spaghetti with wild boar, sweet & sour sauce,
dried fruit, pecorino Chianti.

Course 3
Tenute del Cabreo Il Borgo Toscana IGT, 2011
Wood Fired Porterhouse Florentine,
Tuscan baked cannellini bean casserole, spicy broccoli rabe

Dessert
Tenuta La Fuga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, 2009
Chefs Selected Cheese Plate

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$110 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max Amore for reservations
860-659-2819

140 Glastonbury Boulevard Somerset Square Glastonbury, CT 06033

 

Max Group Does 3rd Annual Negroni Week

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Negroni Week Makes a Splash at The Max Restaurant Group

For thirsty cocktail lovers, there’s nothing that wets the whistle faster than a swanky, palate-pleasing drink, especially when paired with a delicious cause.

As part of the third annual Negroni Week, June 1-7, All Max Restaurant Group locations in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, as well as The Cooper in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, will be serving up lip-smacking variations in honor of the world’s greatest sip. A portion of the drink proceeds will be donated to the Ct Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, and the Loggerhead Marine Life Center in Juno Beach, FL. “As far as perfect cocktails go,” says Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director for the Max Restaurant Group, “a great Negroni is the perfect drink to have when you can’t decide what to have – it hits all the senses with a balance of bitter-sweet, floral and fruity flavors…there is a reason why it’s been a classic for nearly 100 years.”

A creative riff on a traditional Americano (a blend of Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda), the Negroni was born in 1919 when the adventurous Italian Count Camillo Negroni wanted to shake things up at a local Florentine bar. Instead of soda, he ordered gin be added to his favorite apéritif. After one sip, the count was hooked. The rest, according to bar lore, is history. We’ll drink to that.

About Negroni Week
Presented by Imbibe Magazine and Campari, Negroni Week launched in 2013 as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails, and an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the globe. From 2013 to 2014, Negroni Week grew from 100 to more than 1,300 participating bars around the world, and raised more than $120,000 for charities.

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Max Downtown to Host a “Pairings Dinner” June 12th

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Max Downtown’s Chef and Sommelier are Combining Forces to host a Pairings Dinner featuring seasonal cuisine paired with wines, limited release beer and craft cocktails from the Max Downtown Collection

The menu has been created in a collaborative manner by
Chef Christopher Sheehan and
Sommelier Justin Gavry
In the manner of a tasting menu in order to
highlight the best of both the Kitchen and the Bar

Friday June 12th
6:30pm

1st course
LOBSTER STEAM BUN
pickled ramp brown butter
Cava Cocktail
Raventos I Blanc Cava | grilled-lemon & chili syrup

2nd course
PROSCIUTTO WRAPPED FIGS
house made ricotta, stonewall apiary honey
The Lady Sherry
Hidalgo Oloroso, POM & fresh lemon juice, shaken into coupe, float of Moscato d’Asti

3rd course
FERMES ST-CANUT PORCELET DE LAIT
green garlic spring bean ragout
White Gold
Ithaca Beer Co., Bottle Conditioned, Rustic Pale Wheat Ale

4th course
COFFEE CRUSTED WYOMING BUFFALO
squash soubise, marble potato, smoked tomato steak sauce
(side by side)
The Terraces Zinfandel, Napa Valley, 2012,
Jefferson’s #946 Ridiculously Small Batch Bourbon, Barreled for Max

5th course
BROWN’S FARM STRAWBERRY OLIVE OIL CAKE
champagne sabayon
Averna Amaro | Basil Syrup

6th course
PEDRO’S PARFAIT
vanilla gelato pedro ximenez parfait, chocolate biscotti crunch
Bodegas Toro Albala DON PX Gran Reserva, Montilla-Morilles,1985

$75 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max Downtown for reservations
Seating is very limited

(860) 522-2530
185 Asylum St | Hartford, CT | 06103

Tröegs Brewery Dinner at Trumbull Kitchen – June 23rd

Trumbull Kitchen is very pleased to announce a brewery dinner featuring the fabulous brews of Tröegs Brewery from Hershey, PA

Tröegs Brewery was founded in 1996 by brothers John and Chris Trogner. The first keg was sold to a local restaurant in Harrisburg on July 18, 1997. Tröegs Brewery was situated in Harrisburg, PA until October 2011, at which time operations were moved to Hershey, PA.

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June 23, 2015

beer-ception at 6pm

dinner starts at 6:30pm

Special Guest Speaker Andy Piela from Tröegs Brewery

Menu by Chef Chris Torla

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Hop Back Amber Ale

Grilled chicken satay

Coconut pancake

Spicy peanut sauce

LaGrave (Bottle-Conditioned Triple Golden Ale)

Picadillo beef patacon

Three pepper cheese sauce

Sunshine Pils

Spring salad with ramps, favas, English peas, kumquat, Roquefort

Dijon vinaigrette

Troegenator

Tröegenator Double Bock

Cold smoked pork tenderloin

Grilled spring onion, Sweet potato gratin

Maple bourbon demi

Jovial (Belgian-style Dubbel)

Salted carmel gelato, honeycomb crisps

Espresso chocolate sauce

$65 per person (not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Trumbull Kitchen for reservations

150 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT 06103

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Max Lunch Club Presents The Splendor of the Cape May 29th

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Menu by executive chef Hunter Morton

Reception (12:45)
Refreshing glass of The Wolf Trap White by Boekenhoutskloof
a Rhone inspired white blend of Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Grenache Blanc

1st course
Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc from Walker Bay
Paired with
Cod Cakes – Hearts of Palm, Moroccan spiced yogurt

2nd Course
The Left Bank by Neil Ellis – a Cape blend of Cab Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Cab Franc and Malbec
Cape Malay Fish Curry, basmati, tamarind, cilantro

3rd Course
Hamilton-Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Spiced Venison Burger- Carrot Peanut Slaw, sweet potato fries

$39.50 per person, (not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar for reservations: 860-236-6299

964 Farmington Avenue West Hartford, CT 06107
MaxsOysterBar.com     #LunchClub

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