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)

 

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)

Trumbull Kitchen Rose Dinner

On Thursday July 13, 2017 Trumbull Kitchen hosted a Rose Wine Dinner featuring a five course paired meal.

Reception featured popcorn with melted butter and lemon zest and with Parmesan and Truffle Oil.

First course featured Oysters & Pearls made with Blue Point Oysters American Ostera Caviar

Second Course featured Oak Grilled Calamari served with mashed fava beans and preserved meyer lemon.

Third course featured a Sonoma Goat Cheese & Hierloom Tomato Tart.

Our fourth course featured Pacific Halibut with Mushroom Kombu Broth served with Roasted chanterelle mushrooms and garlic scape pesto.

The fifth and final course featured Honeyed Peach Tart made with hazelnut crust and chantilly cream.

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

Max Burger Longmeadow Allagash Beer Dinner

On Monday June 26, 2017 Max Burger Longmeadow hosted their second Beer Dinner featuring beers from the Allagash Beer Company. The menu featured a five course meal with a spin on summer twists by Chef Brett Cook.

The first course featured a Lobster Salad made with butter poached lobster, bibb lettuce, blistered heirloom tomatoes and a orange & tarragon vinaigrette.

The second course featured a Fresh Melon and Gazpacho Duo made with watermelon, arugula, salata and cucumber mint gazpacho.

The third course featured Maryland Crab Nachos made with pepper-jack fondue, pancetta and corn salsa.

The fourth course featured a Wild Boar Short Rib made with cauliflower puree, beech mushroom salad and black truffle drizzle.

The fifth course featured a classic Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee with fresh raspberries.

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

Max Downtown Silverado Wine Dinner

On Thursday June 22, Max Restaurant Group hosted the Silverado Wine Dinner at Max Downtown in Downtown Hartford. The event featured guest speaker Jonathon Emmerich of Napa Valley.

The first course featured Stonington Fluke Ceviche made with roasted chick peas and sungold Z’atar salsa.

The second course featured Country fried escargots and foraged mushrooms made with savory butter & ramp Parker house toast.

The third course featured Walden Hill Credo made with Berber spice, crispy squash blossoms and shelling bean pistou.

The fourth course featured Marrow Crusted Wagyu Short Rib made with bunching onion carbonara, english pea & pancetta salad and long pepper jus.

The fifth course consisted of Mignardise.

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

Max’s Lunch Club Wines of Austria

 

On Friday June 23, 2017 Max Restaurant Group hosted Max’s Lunch Club at Max Oyster Bar featuring an assortment of Wines from Austria.

The first course featured Smoked Salmon Crepe made with creme cheese, baby greens, cucumber.

The second course featured Austrian Spaetzle made with gruyere cheese, mushrooms, fresh peas and caramelized onions.

The third course featured Schnitzel made with crispy veal, Austrian potato salad and lemon.

The fourth and final course featured a local strawberry strudel.

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

 

 

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

Max Chef to Farm Rosedale Farms Father’s Day Festival

On Sunday June 18, 2017 Max’s Chef to Farm held it’s 2nd event for the 2017 Season. The Father’s Day Lobster festival was featured in Simsbury, Connecticut at the 110 acre Rosedale Farms and Vineyards.

The event featured two time slots at 1:00 pm or 3:00 pm. Menus were offered for adults and children and featured live music.

The menu included a freshly steamed lobster, with corn, potatoes, a sausage and freshly steamed mussels.

Additionally, the menu included a light and refreshing summer salad with a side of Clam Chowder.

The meal ended on a sweet note featuring a shortcake and berry dessert topped with whipped cream.

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