TWO ROADS BEER & BURGER BASH @ Max Burger West Hartford

UPDATE –

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

(and it only took 30 minutes…)

Max Burger in West Hartford is very pleased to announce it’s first ever Beer Dinner and Burger Bash.  For this event we are pairing with one of CT’s premier brewers – Two Roads Brewery out of Stratford.  Teaming up for the menu side of things will be Scott Miller, Max’s head of Catering & Events, along with David Sudol, Max Burger’s Executive Chef.

Wednesday March 4th, 2015

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Reception will be starting at 6:30pm, followed by dinner at 7pm.

UPON ARRIVAL | OL’ FACTORY PILS
ONE RIB | got change for a hundred?
WHAT CAME 1st| pickled egg | smoked yolk | crispy chicken skin
YANKED SWINE | pulled pork shoulder | melville cheese biscuit
UBER TUBER | beef short ribs | foie gras gravy | curds
“BUFFALO” BUFFALO MEATBALLS | dehydrated blue cheese

COURSE ONE | WORKERS COMP SAISON
CRUDO | Beef Tartar | House Kimchee | Pate | Vietnamese Baguette | Gochujang

COURSE TWO | LIL HEAVEN (IN CASK)
BIKINI | Chorizo Burger | Black Truffle Paste | Manchego

COURSE THREE | RYE 95
LOW COUNTRY | Shrimp Burger | Country Ham | Grit Cake | Poached Egg | Rye Spiked Beer-naise

COURSE FOUR | IGORS DREAM
TRIPLE DECKLE | Ribeye Cap Steak | House Bacon | Hog Wash | Giardinera

COURSE FIVE | BLOOD ORANGE CREAMSICLE SHAKE
COOKIES | Citrus Madeleine | Compost | Macaroon | Mini Whoopies

FIFTY FIVE DOLLARS PER GUEST
Not Including tax & gratuity

Please call Max Burger in West Hartford for reservations
860-232-3300

Max Burger  124 LaSalle Rd   West Hartford, CT 06107

Max Burger Circle

            

Black Hog Brewing Co. Dinner at TK

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SOLD OUT – SECOND NIGHT ADDED – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH

Since hitting the Connecticut brewing scene just a year ago, Black Hog of Oxford, CT
has quickly established itself as one of the leading craft brewers in the state.
We are pleased to welcome Special Guest speaker:
Tyler Jones, Head Brewer, Black Hog Brewing Co.
Cuisine by Executive Chef Christopher Torla.

Menu
“Duck Nachos”
Leg Confit, pickled shitake mushrooms, wasabi, peanut sesame soy
Black Hog Ginga Ninja

Moules Mariniere
Canadian mussels, shallots, tomato, saffron vin blanc
Black Hog Easy Rye Da

Crispy Macaroni
Chorizo, leeks, Benning’s goat milk gouda, chipotle
Black Hog Granola Brown

Pastrami Cured Short Rib
Brandied mustard seeds, red cabbage puree, horseradish creme fraiche
Black Hog Bacchanalian Barley Wine

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding
Chantilly cream, espresso butterscotch
Black Hog Nitro Coffee Milk Stout

$65 per person
not including tax & gratuity

Please call for reservations: 860.493.7412
Trumbull Kitchen 150 Trumbull St. Hartford, CT

February 2015 Events at Max Restaurant Group Locations

by Brian Mitchell – Corporate Beverage Director for the Max Restaurant Group

I have received a number of requests for our upcoming calendar of events.  Below is a listing for the month of February as it stands now.  I plan to post a listing of the events we have coming up by the middle of the month prior, but I do not always have complete menus or other details at the time of posting.  Once we finalize everything, the complete event details are placed on our main web page calendar at maxrestaurantgroup.com/calendar, where you can by tickets or make reservations.

Events for February 2015

February – All Month Long – St Francis Hospital and Max Restaurant Group CT locations pour Josh Cellar wines to benefit Women’s Heart Health Month.  A portion of the proceeds from every glass and every bottled ordered through the month of February will be donated to the Women’s Health initiative at St Francis Hospital in Hartford.  Join us Wednesday Feb 4th, for the kick-off party with St Francis and Josh Wines (see below).

February 1st – Taste of Hartford wraps up for Max Downtown and Trumbull Kitchen.  Last day of the two week promo comes to a conclusion on Super Sunday. With 3-course meals and discounted wine, this is one of our most popular promotions throughout the year.  All other locations are closed in the evening for Employee Appreciation Parties (our version of the Holiday party).

February 3rd – Newburyport Brewmaster Dinner at Max’s Tavern in Springfield.  Join Max’s Tavern as they welcome Special Guest Speaker Chris Webb, Co-Founder of Newburyport Brewing Co. for a fantastic evening of local craft beer and Max’s Tavern cuisine.  For full details click here.

February 4th – Max Burger West Hartford welcomes Troegs Brewing to CT for the very first time.  We will be enjoying these extremely well-crafted brews from Pennsylvania with a tap takeover and meet and greet with brewery personnel, plus there might be a giveaway or two, as well.

February 6th – Max Lunch Club @ Max’s Oyster Bar with Paul Nerz of Vineyard Brands Imports and the wine of Famille Perrin, famed producers of Chateau de Beaucastel in the Rhone Valley of France.  Paul Nerz is no stranger to the Max Group or the wines of the Perrin family.  Join us in this installment of the Lunch Club as we dive deep into the village wines of the Rhone from this famed producer.  $39.50pp++, call Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford for full details and reservations.

February 6th – Max Downtown presents an evening of truffles paired with selections from deep in our wine cellar.  This is the second installment of our Cellar Dinner Series where we pull older wines from our collection to showcase alongside spectacular dishes from Chef Christopher Sheehan.  Sommelier Justin Gavry will be guiding the wine discussion on this dinner.  Call Max Downtown for full details and reservations, seating is very limited.

Black HogFebruary 10 – Trumbull Kitchen rolls on with it Brewmaster 2015 Dinner Series, and this month we have the boys from Black Hog Brewery out of Oxford, CT coming in to talk and taste you through their top notch craft brews.  Quickly ascending the ladder to the top of CT craft brewers, the Black Hog beers are fantastic, we like them a lot and so should you.  Paired with Chef Chris Torla’s menu.  Call Trumbull Kitchen for full details and reservations.

February 10 – Max Amore Chefs Ted Burnett and Brett Cook have been dreaming of hosting a Game and Wine Dinner for the past couple of years, and we have finally been able to fit it on the calendar.  This dinner is filled with delicious plates that have been creatively put together by these two veteran chefs.  On top of that we have decided to feature these dishes with a wine focus on the 2010 vintage from Barolo – perfect matches for this style of food.  Tom Taylor from Worldwide Wines will be on hand to discuss the wine pairings with you.  Contact Max Amore for full menu and to make reservations.  Click Here

February 11 – Max’s Oyster Bar is very pleased to present a winery owner dinner with very special guest Steve MacRostie of MacRostie Vineyards in Sonoma County, California.  Steve made his first Sonoma wines in 1974 and has never looked back. Today he makes a veritable collection of classic Sonoma Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, from appellation wines to small single vineyard collections.  Steve rarely gets to visit CT, but when he does we make room for him and host a wine dinner.  Menu is being finalized, but call Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford for details and to make a reservation.

February 12 – Wild About Wine – it’s back! – the hugely successful wine tasting event that used to be an annual fixture on the calendar is being revamped and presented in a larger and more expanded format.   This event will showcase approximately 100 wines from 30 different vendors, along with food and other treats.  Plus a portion of the proceeds goes toward benefiting the Make A Wish Foundation.  Call Max’s Tavern in Springfield for tickets and full details.

February 14 – it’s Valentine’s Day.  Reservations are going fast so please call early to book a table.

February 18 – Harpoon “Long Thaw” Beer Night and tapping.  Max Burger in West Hartford welcomes the gang from Harpoon Brewery of Boston for its annual release of Long Thaw White I.P.A. Ale.  We will be tapping the kegs early and the reps will be along with plenty of swag to hand out to lucky guests.  Officially starts at 5pm, but come early and get a seat.

February 23 – Max Fish presents a fabulous Regional Wine dinner featuring the wines of Roederer Estate and Napanook. Owned by top Champagne house Louis Roederer, the Roederer Estate and Domaine Anderson wines have been top wines from the cold Anderson Valley of northern California for many years.  Made in limited quantities, these are fantastically styled wines that drink incredibly well with food.  We will be throwing in a bit of Napanook Red blend from Dominus Estate as a compliment – it is related to Roederer through the same marketing firm for the US as Champagne Roederer.  Devin McGary of Champagne Roederer will be on hand to discuss the wines along with Chef Robert Peterson of Max Fish.  Call Max Fish for details and reservations.

February 27 – MOB Lunch Club 2015 – Wines of Chile with Howard Asadow.  Did you know that wine grapes have been grown in Chile since 1540?  For this installment of the Lunch Club we are looking at some of the regionally made wines from Chile’s cool coastal wine-growing areas.  What does Chile do best?  Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.  For this lunch we are looking a little deeper into what this longstanding wine country has to offer.  $37.50++ – call Max’s Oyster Bar for Reservations.

February 27 – Master of Scotch Night at Max Downtown.  Sample our selections or choose your own flights in the Tavern area from 5:30-7:30 as Master of Scotch, Peter Karras is on hand to discuss the selections from Pernod-Ricard Distilleries (Arberlour, Glenlivet, Chivas), in Scotland. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be passed for flight drinkers.  Contact Max Downtown for full details.

Thirsty Thursdays @ Max – as always, February brings us a selection of fun promotions for Thursday nights at Max locations.  Max Amore in Glastonbury and Max a Mia in Avon – 1/2 priced bottles of wine all night.  No limit on prices – all wine list wines are 1/2 off.  Max Burger West Hartford – 1/2 priced Cans of Beer.  All Cans are 1/2 priced all day.  Trumbull Kitchen will also be joining the 1/2 priced Beer Cans on Thirsty Thursdays starting in February.

Every Thursday – Max’s Oyster Bar has Jamie’s Junk Show – Live Music –  starting at 9pm.  No Cover but seats fill up fast.  Thirsty Thursday Drink specials are also usually available.

Every Friday –  Karaoke at Max Fish – every week the singing is happening at Max Fish starting around 10pm.  Late Night Happy Hour is always available, as well.

Every Sunday – Max Downtown presents Sunday Jazz, featuring great food and drink specials and the jazz stylings of The Steve Davis Group.  For more information and reservations, call 860.522.2530

Founders Beer Dinner at TK

Founders-Beer-Dinner-TK-4 copyWith Special Guest: John Abercrombie, Market Manager, Founders Brewing
Trumbull Kitchen is pleased to kick off the New Year with our
2015 Craft Beer Dinner Series. First up: One of America’s premier Brewers,
and a perennial favorite on our draft lines, Founders Brewing Company
of Grand Rapids, Michigan. With a selection of robust & flavorful beers,
Founders has been winning awards for top level brews since 1997.
We’ve put together a great selection & paired them with the
incomparable cuisine of Executive Chef Chris Torla.

BREAKFAST STOUT
Sweet Korean Pancake
bacon onion marmalade

CENTENNIAL IPA
Chicken Mole Tacos
avocado creme, cara cara orange salsa

RUBAEUS
Arugula, Spiced Macadamia Nuts, Pickled Red Onion, Goat Cheese Crostini
reisling vinaigrette

BLACK RYE
Molasses-braised Bone-In Short Rib
sweet potato hash, crispy jalapenos

BACKWOODS BASTARD
Deep fried Chocolate Truffles
bourbon caramel sauce

$65 per person
not including tax & gratuity
Seating is limited. Please call for reservations: 860.493.7412

Hoptoberfest Beer Dinner @ Max Downtown 10-14-14

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Max Downtown Presents a Hoptoberfest Beer Dinner

Get your Hoptoberfest weekend celebrations off to an early start on Friday evening Oktober 10, at Max Downtown, featuring a comparative Oktoberfest Beer Dinner with coursed selections of Oktoberfest and Harvest style beers from the United States and Germany. Paired side by side, these brews are matched with selections from Chef Hunter Morton of Max Downtown.

Special Guest Speaker for the evening is Jon Stack, Connecticut-based Craft Beer Specialist

Friday October 10th, 2014

American Oktoberfest Sip & Sample Beerception – 6:30 pm
Blue Point Brewing Oktoberfest
Goose Island Brewing Oktoberfest
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Seating – 7:00 pm
Course 1
PRETZELS & PASTRAMI
Gary’s beer braised onions, Cato corners cheddar, caraway mustard
US – Thomas Hooker Brewing Octoberfest Lager
DE – Spaten Oktoberfest

Course 2
GEMISCHT WURST
House-made artisinal Sausages, potato strudel, braised cabbage, rutabaga mustard
US – Widmer Brothers Okto
DE – Warsteiner OktoberfestHackerPschoor-oktoberfest

Course 3
SPANFURKEL                   Secchiarolli Farm Roasted Suckling Pig, Apples chestnut stuffing, brown butter spetzle, Sage jus                     US – Long Trail Harvest Barn Ale DE – Hacher-Pschoor Oktoberfest

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BLUE HILL ORCHARD APPLE FRITTERS
Subedge Farm Hopped ice cream, Maple glaze
US – Redhook Brewery Pumpkin Porter
DE – Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier

$55 per person                               (not including tax or gratuity)

For reservation please call           Max Downtown
185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 522-2530

maxdowntown.com

Newburyport Brewing Co. Dinner at Max Burger Longmeadow

by Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

Newburyport Brewing Company was founded just a couple of years ago (2012), but my first really solid encounter with them was at our Marchtoberfest Beer tasting last March at Max’s Tavern in Springfield.  I had the opportunity to meet the guys from the brewery and taste through the beers.  Without being overly biased, this was one of the best take-aways for me from the whole tasting.  I really enjoyed the style of the beers, the fact that they brew exclusively in cans (large and small), and that they are a couple of local guys.

So, it is with great pleasure that I announce that co-owner Chris Webb, will be joining us at Max Burger in Longmeadow on September 8th, for a great beer dinner, pairing Newburyport Brewing beers with the cuisine of Executive Chef David Sudol.

The price is great – the beer and food are going to be delicious; really no reason not to attend.  Take a look at the menu…

Max Burger of Longmeadow

Presents a Super Awesome Beer & Food Pairing Dinner

Featuring – Newburyport Brewing Company

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With Special Guest – Chris Webb – Owner

 September 8th

Reception at 6:00 · Dinner at 6:30

Awesome Course 1

Potato Bacon Cheddar “Fritters” with Tasso Ham Gravy

Melt Away Session I.P.A. – 4.6% ABV

Awesome Course 2

“Fish n Chips”- Blackened  Swordfish Sliders (Sweet Slaw, Agent 9 Sauce, Crispy Onion Straws) Beer Battered Steak Fries

Yeet! Extra Special Bitter – 5% ABV

Awesome Course 3

Pork Tenderloin, Chorizo Potato Hash, Spiced Cherry Compote, Sweet Tea Gastrique

Green Head I.P.A. – 7.2% ABV

Super Dessert Course

Peach ‘N’ Cream Cobbler Milkshake

Plum Island White – 5.4% ABV

COST: $55.00 per person

(not including tax or gratuity )

Please call Max Burger Longmeadow to reserve your seat

413-798-0101

Stone Brewing Dinner at Max’s Oyster Bar

Stone-Brewing-Dinner-at-Oyster-2Join us for a very special evening featuring Stone Brewing Company
of Escondido, California and the cuisine of Executive Chef Scott Miller.
With Special Guest Speaker Jeff Nelson of Stone Brewing.
For more information visit their website, here.
NOANK OYSTERS
Strawberry “Caviar” | Aged Fig Vinegar
Stone Go To IPA – Amerian IPA – 4.5% ABV
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CRAB
Asparagus | Fennel | Yuzu
Stone Saison – Farmhouse Ale – 6.0 % ABV
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RABBIT
Ricotta Gnudi | Peas | Oyster Mushrooms
Kyle Hollingsworth / Keri Kelli / Stone Collective Distortion
American Double IPA – 9.2 % ABV
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SWEETBREADS
Black Ledge Fonduta | Pickled Celery | Pimenton
Stone Enjoy by 07.04.14 IPA – American Imperial IPA – 9.40 % ABV
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BEEF DECKLE
Marrow Gratin | Wild Greens | Smoked Hollandaise
Matt’s Burning Rosids – Imperial Cherry Wood Smoked Saison – 10.5% ABV
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CHOCOLATE & CHEESE
House Biscuits | Berries
Special Late Night Tasting of Stone Stochasticity Project Quadro Triticale
Belgian Style Quad – 10 % ABV
$75 per person, not including tax & gratuity
Limited seating, please call for reservations: 860.236.6299

Max Chef To Farm Lobsterfest!

Lobsterfest-C2F-REVISEDTHIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

Just in time for Father’s Day ~ an event for the whole family!
Saturday, June 14th 4pm – 9pm
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards in Simsbury, CT
Activities For All Ages!
Featuring live music by Will Evans. Sample his music here.
Adult Dinner: Clam Chowder, Steamed Lobster, Connecticut
Clams, Local Chorizo Sausage, New Hartford Heirloom Potatoes,
Native (fingers crossed!) Corn on the Cob & Locally Grown Salad.
$55 per person
(Beverages, tax & gratuity not included)
Children’s Dinner: Clam Chowder, Grilled Hot Dog or Hamburger,
Locally Grown Salad, French Fries and Lemonade
$10 per child
(Tax & gratuity not included)
Also featuring: $5 Local Craft Beer on Tap,
Oysters and Clams shucked to order for $2 each,
Rosedale Vineyards Wine, and Brewtus Maximus Summer Wheat,
A fresh and frothy, German-style summer beer produced
especially for The Max Restaurant Group; perfect for
warm weather drinking and dining.
To make reservations, visit us here.

Victory Brewing Dinner @ Max’s Oyster Bar Feb 6th

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Take a break from the winter chill and claim your victory on February 6th with a great selection of Victory Brewing craft beers paired with the exceptional cuisine of Max’s Oyster Bar Chef Scott Miller.  We love doing beer dinners and when we can pair up with a great selection of our favorite beers, it makes it just that much better…

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CRAFT BEER DINNER

Thursday February 6th, 2014

6:30 PM  RECEPTION

Victory Prima Pils
Spiced Hamachi Rolls | Grilled Pineapple | Shiso
Lemongrass Braised Short Rib “Fritters” | Ginger Beer Gastrique
Grilled Clam Flatbread | Fennel | Preserve Lemon

Victory Helios Farmhouse Ale
Melville Cheese & Roasted Cauliflower Gratin Pickled Onion | Sriracha Caviar | Mustard Greens

Victory Mad Kings Weiss
Cornmeal Fried Cod
Okra | Green Tabasco Aioli | Pork & Collards

Victory Hop Ranch Imperial IPA
Shrimp Meatballs
Curry | Eggplant | Yogurt | Cilantro

Victory V 12 Belgian Ale
Rellenos
Confit Chicken | Smoked Bean Puree | Chorizo Vinaigrette

Victory Dirt Wolf Double IPA
Smoked Beef Brisket
Dumplings | Pho Broth | Hoisen Side Car

Victory Old Horizontal Barley Wine
Blood Orange Panna Cotta
Yuzu Gelee | Pomegranate | Lemon Shortbread

Click here to visit Max’s Oyster Bar Website

Stone Beer Dinner February 4 @ Trumbull Kitchen

It is with great pleasure that we announce our next beer dinner with our friends at Stone Brewing.  Since 1996, Stone has become one of the most iconic and well-loved breweries in the United States.  Known for making firmly hopped beers with just a hint of attitude, we really enjoy these beers and know you do to. Join us on February 4th, and break the winter cold with some hand crafted brews from the great state of California, along with some tasty treats from Chef Chris Torla.  Word has it that Jeff Nelson will be on hand to expound on the virtues of the beers and answer any questions you may have – he is always full of great things to say and definitely knows his Stones.  When was the last time you were Stoned??

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Stone Beer Dinner
February 4, 2014

Happy 30 minutes, pre-dinner reception in the loft
Enjoy By 2-14-14
Burnt ends with Stone porter BBQ sauce
Smoked Pit ham and onion jam sliders
Charcuterie Sampler
Lamb pancetta wrapped asparagus

Matt’s Saison
Manchego and Hoja Santa Cheese Plate
Quince paste, CT honeycomb, porter crackers

Stone IPA
Indian Chicken Korma
Boneless chicken breast, pistachio yogurt sauce, aromatic basmati salad

Arrogant Bastard
Crisped Maryland Crab Cake
Blood orange marmalade, local apples, smoked jalapeno

Sublimely Self Righteous
Cocoa Braised Beef Short Ribs
White cheddar polenta, garlic kale

Cost on this is $75 per person (excluding tax & gratuity)

Seating is very limited (we are not just saying that – the loft at TK only holds 26 seats)

please call TK to reserve your seat 860-493-7412

Click here to visit the TK website