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Beaujolais in the Modern Era

The Max Lunch Club
Featuring Wines from Beaujolais Region of Southern Burgundy

With Guest Speaker Brian Mitchell
Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

Friday, November 18
12:45 arrival | 1:00pm seating

Beaujolais is a wine and a region that has seen a tremendous resurgence over the past few years. Recognized for the high quality wines the region can and does produce, mainly by the many smaller domaines that for years have been over-shadowed by larger negociant firms. For this edition of The Friday Lunch Club, Brian Mitchell guides you through selections from Village and Cru level, including the first wines from the new harvest – Beaujolais Nouveau 2016.

Cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Hunter Morton

From the Chef – “Fernand Point has always been one of my true cooking inspirations. From learning about him in school in gastronomy he immediately sparked my interest, I wrote a paper on him, studied his cuisine. His restaurant La Pyramide located in Vienne, an old Roman town south of Lyon was highly regarded as one the best. He was considered the father of Modern French Cuisine, turning out legendary chefs such as Paul Bocuse. Point was a chef and philosopher, who embraced the dining room as much as the kitchen, inviting all walks into his restaurant. One of the greatest gifts he gave was his book Ma Gastronome.
Today’s menu is in honor of this great chef.”

A M U S E-B O U C H E
Domaine des Terres Dorées by Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais Nouveau, 2016
Brochettes D’Huitres
skewered Copps Island oysters and bacon

1 S T  C O U R S E
Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Villages, 2015
Bisque d’Ecrevisses
crawfish bisque | truffles

2 N D   C O U R S E
Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais L’Ancien, 2015
Filets de Soles Georges Pleynet
poached sole | mushrooms | tomatoes | noodles | sovereign sauce

3 R D   C O U R S E

Domaine Diochin Moulin-a-Vent Vieille Vigne, 2015
Volaille Pyramide
roast chicken | truffles | carrots | puff pastry | creamed spinach

S O M E T H I N G   S W E E T
Marjolaine
La Pyramides Famous Cake

$42.00 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call for reservations
860.236.6299

The Friday Lunch Club at Oyster Bar: Famille Perrin of the Rhone Valley

The Friday Lunch Club – November 4th

Wines of Famille Perrin

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The Friday Lunch Club
Featuring Wines from The Perrin Family of Chateau de Beaucastel and the beautiful appellations of France’s Rhone Valley

With Guest Speaker
Paul Nerz
Vineyard Brands Imports
Friday November 4th
12:45 arrival | 1:00pm lunch

As proprietors of Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and producers of La Vieille Ferme from the Côtes du Ventoux and Luberon, the Perrin family has demonstrated exceptionally high standards for nearly a century. Jean-Pierre and François’s father, Jacques Perrin, was a gifted winemaker who brought world renown to the family domaine, introducing innovative techniques in the cellar. Now the next generation of winemakers has joined Jean-Pierre and François – Pierre, Marc, Thomas and Matthieu – to continue the proud family tradition.

Join us as we pair the estate wines from Perrin family domianes with fall cuisine by Chef Hunter Morton.

Reception
Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Blanc Reserve, 2014

1st
Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Villages, 2012
Endive Salad with Smoked Trout
Apple, Watercress, Walnut Vinaigrette
2nd
Famille Perrin Vinsobres La Cornuds, 2013
Coquilles St.-Jacques
Dayboat Scallops, Forest Mushrooms, Gruyere, Breadcrumbs
3rd
Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel, 2014
Duck Cassoulet
Flageolet Beans, Duck Confit, Garlic Soubiseperrin_coudoulet_rouge_2013

Something Sweet
Pumpkin Profiterole
Chocolate Caramel Sauce

$42.00 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford for reservations
860-236-6299

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
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Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

Max Lunch Club with Hecht & Bannier April 24

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Formed in 2002, by founders Gregory Hecht and François Bannier, Hect & Bannier is a micro-negociant known for its cutting edge wines and have proved to be formidable players in the French wine producing regions of Languedoc, Roussillon & Provence.

Special Guest Speaker:
Mark Raymond, Northeast Regional Manager for Frederick Wildman & Sons

Cuisine by Executive Chef Hunter Morton

12:45pm Reception | 1:00pm Luncheon

Reception
Fried Oyster Salad- spinach, Pickled vegetables, Mint, Lemon
Hecht & Bannier Languedoc White, 2013

Course 1
Stonington Flounder, Marinated asparagus, Spring onions, Radish, Spring Vegetable Sauce
Hecht & Bannier Languedoc Rose, 2014

Course 2
Herb Roasted Chicken Breast-Sugar Snap Peas, Pickled Local Ramps, Smoked Butter Braised Potatoes, Almond Milk,
Hecht & Bannier Roussillon Red, 2009

Dessert
Chocolate Pudding, Salted Caramel Sauce, Brioche
Hecht & Bannier Minervois Red, 2012

$37.50 per person
not including tax or gratuity

For Reservations – 860-236-6299
Max’s Oyster Bar | 964 Farmington Ave. | West Hartford

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Lunch Club at Max’s Oyster Bar March 27th

 

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For the next installment of the Max Lunch Club series, Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford will be welcoming fine wine specialist Luis Suarez from CT Distributors, Inc., who will be hosting the wines of Terra d’Oro winery, from the Amador County AVA, in California.

Originally known as Montevina Winery, Terra d’Oro has been making wines in eastern California since 1973, and has always shown what locals have known since the mid-1800s about this wine region – the wines are great!

Mr. Suarez will be guiding the discussion on the wines and Chef Hunter Morton will be preparing a fabulous lunch menu to accompany.

Reception ~ 12:45pm

First Course
Terra d’Oro Chenin Blanc 2013
Crispy Melville Cheese
Roasted Vegetable Farro, Pistachios, Baby Greens, White Balsamic

Second Course
Terra d’Oro Barbera 2011
Cacciucco
Tuscan Seafood Stew, Crostini

Third Course
Terra d’Oro Petite Sirah 2012
Zinfandel Braised Veal Osso Bucco
Vegetable Sofrito, Gremolatta

Dessert
Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Port
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bombe

Lunch Club is open for reservations, and for March 20th will be priced at $37.50 per person, not including tax or gratuity.

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar for reservations:

964 FARMINGTON AVE./ WEST HARTFORD, CT 06107 / P: 860-236-6299

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Max Lunch Club featuring Small Estate Wines of Chile

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Friday, February 27th, 2015
With Special Guest Speaker
Howard Asadow of Worldwide Wines
Cuisine by Executive Chef Hunter Morton

12:45pm Reception | 1:00pm Luncheon

Amuse Bouche

Course One
Shrimp Escabeche
Pickled Stonington Red Shrimp | Baby Carrots
Apple | Cucumber | Fennel | Citrus, Greens
Mayu Pedro Ximenez, Elqui Valley, 2013

Course Two
Chilean Sea Bass
Melted Saffron Risotto | Roasted Pepper Aioli | Chorizo | Parsley Oil
Cono Sur Pinot Noir Reserva Especial, Colchagua Valley, 2012

Course Three
Paprika Marinated Flank Steak
Smoked Beef Brisket Potato Tots | Sweet Pepper Slaw | Chimichurri Sauce
Clos Des Fous Cabernet Sauvignon Grillos Cantores, Cachapoal-Andes, 2011

Cheese
Manchego Cheese
Spiced Carrot Salad | Golden Raisin Puree
Los Vascos Carmenere Gran Reserve, Colchagua Valley, 2012

$38.50 per person
not including tax & gratuity

Reservations Required: 860-236-6299
MaxsOysterBar.com

Max Lunch Club: Villages of the Southern Rhone Valley

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Friday, February 6th at Max’s Oyster Bar
Special Guest Speaker: Paul Nerz of Vineyard Brands,
Importers for Perrin Family.
Cuisine by Executive Chef Hunter Morton

12:45pm Arrival ~ 1:00pm Luncheon

Reception
Goat Cheese Beignets
Foie Gras Pâté
Smoked Trout Salad
Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc, 2013

Course One
Tranche of Cod Viennoise
Sabayon of Grain Mustard
Perrin Cotes du Rhone Villages, 2010

Course Two
Duck Casoulet
Duck Confit | Sausage | Roasted Garlic
Flaqoulet Beans | Salad aux Lardons
Perrin Vinsobres La Cornudes, 2011

Course Three
Whipped Brie de Menox
Pork Belly | Stone Fruit | Greens | Pickled Mustard Seed
Perrin Chateauneuf du Pape, 2009

Something Sweet
Profiteroles

$37.50 per person
not including tax & gratuity

Reservations Required. Please call: 860-236-6299
MaxsOysterBar.com

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

Max Lunch Club with The Rare Wine Co.

Rare-Wine-Co-2 copyFriday, January 16th, 2015 AT 12:45PM
Max’s Oyster Bar kicks off their 2015 Lunch Club Series
with a selection of spanish wines from one of the leading
importers of fine wine – The Rare Wine Co.
Paired with the cuisine of Executive Chef Hunter Morton.

12:45pm Reception | 1:00pm Luncheon

House Made Ricotta | Oven Roasted Tomato | Grilled Ciabatta
Fennel Sage Roasted Cipollini Onions
Sausage Stuffed Clams
Bernabeleva “Navaherreros Blanco”, 2013, Vinos de Madrid

Course One
Artichoke & Sunchoke Soup
Pancetta | Olive Oil
Olivares Altos de la Hoya Monastrell “Ungrafted Old Vines”, 2012, Jumilla

Course Two
Veal Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti
Braising Greens | Parmesan | Roasted Pepper Sauce
Alvaro Palacios “Camins del Priorat”, 2012, Priorat

Course Three
Grilled Swordfish
Saffron Polenta | Broccolini | Lemon
Hermanos Peciña Rioja “Cosecha”, 2013, Rioja

A Little Something Sweet

$37.50 per person
not including tax & gratuity
Reservations Required: 860-236-6299