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

Max Lunch Club featuring Frog’s Leap Winery

Frog's-Leap-Lunch-Club-EDIT copyFriday, November 14th, 2014 AT 12:45PM
Max’s Oyster Bar wraps up the 2014 Friday Lunch Club Series
with one of the great Napa Valley wineries.
With Special Guest Howard Imber of Frog’s Leap Winery
And the food pairings of Executive Chef Hunter Morton.
12:45pm Reception | 1:00pm Luncheon
Ahi Tuna “Pizza” | Jalapeno | Sriracha Aioli
Chicken Fried Oysters | Tabasco Honey Sauce
Maryland Crab Dip Crostini
Frog’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc, 2013
Course One
Smoked Salmon Quiche
Crispy Potato Crust | Pickled Mustard Seeds | Local Greens
Frog’s Leap Chardonnay, 2013
Course Two
Lobster Ravioli
Confit Fennel | Roasted Peppers | Cured Lemon | Lobster Jus
Frog’s Leap Zinfandel, 2012
Course Three
Deconstructed Beef Stew
Swiss Chard | Fingerling Potatoes | Braised Short Ribs | Baby Carrots
Cipollini Onions | Forest Mushrooms | Red Wine Jus
Frog’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012
A Little Something Extra | Warm Chocolate Beignets
$39.50 per person
not including tax & gratuity
Reservations Required: 860-236-6299

Max Lunch Club with Louis Jadot Burgundy Wines 9/26

Max-Lunch-Club-Louis-Jadotby Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

I am very pleased to announce that on September 26th, Max Lunch Club returns to the Oyster Bar in West Hartford with some fabulous selections from Louis Jadot, famous Burgundy growers.  Specifically, we will be featuring wines from the top rated 2012 vintage.  This is a vintage that has shown exceptional quality in the wines, especially the white wines, and my own tasting have shown that there really are some treats for the Burgundy lover.  Prices though are a major concern, for several reasons: lower sales of previous vintages such as the 2011, and smaller yields from the vineyards which of course mean less wines.

Having said that though, this is one of the reasons to look at a producer such as Jadot.  Owning or maintaining close to 200 different parcels of vineyards throughout the Cote d’Or, the Maconnaise and Beaujolais regions, Louis Jadot is one of the top volume producers in Burgundy, but a producer that also maintains exceptional quality at all levels.

ljb_savigny_les_beaune_la_dominode_lblI have selected a few wines that I think represent some of what Jadot does best, but also a few wines that represent the value of what Jadot does.  Because they are able to scale production, they are better able to maintain costs and that means they are better able to minimize dramatic price swings from vintage to vintage.  This means that for us the consumers, we are better off looking to purchase these wines on a regular basis as the price/quality value relationship is much more consistent.

As a special treat for the Lunch Club, we will have a special guest speaker, Christian Dalbavie, French wine specialist for Kobrand/Jadot.  Mr Dalbavie has done several events for us over the past few years and is an exceptional speaker as well as a great resource for understanding all things Burgundy.

Friday September 26th
12:45 reception, 1:00 seating for lunch.

Reception:
Nicoise Egg | Tuna Tartar | White Anchovy | Beans
House Cured Salmon | Corn Griddle Cake | Peach Relish
Pacific Coast Oyster | Grapefruit | Caviar
Jadot Chardonnay Stainless Steel, Bourgogne, 2012

Course One:
Poached Lobster | Granola | Vadouvan | Carrot
Jadot Meursault, Côte de Beaune, 2012

Course Two:
Loch Duart Salmon Cuit Sous Vide | Cauliflower | Dates | Citrus
Jadot Beaujolais-Villages,  Beaujolais, 2012

Course Three:
Pork Loin | Pork Belly | Stone Fruit | Greens |  Pickled Mustard Seed
Jadot Savigny-lès-Beaune La Dominode Premier Cru, Côte de Beaune, 2012

$37.50 per person (not including tax or gratuity)
Please call Max’s Oyster Bar to make your reservations:860-236-6299

964 FARMINGTON AVE./ WEST HARTFORD, CT 06107

 

 

Max Lunch Club: Boutique French Wines

Cynthia-Hurley-Lunch-Club-REVISED-1Cynthia Hurley: “I spend about two months a year in France tasting in
nearly every major wine-growing area searching for great wines from
well-known, sometimes famous, growers and discovering wines from
virtually unheard of growers. Sometimes I may get my hands on as few
as three cases because the demand is so high, but for me, if it is a
wonderful wine I will grab it when it is available. I import just those
wines I want to put in my own cellar: one case for you and one for me.”

Friday, june 13th, 2014
With Special Guest Speaker: Donna Hutchinson
Regional Sales Manager For Cynthia Hurley French Wine Imports
Cuisine by Executive Chef Scott Miller
12:45pm Reception | 1:00pm Luncheon
Reception
Domaine Lavigne Saumur Blanc 2012
Sea Scallops Crudo | Blood Orange | Chili | Avocado
Smoked Trout Patè | Dill | Lemon | Radish
Course One
Serge Laporte Sancerre Chavignol 2012
Lobster | Melon | Cucumber | Asparagus
Course Two
Clos du Lumiere Cote du Rhone 2011
Berkshire Pork | Fennel | Cherries | Arugula
Course Three
La Font du Notre Dame Gigondas 2011
Lamb Meatballs | Eggplant | Harissa
$37.50 per person
not including tax & gratuity
Reservations Required: 860.236.6299