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 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 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) 

Montinore: A Willamette Valley Winemaker’s Dinner at Max Downtown

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Max Downtown is very pleased to present
A Willamette Valley Wine Dinner
with Rudy Marchesi
Proprietor, President and Winegrower, Montinore Estate

Since 1992, Rudy Marchesi has been an integral part of the growth and operation of Montinore Estate in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. With his initial involvement being to simply promote the wines and the region, this passion eventually grew to overseeing operations and eventually ownership.

We are very pleased to welcome Rudy Marchesi for this fabulous wine and food pairing dinner featuring a menu by Executive Chef Chris Sheehan.

Friday November 18th
6:00pm Reception | 6:30pm Seating

MENU

R E C E P T I O N
Montinore Estate Pinot Gris, 2015
Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

C O U R S E O N E
Montinore Estate Riesling, 2014
Hudson Valley Duck Rillettes
Goat Cheese, Shallot Marmalade, Apple Butter Toast

C O U R S E T W O
Montinore Estate Borealis White Blend, 2015
Nantucket Bay Scallop “Cocktail”
Celery Root, Radish, Uni Remoulade

C O U R S E T H R E E
Montinore Estate Pinot Noir Estate Reserve, 2013
Suckling Pig Presse
Figs, Roasted Beets, Blackberry Jus

C O U R S E F O U R
Montinore Estate Pinot Noir Estate Parson’s Pinnacle, 2014
Creekstone Farm Dry Aged Brisket
Steak Frites, Cheddar Curd, Brussels Sprout Ceasar, Green Peppercorn Gravy

D E S S E R T
Montinore Estate Ruby – A Pinot Noir Solera Port-Style Wine
Pineapple Coffee Cake
Tres Leches Gelato, Macadamia Streusel

$89 Per Person
(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call Max Downtown for Reservations
860.522.2530

“Old World” Italian Wine & Food Pairing Dinner at Max Amore

2016-06-20 Gruppo Bertani

Max Amore Presents:
An “Old World” Italian Wine & Food Pairing Dinner
featuring wines from Gruppo Bertani Domains
With selections from featured wineries:
Puiatti, Tre Rose, Val de Suga and Bertani

Special Guest Speaker: Pietro Riccobono
Head Winemaker of Tre Rose
and Consulting Oenologist for the Bertani Domains Group

Menu by Chefs Ted Burnett & Mike Touranjoe

Monday June 20th, 2016
Seating at 6:30pm

Aperetivo
Bertani Rosé BertaRose, 2015 (Veneto)
Passed Hors d’oeuvres & Salumi

1st Course
Puiatti Friulano Vuj, 2014 (Friuli)
Turbot Salad
upland cress, cucumber carpaccio, charred lemon vinaigrette

2nd Course
Tre Rose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Santa Caterina, 2012 (Tuscany)
Chicken Liver Mousse
crisp risotto cake, gran marnier reduction, local microgreens

3rd Course
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino, 2011 (Tuscany)
Duck Trio
duck breast, sausage, and confit, amarone cherries, melted leeks

4th Course
Bertani Amarone Valpolicella Valpantena Villa Arvedi, 2011 (Veneto)
Pepper-crusted Strip Loin
potato-black garlic puree, fennel, asparagus, coffee demi-glace

Dessert
Bertani Recioto della Valpolicella, 2010 (Veneto)
Selected Artisan Cheeses

$99 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call for reservations
860.659.2819

140 Glastonbury Boulevard | Somerset Square | Glastonbury

Max Downtown presents a Santa Barbara County “Wine & Food Pairing Dinner”

2016-06-24 Santa BarbaraMax Downtown is Pleased to Announce

a Very Special Wine & Food Pairing Dinner

featuring the wines of Santa Barbara County, California

Guest Speaker: Morgen McLaughlin

President of the Santa Barbara Vintner’s Association

Friday June 24th
6:00pm Reception

6:30pm Seating

Santa Barbara is one of the most dynamic wine growing regions in the country. The location of the region in proximity to the Pacific Ocean has a dramatic effect on what grapes grow and where.  The longest growing season of any wine region is achieved here.

We are very pleased to welcome Morgen McLaughlin, a Connecticut native who now coordinates the various wineries throughout Santa Barbara County. She knows the growers and the owners, has stories and insights to share and this should be a fabulous evening of great wines, paired with Chef Chris Sheehan’s cuisine.

RECEPTION

Qupé Modern White, Central Coast Blend, 2014

Passed hors d’oeuvres

FIRST

Sea Smoke Blanc de Noirs Sea Spray, Sta. Rita Hills

Koshu Cured Sockeye Salmon

charred avocado | finger lime

SECOND

Robert Murray Vineyards Chardonnay Stasis, Santa Maria Valley, 2011

Warm Lobster & Young Ginger

maitake mushrooms | vadouvan granola | coconut-cilantro sauce

THIRD

Melville Estate Pinot Noir Block M, Sta. Rita Hills, 2013

Black Garlic Pork Belly Pappardelle

sweet corn | cojita | chiles | ramp pesto

ENTRÉE

Andrew Murray Vineyards Syrah Roasted Slope, Santa Barbara County, 2013

Herb Grilled Beef Short Rib

slow roasted ruby beets | baby leeks | pistachio | balsamic cherry jus

CHEESE & CABERNET
Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon, Happy Canyon, 2012

Local Artisanal Cheeses

SOMETHING SWEET

$99.00 Per Person

(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

~menu subject to change~

Please Call for Reservations

860.522.2530

Max Downtown | City Place | 185 Asylum Street | Hartford | 06103

 

Max Downtown Presents the Joy of Wine with Rombauer Vineyards

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Max Downtown Presents:

THE JOY OF WINE
with Rombauer Vineyards

Special Guest Speaker: Jim Teegan, Rombauer Vineyards

Friday, June 3rd
6:30pm Seating

Rombauer Vineyards is one of the most recognized wineries sold in the United States.
It helps that the family name is synonymous with cooking
and is in just about every kitchen in the country, thanks to winery co-founder
Koerner Rombauer’s great aunt Irma, author of the Joy of Cooking.
This dinner brings together the elements of fine cooking and fine wines
in one evening of enjoyment as Chef Christopher Sheehan presents a fantastic pairing menu.

To learn more about Rombauer Vineyards, please visit their website.

FIRST COURSE
Rombauer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, 2015
Jalapeño & Yuzu Spiced Fluke Crudo
charred cucumber | pine nuts | cilantro tomato water

SECOND COURSE
Rombauer Vineyards Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2014
Shaved Hudson Valley Foie Gras Torchon
selim pepper and red fruit | grilled filone bread | red sorrel

THIRD COURSE
Rombauer Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, 2012
Korean Barbecue Pork Belly
tapioca tempura oysters | ramp kimchi | pineapple chili sauce

ENTRĖE
Rombauer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2013
Black Garlic Rubbed Wyoming Buffalo
whipped lardo baked fingerling potatoes |
bunching onions | chanterelle mushrooms

DESSERT
Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel, Napa Valley, 2013
Strawberry Rhubarb Pavlova
pistachio | creme de violet gelato

$115.00 Per Person
(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call for Reservations
860.522.2530

Max Downtown | City Place | 185 Asylum Street | Hartford | 06103

Max a Mia: Sicilian Food and Wine Pairing Dinner with Planeta Winery

2016-04-26 Planeta

Max A Mia Ristorante is very pleased to present
A Sicilian Food & Wine Pairing Dinner
featuring wines from
PLANETA WINERY

Special Guest Speaker:
Gianpiero Peru of Palm Bay International Imports

Tuesday April 26th, 2016

Seating at 6:30pm

For five centuries and through seventeen generations, the Planeta family has been involved
with the course of agricultural evolution in the complex land of Sicily,
with an approach always inclined to openness and innovation.
Where too often the agricultural world has been confined to ancient ideas
of social tradition and production processes, instead they have inherited, from each generation,
an instinct to change and to generate positive changes, both with people and in the culture.

To learn more about Planeta, visit their website

M E N U

Reception
Mozzarella en Carrozzo with Bechamel
Planeta Moscato di Noto, 2014

1st Course
Poached Tuna with Citrus Salad
olives, red onion, fennel, capers
Planeta Syrah/Nero D’Avola Rose, 2015

2nd Course
Salad of Octopus and Calamari
couscous, pistachio, herbs
Planeta Etna Bianco, 2014

3rd Course
Grilled Swordfish Salmoriglio

white beans, arugula
Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria, 2013

4th Course
Marinated Grilled Leg of Lamb
lemon potatoes, grilled vegetables
Planeta Nerello Mascalese Eruzione 1614, 2013

Dessert
Cassata Cake
Planeta Passito di Noto, 2014

$85 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Call for reservations and information
860.677.6299

max a mia | 70 e. main st. | avon, ct 06001 | @maxamiact