Max Group Does 3rd Annual Negroni Week

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Negroni Week Makes a Splash at The Max Restaurant Group

For thirsty cocktail lovers, there’s nothing that wets the whistle faster than a swanky, palate-pleasing drink, especially when paired with a delicious cause.

As part of the third annual Negroni Week, June 1-7, All Max Restaurant Group locations in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, as well as The Cooper in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, will be serving up lip-smacking variations in honor of the world’s greatest sip. A portion of the drink proceeds will be donated to the Ct Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, and the Loggerhead Marine Life Center in Juno Beach, FL. “As far as perfect cocktails go,” says Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director for the Max Restaurant Group, “a great Negroni is the perfect drink to have when you can’t decide what to have – it hits all the senses with a balance of bitter-sweet, floral and fruity flavors…there is a reason why it’s been a classic for nearly 100 years.”

A creative riff on a traditional Americano (a blend of Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda), the Negroni was born in 1919 when the adventurous Italian Count Camillo Negroni wanted to shake things up at a local Florentine bar. Instead of soda, he ordered gin be added to his favorite apéritif. After one sip, the count was hooked. The rest, according to bar lore, is history. We’ll drink to that.

About Negroni Week
Presented by Imbibe Magazine and Campari, Negroni Week launched in 2013 as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails, and an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the globe. From 2013 to 2014, Negroni Week grew from 100 to more than 1,300 participating bars around the world, and raised more than $120,000 for charities.

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Max Downtown to Host a “Pairings Dinner” June 12th

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Max Downtown’s Chef and Sommelier are Combining Forces to host a Pairings Dinner featuring seasonal cuisine paired with wines, limited release beer and craft cocktails from the Max Downtown Collection

The menu has been created in a collaborative manner by
Chef Christopher Sheehan and
Sommelier Justin Gavry
In the manner of a tasting menu in order to
highlight the best of both the Kitchen and the Bar

Friday June 12th
6:30pm

1st course
LOBSTER STEAM BUN
pickled ramp brown butter
Cava Cocktail
Raventos I Blanc Cava | grilled-lemon & chili syrup

2nd course
PROSCIUTTO WRAPPED FIGS
house made ricotta, stonewall apiary honey
The Lady Sherry
Hidalgo Oloroso, POM & fresh lemon juice, shaken into coupe, float of Moscato d’Asti

3rd course
FERMES ST-CANUT PORCELET DE LAIT
green garlic spring bean ragout
White Gold
Ithaca Beer Co., Bottle Conditioned, Rustic Pale Wheat Ale

4th course
COFFEE CRUSTED WYOMING BUFFALO
squash soubise, marble potato, smoked tomato steak sauce
(side by side)
The Terraces Zinfandel, Napa Valley, 2012,
Jefferson’s #946 Ridiculously Small Batch Bourbon, Barreled for Max

5th course
BROWN’S FARM STRAWBERRY OLIVE OIL CAKE
champagne sabayon
Averna Amaro | Basil Syrup

6th course
PEDRO’S PARFAIT
vanilla gelato pedro ximenez parfait, chocolate biscotti crunch
Bodegas Toro Albala DON PX Gran Reserva, Montilla-Morilles,1985

$75 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max Downtown for reservations
Seating is very limited

(860) 522-2530
185 Asylum St | Hartford, CT | 06103

Max Fish Presents Leblon Cachaca Dinner #2

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Max Fish is very pleased to present a
LEBLON
CACHAÇA DINNER

June 11th, 2015
With special guest Steve Luttmann,
Founder & President of Leblon Cachaça

Menu by Robert Peterson, Executive Chef at Max Fish
Cocktails by Andres Soriano, Bar Manager at Max Fish

Reception 6:30pm
O Corocao Cocktail, featuring Leblon Cachaça

Course 1
Lau Morango
Strawberry, demerara, lime

Caramelized Salmon
Guava glaze, palm heart salad, avocado, jalapeno vinaigrette

Course 2
Rosemary in Rio
rosemary, lemon, honey

Grilled Squid & Octopus
Moqueca bahiana broth, dende oil, sweet peppers, coconut milk

Course 3
O Tiki
triple sec, falernum, lime

Gringo Churrasco
Pork Belly Wrapped Beef Tenderloin, Linguica, farofa, black bean sauce,
chimmichurri

Dessert
La Brasilia
Leblon Cedilla, rock candy, bitter

Passionfruit Crepe Cake
Ripe strawberries, toasted coconut

$69 per person
not including tax or gratuity

Please call Max Fish in Glastonbury for reservations
860-652-3474 (FISH)

110 Glastonbury Blvd, Glastonbury, CT 06033
maxrestaurantgroup.com/fish

1815 to 2015: Celebrating 200 years of Laphroaig Whisky

MAX DOWNTOWN IS VERY PLEASED TO PRESENT
1815 TO 2015:
A CELEBRATION OF 200 YEARS OF LAPHROAIG SCOTCH WHISKY

WITH SPECIAL GUEST SIMON BROOKING
MASTER WHISKEY AMBASSADOR FOR LAPHROAIG DISTILLERY

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TUESDAY MAY 12TH AT MAX DOWNTOWN, HARTFORD

6:00PM
MEET & GREET RECEPTION WITH SIMON BROOKING
LAPHROAIG 10 YEAR COCKTAIL

6:30PM SEATING

MENU BY CHEF CHRISTOPHER SHEEHAN

1
HOUSE MADE LAMB SAUSAGE
FAVA BEANS, PICKLED RHUBARB, SHISITO PIPPERADE
LAPHROAIG SELECT

2
CITRUS CURED SCOTTISH SALMON
TARRAGON CRUMPET, BEETS, RADISH, WATERCRESS CRÈME FRAICHE
LAPHROAIG 10 YEAR CASK STRENGTH

3
POINT JUDITH RAZOR CLAMS
SMOKED POTATO, PANCETTA, RAMP BUTTER
LAPHROAIG QUARTER CASK

4
ROASTED WAGYU SIRLOIN
MOREL MUSHROOMS, BUNCHING ONIONS, NETTLE EMULSION
LAPHROAIG TRIPLE WOOD

5
COCONUT AIR CAKE
LAPHROAIG CHOCOLATE PUDDING
LAPHROAIG 25 YEAR

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$125 PER PERSON
NOT INCLUDING TAX OR GRATUITY

SEATING IS VERY LIMITED.
PLEASE CALL FOR RESERVATIONS: 860.522.2530

CITY PLACE, 185 ASYLUM STREET HARTFORD, CT 06103

see the video tour of Laphroaig below…

Click here for the Max Restaurant Group online Calendar

Announcing Our 7th Annual Chef To Farm Dinner & Festival Season!

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Summer 2015 Max Chef To Farm Dinner & Festival Schedule

Sunday, June 21: Lobsterfest
2:00pm – 6:00pm at 6:30pm  at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

Thursday, June 25: Berries & Blossoms
6:30pm  Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CTThursday, July 9: Catch – A Local Seafood Gathering
6:30pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CTSunday, July 12: Moo & Brew
4:00pm – 8:00pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CTFriday, July 17: Bluegrass, Beer & BBQ
6:30pm at The Farmer’s Cow, Graywall Farms, Lebanon, CTThursday, July 23: Corn!
6:30pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

Sunday, July 25: Lobsterfest Two
5:00pm – 9:00pm at 6:30pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

Thursday, July 30: Heirlooms & Heritage
6:30pm at Sub Edge Farm, Farmington, CT

Thursday, August 6th: Summer Harvest
6:30pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

Thursday, August 13: Tomato To-mah-to
6:30pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

Saturday, August 15: Tomato To-mah-to
6:30pm at The Farmer’s Cow, Graywall Farms, Lebanon, CT

Sunday, August 30: Farm Fest
4:00pm – 8:00pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

Thursday, September 3: The Crop Up Pop Up
5:30pm at Sub Edge Farm, Farmington, CT

Sunday, September 13: Farm Fest
4:00pm – 8:00pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

Thursday, September 17: The Vegan Table
5:30pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

Sunday, September 20: Dinner In The Orchard
5:30pm at Hickory Hill Orchard, Cheshire, CT

Sunday, September 27: Brunch On The Farm
11:00am at Sub Edge Farm, Farmington, CT

Sunday, October 11: HOPtoberfest by MAX
2:00pm – 6:00pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

For more information, visit: MaxChefToFarm.com

The Cooper Is THE Place for Barreled Negroni

The Cooper in Palm Beach Gardens has been noted for a classic drink recipe variation:  The Negroni, made just about everywhere, but is not always made properly.

One of the most sublime drinks in our repertoire, the barreled Negroni takes things to the next level by allowing the ingredients to meld and mellow, as well as picking up hints of oak from the barrel contact.

Great stuff, and we appreciate Palm Beach Illustrated for taking notice.

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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

7th Annual Whiskey Dinner at Max’s Oyster Bar Featuring Rye Whiskey

RYE: A New York-inspired Cocktail & Food Pairing Dinner

whiskey on the rocksThis year for our annual Whiskey Dinner, Max’s Oyster Bar team will be featuring classic Rye Whiskey based cocktails from the New York City historical drink book, and specifically the regional variations on the Manhattan Cocktail. Each course is paired with a classic interpretation of this delicious drink, each with their own touch made famous by bartenders past and present.

Rye whiskey is an inherently American spirit, and what better way to showcase this than with an inherently American drink? We say, there is no better way, and so we have an entire menu centered around these themes. Join us for this excellent dinner, “tour” the regions of New York City, and stay warm with Rye Whiskey.

Menu by Chef Hunter Morton
Cocktails by Brian Mitchell
Whiskey Presentation by Ed Dunn, American Whiskey Specialist

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Reception 6:30pm
The Manhattan
Old Overholt Rye, Carpano Antica, orange & aromatic bitters

Hors d’oeuvres

Course 1
Brooklyn
Dickel Rye, Dolin Dry Vermouth, China China, Maraschino Liquor

Rye Cured Loch Duhart Salmon | Baby Greens | Rye Crisp | Orange Honey Marmalade | Pickled Mustard Seed

Course 2
Red Hook
Bulleit Rye, Punt e Mes, Maraschino Liquor

Smoked Oyster Stew | Salsify | Bacon | Grits

Course 3
Carrol Gardens
Russell’s Reserve Rye, Amaro, Punt e Mes, Maraschino Liquor

Butternut Squash Ravioli | wild mushrooms | maple Sage Butter

Course 4
Green Point
Whistle Pig Rye, Yellow Chartreuse, Carpano Antica, angostura and orange bitters

Braised Pork Belly | Brussels Sprouts | lentils | Bacon Marmalade

Dessert
The Slope
Hudson Maple Rye, Punt e Mes, Apricot, angostura

Sweet Potato Doughnuts | Whiskey Caramel

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar for reservations

964 Farmington Avenue | West Hartford | CT 06107 | (860) 236-6299
$89 per person, not including tax or gratuity

Don Julio Tequila Cocktail Dinners at Max Fish

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Featuring the cocktails of Mixologist Andres Soriano paired with the cuisine of Executive Chef Robert Peterson. With Special Guest Speaker Auriela Nossa, Brand Ambassador for Tequila Don Julio

Thursday and Friday, January 15 & 16 | Reception – 6:30pm

Reception Cocktail
Fiesta Rosa!! (Don Julio Tequila Blanco)

1 Course:
El Chamoy (Don Julio Reposado)
Mini Taco Trio
Grilled shrimp, jicama salsa, lime crema
Beef Shortrib Machaca, tomatillo salsa verde, slivered radish
Baja Style Mako Shark, carrot-habanero sauce

2nd course
Paloma al Humo (Don Julio Anejo)
Snapper Veracruz
Green olives, peppers & tomato escabeche, mashed avocado, chile spiked plantain fritters

3rd course
El Sorullo (Don Julio Anejo)
Chicken Mole Poblano
Braised Pork Cheek, Achiote rice, black bean enchilada, queso asadero

Dessert
Sipper Shot (Don Julio 1942)
Fresh Cinnamon Churros
Cajeta ice cream

$85 per person, not including tax and gratuity

Reservations: 860-652-3474 (FISH)

Max Fish 110 Glastonbury, Blvd. Glastonbury, CT

Click here to view the Max Restaurant Group Calendar of Events