Freaky Tiki Dinner & Karaoke at Max Fish

Freaky-Tiki-at-Fish-2 copyHalloween Night at Max Fish

Friday, October 31st at 7pm
Menu by Executive Chef Robert PetersonFirst Course
Shrimp Pepper Pot Soup
Cornmeal fritters
THE MAUSER COCKTAIL

Second Course
Ahi Tuna Poke
Kukui nut, wakame seaweed, taro chips
PANDANG SWIZZLE

Third Course
Banana Leaf Roasted Snapper
curry-tamarind rub, papaya slaw, steamed rice, citrus-chile sweet & sour
3 DOTS & A DASh

Entrée
Kahlua Roast Connecticut Suckling Pig
potato rolls, brown beer-mollases glaze,
Hawaiian sweet potato, steamed bok choy
ZOMBIE (1934 Edition)

Dessert
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream
BRANCOLADA SHOT

$85 per person
not including tax & gratuity

Reservations Required: 860.652.3474
110 Glastonbury Blvd. Glastonbury, CT

Steve Davis and Fall Cocktails at Max Downtown Friday Night

Jazz-&-Cocktails-REVISE copyCelebrations are in order for this Friday, October 3, 2014!

Max Downtown has made the Steve Davis Jazz Ensemble a permanent fixture here every Sunday. Plus, we’re unveiling our delicious seasonal fall cocktail menu!

Why not throw a party for your guests? Click here to make a reservation

Join us this Friday in the Tavern for complimentary hors d’oeuvres, live music from the Steve Davis Jazz Ensemble, and tasty libations!

To find out more about Steve Davis, click here

Chartreuse is sooo Very French, and at Max

by Brian Mitchell, Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

Chartreuse-Dinner-2014Chartreuse is one of those beverages that both excites people and makes them nervous – depending on your understanding and level of experience.  Made in the south of France by monks, this wonderful beverage has been made more or less continuously for over 500 years.  It is delicious, intense, makes a great addition to cocktails, or is great on its own (usually chilled and diluted with some ice).

This past week a very cool little video was posted online depicting a trip and some highlights of France and a trip the facility where Chartreuse is made.  You can view below or link directly to Chartreuse (click here).   By the way, Chartreuse in its varied forms is generally found at most Max locations, including The Cooper in Palm Beach Gardens.  Ask you server or bartender about this wonderful drink and what cocktails it can be enjoyed in…

Luau & Pig Roast at Max’s Tavern

Tavern-Luau-EDITThursday, August 28th at 6pm – Max’s Tavern, Springfield
On the patio with live music by SDrum
Menu by Executive Chef Paul Roberge

Hors d’oeuvres at 6pm
Lomi Lomi Salmon
The Garlic Farm tomato, Maui onion
Ahi Tuna Poke
Coconut, red onion, sesame
Complimentary Tasting of our
Blue Hawaiian Mai Tai

Main Course at 7pm
Slow Roasted Pig
from Skalbite Family Farm of Monson, MA
Side Dishes
Sesame Coconut Fried Rice
Pineapple Sweet Potato Fritters
Mango Cabbage Slaw

Dessert
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Banana caramel

$40 per person
(not including beverages, tax & gratuity)
For reservations, please call: 413.746.6299

Tiki Drink Menu available at our cash bar
Painkiller: Plantation rum, coconut, pineapple
and orange juice, touch of nutmeg $10
Havana Cocktail: Goslings Black Rum, Cointreau,
fresh lime and orange juice, orange bitters $9
Hawaiian Mule: House-infused pineapple vodka,
fresh lime juice, ginger beer $8
The Honolulu: Reposada Tequila, Amaro, dark rum,
raspberry syrup, fresh pineapple and lime juice $9
Caiparhina: Cachaca, dark simple syrup,
fresh lime juice $8

Saturday is National Rum Day – YO HO!

National-Rum-Dayby Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

Saturday August 16th, is National Rum Day!

Normally we do not get too caught up in all the National (fill in the blank) Days, but this one is right up our ally.  Rum is one of the top selling spirits in the world, and at the Max Restaurants we sell a lot of rum and rum-based drinks  – point of fact, our #1 selling mixed cocktail across the company is the Max Painkiller – a delicious rum-based, tropical TiKi styled drink.

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Well Chilled Max Painkillers

So come celebrate a day dedicated to the tasty fermented cane spirit by joining us at any of our locations.  We will be serving up the Max Painkiller, as wella as Hurricanes, Beachcombers, Mojitos, traditional Daiquiri,  Hemingways, Rum & Cokes, Dark & Stormies, or any of the vast number of rum drinks our bartenders can concoct for you. (Nothing frozen, though – sorry.)

A Little Rummy History

Fermented cane juice has been made in many areas of Asia and Africa going back probably millennia, but modern distilled rum production really dates to the 17th Century in the Caribbean.  Sugar became a valued commodity in Europe around this time as it had been fairly scarce, but the opening of the New World allowed for a continuous source of sugar.

A by-product of sugar production is molasses, which was not thought to have much use at first, but it was quickly discovered to be fermentable and then distillable.

Rum became a popular drink in both the old and new world regions, and especially in Colonial America (primarily New England and New York), where the technology for making and maintaining stills and ample supply of wood for barrels meant a refined product could be produced (and consumed).   Molasses were shipped in and refined into rum, before being shipped back out and used for trade, often for slaves, which were needed to work the sugar plantations to make more rum.  The Rum-Slave Triangle was formed by traders moving from West Africa to the Caribbean to population centers of New England and New York, moving “goods” back and forth.

rum-barrel-xxxAs rum was traded and shipped on the high seas it became a custom aboard naval ships, and eventually pirate ships.  Traditions among the Naval powers of Great Britain and others lasted well into the 20th century with daily rations, and even continue to this day with special occasion rations being given out to service persons.

Styles and Production of Rum

Rum is produced in many regions, but essentially there are three groups of styles, with variations or ageing categories within each group.  These main groups are often categorized by the language or tradition of the colonial power that was in control of the original production areas.  These colonial powers had favorite styles and from these grew both production and taste styles that more or less remain today.

  • English-speaking islands and countries are known for darker rums with a fuller taste that retains a greater amount of the underlying molasses flavor. Rums from Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Barbados, St.Lucia, Belize, Bermuda, Saint Kitts, the Demerara region of Guyana, and Jamaica are typical of this style.
  • French-speaking islands are best known for their agricultural rums (rhum agricole). These rums, being produced exclusively from sugar cane juice, retain a greater amount of the original flavor of the sugar cane and are generally more expensive than molasses-based rums. Rums from Haiti, Guadeloupe and Martinique are typical of this style.
  • Spanish-speaking islands and countries traditionally produce añejo rums with a fairly smooth taste. Rums from Cuba, Guatemala, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Venezuela are typical of this style. Rum from the U.S. Virgin Islands is also of this style. The Canary Islands produces honey rum known as ron miel de Canarias and carries a geographical designation.

TK’s TiKi Party Every Thursty Thursday in August

TK TIKIJoin us at Trumbull Kitchen every “Thursty Thursday” in August for a special TIKI PARTY ON THE PATIO.

5-9pm

Tiki Bar and Pig Roast

Acoustic music by Bill Benson.

$15 per person, which includes roasted suckling pig, corn on the cob, assorted sides, and your first tiki cocktail (Additional cocktails = $8). Landshark beer in cans for only $3.

For more information, call TK at 860.493.7412

 

Jason Sowik from Max Burger Wins Medal at Food Smooze Martini Competition

By Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

Congratulations to Jason Sowik, Bar Manager for Max Burger in West Hartford, for winning the Bronze Medal at last night’s WNPR Food Smooze Martini Competition.

WP_20140619_005Jason beat out over 30 other competitors to place third in a strong field of well conceived drinks from some of Connecticut’s best drink makers.

Using a combination of fresh blueberries and limes, Jason’s drink was simple yet elegant and delicious.  A Blueberry Moji-tini, is a take on a traditional Mojito, to which Jason adds fresh blueberries.  He served this up in a mini-martini glass for the evening, hence the “tini” twist.  Pretty simple but very drinkable recipe.

Jason can be found tending the stick at Max Burger in West Hartford, where he and his team have fun mixing all kinds of modern and traditional drink combinations.

Click Here to see the link on the event round up and all the competition results.

Forager Cocktail #1 – Rosedale Flower

By Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

Rosedale FarmsLast night we had the pleasure of kicking off our new season for the Max Chef to Farm Series, now in its 7th season.  This dinner series is a popular series where we take the Max experience out to local farms and present meals based on the ingredients available at that point in the season and what we can source locally.

This series has become so popular that we routinely sell out each event, and often have a wait list.  Chef Scott Miller along with a number of the other Max Chefs creates thoughtful, delicious meals with locally sourced farm produce as well as locally sourced meats, cheeses and seafood.  For my part, I get to start the evening off with a welcome cocktail when guests arrive, and in line with the locally sourced ingredients I try to find not only local produce or other ingredients to make this cocktail.  I also like to find local, or at least hand-crafted / artisanly produced, spirits for the base of these drinks.

For the summer of 2014, I have decided to theme my drinks under the umbrella name/concept of Forager Cocktails, and will be producing a series of these drinks for each C2F dinners through the season, each making best use of local ingredients available at that point in the season.

I had so many requests last night for my recipe that I am posting here for any to see and use.  Please feel free to contact me if you need assistance or have questions on how to recreate this cocktail or any others in the series.

Rosedale StrawberriesFor the Forager Cocktail #1, I made a drink based on a slightly obscure, but well thought out drink called the Artemis Flower.  This drink combines fresh ingredients that fit perfectly with what is available in early summer –  berries.  For my part, I called this drink the Rosedale Flower, as we were serving the dinner at Rosedale Farms in Simsbury, Ct, and the main ingredient here were the strawberries picked fresh that morning.

I used the berries with some Bourbon, fresh lime juice, house made “sambuca”, and a thyme syrup that I made in the morning.  The “sambuca” actually makes use of a few other locally sourced items for a great flavor twist that is hard to replicate.  I use Rime Vodka, which is made by Westford Hill Distillers in Ashford, Ct as the base, to which I infused about a dozen (per 750ml of vodka) fennel blossom heads into slowly for about 3-4 hours.  This process allows me to pull the flavor out of the fennel, but not the harsh green components that would detract from the lovely licorice flavors.  I added some sugar to balance and the result is very similar to a Sambuca.

My Bourbon of choice for the night is a small production bourbon called Corner Creek Reserve Bourbon, from Kentucky.  This is an 88 proof whiskey that is actually aged about 8 years for mellowing.  I like the power this bottling has, along with the deep bourbon flavor, and the extra touch of proof did not hurt at all.  In fact, the tempering of alcohol by the sweetness from the fresh thyme syrup was perfect.  Very simple to make, I used a big fist of thyme sprigs and added them while the water was still cool and then let it steep as it came up in temperature.  Once I could smell the thyme strongly, I pulled it off the heat just before boiling.  I let it sit for a few minutes and then strained out the leaves and stems.  While still hot, I mixed in equal parts (by volume) of granulated sugar to make my syrup.  Very flavorful and delicious – adding a great extra flavor element to this drink.

anyone can make this drink at home, and if you are willing to go a little extra for the local and the home-made ingredients, then you will have an even more special experience – something we try to achieve out on the farm.

Forager #1 Rosedale FlowerForager Cocktail # 1 – The Rosedale Flower
In a mason jar –
Add 3-4 fresh picked strawberries – lightly crushed, but not pulverized
Then combine in jar
2oz Corner Creek Bourbon
½ oz House-made fennel-buca (you can use regular Sambuca like Meletti)
¾ oz Thyme Syrup
½ fresh lime juice
Let sit for a few minutes to absorb the strawberry juice
Fill with ice, add splash of Club Soda and serve with Thyme sprig for garnish

 

 

 

Jefferson’s Bourbon, Beer & Cigar Dinner at Trumbull Kitchen

bCrOI7g4snIx1FT7iqLyiNsHP_UdHi9FWGCHeYSRr10EjX4qki4fHBCk-FV2Ay7Pyodo1_H4EQ83D9OMytEmHmyLcEbwy93K8eqAa3eSwgOBXGBHKnMl0v-GxWf1Ea0ugtlHG7YH5iBFbEHK=s0-d-e1-ftFounded in 1997, Jefferson’s is the brainchild of Trey Zoeller and his father
Chet, a famed bourbon historian. They were continuing a family tradition that
goes back to Trey’s 8th generation grandmother who was arrested in 1799
for the “production and sales of spirituous liquors.” To personify the brand,
they chose Thomas Jefferson, known for his curiosity and experimental spirit.
This is a mindset to which Trey has dedicated himself, pushing the boundaries
of the definition of bourbon. Upholding tradition, yet always discovering
new possibilities.For more information on Jefferson’s Bourbons, click here.
Join us for a very special evening of bourbon, cigars,
and the cuisine of Executive Chef Christopher Torla.
Cigars from The Tobacco Shop of Hartford, Inc.
Kobe Beef Slider
Bourbon BBQ sauce, Cajun corn maque choux
Monticello Old Fashioned with Jefferson’s Bourbon
******
Brown Sugar Crusted Hanger Steak
Vidalia onion crust, Yukon gold purée
NOLA Sazerac
******
Braised Veal Breast
Apple and bacon stuffing, Bourbon Demi
The Ciderhouse Cocktail with Jefferson’s Chef Collaboration
******
Grilled Angus New York Sirloin
Gorgonzola potato Napoleon, winter kale
Vieux Carré with Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon
******
Jaime Garcia Cigars
Jefferson’s Ocean Bourbon
$125 per person, not including tax & gratuity
Limited seating, please call for reservations: 860.493.7412

Troy & Sons Whiskey Dinner @ Max Fish Monday 2/24

Max Fish in conjunction with Manchester Wine & Liquor presents the next installment of our fabulous cocktail dinner series with Special Guest Eddie Varsalona CSS, CSW, Spirits Specialist for Troy & Sons Whiskies from Ashville Distilling Company, located in Ashville North Carolina.

Ashville Distilling and Troy & Sons Whiskey are some of the newest and most modern approaches to whiskey in the United States, but their heritage goes back generations. Using an almost lost strain of corn, the Crooked Creek Corn™, grown in the hills around Ashville for decades, as well as the collected recipes and shared stories of moonshiners and whiskey makers of North Carolina provide the inspiration and the stylistic approach of owner, Troy Ball, and her Husband Charlie.  You can read all about them and their story on the company website (click here for the link).

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For this dinner, Dave Bouchard (our head drinks guy at Max Fish) has paired a fabulous selection of contemporary cocktails (including a unique Barreled cocktail that is already aging in one of our Troy casks) to a menu prepared by Max Fish Chef Robert Peterson.  A great combination of styles and flavors, we think you will find this to be an intriguing selection and a fun filled evening.

The menu –

Reception:
Cocktail: Ashville Spiked Tea
Grilled Oysters, whiskey apple bbq glaze Yam & Bacon Fritters, chile-maple aioli

Seated Dinner:
Troy_and_sons_blondeCourse 1 –
Cocktail: Old Fashioned Blonde
Paired with: Duck Meatloaf, Parsnip Puree, Tart Cherry Jus, Crispy Onions

Course 2 –
Cocktail: Saddlebags
Paired with: Slow Roasted Monkfish, jalapeno cheese grits, butternut squash, leeks, sherry-lobster nage

Course 3 –
Cocktail: Barrel Aged
Paired with: Horseradish Crusted Pork Loin, creamy mustard hominy, braised collards

Dessert –
Cocktail: Old No. 43
Paired with: Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Pudding, quince jam, lemon-whiskey glaze

$65 per person, plus tax and gratuity
Please call Max Fish in Glastonbury to reserve your seat (860) 652-3474

Thursty Thursday @ Max’s Trumbull Kitchen – Blue Margarita & Mole Pablano

blue_margarita1Trumbull Kitchen in Hartford will be featuring this week a Blue Agave Maragarita & Mole Pablano for $6.

The TK classic El Jimador Blue Agave Margarita (one of our most popular drinks from the catalog), pair it with Chef Torla’s  Pueblan-style Mole Poblano  – tortillas, pumpkin seeds, queso fresca. All for $6, just this Thursday.

We love making tequila drinks and El Jimador is a great selection which we use for our standard drinks selection – it is made from 100% Blue Agave, and has a rich, salty, smokey taste, perfect for making classic styled margaritas.  This drink has a touch of blue in it to add a twist to the classic.  Perfect for the Mole Poblano.

At Max Restaurant Group we are very pleased to announce a new initiative at each of our locations: Thursty Thursdays @ Max.  Come into any Max location on Thursdays and discover a great special only available that night.  Each month our locations will have new promotion that will be available on Thursdays.  These will change from week to week and month to month, so check back here or subscribe to our Social Media sites to get the latest updates on what we are offering.  Some of the creative offering may include drink and food specials, half-priced wines, or special tastings – the choices are limitless and are designed to give our loyal patrons another great reason to join us.  Whether you are winding down your week or getting your weekend kicked-off, this is a great opportunity to discover the fabulous sections of beers, wine, and cocktails at each of our locations.

Thursty Thursdays @ Max, just another great reason to join us.