Max’s Chef to Farm Dinner “Vintage 2016”

LOCAL | SUSTAINABLE | CONNECTICUT GROWN

We start with the Farmers. They tell us what is at peak perfection each day and we build our menus around that day’s harvest. Our Chef to Farm dinner series is an opportunity for our guests to enjoy the freshest foods and produce in the sublime beauty of our celebrated farms.

Your evening begins with a reception then you’ll head out for a tour of the farm to see the fields and learn about the farm’s history, operations, and products. Your tour concludes in the tented area where tables dressed in white linen and candlelight offer a view of the al fresco kitchen. Each dinner is cooked from scratch and showcases that day’s best produce. The ingredients are sourced daily from local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen.

Our menus vary and are dependent on the day’s harvest and the inspiration of the Chef. Prepare yourself for an incredible dining experience with the most local, fresh and flavorful foods available.

Thursday, June 30th, we celebrate the new vintage releases from Rosedale’s Vineyard with a menu steeped in the tradition of cooking with wine, presented by acclaimed Chef Hunter Morton of Max’s Oyster Bar. 

Total ticket price ($156.87) includes $125 for food and beverage, $22.50 house fee and $9.37 CT State sales tax.  This covers your dinner, hors d’oeuvres and reception, multi-course meal with wines/beer, farm tour and live music.  By purchasing this ticket, you are also making a donation to the CT Farmland Trust.

To purchase tickets click here

Due to the nature of these events, tickets are non-refundable; however, if you cannot attend the dinner, you are welcome to transfer your tickets to someone else.

All dietary needs must be communicated upon purchase. If you surprise us with a food restriction upon your arrival, we will do our best to accommodate you but we may not have the resources available.

If you would like to purchase using Max Vantage points, please contact Ali Constable at 860.566.8360

Autism Speaks, Max Listens

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Max Lights it up Blue – April 2, 2017

The MAX Restaurant Group, with eleven locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Florida, is proud to partner once again with Autism Speaks, the nation’s leading autism advocacy organization for another one day fundraising event. On Sunday, April 2nd, MAX will be donating 10% of the day’s sales to the Autism Speaks New England and Palm Beach County Chapters.

“After the success of last year’s event, we are very happy to host this special fundraiser on World Autism Awareness Day to help bring autism awareness and money to our local communities”, said Bobby Venetianer, Operations Manager for the Max Restaurant Group. This important cause will be highlighted through a company-wide campaign to bring people out for Sunday Brunch, lunch or dinner. Additional donations will be accepted and given directly to the charity from any of the locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Florida. Mr. Venetianer adds: “Bring the family and friends and come enjoy a great day and help us raise a lot of money for a wonderful organization”.

For more information, please contact Bobby Venetianer at bobbyv@mrgct.com. This event was his initiative and is very near and dear to him, as is son is on the Autism Spectrum.  Thank you in advance for your support.

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About the Max Restaurant Group

Founded in 1986 by Richard Rosenthal, the Max Restaurant Group currently operates 11 successful, distinct, and independent restaurants in the Greater Hartford, CT/Springfield, MA areas and The Cooper in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The company prides itself on its customer service and innovative approach in delivering the best dining experience possible and always put forth an uncompromising commitment to quality, service, style, and cuisine. To share in the experience, please visit us in our restaurants or at maxrestaurantgroup.com

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $570 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

Max Downtown Supports Journey Home

Max Downtown is very pleased to announce a month-long benefit to help Journey Home, one of Hartford’s leading advocacy groups working to end homelessness in Ct.  Journey Home is a team of innovative problem solvers who are passionate about ending homelessness in our community. Founded in 2007 as the agency responsible for implementing Hartford’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, Journey Home has grown to become a strategic leader and valued partner for homeless service providers throughout the region.

journey-home-logo-FINAL (1) whiteJourney Home’s mission is to accelerate progress towards ending chronic homelessness in the Greater Hartford region. Partnering with the region’s social service providers, Journey Home focuses on solving the problem of chronic homelessness with housing, employment, and support services, rather than managing it with emergency shelter. As a catalyst for systemic change, Journey Home develops and implements innovative ways to improve the housing and service system in order to offer those experiencing homelessness paths toward independent, fulfilling, and productive lives.

IMG_20160104_100302005Max Downtown is supporting the efforts of Journey Home during the month of January 2016, by featuring a special cocktail all month long, of which a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Journey Home.  The Wild Moon Beam Cocktail, created by Max Downtown’s Bar Manager Michael Boiano, features Jim Beam Bourbon along with Hartford’s very own Wild Moon Cranberry Liqueur by the Hartford Flavor Company.

For each drink purchased through the month of January, Max Downtown will donate $1 to Journey Home.  Max Downtown will also be helping to host the Journey Home 2016 Gala at City Place in Hartford on January 29th.  For more information on that event, please click here.

WILD MOON BEAM
Glass: Rocks
.75oz Jim Beam Bourbon
.75oz Wild Moon Cranberry Liqueur
.75oz Averna Amaro
.75oz Lemon Juice
Combine in a tin with ice, integration shake
Garnish: 5 x cranberries (dried) soaked in Bourbon

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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2 Winemaker Dinner to Benefit No Kid Hungry Campaign at Max Fish

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Max Fish Presents A Dual Owner / Winemaker Dinner
Featuring the wines of two fabulous Loire Valley wineries.
With Special Guests: Tania Careme of Domaine Vincent Carême (Vouvray)
& Nicolas Grosbois of Domaine Grosbois (Chinon)
To benefit the No Kid Hungry Campaign by Share Our Strength

March 11, 2015
Reception 6:30 / Seating at 7:00

About Domaine Vincent Carême:
Vincent Careme and his wife Tania established themselves in their Loire vineyard in 1999. They farm organically on 14 hectares of land around the villages of Vouvray, Vernon-sur-Brenne and Noizay in the Loire Valley.

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About Domaine Grosbois:
Domaine Grosbois has been family owned since 1820, with some records indicating that they have been in the area since the French Revolution. Consisting of 22 acres, the vineyards and 15th century fortified farmhouse that make up the property are situated in the heart of the Loire Valley on top of the Panzoult Hill in Chinon.  Nicolas Grosbois took over the property in 2005, at the age of 29, and farms all of his vineyards organically.

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Reception

Domaine Vincent Careme Cuvee T Sparkling Vouvray
Oysters on the half shell, mignonette

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Domaine Vincent Careme Spring Vouvray
Assortment of “Sea-Cuterie”
Smoked white fish spread, cured Scottish Salmon, Chilled mussel salad, White Anchovy, traditional accompaniments

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Domaine Vincent Careme Le Peu Morier Vouvray
Shrimp & Lobster Pot Pie, Thumbelina carrots, cippolline onion, grain mustard veloute

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Domaine Nicolas Grobois La Cuisine de ma Mere Chinon
Chicken Ballantine & Escargot, roasted butternut squash, garlic-parsley pan sauce

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Domaine Nicolas Grobois Gabare Chinon
Smoked Duck Breast, savory walnut bread pudding, shallot-prune jus

Dessert
Domaine Vincent Careme Le Clos Vouvray
Pear Frangipane, cinnamon whipped mascarpone, cognac caramel

$89 per person, not including tax or gratuity. Seating is very limited.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit
No KID Hungry | Share Our Strength
(click here for full details of the campaign to end childhood hunger)

Please call Max Fish for reservations: 860.652.3474 (FISH)
110 GLASTONBURY BLVD. | GLASTONBURY, CT 06033

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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