Amore Amari: Love the Dark Side of the Cocktail

We are Not Saying You Will Live Longer by Drinking Amaro,                              but you will definitely have a good time while you are here if you do…

Amore Amari: Love the Dark Side of the Cocktail

A COCKTAIL DINNER FOR THOSE A LITTLE MORE ADVENTUROUS

The word amaro literally means “bitter” in Italian.
And that’s just what we are celebrating, to varying degrees. Made by infusing a neutral spirit or wine with a blend of botanicals, Amaro is always aged in either a barrel or a bottle. Each expression uses a very specific recipe of ingredients like herbs, flowers, bark, and citrus peels to create its own unique character, which varies greatly based on where it’s produced. Tempered by adding sugar, some Amari are sweeter than others, but all have an underlying herbal bitterness, creating the intense and refreshing flavor that has made it such a popular drink in Europe, and now is highlighted as a key cocktail ingredient by the modern bartender.

While many countries have their own versions of the liqueur, Italy produces some of the best. This menu is designed to highlight the best of both worlds, with Amari cocktails by Anthony DeVito and a pairing menu to match by Chef Michael Touranjoe. Join us as we dive deep into the dark end with beautifully crafted cocktails and the menu to match.

March 14, 2017

Reception 6:15, Seating at 6:30

Reception

1.
Seaside Rendezvous
Hamachi
Canteloupe, Fennel Frawns, Yuzu Foam
Marinade with Tamarind, Ginger and Lime

2.
Chartreuse Mousse
Minted Pea Soup
Basil Crystals, Vanilla Crème Fraiche, Nutmeg

3.
Honey Don’t
Rosemary Shrimp Brochette
Salted Honey, Gingered White Balsamic Gastrique, Arugula

4.
Campari Fireball (Shot)
Blood Orange Sorbetto
Chartreuse Granita

5.
Boulevardier Variant
Short Rib Risotto
Chocolate, Bada Bing Cherry

6.
Senza Nome
Foie Gras
Smoked Strawberry Jam, Brioche, Ancho Demi Glaze, Chicory

Dessert
Maple Fernet
Sweet Raspberry Crêpe
Walnut, Bitter Sweet Chocolate, Fernet Branca Syrup

$85 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max Amore for Reservations
860-659-2819

140 Glastonbury Boulevard | Somerset Square | Glastonbury

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

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Beaujolais in the Modern Era

The Max Lunch Club
Featuring Wines from Beaujolais Region of Southern Burgundy

With Guest Speaker Brian Mitchell
Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

Friday, November 18
12:45 arrival | 1:00pm seating

Beaujolais is a wine and a region that has seen a tremendous resurgence over the past few years. Recognized for the high quality wines the region can and does produce, mainly by the many smaller domaines that for years have been over-shadowed by larger negociant firms. For this edition of The Friday Lunch Club, Brian Mitchell guides you through selections from Village and Cru level, including the first wines from the new harvest – Beaujolais Nouveau 2016.

Cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Hunter Morton

From the Chef – “Fernand Point has always been one of my true cooking inspirations. From learning about him in school in gastronomy he immediately sparked my interest, I wrote a paper on him, studied his cuisine. His restaurant La Pyramide located in Vienne, an old Roman town south of Lyon was highly regarded as one the best. He was considered the father of Modern French Cuisine, turning out legendary chefs such as Paul Bocuse. Point was a chef and philosopher, who embraced the dining room as much as the kitchen, inviting all walks into his restaurant. One of the greatest gifts he gave was his book Ma Gastronome.
Today’s menu is in honor of this great chef.”

A M U S E-B O U C H E
Domaine des Terres Dorées by Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais Nouveau, 2016
Brochettes D’Huitres
skewered Copps Island oysters and bacon

1 S T  C O U R S E
Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Villages, 2015
Bisque d’Ecrevisses
crawfish bisque | truffles

2 N D   C O U R S E
Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais L’Ancien, 2015
Filets de Soles Georges Pleynet
poached sole | mushrooms | tomatoes | noodles | sovereign sauce

3 R D   C O U R S E

Domaine Diochin Moulin-a-Vent Vieille Vigne, 2015
Volaille Pyramide
roast chicken | truffles | carrots | puff pastry | creamed spinach

S O M E T H I N G   S W E E T
Marjolaine
La Pyramides Famous Cake

$42.00 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call for reservations
860.236.6299

The Friday Lunch Club at Oyster Bar: Famille Perrin of the Rhone Valley

The Friday Lunch Club – November 4th

Wines of Famille Perrin

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The Friday Lunch Club
Featuring Wines from The Perrin Family of Chateau de Beaucastel and the beautiful appellations of France’s Rhone Valley

With Guest Speaker
Paul Nerz
Vineyard Brands Imports
Friday November 4th
12:45 arrival | 1:00pm lunch

As proprietors of Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and producers of La Vieille Ferme from the Côtes du Ventoux and Luberon, the Perrin family has demonstrated exceptionally high standards for nearly a century. Jean-Pierre and François’s father, Jacques Perrin, was a gifted winemaker who brought world renown to the family domaine, introducing innovative techniques in the cellar. Now the next generation of winemakers has joined Jean-Pierre and François – Pierre, Marc, Thomas and Matthieu – to continue the proud family tradition.

Join us as we pair the estate wines from Perrin family domianes with fall cuisine by Chef Hunter Morton.

Reception
Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Blanc Reserve, 2014

1st
Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Villages, 2012
Endive Salad with Smoked Trout
Apple, Watercress, Walnut Vinaigrette
2nd
Famille Perrin Vinsobres La Cornuds, 2013
Coquilles St.-Jacques
Dayboat Scallops, Forest Mushrooms, Gruyere, Breadcrumbs
3rd
Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel, 2014
Duck Cassoulet
Flageolet Beans, Duck Confit, Garlic Soubiseperrin_coudoulet_rouge_2013

Something Sweet
Pumpkin Profiterole
Chocolate Caramel Sauce

$42.00 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford for reservations
860-236-6299

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Connecticut’s farming history extends to the seas.

This dinner celebrates the glories of Long Island Sound
and the wealth of sea riches that continue to be integral to our New England traditions.
Chef Hunter Morton of Max’s Oyster Bar will be at the helm of your fin-forward voyage.

Reception – 6:30pm | Seating – 7:15pm

– MENU –

Farm Reception
Shellfish Platters
Copps Island Oysters – Garden Vegetable Mignonette
Papa C’s Clams – Tomato Cocktail Sauce
Cape Cod Mussels – Remoulade
Point Judith Calamari Salad
Taylor Bay Scallops

Hors d’oeuvres
Bloody Oyster Shooters
Smoked Bluefish Pate Bruschetta
Brown Butter Shrimp Steamed Buns
Oyster Tartlets
Wood Oven White Clam Pizzas

 Dinner

First Course
Bomster Brothers Scallop Ceviche
butter lettuce, pickled peppers, radish, corn chips

Second Course
Oyster Pan Roast
smoked pork belly, corn, young onions, garden herbs, house made oyster crackers

Third Course
Seafood Boulibasse
porgy, clams, mussels, shrimp, crispy calamari, potatoes,
tomato-saffron broth, grilled crostini, rouille


Entrée

Wood Oven Roasted Striped Bass
sweet corn vegetable succotash, salsa verde

Dessert
Blueberry Buckle
lavender sabayon, blueberry compote

$140 per person
(not including tax & house fee)

MAKE A RESERVATION
or call 860.566.8360

LOCAL | SUSTAINABLE | CONNECTICUT GROWN

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

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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

Stony Creek Beer Dinner at Max Burger LM

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Max Burger in Longmeadow is Pleased to Announce

A Stony Creek Brewery Beer & Food Pairing Dinner

Connecticut has one of the fastest growing craft beer industries, with over 40 breweries now in production.

Leading the way is one of the most recognized and modern breweries along the CT coastline – Stony Creek Brewery.
At Stony Creek, the goal is to make the best, highest-quality beer in the region,
and introduce new craft beer drinkers to flavors that are both familiar and new.
This dinner and menu is an insight to that goal.

Special Guest Speaker: Katherine Hoag

Stony Creek Brewery, Branford, CT

Monday, June 20th
(The day after Father’s Day. What a great gift for Dad!)

6:00pm

Menu by Chef Gabe Vancil

Course 1

RADISH & BEET SALAD

watermelon radish, roasted beets, arugula, roasted red pepper,
lemon oil drizzle, rosemary balsamic reduction

Stony Creek Sun Juice [Belgian White]

Course 2

FLASH FRIED ARTICHOKE HEARTS

shaved local artichokes, garlic, parmesan cheese, romesco sauce

Stony Creek Lil’ Cranky [Session I.P.A]

Course 3

CRISPY PROSCIUTTO SLIDER

prosciutto, lettuce, tomato, fresh herb mayo, asiago

Stony Creek Pineapple I.P.A.

Course 4

PORCHETTA

slow roasted marinated pork loin rolled in pork bellies,
local grilled rainbow asparagus, pan jus gravy

Stony Creek Dock Time [Amber Ale]

Dessert

FRIED APPLE PIE

local apples and mascarpone-stuffed wontons, vanilla ice cream, caramel drizzle

Stony Creek Crimsang [Double Sour I.P.A]

$65.00 Per Person

(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call for Reservations

(413) 798-0101

684 Bliss Road | Longmeadow, MA | 01106

Derby Day at The Cooper

Derby Horse

This Saturday, May 7, is Derby Day at

THE COOPER, in Palm Beach Gardens
 
Join us for the most exciting two minutes in sports!

Featuring Derby-inspired Cocktails

Mint Julep
“The Preakness”
“Belmont Stakes Long Island”


…and Food…

Bourbon Glazed Pork Belly
sweet corn puree | corn nuts

Crispy Cornmeal Fried Green Tomatoes
rogue smokey blue cheese | pickled watermelon radish

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dark meat turkey burger | roasted tomato | pimento mornay sauce
mini challah bun


RESERVE ONLINE

The Cooper Restaurant
4610 PGA Boulevard – Suite 100
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

Celebrate Cinco with Cazadores Tequila at Oyster Bar

Cazadores 2016

Max’s Oyster Bar Is Pleased To Present:

A Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Featuring Tequila Cazadores

Special Guest Speaker
Nadine Gengras, Tequila Maven

Thursday | May 5 | 6:30pm

Please join us for a special “Cinco Celebration”
with a menu by Executive Chef Hunter Morton
and cocktails created by Mixologist Derek Vitale.

Tequila Cazadores. From the Highland region of Jalisco, Mexico,
where earthly elements align to produce the most perfect agave.
The climate yields sweet, strong and delicious plants.
Matured to perfection for at least seven years.

To learn more about Tequila Cazadores, please visit their website.

EL MENU

CUANDO TE SIENTAS
(“When You Sit”)
Bohemia | Original Lager
Snapper Ceviche
watermelon granita, cucumber gel, pineapple, chiluba caviar, corn tortilla

UNO
Cazadores Tequila Silver
Chili Paloma Side By Side with Mini-Shooter
Margarita’s Shrimp Tamale
roasted tomato sauce

DOS
Cazadores Tequila Reposado
El Diablo Side By Side with Mini-Shooter
Taco el Pollo
confit chicken, grilled mexican onions, chele’s death salsa

TRES
Cazadores Tequila Anejo
Oaxaca Old Fashioned Side by Side with Mini-Shooter
Chile Relleno
broad brook beef, poblano pepper,
oaxaca queso fresco, tequila-lime crema

EL POSTRE
(“Dessert”)
Cazadores Tequila Extra Anejo
Sipper
Tequila Tres Leches Cake
coconut, pineapple

~menu subject to change~

Dinner Followed By Live Music

$72.00 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call for reservations
860.236.6299

 

Wormtown Brewery Comes to Hoop City

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Max’s Tavern is very pleased to present
Wormtown Comes to Hoop City
A Beer & Food Pairing Dinner
featuring Wormtown Brewery of Worcester, MA

Special Guest Speaker
Nick Gannon of Wormtown Brewery
Featuring the Cuisine of Chef Paul Roberge

Please join us for an evening of local beer and food as we welcome
Wormtown to Hoop City. Winner of numerous national & international beer awards,
Wormtown brews some incredible beers made with local ingredients,
(“a piece of Mass in every glass”), so if you haven’t had one yet, now’s the time!

To learn more about Wormtown Brewery, please visit their website

Thursday April 21 | 6:30pm Seating

MENU

Reception
Blonde Cougar | Summer Ale | 5% ABV

Course 1
Bottle Rocket | Pale Ale | 5% ABV | 55 IBU’s
Oxtail Marmalade Toast
pickled rhubarb, radish, celery leaf

Course 2
Punxsutawney | Pils | 5% ABV
Striped Bass Kinilaw
green mango, coconut vinegar, chili, spring onion

Course 3

Be Hoppy | Left Coast I.P.A. | 6.5% ABV | 70 IBU’s
Shoyu Ramen
spicy pork belly, snow pea kimchi, soft boiled egg

Course 4
Hopulence | D.I.P.A. | 8.5% ABV | 120 IBU’s
Grilled Spring Lamb
charred carrot, fava beans, ocopa sauce

Course 5
Spies Like Us | Russian Imperial Stout | 9% ABV
Black Russian Chocolate Cake
drunken blackberries

$65 Per Person
(not including tax or gratuity)

*menu subject to change*

Please Call for Reservations
413-746-6299

1000 Hall of Fame Ave | Springfield, MA | 01103

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

The Cooper Presents a Scotch and Cigar Dinner 7/23

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The Cooper Restaurant
is pleased to present a
Scotch and Cigar Dinner featuring
The Balvenie Distillery | Davidoff Cigars

Thursday, July 23
6:00pm reception | 6:30 seating

Special guest speakers for the evening will be
Carlos Escalona from Davidoff Cigars

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Menu by Chef Adam Brown

Reception
Craft Cocktail Featuring Monkey Shoulder Blended Whisky
Chorizo & Manchego Stuffed Dates (passed)

First course
The Balvenie 14yr Caribbean Cask
Smoked Faroe Island Salmon Tartar
Smoked eggplant purée/pickled eggplant/quail egg/crispy sunchokes

Second Course
The Balvenie 15yr Single Barrel
Roasted Lamb Loin
Duck fat braised Brussels sprouts, “butter scotch” gastrique, tobacco onions

Entree
side by side with
The Balvenie 12yr Double Wood and The Balvenie 17yr Double Wood
Coffee Rubbed Prime New York Strip Steak
Braised short rib& smoked bacon ragout, sherry- wild mushroom Demi, watercress “pesto”

Dessert
The Balvenie 21yr Port Wood
Ancho-Cinnamon Flourless Chocolate Cake
Chartreuse whipped cream

cigars provided will be | Davidoff Classic 2000 and Davidoff Winston Churchill

$92 per person, not including tax or gratuity

Please call The Cooper for reservations
561.622.0032

The Cooper Restaurant is located at
4610 PGA Boulevard | Palm Beach Gardens

seating for this event is very limited

Baxter Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Max’s Tavern June 25th

Max’s Tavern in Springfield is very pleased to present

a craft beer dinner featuring the brews of

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from Lewiston, Maine

With special guest speaker

Woodley Wardell – Brand Cansultant

Baxter brewing is the first brewery in New England to can all of its beers.  Can are better for the environment, better for the beer and can go where glass cannot – like places you want to enjoy a cold beer.

Join us in celebrating these fabulous beers alongside a pairing menu created by executive Chef Paul Roberge of Max’s Tavern. Dinner will be served on the patio (weather permitting).

Beer-ception starts at 6pm
Relax and enjoy a nice cold pint and some passed bites from the chef

Dinner seating at approximately 6:30pm

Course 1
Baxter Brewing Co. Pamola Xtra Pale Ale
Grilled Blue Pt. Oysters
garlic butter, speck, Serrano chili

Course 2
Baxter Brewing Co. Tarnation California-style lager
Tasso Ham and Pimento Cheese Slider
buttermilk biscuit, fried pickles

Course 3
Baxter Brewing Co. Lonely Goatherd Hoppy Maibock
Beef Brisket Taco
pickled rhubarb, duck cracklin’

Course 4
Baxter Brewing Co. Stowaway IPA
Berkshire Baby Back Ribs
IPA BBQ, sweet and spicy slaw

Dessert
Baxter Brewing Co. Summer Swelter
Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake
honey thyme glaze

$65 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max’s Tavern in Springfield for reservations

413-746-6299

1000 W Columbus Ave, Springfield, MA 01105
(In the Basketball Hall of Fame)

maxrestaurantgroup.com/tavern