Max Lunch Club: Winemaker Edition with Bob Bertheau of Chateau Ste Michelle

THIS EVENT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT

PLEASE CALL MAX’S OYSTER BAR IF YOU WISH TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST IF ANY SEATS BECOME AVAILABLE.

Max’s Oyster Bar is pleased to announce the next installment of

Featuring wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle

With Special Guest Speaker:

Bob Bertheau
Head Winemaker ~ Chateau Ste. Michelle

Friday March 16th

12:45 arrival | 1:00pm seating

Menu by Executive Chef Hunter Morton

Arrival

Chateau Ste. Michelle, Pinot Gris

Deviled Crab
crostini

First Course

Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Hills Sauvignon Blanc

Shrimp Salad

arugula, fennel, cucumber, radish, lemon-horseradish dressing

Second Course

Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot

Local Mushrooms

ricotta gnocchi, garlic confit, sunchoke soubise, mushroom “bacon”, watercress

Third Course

Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Grilled Salmon

curry ginger lentils, spiced butternut puree, braised radicchio, curried cashews

Something Sweet

Marmalade Cake
crème fraiche

$49.00 per person

(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call for reservations

860.236.6299

Max’s Oyster Bar | 964 Farmington Ave. | W. Hartford, CT 06107
www.maxsoysterbar.com

Two Roads Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Max’s Tavern

Here’s To Taking the Road Less Traveled!

On Thursday March 29, 2018, the Two Roads Brewery bus makes a stop in Springfield at Max’s Tavern for a fabulous Beer Dinner with local beer and Chef Mike’s awesome food.

Reception – 6:30

Guest Speaker

Judi Nawrocki

Craft Beer Specialist

 

Hitting The Road…

Lil’Heaven Session IPA

With Passed Hors D’oeuvres

 

Stop 1

No Limits Hefeweizen

Crudo Trio

Hawaiian Hapu’upu’u, Salmon, Tuna

Candied Jalapenos, Orange-Fennel Salt

 

Stop 2

Workers Comp Farmhouse Ale

English Pea & Mache Salad

Baby Greens, Chive, Cucumber, Pickled Red Onion, Lemon-Caraway Vinaigrette

 

Pit Stop

Gougeres With Smoked Salt Whipped Butter

 

Stop 3

Ol’ Factory Pils (Dry Hopped)

Beer Braised Mussels

Rouillie Crostini, Lots of Herbs

 

Stop 4

Tanker Truck Series – Persian Lime Gose

‘Smoked Proscuitto Benedict’

English Muffins, Canadian Bacon Salt, Osetra Caviar

 

Stop 5

TWO JUICY Unfiltered Double IPA

Double Cut Pork Chop

smoked blue cheese, grapefruit dressed arugula, blistered tomatoes

 

Final Destination

Igor’s Dream Russian Imperial Stout

Beer Affogato

Vanilla Gelato, Espresso, Beer

 

$65 per person

(excluding tax and gratuity)

Please call Max’s Tavern for Reservations

(413) 746-6299

1000 W Columbus Boulevard, Springfield, MA 01105

Max Chef to Farm Presents – Spring Wine Dinner at the Wine House

Crystal Ridge Winery

And

Max Restaurant Group

Present

A Chef to Farm Dinner 

Spring Dinner at The Wine House

Wednesday March 28

Please join us at one of the most exciting new winery and dinner locations in the area, high atop Crystal Ridge in South Glastonbury, with the dramatic backdrop of the whole Connecticut River Valley below.  The team from Max Restaurant Group and Crystal Ridge Winery are partnering to present an intimate pairing dinner featuring wine from Crystal Ridge as well as selections from Classic wine regions in Europe. Paul Mathes of Shaw-Ross Importers will be on hand to speak about the non-native wine selections as well present a fun finish to the evening.

6pm Arrival

Crystal Ridge Winery Reception

Chef’s Welcome Amuse

Seared Stonington Scallop, Green Tea Soba, Peanut Sugar

Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose, 2017

Soup

Roasted Cauliflower Bisque

Bacon, Brown Butter

Crystal Ridge Winery Vignoles, 2015

Fish

Butter Poached Monkfish

Carrot Romesco, Fennel

Crystal Ridge Winery St Croix, 2016

Entree

Roasted Lamb Loin

Parmesan Risotto, Brown Beech Mushroom, Asparagus, Pan Jus

Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva, 2012

Dessert

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta

Meyer Lemon, Pomegranate

Solera Sidecar by Paul Mathes

Seating is limited

$125 per person, all inclusive

Crystal Ridge Winery is located at

257 Belltown Rd., South Glastonbury CT 06073

 Visit Our Eventbrite Page to buy tickets

Scotch & Cigars with The Glenlivet at Max Fish

Max Fish is pleased to announce
the return of our annual fan favorite event

With Special Guest Speaker
Dominic Venegas, Master of Scotch

April 5, 2018

6:30pm | Smoking Reception

Cigars courtesy of The Tobacco Shop of Hartford, CT
A Craft Cocktail featuring The Glenlivet Founders Reserve
House Made Bar Snacks

7:00pm | Dinner

Menu by Executive Chef Nick Stinziani

The Glenlivet | 15 yr old French Oak
Smoked Haddock Chowder

The Glenlivet | Nadurra Olorosso Cask 
Bacon-wrapped Duo of Scallops & Apricots
whiskey parsnip mousse | pickled mustard | watercress

The Glenlivet | 18 yr
Maple Glazed Scottish Salmon
cedar plank | rutabaga purée | pickled red cabbage

The Glenlivet | 21 yr
Lamb Two Ways
scottish lamb stew | seared lamb loin | crispy potato | young clapshot

The Glenlivet | 25 yr
Local Caboc Cheese & Truffles
toasted oats | roasted beets | honey vinaigrette

$135 Per Person
(not including tax or gratuity)
Price includes dinner, scotch and cigars

~menu subject to change~

Seating is limited and this event always sells out very quickly.
To reserve your seat, please call 860.652.3474

110 Glastonbury Blvd | Glastonbury | @maxfishct

An Italian Wine & Food Pairing Dinner at Max Amore (Re-Scheduled)

MAX AMORE RISTORANTE PRESENTS

An Evening of Wine & Food featuring the wines of Di Majo Norante

Original Date – Tuesday March 13th, 2018

This Dinner Event has been Rescheduled to April 3rd

Seating at 6:30pm

Special Guest Speaker
Sarah Nagle of Leonardo Locasio Selections

A STORY OF A FAMILY 
The Di Majo Norante winery sits on the estate of the Marquis Norante of Santa Cristina in the region of Molise, along the Adriatic Sea between Puglia and Abruzzo. The cultivation of vines in this area dates back to 500 BC and the estate has been dedicated to growing vines since the 1800s. Founded in 1968, the Di Majo estate cultivates more than 200 acres under vine. In order to ensure consistent, high-quality production for all the estate’s wines, Alessio Di Majo hired renowned oenologist Riccardo Cotarella as a consultant. In addition to producing quality wine at an outstanding value, the Di Majo family is dedicated to practicing environmentally sound agriculture.

Menu by
Executive Chef David Stickney

RECEPTION
2016 Di Majo Norante Sangiovese
Gorgonzola & Quince Lavash / Nduja Grissini / Taleggio Crochette

AMUSE
2016 Di Majo Norante Cabernet Sauvignon
Zuppa Di Marinara
caper salt, soppressata crumb

PRIMI
2013 Di Majo Norante Ramitello
Venison Polpetti Alla Scandinavo
currant mostarda

SECONDI
2013 Di Majo Norante Contado
Cavatelli with Wild Boar Ragu
30 day pecorino

TERZO
2012 Di Majo Norante Don Luigi Montepulciano Riserva
Veal Falsomagro
gnochetti, spigarello, sugo brasato

DOLCE
2013 Di Majo Norante Apianae
Orange Panna Cotta
hazelnut pizzelle, nocciola honey sauce, zabaglione

$85 Per Person
(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please call for Reservations
860.659.2819

140 Glastonbury Boulevard | Somerset Square | Glastonbury | @maxamore

Whiskey Trail : The James Beard House Menu Redux @ Max Downtown

On the Whiskey Trail with Max Downtown

On February 12, the team from Max Downtown was honored to present a dinner at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. Standing at the stove where countless culinary elites have stood, Chef Christopher Sheehan executed a tremendous menu paired with exemplary Single Malts from Goa, India by Paul John Whisky. The response to this event was overwhelming, and as such we have decided to recreate this menu and present it at Max Downtown.

Please join the team again, this time in Hartford, for a fabulous JBH experience whisky pairing dinner.

Friday March 23, 2018

6:30pm

Menu by Chef Christopher Sheehan

Guest Speaker Michael Knipp of Domaine Select Wine Estates and

Featuring the Great Single Malts of Goa, India

By Paul John Whisky

R

Melinda Mae & Duck Confit Croquette, Raisin Ver Jus

Red Potato Beignet, Ossetra Caviar

Cap Steak Crostini, Pickled Chanterelle Mushroom

The Classic Rob Roy featuring Paul John Brilliance Malt

1

House Cured King Salmon

Smoked Creme Fraiche, Carrot, Aleppo Honey Rye Crumble

Paul John Select Cask Classic Single Malt

2

Semolina Gnocchi

Jamón Ibérico, Sunchoke, Charred Meyer Lemon Brown Butter

Paul John Edited Single Malt

3

Périgord Truffle Duck Sausage

Black Lentils, Cippolini Onion, Pickled Ramp Mustard

Paul John Bold Single Malt

4

Dry Aged Ribeye

Smoked Bone Marrow, Trumpet Mushroom, Confit Potato

Paul John Select Cask Peated Single Malt

D

Black Sesame Steam Cake

Chocolate Variations, Blackberry Marmalade

Smoke and Berries, a sipping cocktail

 

$115.00 per person

(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max Downtown for Reservations

(860) 522-2530

185 Asylum St | Hartford

New Wines on the List at Max’s Oyster Bar are Perfect for Oysters

This week we added a few new selections to the wine list at Max’s Oyster Bar. These choices were based on recent tastings I have attended and the strength of the 2015 and 2016 vintages in Burgundy in particular.

The definite standouts for me are from a tasting in New York I attended last week. This showcased a great selection of these top vintages, but in a dramatic side by side fashion, allowing for an easy review of the vintage styles comparatively, and together. The two wines of note are a 2016 1er Cru Chablis from Domaine de Chantemerle, from the famous vineyard Fourchaume. Great core of chalky, wet stone, wrapped around crisp green apple flavor. Perfect or a big plate of raw seafood. The other standout is the 2015 Grand Cru Chablis from Domaine Pinson, this one in particular from the Les Clos vineyard, the biggest of the seven climates in GC Chablis. This wine not only has the great chalky style in the mid-palate, but richness and length rarely met with other Chardonnay. The other thing that stood out for me is the the fact that despite these wines are top sources, the prices are very reasonable and we are able to present on the wine list as comparative values. Perfect styles for our menu.

The third wine I added this week to the list at MOB, is a tasty Chenin Blanc form the Montlouis-sur-Loire appellation. Many people are familiar with Vouvray, which is the area just across the river from Montlouis, but less familiar is that great Chenin Blanc also comes from this side of the river. I tasted this wine with the staff and they were all in love with the chalky, green apple and brioche flavors of this wine. A perfect wine to have as an alternative to Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. delicious and balabced and relative bargain on our selections.

Check out this article for a bit more information on Montlouis-sur-Loire.

Three great wines from the Loire in France and from outstanding vintages – all on the list this week at Max’s Oyster Bar.

 

Full Selection of Holiday and Seasonal Beers on Tap at Max Burger WH

I just stopped by Max Burger in West Hartford this afternoon and they have a great selection of drafts on hand for the weekend.  If you have not stopped in to see us in a while, we revamped the entire bar area this past summer and installed extra beer lines in on our new fire-engine red draft tower.  From the cooler to the faucets, everything is brand new and pouring perfectly.

On draft tonight and over the weekend (tapped at various times so check our UnTappd page for updates), will include, among others –  Thomas Hooker #No Filter (CT), Prospect Hop Flavored Cider (MA), Fat Orange Cat Hanna Banana (CT), Maine Peeper (ME), Relic The Mage (CT), Jack’s Abbey House Lager (MA), Two Roads No Limits Hefeweizen (CT), New England Brewing Co Sea hag IPA (CT), Two Roads Clementine Gose (CT), Hooker Liberator (CT), Stone Enjoy By (CA), and many, many more.

Plus Thursday is half-priced cans of beer all day long!

Whiskey is Our Focus at Max Downtown

Since our reopening in September, Max Downtown has been focused on collecting the most exciting and exclusive whiskies available in the market. With the extraordinary demand for this category of drinks, we have seen great response from our guests and the trend continues.  One of the most exciting aspects of our whiskey program – aside from the addition of the Whiskey Wall – is the addition of Whiskey Flights. This is a great opportunity for anyone to taste a range of items in a comparative manner, really get to know the differences between the styles and learn a bit about various whiskey categories.

To start, we will be featuring the following combinations for whiskey flights through the month of December:

OFF TO THE RACES

— Classic Bourbons —

Buffalo Trace

Evan Williams

Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond

Michter’s Small Batch U.S. #1

RYE NOT?

Barrell Cask Strength

Templeton

Woodford Reserve Rye

Hillrock Double Cask Rye

TO PEAT OR NOT TO PEAT

Highland Park 12y

Springbank 10y

Auchentoshan Three Wood

Glenrothes Vintage Reserve

EMERALD ISLE

Glendalough Sherry Cask Finish

Tullamore Dew

Green Spot Pot Stilled

Redbreast 15y

LEGENDS

Midelton Very Rare Irish Whiskey (2016 Bottling)

Buchanan Red Seal Scotch (aged 21 years)

Whistlepig The Boss Hog Rye The Black Prince

George T. Stagg Bourbon

Frosé and Other Summer Cocktails on Better Connecticut

By Brian Mitchell, Max Restaurant Group Beverage Director

This morning I appeared on the taping of Better Connecticut, on Channel WFSB 3 in Hartford. They had a special request to get a demo of the immediately popular Fosé Cocktail, which has popped up everywhere this summer.  They also asked for a couple other summer drink options to check out as well.

The Frosé can kind of be made in two different ways – 1 as a simply wine blended with ice, or a bit closer to a cocktail construction where we add flavors such as strawberry and lemon and keep a sense of wine and fruit in the drink.  With the first option, while simple, it tends to water down the “wine” aspect of the drink as the ice melts, therefore you get less impact of flavor.  With the second method it takes a little planning ahead but the results are definitely tasty.

For the first method, you simply add your bottle of rosé wine the equal amounts of ice in a blender and blend until the ice is crushed and incorporated. Add to the glass and garnish as desired. Quick, easy and cold.

For the Frosé where we are making more of a cocktail style, here is what you do…

Strawberry Summer Frosé
Ingredients:
1 x 750 ml bottle hearty, bold rosé (such as a Pinot Noir, Malbec or Merlot rosé)
Strawberry syrup – ½ cup sugar infused with 8 ounces strawberries
• 2½ ounces fresh lemon juice

Preparation
1 750ml bottle of rosé frozen (but not in the original bottle – need to move to a flexible container such as a plastic bag, ice tray or open top pan so the expanding ice will not burst the glass)
This will take about 6 hours, but will not be completely frozen as alcohol has a very low freezing point

Bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan; cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Add strawberries, remove from heat, and let sit 30 minutes to infuse syrup with strawberry flavor. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl (do not press on solids); cover and chill until cold, about 30 minutes.

Put frozen rosé into a blender.
Add lemon juice, 3½ ounces strawberry syrup, and 1 cup crushed ice and purée until smooth.
Transfer back to the freezer and freeze until frosé is thickened (aim for milkshake consistency), 30 minutes.
To serve, blend again until Frosé is slushy.
Serve in coupe glasses and garnish with a strawberry.

Other Summer Drinks:

Local Lemonade (Blueberry Version)
Ingredients:
10 fresh blueberries
1oz Vodka
1oz Whiskey
¾ oz Agave Syrup (1:1)
6oz Fresh Lemonade
Glass – 16oz Tumbler
Garnish – lemon wheel

Preparation
Add blueberries to glass and gently muddle
Add vodka, whiskey and agave, fill with ice, top with lemonade and garnish

Watermelon Crush (Snow Cone)
Ingredients:

Watermelon Juice – Depending on how much you want to make, juice some watermelon, but save the solids to infuse into the vodka for a few days.
Watermelon infused vodka
Basil Syrup and Lemon Juice

For single drinks – the ratio is about 3oz infused vodka, 3oz watermelon juice, 1oz lemon juice and 1/2oz basil syrup to flavor
This can be served in a mason jar over ice, garnish with a wedge of watermelon

For batches and the snow cones – juice the watermelon to make the base, then use the watermelon pulp to infuse the vodka for extra flavor, mix all and serve over crushed ice in a snow cone cup. A Straw helps.

 

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