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

Tröegs Brewing Company Beer Dinner at Trumbull Kitchen

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Trumbull Kitchen is very please to announce a beer dinner
featuring the fabulous brews of Troegs Brewery of Hershey, PA.

June 23, 2015
Beer-ception @ 6pm
Dinner @ 6:30pm

Special Guest Speaker: Andy Piela of Troegs Brewery
Menu by Chef Steven Lundgren

COURSE ONE
Hop Back Amber Ale
Grilled Chicken Satay
coconut pancake / spicy peanut sauce

COURSE TWO
LaGrave (Bottle-conditioned Triple Golden Ale)
Picadillo Beef Patacon
three pepper cheese sauce

COURSE THREE
Sunshine Pils
Spring Salad
ramps / fava beans / english peas / kumquat /roquefort /dijon vinaigrette

COURSE FOUR
Troegenator Double Bock
Cold-smoked Pork Tenderloin
grilled spring onion  sweet potato gratin / maple bourbon demi-glace

COURSE FIVE
Jovial (Belgian-style Dubbel)
Salted Caramel Gelato
honeycomb crisps / espresso chocolate sauce

$65 per person
(not including tax & gratuity)

Seating is very limited. Call for reservations
860.493.7412

trumbull kitchen | 150 trumbull street | hartford, ct 06103 | trumbullkitchen.com
#TroegsAtTK

Tuscan Wine & Food Pairing Dinner at Max Amore

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6:30 reception | 7:00 seating

Special Guest Speaker: Claudio Andreani
Italian Wine Specialist and National Brand Manager for Kobrand

Reception

Tenuta Campo al Mare Vermentino Bolgheri DOC, 2013
Assorted Flatbreads

Course 1
Tenuta TorCalvano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, 2011
Chicken Liver Pate with duck fat,
frisée salad with hard cooked egg & classic vinaigrette, house made grissini.

Course 2
Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva Gran Selezione La Forra DOCG, 2011
Fresh spaghetti with wild boar, sweet & sour sauce,
dried fruit, pecorino Chianti.

Course 3
Tenute del Cabreo Il Borgo Toscana IGT, 2011
Wood Fired Porterhouse Florentine,
Tuscan baked cannellini bean casserole, spicy broccoli rabe

Dessert
Tenuta La Fuga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, 2009
Chefs Selected Cheese Plate

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$110 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max Amore for reservations
860-659-2819

140 Glastonbury Boulevard Somerset Square Glastonbury, CT 06033

 

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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Away Game: Thomas Hooker Brewery Dinner by Max Burger and Max Catering 5/18

Hooker-Brewing-for FBMax Burger and Max Catering & Events
are teaming up and going on the road for a
THOMAS HOOKER BREWERY DINNER
16 Tobey Rd, Bloomfield, CT
Monday May 18th 2015
6:30pm

Cuisine by Chefs Scott Miller and Steve Michalewicz

UPON ARRIVAL | BLONDE ALE & DEMURE SMOKED SAISION
LA QUERCIA PROSCUITTO | RAMP OIL | HBC TOAST
MOREL | PEA | OAK LEAF DAIRY GOAT CHEESE TARLETT
RHUBARB & SPRING ONION CONFITURE | FRESH SHEEPS MILK
CRAB DEVILED EGGS | SALMON ROE | PIMENTON
LAMB BURGER | FETA | PICKLED SPRING ONION

COURSE ONE | HONEY BERRY HAPPINESS
PICKLED GREEN STRAWBERRIES | AGED GOAT CHEDDAR | BEETS | STONEWALL APIARY HONEY YOGURT | PURE LOVE GRANOLA

COURSE TWO | BREWTUS MAXIMUS AMERICAN PALE ALE
SMOKED DUCK DRUMETTE | RHUBARB MOSTARDA | BRUSSELS SPROUT SLAW

COURSE THREE | TENACIOUS IPA
CRISPY MOLLUSK FARROTTO | RADISH | CELERY LEAVES

COURSE FOUR | DEFIANCE DOUBLE IPL
BO SSAM | RAW NOANK OYSTERS | ROASTED PORK SHOULDER | KIMCHEE | BIBB LETTUCE

COURSE FIVE | LIBERATOR DOPPELBOCK
CHOCOLATE DOPPELBOCK SHAKES | COOKIES

SIXTY FIVE DOLLARS PER GUEST

(not including tax or gratuity)

Seating will be limited

Reservations are confirmed online by clicking here

#CHEFTOFARM  MaxCateringAndEvents.com

Lunch Club at Max’s Oyster Bar March 27th

 

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For the next installment of the Max Lunch Club series, Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford will be welcoming fine wine specialist Luis Suarez from CT Distributors, Inc., who will be hosting the wines of Terra d’Oro winery, from the Amador County AVA, in California.

Originally known as Montevina Winery, Terra d’Oro has been making wines in eastern California since 1973, and has always shown what locals have known since the mid-1800s about this wine region – the wines are great!

Mr. Suarez will be guiding the discussion on the wines and Chef Hunter Morton will be preparing a fabulous lunch menu to accompany.

Reception ~ 12:45pm

First Course
Terra d’Oro Chenin Blanc 2013
Crispy Melville Cheese
Roasted Vegetable Farro, Pistachios, Baby Greens, White Balsamic

Second Course
Terra d’Oro Barbera 2011
Cacciucco
Tuscan Seafood Stew, Crostini

Third Course
Terra d’Oro Petite Sirah 2012
Zinfandel Braised Veal Osso Bucco
Vegetable Sofrito, Gremolatta

Dessert
Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Port
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bombe

Lunch Club is open for reservations, and for March 20th will be priced at $37.50 per person, not including tax or gratuity.

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar for reservations:

964 FARMINGTON AVE./ WEST HARTFORD, CT 06107 / P: 860-236-6299

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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

C1
Domaine Vincent Careme Spring Vouvray
Assortment of “Sea-Cuterie”
Smoked white fish spread, cured Scottish Salmon, Chilled mussel salad, White Anchovy, traditional accompaniments

C2
Domaine Vincent Careme Le Peu Morier Vouvray
Shrimp & Lobster Pot Pie, Thumbelina carrots, cippolline onion, grain mustard veloute

C3
Domaine Nicolas Grobois La Cuisine de ma Mere Chinon
Chicken Ballantine & Escargot, roasted butternut squash, garlic-parsley pan sauce

C4
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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Paul Hobbs Winery Dinner with Matt Hobbs at Max Downtown – March 5th

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Max Downtown Presents
An evening with Matt Hobbs and the wines of Paul Hobbs Winery

Thursday March 5th

Paul Hobbs has been one of the most awarded winemakers in California and beyond for much of the past 35 years, with wineries in California, Argentina and many consultant projects around the globe.

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Max Downtown is very pleased to welcome Matt Hobbs,
Paul’s younger brother and National Sales Manager, back for a second time.

Reception/Meet & Greet Matt Hobbs (6:30pm)
Crossbarn Chardonnay by Paul Hobbs, Sonoma Coast, 2013

Seating at 7:00pm

1st
Meyer lemon poached fisher’s island oysters,
Osetra caviar, razor clam, leeks, water cress pudding, champagne sabayon
Paul Hobbs Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, 2011

2nd
Roasted squab
foie gras and truffle crust, matsutake mushroom and marble potato fricassee, pine needle jus
Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, 2012

3rd
Sumac roasted rack of lamb
Braised lamb and samosa, eggplant purée, pomegranate and marcona almonds,
red wine vadouvan sauce
Vina Cobos Malbec Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, 2011

Cheese
Cato Corner Farms black ledge blue cheese,
pistachio olive oil biscotti, kumquat jam, Port wine cocoa nib gelee
Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard, St Helena, 2011

$149 per person
Not including tax or gratuity

please call Max Downtown for reservations
185 Asylum Street,
Hartford, CT 06103
860-522-2530

Marchesi Fumanelli Wine Dinner at Max Amore – March 2nd

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This is a very special and rare opportunity to dine and learn from one of the great wine producers of this fabulous region.  Wines have been produced in this area since before the Roman era. Located In the Very Heart of the Classic Valpolicella Wine Region, the Marchesi Fumanelli have been Cultivating Grapes on the Squarano Estate Since 1470.

Menu by Chefs Ted Burnett & Brett Cook

Monday March 2nd

Reception – 6:30
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Seating – 7:00pm

Course One
Marchesi Fumanelli Terso Bianco Veneto IGT, 2009
Smoked Trout Pate, Crostini, Baby Arugula, Infused evoo

Course Two
Marchesi Fumanelli Valpolicella Classico DOC Superiore, 2012
Truffle & Pepper Crusted Venison Carpaccio, Fresh Figs

Course Three
Marchesi Fumanelli Squarano Valpolicella Classico DOC Superiore, 2010
Black Pepper & Porcini Papardelle, Hand Picked Roasted Duck,
Sliced Porcini Mushrooms, Duck Skin Cracklins, Natural Jus

Course Four
Marchesi Fumanelli Amarone della Valpolicella DOC Classico, 2008
Roasted Marrow Bone, Baguette, Agro Dolce

Course Five
Marchesi Fumanelli Octavius Amarone della Valpolicella DOC Classico Riserva, 2007
Charred Elk Tenderloin, Wood Fired Cauliflower Puree, Amarone Natural Jus
Followed by assorted cheeses

$125 per person, not including tax or gratuity

Please call Max Amore for reservations – seating is very limited

140 GLASTONBURY BLVD. SOMERSET SQ.
GLASTONBURY, CT
860-659-2819

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Tröegs Brewing Tap Take Over at Max Burger West Hartford

February 4th – Max Burger West Hartford welcomes Tröegs Brewing to CT for the very first time with a tap-take-over night.

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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.

Beginning about 5pm, we will be pouring the following Tröegs beers:

  • Perpetual IPA
  • Hop Back Amber
  • Tröegenator Doppelbock
  • Cultivator Helles Lager
  • Java Head Coffee Stout
  • Nugget Nectar Imperial Hoppy Amber

Contact Max Burger in West Hartford for full details, no reservations required – just come on in and enjoy.

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

nyc-empire-roomThursday January 29th

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

“Cabs & Slabs” Wine Dinner with Master Sommelier at Max’s Tavern

Cabs-&-Slabs-at-Tavern-top copyMax’s Tavern in Springfield, Mass is very pleased and excited to present a great evening celebrating Cabernet Sauvignon and it’s natural food partner – Steaks!

This will be a fun and energy filled evening, focused on the understanding and comparative tasting of various cuts of meat, paired alongside a Sonoma and Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Master Sommelier Michael Jordan MS, from Jackson Family Estates, will be on-hand to present the wines and lead the discussion along with our own Director of Beverages Brian Mitchell and Executive Chef Paul Roberge.

Evening’s Menu cenyth-red

Reception
Matanzas Creek Sauvignon, Sonoma- 2013
Steak Tartare – harissa, smoked-almond, pita

Course 1
Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma- 2010
NY Strip – maple miso glazed root veg, cauliflower

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Freemark Abbey Cab, Napa- 2011
Filet Mignon – duxelles, foie gras, puff pastry

Course 3
Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa- 2011
side by side
Cenyth Red Blend, Sonoma- 2009
Ribeye – pommes puree, Brussels sprouts leaves, smoked bone marrow butter

Cheese Course
La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain, Napa 2011
selection of cheeses, all CA Cheeses from Sonoma

Please contact Max’s Tavern  for reservations

Cost is $115.00 per person, not including tax or gratuity

1000 WEST COLUMBUS BLVD

SPRINGFIELD, MA 01105

P: 413-746-6299

About Michael Jordan, Master Sommelier:

Michael Jordan, MS, CWE
Vice President of Food & Beverage, The Ranch Restaurant and Saloon
Veteran restaurateur Michael A. Jordan, MS, CWE is currently Vice President of Food & Beverage for The Ranch Restaurant and Saloon, a recently opened Anaheim California based wine destination restaurant and live country music entertainment complex.

Before joining The Ranch team Jordan was President of the Beachcomber Restaurant Group, featuring restaurants themed to the California beach scene situated in spectacular locations. Prior to his work at Beachcomber Jordan served as Global Manager of Wine Sales and Standards (and Wine Educator) for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts® Worldwide. This role included responsibility for all wine sales and programs along with creating the wine lists education for all the Disney properties internationally as well as Disney Cruise Lines and ESPN Zones. Jordan was also responsible for pre-opening and all operations as general manager of the world famous Napa Rose Restaurant at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

One of only 15 people in the world to posses both the Master Sommelier Diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Certified Wine Educator Diploma from the Society of Wine Educators, Jordan and wife Teresa have been making their own world class wine under WORD VINEYARDS® and ‘OLELO Wines®. WORD and ‘OLELO are small production, high quality, hand crafted artisan wines made from some of the finest fruit grown in California and other regions of the world.

Passionate about wine education, he is the On Air Host and “Sommelier for the People” on his own nationally syndicated radio talk show with Mike Horn called What’s Cookin’ with Wine – heard on many AM radio markets across US including New York, Boston, Charlotte, Detroit and Chicago including KSPA 1510 AM in greater Los Angeles area and CRN Digital Talk Internet radio. Jordan is also a regular ‘radio sommelier’ on KABC Talk Radio, KFWB and KLSX FM in Los Angeles.
Prior to joining Disney, Jordan opened the award-winning Pinot Provence restaurant in Costa Mesa where he was the general manager. Jordan was the chef /owner of Bella Teresa restaurant in Corona del Mar with wife Teresa; and general manager of the Five Diamond award-winning Pavilion Restaurant at The Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach. In his younger years, he followed in his celebrity restaurateur father Matteo’s footsteps and was chef at his family’s Italian restaurants, and later was general manager & “maitre d’ to the stars” at Matteo’s in California and Hawaii. In all, he has more than 40 years of experience in the restaurant, hospitality and beverage industry.

Over the years Jordan has received praise for his efforts and accomplishments in the food and beverage industry. The following are some of Jordan’s achievements:
• California Restaurant Writers – “Sommelier of the Year for both 2001 & 2002” • Southern California Restaurant Writers – “2003 Sommelier of the Year” • Restaurant Business’ – “50 Top General Managers 2004” • Orange Coast Magazine – “2005 General Manager of the Year” • Starwine’s – “2005 Wine Educator of the Year” • Orange Coast Magazine – “2006 Restaurant Professional of the Year” • Southern California Restaurant Writers – “2008 General Manager of the Year” • Whitefish International Wine & Food Summit – “2008 Sommelier of the Year” • Southern California Restaurant Writers – “2011 Food & Beverage Director of the Year” • Honorary Chairman ,