Sunday, June 21st is Father’s Day!

Max-Father's-Day-2015-REVISED copyThis Father’s Day treat Dad (or Grandad) to a memorable meal
at your favorite Max Restaurant. In addition to spending time
with the people he loves most, he’ll get a voucher good for
ONE FREE DINNER ENTREE
(up to a $25 value) for use during a future visit!*
Reservations
Click here for other great gift ideas.
*Limit one per father. Card must be redeemed by July 31, 2015.
Offer not available for take-out. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer
or discounts. Contact any Max Restaurant for more information.

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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American Craft Beer Week: May 11 – 17, 2015

Craft-Beer-WeekAll week long, MAX restaurants will be featuring local & regional craft beers on tap, in bottles and cans. Call your favorite MAX for more information.

Here’s what’s happening at Max Burger (CT)…
Monday: T’app Takeover with Two Roads Brewing Co., Stratford, CT
3 draft beers and 1/2 priced Two Roads Brewing Co. beers in cans.
Tuesday: Jack’s Abby “Barrel-aged Framinghammer (coffee & vanilla).
Wednesday: Cask of New England Brewing Co. (NEBCO)
“Dry Hopped Coriolis”
1/2 priced Bombers available as well.
Thursday: “Dry Hopped Two Roads lil’ Heaven” (cask)
And as always, 1/2 priced cans.
Friday: A very special cask of Beer’d “Kittens & Canoes” APA
with fresh raspberries.
FEATURING BEERS ALL WEEK FROM: 
BEER’D
KENT FALLS BREWING
TWO ROADS BREWING
NEW ENGLAND BREWING
LAWSON’S FINEST LIQUIDS
JACK’S ABBY
BACK EAST BREWING
AND MORE!
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Mother’s Day at MAX

Mother's-Day-Max-2015-2Flowers-2Celebrate Mother’s Day with MAX
Sunday, May 10th 2015
Treat mom to her favorite MAX restaurant.
Brunch, Lunch or Dinner, MAX makes it special.
Max Downtown • 860.522.2530 • Hartford
Max’s Oyster Bar • 860.236.6299 • West Hartford
Max A Mia • 860.677.6299 • Avon
Max’s Tavern • 413.746.6299 • Springfield
Max Amore • 860.659.2819 • Glastonbury
Max Fish • 860.652.3474 • Glastonbury
Trumbull Kitchen • 860.493.7412 • Hartford
Max Burger • 860.232.3300 • West Hartford
Max Burger • 413.798.0101 • Longmeadow
MAKE ONLINE RESERVATIONS
For Mother’s Day Gift options,
VISIT THE MAX STORE
For menu information and more, visit us at:

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And they’re off! Derby Day at MAX

Max-Kentucky-Derby-2015Horse-Racing-copyFB Derby 1This Saturday, May 2nd 2015
Stop into your favorite Max Restaurant for the Kentucky Derby.
All Max Restaurants will be featuring Derby Day Bourbon Cocktails for $6*
Mint Juleps, Spiked Sweet Tea & The Kentucky Mule

Stop by Max Downtown for their Derby Day Bash: 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Featuring the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, Woodford Reserve.
Passed Hors d’oeuvres, Dinner Buffet & Dessert Table.
Prizes and Best Hat Contest! Don’t miss the fun.

$39 per person
(not including tax & gratuity)

Reservations suggested. Please call: 860.522.2530

First 60 people to reserve will receive a commemorative Woodford Reserve Julep Cup.
Don’t miss the fastest two minutes in sports.
Post time: 6:24pm

*$6 bourbon cocktails available all day through the end of the race.

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Nicola Biscardo Wine Dinner at Max Amore 5/7/15

MAX AMORE IS VERY PLEASED TO PRESENT

Nicola Biscardo Selections Wine Dinner
With Special Guest Nicola Biscardo

Thursday May 7th

Nicola Biscardo is the owner and operator for ConExport and the Biscardo Selections, which imports fabulous Italian wines into the United States, all sourced from only estate owned productions from Italy. His collection of wines, including his own estate, are tremendous values and work exceptionally well with cuisine.

Nicola Biscardo

We are very pleased to have Nicola as our guest for the evening on May 7th, as he highlights some selections from his portfolio alongside the cuisine of Executive Chef Ted Burnett.

Reception will be at 6:30, Seating about 7:00

Reception
Fresh Apricots wrapped with Prosciutto di San Daniele
&
Fig Arancini
Sassi Pinot Grigio, 2013 (Veneto)

Course 1
Jumbo Lump Crab Salad
celery ribbons, lemon vinaigrette, castelvetrano olive tapenade
Castellargo Albus Grave Bianco, 2013 (Grave del Friuli)

Course 2
Ragu alla Barese Orecchiette
Feudo di San Nicola Negroamaro, 2011 (Puglia)

Course 3
Lamb Duetto
Rosemary crusted rack of lamb, slow roasted lamb belly, creamy parmesan polenta, grilled radicchio di Treviso, juniper berry jus
Marchesi Biscardo Amarone delle Valpolicella DOC, 2009 (Veneto)

Dessert
Fresh berries, zabaglione, crushed hazelnuts
iPola Moscato d’Asti DOCG, 2013 (Piemonte)

$80 per person
not including tax and gratuity

Please call Max Amore for reservations
P:860-659-2819

140 GLASTONBURY BLVD. SOMERSET SQ.
GLASTONBURY, CT 06103

Here is a short video by Nicola Biscardo describing his company’s background…

https://youtu.be/qTZaJ7cfZmc

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
Valdo Oro Puro Prosecco DOCG, nv

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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Wild Game & Barolo Wine Dinner at Max Amore

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 – 6:30pm

Max Amore is pleased to present a culinary trip to Piemonte, Italy for a wine and food dinner featuring a selection of DOCG wines alongside a menu of game dishes. Taking inspiration from the stunning quality of the 2010 vintage for Barolo wine, we have selected three examples from that year and others and have paired them with a menu designed by Chefs Brett Cook and Ted Burnett. This culinary treat brings together outstanding wines and the talents of the Max Amore team for what promises to be a memorable culinary experience.

MENU

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Antipasti: Wild Boar Salami, Duck Salami, Prosciutto
Michele Chiarlo Gavi le Marne, 2103

1st COURSE
Venison Tartare, Egg Yolk, and Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Ravioli
Matteo Correggia Arneis, 2012

2nd COURSE
“Duo Timbales”
Braised Rabbit with Blackberry Sauce
Slow Roasted Goose with Amarino Cherry Reduction
Silvio Grasso Barolo (La Morra), 2010

3rd COURSE
Porcini-dusted Bison Ribeye
Barley Risotto, Chanterelle Mushroom Ragu
Luigi Pira Barolo (Serralunga D’Alba), 2010

4th COURSE
Cheese Plate
Robiolo, Raschera(Fontina Piedmonte), Truffled Pecorino Romano
Seghesio Barolo La Villa (Monforte D’Alba), 2010

$110 per person (not including tax & gratuity)
Limited Seating. Call for Reservations
860.659.2819

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

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at MAX!

Fireworks-GoldRing in the New Year with an old friend.
Visit your favorite Max Restaurant and celebrate the
New Year in style. Special New Year’s Eve menu,
award winning wine-lists, incomparable atmosphere.
Max Downtown • Hartford • 860.522.2530
Trumbull Kitchen • Hartford • 860.493.7412
Max’s Oyster Bar • West Hartford • 860.236.6299
Max A Mia • Avon • 860.677.6299
Max Amore • Glastonbury • 860.659.2819
Max Fish • Glastonbury • 860.652.3474
Max’s Tavern • Springfield • 413.746.6299
Max Burger • West Hartford • 860.232.3300
Max Burger • Longmeadow • 413.798.0101
New Year’s Day Brunch
Max A Mia, Max Amore, Max’s Oyster Bar and Max Fish
will all be open for brunch, 11am – 3pm New Year’s Day.
Max Fish is featuring their renowned Bloody Mary Bar
and Max Amore now offers a Prix Fixe Brunch option
in addition to their menu.
Make Your Online Reservations Here

Ste Michelle Wine Estates Dinner at Max Amore

Ste-Michelle-at-Amore-1 copyTuesday, October 28th at Max Amore, Glastonbury
With Special Guest Speaker Thom Horsey
National Educator For Ste Michelle Wine Estates
and presenting a head to head sampling of the old world wines
of antinori, dr loosen & the new world wines of ste michelle
wine estates properties col solare, cht ste michelle
& spring valley vineyard of washington state.
Menu by Executive Chef Ted Burnett
6pm reception on the patio (weather permitting)
6:30pm seating inside

Reception
Grilled Bratwurst | Grilled Calamari
Riesling Saint M By Dr Loosen, Pfalz, DE, 2012
Riesling Eroica By Dr Loosen, Columbia Valley, WA, 2012

Primo
Smoked Salmon | Salmon Mousse | Roasted Beets
Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay, Canoe Ridge Estates, WA, 2012
Castello Delle Saia Chardonnay, Umbria, 2011

Pasta
Cavatappi Amatraciana
Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells, Washington State Red, 2010
Marchesi Antinori Villa Antinori Rosso Di Toscana, 2011

Carne
Baby Lamb Chop Scottadita | Baby Arugula
Shaved Pecorino Romano | Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Col Solare, Columbia Valley, 2008
Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Tignanello, Toscana, 2011

Cheese
Assorted | Cato Corner CT | Classic Italian
Spring Valley Vineyards Walla Walla Red, 2011
Guado Al Taso Il Bruciato Bolgheri Rosso, 2012

$110 per person
(not including tax & gratuity)
seating is limited. for reservations, please call:
860.659.2819