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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Max Lunch Club Presents The Splendor of the Cape May 29th

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Menu by executive chef Hunter Morton

Reception (12:45)
Refreshing glass of The Wolf Trap White by Boekenhoutskloof
a Rhone inspired white blend of Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Grenache Blanc

1st course
Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc from Walker Bay
Paired with
Cod Cakes – Hearts of Palm, Moroccan spiced yogurt

2nd Course
The Left Bank by Neil Ellis – a Cape blend of Cab Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Cab Franc and Malbec
Cape Malay Fish Curry, basmati, tamarind, cilantro

3rd Course
Hamilton-Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Spiced Venison Burger- Carrot Peanut Slaw, sweet potato fries

$39.50 per person, (not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar for reservations: 860-236-6299

964 Farmington Avenue West Hartford, CT 06107
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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

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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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Jamie’s Junk Show @ Max’s Oyster Bar

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 We’re proud to announce that Jamie’s Junk Show will be performing more show’s at Max’s Oyster Bar throughout the summer.The band will be performing every #thirstythursday through June 4 and then on the following select dates:

Friday, June 12
Friday, June 26
Wednesday, July 8
Friday, July 17
Wednesday, July 22
Wednesday, August 5
Friday, August 21

…and then back to Thursdays beginning August 27.

For more information, please visit their website or call the Oyster Bar at 860.236.6299

Max Lunch Club with Hecht & Bannier April 24

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Formed in 2002, by founders Gregory Hecht and François Bannier, Hect & Bannier is a micro-negociant known for its cutting edge wines and have proved to be formidable players in the French wine producing regions of Languedoc, Roussillon & Provence.

Special Guest Speaker:
Mark Raymond, Northeast Regional Manager for Frederick Wildman & Sons

Cuisine by Executive Chef Hunter Morton

12:45pm Reception | 1:00pm Luncheon

Reception
Fried Oyster Salad- spinach, Pickled vegetables, Mint, Lemon
Hecht & Bannier Languedoc White, 2013

Course 1
Stonington Flounder, Marinated asparagus, Spring onions, Radish, Spring Vegetable Sauce
Hecht & Bannier Languedoc Rose, 2014

Course 2
Herb Roasted Chicken Breast-Sugar Snap Peas, Pickled Local Ramps, Smoked Butter Braised Potatoes, Almond Milk,
Hecht & Bannier Roussillon Red, 2009

Dessert
Chocolate Pudding, Salted Caramel Sauce, Brioche
Hecht & Bannier Minervois Red, 2012

$37.50 per person
not including tax or gratuity

For Reservations – 860-236-6299
Max’s Oyster Bar | 964 Farmington Ave. | West Hartford

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Uinta Brewing Beer Dinner at Max’s Oyster Bar April 30th

Uinta-at-Oyster-TOP copyA RECEPTION & FIVE COURSE DINNER
FEATURING THE CRAFT BREWS OF
UNITA BREWING CO. OF SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

Founded in 1993, Uinta Brewing has been making eclectic craft beers in a wide range
of styles and serving world class beers to good people in better ways, ever since. Since
2001 Uinta Brewing has been 100% wind-powered, becoming the first Utah company to
reach this mark. In an effort to continue its commitment to using renewable resources,
Uinta Brewing installed solar-electric paneling on the brewery’s roof in 2011.

• UINTA TAP TAKE-OVER (EVERYONE INVITED) @ 5:00pm •

• BEERCEPTION FOR DINNER GUESTS @ 6:00 •

• SEATING FOR UINTA BEER DINNER @ 6:30 •

GUEST SPEAKER: SHAWN DUNN, NE REGIONAL MANAGER FOR UINTA
CUISINE BY EXECUTIVE CHEF HUNTER MORTON

#1
Jonah Crab and Ramp Hushpuppies
green goddess dressing
UINTA SUM’R: citrusy summer ale from their 100% organic line.

#2
Oak Hill Farms Goat Cheddar Beer Soup
blackened stonington red shrimp
UINTA WYLD: extra pale ale from their 100% organic line.

#3
Chicken and Biscuit
fried chicken, charred onion, blue cheese,
buttermilk biscuit, pickled tomato jam
UINTA HOO DOO: a kolsch style ale.

#4
Grilled Salt n Pepper Beef Ribs
black eyed peas, collard geens
UINTA HOP NOSH: an IPA.

#5
Black Walnut Pound Cake
black lager chocolate gravy
UINTA BABA: black lager from their 100% organic line.

$65 PER PERSON
(NOT INCLUDING TAX & GRATUITY)
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 860.236.6299

964 FARMINGTON AVE. WEST HARTFORD, CT MAXSOYSTERBAR.COM

Click Here for the Brewery Website

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Justin Winery & Landmark Vineyards at Max’s Oyster Bar: April 21st

 

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Reception
Main Lobster Lettuce Cup
mango, pineapple, rice noodle, peanuts, nuoc mam sauce
Justin Sauvignon Blanc, 2013

I
Spring Vegetable “Pizza”
melted leeks, fava beans, artichokes,
oak hill farm goat cheese, puff pastry
Landmark Chardonnay, 2012

II
Surf & Turf
Hudson Valley Foie Gras & Pan-seared Hawaiian Tuna
roasted pineapple, ginger sauce, pea tendrils
Landmark Pinot Noir, 2012

III
Roasted Pork Belly
espresso bbq sauce, cheddar cheese, green garlic buttermilk biscuit
Justin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

IV
Cold Smoked Rib Eye of Steak
spring onion bread pudding, pink peppercorn jus
Justin Isosceles, 2011

Dessert
Red Velvet Beet Cake
crème fraiche
Justin Port-style Wine

$95.00 per person
not including tax or gratuity

For Reservations – 860-236-6299
Max’s Oyster Bar | 964 Farmington Ave. | West Hartford

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…about Joseph Spellman, MS

Joseph Spellman, MS is Winery Sommelier for JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery of Paso Robles, CA. He has been sommelier in several Chicago restaurants, including Tango, Maxim’s, Pump Room, Park Hyatt Hotel, and Charlie Trotter’s.

Joseph earned the Master Sommelier Diploma in 1996, held now by 95 Americans, and 160 individuals worldwide. He was elected Chairman of the American Chapter of the Court in 2005. He also won the 1997 title “Best Sommelier in the World in French Wines and Spirits” in Paris.

He wrote the critically praised wine notes featured in three Charlie Trotter books. He also wrote grape descriptions for the Wine Grapes posters produced by Ten Speed Press, and he has written pieces for many magazines.

He is frequently a featured speaker and panel moderator at wine events, with a particular interest in wine’s historical and cultural contexts. As a former English major at the University of Chicago, Joe enjoys writing and critiquing well-employed words about wine and food.

He also loves opera, film, food history, baseball, and beer.

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South African Wine Dinner at Max’s Oyster Bar April 9th

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Thursday, April 9th – 6:30pm at Max’s Oyster Bar

Menu

False Bay Chenin Blanc 2012
Amuse-bouche

1st
Waterkloof Circle of Life White 2012
Lobster Samosa
Hearts of Palm, Coconut Chutney, Spiced Yogurt

2nd
False Bay Chardonnay 2012
Cape Malay Fish Curry
Hake, Roasted Garlic, Basmati Rice, Tamarind, Cilantro

3rd
False Bay Shiraz 2012
Sepe Farms Lamb Pie
(Bobotie) Tamarind, Almonds, Raisins

4th
Waterkloof Circle of Life Red 2009
Grilled Broken Arrow Ranch Antelope
Sweet Potato Mash, Carrots, Peanut, Honey

Desert
False Bay Pinotage 2012
Malva Pudding
Apricot, Cinnamon Ice Cream

$79 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar for reservations
860-236-6299
964 FARMINGTON AVE. | WEST HARTFORD, CT 06107

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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