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.
February 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
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.
Matanzas Creek Sauvignon, Sonoma- 2013
Steak Tartare – harissa, smoked-almond, pita
Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma- 2010
NY Strip – maple miso glazed root veg, cauliflower
Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa- 2011
side by side
Cenyth Red Blend, Sonoma- 2009
Ribeye – pommes puree, Brussels sprouts leaves, smoked bone marrow butter
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
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 ,
Ring 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