Amore Amari: Love the Dark Side of the Cocktail

We are Not Saying You Will Live Longer by Drinking Amaro,                              but you will definitely have a good time while you are here if you do…

Amore Amari: Love the Dark Side of the Cocktail

A COCKTAIL DINNER FOR THOSE A LITTLE MORE ADVENTUROUS

The word amaro literally means “bitter” in Italian.
And that’s just what we are celebrating, to varying degrees. Made by infusing a neutral spirit or wine with a blend of botanicals, Amaro is always aged in either a barrel or a bottle. Each expression uses a very specific recipe of ingredients like herbs, flowers, bark, and citrus peels to create its own unique character, which varies greatly based on where it’s produced. Tempered by adding sugar, some Amari are sweeter than others, but all have an underlying herbal bitterness, creating the intense and refreshing flavor that has made it such a popular drink in Europe, and now is highlighted as a key cocktail ingredient by the modern bartender.

While many countries have their own versions of the liqueur, Italy produces some of the best. This menu is designed to highlight the best of both worlds, with Amari cocktails by Anthony DeVito and a pairing menu to match by Chef Michael Touranjoe. Join us as we dive deep into the dark end with beautifully crafted cocktails and the menu to match.

March 14, 2017

Reception 6:15, Seating at 6:30

Reception

1.
Seaside Rendezvous
Hamachi
Canteloupe, Fennel Frawns, Yuzu Foam
Marinade with Tamarind, Ginger and Lime

2.
Chartreuse Mousse
Minted Pea Soup
Basil Crystals, Vanilla Crème Fraiche, Nutmeg

3.
Honey Don’t
Rosemary Shrimp Brochette
Salted Honey, Gingered White Balsamic Gastrique, Arugula

4.
Campari Fireball (Shot)
Blood Orange Sorbetto
Chartreuse Granita

5.
Boulevardier Variant
Short Rib Risotto
Chocolate, Bada Bing Cherry

6.
Senza Nome
Foie Gras
Smoked Strawberry Jam, Brioche, Ancho Demi Glaze, Chicory

Dessert
Maple Fernet
Sweet Raspberry Crêpe
Walnut, Bitter Sweet Chocolate, Fernet Branca Syrup

$85 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max Amore for Reservations
860-659-2819

140 Glastonbury Boulevard | Somerset Square | Glastonbury

Taste of Hartford – Summer 2016

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 CHRIS & CHRIS

CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO
THE TASTE OF HARTFORD AT MAX

Max Downtown’s Chris Sheehan & Trumbull Kitchen’s Chris Torla
have created two fantastic “prix fixe” menus* for your dining pleasure.

$30.16 per person
(not including tax & gratuity)

Choose one item from each course
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*Does not include beverages. Not valid with any other offers.

Specially selected specially-priced wines also available at both restaurants.
~menus subject to change~

MAX DOWNTOWN

185 Asylum Street / 860.522.2530
RESERVE ONLINE

TRUMBULL KITCHEN
150 Trumbull Street / 860.493.7412
RESERVE ONLINE

 

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A Celebration of Wine in New England

Featuring a menu inspired by the traditions of cooking with wine

with Chefs Hunter Morton & Steve Michalewicz

The Vineyards at Rosedale began in 1999 when Marshall & Lynn Epstein,
owners of Rosedale, approached their long-time neighbor about crafting wines.
Their first plantings were of old world viniferous grape varietals, but after a few unpredictable New England winters, they changed to the more cold-hardy “French-Hybrid” varietals. Rosedale vines have been planted and maintained with constant effort
put into ensuring a better harvest each and every year.

MENU

RECEPTION

Vineyard Station #1
Fried Green Tomatoes
ramp ranch
Rosedale Vineyards Simsbury Celebration

Broad Brook Beef Slider
tomato | butter lettuce
Rosedale Vineyards Farmington River Red

Vineyard Station #2
Vegetable Lettuce Cup
nuoc cham
Rosedale Vineyards Serendipity

Beet Deviled Egg
Rosedale Vineyards Winter Red

Vineyard Station #3
Strawberry Fluke Crudo
Rosedale Vineyards Summer Bouquet

Grilled Tomato-Basil-Mozzarella Flatbread
Rosedale Vineyards Summer Red

DINNER

Course One
Farmer’s Wife Chilled Zucchini Soup
squash bloosms | mint | radish
Rosedale Vineyards Elkie’s White

Course Two
Marshall’s Watermelon Tomato Salad
pickled onion | butter lettuce | cucumber | sugar snap peas
Rosedale Vineyards Three Sisters

Course Three
Three Sisters Vegetable Fettucine
roasted summer squash | asparagus | cherry tomatoes | braising greens |
pea tendrils | parmesan | fresh fettucine | farm egg | ramp pesto

Rosedale Vineyards Farmington River Red

Entrée
Grandma Edith’s Red Wine Braised Beef Brisket
tarragon-potato salad | green beans | braising jus
Rosedale Vineyards Lou’s Red

Dessert
Winemaker’s Wife Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
red wine sabayon
Rosedale Vineyards Sundance

$125 per person
(not including $22.50 house fee & $9.37 CT sales tax)

MAKE A RESERVATION

For more information, call 860.566.8360

Max’s Chef to Farm Dinner “Berries & Blossoms”

LOCAL | SUSTAINABLE | CONNECTICUT GROWN

We start with the Farmers. They tell us what is at peak perfection each day and we build our menus around that day’s harvest. Our Chef to Farm dinner series is an opportunity for our guests to enjoy the freshest foods and produce in the sublime beauty of our celebrated farms.

Your evening begins with a reception then you’ll head out for a tour of the farm to see the fields and learn about the farm’s history, operations, and products. Your tour concludes in the tented area where tables dressed in white linen and candlelight offer a view of the al fresco kitchen. Each dinner is cooked from scratch and showcases that day’s best produce. The ingredients are sourced daily from local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen.

Our menus vary and are dependent on the day’s harvest and the inspiration of the Chef. Prepare yourself for an incredible dining experience with the most local, fresh and flavorful foods available.

We can’t wait to get back to Rosedale Farms & Vineyards Thursday, June 16th for “Berries and Blossoms,” celebrating the first harvest of the season and featuring the impeccable cuisine of Chef Hunter Morton of Max’s Oyster Bar.

Total ticket price ($156.87) includes $125 for food and beverage, $22.50 house fee and $9.37 CT State sales tax. This covers your dinner, hors d’oeuvres and reception, multi-course meal with wines/beer, farm tour and live music. By purchasing this ticket, you are also making a donation to the CT Farmland Trust.

To purchase tickets click here

No cash is exchanged. Due to the nature of these events, tickets are non-refundable; however, if you cannot attend the dinner, you are welcome to transfer your tickets to someone else.

All dietary needs must be communicated upon purchase. If you surprise us with a food restriction upon your arrival, we will do our best to accommodate you but we may not have the resources available.

If you would like to purchase using Max Vantage points, please contact Ali Constable at 860.566.8360

A Cinco de Mayo Patron Tequila Dinner @ TK

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Update April 27th, 2016

The May 5th Dinner is Sold Out – 2nd Night Added!

Reservations being taken for – May 12th – Same Great Menu!

A Special Cinco de Mayo Dinner at Trumbull Kitchen
with Patron Tequila and food by Chef Chris Torla.

6:00pm Reception  |  6:30pm Seating

RECEPTION

Huaraches de Chorizo Barbacoa

salsa borracha, black beans, anejo cheese

Warm Tortillas with Assorted Salsas

Grilled Pineapple Margaritas featuring Patron Silver

1st COURSE
Tequila Chipotle Cured Salmon Gravlax
baby arugula, yellow fin tuna, Patron Silver vinaigrette
Jalapeño Tequila Gimlet featuring Patron Reposado

2nd COURSE
Arctic Char Escabeche
baby carrots, cauliflower, frisee, spring onions, black garlic escabeche
Smoked Tomato Sangrita featuring Patron Anejo

3rd COURSE
Carne Asada en Mole Negro
hickory grilled beef tenderloin, pinto beans,
pasilla chile sauce, charcoal scallions

Roca Patron flight

DESSERT
Marcona Almond Cake
anejo bananas foster sauce, citronage cream
Mexican Cream featuring Patron XO

$65 per person
(not including tax & gratuity)

Call for Reservations
860.493.7412

150 trumbull st | hartford, ct 06103  | @trumbullkitchen

A Washington State Wine Dinner @ Max Fish

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Max Fish Presents:
A WASHINGTON STATE WINEMAKER DINNER

May 5, 2016

With Special Guest Speaker: Bob Bertheau
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winemaker

Seating | 6:30pm

Quality is the driving force in everything at Chateau Ste. Michelle.
The winery has spent decades investing in quality vineyards
throughout the Columbia Valley in Washington, the finest winemaking equipment,
and world-class, top winemaking talent. This commitment to quality has led
Chateau Ste. Michelle to earn some of the highest accolades in the industry today.

To learn more, visit their website.

MENU

RECEPTION
Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills, 2014
Matt’s Bloody Mary Granita & Spicy Lobster Spoon
Honey Goat Cheese & Rhubarb Canape

classic gougere
Ahi Tuna Poke
lime peel, kukui nut, sesame-sea salt wonton

COURSE ONE
Eroica Riesling, 2014
Smoked Columbia River Sturgeon
edamame puree, mizuna greens, miso-mustard vinaigrette, spiced soy nuts

COURSE TWO

Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Indian Wells District, 2014
Chicken & Lobster Pot Pie
sweet peas, baby carrots, fingerling potatoes, parmesan puff pastry

COURSE THREE
Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah, 2012
Cedar Planked Northwest Wild Salmon
pork & scallion fried rice, ponzu-soy glaze, shaved spring vegetables

COURSE FOUR
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek, 2012
Veal Involtini
crab & mushroom stuffing, braised veal breast fregola,
grilled asparagus, cracked pepper-red wine gastrique

DESSERT
Coffee/Tea/Tasty Treats

$89.00 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call for reservations
860.652.3474

110 Glastonbury Blvd | Glastonbury, CT 06033 | @maxfishct

Max Lunch Club – Estate Wines of South Africa

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FRIDAY APRIL 29, 2016

Max’s Oyster Bar is pleased to announce the next installment of
The Max Lunch Club
Featuring
Estate Wines from the Western Cape of South Africa

Guest Speaker:
Sara Ryan – National Wine Manager, Cape Classic Imports

Since 1992, Cape Classic has been the leading importer for fine estates
from South Africa’s Western Cape wine region. Selections include some of
the oldest estates in the region to some of the most modern and newest offerings.

To learn more about Cape Classic Imports, visit their website.

Friday April 29
12:45 arrival | 1:00pm lunch

MENU

FIRST
Raats Chenin Blanc Original, 2014
Crab Samosa – hearts of palm, spiced yogurt

SECOND
Indaba Mosaic Red, 2014
(Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot)
Cape Malay Fish Curry – Cod, roasted garlic, basmati rice, cilantro

ENTREE
Kanonkop Kadette, Stellenbosch, 2013
Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Lamb Pie Bobotie – tamarind, almonds, golden raisins, sweet potato

SOMETHING SWEET
Jam Jar Shiraz Spritz
Crunchie – oatmeal cookie bar

$42.00 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 | @maxsoysterbar

Max’s Lunch Club with the Owner of Mohua Wines from New Zealand – 7/17

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Max’s Oyster bar is pleased to present the

July Edition of Max’s Lunch Club

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12:45pm arrival, 1pm seating

Featuring the wines of
Mohua & Peregrine Wineries, New Zealand
With Special Guest Speaker, Fraser McLachlan, Owner

Fraser McLachlan

Mohua Wines is a privately owned New Zealand winery, specializing in the production of premium Sauvignon Blanc from the world renowned Marlborough region and Pinot Noir from stunning Central Otago. Established in 2009, Mohua Wines is run by two generations of the McLachlan family, Lindsay and son Fraser, who are actively involved in all aspects of the business and share an unconditional commitment to producing premium quality wines in a manner which preserves the environment and natural beauty of the land for future generations.

Reception
Mohua Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Marlborough

Course 1
Steamed Cape Cod Mussels
kiwi, pineapple, coconut curry sauce
Peregrine Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Central Otago

Course 2
Oak Leaf Farms Goat Cheese Crostini
fava beans, smoked duck, arugula, fava beans, aged balsamic
Mohua Pinot Noir, 2012, Marlborough

Course 3
Grilled Lamb Loin
Belltown Hill Orchards cherry couscous, mint-sweet pea sauce
Peregrine Pinot Noir, 2011, Central Otago

Dessert
Fresh Berry Pavlova

$37.50 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

Icons of Italian Wine Dinner at Max a Mia, Avon

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Masi-agricolaI am very pleased to announce that the team at Max a Mia in Avon, will be hosting a very special Italian wine and food pairing dinner with not one, but two great personalities from Italy.  On tour across the United States, the two Nozzole-wine-logoguests are making a stop over in Avon to give you and our other guests some great insights into their respective wineries and regions.  Raffaele Boscaini, of Masi Winery in the Veneto will be on hand, as well as Giovani Folonari, who along with his brother, is one of the great winery owners of Tuscany, with such wineries as Nozzole, Campo al Mare and Cabreo.  This promises to be great evening for Italian wine lovers.  Menu prepared by Executive Chef David Stickney of Max a Mia.  See the menu below…

Max A Mia Presents
ICONS OF ITALIAN WINE
Wine Pairing Dinner
With Special Guests
Raffaele Boscaini, owner of Masi Agricola in the Veneto
and
Giovanni Folonari, owner of Folonari Estates in Tuscany

Monday September 8, 2014
Reception 6:30pm • Seating 7:00pm

Reception
Ahi Polpettini, Golden Raisin Jam/ Acacia Honey Marinated
Berkshire Pork Risotto Cake/ Grappa Cured Gravlax, Crostini, Tobikko Crème Fraiche
Masi Masianoco Pinot Grigio & Verduzzo Delle Venezie IGT, 2012

I
Oak Grilled Stonington Calamari, Living Cress, Mission Figs, Lemon-Chive Oil
Tenute Del Cabreo La Pietra Chardonnay Di Toscana IGT, 2012

II
Porchetta Fagottini, Pulled Prosciutto Ragu, Sheeps Milk Ricotta, Nutmeg
Tenuta Campo Al Mare Bolgheri DOC, 2012

III
Wood Fired Veal Ribeye, Gatto Di Patate,
Marinated Asparagus “Tagliatelle”, Bing Cherry Jus
Tenuta Di Nozzole Il Pareto Toscana IGT, 2011

IV
Local Cheeses, Quince Paste, Jones Apiaries Honeycomb
Masi Mazzone Amarone Delle Valpolicella Classico DOCG, 2007

$95.00 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max a Mia for reservations
(860) 677-6299

Meet Raffaele Boscaini:


Meet Giovanni Folonari

Marchtoberfest @ Max’s Tavern March 8th

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We are very pleased to announce MARCHTOBERFEST, our newest Beer Fest at Max’s Tavern in Springfield.  We have contacted our best and favorite breweries and beer vendors to pour some great beers (see the growing list below) on Saturday March 8th, from 2-6pm.  A fun afternoon full of regional and American craft brews as well as some delicious Max food, music and fun.  All to benefit a great cause – the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield.logo_news1

Participating breweries (as of 2/14/14):

Innis & Gunn (Scotland)

Sam Adams (Boston, Mass)

Spencer Trappist Brewery (Spencer, Mass)

Old Burnside Brewing (East Hartford, Ct)

Berkshire Brewing Co (South Deerfield, Massachusetts)

Shipyard Brewing Co (Portland, Maine)

Foolproof Brewing Co (Pawtucket, Rhode Island)

Rising Tide Brewing Co (Portland, Maine)

Thomas Hooker Brewing Co (Bloomfield, Connecticut)

Grey Sail Brewing (Westerly, Rhode Island)

Peak Organic Brewing (Portland, Maine)

Baxter Brewing Co (Lewiston, Maine)

Tröegs Brewing Co (Hershey, Pennsylvania)

Oskar Blues Brewery (Lyons, Colorado)

Wachusett Brewing (Westminster, Massachusetts)

Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn (Redhook), New York)

Anchor Steam Brewing (San Francisco, California)

Clown Shoes Beer (Ipswich, Massachusetts)

Newburyport Brewing Co (Newburyport, Massachusetts)

Stone Brewing (Escondido, California)

Longtrail Brewing (Bridgewater, Vermont)

Otter Creek Brewing (Middlebury, Vermont)

Wolaver’s Organic Brewing (Middlebury, Vermont)

Narragansett Brewing Co (Narragansett, Rhode Island)

Belfast Bay Brewing Co (Belfast, Maine)

Coronado Brewing Co (Coronado, California)

Westfield River Brewing (Westfield, Massachusetts)

California Cider Co. ACE Ciders (Sebastopol, Ca)

 

Tickets are $40 per person with a portion of the proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Springfield.  Buy tickets for Marchtoberfest on the Max Restaurant Group Website, at Max’s Tavern Springfield, or Max Burger in Longmeadow, Mass

Click here for more information and to buy tickets