Max Lunch Club: Winemaker Edition with Bob Bertheau of Chateau Ste Michelle

THIS EVENT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT

PLEASE CALL MAX’S OYSTER BAR IF YOU WISH TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST IF ANY SEATS BECOME AVAILABLE.

Max’s Oyster Bar is pleased to announce the next installment of

Featuring wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle

With Special Guest Speaker:

Bob Bertheau
Head Winemaker ~ Chateau Ste. Michelle

Friday March 16th

12:45 arrival | 1:00pm seating

Menu by Executive Chef Hunter Morton

Arrival

Chateau Ste. Michelle, Pinot Gris

Deviled Crab
crostini

First Course

Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Hills Sauvignon Blanc

Shrimp Salad

arugula, fennel, cucumber, radish, lemon-horseradish dressing

Second Course

Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot

Local Mushrooms

ricotta gnocchi, garlic confit, sunchoke soubise, mushroom “bacon”, watercress

Third Course

Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Grilled Salmon

curry ginger lentils, spiced butternut puree, braised radicchio, curried cashews

Something Sweet

Marmalade Cake
crème fraiche

$49.00 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
www.maxsoysterbar.com

Max Chef to Farm Presents – Spring Wine Dinner at the Wine House

Crystal Ridge Winery

And

Max Restaurant Group

Present

A Chef to Farm Dinner 

Spring Dinner at The Wine House

Wednesday March 28

Please join us at one of the most exciting new winery and dinner locations in the area, high atop Crystal Ridge in South Glastonbury, with the dramatic backdrop of the whole Connecticut River Valley below.  The team from Max Restaurant Group and Crystal Ridge Winery are partnering to present an intimate pairing dinner featuring wine from Crystal Ridge as well as selections from Classic wine regions in Europe. Paul Mathes of Shaw-Ross Importers will be on hand to speak about the non-native wine selections as well present a fun finish to the evening.

6pm Arrival

Crystal Ridge Winery Reception

Chef’s Welcome Amuse

Seared Stonington Scallop, Green Tea Soba, Peanut Sugar

Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose, 2017

Soup

Roasted Cauliflower Bisque

Bacon, Brown Butter

Crystal Ridge Winery Vignoles, 2015

Fish

Butter Poached Monkfish

Carrot Romesco, Fennel

Crystal Ridge Winery St Croix, 2016

Entree

Roasted Lamb Loin

Parmesan Risotto, Brown Beech Mushroom, Asparagus, Pan Jus

Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva, 2012

Dessert

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta

Meyer Lemon, Pomegranate

Solera Sidecar by Paul Mathes

Seating is limited

$125 per person, all inclusive

Crystal Ridge Winery is located at

257 Belltown Rd., South Glastonbury CT 06073

 Visit Our Eventbrite Page to buy tickets

Winemaker Dinner with Chad Melville at Max’s Oyster Bar

 

Winemaker Dinner – Santa Barbara Style

In 1997, working side by side with his father Ron and brother Brent, Chad helped to establish Melville’s Estate vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills, a journey that began and continues to endure with tremendous passion and dedication. Since that time, Chad has received great critical acclaim for his wines. Through both his intimate knowledge of the vineyards and his relentless commitment to winemaking practices that honor tradition and the land, Chad understands the magical evolution each bottle of wine undertakes from vine to glass.

“Off-the-charts good… these are some of the greatest values in the world of wine today”

The Wine Advocate

Guest Speaker

CHAD MELVILLE – HEAD WINEGROWER

“WE TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN BEING AN ESTATE…

OWNING, FARMING, AND GROWING WINE FROM OUR LAND”

Thursday March 29, 2018

6:30pm

 Menu by Chef Hunter Morton

1

Melville Winery, Chardonnay Estate, Sta. Rita Hills, 2014

Smoked Trout

Horseradish Panna Cotta, Watercress, Beet Root Gel, Cucumber, Brown Bread

2

Melville Winery, Pinot Noir Estate, Sta. Rita Hills, 2013

Foie Gras Torchon

Blood Orange Marmalade, Smoked Duck, Pistachio, Brioche, Minus 8 Vinegar

3

Melville Winery, Pinot Noir Sandy’s Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills, 2014

Walden Hills Pork Presse

Garlic Lentils, Savoy Cabbage, Pickled Mustard Seed

4

Melville Winery, Syrah Estate, Sta. Rita Hills, 2015

Roasted Dry-Aged Striploin

Smoked Butter Potato Puree, Seacoast Mushrooms, Baby Carrot, Onion Jus

D

Chocolate Cake

Malted Milk Ice Cream

$99.00 per person

(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford for reservations

860-236-6299

An Italian Wine & Food Pairing Dinner at Max Amore (Re-Scheduled)

MAX AMORE RISTORANTE PRESENTS

An Evening of Wine & Food featuring the wines of Di Majo Norante

Original Date – Tuesday March 13th, 2018

This Dinner Event has been Rescheduled to April 3rd

Seating at 6:30pm

Special Guest Speaker
Sarah Nagle of Leonardo Locasio Selections

A STORY OF A FAMILY 
The Di Majo Norante winery sits on the estate of the Marquis Norante of Santa Cristina in the region of Molise, along the Adriatic Sea between Puglia and Abruzzo. The cultivation of vines in this area dates back to 500 BC and the estate has been dedicated to growing vines since the 1800s. Founded in 1968, the Di Majo estate cultivates more than 200 acres under vine. In order to ensure consistent, high-quality production for all the estate’s wines, Alessio Di Majo hired renowned oenologist Riccardo Cotarella as a consultant. In addition to producing quality wine at an outstanding value, the Di Majo family is dedicated to practicing environmentally sound agriculture.

Menu by
Executive Chef David Stickney

RECEPTION
2016 Di Majo Norante Sangiovese
Gorgonzola & Quince Lavash / Nduja Grissini / Taleggio Crochette

AMUSE
2016 Di Majo Norante Cabernet Sauvignon
Zuppa Di Marinara
caper salt, soppressata crumb

PRIMI
2013 Di Majo Norante Ramitello
Venison Polpetti Alla Scandinavo
currant mostarda

SECONDI
2013 Di Majo Norante Contado
Cavatelli with Wild Boar Ragu
30 day pecorino

TERZO
2012 Di Majo Norante Don Luigi Montepulciano Riserva
Veal Falsomagro
gnochetti, spigarello, sugo brasato

DOLCE
2013 Di Majo Norante Apianae
Orange Panna Cotta
hazelnut pizzelle, nocciola honey sauce, zabaglione

$85 Per Person
(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please call for Reservations
860.659.2819

140 Glastonbury Boulevard | Somerset Square | Glastonbury | @maxamore

Cultivating Toscana with the Frescobaldi at Savoy Pizzeria

 

 CULTIVATING TOSCANA at SAVOY PIZZERIA & CRAFT BAR

Featuring Inspired Recipes with the wines of Frescobaldi

With 700 years of wine history, the story of the Frescobaldi family is closely linked to the history of its land, the culture and the wines of Tuscany. We are very pleased to present an evening of wines from this historic family winery paired with an inspired menu from Chef Dante Cistulli.

Monday March 19

6:30 pm

Guest Speaker

Paul Mathes

New England Regional Manager – Shaw Ross Imports

Menu

Reception

Frescobaldi Vermentino Massovivo, 2015, Toscana

Antipasti

Assorted Cured Meats, Cheeses, Vegetables

1:

Frescobaldi Ammiraglia Rose Alìé, 2017, Toscana

Garlic Flatbread, Braised Radicchio, Kalamata Olives,

Caramelized Onion, House Made Ricotta, Crispy Pancetta

2:

Frescobaldi Rosso Toscana Rèmole, 2015

Pasta Botarga

Rhode Island Calamari, Baby Octopus, Littleneck Clams, Nduja, Pasta Al Nero, Lemon Tomato Marinara, Beaver Brook Farms Pleasant Cow Cheese

3:

Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Nipozzano, 2013, Toscana

Wood Fired Lamb Shank

Braised White Bean, Artichoke, Fennel, Rosemary, Breadcrumbs, Braising Jus

Dolce:

Castello Pomino Vinsanto

Chocolate Bundino Cake

Vanilla Gelato, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Toasted Almonds

$70.00 Per Ticket

(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call Savoy to Purchase Tickets

(860) 969-1000

32 LaSalle Rd | West Hartford, CT | 06107

New Wines on the List at Max’s Oyster Bar are Perfect for Oysters

This week we added a few new selections to the wine list at Max’s Oyster Bar. These choices were based on recent tastings I have attended and the strength of the 2015 and 2016 vintages in Burgundy in particular.

The definite standouts for me are from a tasting in New York I attended last week. This showcased a great selection of these top vintages, but in a dramatic side by side fashion, allowing for an easy review of the vintage styles comparatively, and together. The two wines of note are a 2016 1er Cru Chablis from Domaine de Chantemerle, from the famous vineyard Fourchaume. Great core of chalky, wet stone, wrapped around crisp green apple flavor. Perfect or a big plate of raw seafood. The other standout is the 2015 Grand Cru Chablis from Domaine Pinson, this one in particular from the Les Clos vineyard, the biggest of the seven climates in GC Chablis. This wine not only has the great chalky style in the mid-palate, but richness and length rarely met with other Chardonnay. The other thing that stood out for me is the the fact that despite these wines are top sources, the prices are very reasonable and we are able to present on the wine list as comparative values. Perfect styles for our menu.

The third wine I added this week to the list at MOB, is a tasty Chenin Blanc form the Montlouis-sur-Loire appellation. Many people are familiar with Vouvray, which is the area just across the river from Montlouis, but less familiar is that great Chenin Blanc also comes from this side of the river. I tasted this wine with the staff and they were all in love with the chalky, green apple and brioche flavors of this wine. A perfect wine to have as an alternative to Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. delicious and balabced and relative bargain on our selections.

Check out this article for a bit more information on Montlouis-sur-Loire.

Three great wines from the Loire in France and from outstanding vintages – all on the list this week at Max’s Oyster Bar.

 

Max Fish Rhone Valley Wine Dinner

On Thursday August 3, 2017, Max Fish hosted the Rhone Valley Wine and Perrin Family Dinner. The event featured a five course meal with wine pairings with guest speaker Emmanuel Leminone.

The first course featured a Creamy Crab Salad served with Bibb lettuce, crispy shallots, salt cod and potato croutons that was paired with Perrin Cotes du Rhone Rose, 2016.

The second course featured Bone Marrow & Snails served with parsley salad and sauce lyonnaise paired with Perrin Cotes du Rhone Rouge, 2014. 

The third course featured Roasted Scallops served with Artichoke Three Ways paired with Perrin Chateauneuf du Pape Les Sinards, 2014. 

(Published and Produced by Marketing and Communications Intern David Zambuto)

 

Max’s Oyster Bar Soter Vineyards Wine Dinner

On Thursday July 20, 2017, Max’s Oyster Bar hosted the Soter Vineyards Wine Dinner featuring the wine maker himself James Cahill. The dinner featured the work of Chef Hunter Morton and consisted of a five course meal with a reception.

Reception consisted of Fried Green Tomatoes paired with Soter Vineyards Brut Rose Mineral Springs Ranch, Nv, Yambill-Carlton.

The first course consisted of Heirloom Melons served with fig, prosciutto, ricotta, mint and almonds.

The second course consisted of Vadouvan Grilled Shrimp served with Local lemon cucumbers, watermelon, green goddess and pickled mustard seeds.

The third course consisted of Seed Crusted Local Striped Bass served with local squash and roasted tomato bread stew.

The fourth course consisted of Licorice Spiced Hudson Valley Duck Breast served with charred cornbread dressing and cherry lavender jus.

The fifth course consisted of Fried Belltown Hill Orchards Blueberry Ice Cream served with blueberry sauce.

(Published and Produce by Marketing and Communications Intern David Zambuto)

Max Fish Villa Maria Wine Dinner

On Friday July 14, 2017 Max Fish hosted the Villa Maria Wine Dinner featuring a four course meal.

The first course featured a White Peach & Scallop Ceviche served with Avocado, Corn and Tomato.

The second course featured a Red Snapper served with Sweet and Sour Pineapple, Crispy Noodles and Local Swiss Chard.

The third course featured Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie served with Jicama, Melon and “Headly’s” Jamaican Jerk.

The fourth course featured a Grilled Leg of Lamb served with Couscous, Olives and Savory Spices.

(Published and Produced by Marketing and Communications Intern David Zambuto)

Max Downtown Silverado Wine Dinner

On Thursday June 22, Max Restaurant Group hosted the Silverado Wine Dinner at Max Downtown in Downtown Hartford. The event featured guest speaker Jonathon Emmerich of Napa Valley.

The first course featured Stonington Fluke Ceviche made with roasted chick peas and sungold Z’atar salsa.

The second course featured Country fried escargots and foraged mushrooms made with savory butter & ramp Parker house toast.

The third course featured Walden Hill Credo made with Berber spice, crispy squash blossoms and shelling bean pistou.

The fourth course featured Marrow Crusted Wagyu Short Rib made with bunching onion carbonara, english pea & pancetta salad and long pepper jus.

The fifth course consisted of Mignardise.

(Published and Produced by Marketing and Communications Intern David Zambuto) 

Max’s Lunch Club Wines of Austria

 

On Friday June 23, 2017 Max Restaurant Group hosted Max’s Lunch Club at Max Oyster Bar featuring an assortment of Wines from Austria.

The first course featured Smoked Salmon Crepe made with creme cheese, baby greens, cucumber.

The second course featured Austrian Spaetzle made with gruyere cheese, mushrooms, fresh peas and caramelized onions.

The third course featured Schnitzel made with crispy veal, Austrian potato salad and lemon.

The fourth and final course featured a local strawberry strudel.

(Published and Produced by Marketing and Communications Intern David Zambuto) 

 

 

(Published and Produced by Marketing and Communications Intern David Zambuto)

Max Chef to Farm Camp Courant

 

On Thursday June 15, 2017 Max’s Restaurant Group began it’s 10th Chef to Farm  season hitting the road to Camp Courant located in Farmington, CT. Max’s Chef to Farm event theme was an adult twist on childhood campfire classics with the signature cocktail of the night featured as Grown Up Bug Juice, a green refreshing drink to start off the night. 

Reception featured: Tuna Fish made with ahi poke, Pigs in a Blanket made with fig, bacon and gorgonzola, Grilled Cheese & Tomato soup with gazpacho shooters, a Green Bean Casserole made with haricot vert and mushroom soubise, Ants on a Log made with crostini, whipped chicken liver and caraway, Eat your Veggies with pizza courtesy of Savoy Road Show and Cheese Burger Sliders.

1st Course featured Fish Sticks with a twist to include: local bombster scallop ceviche with plantain sticks.

2nd Course featured Green Eggs & Ham with twist with a poached farm fresh egg, asparagus, English peas and prosciutto.

3rd Course featured Frank and Beans with a twist that included mereguez sausage, gigante beans and wilted local greens.

4th Course featured an adult version of PB&J made with a braised pork belly and j’cama slaw.

5th Course featured a take on the classic chicken fingers with chicken milanese and warm fingerling potato salad.

6th Course featured Savoy Road Show S’mores complemented with spiked milkshakes.

A portion of the ticket costs was donated towards Camp Courant.

(Published and Produced by Marketing & Communications Intern David Zambuto)

Max’s Lunch Club Wines of Chile

On Friday June 2, 2017 Max Oyster Bar hosted Max’s Lunch Club Featuring the Wines of Chile. The lunch club featured a five course meal with select wines from Chile.

The first course consisted of Chipotle Grilled Shrimp made with Tomato Gazpacho, Crema and Crispy Plaintain.

The second course consisted of Green Chili Queso Empanadas.

The third course consisted of Chilean Seabass made with Black Beans, Smoked Tomato Sweet Onion Puree and Avocado.

The fourth course consisted of Chili Rubbed Skirt Steak made with Papas Bravas, Chorizo Aioli, Grilled Spring Onion and Chimichurri.

The fifth course consisted of Leche Asada, topped with caramel and nut brittle,  a sweet end to the meal and towards the start of the weekend.

(Published & Produced by Marketing & Communications Intern David Zambuto)