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)

Max’s Oyster Bar Lunch Club Event

Join Max Restaurant Group and Max Oyster Bar on Friday June 2, 2017 for our  Lunch Club Chile Wines event from 12:45 to 2 PM.

Our menu will include: Chipotle Grilled Shrimp, Green Chili Queso Empanadas, Chilean Sea Bass, Chili-Rubbed Skirt Steak and Leche Asada.

Prices per person will be $45.00

(Not including tax & gratuity)

Location: Max’s Oyster Bar, 964 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

For reservations and more information please contact:

860.236.6299

(Published by Marketing and Communications Intern David Zambuto)

Montinore: A Willamette Valley Winemaker’s Dinner at Max Downtown

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Max Downtown is very pleased to present
A Willamette Valley Wine Dinner
with Rudy Marchesi
Proprietor, President and Winegrower, Montinore Estate

Since 1992, Rudy Marchesi has been an integral part of the growth and operation of Montinore Estate in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. With his initial involvement being to simply promote the wines and the region, this passion eventually grew to overseeing operations and eventually ownership.

We are very pleased to welcome Rudy Marchesi for this fabulous wine and food pairing dinner featuring a menu by Executive Chef Chris Sheehan.

Friday November 18th
6:00pm Reception | 6:30pm Seating

MENU

R E C E P T I O N
Montinore Estate Pinot Gris, 2015
Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

C O U R S E O N E
Montinore Estate Riesling, 2014
Hudson Valley Duck Rillettes
Goat Cheese, Shallot Marmalade, Apple Butter Toast

C O U R S E T W O
Montinore Estate Borealis White Blend, 2015
Nantucket Bay Scallop “Cocktail”
Celery Root, Radish, Uni Remoulade

C O U R S E T H R E E
Montinore Estate Pinot Noir Estate Reserve, 2013
Suckling Pig Presse
Figs, Roasted Beets, Blackberry Jus

C O U R S E F O U R
Montinore Estate Pinot Noir Estate Parson’s Pinnacle, 2014
Creekstone Farm Dry Aged Brisket
Steak Frites, Cheddar Curd, Brussels Sprout Ceasar, Green Peppercorn Gravy

D E S S E R T
Montinore Estate Ruby – A Pinot Noir Solera Port-Style Wine
Pineapple Coffee Cake
Tres Leches Gelato, Macadamia Streusel

$89 Per Person
(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call Max Downtown for Reservations
860.522.2530

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Beaujolais in the Modern Era

The Max Lunch Club
Featuring Wines from Beaujolais Region of Southern Burgundy

With Guest Speaker Brian Mitchell
Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

Friday, November 18
12:45 arrival | 1:00pm seating

Beaujolais is a wine and a region that has seen a tremendous resurgence over the past few years. Recognized for the high quality wines the region can and does produce, mainly by the many smaller domaines that for years have been over-shadowed by larger negociant firms. For this edition of The Friday Lunch Club, Brian Mitchell guides you through selections from Village and Cru level, including the first wines from the new harvest – Beaujolais Nouveau 2016.

Cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Hunter Morton

From the Chef – “Fernand Point has always been one of my true cooking inspirations. From learning about him in school in gastronomy he immediately sparked my interest, I wrote a paper on him, studied his cuisine. His restaurant La Pyramide located in Vienne, an old Roman town south of Lyon was highly regarded as one the best. He was considered the father of Modern French Cuisine, turning out legendary chefs such as Paul Bocuse. Point was a chef and philosopher, who embraced the dining room as much as the kitchen, inviting all walks into his restaurant. One of the greatest gifts he gave was his book Ma Gastronome.
Today’s menu is in honor of this great chef.”

A M U S E-B O U C H E
Domaine des Terres Dorées by Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais Nouveau, 2016
Brochettes D’Huitres
skewered Copps Island oysters and bacon

1 S T  C O U R S E
Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Villages, 2015
Bisque d’Ecrevisses
crawfish bisque | truffles

2 N D   C O U R S E
Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais L’Ancien, 2015
Filets de Soles Georges Pleynet
poached sole | mushrooms | tomatoes | noodles | sovereign sauce

3 R D   C O U R S E

Domaine Diochin Moulin-a-Vent Vieille Vigne, 2015
Volaille Pyramide
roast chicken | truffles | carrots | puff pastry | creamed spinach

S O M E T H I N G   S W E E T
Marjolaine
La Pyramides Famous Cake

$42.00 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call for reservations
860.236.6299

The Friday Lunch Club at Oyster Bar: Famille Perrin of the Rhone Valley

The Friday Lunch Club – November 4th

Wines of Famille Perrin

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The Friday Lunch Club
Featuring Wines from The Perrin Family of Chateau de Beaucastel and the beautiful appellations of France’s Rhone Valley

With Guest Speaker
Paul Nerz
Vineyard Brands Imports
Friday November 4th
12:45 arrival | 1:00pm lunch

As proprietors of Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and producers of La Vieille Ferme from the Côtes du Ventoux and Luberon, the Perrin family has demonstrated exceptionally high standards for nearly a century. Jean-Pierre and François’s father, Jacques Perrin, was a gifted winemaker who brought world renown to the family domaine, introducing innovative techniques in the cellar. Now the next generation of winemakers has joined Jean-Pierre and François – Pierre, Marc, Thomas and Matthieu – to continue the proud family tradition.

Join us as we pair the estate wines from Perrin family domianes with fall cuisine by Chef Hunter Morton.

Reception
Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Blanc Reserve, 2014

1st
Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Villages, 2012
Endive Salad with Smoked Trout
Apple, Watercress, Walnut Vinaigrette
2nd
Famille Perrin Vinsobres La Cornuds, 2013
Coquilles St.-Jacques
Dayboat Scallops, Forest Mushrooms, Gruyere, Breadcrumbs
3rd
Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel, 2014
Duck Cassoulet
Flageolet Beans, Duck Confit, Garlic Soubiseperrin_coudoulet_rouge_2013

Something Sweet
Pumpkin Profiterole
Chocolate Caramel Sauce

$42.00 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford for reservations
860-236-6299

Chef to Farm – Tomato Celebration & Savoy Pizzeria Napoletana “Sneak Peek”

Savoy 2016

Max Chef to Farm Proudly Presents
TOMATO CELEBRATION

A unique Farm-to-Oven-to-Table event

Your first taste of Savoy Pizzeria Napoletana,
the new Max restaurant coming soon to West Hartford Center.

Please join us for a very special evening on the farm as we bring our brand new
European wood-fired oven & pizza trailer to Rosedale Farms & Vineyard
for a menu steeped in old world traditions.
Dante Cistulli of Savoy Pizzeria Napoletana & Steve Michalewicz of Max Catering & Events
have put together a fantastic, casual tasting menu
featuring Rosedale Farms’ glorious tomato bounty & wood-fired pizzas,
local beer & wine, live music, and menu previews from Savoy Pizzeria Napoletana.

There is no assigned seating. Mingle with friends, old & new.

MENU

RECEPTION

Forager Cocktail “Summer on the Farm”
Rosedale Wines
Brewtus Maximus beer on tap
Tuscan Farm Table with Select Cheese & Salumi

INSALATA

Chopped Primavera
romaine, cherry tomatoes, radish, red & green peppers, celery, asparagus,
parmesan, bread crumbs, anchovy, fennel, lemon garlic dressing

Insalata Bianca
shaved fennel, orange supremes, parsley, toasted almond,
parmesan, lemon dijon, evoo

Caprese
vine ripened Rosedale tomatoes and house made fior di latte mozzarella,
basil, sea salt, evoo

PRIMI

Wood Fired Roasted Rosedale Tomatoes
fior di latte mozzarella, fresh basil
Tomato Gazpacho
local garden vegetables
Clams
Papa C’s cherrystone clams, pancetta, fennel, garlic, Rosedale tomatoes
Octopus
gigante beans, roasted peppers, castelvetrano olives
Spicy Sausage
sweet bell peppers, cipollini onions
Dotti’s Meatballs
tomato gravy, parmesan, basil
Tomato Bruschetta
garlic, Rosedale tomatoes, basil, filone

PIZZA

Margherita de Savoy
tomato sauce, fior di latte, fresh basil
Bianco
fior di latte, fontina, parmesan, ricotta, truffle paste
Rico Rabe
broccoli rabe & sweet sausage, fontina, crushed red pepper
Squash Blossom
Rosedale Farms blossoms, sliced squash, red onion,
cherry tomato, fior di latte, ricotta

Clam Pie
fresh shucked littlenecks, clam sauce, parmesan, toasted panko,
soppressata, red pepper flake, evoo

Nduja
carmalized onions, parmesan, evoo
Tomato
Rosedale vine ripened tomatoes,oregano, evoo

DOLCE

Summer Fruit Crostata
Chocolate Dipped Biscotti

$75 per person
(all inclusive)

~menu subject to change~

MAKE A RESERVATION
or call 860.566.8360

“Old World” Italian Wine & Food Pairing Dinner at Max Amore

2016-06-20 Gruppo Bertani

Max Amore Presents:
An “Old World” Italian Wine & Food Pairing Dinner
featuring wines from Gruppo Bertani Domains
With selections from featured wineries:
Puiatti, Tre Rose, Val de Suga and Bertani

Special Guest Speaker: Pietro Riccobono
Head Winemaker of Tre Rose
and Consulting Oenologist for the Bertani Domains Group

Menu by Chefs Ted Burnett & Mike Touranjoe

Monday June 20th, 2016
Seating at 6:30pm

Aperetivo
Bertani Rosé BertaRose, 2015 (Veneto)
Passed Hors d’oeuvres & Salumi

1st Course
Puiatti Friulano Vuj, 2014 (Friuli)
Turbot Salad
upland cress, cucumber carpaccio, charred lemon vinaigrette

2nd Course
Tre Rose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Santa Caterina, 2012 (Tuscany)
Chicken Liver Mousse
crisp risotto cake, gran marnier reduction, local microgreens

3rd Course
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino, 2011 (Tuscany)
Duck Trio
duck breast, sausage, and confit, amarone cherries, melted leeks

4th Course
Bertani Amarone Valpolicella Valpantena Villa Arvedi, 2011 (Veneto)
Pepper-crusted Strip Loin
potato-black garlic puree, fennel, asparagus, coffee demi-glace

Dessert
Bertani Recioto della Valpolicella, 2010 (Veneto)
Selected Artisan Cheeses

$99 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call for reservations
860.659.2819

140 Glastonbury Boulevard | Somerset Square | Glastonbury

Max Downtown presents a Santa Barbara County “Wine & Food Pairing Dinner”

2016-06-24 Santa BarbaraMax Downtown is Pleased to Announce

a Very Special Wine & Food Pairing Dinner

featuring the wines of Santa Barbara County, California

Guest Speaker: Morgen McLaughlin

President of the Santa Barbara Vintner’s Association

Friday June 24th
6:00pm Reception

6:30pm Seating

Santa Barbara is one of the most dynamic wine growing regions in the country. The location of the region in proximity to the Pacific Ocean has a dramatic effect on what grapes grow and where.  The longest growing season of any wine region is achieved here.

We are very pleased to welcome Morgen McLaughlin, a Connecticut native who now coordinates the various wineries throughout Santa Barbara County. She knows the growers and the owners, has stories and insights to share and this should be a fabulous evening of great wines, paired with Chef Chris Sheehan’s cuisine.

RECEPTION

Qupé Modern White, Central Coast Blend, 2014

Passed hors d’oeuvres

FIRST

Sea Smoke Blanc de Noirs Sea Spray, Sta. Rita Hills

Koshu Cured Sockeye Salmon

charred avocado | finger lime

SECOND

Robert Murray Vineyards Chardonnay Stasis, Santa Maria Valley, 2011

Warm Lobster & Young Ginger

maitake mushrooms | vadouvan granola | coconut-cilantro sauce

THIRD

Melville Estate Pinot Noir Block M, Sta. Rita Hills, 2013

Black Garlic Pork Belly Pappardelle

sweet corn | cojita | chiles | ramp pesto

ENTRÉE

Andrew Murray Vineyards Syrah Roasted Slope, Santa Barbara County, 2013

Herb Grilled Beef Short Rib

slow roasted ruby beets | baby leeks | pistachio | balsamic cherry jus

CHEESE & CABERNET
Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon, Happy Canyon, 2012

Local Artisanal Cheeses

SOMETHING SWEET

$99.00 Per Person

(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

~menu subject to change~

Please Call for Reservations

860.522.2530

Max Downtown | City Place | 185 Asylum Street | Hartford | 06103