Max Chef to Farm BBQ, Bluegrass and Brews

On Thursday August 10, 2017, Max Chef to Farm headed to Rosedale Farms and Vineyards for Max Chef to Farm BBQ, Bluegrass and Brews with the culinary work of Chef Chris Sheehan of Max Downtown. The event featured Thomas Hooker Brewery and Two Roads Brewing Co. alongside a reception and four course meal.

Reception featured: chicken and biscuits, fried corn mac and cheese, smoked bluefish, fried green tomatoes, chilled watermelon, corn and pork pizza bites and pork rinds.

 

1st course featured Shrimp and Grits.

2nd course featured Beef Brisket Presse.

3rd course featured a whole roast pig alongside corn on the cob, baked beans and other sides. 

The fourth course featured Grandma Morton’s lemon cheese pie.

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

Max Chef to Farm Rosedale Farms Father’s Day Festival

On Sunday June 18, 2017 Max’s Chef to Farm held it’s 2nd event for the 2017 Season. The Father’s Day Lobster festival was featured in Simsbury, Connecticut at the 110 acre Rosedale Farms and Vineyards.

The event featured two time slots at 1:00 pm or 3:00 pm. Menus were offered for adults and children and featured live music.

The menu included a freshly steamed lobster, with corn, potatoes, a sausage and freshly steamed mussels.

Additionally, the menu included a light and refreshing summer salad with a side of Clam Chowder.

The meal ended on a sweet note featuring a shortcake and berry dessert topped with whipped cream.

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

Max Chef to Farm 2017 Series begins on June 15th

On Thursday June 15th, Max’s Restaurant Chef to Farm Series begins. The Max Chef to Farm Series begins at Camp Courant in Farmington offering an adult twist on summertime classics and concludes at Rosedale Farms in October with Hoptoberfest.

The 2017 series will feature 12 events located in Camp Courant in Farmington, Rosedale Farms in Simsbury and Heriloom Market at Comstock Ferre & Co. in Wethersfield.

Join us for our 10th season of Chef to Farm for fun, food and entertainment.

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

C2F_Local_Catch

Connecticut’s farming history extends to the seas.

This dinner celebrates the glories of Long Island Sound
and the wealth of sea riches that continue to be integral to our New England traditions.
Chef Hunter Morton of Max’s Oyster Bar will be at the helm of your fin-forward voyage.

Reception – 6:30pm | Seating – 7:15pm

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Farm Reception
Shellfish Platters
Copps Island Oysters – Garden Vegetable Mignonette
Papa C’s Clams – Tomato Cocktail Sauce
Cape Cod Mussels – Remoulade
Point Judith Calamari Salad
Taylor Bay Scallops

Hors d’oeuvres
Bloody Oyster Shooters
Smoked Bluefish Pate Bruschetta
Brown Butter Shrimp Steamed Buns
Oyster Tartlets
Wood Oven White Clam Pizzas

 Dinner

First Course
Bomster Brothers Scallop Ceviche
butter lettuce, pickled peppers, radish, corn chips

Second Course
Oyster Pan Roast
smoked pork belly, corn, young onions, garden herbs, house made oyster crackers

Third Course
Seafood Boulibasse
porgy, clams, mussels, shrimp, crispy calamari, potatoes,
tomato-saffron broth, grilled crostini, rouille


Entrée

Wood Oven Roasted Striped Bass
sweet corn vegetable succotash, salsa verde

Dessert
Blueberry Buckle
lavender sabayon, blueberry compote

$140 per person
(not including tax & house fee)

MAKE A RESERVATION
or call 860.566.8360

LOCAL | SUSTAINABLE | CONNECTICUT GROWN

Forager Cocktail #1 – Rosedale Flower

By Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

Rosedale FarmsLast night we had the pleasure of kicking off our new season for the Max Chef to Farm Series, now in its 7th season.  This dinner series is a popular series where we take the Max experience out to local farms and present meals based on the ingredients available at that point in the season and what we can source locally.

This series has become so popular that we routinely sell out each event, and often have a wait list.  Chef Scott Miller along with a number of the other Max Chefs creates thoughtful, delicious meals with locally sourced farm produce as well as locally sourced meats, cheeses and seafood.  For my part, I get to start the evening off with a welcome cocktail when guests arrive, and in line with the locally sourced ingredients I try to find not only local produce or other ingredients to make this cocktail.  I also like to find local, or at least hand-crafted / artisanly produced, spirits for the base of these drinks.

For the summer of 2014, I have decided to theme my drinks under the umbrella name/concept of Forager Cocktails, and will be producing a series of these drinks for each C2F dinners through the season, each making best use of local ingredients available at that point in the season.

I had so many requests last night for my recipe that I am posting here for any to see and use.  Please feel free to contact me if you need assistance or have questions on how to recreate this cocktail or any others in the series.

Rosedale StrawberriesFor the Forager Cocktail #1, I made a drink based on a slightly obscure, but well thought out drink called the Artemis Flower.  This drink combines fresh ingredients that fit perfectly with what is available in early summer –  berries.  For my part, I called this drink the Rosedale Flower, as we were serving the dinner at Rosedale Farms in Simsbury, Ct, and the main ingredient here were the strawberries picked fresh that morning.

I used the berries with some Bourbon, fresh lime juice, house made “sambuca”, and a thyme syrup that I made in the morning.  The “sambuca” actually makes use of a few other locally sourced items for a great flavor twist that is hard to replicate.  I use Rime Vodka, which is made by Westford Hill Distillers in Ashford, Ct as the base, to which I infused about a dozen (per 750ml of vodka) fennel blossom heads into slowly for about 3-4 hours.  This process allows me to pull the flavor out of the fennel, but not the harsh green components that would detract from the lovely licorice flavors.  I added some sugar to balance and the result is very similar to a Sambuca.

My Bourbon of choice for the night is a small production bourbon called Corner Creek Reserve Bourbon, from Kentucky.  This is an 88 proof whiskey that is actually aged about 8 years for mellowing.  I like the power this bottling has, along with the deep bourbon flavor, and the extra touch of proof did not hurt at all.  In fact, the tempering of alcohol by the sweetness from the fresh thyme syrup was perfect.  Very simple to make, I used a big fist of thyme sprigs and added them while the water was still cool and then let it steep as it came up in temperature.  Once I could smell the thyme strongly, I pulled it off the heat just before boiling.  I let it sit for a few minutes and then strained out the leaves and stems.  While still hot, I mixed in equal parts (by volume) of granulated sugar to make my syrup.  Very flavorful and delicious – adding a great extra flavor element to this drink.

anyone can make this drink at home, and if you are willing to go a little extra for the local and the home-made ingredients, then you will have an even more special experience – something we try to achieve out on the farm.

Forager #1 Rosedale FlowerForager Cocktail # 1 – The Rosedale Flower
In a mason jar –
Add 3-4 fresh picked strawberries – lightly crushed, but not pulverized
Then combine in jar
2oz Corner Creek Bourbon
½ oz House-made fennel-buca (you can use regular Sambuca like Meletti)
¾ oz Thyme Syrup
½ fresh lime juice
Let sit for a few minutes to absorb the strawberry juice
Fill with ice, add splash of Club Soda and serve with Thyme sprig for garnish