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

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

 

Max Downtown Presents the Joy of Wine with Rombauer Vineyards

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Max Downtown Presents:

THE JOY OF WINE
with Rombauer Vineyards

Special Guest Speaker: Jim Teegan, Rombauer Vineyards

Friday, June 3rd
6:30pm Seating

Rombauer Vineyards is one of the most recognized wineries sold in the United States.
It helps that the family name is synonymous with cooking
and is in just about every kitchen in the country, thanks to winery co-founder
Koerner Rombauer’s great aunt Irma, author of the Joy of Cooking.
This dinner brings together the elements of fine cooking and fine wines
in one evening of enjoyment as Chef Christopher Sheehan presents a fantastic pairing menu.

To learn more about Rombauer Vineyards, please visit their website.

FIRST COURSE
Rombauer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, 2015
Jalapeño & Yuzu Spiced Fluke Crudo
charred cucumber | pine nuts | cilantro tomato water

SECOND COURSE
Rombauer Vineyards Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2014
Shaved Hudson Valley Foie Gras Torchon
selim pepper and red fruit | grilled filone bread | red sorrel

THIRD COURSE
Rombauer Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, 2012
Korean Barbecue Pork Belly
tapioca tempura oysters | ramp kimchi | pineapple chili sauce

ENTRĖE
Rombauer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2013
Black Garlic Rubbed Wyoming Buffalo
whipped lardo baked fingerling potatoes |
bunching onions | chanterelle mushrooms

DESSERT
Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel, Napa Valley, 2013
Strawberry Rhubarb Pavlova
pistachio | creme de violet gelato

$115.00 Per Person
(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call for Reservations
860.522.2530

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

Max Downtown to Host a “Pairings Dinner” June 12th

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Max Downtown’s Chef and Sommelier are Combining Forces to host a Pairings Dinner featuring seasonal cuisine paired with wines, limited release beer and craft cocktails from the Max Downtown Collection

The menu has been created in a collaborative manner by
Chef Christopher Sheehan and
Sommelier Justin Gavry
In the manner of a tasting menu in order to
highlight the best of both the Kitchen and the Bar

Friday June 12th
6:30pm

1st course
LOBSTER STEAM BUN
pickled ramp brown butter
Cava Cocktail
Raventos I Blanc Cava | grilled-lemon & chili syrup

2nd course
PROSCIUTTO WRAPPED FIGS
house made ricotta, stonewall apiary honey
The Lady Sherry
Hidalgo Oloroso, POM & fresh lemon juice, shaken into coupe, float of Moscato d’Asti

3rd course
FERMES ST-CANUT PORCELET DE LAIT
green garlic spring bean ragout
White Gold
Ithaca Beer Co., Bottle Conditioned, Rustic Pale Wheat Ale

4th course
COFFEE CRUSTED WYOMING BUFFALO
squash soubise, marble potato, smoked tomato steak sauce
(side by side)
The Terraces Zinfandel, Napa Valley, 2012,
Jefferson’s #946 Ridiculously Small Batch Bourbon, Barreled for Max

5th course
BROWN’S FARM STRAWBERRY OLIVE OIL CAKE
champagne sabayon
Averna Amaro | Basil Syrup

6th course
PEDRO’S PARFAIT
vanilla gelato pedro ximenez parfait, chocolate biscotti crunch
Bodegas Toro Albala DON PX Gran Reserva, Montilla-Morilles,1985

$75 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max Downtown for reservations
Seating is very limited

(860) 522-2530
185 Asylum St | Hartford, CT | 06103

South African Wine Dinner at Max’s Oyster Bar April 9th

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Thursday, April 9th – 6:30pm at Max’s Oyster Bar

Menu

False Bay Chenin Blanc 2012
Amuse-bouche

1st
Waterkloof Circle of Life White 2012
Lobster Samosa
Hearts of Palm, Coconut Chutney, Spiced Yogurt

2nd
False Bay Chardonnay 2012
Cape Malay Fish Curry
Hake, Roasted Garlic, Basmati Rice, Tamarind, Cilantro

3rd
False Bay Shiraz 2012
Sepe Farms Lamb Pie
(Bobotie) Tamarind, Almonds, Raisins

4th
Waterkloof Circle of Life Red 2009
Grilled Broken Arrow Ranch Antelope
Sweet Potato Mash, Carrots, Peanut, Honey

Desert
False Bay Pinotage 2012
Malva Pudding
Apricot, Cinnamon Ice Cream

$79 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar for reservations
860-236-6299
964 FARMINGTON AVE. | WEST HARTFORD, CT 06107

2 Winemaker Dinner to Benefit No Kid Hungry Campaign at Max Fish

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Max Fish Presents A Dual Owner / Winemaker Dinner
Featuring the wines of two fabulous Loire Valley wineries.
With Special Guests: Tania Careme of Domaine Vincent Carême (Vouvray)
& Nicolas Grosbois of Domaine Grosbois (Chinon)
To benefit the No Kid Hungry Campaign by Share Our Strength

March 11, 2015
Reception 6:30 / Seating at 7:00

About Domaine Vincent Carême:
Vincent Careme and his wife Tania established themselves in their Loire vineyard in 1999. They farm organically on 14 hectares of land around the villages of Vouvray, Vernon-sur-Brenne and Noizay in the Loire Valley.

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About Domaine Grosbois:
Domaine Grosbois has been family owned since 1820, with some records indicating that they have been in the area since the French Revolution. Consisting of 22 acres, the vineyards and 15th century fortified farmhouse that make up the property are situated in the heart of the Loire Valley on top of the Panzoult Hill in Chinon.  Nicolas Grosbois took over the property in 2005, at the age of 29, and farms all of his vineyards organically.

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Reception

Domaine Vincent Careme Cuvee T Sparkling Vouvray
Oysters on the half shell, mignonette

C1
Domaine Vincent Careme Spring Vouvray
Assortment of “Sea-Cuterie”
Smoked white fish spread, cured Scottish Salmon, Chilled mussel salad, White Anchovy, traditional accompaniments

C2
Domaine Vincent Careme Le Peu Morier Vouvray
Shrimp & Lobster Pot Pie, Thumbelina carrots, cippolline onion, grain mustard veloute

C3
Domaine Nicolas Grobois La Cuisine de ma Mere Chinon
Chicken Ballantine & Escargot, roasted butternut squash, garlic-parsley pan sauce

C4
Domaine Nicolas Grobois Gabare Chinon
Smoked Duck Breast, savory walnut bread pudding, shallot-prune jus

Dessert
Domaine Vincent Careme Le Clos Vouvray
Pear Frangipane, cinnamon whipped mascarpone, cognac caramel

$89 per person, not including tax or gratuity. Seating is very limited.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit
No KID Hungry | Share Our Strength
(click here for full details of the campaign to end childhood hunger)

Please call Max Fish for reservations: 860.652.3474 (FISH)
110 GLASTONBURY BLVD. | GLASTONBURY, CT 06033

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Marchesi Fumanelli Wine Dinner at Max Amore – March 2nd

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This is a very special and rare opportunity to dine and learn from one of the great wine producers of this fabulous region.  Wines have been produced in this area since before the Roman era. Located In the Very Heart of the Classic Valpolicella Wine Region, the Marchesi Fumanelli have been Cultivating Grapes on the Squarano Estate Since 1470.

Menu by Chefs Ted Burnett & Brett Cook

Monday March 2nd

Reception – 6:30
Valdo Oro Puro Prosecco DOCG, nv

Seating – 7:00pm

Course One
Marchesi Fumanelli Terso Bianco Veneto IGT, 2009
Smoked Trout Pate, Crostini, Baby Arugula, Infused evoo

Course Two
Marchesi Fumanelli Valpolicella Classico DOC Superiore, 2012
Truffle & Pepper Crusted Venison Carpaccio, Fresh Figs

Course Three
Marchesi Fumanelli Squarano Valpolicella Classico DOC Superiore, 2010
Black Pepper & Porcini Papardelle, Hand Picked Roasted Duck,
Sliced Porcini Mushrooms, Duck Skin Cracklins, Natural Jus

Course Four
Marchesi Fumanelli Amarone della Valpolicella DOC Classico, 2008
Roasted Marrow Bone, Baguette, Agro Dolce

Course Five
Marchesi Fumanelli Octavius Amarone della Valpolicella DOC Classico Riserva, 2007
Charred Elk Tenderloin, Wood Fired Cauliflower Puree, Amarone Natural Jus
Followed by assorted cheeses

$125 per person, not including tax or gratuity

Please call Max Amore for reservations – seating is very limited

140 GLASTONBURY BLVD. SOMERSET SQ.
GLASTONBURY, CT
860-659-2819

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Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Wine Dinner at Max a Mia 10/20/14

Cakebread-2-REVISEDMax A Mia Ristorante
Presents a Napa Valley Wine Dinner
Featuring the wines of Cakebread Cellars
With Special Guest Speaker Lars Guy of Cakebread Winery
And the cuisine of Executive Chef David Stickney

Monday October 20th
Reception at 6:15, seating at 6:45

Reception
Rhode Island Littlenecks, shishito pepper mignonette//Long Island duck country terrine,
pecorino mousse//Grilled granny smith apple pangrattata, chestnut butter
Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, 2013

1st Course
Wood fired Cape Cod mussels, sweet garlic-marcona
almond butter, grilled baguette
Cakebread Chardonnay, Napa, 2012

2nd Course
Braised Korean short ribs, smoked butternut squash
puree, grilled scallions, espresso jus
Cakebread Pinot Noir Two Creeks, Napa Valley, 2012

3rd Course
Oak grilled bone-in petite filet, tempura fried broccolini,
potato pave, fresh fig demiglace
Cakebread Merlot, Napa Valley, 2011

Finish
West Coast cheeses, huckleberry mostarda,
smoked paprika grissini
Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2010

$95 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

For reservations please call Max A Mia
860-677-6299
70 E Main St, Avon, CT

Icons of Italian Wine Dinner at Max a Mia, Avon

Icons-of-Italian-Wine-at-Mia-EDIT-1 copyby Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group

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

Badia a Coltibuono Wine Dinner at Max a Mia, Avon

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I am very pleased to announce a fabulous opportunity to experience the wines from the famed Tuscan producer Badia a Coltibuono, which has been making wine since the Middle Ages. For over one hundred and fifty years the farm has been run by the Stucchi Prinetti family which cultivates organic grapes in the 100 acres of vineyard located in the heart of Chianti to produce Chianti Classico, the “Super Tuscan” Sangioveto and Vin Santo del Chianti.

Our special guest for the evening will be Emanuela Stucchi Prinetti, who along with her siblings owns and runs the winery.  We are very pleased to have her at Max a Mia to present her wines along with the cuisine of Executive Chef David Stickney, of Max a Mia.Emanuela-Stucchi-PrinettiMax A Mia Presents
A WINEMAKER DINNER WITH THE HISTORIC TUSCAN ESTATE
BADIA A COLTIBUONO
With Special Guest Emanuela Stucchi Prinetti, Owner of Badia a Coltibuono

Monday August 25th, 2014

Reception at 6:15p
Grana Padano Mousse, Sweet Coppa, Crostini/
Porchetta Piccolo, Broccolini Peso
Badia A Coltibuono Chianti Classico, 2011

Seating at 6:45pm

I
Grilled Octopus, Charred Garlic Farm
Tomato-Chianti Pesto, Golden Raisins,
Marinated Calabrian Chile
Badia A Coltibuono Chianti Classico, 2010

Ii
Wood Fired Lamb Scotadito,
Cannellini Bean Puree, Oxen Hill Black Cherry
Tomato-Costa Romanesco Squash Ragu,
Badia A Coltibuono Sangioveto Di Toscana, 2009

Iii
Filettini Di Manzo Wellington, Semolina
Gnocchi, Flash Fried Zucchini Flowers,
Sauce Choron
Badia A Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva, 2008

Iv
Butterscotch Pots De Crème,
Mascarpone Mousse
Badia A Coltibuono Vin Santo Del Chianti Classico, 2007

$85 per person (not including tax & gratuity)

Please Call For Reservations
(860) 677-6299

Tour de France Wine Dinner – Max Fish

Not sure much more needs to be said, but the French wine dinner at Max Fish, this year hosted by Christian Dalbavie, French Portfolio Manager Kobrand Corporation, promises to be a fun and delicious food and wine tasting event.  The wines are great, and Chef Peterson’s menu looks inspiring.  Seating is limited so please reserve today by calling Max Fish in Glastonbury.

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