May Lunch Club at Max’s Oyster Bar – Rosé All Afternoon

The Lunch Club – Rosé Edition:

Featuring a Selection of the Hottest Wines for the Season

Rose wine has been around since wine has been around, but only in the past 5-10 years have American wine drinkers really embraced the style, now making it the fastest growing category in the wine industry.  Rose is made from many varieties and in every region of the world where wine is made. From light and easy to fuller-bodied, it comes in bottles, cans and kegs. Perfect for Spring and lighter fare – join us as we celebrate everything pink with some Friday afternoon Rosé drinking and a menu by Chef Hunter Morton’s.

Guest Speaker

Susan McQuade

Winebow Group

COMPLETE MENU TO FOLLOW, BUT HERE IS A PRE-VIEW WITH THE WINE LINE-UP…

Friday May 18, 2018

 Menu by Chef Hunter Morton

arrival

Juve y Camps Brut Rosé Cava NV (Pinot Noir), Spain

1st

Amble + Chase Rosé, 2017 (Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault), Provence

2nd

Massaya Rosé, 2017 (Cinsault, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon), Lebanon

3rd

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Rosé, 2017 (Syrah, Grenache Noir, Grenache Gris), California

Something sweet

Couly Dutheil Chinon Rosé, 2017 (Cabernet Franc), Loire

 

$49.00 per person

(not including tax or gratuity)

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

860-236-6299

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

Two Roads Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Max’s Tavern

Here’s To Taking the Road Less Traveled!

On Thursday March 29, 2018, the Two Roads Brewery bus makes a stop in Springfield at Max’s Tavern for a fabulous Beer Dinner with local beer and Chef Mike’s awesome food.

Reception – 6:30

Guest Speaker

Judi Nawrocki

Craft Beer Specialist

 

Hitting The Road…

Lil’Heaven Session IPA

With Passed Hors D’oeuvres

 

Stop 1

No Limits Hefeweizen

Crudo Trio

Hawaiian Hapu’upu’u, Salmon, Tuna

Candied Jalapenos, Orange-Fennel Salt

 

Stop 2

Workers Comp Farmhouse Ale

English Pea & Mache Salad

Baby Greens, Chive, Cucumber, Pickled Red Onion, Lemon-Caraway Vinaigrette

 

Pit Stop

Gougeres With Smoked Salt Whipped Butter

 

Stop 3

Ol’ Factory Pils (Dry Hopped)

Beer Braised Mussels

Rouillie Crostini, Lots of Herbs

 

Stop 4

Tanker Truck Series – Persian Lime Gose

‘Smoked Proscuitto Benedict’

English Muffins, Canadian Bacon Salt, Osetra Caviar

 

Stop 5

TWO JUICY Unfiltered Double IPA

Double Cut Pork Chop

smoked blue cheese, grapefruit dressed arugula, blistered tomatoes

 

Final Destination

Igor’s Dream Russian Imperial Stout

Beer Affogato

Vanilla Gelato, Espresso, Beer

 

$65 per person

(excluding tax and gratuity)

Please call Max’s Tavern for Reservations

(413) 746-6299

1000 W Columbus Boulevard, Springfield, MA 01105

Ridge Winery Spring Release & Tasting dinner

Last year we asked the question, “Does Ridge matter?” And with a resounding YES, we featured the new releases and some very special cellar wines from Ridge Vineyards in a delightful tasting and dinner combination. The format was enjoyed so much we are hosting the tasting and dinner once again.

In today’s wine world there are many choices.  Since the late 1950s, Ridge Vineyards has been making extraordinary wines in a natural and traditional manner, something many winemakers left but have come back to.  The wines by Ridge Vineyards are different, they are full of flavor, flavor of the land from which they are grown and produced.  This is something that can be lost by younger winemakers, but with the guiding hand of Paul Draper since 1969, Ridge is still more relevant today, than perhaps it has been at any time in its many years. Max Downtown is very pleased to preset

a fabulous tasting & pairing dinner Highlighting the Spring 2018 releases from Ridge Vineyards.

RIDGE VINEYARDS

Wines That Matter

Spring 2018 Release Tasting & Pairing Dinner

April 5th

6:15pm New Vintage Sampling & Reception | 7:00pm Dinner Seating

Menu by Chef Chris Sheehan

Presentation by Brian Mitchell

Tasting and Reception

New Spring Releases from Ridge Vineyards, including:

Estate Chardonnay 2016

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Geyserville 2016

East Bench Zinfandel 2016

Paso Robles Zinfandel 2016

Passed Hors d‘Oeuvres and Charcuterie

 

Pairing Dinner

Course 1

RIDGE ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2016

Tuna Toro

Bergamot, Wild Ginger, Smoked Shoyu

 

Course 2

RIDGE MONTE THREE VALLEYS ZINFANDEL 2015

Sheep’s Milk Gnudi

Morel Mushrooms, English Peas, Ramp Butter

 

Course 3

RIDGE ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

Creekstone Farm Lardo Wrapped Fillet

Smoked Carrots, Spicy Greens, Spring Garlic Salsa Verde

 

Dessert

RIDGE GEYSERVILLE 2007

Chocolate & Macadamia Terrine

Coconut, Lime, Passion Fruit

 

$125 Per Person

(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call Max Downtown for Reservations

(860) 522-2530

185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103

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

Scotch & Cigars with The Glenlivet at Max Fish

Max Fish is pleased to announce
the return of our annual fan favorite event

With Special Guest Speaker
Dominic Venegas, Master of Scotch

April 5, 2018

6:30pm | Smoking Reception

Cigars courtesy of The Tobacco Shop of Hartford, CT
A Craft Cocktail featuring The Glenlivet Founders Reserve
House Made Bar Snacks

7:00pm | Dinner

Menu by Executive Chef Nick Stinziani

The Glenlivet | 15 yr old French Oak
Smoked Haddock Chowder

The Glenlivet | Nadurra Olorosso Cask 
Bacon-wrapped Duo of Scallops & Apricots
whiskey parsnip mousse | pickled mustard | watercress

The Glenlivet | 18 yr
Maple Glazed Scottish Salmon
cedar plank | rutabaga purée | pickled red cabbage

The Glenlivet | 21 yr
Lamb Two Ways
scottish lamb stew | seared lamb loin | crispy potato | young clapshot

The Glenlivet | 25 yr
Local Caboc Cheese & Truffles
toasted oats | roasted beets | honey vinaigrette

$135 Per Person
(not including tax or gratuity)
Price includes dinner, scotch and cigars

~menu subject to change~

Seating is limited and this event always sells out very quickly.
To reserve your seat, please call 860.652.3474

110 Glastonbury Blvd | Glastonbury | @maxfishct

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

Back East Brewery Dinner at Max Burger Longmeadow

Max Burger in Longmeadow is Pleased to Announce a

Local Brewery Beer & Food Pairing Dinner

Featuring Back East Brewery

Bloomfield, CT

Special Guest Speaker

Tony Karlowicz

Owner, Back East Brewery

Back East Brewing Company is a Craft brewery located in Bloomfield, CT.  Founded by Tony Karlowicz and Edward Fabrycki, Jr., two cousins with a passion for great-tasting, high-quality beer.

Back East opened their doors in July 2012, and is now distributed throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts on draft and in cans.

Although originally from Connecticut, Edward began to home-brew while living in San Diego during the 1990s.  He eventually moved “Back East” to Connecticut in 2001, with the dream of someday opening a Craft brewery.  As a Professional Engineer, Edward enjoys the technical aspects of brewing.  Tony developed his appreciation for Craft beer during his college years in Vermont, and always imagined launching a brewery.  An entrepreneur at heart and a CPA with extensive experience in accounting, auditing, and insurance, Tony loves building a successful business from the ground up.

Tony and Edward began homebrewing and experimenting with different recipes in early 2006 and immersed themselves in all things Craft beer. Over this time, they developed several exciting recipes that they are proud to put the Back East name on.  Back East’s beers are proudly brewed at a small, but state-of-the-art, brewery in Bloomfield, CT.

Monday March 26

Doors open at 6:00pm

Course 1

Back East Brewing Spring Ale

                  Deviled Eggs, Bacon Mousse, Crisp Celery Strings

Course 2

Back East Brewing Misty Mountain IPA

Fried Rock Shrimp, Spicy Moroccan Dipping Sauce

Course 3

Back East Brewing Ice Cream Man DIPA

“Grilled Ham & Cheese”

                   Maple Cured Ham, Swiss, Spinach, Cippolini Jam W/ Smoked Tomato Soup, Tarragon Crema

Course 4

Back East Brewing Porter

                 Charred Ny Strip, Potatoes Romanoff, Red Wine Mushroom Sauce

Course 5

BACK EAST BREWING BIG ED

(Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine – 12.8% – Yeahhhhhhhhhh Buddy!!)

“Ice Cream Sandwich”

Raisin & Oatmeal Cookie, Vanilla Ice Cream,

Homemade Caramel & Bourbon Whipped Cream

$65.00 Per Person

(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call Max Burger for Reservations

(413) 798-0101

684 Bliss Road | Longmeadow, MA | 01106

Whiskey Trail : The James Beard House Menu Redux @ Max Downtown

On the Whiskey Trail with Max Downtown

On February 12, the team from Max Downtown was honored to present a dinner at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. Standing at the stove where countless culinary elites have stood, Chef Christopher Sheehan executed a tremendous menu paired with exemplary Single Malts from Goa, India by Paul John Whisky. The response to this event was overwhelming, and as such we have decided to recreate this menu and present it at Max Downtown.

Please join the team again, this time in Hartford, for a fabulous JBH experience whisky pairing dinner.

Friday March 23, 2018

6:30pm

Menu by Chef Christopher Sheehan

Guest Speaker Michael Knipp of Domaine Select Wine Estates and

Featuring the Great Single Malts of Goa, India

By Paul John Whisky

R

Melinda Mae & Duck Confit Croquette, Raisin Ver Jus

Red Potato Beignet, Ossetra Caviar

Cap Steak Crostini, Pickled Chanterelle Mushroom

The Classic Rob Roy featuring Paul John Brilliance Malt

1

House Cured King Salmon

Smoked Creme Fraiche, Carrot, Aleppo Honey Rye Crumble

Paul John Select Cask Classic Single Malt

2

Semolina Gnocchi

Jamón Ibérico, Sunchoke, Charred Meyer Lemon Brown Butter

Paul John Edited Single Malt

3

Périgord Truffle Duck Sausage

Black Lentils, Cippolini Onion, Pickled Ramp Mustard

Paul John Bold Single Malt

4

Dry Aged Ribeye

Smoked Bone Marrow, Trumpet Mushroom, Confit Potato

Paul John Select Cask Peated Single Malt

D

Black Sesame Steam Cake

Chocolate Variations, Blackberry Marmalade

Smoke and Berries, a sipping cocktail

 

$115.00 per person

(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max Downtown for Reservations

(860) 522-2530

185 Asylum St | Hartford

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

Maize: Corn and Tapas Max Chef to Farm

On Friday July 14th, 2017, Max Chef to Farm alongside Trumbull Kitchen headed to Simsbury, CT to Rosedale Farms and Vineyards for the Maize: Corn and Tapas Max Chef to Farm event.

             

The event started with a reception featuring the signature drink; the Del Huerto Cocktail alongside appetizers including Lobster Toast, Figs on a Stick, Tamales, Sweet Potato Shrimp Bites and Corn Empanadas.

The first course featured Corn and Shiitake Mushroom Pancakes.

The second course featured Deconstructed Corn and Crab Chowder.

The third course featured Corn Crusted Fluke Filet.

The fourth course featured Grilled Heritage Pork.

The fifth course featured a Corn and Blueberry Crisp.

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