Max Lunch Club 2019 Season Dates

“One of the best value food and wine events around, period.”

I am very pleased to announce the dates for our upcoming season of Max Lunch Club events at Max’s Oyster Bar, in West Hartford Center.

For years, we have been presenting great offerings of wine and food combinations in essentially what is a trimmed down wine dinner, but delivered at lunch (and always on a Friday). I try and make sure that we are visited by winery and industry processionals that have an interesting perspective on the topic at hand, and can give our Lunch Club guests some great insight to the wines we are featuring. All of this paired with Chef Bob Peterson’s creations make for a great way to enjoy an afternoon, and a civilized luncheon.

Additionally, I take a lot of professional pleasure and pride in making these selections and pouring the wines that I have hand-selected for each event. Bringing the various guest speakers to our market and introducing them to the Lunch Club members is such a great way to work with wine that I have discovered and enjoy – I hope you agree.

Here is the list of dates that will be filled for the 2019 season, and while all topics have not been filled in quite yet – I am working to get these topics filled shortly, and will be updating as I gets commitments.

As always we ask our guest to arrive at 12:45, and generally plan to start the event at 1pm. We will also be continuing our partnership with the Wise Old Dog wine shop in West Hartford on all of these events.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or comments.

Cheers!

Brian Mitchell, Director of Wine and Beverages for the Max Restaurant Group

January 25th – Rhone Wines through the lens of the Famille Perrin

For this date we venture to the Rhone Valley and taste selections from the Perrin family, owners of Chateau de Beaucastel, perhaps considered to be the premier Chateauneuf-du-Pape estate. The Perrins have been a long-standing favorite of mine, and they continue to develop new wines and regions to show the diversity of the wine regions of southern France. Paul Nerz of Vineyard Brands, the import company responsible for the Perrin wines in the US, will be on hand to present.

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February 22 – Thom Horsey of Ste. Michelle Estates

Wine Educator Thom Horsey of Ste Michelle Estates pays us a visit and will be presenting wines from the larger portfolio of this top producer. Stay tuned for the specif wines and menu.

March 25 – TBD

April 12th – Matteo Bolla from Valdo Winery – a Perspective on Prosecco

Prosecco is about the hottest wine category going over the past ten years, only surpassed perhaps by Rose (who would have thought?). The Bolla family has been making exceptional Sparkling wines north of Venice since the 1930s, and the current generation has been working hard to make it event better. Matteo Bolla is an exceptional ambassador for the family winery and the region as a whole. See why Prosecco is not just a note wine, but a diverse region with complex wines.

May 17th – TBD

June 14th – TBD

July 12th – Loire Valley from Sancerre to Saumur

This past year I had the pleasure to travel to the Loire and experience some phenomenal wines from regions that are familiar to some, but less well-known to others. For this lunch I will be presenting a selection of wines from top producers I met on my travels.

August 9th – TBD

September 13th – TBD

October 4th – TBD

October 25th – TBD

November 22nd – 6TH Annual Beaujolais Luncheon

This has become an annual favorite, and a lunch that I personally really enjoy. Each year I present a Beaujolais Nouveau from the current release, which is allowed to be released just the day before to the world. This is followed by a selection of top wines from smaller producers that have contributed to the absolute turn-around in everyone’s view of the Beaujolais region. The leader in authentic and pure wines, this is the new frontier of exceptional value and food-friendly wines from France. Chef usually pairs with some classic French dishes, making this all the better for foodies!

Max Lunch Club – Sancerre: It’s In the Rocks!

Max’s Oyster Bar Is Pleased to Present  

The Friday Lunch Club

Sancerre: It’s in the Rocks

Featuring Selections from Henri Bourgeois

Sancerre is a beautiful hilltop city, surrounded by magnificent vineyards, the soils of which are the driving force behind the beauty of the Sauvignon blanc expressions from this area. For this edition of The Friday Lunch Club, we explore some of the various aspects of Sancerre, through multiple expressions of what the chalky hills can produce. We pair selections from Henri Bourgeois along with the cuisine of Chef Robert Peterson for this engaging mid-summer event.

Guest Speaker
Gia Pascarelli
Loire Valley Wine Specialist

Friday July 13, 2018

arrival
Henri Bourgeois Châteaumeillant Gamay Rosé, 2017, Loire
Chef’s Amuse-bouche

1st
Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Côte des Monts Damnés, 2017, Loire
Crispy Lobster Ricotta Mint Stuffed Rosedale Farms Squash Blossoms
Squash Noodle Salad, Garlic Scape Pesto, Tomato Jus

2nd
Henri Bourgeois Henri Bourgeois Sancerre d’Antan Silex, 2015, Loire
Baked Lemon Herb Butter Copps Island Oysters
Lardo, Starlight Gardens Baby Greens, Jardinière Vegetables

3rd
Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Rouge Les Baronnes, 2014, Loire
Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon
Fingerling Potato Frites, Local Charred Beans, Gribiche

Something Sweet
Cherry Profiterole
Pâte à Choux House Made Branded Cherry Ice Cream, Chocolate Sauce, Pistachios

$49.00 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

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

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

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) 

 

 

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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.

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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

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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

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

 

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Max Lunch Club Presents The Splendor of the Cape May 29th

Splendor-of-the-Cape-Lunch-Club--1 copyWith Special Guest Speaker and host Paul Nerz of Vineyards Brands Imports
Menu by executive chef Hunter Morton

Reception (12:45)
Refreshing glass of The Wolf Trap White by Boekenhoutskloof
a Rhone inspired white blend of Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Grenache Blanc

1st course
Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc from Walker Bay
Paired with
Cod Cakes – Hearts of Palm, Moroccan spiced yogurt

2nd Course
The Left Bank by Neil Ellis – a Cape blend of Cab Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Cab Franc and Malbec
Cape Malay Fish Curry, basmati, tamarind, cilantro

3rd Course
Hamilton-Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Spiced Venison Burger- Carrot Peanut Slaw, sweet potato fries

$39.50 per person, (not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar for reservations: 860-236-6299

964 Farmington Avenue West Hartford, CT 06107
MaxsOysterBar.com     #LunchClub

Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

 

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