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

Announcing Our 7th Annual Chef To Farm Dinner & Festival Season!

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Summer 2015 Max Chef To Farm Dinner & Festival Schedule

Sunday, June 21: Lobsterfest
2:00pm – 6:00pm at 6:30pm  at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

Thursday, June 25: Berries & Blossoms
6:30pm  Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CTThursday, July 9: Catch – A Local Seafood Gathering
6:30pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CTSunday, July 12: Moo & Brew
4:00pm – 8:00pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CTFriday, July 17: Bluegrass, Beer & BBQ
6:30pm at The Farmer’s Cow, Graywall Farms, Lebanon, CTThursday, July 23: Corn!
6:30pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

Sunday, July 25: Lobsterfest Two
5:00pm – 9:00pm at 6:30pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

Thursday, July 30: Heirlooms & Heritage
6:30pm at Sub Edge Farm, Farmington, CT

Thursday, August 6th: Summer Harvest
6:30pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

Thursday, August 13: Tomato To-mah-to
6:30pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

Saturday, August 15: Tomato To-mah-to
6:30pm at The Farmer’s Cow, Graywall Farms, Lebanon, CT

Sunday, August 30: Farm Fest
4:00pm – 8:00pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

Thursday, September 3: The Crop Up Pop Up
5:30pm at Sub Edge Farm, Farmington, CT

Sunday, September 13: Farm Fest
4:00pm – 8:00pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

Thursday, September 17: The Vegan Table
5:30pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

Sunday, September 20: Dinner In The Orchard
5:30pm at Hickory Hill Orchard, Cheshire, CT

Sunday, September 27: Brunch On The Farm
11:00am at Sub Edge Farm, Farmington, CT

Sunday, October 11: HOPtoberfest by MAX
2:00pm – 6:00pm at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

For more information, visit: MaxChefToFarm.com

Fess Parker Winery Dinner at Max A Mia with Winery President Tim Snider

Fess-Parker-1Max A Mia is very pleased to welcome Tim Snider, 

President of Fess Parker Winery from Santa Barbara
For a wine dinner featuring the wines of Fess Parker Winery
and cuisine by Chef David Stickney.

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Monday May 4th
6:30 reception | 7:00pm seating

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Royal red shrimp toast, pompelmo glaze/
Sicilian pistachio crusted goat cheese, saba/
Polenta fritella, apple butter
Fess Parker Riesling, Santa Barbara County, 2011

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Mango wrapped Stonington sea scallop crudo “ravioli”,
Parsley-meyer lemon vinaigrette
Fess Parker Chardonnay Ashley’s, Sta. Rita Hills, 2013

II
Oak grilled lamb scottadito, red carnaroli,
green tomato-cherry fresca
Fess Parker Pinot Noir Parker Station, Santa Barbara, 2013

III
Bracciole, swiss chard, bing cherries,
Heirloom polenta, toybox cherry tomato ragu
Fess Parker Pinot Noir Clone 115, Sta. Rita Hills, 2012

IV
Cato Corner cheeses, elderberry jam, grissini
Fess Parker Big Easy Red, Santa Barabara, 2010

$89 per person
not including tax or gratuity

Please call Max A Mia for reservations
860-677-6299
70 East Main Street Avon, CT 06001

After a successful acting career, Fess Parker sought out and established his winery in the late 1980s, as a way to create a business to pass along to his children and future generations.  With an original 714 acres, he began by planting vines in 1989, in Santa Barbara County.  Today we have the happy occasion to sample his wines and present them for this fabulous dinner.  Tim Snider is President of the winery as well as husband to Fess’ daughter Ashley.

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Justin Winery & Landmark Vineyards at Max’s Oyster Bar: April 21st

 

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Reception
Main Lobster Lettuce Cup
mango, pineapple, rice noodle, peanuts, nuoc mam sauce
Justin Sauvignon Blanc, 2013

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Spring Vegetable “Pizza”
melted leeks, fava beans, artichokes,
oak hill farm goat cheese, puff pastry
Landmark Chardonnay, 2012

II
Surf & Turf
Hudson Valley Foie Gras & Pan-seared Hawaiian Tuna
roasted pineapple, ginger sauce, pea tendrils
Landmark Pinot Noir, 2012

III
Roasted Pork Belly
espresso bbq sauce, cheddar cheese, green garlic buttermilk biscuit
Justin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

IV
Cold Smoked Rib Eye of Steak
spring onion bread pudding, pink peppercorn jus
Justin Isosceles, 2011

Dessert
Red Velvet Beet Cake
crème fraiche
Justin Port-style Wine

$95.00 per person
not including tax or gratuity

For Reservations – 860-236-6299
Max’s Oyster Bar | 964 Farmington Ave. | West Hartford

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…about Joseph Spellman, MS

Joseph Spellman, MS is Winery Sommelier for JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery of Paso Robles, CA. He has been sommelier in several Chicago restaurants, including Tango, Maxim’s, Pump Room, Park Hyatt Hotel, and Charlie Trotter’s.

Joseph earned the Master Sommelier Diploma in 1996, held now by 95 Americans, and 160 individuals worldwide. He was elected Chairman of the American Chapter of the Court in 2005. He also won the 1997 title “Best Sommelier in the World in French Wines and Spirits” in Paris.

He wrote the critically praised wine notes featured in three Charlie Trotter books. He also wrote grape descriptions for the Wine Grapes posters produced by Ten Speed Press, and he has written pieces for many magazines.

He is frequently a featured speaker and panel moderator at wine events, with a particular interest in wine’s historical and cultural contexts. As a former English major at the University of Chicago, Joe enjoys writing and critiquing well-employed words about wine and food.

He also loves opera, film, food history, baseball, and beer.

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Flowers Winery Dinner Announced at Max’s Oyster Bar

 

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Since 1989, Walt and Joan Flowers have been crafting focused, elegant wines along the rugged Sonoma Coast region of northern California. With over 300 acres of land they have planted vineyard sites that take advantage of the cool climate and misty fog that rolls in from the Pacific nearly every day.  These wines have won high acclaim in the press and are sought after by collectors around the globe.

Max’s Oyster Bar is very pleased to announce that we will be hosting a limited seating dinner with Flowers Estate manager Greg Miller.  This is a very rare occasion to taste the wines of Flowers and learn from some one who has an integral part in their production.

Dinner will be March 24th, at 6:30pm.

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Amuse Bouche

First Course
Flowers Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2013
Seafood Potato Salad
Smoked New Potatoes, Stonington Red Shrimp, Mussels, Crab, Osetra Caviar, Saffron Aioli

Second Course
Flowers Chardonnay Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard 2012
Chili Lobster Texas Toast
Maine Lobster, Buttered Toast, Sriracha Chili Sauce

Third Course
Flowers Pinot Noir Seaview Ridge 2012
Grilled Fresh Rhode Island Calamari
Squid Ink Rigatoni, Chorizo, Cherry Peppers, Roasted Garlic, Parmesan Breadcrumbs, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Fourth Course
Flowers Pinot Noir Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard 2012
Sepe Farms Roasted Lamb
Toasted Orzo, Sundried Tomatoes, Lemon Confit, Olive Salt

Cheese
Flowers Perennial 2011
Cato Corners Drunken Hooligan
Roasted Dates, Bacon Powder, Honey Gastrique

  Price for the dinner will be $129.00 per person, not including tax or gratuity.

Reservations can be secured by calling Max’s Oyster Bar:

964 FARMINGTON AVE.| WEST HARTFORD, CT 06107 | P: 860-236-6299

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

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

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

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

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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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Silver Oak Winery Dinner at Max a Mia March 23rd

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Max A Mia of Avon Presents
A Silver Oak Winery Dinner
Featuring the wines of

Silver Oak and Twomey Wineries

With Special Guest
Anna Pepgjonaj of Silver Oak Winery
Menu by Chef David Stickney

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Monday March 23rd

Menu

Reception – 6:30pm

Twomey Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, 2013
olive oil poached royal red shrimp, sheep’s milk tzatziki
turkey chicharrones, coriander vinaigrette
marinated goat cheese stuffed castelvetrano olives

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Twomey Cellars Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, 2010
polpetti trio
pork belly | rabbit | veal
san marzano-prosciutto concentrato

II
Twomey Cellars Merlot, Napa Valley, 2010
herb crusted poussin, foie gras-truffle
mousse, enoki mushroom salad

III
Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, 2010
wood roasted prime delmonico steak,
manchego beignet, charred red & golden
beets, marrow demiglace

IV
Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2010
cato corner cheeses
vivace | dairyere | bloomsday
fried marcona almonds, red quinoa grissini

$125 per person
not including tax or gratuity

Please call Max a Mia for reservations
70 EAST MAIN ST. | AVON, CT 06001 | P: 860-677-6299

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