February 2015 Events at Max Restaurant Group Locations

by Brian Mitchell – Corporate Beverage Director for the Max Restaurant Group

I have received a number of requests for our upcoming calendar of events.  Below is a listing for the month of February as it stands now.  I plan to post a listing of the events we have coming up by the middle of the month prior, but I do not always have complete menus or other details at the time of posting.  Once we finalize everything, the complete event details are placed on our main web page calendar at maxrestaurantgroup.com/calendar, where you can by tickets or make reservations.

Events for February 2015

February – All Month Long – St Francis Hospital and Max Restaurant Group CT locations pour Josh Cellar wines to benefit Women’s Heart Health Month.  A portion of the proceeds from every glass and every bottled ordered through the month of February will be donated to the Women’s Health initiative at St Francis Hospital in Hartford.  Join us Wednesday Feb 4th, for the kick-off party with St Francis and Josh Wines (see below).

February 1st – Taste of Hartford wraps up for Max Downtown and Trumbull Kitchen.  Last day of the two week promo comes to a conclusion on Super Sunday. With 3-course meals and discounted wine, this is one of our most popular promotions throughout the year.  All other locations are closed in the evening for Employee Appreciation Parties (our version of the Holiday party).

February 3rd – Newburyport Brewmaster Dinner at Max’s Tavern in Springfield.  Join Max’s Tavern as they welcome Special Guest Speaker Chris Webb, Co-Founder of Newburyport Brewing Co. for a fantastic evening of local craft beer and Max’s Tavern cuisine.  For full details click here.

February 4th – Max Burger West Hartford welcomes Troegs Brewing to CT for the very first time.  We will be enjoying these extremely well-crafted brews from Pennsylvania with a tap takeover and meet and greet with brewery personnel, plus there might be a giveaway or two, as well.

February 6th – Max Lunch Club @ Max’s Oyster Bar with Paul Nerz of Vineyard Brands Imports and the wine of Famille Perrin, famed producers of Chateau de Beaucastel in the Rhone Valley of France.  Paul Nerz is no stranger to the Max Group or the wines of the Perrin family.  Join us in this installment of the Lunch Club as we dive deep into the village wines of the Rhone from this famed producer.  $39.50pp++, call Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford for full details and reservations.

February 6th – Max Downtown presents an evening of truffles paired with selections from deep in our wine cellar.  This is the second installment of our Cellar Dinner Series where we pull older wines from our collection to showcase alongside spectacular dishes from Chef Christopher Sheehan.  Sommelier Justin Gavry will be guiding the wine discussion on this dinner.  Call Max Downtown for full details and reservations, seating is very limited.

Black HogFebruary 10 – Trumbull Kitchen rolls on with it Brewmaster 2015 Dinner Series, and this month we have the boys from Black Hog Brewery out of Oxford, CT coming in to talk and taste you through their top notch craft brews.  Quickly ascending the ladder to the top of CT craft brewers, the Black Hog beers are fantastic, we like them a lot and so should you.  Paired with Chef Chris Torla’s menu.  Call Trumbull Kitchen for full details and reservations.

February 10 – Max Amore Chefs Ted Burnett and Brett Cook have been dreaming of hosting a Game and Wine Dinner for the past couple of years, and we have finally been able to fit it on the calendar.  This dinner is filled with delicious plates that have been creatively put together by these two veteran chefs.  On top of that we have decided to feature these dishes with a wine focus on the 2010 vintage from Barolo – perfect matches for this style of food.  Tom Taylor from Worldwide Wines will be on hand to discuss the wine pairings with you.  Contact Max Amore for full menu and to make reservations.  Click Here

February 11 – Max’s Oyster Bar is very pleased to present a winery owner dinner with very special guest Steve MacRostie of MacRostie Vineyards in Sonoma County, California.  Steve made his first Sonoma wines in 1974 and has never looked back. Today he makes a veritable collection of classic Sonoma Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, from appellation wines to small single vineyard collections.  Steve rarely gets to visit CT, but when he does we make room for him and host a wine dinner.  Menu is being finalized, but call Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford for details and to make a reservation.

February 12 – Wild About Wine – it’s back! – the hugely successful wine tasting event that used to be an annual fixture on the calendar is being revamped and presented in a larger and more expanded format.   This event will showcase approximately 100 wines from 30 different vendors, along with food and other treats.  Plus a portion of the proceeds goes toward benefiting the Make A Wish Foundation.  Call Max’s Tavern in Springfield for tickets and full details.

February 14 – it’s Valentine’s Day.  Reservations are going fast so please call early to book a table.

February 18 – Harpoon “Long Thaw” Beer Night and tapping.  Max Burger in West Hartford welcomes the gang from Harpoon Brewery of Boston for its annual release of Long Thaw White I.P.A. Ale.  We will be tapping the kegs early and the reps will be along with plenty of swag to hand out to lucky guests.  Officially starts at 5pm, but come early and get a seat.

February 23 – Max Fish presents a fabulous Regional Wine dinner featuring the wines of Roederer Estate and Napanook. Owned by top Champagne house Louis Roederer, the Roederer Estate and Domaine Anderson wines have been top wines from the cold Anderson Valley of northern California for many years.  Made in limited quantities, these are fantastically styled wines that drink incredibly well with food.  We will be throwing in a bit of Napanook Red blend from Dominus Estate as a compliment – it is related to Roederer through the same marketing firm for the US as Champagne Roederer.  Devin McGary of Champagne Roederer will be on hand to discuss the wines along with Chef Robert Peterson of Max Fish.  Call Max Fish for details and reservations.

February 27 – MOB Lunch Club 2015 – Wines of Chile with Howard Asadow.  Did you know that wine grapes have been grown in Chile since 1540?  For this installment of the Lunch Club we are looking at some of the regionally made wines from Chile’s cool coastal wine-growing areas.  What does Chile do best?  Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.  For this lunch we are looking a little deeper into what this longstanding wine country has to offer.  $37.50++ – call Max’s Oyster Bar for Reservations.

February 27 – Master of Scotch Night at Max Downtown.  Sample our selections or choose your own flights in the Tavern area from 5:30-7:30 as Master of Scotch, Peter Karras is on hand to discuss the selections from Pernod-Ricard Distilleries (Arberlour, Glenlivet, Chivas), in Scotland. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be passed for flight drinkers.  Contact Max Downtown for full details.

Thirsty Thursdays @ Max – as always, February brings us a selection of fun promotions for Thursday nights at Max locations.  Max Amore in Glastonbury and Max a Mia in Avon – 1/2 priced bottles of wine all night.  No limit on prices – all wine list wines are 1/2 off.  Max Burger West Hartford – 1/2 priced Cans of Beer.  All Cans are 1/2 priced all day.  Trumbull Kitchen will also be joining the 1/2 priced Beer Cans on Thirsty Thursdays starting in February.

Every Thursday – Max’s Oyster Bar has Jamie’s Junk Show – Live Music –  starting at 9pm.  No Cover but seats fill up fast.  Thirsty Thursday Drink specials are also usually available.

Every Friday –  Karaoke at Max Fish – every week the singing is happening at Max Fish starting around 10pm.  Late Night Happy Hour is always available, as well.

Every Sunday – Max Downtown presents Sunday Jazz, featuring great food and drink specials and the jazz stylings of The Steve Davis Group.  For more information and reservations, call 860.522.2530 

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Max Chef To Farm presents The Fourth Season Dinner at Haight-Brown Vineyards

Haight-Brown-Vineyard-Dinner-1Thursday January 29 at 6:30pm
Haight-Brown Vineyard, Litchfield, CT
Menu Prepared by Chefs Steve Michalewicz, Brad LaBonte-Banas and Scott Miller

RECEPTION
CHEESE
Arethusa Farm, Bantam
Oak Leaf Dairy, Lebanon
Mystic Cheese Company, Lebanon
Cato Corners Farm, Colchester
HORS D’OEURVES
Whipped Gourmavian Farms Chicken Livers
Farmers Cow Egg, Crispy Chicken Skin
Tartar of Sepe Farm Lamb, Feta Mousse, Zaatar Cone
Kale Pie, Sankows Feta, Brick Dough
Smoked Gourmavian Farms Chicken
Cheddar Biscuit, Apple Mustard Seed Slaw
Parsnip Churros, Onion “Soil”, Preserved Lemon
Haight Brown Vineyard Bubbly Blend
AMUSE BOUCHE
Charcuterie of La Belle Farm Duck
Blood Orange Mostarda, Pickled Sub Edge Farm Onion
Litchfield Hills Manhattan Cocktail
FIRST COURSE
Stonington Red Shrimp Bisque
Stone Ground Grits “Crouton” ,Tasso Oil, Blackened Shrimp
Haight Brown Vineyard Railway White
SECOND COURSE
Celeriac Gnocchi
Confit UO Sunchokes, Winter Squash Sugo, Sorrel
Haight Brown Vineyard Morning HarvestENTRÉE COURSE
Porchetta
Golden Beet & Golden Apple Slaw, Whipped Turnips
Haight Brown Vineyard Big Red TABLE SHARES
Sweet Potato Gratin, Melville Cheese
UO Endive Salad, Meyer Lemon
Braised Red Cabbage, Five Spice PearBREADS
Hartford Baking Company
Bantam Bread Co.DESSERT COURSE
Orchard Fruit Cobbler
Cheddar Cheese Ice Cream, Stonewall Apiary Honey
Haight Brown Vineyard Toasty Apple

$115 per person
not including tax & gratuity
860.566.8360 Seating is limited.

Purchase Tickets Online Here

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Ste Michelle Wine Estates Dinner at Max Amore

Ste-Michelle-at-Amore-1 copyTuesday, October 28th at Max Amore, Glastonbury
With Special Guest Speaker Thom Horsey
National Educator For Ste Michelle Wine Estates
and presenting a head to head sampling of the old world wines
of antinori, dr loosen & the new world wines of ste michelle
wine estates properties col solare, cht ste michelle
& spring valley vineyard of washington state.
Menu by Executive Chef Ted Burnett
6pm reception on the patio (weather permitting)
6:30pm seating inside

Reception
Grilled Bratwurst | Grilled Calamari
Riesling Saint M By Dr Loosen, Pfalz, DE, 2012
Riesling Eroica By Dr Loosen, Columbia Valley, WA, 2012

Primo
Smoked Salmon | Salmon Mousse | Roasted Beets
Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay, Canoe Ridge Estates, WA, 2012
Castello Delle Saia Chardonnay, Umbria, 2011

Pasta
Cavatappi Amatraciana
Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells, Washington State Red, 2010
Marchesi Antinori Villa Antinori Rosso Di Toscana, 2011

Carne
Baby Lamb Chop Scottadita | Baby Arugula
Shaved Pecorino Romano | Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Col Solare, Columbia Valley, 2008
Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Tignanello, Toscana, 2011

Cheese
Assorted | Cato Corner CT | Classic Italian
Spring Valley Vineyards Walla Walla Red, 2011
Guado Al Taso Il Bruciato Bolgheri Rosso, 2012

$110 per person
(not including tax & gratuity)
seating is limited. for reservations, please call:
860.659.2819

 

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Dinner at the Nathan Hale Homestead

Dinner-at-the-Homestead-2014-EDIT-2 copyConnecticut Landmarks celebrates Food, Farms & Connecticut History.
Dinner at the Homestead celebrates our state’s rich agricultural
heritage at the Nathan Hale Homestead in bucolic Coventry, CT.
This exceptional event features a farm-to-table multi-course dinner
prepared by Executive Chef Scott Miller of Max’s Oyster Bar
& Max Chef To Farm Dinners. Take a tour of the historic
Nathan Hale Homestead with demonstrations, live music,
living history, silent auction and more!
5:30pm: Open Homestead
6:00pm: Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres
7:00pm: Dinner
Call today for reservations! 860.247.8996 ext. 23
$175 Individual Ticket
$1,200 for a Table of 8 (a $200 savings)
Or purchase individual tickets online here
All proceeds benefit educational programming at
Connecticut Landmarks’ Properties.
*Rain Date: Sunday, September 7th, beginning at 4:30 pmCt Landmarks Logo

 

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Max Chef To Farm “Head To Tail”

C2F-Head-To-Tail-3-1 copyCuisine by Chefs Hunter Morton & Scott Miller
RECEPTION 6:30PM
The Picket Fence of Local Vegetables
Dips | Spreads
Sub Edge Farm Radishes
Sea Salt | Goat Butter
Sepe Farm Lamb Burgers
Golden Tomato Ketchup | Hartford Baking Co. Roll
Broad Brook Beef Cheek Huaraches
The Garlic Farms Pickled Onions
Watermelon Skewers
Crisp Pork Belly | Basil | Pickled Watermelon Rind
Housemade Ricotta
The Farmer’s Cow Milk | Starlight Gardens’ Tomatoes
GourmAvian Farm Chicken Liver Mousse
Chicken Skin | Horseradish & Beet Eggs
AMUSE BOUCHE
Marwin Farm Duck and Peach
Smoked Breast | Peach Marmalade | Rillettes
Peach Mostarda | Chicharrón | Peach Salt
FIRST COURSE
Sub Edge Farm Beets
Oak Leaf Dairy Goat Cheese Stuffed Red Beets | Beet Greens
Beet and Fennel Vinaigrette | Salt Roasted Gold Beets | Chioggia Chips
SECOND COURSE – LOCAL CATCH
Stonington Squid & Peppers
Squid Ink and Jimmy Nardello Pepper Risotto | Grilled Squid
Shishito Pepper Skewer | Arborio Crusted Squid | Romesco
Stonington Monkfish & Summer Squash
Monkfish Liver Mousse | Squash Blossoms |Monkfish Confit
Zucchini Bread Toast | Piperade
ENTRÉE COURSE
Secchiaroli Farm Pork & Onions
Pork Presse | The Garlic Farm Sweet Onion Soubise
Crispy Pig Ear Salad | Grilled Scallions
TABLE SHARES
Rosedale Farms Corn On The Cob
Honey Butter | Chipotle Salt
Starlight Gardens’ Tomato Gratin
HBC Bread Crumbs | Coach Farms Aged Goat Cheese
BREADS
Hartford Baking Company
DESSERT COURSE
Stone Fruit
Roasted Apricots | Plum Sorbet | Oak Streusel
Reception and Dinner includes Local, Organic Wines
$115 per person (not including tax & gratuity)
To reserve your seat, CLICK HERE or call 860.566.8360

 

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