MAX CHEF TO FARM 2019 SCHEDULE IS NOW AVAILABLE TO BOOK TICKETS – NEW EVENTS ADDED FOR THIS SEASON

The Max Restaurant Group is pleased to announce the 2019 Chef to Farm Summer event schedule. For the 12th year in a row, Max Chef to Farm is taking the show on the road and will be hosting a series of dinners and festivals out in the filed, literally. We are dedicated to supporting our local farms and other food and beverage producers, and by bringing the “Max” experience to the farms we get to celebrate all of the hard work and bounty that surrounds us here in Connecticut and Southern New England.

This year we bring back some of the annual favorites, such as the Corn (Maize), BBQ-Bluegrass-Brews, and Tomato dinners, and the ever popular Hoptoberfest. New for season are several dinner events, as well as an added festival theme for Father’s Day. One of the most popular Chef to Farm events is the Lobsterfest, which will be on September 29th, this season, and for Father’s Day we are hosting the Backyard BBQ and Family Fun Day – so that everyone can come out and enjoy a great, relaxing day with dad and the family. Other new events include a Whiskey Dinner with Max Downtown, a Sunflower and Wine Festival in July, and a Chef to Brewery event with Hanging Hills Brewery in Hartford, CT.

We look forward to seeing you throughout the summer and fall season at any of these great events. Links to purchase tickets are listed below by clicking on the event details below the respective pictures. Full details for each are listed on the Eventbrite ticketing pages via the links, or through the Max Chef to Farm website – maxcheftofarm.com


Max Chef to Farm Festival: 6th Annual Father’s Day Fest – Dad’s Day Backyard BBQ and Comfort Day
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Sunday, June 16, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Farm Dinner: “Berries & Blossoms”
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Farm Dinner “MAIZE: Tapas & Corn”
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Friday, July 12, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Farm Festival: Sunflower and CT Wine Festival
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Farm Dinner: Downtown on the Farm Whiskey Dinner
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Friday, July 26, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Max’s Farm Festival: Oyster Festival
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Max’s Chef to Farm Dinner “BBQ, Bluegrass & Brews”
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Friday, August 9, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Farm Dinner: Max Olé – Tacos & Tequila
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Farm Dinner “Ode to Tomatoes”
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Farm Dinner “The Vegetarian’s Garden”
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Brewery Dinner: Oktoberfest at Hanging Hills Brewery Hartford
Hanging Hills Brewing Company | 150 Ledyard Street | Hartford, CT 06114
Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Farm Festival: 6th Annual New England Lobster Fest
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Farm Festival: 6th Annual Hoptoberfest 2019
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Autism Speaks, Max Listens

Dine for a Cause to Promote Autism Awareness at MAX

All 11 Max locations to increase awareness and raise money for Autism Speaks New England.

HARTFORD, CT – Compassion needs no words when you dine at a MAX restaurant for its fourth annual “Dine for a Cause” event. On Tuesday, April 2, dine at any of the 10 Max restaurants in Connecticut or Massachusetts in support of World Autism Awareness Day and to help those in our community who have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

During the one-day fundraiser, a portion of your bill will be donated to Autism Speaks New England. Guests are asked to mention the fundraiser to their server or bartender for proceeds to go to the charity. Additional donations will be accepted through Sunday, April 7.

This feel-good event goes beyond charitable giving, it’s personal. Bobby Venetianer, Max Restaurant Group Director of Community Outreach, has a child on the spectrum. “Nearly everyone knows someone who has been touched by autism, whether it’s a family member or a friend. We are proud to raise awareness and funds so individuals with autism, and their families, can achieve their best life”, said Venetianer.

A bite at a Max Restaurant can help Autism Speaks’ mission, which is to promote solutions and support. So, grab a seat and champion your neighbors in the autism community!

About the Max Restaurant Group

Founded in 1986 by Richard Rosenthal, the Max Restaurant Group currently operates 11 successful, distinct, and independent restaurants in the Greater Hartford, CT/Springfield, MA areas and The Cooper in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The company prides itself on its customer service and innovative approach in delivering the best dining experience possible and always put forth an uncompromising commitment to quality, service, style, and cuisine. To share in the experience, please visit us in our restaurants or at maxrestaurantgroup.com

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $570 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

For more information, please contact Mr. Venetianer at bobbyv@mrgct.com

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About the Max Restaurant Group

Founded in 1986 by Richard Rosenthal, the Max Restaurant Group currently operates 11 successful, distinct, and independent restaurants in the Greater Hartford, CT/Springfield, MA areas and The Cooper in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The company prides itself on its customer service and innovative approach in delivering the best dining experience possible and always put forth an uncompromising commitment to quality, service, style, and cuisine. To share in the experience, please visit us in our restaurants or at maxrestaurantgroup.com

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $570 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

Greater Hartford International Pinot Noir Festival – Final List of Wines to be Shown is Tremendous!

We are just a day away from this inaugural tasting event, which looks to be a classic for anyone who is a fan of wine, and especially Pinot Noir. With a tremendous selection of Pinot Noir from around the world, we will be show-casing wines at many price levels and regions.

Just take a look at the list below – cannot express how much fun and what an opportunity this event will be. Beautiful weather and a great setting at the atrium at Max Downtown in Hartford. Tickets are available (we have lots of space) and of course plenty of wine.

Single ticket price to the tasting is $45, plus tax and gratuity, and there will be passed snacks and light fare.

Click here to book your tickets on Eventbrite

At the door tickets will be $55 plus tax and gratuity, if you are still thinking about going, later.


Frederick Wildman and Sons – Jennifer Young
2016 Pinot Nero “Meczan” J. Hofstatter (Alto Adige) $21.99
2016 Pinot Noir, Luigi Bosca (Mendoza) $21.99
2016 Pinot Noir “Los Carneros” Cuvaison $44.99
2016 Mercurey, Domaine Faiveley $29.99
2014 Chambolle-Musigny, Domaine Faiveley $106.49
2016 Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Faiveley $60.99

Kobrand – Jordan Ross
2017 Pinot Noir “Lunita” Bodega Chacra (Patagonia) $57.99
2016 Pinot Noir, Domaine Carneros (Napa Valley) $50.99
2016 Pinot Noir, Resonance (Willamette Valley) $36.99
2016 Auxey-Duresses, Domaine Louis Jadot $36.99
2015 Pommard, Domaine Louis Jadot $67.99

Jackson Family Wines – Seth Kweller
2015 Pinot Noir “STA Rita Hills” Brewer-Clifton $43.99
2015 Pinot Noir “Les Voisins” Copain $41.99
2014 Pinot Noir, Wild Ridge (Sonoma) $29.99
2017 Pinot Noir, Siduri (Santa Barbara) $34.99

Vineyard Brands – Paul Nerz
2017 Hamilton Russell Vineyards (South Africa) $48.99
2015 Monthelie, Domaine Thierry et Pascale Matrot $51.99
2015 Santenay “Les Hates” Vincent et Sophie Morey $35.99
2016 Fixin, Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret $53.99
2015 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epenots, Domaine de Courcel $166.99

Worldwide Wines – Tom Taylor
2014 Pinot Noir “Knox Vineyard” Au Bon Climat $53.99
2015 Pinot Noir “Mills Vineyard” Calera $75.99
2015 Pinot Noir Estate, Melville Winery $38.99
2016 Pinot Noir “Dundee Hills” Archery Summit $69.99

Dreyfus Ashby – Gia Pascarelli
2017 Pinot Noir Cloudline (Willamette Valley) $24.99
2015 Pinot Noir RoseRock (Eola-Amity Hills) $39.99
2016 Cotes de Nuits Villages, Joseph Drouhin $34.99
2016 Gevrey-Chambertin, Joseph Drouhin $79.99
2016 Vosne-Romanee, Joseph Drouhin $107.99
2015 Pinot Noir “Dundee Hills” Domaine Drouhin Oregon $49.99
2014 Pinot Noir “Laurene” Domaine Drouhin Oregon $79.99

Slocum and Sons – Ashlynn Taylor
2016 Pinot Noir “Avni” Lingua Franca (Oregon) $39.99
2015 Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve, Domaine Serene $84.99
2016 Pinot Noir, Flowers (Sonoma Coast) $64.99
2017 Pinot Noir “Clark and Telephone” Belle Glos $59.99
2016 Pinot Noir, Chanin (Santa Barbara) $31.99

Allan S. Goodman – Howard Asadow
2017 Pinot Noir “Whole Cluster” Willamette Valley Vineyards $28.99
2016 Pinot Noir Estate Willamette Valley Vineyards $33.99
2015 Pinot Noir Savoya Vineyard, Ken Wright Cellars $80.99
2015 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard, Ken Wright Cellars $80.99
2015 Pinot Noir “Russian River Ranches” Sonoma-Cutrer $31.99

Brescome Barton – Jillian Carey
2016 Pinot Nero “Glener” Castelfelder $29.99
2016 Pinot Noir “Sonoma Coast” Patz and Hall $46.99
2015 Pinot Noir Reserve “Dundee Hills’ The Four Graces $58.99
2014 Pinot Noir “Sunny View” The Calling $37.49
2016 Pinot Noir “Willamette”, Argyle $29.99

Artisan Wines – Jim Morrison
2017 Pinot Noir Ahurani, Kelley Fox Wines $32.99
2017 Pinot Noir Mirabai, Kelley Fox Wines $39.99
2016 Pinot Noir Momtazi Vineyard, Kelley Fox Wines $57.99
2017 Pinot Noir Hyland Vineyard, Kelley Fox Wines $59.99
2016 Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard, Kelley Fox Wines $72.49

DM Selections – Deidre Magnello
2017 Pinot Noir, Grochau (Willamette Valley) $19.99
2014 Pinot Noir, Merriman Estate (Yamhill County) $34.99
2015 Cote Chalonnaise, Domaine Goubard $21.99
2015 Bourgogne Rouge, Lou Dumont $28.99
2015 Chambolle-Musigny, Lou Dumont $67.99
2011 Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru Les Vergelesses, Francois Andre $58.99

Michael Skurnik Wines – Marissa Marchese
NV Champagne Brut Blancs des Noirs, Moussé $42.99
2016 Pinot Noir “Sonoma Coast” Anthill Farms $34.99
2016 Pinot Noir “Mt. Jefferson Cuvee” Cristom $34.99
2015 Bourgogne Rouge, Domaine Paul Pillot $32.99
2014 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, Domaine Arlaud $149.99

Missing Link – Doug Rankin
2016 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Brooks (Willamette Valley) $26.99
2017 Pinot Noir, Presqu’ile Winery (Santa Maria Valley) $23.99
2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Lieu Dit (Santa Barbara) $23.99
2015 Gevrey Chambertin “Les Justice” La Combe Grisard $75.99
2014 Pinot Noir “Original Vines” Eyrie Vineyards (Willamette Valley) $80.99
2015 Pinot Noir “Refugio” Montsecano (Casablanca Valley, Chile) $22.99
2012 Pinot Noir, Merdinger Bühl, Weinhaus Heger $19.99

Winum Wines – Jim Donahue
2014 Pinot Noir, Aether (Santa Barbara) $39.99
2015 Pinot Noir, Foxen (Santa Maria Valley) $39.99
2014 Pinot Noir John Sebastiani Vineyard, Foxen $64.99
2017 Pinot Noir, Wild Eye (Santa Lucia Highlands) $39.99
2014 Pinot Noir Reserve Alix de Vergy, Blackjack Ranch $49.99

St Francis Women’s Heart Health Program is a Success with Josh Cellars

Each year the Max Restaurant Group teams up with Josh Cellars for a month-long promotion, where for every glass, quartino and bottle of Josh sold, a portion of the proceeds is donated to the St Francis Foundation in support of their Women’s Heart Health Program. This is a fabulous program that goes out into the community to provide screenings related to cardio-health, as well providing both preventive and treatment resources to women at risk for heart related health issues.

We are very pleased to announce the 2018 contribution totaled over $7000, and will have a direct impact on the various programs and events that are part of the initiative.  Max Restaurant Group would like to thank all of our guests for recognizing the benefits of such a program and making a difference by enjoying a glass or bottle of Josh Cellars wine.

From left to right: Brian Mitchell, Director, Wine & Beverages, Max Restaurant Group; Lynn B. Rossini, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Saint Francis Foundation; Anita M. Kelsey, MD, FACC, FASE is Associate Chief, Section of Cardiology and Director, Women’s Heart Program — Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center; Steve Abrams, Managing Partner, Max Downtown

A little bit about the Women’s Heart Health Program

The Women’s Heart Program is offered free to any woman over 18. It is designed to help women take a proactive approach to heart disease through education and increased awareness. Participants register for an education session provided by a cardiologist, registered nurse, a registered dietitian, and an exercise physiologist. The staff of the Women’s Heart Program will assist you in developing individualized goals for reducing your risk of heart disease, making appropriate dietary changes, and beginning a structured exercise program.

What happens at a Women’s Heart event?

  1. It lasts about 1 hour, and is led by our team of healthcare professionals that includes a cardiologist, exercise physiologist, a registered dietitian, and a nurse.
  2. The team evaluates your heart risk by looking at your BMI, weight, waist circumference, and blood pressure. Our team may also assess your diet history, any available labs you may have, your physical activity and any other pertinent medical history.
  3. The Cardiologist and nurse will review the signs and symptoms of heart disease for womens and discuss risk reduction strategies.  The dietitian will make heart-healthy recommendations about diet, and the exercise physiologist will make physical activity recommendations to help you meet your goals.
  4. The staff also provides educational lectures to groups looking for a team wellness approach.

Although heart disease is the biggest health threat to women, it is preventable.

For more information about the St Francis Hospital and Medical Center’s Women’s Heart Health Program – please visit their website.

For information about Josh Cellars – please visit their website.

 

 

Max’s Chef to Farm Dinner “Vintage 2016”

LOCAL | SUSTAINABLE | CONNECTICUT GROWN

We start with the Farmers. They tell us what is at peak perfection each day and we build our menus around that day’s harvest. Our Chef to Farm dinner series is an opportunity for our guests to enjoy the freshest foods and produce in the sublime beauty of our celebrated farms.

Your evening begins with a reception then you’ll head out for a tour of the farm to see the fields and learn about the farm’s history, operations, and products. Your tour concludes in the tented area where tables dressed in white linen and candlelight offer a view of the al fresco kitchen. Each dinner is cooked from scratch and showcases that day’s best produce. The ingredients are sourced daily from local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen.

Our menus vary and are dependent on the day’s harvest and the inspiration of the Chef. Prepare yourself for an incredible dining experience with the most local, fresh and flavorful foods available.

Thursday, June 30th, we celebrate the new vintage releases from Rosedale’s Vineyard with a menu steeped in the tradition of cooking with wine, presented by acclaimed Chef Hunter Morton of Max’s Oyster Bar. 

Total ticket price ($156.87) includes $125 for food and beverage, $22.50 house fee and $9.37 CT State sales tax.  This covers your dinner, hors d’oeuvres and reception, multi-course meal with wines/beer, farm tour and live music.  By purchasing this ticket, you are also making a donation to the CT Farmland Trust.

To purchase tickets click here

Due to the nature of these events, tickets are non-refundable; however, if you cannot attend the dinner, you are welcome to transfer your tickets to someone else.

All dietary needs must be communicated upon purchase. If you surprise us with a food restriction upon your arrival, we will do our best to accommodate you but we may not have the resources available.

If you would like to purchase using Max Vantage points, please contact Ali Constable at 860.566.8360

 

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Max Downtown Supports Journey Home

Max Downtown is very pleased to announce a month-long benefit to help Journey Home, one of Hartford’s leading advocacy groups working to end homelessness in Ct.  Journey Home is a team of innovative problem solvers who are passionate about ending homelessness in our community. Founded in 2007 as the agency responsible for implementing Hartford’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, Journey Home has grown to become a strategic leader and valued partner for homeless service providers throughout the region.

journey-home-logo-FINAL (1) whiteJourney Home’s mission is to accelerate progress towards ending chronic homelessness in the Greater Hartford region. Partnering with the region’s social service providers, Journey Home focuses on solving the problem of chronic homelessness with housing, employment, and support services, rather than managing it with emergency shelter. As a catalyst for systemic change, Journey Home develops and implements innovative ways to improve the housing and service system in order to offer those experiencing homelessness paths toward independent, fulfilling, and productive lives.

IMG_20160104_100302005Max Downtown is supporting the efforts of Journey Home during the month of January 2016, by featuring a special cocktail all month long, of which a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Journey Home.  The Wild Moon Beam Cocktail, created by Max Downtown’s Bar Manager Michael Boiano, features Jim Beam Bourbon along with Hartford’s very own Wild Moon Cranberry Liqueur by the Hartford Flavor Company.

For each drink purchased through the month of January, Max Downtown will donate $1 to Journey Home.  Max Downtown will also be helping to host the Journey Home 2016 Gala at City Place in Hartford on January 29th.  For more information on that event, please click here.

WILD MOON BEAM
Glass: Rocks
.75oz Jim Beam Bourbon
.75oz Wild Moon Cranberry Liqueur
.75oz Averna Amaro
.75oz Lemon Juice
Combine in a tin with ice, integration shake
Garnish: 5 x cranberries (dried) soaked in Bourbon 

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Max Group Does 3rd Annual Negroni Week

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Negroni Week Makes a Splash at The Max Restaurant Group

For thirsty cocktail lovers, there’s nothing that wets the whistle faster than a swanky, palate-pleasing drink, especially when paired with a delicious cause.

As part of the third annual Negroni Week, June 1-7, All Max Restaurant Group locations in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, as well as The Cooper in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, will be serving up lip-smacking variations in honor of the world’s greatest sip. A portion of the drink proceeds will be donated to the Ct Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, and the Loggerhead Marine Life Center in Juno Beach, FL. “As far as perfect cocktails go,” says Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director for the Max Restaurant Group, “a great Negroni is the perfect drink to have when you can’t decide what to have – it hits all the senses with a balance of bitter-sweet, floral and fruity flavors…there is a reason why it’s been a classic for nearly 100 years.”

A creative riff on a traditional Americano (a blend of Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda), the Negroni was born in 1919 when the adventurous Italian Count Camillo Negroni wanted to shake things up at a local Florentine bar. Instead of soda, he ordered gin be added to his favorite apéritif. After one sip, the count was hooked. The rest, according to bar lore, is history. We’ll drink to that.

About Negroni Week
Presented by Imbibe Magazine and Campari, Negroni Week launched in 2013 as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails, and an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the globe. From 2013 to 2014, Negroni Week grew from 100 to more than 1,300 participating bars around the world, and raised more than $120,000 for charities.

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