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

 

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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

 

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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)

 

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Max Burger Longmeadow Allagash Beer Dinner

On Monday June 26, 2017 Max Burger Longmeadow hosted their second Beer Dinner featuring beers from the Allagash Beer Company. The menu featured a five course meal with a spin on summer twists by Chef Brett Cook.

The first course featured a Lobster Salad made with butter poached lobster, bibb lettuce, blistered heirloom tomatoes and a orange & tarragon vinaigrette.

The second course featured a Fresh Melon and Gazpacho Duo made with watermelon, arugula, salata and cucumber mint gazpacho.

The third course featured Maryland Crab Nachos made with pepper-jack fondue, pancetta and corn salsa.

The fourth course featured a Wild Boar Short Rib made with cauliflower puree, beech mushroom salad and black truffle drizzle.

The fifth course featured a classic Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee with fresh raspberries.

(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.

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

 

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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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Chef to Farm – Tomato Celebration & Savoy Pizzeria Napoletana “Sneak Peek”

Savoy 2016

Max Chef to Farm Proudly Presents
TOMATO CELEBRATION

A unique Farm-to-Oven-to-Table event

Your first taste of Savoy Pizzeria Napoletana,
the new Max restaurant coming soon to West Hartford Center.

Please join us for a very special evening on the farm as we bring our brand new
European wood-fired oven & pizza trailer to Rosedale Farms & Vineyard
for a menu steeped in old world traditions.
Dante Cistulli of Savoy Pizzeria Napoletana & Steve Michalewicz of Max Catering & Events
have put together a fantastic, casual tasting menu
featuring Rosedale Farms’ glorious tomato bounty & wood-fired pizzas,
local beer & wine, live music, and menu previews from Savoy Pizzeria Napoletana.

There is no assigned seating. Mingle with friends, old & new.

MENU

RECEPTION

Forager Cocktail “Summer on the Farm”
Rosedale Wines
Brewtus Maximus beer on tap
Tuscan Farm Table with Select Cheese & Salumi

INSALATA

Chopped Primavera
romaine, cherry tomatoes, radish, red & green peppers, celery, asparagus,
parmesan, bread crumbs, anchovy, fennel, lemon garlic dressing

Insalata Bianca
shaved fennel, orange supremes, parsley, toasted almond,
parmesan, lemon dijon, evoo

Caprese
vine ripened Rosedale tomatoes and house made fior di latte mozzarella,
basil, sea salt, evoo

PRIMI

Wood Fired Roasted Rosedale Tomatoes
fior di latte mozzarella, fresh basil
Tomato Gazpacho
local garden vegetables
Clams
Papa C’s cherrystone clams, pancetta, fennel, garlic, Rosedale tomatoes
Octopus
gigante beans, roasted peppers, castelvetrano olives
Spicy Sausage
sweet bell peppers, cipollini onions
Dotti’s Meatballs
tomato gravy, parmesan, basil
Tomato Bruschetta
garlic, Rosedale tomatoes, basil, filone

PIZZA

Margherita de Savoy
tomato sauce, fior di latte, fresh basil
Bianco
fior di latte, fontina, parmesan, ricotta, truffle paste
Rico Rabe
broccoli rabe & sweet sausage, fontina, crushed red pepper
Squash Blossom
Rosedale Farms blossoms, sliced squash, red onion,
cherry tomato, fior di latte, ricotta

Clam Pie
fresh shucked littlenecks, clam sauce, parmesan, toasted panko,
soppressata, red pepper flake, evoo

Nduja
carmalized onions, parmesan, evoo
Tomato
Rosedale vine ripened tomatoes,oregano, evoo

DOLCE

Summer Fruit Crostata
Chocolate Dipped Biscotti

$75 per person
(all inclusive)

~menu subject to change~

MAKE A RESERVATION
or call 860.566.8360

 

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C2F_Local_Catch

Connecticut’s farming history extends to the seas.

This dinner celebrates the glories of Long Island Sound
and the wealth of sea riches that continue to be integral to our New England traditions.
Chef Hunter Morton of Max’s Oyster Bar will be at the helm of your fin-forward voyage.

Reception – 6:30pm | Seating – 7:15pm

– MENU –

Farm Reception
Shellfish Platters
Copps Island Oysters – Garden Vegetable Mignonette
Papa C’s Clams – Tomato Cocktail Sauce
Cape Cod Mussels – Remoulade
Point Judith Calamari Salad
Taylor Bay Scallops

Hors d’oeuvres
Bloody Oyster Shooters
Smoked Bluefish Pate Bruschetta
Brown Butter Shrimp Steamed Buns
Oyster Tartlets
Wood Oven White Clam Pizzas

 Dinner

First Course
Bomster Brothers Scallop Ceviche
butter lettuce, pickled peppers, radish, corn chips

Second Course
Oyster Pan Roast
smoked pork belly, corn, young onions, garden herbs, house made oyster crackers

Third Course
Seafood Boulibasse
porgy, clams, mussels, shrimp, crispy calamari, potatoes,
tomato-saffron broth, grilled crostini, rouille


Entrée

Wood Oven Roasted Striped Bass
sweet corn vegetable succotash, salsa verde

Dessert
Blueberry Buckle
lavender sabayon, blueberry compote

$140 per person
(not including tax & house fee)

MAKE A RESERVATION
or call 860.566.8360

LOCAL | SUSTAINABLE | CONNECTICUT GROWN

“Old World” Italian Wine & Food Pairing Dinner at Max Amore

2016-06-20 Gruppo Bertani

Max Amore Presents:
An “Old World” Italian Wine & Food Pairing Dinner
featuring wines from Gruppo Bertani Domains
With selections from featured wineries:
Puiatti, Tre Rose, Val de Suga and Bertani

Special Guest Speaker: Pietro Riccobono
Head Winemaker of Tre Rose
and Consulting Oenologist for the Bertani Domains Group

Menu by Chefs Ted Burnett & Mike Touranjoe

Monday June 20th, 2016
Seating at 6:30pm

Aperetivo
Bertani Rosé BertaRose, 2015 (Veneto)
Passed Hors d’oeuvres & Salumi

1st Course
Puiatti Friulano Vuj, 2014 (Friuli)
Turbot Salad
upland cress, cucumber carpaccio, charred lemon vinaigrette

2nd Course
Tre Rose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Santa Caterina, 2012 (Tuscany)
Chicken Liver Mousse
crisp risotto cake, gran marnier reduction, local microgreens

3rd Course
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino, 2011 (Tuscany)
Duck Trio
duck breast, sausage, and confit, amarone cherries, melted leeks

4th Course
Bertani Amarone Valpolicella Valpantena Villa Arvedi, 2011 (Veneto)
Pepper-crusted Strip Loin
potato-black garlic puree, fennel, asparagus, coffee demi-glace

Dessert
Bertani Recioto della Valpolicella, 2010 (Veneto)
Selected Artisan Cheeses

$99 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call for reservations
860.659.2819

140 Glastonbury Boulevard | Somerset Square | Glastonbury

 

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Max’s Oyster Bar “Local Distillers Dinner”

2016-06-23 Berkshire Mountain

ARTISANAL DISTILLER DINNER
with
Special Guest Speaker:
Chris Weld
Founder, Owner & Distiller

Please join us for a very special evening of locally crafted, award-winning spirits
featuring Berkshire Mountain Distillers.

Thursday | June 23 | 6:30pm

Menu by Chef Hunter Morton

Founded in 2007, Berkshire Mountain Distillers (BMD) has grown to include
a wide range of award-winning spirits. Chris began selling BMD’s spirits door to door in Massachusetts
out of the back of his truck, and today they are available in 19 states.
Chris remains fully involved at the distillery and has a passionate hands-on relationship with every bottle.


To learn more about BMD, visit their website.

MENU

When You Sit

Cucumber Collins with Ice Glen Vodka

New Bedford Scallop Crudo

cucumber, wasabi caviar, radish, nori, basil, thai chili

1st COURSE

Strawberry Clover Club with Max’s Custom Ethereal Gin

Crispy Lobster

avocado futomaki roll, spicy aioli, pea tendrils, sesame seeds

fennel, rhubarb confit, crispy artichoke, cherry sauce

DESSERT

Cold Brew Cocktail

Rosedale Farms Strawberry Coffee Cake

cream cheese glaze, coffee anglaise

~menu subject to change~

$85.00 per person

(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call for reservations

860.236.6299

BMD Website

http://berkshiremountaindistillers.com/

 

  

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Max Downtown presents a Santa Barbara County “Wine & Food Pairing Dinner”

2016-06-24 Santa BarbaraMax Downtown is Pleased to Announce

a Very Special Wine & Food Pairing Dinner

featuring the wines of Santa Barbara County, California

Guest Speaker: Morgen McLaughlin

President of the Santa Barbara Vintner’s Association

Friday June 24th
6:00pm Reception

6:30pm Seating

Santa Barbara is one of the most dynamic wine growing regions in the country. The location of the region in proximity to the Pacific Ocean has a dramatic effect on what grapes grow and where.  The longest growing season of any wine region is achieved here.

We are very pleased to welcome Morgen McLaughlin, a Connecticut native who now coordinates the various wineries throughout Santa Barbara County. She knows the growers and the owners, has stories and insights to share and this should be a fabulous evening of great wines, paired with Chef Chris Sheehan’s cuisine.

RECEPTION

Qupé Modern White, Central Coast Blend, 2014

Passed hors d’oeuvres

FIRST

Sea Smoke Blanc de Noirs Sea Spray, Sta. Rita Hills

Koshu Cured Sockeye Salmon

charred avocado | finger lime

SECOND

Robert Murray Vineyards Chardonnay Stasis, Santa Maria Valley, 2011

Warm Lobster & Young Ginger

maitake mushrooms | vadouvan granola | coconut-cilantro sauce

THIRD

Melville Estate Pinot Noir Block M, Sta. Rita Hills, 2013

Black Garlic Pork Belly Pappardelle

sweet corn | cojita | chiles | ramp pesto

ENTRÉE

Andrew Murray Vineyards Syrah Roasted Slope, Santa Barbara County, 2013

Herb Grilled Beef Short Rib

slow roasted ruby beets | baby leeks | pistachio | balsamic cherry jus

CHEESE & CABERNET
Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon, Happy Canyon, 2012

Local Artisanal Cheeses

SOMETHING SWEET

$99.00 Per Person

(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

~menu subject to change~

Please Call for Reservations

860.522.2530

Max Downtown | City Place | 185 Asylum Street | Hartford | 06103

 

 

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Max Downtown Presents the Joy of Wine with Rombauer Vineyards

Rombauer

Max Downtown Presents:

THE JOY OF WINE
with Rombauer Vineyards

Special Guest Speaker: Jim Teegan, Rombauer Vineyards

Friday, June 3rd
6:30pm Seating

Rombauer Vineyards is one of the most recognized wineries sold in the United States.
It helps that the family name is synonymous with cooking
and is in just about every kitchen in the country, thanks to winery co-founder
Koerner Rombauer’s great aunt Irma, author of the Joy of Cooking.
This dinner brings together the elements of fine cooking and fine wines
in one evening of enjoyment as Chef Christopher Sheehan presents a fantastic pairing menu.

To learn more about Rombauer Vineyards, please visit their website.

FIRST COURSE
Rombauer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, 2015
Jalapeño & Yuzu Spiced Fluke Crudo
charred cucumber | pine nuts | cilantro tomato water

SECOND COURSE
Rombauer Vineyards Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2014
Shaved Hudson Valley Foie Gras Torchon
selim pepper and red fruit | grilled filone bread | red sorrel

THIRD COURSE
Rombauer Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, 2012
Korean Barbecue Pork Belly
tapioca tempura oysters | ramp kimchi | pineapple chili sauce

ENTRĖE
Rombauer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2013
Black Garlic Rubbed Wyoming Buffalo
whipped lardo baked fingerling potatoes |
bunching onions | chanterelle mushrooms

DESSERT
Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel, Napa Valley, 2013
Strawberry Rhubarb Pavlova
pistachio | creme de violet gelato

$115.00 Per Person
(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call for Reservations
860.522.2530

Max Downtown | City Place | 185 Asylum Street | Hartford | 06103

 

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