Paul Hobbs Winery Dinner with Matt Hobbs at Max Downtown – March 5th

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Max Downtown Presents
An evening with Matt Hobbs and the wines of Paul Hobbs Winery

Thursday March 5th

Paul Hobbs has been one of the most awarded winemakers in California and beyond for much of the past 35 years, with wineries in California, Argentina and many consultant projects around the globe.

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Max Downtown is very pleased to welcome Matt Hobbs,
Paul’s younger brother and National Sales Manager, back for a second time.

Reception/Meet & Greet Matt Hobbs (6:30pm)
Crossbarn Chardonnay by Paul Hobbs, Sonoma Coast, 2013

Seating at 7:00pm

1st
Meyer lemon poached fisher’s island oysters,
Osetra caviar, razor clam, leeks, water cress pudding, champagne sabayon
Paul Hobbs Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, 2011

2nd
Roasted squab
foie gras and truffle crust, matsutake mushroom and marble potato fricassee, pine needle jus
Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, 2012

3rd
Sumac roasted rack of lamb
Braised lamb and samosa, eggplant purée, pomegranate and marcona almonds,
red wine vadouvan sauce
Vina Cobos Malbec Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, 2011

Cheese
Cato Corner Farms black ledge blue cheese,
pistachio olive oil biscotti, kumquat jam, Port wine cocoa nib gelee
Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard, St Helena, 2011

$149 per person
Not including tax or gratuity

please call Max Downtown for reservations
185 Asylum Street,
Hartford, CT 06103
860-522-2530

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

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at MAX!

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Visit your favorite Max Restaurant and celebrate the
New Year in style. Special New Year’s Eve menu,
award winning wine-lists, incomparable atmosphere.
Max Downtown • Hartford • 860.522.2530
Trumbull Kitchen • Hartford • 860.493.7412
Max’s Oyster Bar • West Hartford • 860.236.6299
Max A Mia • Avon • 860.677.6299
Max Amore • Glastonbury • 860.659.2819
Max Fish • Glastonbury • 860.652.3474
Max’s Tavern • Springfield • 413.746.6299
Max Burger • West Hartford • 860.232.3300
Max Burger • Longmeadow • 413.798.0101
New Year’s Day Brunch
Max A Mia, Max Amore, Max’s Oyster Bar and Max Fish
will all be open for brunch, 11am – 3pm New Year’s Day.
Max Fish is featuring their renowned Bloody Mary Bar
and Max Amore now offers a Prix Fixe Brunch option
in addition to their menu.
Make Your Online Reservations Here

Landmark Vineyards Winemaker Dinner @ Max Downtown

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Max Downtown presents a very special event featuring 

The Wines of Landmark Vineyards & Justin Winery 

With Guest Speaker, Greg Stach, Winemaker, Landmark Vineyards

Landmark uses the most time and labor-intensive techniques to produce our wines. Grapes are aged in French oak barrels, where naturally occuring wild yeasts ferment the juice. This creates complex, aromatic wines with deep, expressive flavors. Rooted in a rich history of agriculture, Landmark Vineyards is founded by a group that includes Damaris Deere Ford, great-great-granddaughter of John Deere, inventor of the first steel plow.

With cuisine by Executive Chef Chris Sheehan
& wine pairings by Max Downtown Wine Director Justin Gavry
& Max Restaurant Group Beverage Director Brian Mitchell.

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Greg Stach, Winemaker:  renowned for crafting elegant, world-class vintages. Stach’s winemaking approach combines traditional techniques with a “less is more” philosophy. Believing that great wine begins in the vineyard, he intervenes only to ensure consistency and quality, relying more on the fruit’s intense flavors and distinct vineyard characteristics.

For more information on Landmark Vineyards – Click Here

For more information on Justin Vineyards – Click Here

Thursday November 6th, 2014

6:00pm arrival, 6:30 seating

Reception
Passed Hor’s Oeuvre’s
Justin Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Central Coast

1st Course
Hamachi Crudo
sticky rice, Colgan Farms chiles, yuzu soda pop, soy gelee
Landmark Chardonnay Overlook, 2012, Sonoma Coast

2nd Course
Chanterelle Mushroom Tortellini
pinot roasted cippolini onions, pecorino toscano, truffle sauce
Landmark Pinot Noir Overlook, 2012, Sonoma Coast

3rd Course
Breakfast For Dinner
maple glazed slow roasted bacon, fried quail egg, biscuit crumble, redeye gastrique
Landmark Grenache Steel Plow, 2012, Sonoma Valley

4th Course
Steak Frites
sous vide cote de bouef, duck fat frites, frisee lardon salad, horseradish béarnaise
Justin Vineyards Justification, 2011, Paso Robles

Dessert
Chocolate Coffee Palette, Hazelnut Gelato
Justin Vineyards Obtuse, 2011, Paso Robles

$99 per person (not including tax & gratuity)
Seating is limited to 30 guests.  Please make online reservations here.

 

Hallow’s Eve Garbage Can Cookies

DSC02766Chef Hunter Morton and his son Carter join the WFSB Channel 3 morning news team to talk Halloween Goodies and make:

Hallows Eve Garbage Can Cookies
2 sticks of butter, soft
1 cup sugar
2/3 packed brown sugar
3 Tbsp agave nectar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup oats
1 Tbsp ground coffee
2 cups potato chips
1 cup mini pretzels
Cream butter, sugars and agave nectar in mixer with paddle
attachment (or beat together with handheld beater) until fluffy.
Add the egg and vanilla. Then add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Then add everything else, making sure the potato chips and pretzels are last to prevent them from breaking too much. Chill the dough for an hour then drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes (all ovens vary). Enjoy!

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Steve Davis and Fall Cocktails at Max Downtown Friday Night

Jazz-&-Cocktails-REVISE copyCelebrations are in order for this Friday, October 3, 2014!

Max Downtown has made the Steve Davis Jazz Ensemble a permanent fixture here every Sunday. Plus, we’re unveiling our delicious seasonal fall cocktail menu!

Why not throw a party for your guests? Click here to make a reservation

Join us this Friday in the Tavern for complimentary hors d’oeuvres, live music from the Steve Davis Jazz Ensemble, and tasty libations!

To find out more about Steve Davis, click here

Hoptoberfest Beer Dinner @ Max Downtown 10-14-14

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Max Downtown Presents a Hoptoberfest Beer Dinner

Get your Hoptoberfest weekend celebrations off to an early start on Friday evening Oktober 10, at Max Downtown, featuring a comparative Oktoberfest Beer Dinner with coursed selections of Oktoberfest and Harvest style beers from the United States and Germany. Paired side by side, these brews are matched with selections from Chef Hunter Morton of Max Downtown.

Special Guest Speaker for the evening is Jon Stack, Connecticut-based Craft Beer Specialist

Friday October 10th, 2014

American Oktoberfest Sip & Sample Beerception – 6:30 pm
Blue Point Brewing Oktoberfest
Goose Island Brewing Oktoberfest
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Seating – 7:00 pm
Course 1
PRETZELS & PASTRAMI
Gary’s beer braised onions, Cato corners cheddar, caraway mustard
US – Thomas Hooker Brewing Octoberfest Lager
DE – Spaten Oktoberfest

Course 2
GEMISCHT WURST
House-made artisinal Sausages, potato strudel, braised cabbage, rutabaga mustard
US – Widmer Brothers Okto
DE – Warsteiner OktoberfestHackerPschoor-oktoberfest

Course 3
SPANFURKEL                   Secchiarolli Farm Roasted Suckling Pig, Apples chestnut stuffing, brown butter spetzle, Sage jus                     US – Long Trail Harvest Barn Ale DE – Hacher-Pschoor Oktoberfest

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BLUE HILL ORCHARD APPLE FRITTERS
Subedge Farm Hopped ice cream, Maple glaze
US – Redhook Brewery Pumpkin Porter
DE – Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier

$55 per person                               (not including tax or gratuity)

For reservation please call           Max Downtown
185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 522-2530

maxdowntown.com

CT Chef To Farm Week at MAX!

From the farm to the table. An everyday occurrence at a MAX restaurant.
In celebration of all the farmers, cheese makers, bakers & culinary artisans
MAX’s chef have put together a special menu for you, highlighting all
the goodness, right in your own back yard.
For all the delicious details, visit us here!

Plump Jack Winery Dinner at Max Downtown

PlumpJack-Email-2TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2014 AT MAX DOWNTOWN
Experience the incomparable wines of PumpJack Winery
Cuisine by Executive Chef Hunter Morton
Wine pairings by Max Downtown Wine Director Justin Gavry

PlumpJack Winery sits squarely in the heart of Napa Valley’s renowned Oakville
region, surrounded by a 42 acre estate vineyard highly regarded for the quality of
its Cabernet Sauvignon. Both the winery building and the vineyard date back to the
1800s, when winemaking pioneers first took advantage of a unique position on the
valley floor. From the oldest, rockiest section, the “I” Block where we source our
Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, to more recent plantings, PlumpJack strives to
maintain balanced vines. Thanks to the full, expressive range of the estate,
our wines have become known for their intriguing complexity.

Guest Speaker: Scot Gaffney, Eastern Regional Sales Manager
for Plumpjack Estate and Cade Estate Wineries

Reception: 6:00pm – Dinner: 6:30pm
Reception
Passed hors d’oeuvres
CADE Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, Napa Valley
I
Ginger Lobster Dumplings
Starlight Gardens bok choy, sprouts, shishito peppers, bacon dashi
PlumpJack Chardonnay 2013, Napa Valley
II
Marwin Farms Duck Sausage Flatbread
figs, midnight moon cheese, candied onions, kale
PlumpJack Merlot, 2012, Napa Valley
III
Broccoli Pain Perdu
Iberico ham, cured egg yolk, Cato Corners Farm mornay sauce, brioche
PlumpJack Syrah, 2012, Napa Valley
IV
Roasted Porchetta
Rosedale Farms corn pudding, sungold tomatoes, local beans
CADE Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010,
Howell Mountain – Napa Valley
V
Veal Roast Beef
potato fondant, chanterelle mushrooms, sweet breads,
glazed radishes, Gary’s roasted garlic jus
PlumpJack Cabernet Sauvignon “McWilliams Oakville Estate”,
2010/2011 comparison, Napa Valley

Petit Fours & Mignardises

$175 per person
not including tax & gratuity

Tickets can be purchased online here
18% gratuity and 6.35% CT State Sales Tax will be added during checkout.
Tickets will not be mailed. Your name will be on our reservation list.
For inquiries or information, please call: 860.522.2530
MaxDowntown.com