Cultivating Toscana with the Frescobaldi at Savoy Pizzeria

 

 CULTIVATING TOSCANA at SAVOY PIZZERIA & CRAFT BAR

Featuring Inspired Recipes with the wines of Frescobaldi

With 700 years of wine history, the story of the Frescobaldi family is closely linked to the history of its land, the culture and the wines of Tuscany. We are very pleased to present an evening of wines from this historic family winery paired with an inspired menu from Chef Dante Cistulli.

Monday March 19

6:30 pm

Guest Speaker

Paul Mathes

New England Regional Manager – Shaw Ross Imports

Menu

Reception

Frescobaldi Vermentino Massovivo, 2015, Toscana

Antipasti

Assorted Cured Meats, Cheeses, Vegetables

1:

Frescobaldi Ammiraglia Rose Alìé, 2017, Toscana

Garlic Flatbread, Braised Radicchio, Kalamata Olives,

Caramelized Onion, House Made Ricotta, Crispy Pancetta

2:

Frescobaldi Rosso Toscana Rèmole, 2015

Pasta Botarga

Rhode Island Calamari, Baby Octopus, Littleneck Clams, Nduja, Pasta Al Nero, Lemon Tomato Marinara, Beaver Brook Farms Pleasant Cow Cheese

3:

Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Nipozzano, 2013, Toscana

Wood Fired Lamb Shank

Braised White Bean, Artichoke, Fennel, Rosemary, Breadcrumbs, Braising Jus

Dolce:

Castello Pomino Vinsanto

Chocolate Bundino Cake

Vanilla Gelato, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Toasted Almonds

$70.00 Per Ticket

(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call Savoy to Purchase Tickets

(860) 969-1000

32 LaSalle Rd | West Hartford, CT | 06107

 

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New Wines on the List at Max’s Oyster Bar are Perfect for Oysters

This week we added a few new selections to the wine list at Max’s Oyster Bar. These choices were based on recent tastings I have attended and the strength of the 2015 and 2016 vintages in Burgundy in particular.

The definite standouts for me are from a tasting in New York I attended last week. This showcased a great selection of these top vintages, but in a dramatic side by side fashion, allowing for an easy review of the vintage styles comparatively, and together. The two wines of note are a 2016 1er Cru Chablis from Domaine de Chantemerle, from the famous vineyard Fourchaume. Great core of chalky, wet stone, wrapped around crisp green apple flavor. Perfect or a big plate of raw seafood. The other standout is the 2015 Grand Cru Chablis from Domaine Pinson, this one in particular from the Les Clos vineyard, the biggest of the seven climates in GC Chablis. This wine not only has the great chalky style in the mid-palate, but richness and length rarely met with other Chardonnay. The other thing that stood out for me is the the fact that despite these wines are top sources, the prices are very reasonable and we are able to present on the wine list as comparative values. Perfect styles for our menu.

The third wine I added this week to the list at MOB, is a tasty Chenin Blanc form the Montlouis-sur-Loire appellation. Many people are familiar with Vouvray, which is the area just across the river from Montlouis, but less familiar is that great Chenin Blanc also comes from this side of the river. I tasted this wine with the staff and they were all in love with the chalky, green apple and brioche flavors of this wine. A perfect wine to have as an alternative to Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. delicious and balabced and relative bargain on our selections.

Check out this article for a bit more information on Montlouis-sur-Loire.

Three great wines from the Loire in France and from outstanding vintages – all on the list this week at Max’s Oyster Bar.

  

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Full Selection of Holiday and Seasonal Beers on Tap at Max Burger WH

I just stopped by Max Burger in West Hartford this afternoon and they have a great selection of drafts on hand for the weekend.  If you have not stopped in to see us in a while, we revamped the entire bar area this past summer and installed extra beer lines in on our new fire-engine red draft tower.  From the cooler to the faucets, everything is brand new and pouring perfectly.

On draft tonight and over the weekend (tapped at various times so check our UnTappd page for updates), will include, among others –  Thomas Hooker #No Filter (CT), Prospect Hop Flavored Cider (MA), Fat Orange Cat Hanna Banana (CT), Maine Peeper (ME), Relic The Mage (CT), Jack’s Abbey House Lager (MA), Two Roads No Limits Hefeweizen (CT), New England Brewing Co Sea hag IPA (CT), Two Roads Clementine Gose (CT), Hooker Liberator (CT), Stone Enjoy By (CA), and many, many more.

Plus Thursday is half-priced cans of beer all day long! 

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Whiskey is Our Focus at Max Downtown

Since our reopening in September, Max Downtown has been focused on collecting the most exciting and exclusive whiskies available in the market. With the extraordinary demand for this category of drinks, we have seen great response from our guests and the trend continues.  One of the most exciting aspects of our whiskey program – aside from the addition of the Whiskey Wall – is the addition of Whiskey Flights. This is a great opportunity for anyone to taste a range of items in a comparative manner, really get to know the differences between the styles and learn a bit about various whiskey categories.

To start, we will be featuring the following combinations for whiskey flights through the month of December:

OFF TO THE RACES

— Classic Bourbons —

Buffalo Trace

Evan Williams

Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond

Michter’s Small Batch U.S. #1

RYE NOT?

Barrell Cask Strength

Templeton

Woodford Reserve Rye

Hillrock Double Cask Rye

TO PEAT OR NOT TO PEAT

Highland Park 12y

Springbank 10y

Auchentoshan Three Wood

Glenrothes Vintage Reserve

EMERALD ISLE

Glendalough Sherry Cask Finish

Tullamore Dew

Green Spot Pot Stilled

Redbreast 15y

LEGENDS

Midelton Very Rare Irish Whiskey (2016 Bottling)

Buchanan Red Seal Scotch (aged 21 years)

Whistlepig The Boss Hog Rye The Black Prince

George T. Stagg Bourbon

 

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Max Fish Rhone Valley Wine Dinner

On Thursday August 3, 2017, Max Fish hosted the Rhone Valley Wine and Perrin Family Dinner. The event featured a five course meal with wine pairings with guest speaker Emmanuel Leminone.

The first course featured a Creamy Crab Salad served with Bibb lettuce, crispy shallots, salt cod and potato croutons that was paired with Perrin Cotes du Rhone Rose, 2016.

The second course featured Bone Marrow & Snails served with parsley salad and sauce lyonnaise paired with Perrin Cotes du Rhone Rouge, 2014. 

The third course featured Roasted Scallops served with Artichoke Three Ways paired with Perrin Chateauneuf du Pape Les Sinards, 2014. 

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

  

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Max’s Oyster Bar Soter Vineyards Wine Dinner

On Thursday July 20, 2017, Max’s Oyster Bar hosted the Soter Vineyards Wine Dinner featuring the wine maker himself James Cahill. The dinner featured the work of Chef Hunter Morton and consisted of a five course meal with a reception.

Reception consisted of Fried Green Tomatoes paired with Soter Vineyards Brut Rose Mineral Springs Ranch, Nv, Yambill-Carlton.

The first course consisted of Heirloom Melons served with fig, prosciutto, ricotta, mint and almonds.

The second course consisted of Vadouvan Grilled Shrimp served with Local lemon cucumbers, watermelon, green goddess and pickled mustard seeds.

The third course consisted of Seed Crusted Local Striped Bass served with local squash and roasted tomato bread stew.

The fourth course consisted of Licorice Spiced Hudson Valley Duck Breast served with charred cornbread dressing and cherry lavender jus.

The fifth course consisted of Fried Belltown Hill Orchards Blueberry Ice Cream served with blueberry sauce.

(Published and Produce by Marketing and Communications Intern David Zambuto)

 

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Max Burger Longmeadow New Belgium Beer Dinner

On Monday July 17, 2017 Max Burger Longmeadow hosted the New Belgium Beer Dinner festival.

The beer dinner featured a four course meal featuring the creations of Chef Brett Cook.

The first course featured Chef Brett’s “Steak Diana” served with Pepper Crusted Tenderloin, Mushroom & Watercress Salad and Cognac Cream Sauce.

The second course featured a Deconstructed Jambalaya served with Andouille Sausage Rice Cake, Fried Rock Shrimp and Cajun Broth.

The third course featured Short Rib Empanadas served with salsa verde.

The fourth course featured Pecan Smoked Pork Ribs served with Golden Carolina BBQ sauce and a Warm Potato Salad.

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

 

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Max Fish Villa Maria Wine Dinner

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The first course featured a White Peach & Scallop Ceviche served with Avocado, Corn and Tomato.

The second course featured a Red Snapper served with Sweet and Sour Pineapple, Crispy Noodles and Local Swiss Chard.

The third course featured Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie served with Jicama, Melon and “Headly’s” Jamaican Jerk.

The fourth course featured a Grilled Leg of Lamb served with Couscous, Olives and Savory Spices.

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

 

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Trumbull Kitchen Rose Dinner

On Thursday July 13, 2017 Trumbull Kitchen hosted a Rose Wine Dinner featuring a five course paired meal.

Reception featured popcorn with melted butter and lemon zest and with Parmesan and Truffle Oil.

First course featured Oysters & Pearls made with Blue Point Oysters American Ostera Caviar

Second Course featured Oak Grilled Calamari served with mashed fava beans and preserved meyer lemon.

Third course featured a Sonoma Goat Cheese & Hierloom Tomato Tart.

Our fourth course featured Pacific Halibut with Mushroom Kombu Broth served with Roasted chanterelle mushrooms and garlic scape pesto.

The fifth and final course featured Honeyed Peach Tart made with hazelnut crust and chantilly cream.

(Published and Produced by Marketing & 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 Downtown Silverado Wine Dinner

On Thursday June 22, Max Restaurant Group hosted the Silverado Wine Dinner at Max Downtown in Downtown Hartford. The event featured guest speaker Jonathon Emmerich of Napa Valley.

The first course featured Stonington Fluke Ceviche made with roasted chick peas and sungold Z’atar salsa.

The second course featured Country fried escargots and foraged mushrooms made with savory butter & ramp Parker house toast.

The third course featured Walden Hill Credo made with Berber spice, crispy squash blossoms and shelling bean pistou.

The fourth course featured Marrow Crusted Wagyu Short Rib made with bunching onion carbonara, english pea & pancetta salad and long pepper jus.

The fifth course consisted of Mignardise.

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

 

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Max’s Lunch Club Wines of Austria

 

On Friday June 23, 2017 Max Restaurant Group hosted Max’s Lunch Club at Max Oyster Bar featuring an assortment of Wines from Austria.

The first course featured Smoked Salmon Crepe made with creme cheese, baby greens, cucumber.

The second course featured Austrian Spaetzle made with gruyere cheese, mushrooms, fresh peas and caramelized onions.

The third course featured Schnitzel made with crispy veal, Austrian potato salad and lemon.

The fourth and final course featured a local strawberry strudel.

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

 

 

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

 

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