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We’re proud to announce that Jamie’s Junk Show will be performing more show’s at Max’s Oyster Bar throughout the summer.The band will be performing every #thirstythursday through June 4 and then on the following select dates:
Friday, June 12
Friday, June 26
Wednesday, July 8
Friday, July 17
Wednesday, July 22
Wednesday, August 5
Friday, August 21
…and then back to Thursdays beginning August 27.
For more information, please visit their website or call the Oyster Bar at 860.236.6299
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.
February 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
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
For more information or reservations:
Max’s Oyster Bar 860.652.3474
Make Online Reservations Here
Max A Mia 860.677.6299
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Max Burger 860.232.3300
Max Fish 860.652.3474
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Max Amore 860.659.2819
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In recognition of this, throughout September, all Max Restaurant Group locations are joining with Chateau St Jean Wines and Beefeater Gin to support Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research.
Buy a glass of Chateau St Jean or a Beefeater London Dry Gin cocktail, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated.
Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research, Inc., was formed in 1998 to honor the memory of Lea Michele Economos, who at the young age of 18 was diagnosed with leukemia, and subsequently lost her battle when she was only 28 years old. Lea’s Foundation raises money to fund research into the causes of and cures for leukemia and its related cancers lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma).
For more information – visit www.leasfoundation.org
Join us for a great evening of Beers and Burgers, all to support a great cause.
All month long, Max Burger in West Hartford, has been featuring beers from Lagunitas Brewing out of Petaluma, California. On Thursday June 26, we will be hosting a tap take-over with the beers from Lagunitas, with proceeds going to the Protectors of Animals animal shelter in East Hartford, Ct.
Come on out, enjoy a great Thursty Thursday and support those helping to save animals and give them new homes. What could be better? Great Beers, Great fun and all for a Great Cause!
By Brian Mitchell, Corporate Beverage Director, Max Restaurant Group
Last night we had the pleasure of kicking off our new season for the Max Chef to Farm Series, now in its 7th season. This dinner series is a popular series where we take the Max experience out to local farms and present meals based on the ingredients available at that point in the season and what we can source locally.
This series has become so popular that we routinely sell out each event, and often have a wait list. Chef Scott Miller along with a number of the other Max Chefs creates thoughtful, delicious meals with locally sourced farm produce as well as locally sourced meats, cheeses and seafood. For my part, I get to start the evening off with a welcome cocktail when guests arrive, and in line with the locally sourced ingredients I try to find not only local produce or other ingredients to make this cocktail. I also like to find local, or at least hand-crafted / artisanly produced, spirits for the base of these drinks.
For the summer of 2014, I have decided to theme my drinks under the umbrella name/concept of Forager Cocktails, and will be producing a series of these drinks for each C2F dinners through the season, each making best use of local ingredients available at that point in the season.
I had so many requests last night for my recipe that I am posting here for any to see and use. Please feel free to contact me if you need assistance or have questions on how to recreate this cocktail or any others in the series.
For the Forager Cocktail #1, I made a drink based on a slightly obscure, but well thought out drink called the Artemis Flower. This drink combines fresh ingredients that fit perfectly with what is available in early summer – berries. For my part, I called this drink the Rosedale Flower, as we were serving the dinner at Rosedale Farms in Simsbury, Ct, and the main ingredient here were the strawberries picked fresh that morning.
I used the berries with some Bourbon, fresh lime juice, house made “sambuca”, and a thyme syrup that I made in the morning. The “sambuca” actually makes use of a few other locally sourced items for a great flavor twist that is hard to replicate. I use Rime Vodka, which is made by Westford Hill Distillers in Ashford, Ct as the base, to which I infused about a dozen (per 750ml of vodka) fennel blossom heads into slowly for about 3-4 hours. This process allows me to pull the flavor out of the fennel, but not the harsh green components that would detract from the lovely licorice flavors. I added some sugar to balance and the result is very similar to a Sambuca.
My Bourbon of choice for the night is a small production bourbon called Corner Creek Reserve Bourbon, from Kentucky. This is an 88 proof whiskey that is actually aged about 8 years for mellowing. I like the power this bottling has, along with the deep bourbon flavor, and the extra touch of proof did not hurt at all. In fact, the tempering of alcohol by the sweetness from the fresh thyme syrup was perfect. Very simple to make, I used a big fist of thyme sprigs and added them while the water was still cool and then let it steep as it came up in temperature. Once I could smell the thyme strongly, I pulled it off the heat just before boiling. I let it sit for a few minutes and then strained out the leaves and stems. While still hot, I mixed in equal parts (by volume) of granulated sugar to make my syrup. Very flavorful and delicious – adding a great extra flavor element to this drink.
anyone can make this drink at home, and if you are willing to go a little extra for the local and the home-made ingredients, then you will have an even more special experience – something we try to achieve out on the farm.
Forager Cocktail # 1 – The Rosedale Flower
In a mason jar –
Add 3-4 fresh picked strawberries – lightly crushed, but not pulverized
Then combine in jar
2oz Corner Creek Bourbon
½ oz House-made fennel-buca (you can use regular Sambuca like Meletti)
¾ oz Thyme Syrup
½ fresh lime juice
Let sit for a few minutes to absorb the strawberry juice
Fill with ice, add splash of Club Soda and serve with Thyme sprig for garnish