Wine – A State of Mind: RHONE VALLEY Through the Perrin Family

Max’s Oyster Bar is pleased to announce the next installment of

Featuring Wines from the Rhone Valley and the Famille Perrin

With Guest Speaker

Paul Nerz

Regional Director, Vineyard Brands Imports

Friday January25th

12:45 arrival | 1:00pm lunch

The Rhone and Southern France have had the good luck of a number of very good vintages, as of late, and no other family really exemplifies the region as well as the Perrin family of Chateauneuf du Pape. With multiple generations behind, ahead and currently in charge of some of the top vineyard locations across the region, the Perrins continue to deliver some of the most exciting wines of the entire region – and with some of the best values anywhere. Join us as we explore some of their newest creations and more traditional offerings, for the inaugural date for the 2019 Lunch Club Season.

Cuisine prepared by Chef Bob Peterson.

Arrival

Brandade

 Warm Brioche | Green Olives | Red Sorrel

Famille Perrin, Côtes du Rhône Réserve Blanc (2016)

1st

House Smoked Salmon

Fingerling Potato Remoulade | Frisee | Mustard Vinaigrette

Crushed Pistachio

Miraval, Côtes de Provence Rosé (2017)

2nd

Cassoulet

Duck Confit | House Made Bacon | Garlic Sausage

Winter Vegetables | Flageolet Beans | Herb Crust

Domaine Les Alexandrins, Syrah (2017)

3rd

24-Hour Beef Shortrib

Root Vegetables | Apple-Celeriac Puree | Sauce au Poivre

Crispy Shallot

Famille Perrin, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards (2015)

Something Sweet

Poundcake Pain Perdu

Brown Sugar Crème Fraiche | Citrus Supreme | Candied Ginger

$49.00 per person

(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford for reservations 860-236-6299

Winemaker Dinner with Augusto Boffa of the Pio Cesare Winery in Piemonte, Italy

Max a Mia is Very Pleased to Present

An Italian Wine Dinner Featuring

The Historic Pio Cesare wines of Piemonte

With Special Guest

Mr. Augusto Boffa

Pio Cesare Winery Family Member

Pio Cesare has been producing wines for 135 years and through five generations in its ancient cellars in the center of the town of Alba.

The Pio Cesare winery was founded in 1881, by Cesare Pio. He was a very successful entrepreneur and was inspired to produce a small and select quantity of wines from the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco for himself, his family, friends, and customers. Cesare Pio was dedicated to the terroir of the Piedmont region and to producing wines of the highest quality.

Today, the family members travel extensively to more than 50 countries around the world, echoing what Cesare Pio himself did at the beginning of our history—promoting the name and reputation of the Pio Cesare winery to restaurants, hotels, wine shops and wine lovers worldwide. We are very pleased to welcome fourth generation from Pio Cesare to Max a Mia for this winter wine dinner.

For this dinner we have selected a number of wines from these top estates to feature along with the cuisine of Chef Lundgren.

Tuesday January 22, 2019

6:30 reception, followed by dinner

Reception

Pensieri d’Inverno

a cocktail Featuring Pio Cesare Barolo Chinato

Stuffed Mushrooms

Porcini and Cambezola Risotto

Carne Crudo

Grass Fed Organic Beef, Local Egg Yolk, Crostini, Parmigiana Reggiano

Course 1

Pio Cesare Gavi DOCG, 2016

Vitello Tonnato

Roasted Veal, Tuna Sauce, Caperberry, Grilled Meyer Lemon

Course 2

Pio Cesare Nebbiolo Langhe DOC, 2015

Grilled Quail

Seacoast Organic Mushrooms, Sunchokes, Zucchini,

Bagna Cauda

Course 3

Pio Cesare Barolo DOCG, 2014

Barolo Braised Beef Cheeks

Creamy Polenta, Blistered Tomatoes,

Pan Jus

Formaggio

Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba Fides DOC, 2015

Il Fortteto Moliterno Black Truffle Cheese, Fresh Fig, Native Honeycomb        

Dolce

Nutella Truffles, Sea Salt

$89 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity)

Please contact

Max A Mia for reservations

860-677-6299 | 70 EAST MAIN ST. | AVON, CT 06001

Napa Valley Wine Dinner with Venge Vineyards – January 30, 2019 at Max Downtown

MAX DOWNTOWN is very pleased to present a winemaker dinner featuring one of Napa Valley’s most storied producers


Kirk Venge – Owner and Winemaker, Venge Vineyards

The Venge family has farmed in Napa Valley for nearly half a century. It is a journey that began when Knud Venge emigrated from Denmark to the United States in the early 1900’s. Knud’s son, Per Venge, found his passion in the wine and spirits industry and started Vencom Imports, focusing on the importation of Western European fine wines and spirits. It was Per’s son, Nils Venge, who left the family business in the 1960’s with a vision to study viticulture at UC Davis and establish the family name as an icon in the winegrowing community.

The family’s viticultural roots flourished in 1976 with the purchase of a 17-acre vineyard in the Oakville District that was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This fortunate development cast the family among the winemaking pioneers of Napa Valley.

Nils’ and Dianna Venge’s son, Kirk Venge, gravitated to winemaking at an early age. He proved to be as talented a winemaker as his father, making wines in his own style, with a vision to build on the family legacy. In 2008, Kirk achieved his lifelong dream and acquired full ownership of Venge Vineyards. Today, Kirk continues the Napa Valley heritage, focusing on select vineyard sites that produce fruit worthy of bearing the Venge family name.

Both traditional and progressive wine production techniques are embraced, and they remain focused on a core belief: only fruit grown from select vineyards that has been handled gently and naturally produces wine worthy of bottling under the Venge family name. We are very excited to pair these wines alongside Chef Chris Sheehan’s menu.

January 30th 2019

6:30 Seating

Course 1

Ora King Salmon Crudo

 Asparagus, Ossetra Caviar, Lemon Brown Butter Crumble

Croix Estate, Chardonnay Narrow Gauge (2016) Russian River Valley

Course 2

Pork Belly Terrine

Sicilian Pistachio, Giardiniera, Violet Mustard

Croix Estate, Pinot Noir Narrow Gauge (2016) Russian River Valley

Course 3

Bone Marrow Potato Gnocchi

Shaved Périgord Truffle, Chive Creme

Venge Vineyards, Scout’s Honor Proprietary Red (2016) Napa Valley

Course 4

Roasted Prime Sirloin

Black Garlic Confit, Charred Onion, Romanesco, Sauce Poivrade

Venge Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon Bone Ash Vineyard (2016) Napa Valley

Cheese

Tête de Moine AOP

Venge Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon Silencieux (2016) Napa Valley

$149 Per Person

(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call Max Downtown for Reservations

P: 860.522.2530

or purchase tickets directly by clicking this link

RECIPE: Veal & Pancetta Meatballs

As seen on Better Connecticut – Monday, January 7, 2019

Savoy Pizzeria Veal & Pancetta Meatballs

BEST MEATBALLS – STATEWIDE

(as voted by readers of CT Magazine)

Yield : -12- 3 oz. meatballs

Recipe by Chef Hunter Morton

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. ground pork

1 lb ground veal

4 oz. diced pancetta

1 onion, diced

4 ea. garlic clove, chopped

2/3 cup parmesan cheese

2 ea. eggs

2 slices sourdough bread

½ cup milk

2 Tbsp salt

1 Tbsp red pepper flake

1 tsp black pepper

METHOD

Soak sourdough bread in milk for 10 minutes, squeeze out milk discard

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, mix by hand, do not OVERMIX

Roll into 3 oz balls

Place on sheet tray

Chill for 30 minutes

Bake for 15 minutes till brown at 375˚

Simmer in your favorite tomato sauce for 20 minutes

Enjoy – but be careful…they’re hot!

AS SEEN ON BETTER CONNECTICUT

Max Lunch Club: Wines of Italy with Massanois Imports

Massanois Wine Merchants is a boutique importer of fine Italian wines from well-known and lesser-known regions throughout Italy. For this installment of The Lunch Club, we are joined by Guest Speaker Ian Merris of Massanois Merchants for a tour of Central Italian regions, including Umbria and Tuscany.

Menu by Executive Chef Hunter Morton

ARRIVAL
Sportoletti Assisi Grechetto, Umbria (2016)

I.
Sportoletti Assisi Rosso, Umbria (2015)
Pecorino Tortas Con Salsa di Pomodoro
pecorino flan / tomato sauce

II.
Molino Sant’antimo Perpaolo, Cabernet Sauvignon (2013)
Gnocchetti di Ricotta Tartufata
ricotta gnocchi / truffle sauce

III.
Bibbiano, Chianti Classico (2014)
Cacciucco
tuscan seafood stew / shrimp / calamari / octopus / mussels / tomatoes / garlic bread

SOMETHING SWEET
Bomboloni
(Italian doughnuts)

$49.00 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call for Reservations
860.236.6299

~menu subject to change~

964 farmington ave. | w. hartford | @maxsoysterbar 

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Max Downtown at the James Beard House (NYC) – Whiskey Trail

 

On Monday, February 12, the team from Max Downtown hosted a “cozy, wintry feast” at the James Beard Foundation House in New York City. Chef Christopher Sheehan and his team created a special menu, paired with distinct, prize-winning offerings from Paul John Whisky.

The evening was well-received by all.

Check out the menu

For a limited time, you can check out the Kitchen Cam to see how it all went down.

UPDATE: Max Downtown will be re-creating this evening for guests who were unable to make it down to New York City. Friday, March 23 at Max Downtown….Whiskey Trail Redux.  Details coming soon! 

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An Italian Wine Dinner with Di Majo Norante @ Max Amore

MAX AMORE RISTORANTE PRESENTS

An Evening of Wine & Food featuring the wines of Di Majo Norante

Tuesday March 13th, 2018
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

 

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Max’s November Events!

With the change of weather comes new events from Max Restaurant Group! This November we have several happenings in all of the restaurants, here are a few to keep an eye out for. On November 13th, Max a Mia presents A Wine Pairing Dinner featuring the wines from one of the largest vineyards in Montalcino: Sassetti Livio Pertimali. Then on November 16th, join Max’s Tavern as they travel the world on whiskey at a time. The five course menu along with special guest speaker Brenden Lee, Massachusetts’ Scotch and Whiskey Ambassador, will be sure to impress! In addition to these great events, we have several more coming at you this month! Be sure to check them all out on our website! 

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Savoy Pizzeria and Craft Bar

CT Restaurant Association’s Annual Awards

It’s almost that time of year again, the annual CRA Awards are set to occur on November 28. This year, one of our own has been nominated for two awards! Savoy Pizzeria and Craft Bar is up for “Restaurant Newcomer of the Year” and the man behind it all, Dante Cistulli, has been nominated as the “Rising Star of the Year.”

The incredible event is a salute to excellence and recognition. The night will consist of exceptional food and masterfully made cocktails. It will take place at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino and will begin at 4:30 PM on November 28. Until then, we ask that you vote for Savoy and for Dante Cistulli!

The link to the CRA vote is located HERE.

 

Remember to always look out for updates on our social media accounts!
Instagram: @savoypizzeria
Twitter: @savoypizzeria
Facebook: @savoypizzeria

 

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Max Chef to Farm “Ode to Tomatoes”

On Thursday, August 31, Max Chef to Farm was back at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards for our 8th event this summer: ODE TO TOMATOES.

Featuring a menu by Max a Mia Executive Chef Stephen Lundgren & Savoy Pizzeria Managing Partner/Pizzaiolo Dante Cistulli, this event celebrates the tomato at the height of the season. The Savoy Road Show was in effect and a good time was had by all.

Neruda’s “Ode to Tomatoes” said it best:

no pit,
no husk,
no leaves or thorns
the tomato offers
its gift
of fiery color
and cool completeness.

Here are some photos of the event.

Have A Seat!

 

CT Corn Fritters

Duck Prosciutto Crostini

You Say Tomato….

Local Goat Cheese-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Chef’s Meatballs

COURSE ONE

Rosedale Farms Grilled Corn, Eggplant, and Pattypan Squash Stuffed Tomato

bibb lettuce, crispy local basil

Thing 1 & Thing 2

(or Dante Cistulli of Savoy Pizzeria & Hunter Morton of Max’s Oyster Bar)

COURSE TWO

Cioppino

royal red shrimp, mussels, cockles, garlic crostini, chive oil, tomato fennel brodo

COURSE THREE

That’s my pie….

Wood-Fired Stone Pies

Squash Blossom: herb oil, tomato, fior di latte, squash blossoms, 
Soppressata: Mystic Cheese “Twain”, Rosedale roasted tomato sauce, fresh oregano

COURSE FOUR

Grilled Prime Skirt Steak

heirloom tomatoes, Cato Corner “black ledge blue cheese”,
crispy walla walla onions, grilled Rosedale corn vinaigrette

DESSERT

Basil Panna Cotta

sungold tomato & papaya marmalade

A good time was had by all!

 

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Max Chef to Farm BBQ, Bluegrass and Brews

On Thursday August 10, 2017, Max Chef to Farm headed to Rosedale Farms and Vineyards for Max Chef to Farm BBQ, Bluegrass and Brews with the culinary work of Chef Chris Sheehan of Max Downtown. The event featured Thomas Hooker Brewery and Two Roads Brewing Co. alongside a reception and four course meal.

Reception featured: chicken and biscuits, fried corn mac and cheese, smoked bluefish, fried green tomatoes, chilled watermelon, corn and pork pizza bites and pork rinds.

 

1st course featured Shrimp and Grits.

2nd course featured Beef Brisket Presse.

3rd course featured a whole roast pig alongside corn on the cob, baked beans and other sides. 

The fourth course featured Grandma Morton’s lemon cheese pie.

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

 

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Taste of Hartford – Summer 2016

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 CHRIS & CHRIS

CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO
THE TASTE OF HARTFORD AT MAX

Max Downtown’s Chris Sheehan & Trumbull Kitchen’s Chris Torla
have created two fantastic “prix fixe” menus* for your dining pleasure.

$30.16 per person
(not including tax & gratuity)

Choose one item from each course
TOH_Summer_2016_Menu_2

*Does not include beverages. Not valid with any other offers.

Specially selected specially-priced wines also available at both restaurants.
~menus subject to change~

MAX DOWNTOWN

185 Asylum Street / 860.522.2530
RESERVE ONLINE

TRUMBULL KITCHEN
150 Trumbull Street / 860.493.7412
RESERVE ONLINE

 

 

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