Featuring Woodford Reserve bourbon, the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby. Derby-inspired passed & stationed appetizers. Best Hat Contest. First 80 people to reserve will receive a commemorative 145th Anniversary Derby glass.
$45 per person in advance / $55 per person at the door (plus taxes and fees)
DINE OUT CT starts on Feb. 25 and runs through March 3
A week-long event hosted by the CT Restaurant Association to showcase and celebrate restaurants across the state. Funds raised during the event support the CT Hospitality Education Foundation, dedicated to the development of future restaurant industry leaders. Max Restaurant Group is honored to participate.
Max Restaurant Group is very pleased to partner with Crystal Ridge Winery in South Glastonbury, to present an exclusive Valentine’s Day Dinner in the winery. Located on 200 acres above South Glastonbury, with some of the best views in Connecticut and surrounded by vineyards and orchards, this is a romantic and intimate setting.
Enjoy a reception in the winery loft overlooking the CT River Valley, then enjoy a reception followed by four course meal paired with wines from Crystal Ridge as well as other world class selections. Finish the evening with a decadant dessert and wine pairing.
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
Regional Director, Vineyard
12:45 arrival |
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
Warm Brioche | Green Olives | Red Sorrel
Famille Perrin, Côtes du
Rhône Réserve Blanc (2016)
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
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
cocktail Featuring Pio Cesare Barolo Chinato
Porcini and Cambezola Risotto
Grass Fed Organic Beef, Local Egg
Yolk, Crostini, Parmigiana Reggiano
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
Ora King Salmon
Asparagus, Ossetra Caviar, Lemon Brown Butter
Croix Estate, Chardonnay Narrow Gauge (2016) Russian River Valley
Pork Belly Terrine
Giardiniera, Violet Mustard
Croix Estate, Pinot Noir Narrow Gauge (2016) Russian River Valley
Bone Marrow Potato
Truffle, Chive Creme
Venge Vineyards, Scout’s Honor
Proprietary Red (2016) Napa Valley
Black Garlic Confit, Charred Onion, Romanesco, Sauce Poivrade
Venge Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon Bone Ash Vineyard (2016) Napa Valley
de Moine AOP
Venge Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon Silencieux (2016) Napa Valley
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.
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.
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.
Executive Chef David Stickney
2016 Di Majo Norante Sangiovese
Gorgonzola & Quince Lavash / Nduja Grissini / Taleggio Crochette
2016 Di Majo Norante Cabernet Sauvignon
Zuppa Di Marinara caper salt, soppressata crumb
2013 Di Majo Norante Ramitello
Venison Polpetti Alla Scandinavo currant mostarda
2013 Di Majo Norante Contado
Cavatelli with Wild Boar Ragu 30 day pecorino
2012 Di Majo Norante Don Luigi Montepulciano Riserva
Veal Falsomagro gnochetti, spigarello, sugo brasato
2013 Di Majo Norante Apianae
Orange Panna Cotta hazelnut pizzelle, nocciola honey sauce, zabaglione
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!