MAX CHEF TO FARM 2019 SCHEDULE IS NOW AVAILABLE TO BOOK TICKETS – NEW EVENTS ADDED FOR THIS SEASON

The Max Restaurant Group is pleased to announce the 2019 Chef to Farm Summer event schedule. For the 12th year in a row, Max Chef to Farm is taking the show on the road and will be hosting a series of dinners and festivals out in the filed, literally. We are dedicated to supporting our local farms and other food and beverage producers, and by bringing the “Max” experience to the farms we get to celebrate all of the hard work and bounty that surrounds us here in Connecticut and Southern New England.

This year we bring back some of the annual favorites, such as the Corn (Maize), BBQ-Bluegrass-Brews, and Tomato dinners, and the ever popular Hoptoberfest. New for season are several dinner events, as well as an added festival theme for Father’s Day. One of the most popular Chef to Farm events is the Lobsterfest, which will be on September 29th, this season, and for Father’s Day we are hosting the Backyard BBQ and Family Fun Day – so that everyone can come out and enjoy a great, relaxing day with dad and the family. Other new events include a Whiskey Dinner with Max Downtown, a Sunflower and Wine Festival in July, and a Chef to Brewery event with Hanging Hills Brewery in Hartford, CT.

We look forward to seeing you throughout the summer and fall season at any of these great events. Links to purchase tickets are listed below by clicking on the event details below the respective pictures. Full details for each are listed on the Eventbrite ticketing pages via the links, or through the Max Chef to Farm website – maxcheftofarm.com


Max Chef to Farm Festival: 6th Annual Father’s Day Fest – Dad’s Day Backyard BBQ and Comfort Day
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Sunday, June 16, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Farm Dinner: “Berries & Blossoms”
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Farm Dinner “MAIZE: Tapas & Corn”
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Friday, July 12, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Farm Dinner: Downtown on the Farm Whiskey Dinner
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Friday, July 26, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Max’s Farm Festival: Oyster Festival
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Max’s Chef to Farm Dinner “BBQ, Bluegrass & Brews”
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Friday, August 9, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Farm Dinner: Max Olé – Tacos & Tequila
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Max’s Chef to Farm Pop-Up Pig Roast
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Farm Dinner “Ode to Tomatoes”
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Farm Dinner “The Vegetarian’s Garden”
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Brewery Dinner: Oktoberfest at Hanging Hills Brewery Hartford
Hanging Hills Brewing Company | 150 Ledyard Street | Hartford, CT 06114
Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Farm Festival: 6th Annual New England Lobster Fest
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Max Chef to Farm Festival: 6th Annual Hoptoberfest 2019
Rosedale Farms & Vineyards | 25 East Weatogue Street | Simsbury, CT 06070
Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Greater Hartford International Pinot Noir Festival – Final List of Wines to be Shown is Tremendous!

We are just a day away from this inaugural tasting event, which looks to be a classic for anyone who is a fan of wine, and especially Pinot Noir. With a tremendous selection of Pinot Noir from around the world, we will be show-casing wines at many price levels and regions.

Just take a look at the list below – cannot express how much fun and what an opportunity this event will be. Beautiful weather and a great setting at the atrium at Max Downtown in Hartford. Tickets are available (we have lots of space) and of course plenty of wine.

Single ticket price to the tasting is $45, plus tax and gratuity, and there will be passed snacks and light fare.

Click here to book your tickets on Eventbrite

At the door tickets will be $55 plus tax and gratuity, if you are still thinking about going, later.


Frederick Wildman and Sons – Jennifer Young
2016 Pinot Nero “Meczan” J. Hofstatter (Alto Adige) $21.99
2016 Pinot Noir, Luigi Bosca (Mendoza) $21.99
2016 Pinot Noir “Los Carneros” Cuvaison $44.99
2016 Mercurey, Domaine Faiveley $29.99
2014 Chambolle-Musigny, Domaine Faiveley $106.49
2016 Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Faiveley $60.99

Kobrand – Jordan Ross
2017 Pinot Noir “Lunita” Bodega Chacra (Patagonia) $57.99
2016 Pinot Noir, Domaine Carneros (Napa Valley) $50.99
2016 Pinot Noir, Resonance (Willamette Valley) $36.99
2016 Auxey-Duresses, Domaine Louis Jadot $36.99
2015 Pommard, Domaine Louis Jadot $67.99

Jackson Family Wines – Seth Kweller
2015 Pinot Noir “STA Rita Hills” Brewer-Clifton $43.99
2015 Pinot Noir “Les Voisins” Copain $41.99
2014 Pinot Noir, Wild Ridge (Sonoma) $29.99
2017 Pinot Noir, Siduri (Santa Barbara) $34.99

Vineyard Brands – Paul Nerz
2017 Hamilton Russell Vineyards (South Africa) $48.99
2015 Monthelie, Domaine Thierry et Pascale Matrot $51.99
2015 Santenay “Les Hates” Vincent et Sophie Morey $35.99
2016 Fixin, Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret $53.99
2015 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epenots, Domaine de Courcel $166.99

Worldwide Wines – Tom Taylor
2014 Pinot Noir “Knox Vineyard” Au Bon Climat $53.99
2015 Pinot Noir “Mills Vineyard” Calera $75.99
2015 Pinot Noir Estate, Melville Winery $38.99
2016 Pinot Noir “Dundee Hills” Archery Summit $69.99

Dreyfus Ashby – Gia Pascarelli
2017 Pinot Noir Cloudline (Willamette Valley) $24.99
2015 Pinot Noir RoseRock (Eola-Amity Hills) $39.99
2016 Cotes de Nuits Villages, Joseph Drouhin $34.99
2016 Gevrey-Chambertin, Joseph Drouhin $79.99
2016 Vosne-Romanee, Joseph Drouhin $107.99
2015 Pinot Noir “Dundee Hills” Domaine Drouhin Oregon $49.99
2014 Pinot Noir “Laurene” Domaine Drouhin Oregon $79.99

Slocum and Sons – Ashlynn Taylor
2016 Pinot Noir “Avni” Lingua Franca (Oregon) $39.99
2015 Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve, Domaine Serene $84.99
2016 Pinot Noir, Flowers (Sonoma Coast) $64.99
2017 Pinot Noir “Clark and Telephone” Belle Glos $59.99
2016 Pinot Noir, Chanin (Santa Barbara) $31.99

Allan S. Goodman – Howard Asadow
2017 Pinot Noir “Whole Cluster” Willamette Valley Vineyards $28.99
2016 Pinot Noir Estate Willamette Valley Vineyards $33.99
2015 Pinot Noir Savoya Vineyard, Ken Wright Cellars $80.99
2015 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard, Ken Wright Cellars $80.99
2015 Pinot Noir “Russian River Ranches” Sonoma-Cutrer $31.99

Brescome Barton – Jillian Carey
2016 Pinot Nero “Glener” Castelfelder $29.99
2016 Pinot Noir “Sonoma Coast” Patz and Hall $46.99
2015 Pinot Noir Reserve “Dundee Hills’ The Four Graces $58.99
2014 Pinot Noir “Sunny View” The Calling $37.49
2016 Pinot Noir “Willamette”, Argyle $29.99

Artisan Wines – Jim Morrison
2017 Pinot Noir Ahurani, Kelley Fox Wines $32.99
2017 Pinot Noir Mirabai, Kelley Fox Wines $39.99
2016 Pinot Noir Momtazi Vineyard, Kelley Fox Wines $57.99
2017 Pinot Noir Hyland Vineyard, Kelley Fox Wines $59.99
2016 Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard, Kelley Fox Wines $72.49

DM Selections – Deidre Magnello
2017 Pinot Noir, Grochau (Willamette Valley) $19.99
2014 Pinot Noir, Merriman Estate (Yamhill County) $34.99
2015 Cote Chalonnaise, Domaine Goubard $21.99
2015 Bourgogne Rouge, Lou Dumont $28.99
2015 Chambolle-Musigny, Lou Dumont $67.99
2011 Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru Les Vergelesses, Francois Andre $58.99

Michael Skurnik Wines – Marissa Marchese
NV Champagne Brut Blancs des Noirs, Moussé $42.99
2016 Pinot Noir “Sonoma Coast” Anthill Farms $34.99
2016 Pinot Noir “Mt. Jefferson Cuvee” Cristom $34.99
2015 Bourgogne Rouge, Domaine Paul Pillot $32.99
2014 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, Domaine Arlaud $149.99

Missing Link – Doug Rankin
2016 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Brooks (Willamette Valley) $26.99
2017 Pinot Noir, Presqu’ile Winery (Santa Maria Valley) $23.99
2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Lieu Dit (Santa Barbara) $23.99
2015 Gevrey Chambertin “Les Justice” La Combe Grisard $75.99
2014 Pinot Noir “Original Vines” Eyrie Vineyards (Willamette Valley) $80.99
2015 Pinot Noir “Refugio” Montsecano (Casablanca Valley, Chile) $22.99
2012 Pinot Noir, Merdinger Bühl, Weinhaus Heger $19.99

Winum Wines – Jim Donahue
2014 Pinot Noir, Aether (Santa Barbara) $39.99
2015 Pinot Noir, Foxen (Santa Maria Valley) $39.99
2014 Pinot Noir John Sebastiani Vineyard, Foxen $64.99
2017 Pinot Noir, Wild Eye (Santa Lucia Highlands) $39.99
2014 Pinot Noir Reserve Alix de Vergy, Blackjack Ranch $49.99

Piedmont Wine Dinner with Michele Chiarlo Wines at Max Amore 2-26-19

Max Amore in Glastonbury presents a Wine & Food Pairing Dinner featuring the wines of Michele Chiarlo Winery

Special Guest Speaker for the evening

Massimo Galvano

Italian Wine Director – Kobrand Corporation

A STORY OF A FAMILY

The Chiarlo Family home in their vineyards

Since 1956, Michele Chiarlo has been vinifying the essence of Piedmont, loving and developing the most incredible wine region in the world. There are 110 hectares of vineyards between Langhe, Monferrato and Gavi. These crus respect both ecological criteria & the expression of the terroir.

Michele Chiarlo has not abandoned his philosophy. Rigorous selection of the best grapes from only the most reputable growers in the most favored vineyard areas and longer aging in oak and then in bottle prior to release were measures he adopted before the DOC laws. Additionally, from the beginning, Michele Chiarlo has directly managed or personally overseen every aspect in the productions of his wines. Since the early 1990s, his sons, Alberto and Stefano, have also held management roles.  Alberto, the elder, directs Marketing and sales; Stefano, an oenologist by profession, manages vineyard operations and collaborates in production in the cellars.

We are very pleased to present these wines at Max Amore as part of our continued wine dinner series featuring some of the world’s great estates.

Menu Created by Chef David Stickney

Tuesday February 26th, 2018

Seating at 6:30pm

-Amuse-

Polenta Dusted Veal Sweetbread

Parsnip Puree, Romanesco

Gavi Le Marne 2016

-Primi-

Piemontese Beef Tartare

Cured Egg Yolk, Black Truffles, Parmigiano Reggiano

Nebbiolo Il Principe 2015

-Secondi-

Fresh Paccheri & Venison Bolognese

Cipolini Onion, Smoked Pistachio Crumbs, Stracciatella

Barbera d’Asti Superiore Nizza Cipressi 2016

-Terzo-

Espresso & Porcini Rubbed Prime Rib

Gorgonzola Popover, Caramelized Brussels Sprouts,

Seacoast Mushroom Ragu

Barolo Tortoniano 2013

-Dolce-

Pastiera Di Napoletana

  Moscato d’Asti Nivole 2016

Sunset over the Chiarlo home vineyard

$90 Per Person

(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please call Max Amore for Reservations

860-659-2819

140 Glastonbury Boulevard | Somerset Square | Glastonbury

Max’s Valentine’s Day at the Wine House at Crystal Ridge Winery

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.

Thursday February 14

Menu by Max Restaurnat Group Culinary Director

Reception 6:30 – Followed by Dinner


Reception

Libations and Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

Tuna Tartare Tacos

Oyster Rockefeller

Brie & Fig Crostini

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Lamberti Rosé Spumante, Italy nv

Lose Your Shoes Tonight Cocktail

First

Caribbean Coconut Lobster Bisque

Crispy Plantain Chips, Ginger Lobster Salad

Second

Roasted Beet Salad

Goat Cheese Crema, Red Watercress, Blood Oranges,

Tangerine, Pistachio, Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Third

Duck Confit Pasta

Ricotta Cavatelli, Mushrooms, Swiss Chard, Cipollini Onions,

Parmesan, Brioche Crumble, Black Truffle Sauce

Forth

Sous Vide Short Rib Oscar

Crab Crusted Short Rib, Yukon Gold Potato Risotto,

Roasted Carrots, Shaved Asparagus Salad, Hollandaise

Wine Service for Dinner to include your choice of

Max Family Cuvée Reserve Napa Valley Red, 2016

Max Family Cuvée Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma, 2017

Famigla Pasqua 11-Minute Rosé, Italy, 2017

Dessert

Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Candy Cake

White Chocolate Anglaise, Berries

Love Over Money, Tokaj Evolúció Late Harvest, 2015


Tickets are $250 per couple, inclusive of all taxes and fees

To purchase tickets, go to our Eventbrite page by clicking here

CABS & SLABS is Back!

Max’s Tavern Is Very Pleased to Present

The Perfect Winter Wine and Food Pairing Dinner…

CABS & SLABS

A Wine Pairing Dinner Featuring

Great California Cabs & Great Slabs (Of Beef)

With Special Guest Speaker

Chip Coen

Vice President, On-Premise – M.S. Walker Fine Wines

Featuring the Cuisine of Max Restaurant Group Culinary Director

Chef Hunter Morton

Thursday January 31st, 2019

6:30 Seating

Menu

1.

Zaatar Roasted Cauliflower

smoked carrot romesco, almonds

Cap Royal Rouge, 2015, Bordeaux Superieur

2.

Flank Steak

 bok choy, kimchee, miso butter, sesame

Kanonkop Paul Sauer Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, Stellenbosch – South Africa

3.

Steak Frites

red wine marinated wagyu flat iron, hand cut french fries, blue cheese butter, au poivre

Vivens par Chateau Durfort Vivens Margaux, 2012, Bordeaux

4.

Beef “Stew”

Dry Aged Pat Lafrieda New York Strip Steak

Longmeadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, Napa Valley

5.

Coffee Rubbed Tomahawk Ribeye

twice baked red bliss potatoes, creamed spinach gratin

Served Family Style

Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015, Mendoza – Argentina

6.

Trio of Truffles

$115 Per Person

(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call Max’s Tavern for Reservations

413-746-6299

1000 Hall of Fame Ave | Springfield, MA | 01103

Oregon Winemaker Dinner at Trumbull Kitchen January 30th

Trumbull Kitchen Is Very Pleased to Present A

WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS

WINEMAKER PAIRING DINNER

Wednesday January 30th  

6:00 reception | 6:30 Seating

Ryan Clifford, Harvest Winemaker at Willamette Valley Vineyards, visits Trumbull Kitchen on January 30th

Founder, Jim Bernau, purchased the Estate site in 1983 and cleared away the old pioneer plum orchard hidden in Scotch broom and blackberry vines. He planted Pinot Noir (Pommard and Wadenswil clones), Chardonnay (Dijon and Espiguette) and Pinot Gris. In the beginning he hand-watered the vines with seventeen lengths of 75′ garden hose.

Willamette Valley Vineyards has come a long way since then.

Today, the stylistic emphasis is on pure varietal fruit characters, with attention to depth, richness of mouthfeel, and balance. The wines are truly a collaborative effort of the entire vineyard and winemaking staff.

Join us at Trumbull Kitchen to meet one of those winemakers and a fabulous dinner, pairing Willamette Valley Vineyards wines with Chef Chris Torla’s menu.

Guest Speaker

Ryan Clifford

Harvest Winemaker / Regional Brand Manager

Willamette Valley Vineyards

Reception

Willamette Pinot Gris, 2017

Smoked Gouda and Apple Crostini

hot honey drizzle

1

Willamette Chardonnay, 2016

Smoked Salmon and Dungeness Crab Napoleon

meyer lemon, bulls’ blood, lemon oil

2

Willamette Elton Pinot Noir, 2014

Charred Salmon Medallions

curried beluga lentil vinaigrette, crisp apple, baby watercress

3

Willamette Estate Pinot Noir, 2016

Sage and Honey Glazed Quail

butternut squash coulis, warm farro salad, pomegranate reduction

Dessert

Willamette WC Rose, 2016

Dried Cherry Tart

toasted pistachios, grilled cantaloupe relish, chantilly cream

$89 Per Person

(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call Trumbull Kitchen for Reservations

(860) 493-7412

Max Lunch Club 2019 Season Dates

“One of the best value food and wine events around, period.”

I am very pleased to announce the dates for our upcoming season of Max Lunch Club events at Max’s Oyster Bar, in West Hartford Center.

For years, we have been presenting great offerings of wine and food combinations in essentially what is a trimmed down wine dinner, but delivered at lunch (and always on a Friday). I try and make sure that we are visited by winery and industry processionals that have an interesting perspective on the topic at hand, and can give our Lunch Club guests some great insight to the wines we are featuring. All of this paired with Chef Bob Peterson’s creations make for a great way to enjoy an afternoon, and a civilized luncheon.

Additionally, I take a lot of professional pleasure and pride in making these selections and pouring the wines that I have hand-selected for each event. Bringing the various guest speakers to our market and introducing them to the Lunch Club members is such a great way to work with wine that I have discovered and enjoy – I hope you agree.

Here is the list of dates that will be filled for the 2019 season, and while all topics have not been filled in quite yet – I am working to get these topics filled shortly, and will be updating as I gets commitments.

As always we ask our guest to arrive at 12:45, and generally plan to start the event at 1pm. We will also be continuing our partnership with the Wise Old Dog wine shop in West Hartford on all of these events.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or comments.

Cheers!

Brian Mitchell, Director of Wine and Beverages for the Max Restaurant Group

January 25th – Rhone Wines through the lens of the Famille Perrin

For this date we venture to the Rhone Valley and taste selections from the Perrin family, owners of Chateau de Beaucastel, perhaps considered to be the premier Chateauneuf-du-Pape estate. The Perrins have been a long-standing favorite of mine, and they continue to develop new wines and regions to show the diversity of the wine regions of southern France. Paul Nerz of Vineyard Brands, the import company responsible for the Perrin wines in the US, will be on hand to present.

Click here to see the full menu.

February 22 – Thom Horsey of Ste. Michelle Estates

Wine Educator Thom Horsey of Ste Michelle Estates pays us a visit and will be presenting wines from the larger portfolio of this top producer. Stay tuned for the specif wines and menu.

March 25 – TBD

April 12th – Matteo Bolla from Valdo Winery – a Perspective on Prosecco

Prosecco is about the hottest wine category going over the past ten years, only surpassed perhaps by Rose (who would have thought?). The Bolla family has been making exceptional Sparkling wines north of Venice since the 1930s, and the current generation has been working hard to make it event better. Matteo Bolla is an exceptional ambassador for the family winery and the region as a whole. See why Prosecco is not just a note wine, but a diverse region with complex wines.

May 17th – TBD

June 14th – TBD

July 12th – Loire Valley from Sancerre to Saumur

This past year I had the pleasure to travel to the Loire and experience some phenomenal wines from regions that are familiar to some, but less well-known to others. For this lunch I will be presenting a selection of wines from top producers I met on my travels.

August 9th – TBD

September 13th – TBD

October 4th – TBD

October 25th – TBD

November 22nd – 6TH Annual Beaujolais Luncheon

This has become an annual favorite, and a lunch that I personally really enjoy. Each year I present a Beaujolais Nouveau from the current release, which is allowed to be released just the day before to the world. This is followed by a selection of top wines from smaller producers that have contributed to the absolute turn-around in everyone’s view of the Beaujolais region. The leader in authentic and pure wines, this is the new frontier of exceptional value and food-friendly wines from France. Chef usually pairs with some classic French dishes, making this all the better for foodies!

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

Summer Thyme for Food & Wine at Max’s Tavern

MAX’S TAVERN

is pleased to present

a 5-part Dinner on the Patio Series

Pick your favorite event (or two or three) and join us for some delicious summer eating.

Includes food and beverage featured each night.

5-8pm on the patio

 

3 August

Shucked 

Oysters, Clams, Scallop, Ceviche, Tuna Poke

Bubbles & Summer Wines

Broadbent Vinho Verde

Honig Sauvignon Blanc

Roederer Anderson Valley Brut

La Vielle Ferme Rosé

 

10 August

Game Night

Grilled Venison, Buffalo Burgers, Wild Boar

Wine that plays well with Game

Jean Vincent Sancerre

Murphy Good Cabernet

Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage Petite Ruche

Baldacci Syrah Allwin

 

17 August

Something Corny

Grilled Street Corn, Grilled Scallops & Corn Salsa, Shrimp & Corn Bisque

Corn Whiskey Cocktails and Chardonnay.

Nielsen Chardonnay

Casa Lapostolle Chardonnay

Smugglers Notch Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon

24 August

Pigs ‘n’ Pinot

A Tavern Pig Roast

Lots of Different Pinot Noir Varieties

Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Rouge

Patton Valley Pinot Noir

Sainstbury Garnet Pinot Noir

Joseph Phelps Freestone Pinot Noir

31 August

Endless Summer

Lobster Roll Sliders, Burger Sliders, Potato Salad, Grilled Corn

Local Brews & Max Cuvee

Brewtus Maximus APA, Thomas Hooker Brewing Company, Bloomfield, CT

Fresh Pick IPA, Fort Hill Brewery, East Hampton, MA

Max Cuvee Red, Napa Red Blend

Max Cuvee White, Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc

Ticket price $50 Per Person Per Event
(does not include tax and 18% gratuity)

Each event sold separately.

Call to Reserve Your Seat
413-746-6299
Max’s Tavern • 1000 W Columbus Boulevard • Springfield • MA

Max Lunch Club – Sancerre: It’s In the Rocks!

Max’s Oyster Bar Is Pleased to Present  

The Friday Lunch Club

Sancerre: It’s in the Rocks

Featuring Selections from Henri Bourgeois

Sancerre is a beautiful hilltop city, surrounded by magnificent vineyards, the soils of which are the driving force behind the beauty of the Sauvignon blanc expressions from this area. For this edition of The Friday Lunch Club, we explore some of the various aspects of Sancerre, through multiple expressions of what the chalky hills can produce. We pair selections from Henri Bourgeois along with the cuisine of Chef Robert Peterson for this engaging mid-summer event.

Guest Speaker
Gia Pascarelli
Loire Valley Wine Specialist

Friday July 13, 2018

arrival
Henri Bourgeois Châteaumeillant Gamay Rosé, 2017, Loire
Chef’s Amuse-bouche

1st
Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Côte des Monts Damnés, 2017, Loire
Crispy Lobster Ricotta Mint Stuffed Rosedale Farms Squash Blossoms
Squash Noodle Salad, Garlic Scape Pesto, Tomato Jus

2nd
Henri Bourgeois Henri Bourgeois Sancerre d’Antan Silex, 2015, Loire
Baked Lemon Herb Butter Copps Island Oysters
Lardo, Starlight Gardens Baby Greens, Jardinière Vegetables

3rd
Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Rouge Les Baronnes, 2014, Loire
Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon
Fingerling Potato Frites, Local Charred Beans, Gribiche

Something Sweet
Cherry Profiterole
Pâte à Choux House Made Branded Cherry Ice Cream, Chocolate Sauce, Pistachios

$49.00 per person
(not including tax or gratuity)

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

St Francis Women’s Heart Health Program is a Success with Josh Cellars

Each year the Max Restaurant Group teams up with Josh Cellars for a month-long promotion, where for every glass, quartino and bottle of Josh sold, a portion of the proceeds is donated to the St Francis Foundation in support of their Women’s Heart Health Program. This is a fabulous program that goes out into the community to provide screenings related to cardio-health, as well providing both preventive and treatment resources to women at risk for heart related health issues.

We are very pleased to announce the 2018 contribution totaled over $7000, and will have a direct impact on the various programs and events that are part of the initiative.  Max Restaurant Group would like to thank all of our guests for recognizing the benefits of such a program and making a difference by enjoying a glass or bottle of Josh Cellars wine.

From left to right: Brian Mitchell, Director, Wine & Beverages, Max Restaurant Group; Lynn B. Rossini, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Saint Francis Foundation; Anita M. Kelsey, MD, FACC, FASE is Associate Chief, Section of Cardiology and Director, Women’s Heart Program — Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center; Steve Abrams, Managing Partner, Max Downtown

A little bit about the Women’s Heart Health Program

The Women’s Heart Program is offered free to any woman over 18. It is designed to help women take a proactive approach to heart disease through education and increased awareness. Participants register for an education session provided by a cardiologist, registered nurse, a registered dietitian, and an exercise physiologist. The staff of the Women’s Heart Program will assist you in developing individualized goals for reducing your risk of heart disease, making appropriate dietary changes, and beginning a structured exercise program.

What happens at a Women’s Heart event?

  1. It lasts about 1 hour, and is led by our team of healthcare professionals that includes a cardiologist, exercise physiologist, a registered dietitian, and a nurse.
  2. The team evaluates your heart risk by looking at your BMI, weight, waist circumference, and blood pressure. Our team may also assess your diet history, any available labs you may have, your physical activity and any other pertinent medical history.
  3. The Cardiologist and nurse will review the signs and symptoms of heart disease for womens and discuss risk reduction strategies.  The dietitian will make heart-healthy recommendations about diet, and the exercise physiologist will make physical activity recommendations to help you meet your goals.
  4. The staff also provides educational lectures to groups looking for a team wellness approach.

Although heart disease is the biggest health threat to women, it is preventable.

For more information about the St Francis Hospital and Medical Center’s Women’s Heart Health Program – please visit their website.

For information about Josh Cellars – please visit their website.

 

 

May Lunch Club at Max’s Oyster Bar – Rosé All Afternoon

The Lunch Club – Rosé Edition:

Featuring a Selection of the Hottest Wines for the Season

Rose wine has been around since wine has been around, but only in the past 5-10 years have American wine drinkers really embraced the style, now making it the fastest growing category in the wine industry.  Rose is made from many varieties and in every region of the world where wine is made. From light and easy to fuller-bodied, it comes in bottles, cans and kegs. Perfect for Spring and lighter fare – join us as we celebrate everything pink with some Friday afternoon Rosé drinking and a menu by Chef Hunter Morton’s.

Guest Speaker

Susan McQuade

Winebow Group

COMPLETE MENU TO FOLLOW, BUT HERE IS A PRE-VIEW WITH THE WINE LINE-UP…

Friday May 18, 2018

 Menu by Chef Hunter Morton

arrival

Juve y Camps Brut Rosé Cava NV (Pinot Noir), Spain

1st

Amble + Chase Rosé, 2017 (Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault), Provence

2nd

Massaya Rosé, 2017 (Cinsault, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon), Lebanon

3rd

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Rosé, 2017 (Syrah, Grenache Noir, Grenache Gris), California

Something sweet

Couly Dutheil Chinon Rosé, 2017 (Cabernet Franc), Loire

 

$49.00 per person

(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford for reservations

860-236-6299