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

Max Lunch Club: Winemaker Edition with Bob Bertheau of Chateau Ste Michelle

THIS EVENT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT

PLEASE CALL MAX’S OYSTER BAR IF YOU WISH TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST IF ANY SEATS BECOME AVAILABLE.

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

Featuring wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle

With Special Guest Speaker:

Bob Bertheau
Head Winemaker ~ Chateau Ste. Michelle

Friday March 16th

12:45 arrival | 1:00pm seating

Menu by Executive Chef Hunter Morton

Arrival

Chateau Ste. Michelle, Pinot Gris

Deviled Crab
crostini

First Course

Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Hills Sauvignon Blanc

Shrimp Salad

arugula, fennel, cucumber, radish, lemon-horseradish dressing

Second Course

Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot

Local Mushrooms

ricotta gnocchi, garlic confit, sunchoke soubise, mushroom “bacon”, watercress

Third Course

Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Grilled Salmon

curry ginger lentils, spiced butternut puree, braised radicchio, curried cashews

Something Sweet

Marmalade Cake
crème fraiche

$49.00 per person

(not including tax or gratuity)

Please call for reservations

860.236.6299

Max’s Oyster Bar | 964 Farmington Ave. | W. Hartford, CT 06107
www.maxsoysterbar.com

Ridge Winery Spring Release & Tasting dinner

Last year we asked the question, “Does Ridge matter?” And with a resounding YES, we featured the new releases and some very special cellar wines from Ridge Vineyards in a delightful tasting and dinner combination. The format was enjoyed so much we are hosting the tasting and dinner once again.

In today’s wine world there are many choices.  Since the late 1950s, Ridge Vineyards has been making extraordinary wines in a natural and traditional manner, something many winemakers left but have come back to.  The wines by Ridge Vineyards are different, they are full of flavor, flavor of the land from which they are grown and produced.  This is something that can be lost by younger winemakers, but with the guiding hand of Paul Draper since 1969, Ridge is still more relevant today, than perhaps it has been at any time in its many years. Max Downtown is very pleased to preset

a fabulous tasting & pairing dinner Highlighting the Spring 2018 releases from Ridge Vineyards.

RIDGE VINEYARDS

Wines That Matter

Spring 2018 Release Tasting & Pairing Dinner

April 5th

6:15pm New Vintage Sampling & Reception | 7:00pm Dinner Seating

Menu by Chef Chris Sheehan

Presentation by Brian Mitchell

Tasting and Reception

New Spring Releases from Ridge Vineyards, including:

Estate Chardonnay 2016

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Geyserville 2016

East Bench Zinfandel 2016

Paso Robles Zinfandel 2016

Passed Hors d‘Oeuvres and Charcuterie

 

Pairing Dinner

Course 1

RIDGE ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2016

Tuna Toro

Bergamot, Wild Ginger, Smoked Shoyu

 

Course 2

RIDGE MONTE THREE VALLEYS ZINFANDEL 2015

Sheep’s Milk Gnudi

Morel Mushrooms, English Peas, Ramp Butter

 

Course 3

RIDGE ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

Creekstone Farm Lardo Wrapped Fillet

Smoked Carrots, Spicy Greens, Spring Garlic Salsa Verde

 

Dessert

RIDGE GEYSERVILLE 2007

Chocolate & Macadamia Terrine

Coconut, Lime, Passion Fruit

 

$125 Per Person

(Not Including Tax or Gratuity)

Please Call Max Downtown for Reservations

(860) 522-2530

185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103

Max Chef to Farm Presents – Spring Wine Dinner at the Wine House

Crystal Ridge Winery

And

Max Restaurant Group

Present

A Chef to Farm Dinner 

Spring Dinner at The Wine House

Wednesday March 28

Please join us at one of the most exciting new winery and dinner locations in the area, high atop Crystal Ridge in South Glastonbury, with the dramatic backdrop of the whole Connecticut River Valley below.  The team from Max Restaurant Group and Crystal Ridge Winery are partnering to present an intimate pairing dinner featuring wine from Crystal Ridge as well as selections from Classic wine regions in Europe. Paul Mathes of Shaw-Ross Importers will be on hand to speak about the non-native wine selections as well present a fun finish to the evening.

6pm Arrival

Crystal Ridge Winery Reception

Chef’s Welcome Amuse

Seared Stonington Scallop, Green Tea Soba, Peanut Sugar

Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose, 2017

Soup

Roasted Cauliflower Bisque

Bacon, Brown Butter

Crystal Ridge Winery Vignoles, 2015

Fish

Butter Poached Monkfish

Carrot Romesco, Fennel

Crystal Ridge Winery St Croix, 2016

Entree

Roasted Lamb Loin

Parmesan Risotto, Brown Beech Mushroom, Asparagus, Pan Jus

Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva, 2012

Dessert

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta

Meyer Lemon, Pomegranate

Solera Sidecar by Paul Mathes

Seating is limited

$125 per person, all inclusive

Crystal Ridge Winery is located at

257 Belltown Rd., South Glastonbury CT 06073

 Visit Our Eventbrite Page to buy tickets

Winemaker Dinner with Chad Melville at Max’s Oyster Bar

 

Winemaker Dinner – Santa Barbara Style

In 1997, working side by side with his father Ron and brother Brent, Chad helped to establish Melville’s Estate vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills, a journey that began and continues to endure with tremendous passion and dedication. Since that time, Chad has received great critical acclaim for his wines. Through both his intimate knowledge of the vineyards and his relentless commitment to winemaking practices that honor tradition and the land, Chad understands the magical evolution each bottle of wine undertakes from vine to glass.

“Off-the-charts good… these are some of the greatest values in the world of wine today”

The Wine Advocate

Guest Speaker

CHAD MELVILLE – HEAD WINEGROWER

“WE TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN BEING AN ESTATE…

OWNING, FARMING, AND GROWING WINE FROM OUR LAND”

Thursday March 29, 2018

6:30pm

 Menu by Chef Hunter Morton

1

Melville Winery, Chardonnay Estate, Sta. Rita Hills, 2014

Smoked Trout

Horseradish Panna Cotta, Watercress, Beet Root Gel, Cucumber, Brown Bread

2

Melville Winery, Pinot Noir Estate, Sta. Rita Hills, 2013

Foie Gras Torchon

Blood Orange Marmalade, Smoked Duck, Pistachio, Brioche, Minus 8 Vinegar

3

Melville Winery, Pinot Noir Sandy’s Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills, 2014

Walden Hills Pork Presse

Garlic Lentils, Savoy Cabbage, Pickled Mustard Seed

4

Melville Winery, Syrah Estate, Sta. Rita Hills, 2015

Roasted Dry-Aged Striploin

Smoked Butter Potato Puree, Seacoast Mushrooms, Baby Carrot, Onion Jus

D

Chocolate Cake

Malted Milk Ice Cream

$99.00 per person

(not including tax or gratuity)

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

860-236-6299

An Italian Wine & Food Pairing Dinner at Max Amore (Re-Scheduled)

MAX AMORE RISTORANTE PRESENTS

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

Original Date – Tuesday March 13th, 2018

This Dinner Event has been Rescheduled to April 3rd

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

140 Glastonbury Boulevard | Somerset Square | Glastonbury | @maxamore

 

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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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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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