Max Lunch Club Presents The Splendor of the Cape May 29th

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Menu by executive chef Hunter Morton

Reception (12:45)
Refreshing glass of The Wolf Trap White by Boekenhoutskloof
a Rhone inspired white blend of Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Grenache Blanc

1st course
Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc from Walker Bay
Paired with
Cod Cakes – Hearts of Palm, Moroccan spiced yogurt

2nd Course
The Left Bank by Neil Ellis – a Cape blend of Cab Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Cab Franc and Malbec
Cape Malay Fish Curry, basmati, tamarind, cilantro

3rd Course
Hamilton-Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Spiced Venison Burger- Carrot Peanut Slaw, sweet potato fries

$39.50 per person, (not including tax or gratuity)

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar for reservations: 860-236-6299

964 Farmington Avenue West Hartford, CT 06107
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Fess Parker Winery Dinner at Max A Mia with Winery President Tim Snider

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President of Fess Parker Winery from Santa Barbara
For a wine dinner featuring the wines of Fess Parker Winery
and cuisine by Chef David Stickney.

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Monday May 4th
6:30 reception | 7:00pm seating

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Royal red shrimp toast, pompelmo glaze/
Sicilian pistachio crusted goat cheese, saba/
Polenta fritella, apple butter
Fess Parker Riesling, Santa Barbara County, 2011

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Mango wrapped Stonington sea scallop crudo “ravioli”,
Parsley-meyer lemon vinaigrette
Fess Parker Chardonnay Ashley’s, Sta. Rita Hills, 2013

II
Oak grilled lamb scottadito, red carnaroli,
green tomato-cherry fresca
Fess Parker Pinot Noir Parker Station, Santa Barbara, 2013

III
Bracciole, swiss chard, bing cherries,
Heirloom polenta, toybox cherry tomato ragu
Fess Parker Pinot Noir Clone 115, Sta. Rita Hills, 2012

IV
Cato Corner cheeses, elderberry jam, grissini
Fess Parker Big Easy Red, Santa Barabara, 2010

$89 per person
not including tax or gratuity

Please call Max A Mia for reservations
860-677-6299
70 East Main Street Avon, CT 06001

After a successful acting career, Fess Parker sought out and established his winery in the late 1980s, as a way to create a business to pass along to his children and future generations.  With an original 714 acres, he began by planting vines in 1989, in Santa Barbara County.  Today we have the happy occasion to sample his wines and present them for this fabulous dinner.  Tim Snider is President of the winery as well as husband to Fess’ daughter Ashley.

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Max Lunch Club with Hecht & Bannier April 24

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Formed in 2002, by founders Gregory Hecht and François Bannier, Hect & Bannier is a micro-negociant known for its cutting edge wines and have proved to be formidable players in the French wine producing regions of Languedoc, Roussillon & Provence.

Special Guest Speaker:
Mark Raymond, Northeast Regional Manager for Frederick Wildman & Sons

Cuisine by Executive Chef Hunter Morton

12:45pm Reception | 1:00pm Luncheon

Reception
Fried Oyster Salad- spinach, Pickled vegetables, Mint, Lemon
Hecht & Bannier Languedoc White, 2013

Course 1
Stonington Flounder, Marinated asparagus, Spring onions, Radish, Spring Vegetable Sauce
Hecht & Bannier Languedoc Rose, 2014

Course 2
Herb Roasted Chicken Breast-Sugar Snap Peas, Pickled Local Ramps, Smoked Butter Braised Potatoes, Almond Milk,
Hecht & Bannier Roussillon Red, 2009

Dessert
Chocolate Pudding, Salted Caramel Sauce, Brioche
Hecht & Bannier Minervois Red, 2012

$37.50 per person
not including tax or gratuity

For Reservations – 860-236-6299
Max’s Oyster Bar | 964 Farmington Ave. | West Hartford

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Justin Winery & Landmark Vineyards at Max’s Oyster Bar: April 21st

 

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Reception
Main Lobster Lettuce Cup
mango, pineapple, rice noodle, peanuts, nuoc mam sauce
Justin Sauvignon Blanc, 2013

I
Spring Vegetable “Pizza”
melted leeks, fava beans, artichokes,
oak hill farm goat cheese, puff pastry
Landmark Chardonnay, 2012

II
Surf & Turf
Hudson Valley Foie Gras & Pan-seared Hawaiian Tuna
roasted pineapple, ginger sauce, pea tendrils
Landmark Pinot Noir, 2012

III
Roasted Pork Belly
espresso bbq sauce, cheddar cheese, green garlic buttermilk biscuit
Justin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

IV
Cold Smoked Rib Eye of Steak
spring onion bread pudding, pink peppercorn jus
Justin Isosceles, 2011

Dessert
Red Velvet Beet Cake
crème fraiche
Justin Port-style Wine

$95.00 per person
not including tax or gratuity

For Reservations – 860-236-6299
Max’s Oyster Bar | 964 Farmington Ave. | West Hartford

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…about Joseph Spellman, MS

Joseph Spellman, MS is Winery Sommelier for JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery of Paso Robles, CA. He has been sommelier in several Chicago restaurants, including Tango, Maxim’s, Pump Room, Park Hyatt Hotel, and Charlie Trotter’s.

Joseph earned the Master Sommelier Diploma in 1996, held now by 95 Americans, and 160 individuals worldwide. He was elected Chairman of the American Chapter of the Court in 2005. He also won the 1997 title “Best Sommelier in the World in French Wines and Spirits” in Paris.

He wrote the critically praised wine notes featured in three Charlie Trotter books. He also wrote grape descriptions for the Wine Grapes posters produced by Ten Speed Press, and he has written pieces for many magazines.

He is frequently a featured speaker and panel moderator at wine events, with a particular interest in wine’s historical and cultural contexts. As a former English major at the University of Chicago, Joe enjoys writing and critiquing well-employed words about wine and food.

He also loves opera, film, food history, baseball, and beer.

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Lunch Club at Max’s Oyster Bar March 27th

 

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For the next installment of the Max Lunch Club series, Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford will be welcoming fine wine specialist Luis Suarez from CT Distributors, Inc., who will be hosting the wines of Terra d’Oro winery, from the Amador County AVA, in California.

Originally known as Montevina Winery, Terra d’Oro has been making wines in eastern California since 1973, and has always shown what locals have known since the mid-1800s about this wine region – the wines are great!

Mr. Suarez will be guiding the discussion on the wines and Chef Hunter Morton will be preparing a fabulous lunch menu to accompany.

Reception ~ 12:45pm

First Course
Terra d’Oro Chenin Blanc 2013
Crispy Melville Cheese
Roasted Vegetable Farro, Pistachios, Baby Greens, White Balsamic

Second Course
Terra d’Oro Barbera 2011
Cacciucco
Tuscan Seafood Stew, Crostini

Third Course
Terra d’Oro Petite Sirah 2012
Zinfandel Braised Veal Osso Bucco
Vegetable Sofrito, Gremolatta

Dessert
Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Port
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bombe

Lunch Club is open for reservations, and for March 20th will be priced at $37.50 per person, not including tax or gratuity.

Please call Max’s Oyster Bar for reservations:

964 FARMINGTON AVE./ WEST HARTFORD, CT 06107 / P: 860-236-6299

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Flowers Winery Dinner Announced at Max’s Oyster Bar

 

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Since 1989, Walt and Joan Flowers have been crafting focused, elegant wines along the rugged Sonoma Coast region of northern California. With over 300 acres of land they have planted vineyard sites that take advantage of the cool climate and misty fog that rolls in from the Pacific nearly every day.  These wines have won high acclaim in the press and are sought after by collectors around the globe.

Max’s Oyster Bar is very pleased to announce that we will be hosting a limited seating dinner with Flowers Estate manager Greg Miller.  This is a very rare occasion to taste the wines of Flowers and learn from some one who has an integral part in their production.

Dinner will be March 24th, at 6:30pm.

flowers-2012-camp-meeting-ridge-estate-pinot-noir-sonoma-coastMenu and wines being served for the evening:

Amuse Bouche

First Course
Flowers Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2013
Seafood Potato Salad
Smoked New Potatoes, Stonington Red Shrimp, Mussels, Crab, Osetra Caviar, Saffron Aioli

Second Course
Flowers Chardonnay Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard 2012
Chili Lobster Texas Toast
Maine Lobster, Buttered Toast, Sriracha Chili Sauce

Third Course
Flowers Pinot Noir Seaview Ridge 2012
Grilled Fresh Rhode Island Calamari
Squid Ink Rigatoni, Chorizo, Cherry Peppers, Roasted Garlic, Parmesan Breadcrumbs, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Fourth Course
Flowers Pinot Noir Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard 2012
Sepe Farms Roasted Lamb
Toasted Orzo, Sundried Tomatoes, Lemon Confit, Olive Salt

Cheese
Flowers Perennial 2011
Cato Corners Drunken Hooligan
Roasted Dates, Bacon Powder, Honey Gastrique

  Price for the dinner will be $129.00 per person, not including tax or gratuity.

Reservations can be secured by calling Max’s Oyster Bar:

964 FARMINGTON AVE.| WEST HARTFORD, CT 06107 | P: 860-236-6299

2 Winemaker Dinner to Benefit No Kid Hungry Campaign at Max Fish

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Max Fish Presents A Dual Owner / Winemaker Dinner
Featuring the wines of two fabulous Loire Valley wineries.
With Special Guests: Tania Careme of Domaine Vincent Carême (Vouvray)
& Nicolas Grosbois of Domaine Grosbois (Chinon)
To benefit the No Kid Hungry Campaign by Share Our Strength

March 11, 2015
Reception 6:30 / Seating at 7:00

About Domaine Vincent Carême:
Vincent Careme and his wife Tania established themselves in their Loire vineyard in 1999. They farm organically on 14 hectares of land around the villages of Vouvray, Vernon-sur-Brenne and Noizay in the Loire Valley.

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About Domaine Grosbois:
Domaine Grosbois has been family owned since 1820, with some records indicating that they have been in the area since the French Revolution. Consisting of 22 acres, the vineyards and 15th century fortified farmhouse that make up the property are situated in the heart of the Loire Valley on top of the Panzoult Hill in Chinon.  Nicolas Grosbois took over the property in 2005, at the age of 29, and farms all of his vineyards organically.

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Reception

Domaine Vincent Careme Cuvee T Sparkling Vouvray
Oysters on the half shell, mignonette

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Domaine Vincent Careme Spring Vouvray
Assortment of “Sea-Cuterie”
Smoked white fish spread, cured Scottish Salmon, Chilled mussel salad, White Anchovy, traditional accompaniments

C2
Domaine Vincent Careme Le Peu Morier Vouvray
Shrimp & Lobster Pot Pie, Thumbelina carrots, cippolline onion, grain mustard veloute

C3
Domaine Nicolas Grobois La Cuisine de ma Mere Chinon
Chicken Ballantine & Escargot, roasted butternut squash, garlic-parsley pan sauce

C4
Domaine Nicolas Grobois Gabare Chinon
Smoked Duck Breast, savory walnut bread pudding, shallot-prune jus

Dessert
Domaine Vincent Careme Le Clos Vouvray
Pear Frangipane, cinnamon whipped mascarpone, cognac caramel

$89 per person, not including tax or gratuity. Seating is very limited.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit
No KID Hungry | Share Our Strength
(click here for full details of the campaign to end childhood hunger)

Please call Max Fish for reservations: 860.652.3474 (FISH)
110 GLASTONBURY BLVD. | GLASTONBURY, CT 06033

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Silver Oak Winery Dinner at Max a Mia March 23rd

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Max A Mia of Avon Presents
A Silver Oak Winery Dinner
Featuring the wines of

Silver Oak and Twomey Wineries

With Special Guest
Anna Pepgjonaj of Silver Oak Winery
Menu by Chef David Stickney

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Monday March 23rd

Menu

Reception – 6:30pm

Twomey Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, 2013
olive oil poached royal red shrimp, sheep’s milk tzatziki
turkey chicharrones, coriander vinaigrette
marinated goat cheese stuffed castelvetrano olives

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Twomey Cellars Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, 2010
polpetti trio
pork belly | rabbit | veal
san marzano-prosciutto concentrato

II
Twomey Cellars Merlot, Napa Valley, 2010
herb crusted poussin, foie gras-truffle
mousse, enoki mushroom salad

III
Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, 2010
wood roasted prime delmonico steak,
manchego beignet, charred red & golden
beets, marrow demiglace

IV
Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2010
cato corner cheeses
vivace | dairyere | bloomsday
fried marcona almonds, red quinoa grissini

$125 per person
not including tax or gratuity

Please call Max a Mia for reservations
70 EAST MAIN ST. | AVON, CT 06001 | P: 860-677-6299

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Paul Hobbs Winery Dinner with Matt Hobbs at Max Downtown – March 5th

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Max Downtown Presents
An evening with Matt Hobbs and the wines of Paul Hobbs Winery

Thursday March 5th

Paul Hobbs has been one of the most awarded winemakers in California and beyond for much of the past 35 years, with wineries in California, Argentina and many consultant projects around the globe.

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Max Downtown is very pleased to welcome Matt Hobbs,
Paul’s younger brother and National Sales Manager, back for a second time.

Reception/Meet & Greet Matt Hobbs (6:30pm)
Crossbarn Chardonnay by Paul Hobbs, Sonoma Coast, 2013

Seating at 7:00pm

1st
Meyer lemon poached fisher’s island oysters,
Osetra caviar, razor clam, leeks, water cress pudding, champagne sabayon
Paul Hobbs Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, 2011

2nd
Roasted squab
foie gras and truffle crust, matsutake mushroom and marble potato fricassee, pine needle jus
Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, 2012

3rd
Sumac roasted rack of lamb
Braised lamb and samosa, eggplant purée, pomegranate and marcona almonds,
red wine vadouvan sauce
Vina Cobos Malbec Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, 2011

Cheese
Cato Corner Farms black ledge blue cheese,
pistachio olive oil biscotti, kumquat jam, Port wine cocoa nib gelee
Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard, St Helena, 2011

$149 per person
Not including tax or gratuity

please call Max Downtown for reservations
185 Asylum Street,
Hartford, CT 06103
860-522-2530

MacRostie Winery Dinner at Max’s Oyster Bar

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Due to the weather and snow, Steve MacRostie was not able to make the flight from California for this dinner.

We are rescheduling with Steve for Springtime and will let you know the new date as soon we have a solid schedule – and the snow melts!

Featuring the cuisine of Executive Chef Hunter Morton

Course 1
Fruits de Mer
crab | oyster | uni | lobster consomme gelee
Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Course 2
Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna Crudo
citrus-pickled baby carrots | artichokes | meyer lemon-passion fruit vinaigrette
Wildcat Mountain Chardonnay

Course 3
Foie in a Hole
hudson valley foie gras torchon | toasted brioche | black truffle salad
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Course 4
Broad Brook Beef Braised Short Rib
polenta gnocchetti | cabbage | parmesan
Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Dessert Course
Chocolate Truffle Tart with Raspberry
Campbell Ranch Pinot Noir

$89 per person
not including tax & gratuity
Seating is limited. Reservations Required. Please call 860.236.6299

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Max Lunch Club: Villages of the Southern Rhone Valley

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Friday, February 6th at Max’s Oyster Bar
Special Guest Speaker: Paul Nerz of Vineyard Brands,
Importers for Perrin Family.
Cuisine by Executive Chef Hunter Morton

12:45pm Arrival ~ 1:00pm Luncheon

Reception
Goat Cheese Beignets
Foie Gras Pâté
Smoked Trout Salad
Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc, 2013

Course One
Tranche of Cod Viennoise
Sabayon of Grain Mustard
Perrin Cotes du Rhone Villages, 2010

Course Two
Duck Casoulet
Duck Confit | Sausage | Roasted Garlic
Flaqoulet Beans | Salad aux Lardons
Perrin Vinsobres La Cornudes, 2011

Course Three
Whipped Brie de Menox
Pork Belly | Stone Fruit | Greens | Pickled Mustard Seed
Perrin Chateauneuf du Pape, 2009

Something Sweet
Profiteroles

$37.50 per person
not including tax & gratuity

Reservations Required. Please call: 860-236-6299
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Wild Game & Barolo Wine Dinner at Max Amore

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 – 6:30pm

Max Amore is pleased to present a culinary trip to Piemonte, Italy for a wine and food dinner featuring a selection of DOCG wines alongside a menu of game dishes. Taking inspiration from the stunning quality of the 2010 vintage for Barolo wine, we have selected three examples from that year and others and have paired them with a menu designed by Chefs Brett Cook and Ted Burnett. This culinary treat brings together outstanding wines and the talents of the Max Amore team for what promises to be a memorable culinary experience.

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Antipasti: Wild Boar Salami, Duck Salami, Prosciutto
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1st COURSE
Venison Tartare, Egg Yolk, and Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Ravioli
Matteo Correggia Arneis, 2012

2nd COURSE
“Duo Timbales”
Braised Rabbit with Blackberry Sauce
Slow Roasted Goose with Amarino Cherry Reduction
Silvio Grasso Barolo (La Morra), 2010

3rd COURSE
Porcini-dusted Bison Ribeye
Barley Risotto, Chanterelle Mushroom Ragu
Luigi Pira Barolo (Serralunga D’Alba), 2010

4th COURSE
Cheese Plate
Robiolo, Raschera(Fontina Piedmonte), Truffled Pecorino Romano
Seghesio Barolo La Villa (Monforte D’Alba), 2010

$110 per person (not including tax & gratuity)
Limited Seating. Call for Reservations
860.659.2819