Two words that mean spine-tingling sports action, delectable party foods, stylish celebrators, and fashionable fascinators: Derby Day. Talk Derby to me, baby — #TeamMaxies is back at it again with the best Derby Day party in Milwaukee.
Our party benefits the Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee’s Free & Local food bank and Wisconsin’s anti-hunger leader organization. Last year, our generous guests raised $11,595 to fight hunger in Southeastern Wisconsin. We’ve raised more than $10,000 in each of the last three years, and more than $50,000 in the last six years, to provide food to people in need.
Get your outfit ready — our guests certainly dress for the occasion. Show off for the photo booth and enjoy photo strip prints for a suggested donation of $5. The photo booth will be the entry point for Best Dressed contests, with categories including Best Hat Most Elegant, Best Hat Most Creative, Best Dressed Family, Couple, Gentleman, Lady, and Gentleman. We’re well aware that this year Derby falls on May 4 — “May The Fourth Be With You” — and we’re adding a best Star Wars-themed outfit. That and this year’s logo is all we’re doing as far as intergalatic goodies — other than that it’s just straight Derby goodness.
We switch out our menu to showcase our take on Derby party favorites, such as… well, Fried Chicken (obviously), Pimento Cheese Flatbread, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Beer Cheese Soup, Bourbon BBQ Salmon, and Kentucky Hot Browns. You gotta have Hot Browns.
We’ll be muddling up Four Roses Bourbon Mint Juleps, as well as slinging Oaks Lily and Peach Vodka Derby Tea cocktails and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, from two full-service indoor bars, as well as an outdoor bar.
Look for raffles, a silent auction, and fantastic prizes, including dining packages and catered parties from Maxie’s. Your entry includes a $5 “bet” on the race (correct selection of Win, Place & Show are entered in a raffle for prizes). Additional “bets” are $5. All Derby “bets” are for prizes only; no cash will be tendered. All entry, raffle, auction and “betting” proceeds go to Hunger Task Force.
Note: Maxie’s daily Happy Hour special will not be available on Derby Day. Maxie’s will serve its special Derby Day menu only on Derby Day; regular menu items may not be available. Maxie’s does not accept reservations, call-aheads, or remote NoWait/Yelp app check-ins for our Derby Day party.
Derby Day VIP
Note: Derby Day VIP has SOLD OUT
New this year is an indoor VIP area in the building next door with a buffet of Derby party favorites, and dedicated bar and port-o-let. $60 includes buffet, two drinks tickets, a Maxie’s Derby Day T-shirt, and three “bets.”
They’re 16-inch oval King Cake decorated with purple, green, and gold sugar and icing, and Mardi Gras beads. $24 plus tax on pickup with 48 hours notice. WATCH OUT! There’s a plastic baby hidden in the cake. It means good luck and prosperity to you if you find it (and that you’re bringing the cake next time)!
We’re gearing up again for Milwaukee’s best Mardi Gras party on March 5 and we hope you’ll join us! For our 12th annual party, we’re again switching over our entire menu to New Orleans specials for two days only.
We’re skipping our usual Low Country and BBQ mix for Maxie’s Mardi Gras party favorites. Hits include Alligator, Tasso & Pork Fritters, Crispy Chicken Thighs, Coconut Voodoo Shrimp, Crawfish Étouffée, Blackened Hamburger Steak, Blackened Sea Scallops, and of course, Boudin Balls and Muffuletta.
Drink specials for both nights include $4 Abita beers and $5 real passion fruit Hurricanes.
Lundi Gras, Monday, March 4, 4 p.m.
If you want to dine with New Orleans flair without dancing in the party tent, Lundi Gras is the night for you. Maxie’s opens at 4 p.m. on Lundi Gras. Members of the Extra Crispy Brass Band (ECBB) will perform roving throughout the restaurant from 6 to 9 p.m.
We’re accepting a limited number of reservations for parties of all sizes on Lundi Gras via 414-292-3969. On Lundi Gras, parties of up to 6 are encouraged to check live wait times and get on the list via the Yelp app’s waitlist feature. You can use the app to see how many parties are ahead of yours. Once you arrive, please check in with a host and we will seat you when your table is available and your entire party is present. This is not a reservations, wait times are estimates; seating order is not guaranteed.
Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, March 5, 2 p.m.
Maxie’s opens at 2 p.m. on Mardi Gras. Matt “MF” Tyner will play onstage in the heated party tent from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. ECBB will play onstage in the heated party tent from 6 to 10 p.m. An outdoor bar in the tent will serve the party’s signature drinks.
Maxie’s is not accepting reservations on Mardi Gras, March 5. The Yelp app’s waitlist remote check-in function will not be available on Mardi Gras. As it is the first Tuesday of the month, Black Shoe Hospitality Best Guest Club members can earn Double Points on non-discounted items.
You can dress up, dress down, #dowhatchawanna. (#maxiesmardigras, #teammaxies)
NOTE: Maxies’ weekly NOLA Night (formerly Mojito Monday) and Chicken-Fried
Tuesday specials will not be offered on March 4 and March 5, respectively.
Maxie’s will not be offering its $1 Fresh-Shucked Oyster and “Buck Off!” Drinks
Happy Hour on Mardi Gras.
Maxie’s will be CLOSED on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3 (even though our favorite teams aren’t playing #GoPackGo #WhoDat). We put together a simple Southern tailgate package that you can pick up on Saturday to heat up at home on Sunday. To order, please call Maxie’s at 414-292-3969 by Friday, Feb. 1. Orders will be ready to be picked up on from Maxie’s on Saturday, Feb. 2 between 12:00 p.m and 4:00 p.m.
Southern Super Bowl Catering Set $110 plus tax — serves around 10 — includes Eastern North Carolina-Style Pulled Pork (5 lbs) Maxie’s White Cheddar Mac ‘n’ Cheese Choice of: Vegetarian Red Beans & Rice -OR- BBQ Beans Creamy Coleslaw Cornbread with Orange Honey Butter Bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 325
As independently owned restaurants celebrating American cuisine — from Southern to Upper Midwest to classic American brunch — we’re excited to watch these narratives set across the U.S. We hope you’ll have a chance to explore the films of the Milwaukee Film Festival, which continues through Nov. 1.
If you’re heading to Maxie’s before or after a film, show us your MFF ticket or pass to get $2 OFF a pint of Good City Brewing’s Film Fest Lager through 11/1. Maxie’s, Blue’s Egg, and Story Hill BKC are Community Partners of these specific films. Check them out — they look amazing.
Story Hill BKC — “Michelin Stars: Tales From The Kitchen”
We cherish excellent restaurant experiences. These days, when everyone is obsessed with sharing statuses and posting food pics, Michelin stars remain a coveted mark of excellence. This film takes a look at what it takes to achieve this famous distinction, exploring Guide Michelin’s role in this “golden age of gastronomy.”
10/29, 4 p.m., Avalon Theatre
11/1, 1 p.m., Fox Bay Cinema Grill
Maxie’s — “Satan & Adam”
A celebration of the blues, the transformative power of music, and the friendships that develop when artists collaborate, Satan & Adam tells the story of a blues duo. Sterling “Mister Satan” Magee and Adam Gussow played Harlem’s sidewalks in the late ’80s and early ’90s. A celebrated debut album seemed to have them primed for stardom, but their rise was cut short by Mr. Satan’s mysterious and sudden disappearance.
10/19, 10 p.m., Oriental Theatre
10/21, 9:30 p.m., Jann Serr Studio Cinema
10/26, 8:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre
Blue’s Egg — “Daughter Of Mine (Figlia Mia)”
A young girl finds herself torn between two mothers in this stirring, sun-dappled drama. When Vittoria learns that her nuturing, supportive mother, Tina, is not her biological mother and, in fact, that honor belongs to the town wild child, Angelica, it kicks off a summer of simmering resentments.
Team Maxie’s is working on our next culinary collaboration: a whiskey-paired dinner featuring selections from Jefferson’s Bourbon. Jefferson’s is known for quality and for innovative and experimental blending and aging techniques. These quality and specialty bourbons — often aged in unique casks — will be an exciting match for a Southern-style supper. Four plated courses and a reception with hors d’oeuvres will be coupled either with craft cocktails featuring Jefferson’s mixed by Maxie’s bar team, or served on the rocks or neat.
For this dinner, our plan is to go “WHOLE HOG” — cooking an entire heritage breed hog and incorporating some of the pork in each course.
The dinner will also feature special pricing on additional pours of Maxie’s collection of Jefferson’s Reserve Selections. Sample 1oz pours available will include Jefferson’s Presidential Select 16-Year, Jefferson’s Grand Selection Chateau Pichon Baron Cask Finish, and Jefferson’s Reserve Pritchard Hill Cabernet Finish. Badger Liquor’s spirits ambassador will help guide us through the dinner and share insights about this unique whiskey producer.
Jefferson’s Whiskey Dinner at Maxie’s, Monday, October 22; 6 p.m.; $75 plus tax and gratuity ($90 total) includes 5 courses, cocktail reception, beverage pairings, tax and gratuity.
At Black Shoe Hospitality restaurants, 10 Days in Tosa is the best time to buy gift cards. Every $100 in gift cards purchased from Maxie’s, Blue’s Egg in Milwaukee, or Story Hill BKC between Sept. 10 and Sept. 19 will receive an additional $20 dining comp gift card.
Our gift cards are good at all three Tosa-area restaurants, including the Wine Shop at Story Hill BKC, as well as the new Blue’s Egg in Shorewood.
As a member of the Best Guest Club, you can earn one point for every dollar you spend at a Black Shoe Hospitality restaurant — including gift cards during 10 Days in Tosa. For every 140 points, you will receive $10 in rewards credit, which can be redeemed on your next visit. Just ask your server to sign up the next time you’re in.
10 Days in Tosa Details: Gift cards can be purchased and redeemed interchangeably at Maxie’s, Blue’s Egg and Story Hill BKC. Gift cards can be redeemed for food, beverage and merchandise. Black Shoe comp dining cards can only be used for future dining purchases, and cannot be used for retail purchases. Offer only good during 10 Days in Tosa, Sept. 10-19, 2018. Offer available on-site at Maxie’s, Blue’s Egg in Milwaukee, and Story Hill BKC only; offer not available at Blue’s Egg in Shorewood; offer not available on online gift cards sales.
It’s BBQ season! We have an action-packed run lined up through the end of summer. C’mon out and join us at these special events around the community — most of which are FREE to attend — and get some South in yo’ mouth!
• Aug. 23, 5 p.m. — NEWaukee 7 Bridges BBQ
Team Maxie’s will be down at Grant Park for a sublime evening on Aug. 23, when NEWaukee presents a progressive dinner and music event on the Seven Bridges trail. Wander through the forest, sip and sample local food and beverages, and make your way to the beach to enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Michigan on a warm summer evening.
You’re in for a helluva good time as longtime alt-country rockers the Old 97’s headline WMSE’s Backyard BBQ, a FREE day of concerts at Humboldt Park in Bay View, Milwaukee. Maxie’s is serving (and catering to the VIPs). Music starts at noon with WMSE DJs, followed by Buffalo Gospel with special guest, Vitrolum Republic, Altered Five Blues Band, and Bailey Dee, before Old 97’s go on at 6:30 p.m.
• Aug. 29, 6 p.m. — Tosa Tonight
The final night of our beloved FREE outdoor concert series features Mike Mangione & The Kin. Opener Caley Conway gets things started at 6 p.m. at the Rotary Performance Pavilion in Hart Park, Wauwatosa.
• Aug. 30, Aug. 31, Sept. 1, 5:30-11 p.m. — Harley-Davidson Anniversary Party in the Park
Wauwatosa welcomes the 115th Harley-Davidson Anniversary with FREE nights of entertainment, food and drink at the Rotary Performance Pavilion in Hart Park. Thursday features Joe Wray, followed by Roanoke opening for Stetsin & Lace. Friday is Eric Darnell before Eagle Trace warming up for The Hot Reds. Saturday sees Brett Gaertner on first, with Art’s Fishing Club up next, and The Clique closing it out.
• Sept. 2, 12-7 p.m. — Big Gig BBQ
Team Maxie’s is competing against 14 local BBQ vendors for the fan favorite vote and the Big Gig Pig award! Big Gig BBQ features FREE admission and FREE parking, music, picnic games and more at the Summerfest grounds.
We’re back for the third straight year at the 3rd Annual Big Gig BBQ! This family-friendly party features FREE admission and FREE parking at Summerfest on Sunday, Sept. 2, from 12-7 p.m.
Team Maxie’s serving up signature dishes and taking on 14 local BBQ vendors for the fan favorite vote and the Big Gig Pig award. There’ll be plenty of brews and BBQ, plus cooking demonstrations, picnic games, attractions, and music. New this year: an Amateur BBQ Rib Competition, in which local backyard BBQ enthusiasts will show off their smoking skills. Click to visit the Big Gig BBQ website.