I’m pretty sure the title is what hooked me. The Longest Day To Drink Rosé. That’s what Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar is calling its special five course rosé-themed menu served Tuesday, June 21, the summer solstice where the sun will set over Kansas City at its latest point of the year.
Of course, it’s not the longest day of the year as all days are the same length, but I’m not here to pick nits, I’m here to sing the praises of a place gutsy and creative enough to pair five courses of no-holds barred menu items with five rosés from all over the world!
“I love rosé and drink it all year long. It’s my favorite type of wine. I wanted to show people how great these wines are, not just on their own, but with a host of different types of cuisine,” Jax Chef Theresia Ota shared.
Ota said when she saw that the summer solstice was falling on the third Tuesday of the month, the day each month reserved for a special themed dinner at Jax, she knew she had to make the rosé dinner happen.
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“It’s the one wine that pairs with everything (I would argue that Champagne falls in the same category, but again, I’m not hear to argue). Rose has qualities of both white wines and red wines. Plus, there are so many different styles and grape varieties used in rosés, from lighter to full-bodied, that it gave me a lot of flexibility when I crafted the menu,” Ota stated.
I got a glimpse at that menu, and what Ota created, to my eyes anyway, is a rosé symphony. The meal will start with an oyster amuse (what else would you expect) paired to a St. Innocent rose out of Oregon made with Pinot Noir.
A scallop crudo, foie and chicken liver terrine, and shrimp with a salsa verde aioli follow before Ota serves a special rosemary and polenta porchetta she will make by wrapping a pork belly around a pork tenderloin. It’s not traditional, but man, does it sound good. The porchetta gets the Blackbird rosé from Napa Valley comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. And, not to be outdone with the savory side of things, dessert will consist of a cherries and chocolate ricotta doughnut paired with the Hammacher rosé, which Ota says, smells and tastes exactly like cherries.
The special menu will be served along with Jax regular menu, but only Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. Reservations are advised. You can find out more by visiting http://www.jaxfishhouse.com/event/the-longest-day-to-drink-rose/.
Ota says she’s not sure how many people will try the rosé menu, but she’s hopeful it will be a hit.
“Tuesday’s likely going to be hot, so rosés are just the ticket. I hope people will come in an help celebrate what’s been a labor of love for me,” Ota said.
Well, I don’t know about you, but for me, they had me at the title.