This holiday, Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar is introducing its version of La Cena Della Vigilia, the Feast of the Seven Fishes. For centuries, Italians and Italian-Americans abstained from eating meat on the eve of certain holidays, such as Christmas, in observance of religious custom. The Feast of the Seven Fishes, a seven-course seafood meal, first emerged in the United States in the early 1900s, when Italian-American families revived the tradition. In Kansas City, Jax is offering its version of the Feast of the Seven Fishes as a six-course, finish-at-home dinner for two.
The meal from Jax includes an antipasti course of frutti di mare with squid, shrimp, octopus, bay scallops; a Primi Piatti featuring rich cherry stone clams, béchamel and Asiago; a Secondi Piatti with salt-baked bass sustainably farmed from Alamosa, Colorado, and more. Guests may order the complete meal ($125), or order dishes a la carte before midnight on Dec. 19 for pickup Dec. 23-24 between 2 and 5pm.
Guests will finish preparation of the feast at home before serving. Full recipe cards and a video component will guide guests through every step of preparing the meal.
“We’ve designed the feast to be doable at home for anyone, regardless of their skill level or familiarity with seafood going in,” says Jax culinary director Sheila Lucero. “Since it’s a multi-course meal, we wanted to ensure there would be a good flow between courses. Some courses will come ready to eat, other things just need to be heated and served. For example, the salt-baked bass entrée is fully prepped. You just need to pop it into the oven to cook and you’re good to go. We have really done all the work ahead of time.”
The menu highlights sustainable seafood used seasonally at Jax. “There were a lot of boxes to check in putting together a multi-course take-home version of Feast of the Seven Fishes,” Lucero says. “We wanted a good variety of fish and shellfish and, most importantly, ease of execution for people at home. Cherry stone clams are such a great sustainable option. We created a dish utilizing them where all you need to do at home is take the lid off the prepared dish, heat and serve.”
Holiday diners may also opt for three new holiday raw bar packages that feature oysters, crab and shrimp in varying quantities. Orders may be placed online for delivery (free delivery on all orders of $25 or more for the rest of 2020) or for pickup from Jax.
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, 4814 Roanoke Pkwy., West Plaza, Kansas City, 816.437.7940, jaxfishhouse.com