Conventional wisdom says that you should only eat oysters in the eight months of the year that contain the letter “R.” And even though March has an “R,” oysters are always in season, even in landlocked Colorado. Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar in Denver is celebrating the delicious bivalve through March, and with a charitable initiative at its core, you can eat and feel good about it.
With a series of regional specials, wine pairings, contests and giveaways that all lead to a party to celebrate National Oyster on the Half Shell Day party, Jax is nothing if not committed to oysters.
Each week, the chef de cuisine at each Jax location in Denver will serve special grilled oysters, regional sampler platters and oyster shooters. And if that isn’t enough to convince you Jax is serious about oysters, then perhaps the fact that the Emersum oyster (a balanced oyster with consistently sweet, salty, and creamy qualities that is sustainably grown and harvested), which will feature heavily throughout the month, was specially cultivated for them by Virginia's Rappahannock River Oyster Company.
And that isn’t all. There will be wines from around the world that pair perfectly with featured oysters, a loyalty program that will give an free half dozen oysters for every five half dozen purchased, as well as being entered into a draw to win free oysters for a year every time you order a dozen throughout March.
Then there is the aforementioned National Oyster on the Half Shell Day on Sunday, March 31 which will be celebrated with 75¢ Emersum oysters all night.
The following week, on Wednesday, April 3, at the EXDO Event Center in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar will present the seventh annual High West Oyster Fest. A true celebration of the oyster, High West Oyster Fest will have live New Orleans Funk by Guerrilla Fanfare Brass Band, drinks, as well as small plates from eight Denver restaurants. And oysters, lots and lots of oysters. There will also be the 19th annual Oyster Eating Competition and the 7th annual Oyster Shucking Competition.
Now for the feel good part.
For every Emersum oyster sold throughout the month, 10 cents will be donated to First Descents, a local charity that improves the long-term survivorship of young adults impacted by cancer through outdoor adventures, skills development, and local adventure communities, as well as a portion of sales from each Jax location throughout the month and 100 percent of the revenue generated from High West Oyster Fest.
For more information go to jaxfishhouse.com