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My Early Days of Food & Beverage

    My Early Days of Food and Beverage. We in the restaurant business, for the most part, didn’t just fall into this craziness. It was in our bones and movements from an early age. These next few issues of this newsletter, I’m gonna share a few of my early urges and unknown nudges to be in the food and beverage industry. I was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1963. My dad worked for IBM, there were three Query boys: Mark, Mike and me, Dave. We lived in a middle class neighborhood filled with big redneck-ethnic families who all seemed […]

Don’t Drink & Drive

  Hi Friends. We send a few of these BRF newsletters out a year. Last year, a couple of ’em had to do with President Trump and the Colorado Weed Industry snatching away restaurant employees. Those two in particular garnered some fiery responses and pissed some folks off – a few calling for boycotts of BRF Restaurants and an online campaign. Man, that’s a lot of free time in my day I wish I had. So. No Trump/weed comments this year, that wind ain’t worth it. Instead – just big love and appreciation for all the support those of you reading this might […]

Opening a Restaurant the BRF Way

It’s happening, y’all! The Post Brewing Company is hitting Boulder and we could not be more giddy. As we find ourselves in single digit days until opening, submerged in the chaos of menu prep, paint jobs, and other surprise final touches, it’s fun to dive into the mind that drives it all and find out how we manage to get to the finish line, every time. That mind is, of course, Dave Query. However, before we jump into all off that, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself.  So hi,  my name is Alex and I’m the creative […]

Sheila Lucero at James Beard Foundation

Jax Executive Chef Sheila Lucero at the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change Earlier this fall, Sheila Lucero—the executive chef of Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar—was invited to participate in the James Beard Foundation’s 11th annual Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change. Held at scenic Shelburne Farms in Burlington, Vermont, the conference brought together 15 civically and politically minded chefs from around the country to learn effective policy and advocacy skills to help fuel their work in sustainability. The three-day hoe-down included classes led by chefs as well as politicians, focus groups, demos, and […]

The Post Coming to Boulder

  Hi Fall Friends. Just a simple non-confrontational note this time, not like the last few newsletters. No tales of stanky skunk weed in kitchens to infuriate a couple dispensary owner friends. No Trump comments. No theories or expanses on climate change. Not even a poke or two at some goofy folks who might need a poke or two. Cause at the end of the day, who am I to comment on any of these or other things? Just all BRF love this time ahhh-round. We are taking possession of the SHINE space at 2027 13th St. this week. This is […]

Big Red F Sort-Of-Annual Boulder Rez Party

            September 5, 2017 was a much anticipated day for the employees of the twelve Big Red F restaurants— the day of the annual Rez Party.  It was to be a day of intense inter-company competition, live music, delicious, local food, and an endless flow of Post beer—what could be better?  At high noon, men and women, clad in mermaid tails, chicken heads, and even a few strong men costumes, piled into buses and made their way from their home restaurants (from as far away as Jax Fish House in Kansas City) and began their […]

Jax Executive Chef Sheila Lucero Hits Washington D.C.

  This summer Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar’s executive chef traveled to Capitol Hill to fight for our oceans. Jax Fish House’s very own Chef Sheila Lucero (center above) traveled to Capitol Hill this summer and tried her hand at politics. As a leading member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Blue Ribbon Task Force, she was invited to Washington, DC to meet with congressmen and policymakers to discuss sustainability and the health of our oceans. Several key policies are up for renewal this year, in particular the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which keeps coastal fishing practices at […]

Weed & Restaurant Industries

  Weed. It’s What’s For Dinner. Marijuana has been almost as much a part of dining, music, drinking and getting together with friends as alcohol for a long time. In Colorado, probably more so, but never more than the part in the play it has now. Not only is it more available, and legal, but it is steeped, infused, dunked and laced in a host of edibles from lolli-pops to salad dressings. Pop-up weed dinners, multi-course weed and food paired events, bakeries and serious edible production kitchens are finding traction all over town. The challenges it presents to the Colorado labor force have been well documented in recent articles. Why grind it out in […]

Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods. We have seen a few grow along the front range over the years. When we launched Lola 10 years ago in the old Olinger Mortuary, we were one of only a few joints you could get a proper drink and a hot plate of food in that ‘hood. Now, the ever-growing LoHi neighborhood offers 4,500 dining seats in over 40 restaurants – all in the last 10 years. When Jax LoDo opened in 1996 in the old Terminal Bar location, we had to stop the 8:00am happy hour for several reasons – none very good, as I reflect back. […]

Dave Query Chats with Governer John Hickenlooper

Dave chatted with long-time friend, Governor John Hickenlooper, at the latest EatDenver meeting about all-things restaurants, beer & 2020. The Governor shared great stories about opening Wynkoop Brewing Co., the first brew pub in Colorado, back in 1988 including the famous Running of the Pigs. During their morning chat the two friends threw back a few cans of ice cold Ol’ Zippy from The Post Brewing Co… the ultimate breakfast beer.