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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. 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.


  I am fortunate enough to have just returned from an unbelievable trip. As a chef I have dreamed about going to Japan for so many years. I have always been fascinated with Japanese cuisine and culture. The trip was designed with food and culture as the primary focus. I had the honor of traveling with Yasu Kizaki from Sushi Den, and I couldn’t of asked for a better line up of events for my first trip. Trying to distill two overwhelming weeks into a few paragraphs will be interesting. There was so much culturally, and culinarily that just blew […]

A Visit to the Motherland . . . Kentucky

  The Bourbon Social in Lexington, Kentucky Day 1, October 7, 2016: Off to the Races The morning started with us driving through the lush fields outside of Lexington, Kentucky, on our way to the vast pastures of Keeneland Racetrack for opening day weekend. After years of hearing about the great horseraces in Boubon country from DQ (a.k.a. Dave Query, my boss) and watching the Kentucky Derby each May on the big screen arriving at Keenland Manor was enough to give me butterflies. It. Was. Awesome. And even better yet, we were there to hang-out with some folks from Kentucky, […]

It’s Chili Season

My Dad Doug’s Chili Recipe Big Batch – Make it on a Saturday and feed off of it all weekend like a family of lions working a water buffalo in the Serengeti. DOWNLOAD THE PDF Seasons are a beautiful thing and we certainly get a full four-color slide shot living in Colorado. It’s a toss up between spring and fall for me as to which one is the best. Spring holds the anticipation of summer and all things lake, water and family. Fall gleaning hard into winter with the anticipation of yet another epic Colorado ski season. Spring brings new greens, […]

Summer Summer Summertime

  Hola Amigos. We had a rainy and snowy start to what is usually a bright and sunny Spring here on The Front Range…and now the patios are crazy hot. They’ve hit their stride, getting into that summer season mojo. It’s Colorado in the summertime, and there just ain’t nothin’ better. LOLA Executive Chef Jamey Fader and I had a great trip down to Northern Baja this spring. Pictures below are from Chef Javier Plascencia’s restaurants in Tijuana and Valle de Guadalupe – and the Ensenada Seafood & Wine Festival where we did a demo on grilling oysters. It was called – Goofy-Ass Pinche’ […]

Community Spotlight 2014

Paula DuPré Pesmen is a local hero whose dedication, kindness, and generosity have helped hundreds of families in the Boulder / Denver community.  In 2005 she left a successful feature film career to found There With Care, a non-profit whose simple mission is to support families with children facing critical illnesses.  Whether it’s with a ride to and from the hospital, a home-made meal, grocery deliveries, or everyday household supplies, There With Care works closely with each family to ensure they receive the support that they need. “We can’t make the kids better,” says Pesmen, “but we can give parents […]

Tis the Season…………

2014 coming to an end marks our 20th year of serving you at our group of restaurants. It has been our goal since the beginning to show up and serve the very best food and drink we know how, with a genuine level of supreme hospitality. All the while, supporting those who support us. We pledge our time and efforts towards the many charities and non-profits that we support in an effort to make our communities stronger, and to help those who truly need it. We don’t keep score and post a tally, we lean towards humility when it comes […]