(Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, CO – February 23, 2017) Throughout the month of March, Jax will be celebrating the mighty mollusk with weekly chef specials, contests, giveaways, and the fifth annual High West Oyster Fest at Boulder Theater. A portion of sales at each location—Boulder, LoDo, Fort Collins, and Glendale—will be donated to their local charitable partners: Boulder – YWCA of Boulder County; LoDo and Glendale – Family Tree; Fort Collins – Food Bank for Larimer County; Kansas City – Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The weekly oyster features will be different at each restaurant, created by the chef de cuisine and inspired by oyster-loving cultures from across the globe. Jax will also feature an expanded mignonette and oyster menu throughout the month. Among these is the Emersum oyster, cultivated exclusively for Jax Fish House by Virginia’s Rappahannock River Oyster Company. The oyster is described by Jax Executive Chef Sheila Lucero as a perfectly balanced oyster with consistently sweet, salty, and creamy qualities that is sustainably grown and harvested at a specific point in the Chesapeake Bay, giving the Emersum its own “merroir.” For every Emersum oyster sold throughout the month, 10¢ will be donated to the local charitable partners.

On March 1, Jax will tap kegs of Emersum Oyster Stout, brewed by Odell Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado. Members of staff from all Colorado Jax restaurants joined forces with the brewers to help make this oyster stout. They added shucked Emersum oysters to the mash and then whole oysters—shell and all—to the boil. According to Jax Executive Manager Adam Reed, this process adds more minerality, more mouthfeel, and a subtle brightness to the beer, and makes for an excellent companion to a dozen oysters on the half shell.

Oyster Month festivities will include:

A Dozen Dozens
Guests are entered to win free oysters for a year every time they order a dozen oysters throughout the month of March.

Oyster Specials from Different Regions
Each week the chef de cuisine of each Jax location will showcase an oyster speciality from a different region: week 1 – Chesapeake Bay; week 2 – Rhode Island/Delaware; week 3 – New Brunswick/Maine; week 4 – British Columbia; week 5 – California/Washington State. While the regional focus will be the same for all Jax restaurants, each chef will serve a special of their own design and style.

Drink Specials
$5 Ol’ Zippy from The Post Brewing Company, specials with Tito’s vodka, Milagro tequila, and Oyster Bay Wines all month long.

National Oyster on the Half Shell Day
On Friday, March 31 Jax is celebrating National Oyster on the Half Shell Day by giving all guests a bonus card good for a free 1/2 dozen oysters in the future.

High West Oyster Fest
Oyster Month culminates with the 5th Annual High West Oyster Fest on Tuesday, April 4 at Boulder Theater from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The celebration will include the 17th annual Oyster Eating Competition, the 5th annual Oyster Shucking Competition, and live music. Guests will enjoy Jax food and drink favorites such as Oysters on the Half Shell, Peel n’ Eat Shrimp, Chicken & Crawfish Gumbo, Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya, Spicy Tuna, Smoked Trout & Quinoa Salad. All proceeds and donations from the evening will directly benefit YWCA of Boulder County. High West Oyster Fest 2017 is sponsored by Jax longtime partners Northeast Seafood, Rappahannock River Oyster Company, and the Daily Camera.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for children (12 & under), and $20 for CU Students (must have valid I.D.).

VIP tickets are $75 per person and include: entry in the Dozen Dozens free oysters for a year contest; 5 free raffle tickets; exclusive access to VIP area on the mezzanine; complimentary welcome champagne; a hosted menu from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.; private raw bar; and a Meet-and-Greet-and-Shuck-and-Slurp with Jax’ friends from the Rappahannock River Oyster Company.

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit

Tickets can also be purchased at Jax Fish House in Boulder. If purchased at the restaurant there will be no additional service charge.

Link to a Dropbox Folder with photos of Jax oysters and past High West Oyster Fests:
Photos whose title starts with “DL” can be attributed to Danielle Lirette, all others can be attributed to Jax Fish House.

About Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar:
At Jax we serve amazing seafood to ‘Coast-less Communities’. Our greatest desire is to share the best, freshest, most delicious seafood with deserving, landlocked diners. We build relationships with fishmongers all over the country and mindfully prepare their sustainable harvest. These relationships guarantee the seafood you enjoy is of unmatched quality, flavor and abundance. Oysters are one of the most sustainable seafood sources on the planet. Once fully mature after 18 months, an oysterman then harvests our new friends and sends them on a plane to us. We clean ‘em up, give ’em pet names, and masterfully shuck ’em to order 1000’s of times a day.

For more information, please visit http://www.jaxfishhouse.com/.

About YWCA:
Since YWCA USA’s founding in 1858, YWCA has been at the forefront of the most critical social movements. In Boulder, YWCA has evolved over the years from boarding house to social club and today is a human service agency. They are a non-sectarian nonprofit that is not affiliated with any religious group. They are a publicly funded, inclusive organization that welcomes everyone to participate, male and female alike.

For more information please visit http://www.ywca.org/.

About Family Tree:
For four decades, Family Tree has provided innovative, life-changing services designed to end child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. As on of the only organization in the state to actively address the interconnectedness among these issues, Family Tree is changing how individuals, families, and communities see, respond to and overcome them.

For more information, please visit http://www.thefamilytree.org/.

About Food Bank for Larimer County
At the Food Bank for Larimer County, we believe no one should be hungry. Our dream is to deliver health, hope and humanity to stabilize the lives of our clients and build a vibrant community. We are a private non-profit organization and the only Feeding America clearinghouse for donated food in our county. Each year, we provide food to nearly 36,000 people in need through community partnerships and hunger-relief programs.

For more information, please visit http://www.foodbanklarimer.org/.

About Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. We are the voice for all blood cancer patients and we work to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.

For more information, please visit http://www.lls.org/.