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Jax Fish House will host its 12th annual Oyster Week from March 1-7 with an array of oyster-oriented activities. The week will feature 12 different ways to eat an oyster, 12 oysters for $12 and 12 cents donated to the Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) for every oyster eaten during the week. It will culminate with an oyster-eating contest on March 7. Participants may also enter to win a dozen oysters every month for a year (a $300 value), and the winner of the oyster-eating contest will receive a three-day, two-night stay in Napa Valley, Calif. In addition to the EFAA, the events will benefit The Gathering Place. For more information on Oyster Week, visit

Basil Flats launches in Longmont

The founder and former chief operating officer of Noodles & Company has launched a new restaurant called Basil Flats, which opened in Longmont on Feb. 18. The restaurant, inspired by the robust flavors of the Mediterranean, offers pizzas, salads, tapas and rustic flatbread sandwiches. Smaller plates include Spanish chicken skewers and a falafel plate, the salad menu features old favorites like Panzanella and Caesar, and the grilled flatbread sandwich offerings include the “Parmesan Grinder,” which features meatballs and mozzarella, and a vegetarian falafel wrap.

Pizzas come in traditional styles, such as Margherita and pepperoni, as well as newer creations like a seasonal vegetable pizza and a Greek pizza. The restaurant is located at 1067 S. Hover St., Unit D. For more information, call 303-776-1777, or visit

Local designer wins contest

EJ Meade, a designer with Boulder design company Arch II, Inc., was recognized as one of the 50 regional winners nationwide in the biennial Kitchen Design Contest put on by Sub-Zero, Inc. and Wolf Appliance, Inc. The two companies specialize in refrigeration, wine storage and cooking equipment. Meade was selected as a finalist out of nearly 1,400 entries.