The festival grew, so to speak, out of a contest started informally by a former Vesta server, says Vesta chef Matt Selby, upon whom it has fallen to carry on that proud tradition; over the years it came to include servers and patrons alike, bound together by brotherhood, lip locks and fabulous prizes, like a framed portrait of Burt Reynolds. But just as mere stubble eventually transforms into glistening curls on an upper lip, the festival was destined to become more. As of last year, weve harnessed the power of the Mustache Festival and turned it into a charitable cause, Selby proclaims. This year, 10 percent of Vestas sales for the night will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation a fitting cause, as its a scientific fact that a finely groomed mustache can actually grant wishes.
Theres no cover, and Vesta will provide faux mustaches for those who sadly lack them. The revelries begin at 5 p.m. at Vesta, 1822 Blake Street, and continue well into the evening; reservations are encouraged. For more information, call 303-296-1970 or visit www.vestagrill.com.
Sat., Feb. 5, 5 p.m., 2011