Seven years ago, on a Thursday in November, not long after Connor Gushen, a sous-chef at Vesta Dipping Grill, had moved to Denver, the scent of roasting turkeys wafted through the air. It was Thanksgiving, a day when families congregate around the dining room table and squawk about politics and each ... More >>
Guinness and Jameson are the undisputed kings of St. Patrick's Day drinking, but Irish coffee comes in a close third -- and makes a good hair of the dog for the day after. Westword's Bailey Geoghan talked to two masters of the drink, bartender Kari Cummings of Vesta Dipping Grill and Phil Goodlaxon, ... More >>
Ace may be known for its lively atmosphere and crazy ping-pong tournaments, but it's letting its healthy side show. Tonight Ace is going raw, and it's not afraid to show it. First the restaurant will show The Raw Natural, and then it will be serving a special raw menu. See also: Readers: "Genetical ... More >>
What defines an essential restaurant? Several opinionated friends and I were recently discussing that topic during dinner at a trendy newcomer that's amassed a flurry of flattery since opening its doors. It's a restaurant-of-the-moment, but will it still be relevant in six months? Will the crowds co ... More >>
Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street, is introducing Pre-Game Pop-Ups for the 2013 Rockies season today. Specials include Korean BBQ rib sandwiches and fresh fruit cups sweetened with agave syrup and chili lime; more pop-up items will appear on the menu throughout the season. See also: - Photos: ... More >>
Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street, will be featured on the Travel Channel's Food Paradise series tonight as part of the program's exploration of the best steak dishes around the country. See also: - Trends without end, round five: Pickling, pop-ups and moving beyond buzzwords - Photos: Happy ... More >>
Beloved Curtis Caldwell - my belief is that your radiant soul is making its journey to the next life and when you get there it will be the most vibrant place with more colors than you can ever imagine even exist. And of course, hundreds and hundreds of hoola hoops in all shapes and colors. I have lo ... More >>
Since my first review appeared in Westword in September -- it was of the then-six-month-old The Kitchen Denver -- I've reviewed sixteen spots. And already, some of those spots are changing -- menus, if not more. See also: - Attention to detail would safeguard the Kitchen's brand in Denver - The f ... More >>
With out-of-town guests beginning to trickle in for the holidays, it's a relief to know you won't have to house, feed and entertain them all by yourself. Well, make that "yes" on house, but with restaurants that double as entertainment zones, there's plenty of help in the other two areas. Some of t ... More >>
No sooner had Josh Wolkon broken the news that executive chef Matt Selby was moving on after fifteen years at Vesta Dipping Grill (and then Steuben's and Ace) that just where Selby is moving became clear: Selby will join James Iacino and Scott Kinsey as a full partner at the Corner House, slated to ... More >>
Ace Eat Serve opened today at 501 East 17th Avenue. The ping-pong hall, restaurant and bar is the newest eatery owned by Josh and Jen Wolkon and Matt Selby, owners of Steubens and Vesta Dipping Grill.
Ace Eat Serve, the Asian restaurant and ping-pong palace that will open Wednesday next to Steuben's, is the latest restaurant to tap into a nearby brewery for its own house beer.
"We've done dipped for fifteen years." Vesta Dipping Grill celebrated fifteen years of dipping in LoDo last night with a six-course feast and fundraiser benefiting the nonprofit LoDo Cares. Owner Josh Wolkon invited former Vesta chefs Tyler Skrivanek of Duo, James Rugile of Mizuna, Wade Kirwan of A ... More >>
Vesta Dipping Grill turns fifteen this month, and owner Josh Wolkon and crew have invited former Vesta chefs Tyler Skrivanek of Duo, James Rugile of Mizuna, Wade Kirwan of Adrift, Dillon Maddox of Solera, Drew Hardin of Lola and Brandon Biederman of Steuben's to cook at a six-course feast and fundra ... More >>
His long, lanky body clad in a T-shirt, knee-length shorts and Converse tennis shoes, Josh Wolkon slips into a booth at Steuben's, orders a Pimms cocktail and stretches his arms. The last few months have been a whirlwind for the owner of Steuben's, which he unleashed in Uptown in 2007. Next month, h ... More >>
In the almost-six months since Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's restaurateur Josh Wolkon and his cohorts -- including wife Jen, Matt Selby, Brandon and Emily Biederman and Jeff Bustos -- took over the old Storz Garage space next to Steuben's, they've been busily drawing up plans to convert the addr ... More >>
It's always onward and upward for Josh Wolkon, the restaurateur who brought this city Vesta Dipping Grill, Steuben's and the Steuben's Food Truck (better known as "Pearl") with the help of his wife, Jen, and other cohorts, including Matt Selby, Brandon and Emily Biederman, and Jeff Bustos. Now Wol ... More >>
'Tis the season to eat, dink, make merry and give generously, and tonight, at Steuben's, you have the opportunity to kill four turtle doves with one toy.
Has a culinary trend fad ever rolled into town -- rolled over a town -- as quickly as food trucks did in Denver? Steuben's Food Service launched the first gourmet truck in June 2010; two months later, more than a dozen had taken to the streets. And it was just last summer that Delores Tronco was sta ... More >>
The future home of the next concept from the people behind Steuben's and Vesta.Fifteen years ago, Josh Wolkon and his wife, Jen, opened Vesta Dipping Grill in a cavernous space in LoDo, and they've packed in crowds ever since. Those crowds followed them and Matt Selby over to Steuben's, the g ... More >>
Photo by Roth SheppardHappy Place: Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street, 303-296-1970. The Hours: Monday through Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Deals: $3-7 Colorado beers and spirits; $2-6 small plates. Were we happy? Flip the page to find out.
Then-mayorJohn Hickenlooper visited a food truck in Civic Center Park.With the warm weather rolling into Denver, can a fleet of gourmet food trucks be far behind? Last year, the truck trend took the town by storm -- but by the end of 2010, things were looking stormy, with Sean and Denon Moore ... More >>
Earlier this week, fifteen local mixology magicians converged behind the bar of Steuben's, 523 East Seventeenth Avenue, as part of the retro diner's annual holiday toy drive, a festive, spirited party that involves clever cocktails, lots of willing imbibers, good will, good cheer, generosity ... More >>
Happy Place: Steuben's, 523 East Seventeenth Avenue, 303-830-1001 The Hours: Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. The Deals: $5 specialty cocktails; $12-$20 shareable cocktails; $1 sliders; $3 gravy fries; $0.50 deviled eggs Were we happy? Flip the page.
Randy LaymanLast week, Sean Kenyon, one of Denver's most championed bartenders and mixologists, vacated his post as bar manager of Steuben's, where he'd been slinging drinks and crafting cocktails since 2007.
Lori Midson Brandon Foster, tapped as the new executive chef at Vesta Dipping GrillLate last month, Wade Kirwan, an eleven-year veteran of Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street, made the difficult decision to pull himself off the line. Kirwan, who had spent the last five years as the executi ... More >>
Last week, at a secret gathering of street-food vendors, these mobile entrepreneurs conducted a test run for what Josh Wolkon, owner of the Steuben's Food Truck, called Denver's own version of the Portland pod, a frequent meet-up of trucks and carts in that Oregon city that draws the crowds a ... More >>
Mark MangerThe hot food story of the summer is the success of the gourmet food trucks and carts, which we predicted in our June 3 cover story. So far, we've seen trucks from Steuben's, Deluxe, Paris on the Platte, WaterCourse Foods and the Denver Biscuit Company, in addition to such gourmet c ... More >>
Mark MangerDespite the tiff with Cherry Creek Fresh Market, Civic Center Eats is thriving, bringing crowds of downtown lunchers to the Tuesday food court. And now those lunchers won't have to wait until next Tuesday for another fix. The Steuben's Food Truck has secured a permit that will all ... More >>
Lori Midson This belongs to me: I won Matt Selby on a plate! At last night's Plates for the Peak, a fundraiser/silent auction to benefit Urban Peak, fifteen of Denver's star chefs convened in the hellishly hot kitchen of Vesta Dipping Grill to feed sweaty gastronauts who grubbed on everythin ... More >>
The annual Plates for the Peak fundraiser, tonight at Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street, is a delicious highlight of the summer fundraising scene, featuring contributions by many of Denver's top chefs. From 6 to 10 p.m., enjoy small plates created by Brian Laird (Barolo Grill), Keegan G ... More >>
Got New Year's Eve plans yet? No? Well, have I got an event for you...
After I chatted yesterday with Josh Wolkon of Steuben's and Vesta, he kindly forwarded me an article from the travel section of the Los Angeles Times about the sudden, fierce boom in food trucks that has gripped the foodie Shangri La of Portland. That city now has about 400 trucks, serving e ... More >>
Davie's Chuck Wagon Diner, by Brian Butko.I know from diners; they are my natural habitat. And Colorado has some classics. Johnson's Corner was one of the first places I visited when I first went west of the Mississippi, and it remains a favorite even post-renovation. My recent meals at Silve ... More >>
When Olivea opened in May at 719 East 17th Avenue, it immediately earned a spot among the top ten restaurants on 17th Avenue, which has become a real restaurant row. Below, nine more places to brake for food along 17th.
As ambassadors of good will, good drinks and good food, Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street, recently awarded free happy hours to thirty local businesses and non-profits, which, as you can imagine, made for some damn happy employees who'll get a few more hours of happy time at Vesta's bar with fr ... More >>
A quick reminder: On Monday, June 16, the guys at Vesta Dipping Grill will throw a bash for one of their own: bartender Travis Van-Cleave. Seems the barman caught himself a case of autoimmune hemolytic anemia (that’s okay, I didn’t know what it was, either) and, in the process of getting himsel ... More >>
Lots of good food for good causes at two upcoming charity dinners -- one at Luca d'Italia, the other at Vesta Dipping Grill. On June 2 at Luca d’Italia (711 Grant Street), Frank and Jacqueline Bonanno (owners of Luca, along with Mizuna and Osteria Marco) are throwing a benefit for the neurology ... More >>
With my review of Steuben's now off the stands (read the October 5 "American Idyll" here) and all questions of owner Josh Wolkon's American obsessions and searches for provenance and origin answered, we can get down to the truly important matter raised by his menu: namely, where is the best green ch ... More >>
The owners of Steuben's have region to believe.
Steuben's is dedicated to regional specialties -- and that's both good and bad.
How the right cuisines could conquer the world.
A little competition never hurt anyone.
Sticking With a Winner at Vesta Dipping Grill.