Josh Wolkon

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    October 31, 2014

    Ace and The Kitchen in Boulder Will Be Featured on Good Food America

    Z Living TV may be the ESPN Ocho of food channels, but the healthy-lifestyle network (formerly Veria Living) is giving some national attention to a couple of Denver-area restaurants. Ace and the Kitchen in Boulder will both be featured on the Z Living's Good Food America, a travel show hosted by che ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    After sixteen years at Vesta Dipping Grill, chef Kenny Turk bids Vesta -- and Denver -- farewell

    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 >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Make the perfect Irish coffee with Vesta Dipping Grill and Corvus

    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 >>

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    November 4, 2013

    Ace hosting its first film, The Raw Natural, tonight

    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 >>

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    August 20, 2013

    Denver's fifty most essential restaurants, No. 50: Vesta Dipping Grill

    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 >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Celebrate Opening Day with alternative snacks at Vesta

    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 >>

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    March 20, 2013

    Vesta Dipping Grill gets a closeup on the Travel Channel tonight

    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 >>

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    January 30, 2013

    In memoriam: Curtis Caldwell, sous chef at Vesta Dipping Grill, passes away

    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 >>

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    December 31, 2012

    Year in review: Tables and Ace change up their menus

    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 >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Where to eat, drink and keep your guests merry this holiday season

    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 >>

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    October 9, 2012

    Matt Selby leaving Vesta group for the Corner House

    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 >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Photo and menu tour: Ace Eat Serve opens today

    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.

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    July 20, 2012

    Photos: Happy birthday to Vesta Dipping Grill

    "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 >>

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    July 16, 2012

    A birthday bash at Vesta, beer and wine and more on this week's calendar

    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 >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Vesta Dipping Grill owner Josh Wolkon reflects on fifteen years of success

    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 >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Steuben's and Vesta partners break ground on Ace, their ping pong project

    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 >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Steuben's and Vesta group are building a ping-pong hall and Asian restaurant

    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 >>

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    December 5, 2011

    Tonight: Bring a toy, drink for free and help a kid at the Steuben's Toy Drive

    '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.

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    September 28, 2011

    Justice League of Street Food throws its last bash of the season...and maybe ever

    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 >>

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    September 9, 2011

    Steuben's and Vesta Dipping Grill owners will build a new restaurant and ping pong hall in the old Storz Garage space

    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 >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Drinking the night away at Vesta Dipping Grill

    Photo by Roth Sheppard​Happy 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.

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    March 23, 2011

    Food-truck task force looking at fast fixes for spring

    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 >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    December 17, 2010

    Denver's best bartenders raise $2,000 and collect more than 450 toys for the Salvation Army

    ​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 >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Three cheers for happy hour at Steuben's

    ​ 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.

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    September 24, 2010

    Steuben's loses bar manager Sean Kenyon, but gains Randy Layman

    Randy Layman​Last 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.

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    August 19, 2010

    Brandon Foster tapped as new executive chef of Vesta Dipping Grill

    Lori Midson Brandon Foster, tapped as the new executive chef at Vesta Dipping Grill​Late 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 >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Justice League of Street Food hypes secret street-food party on Facebook

    ​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 >>

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    July 28, 2010

    The truck stops here: secret gathering of gourmet vendors Friday

    Mark Manger​The 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 >>

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    July 1, 2010

    The Steuben's Food Truck rolls into Civic Center five days a week

    Mark Manger​Despite 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 >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Vesta Dipping Grill's Plates for the Peak benefit raises $20,000 for Urban Peak -- and the new Steuben's truck makes its street debut

    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 >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Tonight: Small plates at Vesta to benefit Urban Peak

    ​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 >>

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    June 3, 2010
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    February 4, 2010
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    December 30, 2009

    Steuben's brings in the pigs

    ​Got New Year's Eve plans yet? No? Well, have I got an event for you...

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    November 25, 2009

    Steuben's going mobile

    ​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 >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Denver's Top Ten Diners

    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 >>

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    October 9, 2009

    Top ten places to eat on 17th Avenue

    ​ 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.

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    May 29, 2009

    Vesta Dipping Grill puts the happy back in happy hour

    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 >>

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    June 11, 2008

    Helping One of Their Own

    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 >>

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    May 21, 2008

    For the Boys

    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 >>

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    October 12, 2006
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    October 12, 2006

    Chile-Head Confessional

    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 >>

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    October 5, 2006

    Road Warriors

    The owners of Steuben's have region to believe.

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    October 5, 2006

    American Idyll

    Steuben's is dedicated to regional specialties -- and that's both good and bad.

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    July 27, 2006

    Scorpion Bowl


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    June 22, 2006

    Survival of the Fittest

    How the right cuisines could conquer the world.

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    February 16, 2006

    Pearl Bucks

    A little competition never hurt anyone.

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    March 16, 2000

    2nd Helping

    Sticking With a Winner at Vesta Dipping Grill.

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    October 30, 1997
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