The difference between ‘charity’ and ‘philanthropy’ is often defined by what each seeks to address. Charity organizations, some say, aid or protect people, animals, and natural habitats affected by disaster, injury, disease, abuse, and a multitude of other hardships. Philanthropic groups, some believe, focus on the prevention of these issues by creating infrastructure, preventative medicine, educational and cultural programs, and protective habitats, among other things.  At Vesta, Steuben’s, and Ace, we have been given the opportunity to contribute to ‘charitable’ and ‘philanthropic’ organizations alike, including those listed below. Through contributions to over 130 groups, we have earned National Philanthropy Day recognition for ‘Outstanding Small Business’ as well as the Colorado Restaurant Association’s ‘Outstanding Professional’ and ‘Restaurant Neighbor’ awards.

While we enjoy the ability to give to so many different groups, we have found one area of work that may create both charitable and philanthropic solutions at the same time, and that is by working to benefit our youth. By helping youth overcome adverse situations we can build opportunities for these bright, young children to become impactful members of our community – to become citizens with the potential to solve the problems they face today and the issues we’ll face tomorrow.  This potential to create change led our company to partner with two great organizations, Urban Peak and Denver Housing Authority. With very different approaches, both organizations seek to provide our youth with safe, warm homes to lead healthier, more productive lives. Both Steuben’s and Ace Eat Serve work with Denver Housing Authority - Steuben’s annual Toy Drive benefiting DHA being one of our premier events of the year. Vesta Dipping Grill has worked with Urban Peak for over 10 years, helping raise over $250,000 for the organization since our relationship began. It is this work with Urban Peak that earned owners Josh and Jen Wolkon ‘Business Honoree’ recognition at the 2014 Maverick Thinkers Gala, typically Urban Peak’s highest yielding fundraiser of the year. (Learn more about Urban Peak here and Denver Housing Authority here.)

But, the Wolkon’s certainly could not have achieved all of this alone. The staff at each restaurant has embraced the company's mission to give back to the community by donating their own time, talents, and even tips to make these events successful.  They remain committed to creating fun and unique in-house events that are often affordable for their peers and a younger generation of philanthropists, opening their eyes to how joyful and easy it is to give back. We are fortunate and grateful that our staff enables us to utilize our venues, skills, and resources in such meaningful ways.


2014 Recipients


Urban Peak – Plates for the Peak @ Vesta

Denver Community Ventures &

Youth Culinary Academy - Wings & Whiskey @ Ace

Children in DHA Housing - Steuben’s Toy Drive

Make A Wish Foundation – Mustache Festival @ Vesta

Denver Film Society  - Film on the Rocks

Project Angel Heart - Dining Out For Life

CHUN, Denver Zoo, Brent’s Place, World Denver


African Community Center



American Heart Association


Anchor Center for Blind Children

Arrupe Jesuit High school

Art For Ashes

Book Trust

Children's Hospital CO Foundation

Children's Museum Denver

Climbing For Life

Colorado Academy Horizons

Community Ventures

Congregation Beth Evergreen

Connect Us

Cottonwood Institute

Craig Hospital Push

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Denver City Council

Denver Firefighters Protective Assn.

Denver Kids Inc.

Denver Health Foundation

Denver Montclair Int'l School

Denver Urban Scholars


Edge of Seven

Edison Elementary

Food Bank of the Rockies

Freedom Service Dogs of America

Give Paws

Help Mary Kick Cancer's Ass

Hickenlooper For Colorado

Hope House of Colorado

Humane Society of Boulder Valley

Invest in Kids

James L Quint Foundation

Jamie Carr Memorial Scholarship Fund

Japan America Society of Colorado

JCC Boulder


Kroenke Sports Charities

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Love of Raymond Wine event

March of Dimes

Meals on Wheels

Mile High Youth Corps

Miracles for Mito

Mirror Image Arts

Montessori School of Evergreen

Morey Middle School

Morgridge Academy at Nat’l Jewish

MS Society of Colorado

MSU Denver

Nat'l Multiple Sclerosis Society

Open Media Foundation

Open World Denver

Ricks Center For Gifted Children

R.Mntn Children’s Health Foundation

R.Mntn Veterans Assn.

SafeHouse Denver

Sewall Child Development Center

Soup for the Soul

St Jude Children's Hospital


Tablet for Kinders

The Connection Youth Center

The Gathering Place

The Lodo District

The YESS Institute

The Zara Project

United Way

Volunteers of America

Warren Village

We Don't Waste

Wealth in Community Knowledge

Whittier PTA

Wish For Wheels

Worst In Show

WOW Work options for Women

Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation

 Charitable contribution requests can be submitted here.