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 hundreds of 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 has worked with Urban Peak for over a decade, helping raise over $300,000 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.

2015 Recipients


Urban Peak – Plates for the Peak @ Vesta

Denver Community Ventures &

Youth Culinary Academy - Wings & Whiskey @ Ace

DHA-Asissted Families - Steuben’s Toy Drive

Denver Film Society  - Film on the Rocks

Project Angel Heart - Dining Out For Life



Ability Connect Colorado

African Community Cntr.


Amer. Water Works Assn.


Arapahoe Community College

Art from Ashes

Arvada Hockey Assn.

Attention Homes

Bannock Youth Center

Beacon Day Country School

Bella Boutique

Bikers Against Bullies


Bridge Project

Brown Elem.


Cash Scanlon Phillips Fndtn.

Castle Marne Veteran's Giveaway

Chefs Out Front

Chelsea Hutchison Fndtn.

Children's Diabetes Fndtn.

Children's Hospital Colorado

Children's Museum of Denver

Children's Tumor Fndtn.


Colorado Academy

Colorado Combined Campaign

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer

Colorado Rocky Mountain School

Colorado Symphony

Colorado Young Leaders

Community Resources Inc.

Congregation Beth Evergreen

Connect Us

Cottonwood Institute

Craig Chamber of Commerce

Curious Theater


Denver Children's Home

Denver City Council

Denver Firefighters Relief Fund

Denver Health Fndtn.

Denver Public Schools

Denver School of the Arts

Denver Urban Gardens

Denver Urban Ministries

Denver Urban Scholars

Denver Zoo

Douglas/Elbert Task Force

Dumb Friends League


East H.S. Choir

Edison Elem.

Eye Tumor Research Fndtn.

Firefly Autism

Food For Hope

Free Horizon Montesorri

Friends of Denver FD Fndtn.

Gateway Battered Women's Serv.

Golfers Against Cancer


Greenhouse Scholars

Hannah's Socks

Imagination Library

Int'l Special Events Society

Invest in Kids

James Beard Fndtn.

James L. Quint Memorial


JCC Boulder

JCC Denver

JCC South

Jeffco Public Schools




Korenke Sports Charities


La Clinica Tepeyac

LGBT Community Center


Lodo District

Longmont Humane Society

Lookout Mountain Fire Dept

Lotus School

March of Dimes

Meals on Wheels

Mental Health America

Merrill Elem.

Microbrews for Microfinance

Mile High Youth Corps

Mission Wear

Montclair Int'l School

Multiple Sclerosis Society

Museum of Nature and Science

Native American's Rights Fund

New Genesis


Open Media Foundation

Open World Learning

Operation Walk

Park Hill Children's Center

Park Hill Elem.

Parkinson's Association


Playing For Change

Pulmonary Fibrosis Fndtn


Qualistar Colorado

R.M. Adventist Healthcare Fndtn

R.M. Children's Law Center

R.M. Down Syndrome Assn

Reading Partners

Sabin Elem.

SafeHouse Denver


Sarah DeVito Fund


Savio House

Senior Support Services

Shelton Elem.

Soup for the Soul

St Joseph's Hospital NICU

St Judes Childrens Hosp.

Stanley British Primary

Stout St. Fndtn.

Taste of Broncos

Team For Kids

The Joshua School

The Odyssey School

Towards Justice

Toys for Tots

United Way

University Park Elem.

Valdez Elem.

Warren Village

Wayfaring Band

Wings of Hope PCR

Women's Bean Project

Women's Fndtn. CO.



Charitable contribution requests can be submitted here.