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June 15, 2009 - Plates for the Peak

What: A Delicious Fundraiser Benefiting the Youth and Programs of Urban Peak

Where: Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street

When: Monday, June 15, 2009

Time: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $65

Beneficiary: The Youth and Programs of Urban Peak

Host(s): Jennifer and Josh Wolkon, owners of Vesta Dipping Grill.

EMCEE: DJ K-Nee

Executive Director: Kay Ramachandran

Introductions: Matt Selby

Speaker: Kay Ramachandran

Libations: Ketel One Vodka, Bar Drinks

Catering: Vesta Dipping Grill, Stueben's, Lola, Elway's Cherry Creek, D Bar, Solera, Mezcal, Tambien, Sketch, TAG

Entertainment: Grooves DJ K-Nee - Step On Productions

Sponsors: Ketel One, Grooves by DJ K-Nee, Stepon Productions, Visual and Performance Art by Urban Peak Youth

Quote of the evening: "There are a lot of good looking people here." Robert Hamm

Attendance: 200

Attire: business casual

Special Thanks: Josh and Jen Wolkon - - owners of Vesta Dipping Grill

Event Coordinator: Scott Vandaele and Emily Biederman

Steering Committee: Robert Hamm, Scott Vandaele, Josh & Jen Wolkon, Dave Ryan, Ann Harris, Emily Biederman, Jeff Bustos, Matt Selbey

Blacktie Photos by: Jan McNutt


 Josh and Jenn Wolkon - owners and evening hosts, Vesta Dipping Grill
Josh and Jenn Wolkon - owners and evening hosts, Vesta Dipping Grill

The Young, the Restless and the Beautiful flocked to the Vesta Dipping Grill on Monday, June 15th, for food, food, food and drinks. Every table, stool, and standing room space was taken as the party for the 20- year-old Urban Peak organization celebrated their annual Plates for the Peak fundraiser.

Vesta Dipping Grill, Lodo's premier date and gathering spot for fine dining has served as host for the last six years. They know the crowd who support Urban Peak. And, they saw to it that there were no-holds-barred on the food fare and service for the night. The evening menu featured diverse, small dishes, from the theme, "Unique Small Plates Created by All Star Chefs." The taste treats were to die for, as servers carried trays of duck pate, fresh tuna, cherry-cola ribs and tuna tartar. In keeping with Vesta's signature, tables were set with the restaurant's specialty spicy dips accompanied by baskets of warm homemade pita bread dippers. The All Star Chefs cooked up a variety of unforgettable scrumptuous tidbits. They truly outdid themselves: Wade Kirwan, Kenny Turk, Brandon Foster and Adam Butlers from Vesta Dipping Grill; Brandon Biederman from Steuben's; Matt Selby from Vesta Dipping Grill/Steuben's; Jamey Fader, Lola; Tyler Ward, Elway's Cherry Creek; James Ruglie, Venure; Keegan Gerhard, D Bar, Food Network; Goose Sorenson, Solera; Sean Yontz, Mezcal, Tambien, Sketch; Troy Guard, TAG.

The Ketel One flowed as DJ K-Nee spinned hip tunes, but everyone was more interested in the circulating, creative food dishes. While supporters and friends mingled and surveyed the 32 silent auction items, the three Urban Peak poets awaited their performance. Around 8:30 p.m. Chance Two Crow, who works with the Art from Ashes program and serves on the Urban Peak Board as a youth representative, read his poem, "Heroes for Sale." Next, Alex Whitaker, who works with Urban Peak read his original poem, "Crystal Darkness." Rinu Narazuki, ended the performance by reading two of her works entitled, "Don't Take Anything Personally" and "Mistaken Words."

At closing time the silent auction had raised a staggering cache of funds for Urban Peak. Thanks to donations from Breckenridge Resorts, artist Sean Martines, Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's, artist Lise' Asle, Apple Computers, Panzano Restaurant, Hotel Monaco, Tattoo Artist Josh Ford, The Oxford Hotel, Cirque De Soleil, Table 6, Beatrice & Woodsley, Fruition, The Magnolia Hotel, Lannie's Clock Tower Cabaret, Campo De Fiori, jewelry by Dianne Bozarth. Food, faces, friends, fun, and funds were the highlight of the evening, and Urban Peak was the hands down winner.

For more information on Urban Peak, log on to www.urbanpeak.org.

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