Photo Credit: Kari Cummings Photography
Photo Credit: Kari Cummings Photography
The holidays will be here before you know it. It's tough imagine snow on the ground and lights around the house when it's still 80 degrees outside. But companies around Denver have already begun reaching out to Vesta looking to make reservations for groups, large and small, to host their holiday parties.
Vesta is a great place to host a holiday party. Besides the best food and drink that Denver has to offer, Vesta has a semi-private area of the restaurant that can host up to 30 guests. This makes the area perfect for a small business to host its staff and their guests. What better way to say "thank you" for a great year's worth of work than taking the staff out to one of Denver's most established and hip restaurants? It's the type of party that keeps the staff working hard for the next year to come.
Consider Vesta to host your company soiree during the holidays. Reach out to the management team at www.vestadenver.com and click on the "Large Parties" tab and see what our availability is. We will work hard with you to make sure it's a party that falls in line with your budget, and also is memorable over the next year.
Vesta has been around Lower Downtown for 21 years now. That's enough time to host countless first dates, birthdays, anniversaries, proposals, wedding rehearsal dinners, and just plain ol' dining out on the town. But did you know that we also pride our selves in hosting brides and grooms before they tie the knot? It's a great location to begin, or end, a wonderful evening with those closest to the most important people: the soon-to-be newly weds.
Let's face it: a bachelor or bachelorette party is a chance to get a little wild before the most important day of two people's lives. Some good food and drink is just what the doctor ordered, and Vesta brings just that to the table. And with a central location in downtown, it's the perfect place to launch out to the bars after a meal, or the perfect place to get a bite after a tour, a day on the town, or just to relax before the big day.
Fridays and Saturdays can be a little tricky to make reservations, so as you're planning the big day, keep Vesta in mind. Our managers would be happy to work out the details and help such an important dinner fall in line with your vision. Visit www.vestadenver.com and click the "Large Parties" tab for group of over 10 guests. We promise to make it a night to remember.
Lower Downtown has seen more change over the last couple of years than an any stretch of time in recent memory. From the Dairy Block, to the evolution of LoHi, to more cranes touching the sky than we can count, the dynamic nature of our small piece of Denver continues to amaze us. And as the road construction in LoDo keeps on keeping on, it looks like for the foreseeable future, Vesta is out of the construction zone. Blake Street just got a wonderful new coat of asphalt, and it looks and feels amazing. While we've been looking out of our front window for months wondering when they day would come for the construction to wind down, it feels like today is that day. Come take a look at the new and improved Lower Downtown, and be sure to join us for a drink and a bite along the way.
Vesta works hard to bring you a wonderful experience (almost) every night of the year. But there are a select few that we close the doors for our staff to celebrate a holiday with their friends and loved ones. While Vesta will be open all weekend long, we will be closed on Labor Day, September 3rd, and the following day, September 4th, as Secret Sauce Food and Beverage hosts our annual company picnic. While we're sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, we sincerely wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday weekend.
Bar Manager Kari Cummings is no stranger to the classics: The Sidecar, The Last Word, The Manhattan, The Old Fashioned. These are drinks that any bartender worth their weight in salt should know. But having mastered these cocktails over the years, Kari asks more from her bar team than just a different rendition of the classics. She wants cocktails that are bold, seasonal, unique, and of course, beautiful in the glass.
It's in that vein that we were privileged to be included in The Drink Nation's "Most Instagramable Cocktails." While Instagramable might not have made its way into the dictionary yet, (and rest assured that it will), the verb is universally understood by anyone with a smartphone. Instagrammers don't simply put an average run-of-the-mill photo on their wall. They want some thing that's bold, some that's seasonal, something thats uniq...wait a second...
The Mama Tiger made its way onto the list for Drink Nation. Using Plantation 5yr Rum and Oolong tea as core flavors, Kari livened it up with a new amaro to the Vesta list: Sfumato amaro. Sfumato is a rhubarb flavored armaro that adds both sweetness and bitterness to help balance the drink. While subtle, it plays off of the tea and rum wonderfully, while remaining light and refreshing for the summer season.
Bring that smartphone down to Vesta, we really don't mind. Grab a snapshot of this cocktail for your own wall. But while you're at it, take a couple more pictures of the fifteen other cocktails on our list. You're guaranteed to get a slew of "likes," and we're happy to help you and your Instagram.
1.5 Plantation 5 year rum
1 oz oolong tea
.5 sfumato amaro
.5 passionfruit syrup
Stirred over ice and strained
Garnish: grilled pineapple
Photo Credit: Anna Regan
With a wild blueberry gelee strategically placed around the plate, Nadine has "drunken" these Palisade peaches in bourbon. Perfect for a southern dish such as this. The peaches take on some of those classic bourbon notes: baking spice, vanilla, and cinnamon.
Vesta has never been one to stay "inside the box." Our dishes have always been unique, flavorful, and appeasing to the eye as much as to the palate. The Union Station Farmer's market runs through October 20th this year, and you can bet you'll see Chef Kayser down there every week with a basket full of some of the best agriculture this side of the Mississippi.
Our goal is to raise over $20,000 for Urban Peak to keep doing what they do best. To help support them, Vesta holds a silent auction that has featured charcuterie classes with our chef's, a chef prepared dinner at the winning bidder's home, skis, bicycles, wine, and more. There is also a wine grab with Vesta's beverage distributors generously donating some of their wares to the event.
Birthdays celebrate another trip around the sun, a time to reflect on the wisdom and experiences of the past year. Vesta celebrated its 21st birthday on July 19th this year, and while there was a blowout to celebrate 20 years in 2017, 2018 held a more calm and subdued vibe about the restaurant. Over the past two decades, Vesta has been where you come to celebrate your own birthday, an anniversary, graduation, or just to grab a bite before painting the town red. It's sexy, it's dependable, and it's great food paired with our own hospitality. This past 21st birthday for Vesta was no different. No closing the restaurant, no birthday bash. We were here for the community who has helped support us over the years.
We know that we wouldn't be here today if the Mile High City hadn't visited us so much over the years. We're privileged to be a part of this community, to be able to keep our doors open for so long when so many others have had to close theirs. We would like to take a moment and thank not only each and every person who has come through the door, but welcome everyone who has yet to enjoy one of the finest meals that Denver has to offer. Here's to another great couple of decades, and here's to the Mile High City.
Market street remains open and unobstructed. As always, we recommend parking at the Guaranty Bank Parking Garage located on the southern corner of 18th and Market St., just a block away from Vesta.
The Big Eat is an annual celebration of Denver's finest eateries, breweries, and distilleries. It is put on by EatDenver, a co-op of the very same restaurants that participated in the Big Eat and held at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Every restaurant puts together an example of what they're all about: burgers, bites, dogs, tacos...and so much more.
Chances are that if you've been into Vesta in 2018, you've noticed something different. Something industrial. Something constructive. Something...that might be an eyesore. It's no mystery that the city and county of Denver are revamping the streets in Lower Downtown, sometimes for a prolonged amount of time. But Vesta is unaffected: in March when similar construction was occurring, we let our guests know of entrances and closures via social media, Google, and with a personalized phone call every day. Today, accesses from 17th and 18th Streets remain open, and thus access to Vesta is unadulterated. So when considering to join us, don't let the pipes and backhoes deter you. We're open, and we're still giving Denver the food, drink, and hospitality that you know and love.
This one's on us, by the way. Surprise him by bringing him to the place he loves, with the people he loves, and a beer he's guaranteed to love. Happy Father's Day, dads, from all of us at Vesta.
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We look forward to swinging by Pony Up once our doors close for a heart-stopping delicious dip and a sip of a whiskey to wind down after a great service. Welcome!
[Vesta wishes] Chef Bonanno many years of prosperity, just as Vesta has been fortunate to enjoy on this very block. His talent and determination have always shone through at Denver staples such as Osteria Marco and Mizuna.
Vesta's bar manager, Kari Cummings, has been a staple of the restaurant for years and years. After 15 years of employment here, she's commonly known as "Mama Bear," the mortar that keeps the bricks together. But beyond that, such an amount of time in these four walls has honed her skills as one of Denver's best bartenders. And this summer's cocktails exemplify what her and her bar team are capable of: unique and thoughtfully crafted cocktails, designed to showcase what Vesta's spirit is. Hospitable, delicious, and eclectic.
One of the most interesting new cocktails to come onto the list is the Mama Tiger. Plantation 5 year aged rum is a classic summer time spirit in-and-of itself, but when coupled with Amaro Sfumato, a rhubarb based amaro, it's a drink that screams refreshing with spice and smoke. A touch of passionfruit drives the point home: it's delicious.
We still have some of your favorites, though. The Colonist, one of Kari's drinks that has remained on the list for almost a year's time, remains one of the most popular drinks on the list. Don't mess with a good thing, right? Using Kauai Farmacutical turmeric from Hawai'i, Kari infused the spice into a ginger syrup that plays off of Wood Creek Vodya and Pimm's. The name, if you were interested, comes from the play of the British liqueur and the turmeric, which is common in many Indian drinks.
All in all, there are about seven new cocktails to try this summer. It could be quite a challenge to try them all at one time, which we certainly don't recommend. But we do suggest that you come see us before a show at the Pepsi Center, or as you're walking to the Rockies game. Kari will welcome you with open arms, and get a refreshing beverage in front of you to take the heat of the day from you.
Vesta's summer menu tips the hat towards the summer flavors of northern Europe, such as the beautiful presentation of the Curried Goat Tagine or Salmon Gravlax.
"Each year, only one U.S. city is awarded the privilege of hosting IPW, which has proven to generate over 700,000 new international visitors and $1.7 billion in new tourism revenue for host cities within three years."