A Festive Dine (And Drive) Around The West End
The elegant 1912 colonial revival home of Molly Knorr and Mark Drusedum in Hartford was the starting point for the West End Civic Association’s eighth annual Dine Around the West End Saturday night.
More than 200 West End neighbors gathered at the Knorr/Drusedum manor for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails before breaking into 27 smaller groups for dinner. Guests then regrouped at the home of Martha Buttenheim and Pam Minish for dessert and coffee.
“It brings everyone together… and the post-holiday stress is off,” said Knorr about what she likes best about the Dine Around. “You get to meet so many new people when you go to the dinners.”
Guests at the annual progressive dinner, which sold out in 72 hours, included Mayor Pedro Segarra; Irene O’Connor, WFSB, Channel 3 newscaster and her husband, Matt Fleury, president and CEO of the Connecticut Science Center; Sean and Robyn Gallagher; and first-time dinner hosts Jackie Sipples of Cigna and Frank Ruffalo of Abigail’s Grille in Simsbury (their mouthwatering menu featured crab and corn chowder and baked stuffed shrimp with filet mignon).
“The weather Gods are with us this year,” said committee member Eleanor Blake, referring to this year’s “mild” January compared to last year. “People really look forward to this.”
Amy Ellis (firstname.lastname@example.org)