Books became secondary as Hartford Magazine held its 11th annual “Best of” party featuring winners in dozens of categories who were more than happy to show off their awards and why they were chosen in the annual readers poll.
“We’ve won a lot,” said Munson Chocolates employee Corinne Ferrante about the award the family-owned business in Bolton again snagged for its candy. And to prove the point, Ferrante and co-worker Harrison Poltorak, who work at the Blue Back Square store, were handing out samples of the well-known sweets to the crowd that packed the awards party featuring food, drinks, entertainment and a red carpet welcome.
Also celebrating a win were business partners and restaurateurs Dorjan Puka and David Borselle, whose A’vert Restaurant in West Hartford won “Best French Restaurant.”
“It’s always an honor,” said Borselle about the award as he piled picture-perfect French macarons onto a serving platter for guests to enjoy.
And while winning an award for the restaurant was a coup, Puka’s wife Mira said her hubby would deserve another award as well.
“Best Family Man,” is what he deserves as well,” she said. “He is a wonderful husband and father.”
The family, which owns New Britain’s Capitol Lunch had once again been voted ”Best Hot Dog” in the magazine poll.
“We are honored,” said owner Gus Ververis, who, with his sons, owns the historic Main Street eatery that has been known for decades for its signature dogs and special sauce.
Son Ignatios was not only celebrating the win and the celebrity that comes with it but something a bit more personal, his upcoming wedding to Ewa Kolodziejczyk.
“We met when I started working at Capitol Lunch,” explained Kolodziejczyk. “He asked me out and I was so embarrassed because I had just come from Poland and couldn’t speak English and didn’t know what to do,” she said smiling.
But love prevailed and she now speaks impeccable English as she prepares for not one, but probably two weddings. The couple is traveling to Poland a few weeks before their wedding here in the United States and chances are there will be some nuptials there for the bride-to-be’s family, with a second ceremony in August in the United States.
“We want to keep everyone happy,” said Ververis. “It’s a challenge with families in two different countries but we want everyone to share.”
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