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[Updated Menu] Fleming’s to Present 2018 ‘Best of West Hartford’ Awards Night, Finalists Announced

Guests fill the lobby at the 2017 Best of West Hartford awards show, Cinépolis theater. We-Ha.com file Photo credit: Cheyney Barrieau

Thanks for voting, and the winners of the 2018 Best of West Hartford are … please come to the Fourth Annual Awards event to find out!

By Joy Taylor

Updated, Nov. 1, 2018

The menu has been announced:

Partial menu, according to the presenting sponsor, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse-W. Hartford: 
-Prime rib station
-Lamb chop lollipops
-Prime meatballs
-Bacon wrapped scallops
-Crab puffs
-Sweet & sour eggplant crostinis
-Apple & blue cheese flatbread

With #bestofweha Crudite by The Crown Market

#bestofweha dessert by Hartford Baking Co. – New Park Ave and Potbelly Sandwich Shop cookies.

Original Story, Oct. 26, 2018

After overwhelming response to the voting for best pizza, coffee, hair salon, home improvement, and much more, the 2018 winners of The Best of West Hartford will be revealed on Nov. 5, 2018 at Flemings in Blue Back Square.

This wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community. “An unprecedented almost 400 percent increase in voting is something we never expected,” stated Tom Hickey of WHMedia, an organizer of the Best of West Hartford (BOWH) event.

“We assume it is because our fellow publishing companies worked along side us on a media blitz unlike anything West Hartford has ever seen. Along with West Hartford Magazine, We-Ha.com, and Experience We-Ha, we also had the Connecticut Jewish Ledger, West Hartford Life, and West Hartford Press (the latter two both Turley Publications) which all boosted the vote by including the fourth annual BOWH in all their traditional, digital, and social media products,” Hickey said.

The businesses were also very engaged via social media this year helping generate interest. Only 20 percent of the total vote was repeat. This was the first year that votes could be cast more then once (awaiting a next day requirement) and you did not have to vote for all 44 categories. Many of the races were very close and we even have a few ties.

Hillary Pasternak (Connecticut Jewish Ledger) and Jeff Lovanio (Experience We-Ha) were the masterminds behind the scenes who simplified the entire voting process via Google, which was new this year.

Awards Show is on November 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Flemings, and is part of the #wehaevents, produced by WHMedia

Fleming’s is the 2018 presenting sponsor for the fourth annual Best of West Hartford awards night. Liz Kiyak and Bentley Torres from Fleming’s promise to make it a night to remember. All food and beverages will be prepared by Flemings, according to Kiyak. Torres said that the Fleming’s bar will be a cash bar but with a happy hour theme.

Wait until you see how the restaurant is transformed with a dazzling ice sculpture sponsored by Uber Dog, setting the mood for the awards to be handed out. Cheese board and vegetables are being provided by Crown Market and dessert is from Hartford Baking Company.

Parking is free for the night of the event via the Blue Back Square valet parking at 51 Isham Rd., (across from Barnes & Noble).

Event tickets should be purchased in advance as space is limited. Use this Eventbrite link. Ticket purchasing and the registration process has been streamlined by sponsor Andrew Moran, Merchant Solutions. There is also an option to buy raffle tickets in advance.

Experience We-Ha, KAOUD and Keating Insurance are introducing an innovative photo booth concept – “Mirror Mirror” –  to the area.

As always, the BOWH event committee is keeping the winners a secret until the night of November 5th. (A complete list of finalists is included at the end of this article). Another big draw promises to be the raffle (to date valued at more than $3,000), with special thanks to committee chairs Charles Hilborn from Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home and Karen Fillian from EDENS. Some of the items already announced are:

  • Home Design District, Various Home Improvement items, valued at $500 .
  • Harvey and Lewis, Ray Ban Sunglasses, valued at $250.
  • Jerry’s Artarama, $250 gift certificate.
  • Artisan at Delamar, dinner for two, $100 value.
  • Fifth Annual Best of West Hartford, 2019, Two (2) Tickets, $96.
  • French Cleaners, $50 gift certificate.
  • WeHaHA! Comedy Night,  two (2) tickets, $40, Tuesday, Dec. 18, “Ugly Sweater” theme. At WOB, Blue Back Square.
  • Taste of Bishops Corner, 2019: two (2) tickets, $50 value.
  • Taste of Elmwood, two (2) tickets, $50 value.
  • Taste of Blue Back Square & The Center 2019: two (2) tickets, $50.
  • and much more…

A big surprise raffle item, courtesy of Elmwood Community Center, will be announced at the event. Beneficiaries of the raffle include all of the local business and neighborhood associations, including Bishops Corner Neighborhood Association, Elmwood Business Association, Park Road Association, Home Design District, West Hartford Center Business Association, and Blue Back Square.

The Fourth Annual BOWH host sponsors have many surprises for the guests. Thank you to Direct Line Media Productions and EDENS for the video presentation.

The Fourth Annual BOWH committee members include Matt Banever, Cheyney Barrieau, David Chmielewski, Amy Cholawa, Donna Edelstein, Todd Fairchild, Karen Fillian, Mark Hatch, Tom Hickey, Charles Hilborn, Leslie Iarusso, Ryan Keating, Liz Kiyak, Barbara Lerner, Jeff Lovanio, Renee McCue, Andrew Moran, Ronni Newton, Lisa Oster, Robyn Rifkin, Joy Taylor, and Bentley Torres.

#wehaevents sponsors are Blue Back Square, CCSU, Eagan Donohue Van Dyke & Falsey, French Cleaners, Robin Gebrian (Wm Raveis Real Estate),  Marcum (formerly Filomeno CPA), Lux Bond & Green, Mercy Community Health and Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home. Other partners include: Jewish Ledger, Direct Line Media, Eat in CT, FLOW, Merchant Solutions, Roy Web Design, SnapSeat Photo Booths, T&T Sound, Taylor Rental Party Plus, Todd Fairchild/Shutter Bug CT, West Hartford Chamber of Commerce, West Hartford Press, West Hartford LIFE, West Hartford Magazine, Town of West Hartford, and Experience We-Ha.

Without further ado, here are the finalists in alphabetical order, for the 2018 Best of West Hartford. Winners will be revealed on Nov. 5!

Preschool/DaycareLollipop Tree Nursery School
Preschool/DaycareMandell JCC, Beatrice Fox Auerbach Early Childhood Center
Preschool/DaycareSaint Joseph School for Young Children
CampCamp KO
CampCamp Shalom
CampRenbrook School Summer Adventure
BakeryClassic Cakes
BakeryElmwood Pastry Shop
BakeryHartford Baking Co.
Breakfast RestaurantBlue Plate Kitchen
Breakfast RestaurantEffie’s Place Family Restaurant
Breakfast RestaurantQuaker Diner
TeaCafé Sofia
TeaGreen Teahouse
TeaTea Break
CoffeeCafé Sofia
CoffeeJ. René Coffee Roasters
BrunchPond House
Family RestaurantA.C. Petersen Farms
Family RestaurantCorner Pug
Family RestaurantEffie’s Place
Fine DiningFleming’s Prime
Fine DiningMax’s Oyster Bar
Fine DiningTreva
Grocery StoreA Dong
Grocery StoreCrown Market
Grocery StoreHall’s Market
Ice CreamA.C. Petersen Farms
Ice CreamAbby Dabby TIED Milkcraft
Ice CreamBen & Jerry’s
PizzaHarry’s Bishops Corner
PizzaJimmie’s Pizza
Business LunchMax Oyster Bar
Business LunchPark & Oak Restaurant
Business LunchRestaurant Bricco
Wine ShopHarvest Wine & Spirits
Wine ShopHarvey’s Wine & Liquors
Wine ShopThe Wise Old Dog
Burger RestaurantCorner Pug
Burger RestaurantMax Burger
Burger RestaurantPlan B
Ethnic RestaurantBlack Bamboo Chinese
Ethnic RestaurantBombay Olive
Ethnic RestaurantZohara
Exercise/FitnessMandell JCC Greater Hartford
Exercise/FitnessOrange Theory Fitness
Hair SalonMatthew Phillips
Hair SalonOff Center Salon
Hair SalonSalon Medusa
Barber ShopBristle & Blade
Barber ShopDegra’s
Barber ShopFinal Cuts Sports Barber
SpasBody and Sole
SpasFaceRX Medspa
SpasTouch of Bliss
YogaMandell JCC
YogaWest Hartford Yoga
YogaYoga Shop
Home Health CareCompanions for Living
Home Health CareJewish Family Services (JFS Care at Home)
Home Health CareJuniper Homecare
Best Assisted LivingCourt of St. James
Best Assisted LivingHoffman Summerwood TIED Chatfield
Best Assisted LivingThe McAuley
Lawn/Landscaping ContractorChenail Lawn Care
Lawn/Landscaping ContractorEco Turf
Lawn/Landscaping ContractorTrout Brook Landscaping
Pet ServicesPet Supplies Plus
Pet ServicesUberDog
Pet ServicesWoof Gang TIED Dogology
Pet VetsCT Veterinary Center
Pet VetsPetcare Vet Specialists
Pet VetsVet Specialists of CT
Real Estate CompanyColdwell Banker
Real Estate CompanyHART Real Estate
Real Estate CompanyWilliam Raveis Real Estate
Wealth Management/Financial PlanningCharles Schwab
Wealth Management/Financial PlanningNorthstar Wealth Management
Wealth Management/Financial PlanningValerie Thomas TIED GYL Financial Synergies
Home Improvement ContractorBartlett Brainard
Home Improvement ContractorMagee Companies
Home Improvement ContractorMcNally Home Improvement
Bank/Financial InstitutionFarmington Bank
Bank/Financial InstitutionKEY Bank
Bank/Financial InstitutionSimsbury Bank
Garden/FloristButler Florist
Garden/FloristLane & Lenge Florist
Garden/FloristMoscarillo’s Garden Shoppe
Law FirmEagan, Donohue, Van Dyke & Falsey
Law FirmStanger Stanfield
Law FirmWeinstein & Wisser
EntertainmentPlayhouse on Park
EntertainmentWest Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Happy HourOcho Café
Happy HourTreva
Happy HourWorld of Beer
Late Night SpotBarcelona West Hartford
Late Night SpotGrants
Late Night SpotVinted Wine Bar & Kitchen
Eye WearDr. Neil W. Kemp
Eye WearHarvey & Lewis TIED Central Optica
Eye WearSight
Specialty RetailCookshop Plus
Specialty RetailPenzeys Spices
Specialty RetailToy Chest
Gala (local event)Children’s Charity Ball
Gala (local event)Ron Foley Ron’s Run TIED Visions/Voice
Gala (local event)The Children’s Museum “A Child’s World”
Fine JewelryBecker’s
Fine JewelryDeRobertis
Fine JewelryLux Bond & Green
Sports RetailFleet Feet
Sports RetailGOLFTEC
Sports RetailPlay it Again Sports
Men’s Local RetailCT Custom Clothing
Men’s Local RetailDaswani Clothiers
Men’s Local RetailJos A. Bank Clothiers
Women’s Local RetailBK&Co.
Women’s Local RetailKimberly Boutique
Women’s Local RetailOoh La La Boutique
Home DécorJohn Boyle Home Décor
Home DécorKaoud Oriental Rugs
Home DécorLarsen ACE Hardware
Write InBlack Diamond Body Piercing/Tattoo
Write InThe Children’s Museum
Write InWhite Rabbit

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