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‘Taste of Elmwood’ a Major Success

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Barbara Lerner and her husband Hank sample the offerings from Classic Cakes. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

More than 200 people attended the ‘Second Annual Taste of Elmwood’ held at Saint Brigid School in West Hartford.

Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

By Ronni Newton

On an evening when the outside temperature dropped to arctic levels, the atmosphere inside the Saint Brigid School gymnasium was warm and friendly, a welcome respite for the more than 200 guests who enjoyed the Elmwood Business Association’s “Second Annual Taste of Elmwood” event.

Ten restaurants from the Elmwood section of West Hartford brought their specialties for guests to sample. Favorites included HB Seafood’s lobster bisque, Greek salad from Tapas, shepherd’s pie courtesy of the Corner Pug, a selection of pizza from both Pepe’s and Elmwood Pizza, a Peruvian chicken stew from Cora Cora (that disappeared very quickly), and several quiches as well as ravioli from Fernwood. Sliders’ raspberry wings were also a crowd pleaser.

Those who still had room for dessert enjoyed a selection of cakes and tarts from Classic Cakes as well as Rita’s Italian ices.

Two Pour Guys provided beverages, served from their “glowing” bar.

Taste of Elmwood is a fundraiser for both the Elmwood Business Association and Saint Brigid School. It was sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama and J.P. Carroll Construction.

Former Community Services Director Rob Rowlson with Elmwood Business Assn. Leader Rick Liftig. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Former Community Services Director Rob Rowlson with Elmwood Business Assn. Leader Rick Liftig. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police Chief Tracey Gove with his son, Connor. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police Chief Tracey Gove with his son, Connor. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Bob and Petra Carr. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Bob and Pam Carr. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Barbara Lerner and her husband Hank sample the offerings from Classic Cakes. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Barbara Lerner and her husband Hank sample the offerings from Classic Cakes. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Joy Taylor, Beth Brigham, Amy Melvin. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Joy Taylor, Beth Brigham, Amy Melvin. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Pepe's served several types of pizza. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Pepe’s served several types of pizza. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

From left: Angela DeFilippi, Andrea Austin-Thompson, Joy Taylor. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

From left: Angela DeFilippi, Andrea Austin-Thompson, Joy Taylor. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

HB Seafood's lobster bisque was a crowd pleaser. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

HB Seafood’s lobster bisque was a crowd pleaser. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Tapas served their famous Greek salad. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Tapas served their famous Greek salad. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Classic Cake's creation, baked specially for Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Classic Cake’s creation, baked specially for Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Fernwood Restaurant served several quiche selections. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Fernwood Restaurant served several quiche selections. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Corner Pug. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Cora Cora's dishes were a crowd favorite. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Cora Cora’s dishes were a crowd favorite. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Rick Liftig of the Elmwood Business Association. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Rick Liftig of the Elmwood Business Association. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Classic Cakes brought a selection of tarts.

Classic Cakes brought a selection of tarts. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Two Pour Guys brought a selection of libations, served from their glowing bar. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Two Pour Guys brought a selection of libations, served from their glowing bar. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Shawn Fongemie and Jeff Spadaccini. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Shawn Fongemie and Jeff Spadaccini. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Barbara Karsky. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Barbara Karsky and Brian Lyman. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Saint Brigid School Principal Shevon Hickey. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Saint Brigid School Principal Shevon Hickey. Taste of Elmwood, Feb. 5, 2015. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

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