Event Recap: 2015 CoVa Best Of Party

Through the arch of the sand castle-esque ice sculpture was the lively heartbeat of CoVa’s Best Of Party, presented by Goodman & Sons Jewelers. After more than 70,000 votes in categories ranging from health and beauty to restaurants and bars, the winners were commemorated at the annual soirée. At 6 p.m. sharp, guests arrived at the Chesapeake Conference Center ready to celebrate Hampton Roads’ finest.

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The hanging mural of a moonlit summer night complete with a ferris wheel backed the thrilling tunes of Borderline Crazy as guests noshed and sipped throughout the night. While guests were animated by the swift caricature artist Bob Langston, others took a chance at the gambling tables and silent auction.

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The rest perused the offerings of our winners serving everything from fresh oysters to fried shrimp and grits. Along with beer and wine, there was a stellar lineup of tasty cocktails, named after our sponsors: Goodman & Sons Jewelers, Wolcott-Rivers-Gates Attorneys at Law, Alzheimer’s Association and Chesapeake Conference Center, as well as Coastal Virginia Magazine.

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Here are some of the night’s food highlights:

Atlantic Shores’ strawberry shortcake, Kahlua pulled pork with a macaroni salad and candied pineapple and chilled watermelon and cucumber salad with a blood orange-herb vinaigrette.

atlantic shores pulled pork macaroni salad candied pineapple chilled watermelon and cucumber salad atlantic shores strawberry shortcake

Volcano Sushi’s peppery tuna and Sea Angel roll with crab, mango and spicy shrimp.

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volcano sushi best of party

Vintage Tavern’s baby back ribs with a molasses BBQ sauce and pickled watermelon salad.

vintage tavern ribs best of party

Chesapeake Conference Center’s fried shrimp and grits with microgreens.

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Pendulum Fine Meats’ assorted meat offerings.  A favorite was their prosciutto and melon. (P.S. Read about Pendulum's splendid sandwiches and sides here.)

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Duck Donuts’ trio of vanilla cake-based donut holes were rolled in cinnamon served with either a chocolate or vanilla drizzle. (This isn't our first encounter with Duck Donuts. Read about our initial discovery here and about our blind taste test here.)

duck donuts best of party

Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que’s beef brisket, crispy onions and collard green and grits.

pierce's pitt bbq

Colonial Heritage Club’s  smoked salmon mousse and s’mores bar.

colonial heritage club smoked salmon mousse

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Baker’s Crust’s short rib sliders with caramelized onions and braised onion aioli in a brioche bun.

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Harper’s Table’s chilled corn soup made with fresh, local ingredients. (Read about Harper's Table's pork belly biscuits here.)

harper's table

Colonial Williamsburg Hotel Collection’s Regency Room's shrimp, summer fruit and melon mint gel.

colonial williamsburg regency room

Cookie Text’s chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and sugar cookies.

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Swan Terrace Grill’s crostini with arugula, daikon curls, horseradish creme and cherry tomato. (Read about their beef and bone dish here.)

swan terrace best of party

Surf Rider’s fresh oysters.

surf rider grill fresh oysters

Green Leaf & Pebble Tea Spa’s smoothie-esque sips made with organic teas. Pictured here is their Berry Shamrock.

green leaf and pebble tea spa

White Dog Bistro’s fig and olive tapenade, Tuscan shrimp relish and scallop and swordfish marinata.

white dog bistro

Hampton Seafood Market & Restaurant and Graham & Rollins, Inc.’s bountiful display of chilled crab, as well as crab and lobster balls.

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YNot Pizza and Italian Cuisine’s Chicken Marsala with onions and mushrooms.

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Freemason Abbey’s decadent homemade brand bread pudding.

freemason abbey best of party bread pudding

Rajput Indian Cuisine’s yummy rice and chicken dish.

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Get the full list of our 2015 Best of Winners here

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