Editor’s Note: WHAV had the pleasure of presenting the largest coverage of Haverhill Restaurant’s fourth annual week – via radio, podcasts, audio streaming, cable TV, the web and social media – and the greatest reach targeting 200,000 residents of the Merrimack Valley and surrounding New Hampshire. Coverage included very early organizational steps as pandemic restrictions were gradually lifted, previews before city council, the kickoff of L’Arche Boston North’s longest table, lists of participating restaurants, a preview of the Tasty Awards and more.
Haverhill’s “7 Tasty Days of Summer” ended last week, but not without first gracing the premises, owners, dedicated staff and even customers.
Destination Haverhill said the first annual Tasty Awards, which took place last Thursday night at Barking Dog Ale House, were the perfect finale for Haverhill Restaurant’s Week 4.
The categories and the main winners were Favorite Cultural Cuisine: True Mexican Cuisine from Triana; Best barista: Mohamed Machkour of Wicked Big Café; Best Bartender: Mags Conneely from The Peddler’s Daughter; Top Chef: Kevin Murphy of G’s Texas Southern Flare; Best Pizza Wringer: Angelo Asprogiannis from La Pizza Di Forno; Better atmosphere: The peddler’s daughter; Customer’s Choice Personality: Anthony Tomacchio, Stack’d; Restaurant of customer choice: Steampunk Station; Regular Favorite, also known as Bar Stool Hero: Jonathan Locke; The most amazing restaurant owners: Matt and Denise Gaiero of G’s Texas Southern Flare; Most Memorable Staff Person: Jeff Wang of Wang’s Table; and the tastiest dessert: Carter’s Ice Cream.
The finalists were also honored. These included favorite cultural cuisine: Fat Greek; Best Bartender: Matt Gaiero of G’s Texas Southern Flare; Best Chef: Paul Tomacchio from Stuft; Best Pizza Wringer: Michael Patrou of Krueger Flatbread; Better atmosphere: The hidden pig; Customer’s Personality of Choice: Dan Roche of Biggart’s Ice Cream; Restaurant of customer choice: Stuft; Regular Stool or Favorite Bar Hero: Matt McCrae; Owner of the most amazing restaurant: Issa Zefta of the family restaurant Maria; Most Memorable Staff Person: Denise Gaiero of G’s Texas Southern Flare; and the tastiest dessert: Carbone’s Kitchen.