Best of NH poll gets record votes

With more votes than ever for its annual Best of NH contest, New Hampshire Magazine’s 10th annual Best of NH party was destined to be a hit.

About 1,600 people attended the best-of bash Thursday evening at the Verizon Wireless Arena, sampling some of the state’s finest food and drink from 60 local eateries and vendors.

“It was perfect,” said executive editor Rick Broussard. “Everyone enjoyed the vendors and I think everyone had a fun time.”

Broussard said this year’s Best of NH reader poll received a record number of votes.

The magazine received 14,000 online votes, tripling past numbers. The winners of the annual Best of NH contest were unveiled at the event.

The Black Forest Cafe, 10-year winner of “Best Cookie,” was appreciative of its loyal customer base in Amherst.

“We do not take this honor lightly,” said owners Bruce and Martha Walters on their Web site. “There are many great bakeries in New Hampshire that produce a tasty cookie. Maybe it is our passion for crunchy, chewy goodness that makes the difference. Thank you again to all our customers who appreciate and indulge in our cookies.”

The family-owned White Mountain Cupcakery, located in North Conway and first-time winner of the “Best Cupcake” title, was one of the local eateries catering at the Best of NH event.

Kathy Lannuzzi, who co-owns the cupcakery with her husband, Marc, and brother-in-law Steven, said the family was more than thrilled to receive the award.

“We really believe in our product and being in the restaurant business, (the Lannuzzi family), we try to cater to what people want,” Lannuzzi said.

The White Mountain Cupcakery, which opened in December 2009 offering five flavors of cupcakes, now serves an amassed customer base of tourists and locals with 14 different flavors and more than 500 cupcakes baked each day.

Lannuzzi said their chocolate avalanche and maple bacon flavors are big crowd favorites among their customers.

You You Japanese Bistro in Nashua, a veteran vendor of the event, won the editor’s pick for “Best Maki Rolls” this year. Restaurant owner Vincent Wu said he credits his restaurant’s success to “keeping consistent” when it comes to the menu and customer service.

“We’re of course very delighted to participate every year,” Wu said. “It’s a very worthwhile event to support.”

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