This is a Blast Magazine preview piece.
By Alyssa Gugliotti, Blast Magazine Staff
On Wednesday, November 29, 2006 The Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers opened its doors to host the 2006 Boston Choice Awards. The Greater Boston Concierge Association nominated individuals and organizations that exemplified excellence in the hospitality, tourism and entertainment industries. The public was invited to vote on-line for winners in twenty-one different categories.
Following a soulful opening performance by local lounge singer, Rich DiMare, host Billy Costa from TV Diner used his charisma and wit to entertain a ballroom of guests. Ticket prices went benefit two local charities. Representatives from Triangle, which helps people with disabilities lead successful, independent lives, and Alex’s Team Foundation, which promotes research and education in pediatric oncology, were on hand and given a chance to speak about their organizations.
Boston’s celebrities like WHDH-TV 7 anchors, Randy Price and Frances Rivera, and Boston Bruins legend, Ray Borque, were on stage to present the winners of the BCA’s. Guests also enjoyed a comedic performance by Tony V., recently named one of the “Funniest People in Massachusetts” by Showtime Television.
The presenters awarded their fellow Bostonians with a glass plaque for their efforts. Awards were given under creatively named categories inclding; “Call the Sitter”, “Olive or Twist”, and “New Kids on the Block”. Winners included Icarus in the South End as the best romantic restaurant, Lucky’s Lounge for the best cocktail bar/lounge and Avila for a new restaurant to visit. The Boston Choice Awards also presented the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” to Jody Adams, who won as the only female nominee against the well-known Todd English and Michael Schlow in the restaurant industry.
The evening’s ceremony concluded with a performance by Antje Duvekot, an up and coming female folk artist who received The Boston Music Award’s “Outstanding Folk Act of 2006” this fall.
The clinking of martini glasses and good conversation continued the celebration at Todd English’s restaurant and bar, Bonfire, for the after party. It was a night to learn about the best of Boston and enjoy all the city has to offer.