Coastal Virginia Magazine’s annual Best Of Party was held on Thursday, July 26 at Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in Downtown Norfolk. Guests donned hula skirts, island-inspired floral shirts and leis for a Hawaiian-themed luau celebrating the magazine’s Best Of Readers’ Choice Awards and CoVaBIZ BOB (Best of Business) Awards. The luau featured music from Colonial DJs, hula dancing from Halau Kahealani, a green screen with a faux Coastal Virginia Magazine cover and casino games from Premier Events, Bob Langston Caricatures and special giveaways for best costume and a limbo contest with a portion of ticket sales benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Virginia.
Local restaurants served sumptuous samples of decadent dishes, including Kahiau’s Bakery & Café, Freemason Abbey, Rajput Indian Cuisine, Volcano Sushi, Swan Terrace, Carolina Cupcakery, The Egg Bistro, Alkaline, Primo Pizzeria Ristorante, Jody’s Gourmet Popcorn, Culinary Institute of Virginia and Old Beach Tavern. Guests also enjoyed a wine tasting from The Williamsburg Winery and drinks from tiki bars, including a special Luau Punch cocktail from Sweetwater Cuisine.
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