USA Gymnastics recognizes restaurants participating in Taste of the Championships


HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 18, 2013 – Six downtown Hartford, Conn., restaurants participated in the “Capital City’s Taste of the Championships,” held during the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships staged at the XL Center this week. Each of the six restaurants created a special, healthy entrée that was featured on the menu during P&G Gymnastics Championships week.

A panel of judges visited the restaurants during a three-day span. The panel of judges varied each day and included legendary coach Bela Karolyi, 1984 Olympic speedskating gold-medalist Johann Olav Koss, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, 2004 Olympic all-around champion Carly Patterson, 1984 Olympic gold-medalist and USA Gymnastics Board Chairman Peter Vidmar, and USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny.

The votes are in, and below are the awards, which were announced during the final day of competition of men’s gymnastics by 1984 Olympic gold-medalist Peter Vidmar, Penny and Segarra. The awards bearing an individual’s name represent his/her favorite dish.

    Nutrition Award: Max Downtown
    Most Creative Dish: Agave Grill
    Carly Patterson Award: City Steam Brewery Café
    Bela Karolyi Award: Feng Asian Bistro
    Best Comfort Food: Salute Restaurant
    Mayor’s Award: DISH Bar & Grill

The “Capital City’s Taste of the Championships” was a joint effort between the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, USA Gymnastics, and St. Vincent Sports Performance, a national sponsor of USA Gymnastics, to promote healthy eating.