Trinity College Summer Music Series Names Winners of First Picnic Spread Competition

Yelp Hartford Community Manager Awards 5-Star Review and Prizes

Hartford, Connecticut, July 22, 2016 – The winners of the first “Golden Basket” Picnic Spread Competition at the Trinity College Summer Music Series celebrated on the Main Quad by the Trinity College Chapel after emerging from a competitive field of picnic-goers at the July 6 concert. 

“When we found out Yelp was going to judge a picnic spread at a carillon concert, I immediately shared this with all my concert friends and said, Sounds like a challenge to me!" Steven Banasiewicz, a member of the winning group, said. "We planned every detail throughout the week. At the event, we scoped out the competition - oh, no! The people across the lawn had a theme with their tiki torch, kids swimming pool and a stuffed octopus! We didn’t have a theme! Oh, well, competition on! And you know the rest…”


​The winners of the first Trinity College Summer Music Series “Golden Basket” Picnic Spread Competition: (Back, L-R) Lucian Banasiewicz, Steven Banasiewicz, Paula Banasiewicz, Christina Wilson, (front, L-R) Shawn Cyr, Melissa Mishriky Cyr, Nancy Cyr, Chris Volz, Yelp Hartford community manager Emily Cahill, Patricia Congelosi, Debra Scarlett, and Steven Archaski.
Emily Cahill, community manager at Yelp Hartford, judged the creative and delicious presentations, and ultimately awarded the 5-star review to the winning group pictured at right. The winners of the competition received a basket of edible goods, including various cheeses, fresh bread, drinks, snacks, fruit, and other picnic favorites.  The second-place team won a crate of fresh peaches. 

Watch a short video recap of the competition here. ​

Click here to see more photos from the evening.

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