Monday, June 11, 2018

The 36th Annual RAMMY Award Winners Are...

We had an incredible night at the 36th Annual RAMMY Awards Gala! Guests in ballgowns and black ties gathered to celebrate the ever-evolving local food community of Washington D.C.

The night was filled with incredible foods, with a menu featuring dishes from Argentina, Chile, Korea, Tunisia, and Peru. 

Along with celebrating the bustling food and drink scene of the District, RAMW used the award ceremony as an opportunity to promote voting no on June 19th to Initiative 77. This DC ballot measure would eliminate what food workers live on… tips. 

This year there were 21 award categories announced at the beautiful Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The selection process for the winners involved the voting public and an anonymous panel of volunteer judges, consisting of food and dining journalists, educators and foodservice industry professionals. The voting public decided the winners in four categories: Favorite Gathering Place of the Year, Upscale Brunch, Everyday Casual Brunch and Favorite Fast Bites. 

And the Winners of #RAMMYS2018 are… 

Upscale Brunch of the Year: Osteria Morini 

Casual Brunch of the Year: Ambar Capitol Hill 

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year: The Daily Dish 

Favorite Fast Bites of the Year: Moby Dick House of Kabob 

Rising Culinary Star of the Year: Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan, Compass Rose Bar + Kitchen, Maydan 

Beer Program of the Year: Owen’s Ordinary 

Cocktail Program of the Year: Espita Mezcaleria 

Wine Program of the Year: BOURBON STEAK 

Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: USI Insurance Services 

Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year: Right Proper Brewing Company 

Employee of the Year: Andrea Tateosian, Urbana 

Manager of the Year: Heidi Minora, Commissary 

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Clarity 

Casual Restaurant of the Year: Ivy City Smokehouse Tavern

Service Program of the Year: minibar by José Andrés 

Restaurateur of the Year: Ari Gejdenson, Mindful Restaurants 

Pastry Chef of the Year: Tiffany MacIsaac, Buttercream Bakeshop 

Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Masseria 

New Restaurant of the Year: CHIKO 

Chef of the Year: Amy Brandwein, Centrolina

For more information regarding the winners of these awards, go to: RAMMYS2018


Presented by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), The RAMMY Awards Gala honors the exceptional ability and accomplishments of the hard-working individuals and organizations of the region’s restaurants and foodservice community. Named the #1 Food & Restaurant event by BIZBASH Magazine since 2009, The RAMMYS celebrate one of Metropolitan Washington’s greatest assets: Its restaurants.

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW)

The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is the regional trade association representing restaurants and the foodservice industry in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Established in 1920, RAMW is an advocate, resource and community for its members. The Association works to promote and sustain the growth and development of the industry while providing its members legislative and regulatory representation, marketing and small business support, programming and events. RAMW strives to serve its members with professionalism and integrity, and provide them the training, education and support they need to grow a successful business.

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