Washington DC Hands out its 2013 Annual RAMMY AWARD Winners

The RAMMY Awards, known as the “Oscars of Washington DC area restaurants”, recognize and award excellence and achievement in the Washington DC Metropolitan restaurant industry. The first RAMMY Awards Gala, sponsored by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), was held in 1982 and was attended by several dozen restaurant industry players. Today, the event has grown to over 1600 attendees and serves as a benchmark of success and prestige for nominees and RAMMY award winners.


The 2013 RAMMY Gala: "Restaurants in Bloom" was held on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The area's top restaurateurs, culinary talents and industry power players will come together at the annual RAMMY Gala donning their most fabulous hats, to honor everything from "Best New Restaurant," "Chef of the Year," "Hottest Bar Scene" and the new category of "Casual Restaurant of the Year."



Selecting the Nominees and Winners

The Rammy Award winners are selected by two separate panels of judges, the voting public and, for just one award - the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year - the RAMW Executive Committee. Any RAMW member is eligible for nomination as long as they meet the qualifications of any given category. The nominees are then reviewed by an anonymous panel of judges comprised of food/restaurant writers, educators and HR professionals who ultimately select the five finalists in each of the categories. The public votes for the winners in three categories: Neighborhood Gathering Place, Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene and Power Spot of the Year.



Fine Dining Restaurant  Blue Duck Tavern


Upscale Casual Restaurant  Estadio


New Restaurant  MINTWOOD Place


Casual Restaurant  C.F. Folks Restaurant


Chef  Fabio Trabocchi, Fiola


Restaurateur  Ashok Bajaj, Knightsbridge Restaurant Group


Pastry Chef  Beverly Bates, Vidalia


Rising Culinary Star  Scot Harlan, Green Pig Bistro


Restaurant Manager

Michael Nevarez, Vidalia/Bistro Bis/Woodword Table


Restaurant Employee

Luis Noriega, Zengo


Wine Program  Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier


Beverage/Mixology Program  Room 11


Joan Hisaoka Associate Member  Marriott Wardman Park Hotel


Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award  Linda Lee


Honorary Milestone  Clyde's of Georgetown


Neighborhood Gathering Place  Nellie's Sports Bar


Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene  Bar Pilar


Power Spot  P.J. Clarke's


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