RAMMY Awards 2017: Washington DC Award Winning Restaurants

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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.

Selecting the Nominees and Winners

The Rammy Award winners are selected by the voting public and a panel of volunteer judges, consisting of food and dining journalists, educators and foodservice industry professionals. The voting public decides the winners in four categories: Favorite Gathering Place of the Year, Upscale Brunch, Everyday Casual Brunch and Favorite Fast Bites. RAMW honors two additional members with the Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year for exemplifying commitment to and support of RAMW, and the Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award for dedication and leadership that has helped transform Washington's restaurant scene into today's vibrant world class industry.

The 2017 RAMMY Gala will be held on July 30th at the Washington Convention Center.

2016 RAMMY Winners

  • Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier
  • Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Le Diplomate
  • Everyday Casual Restaurant of the Year: Bar Pilar
  • New Restaurant of the Year: Maketto
  • Chef of the Year: Scott Drewno, The Source by Wolfgang Puck
  • Rising Culinary Star of the Year: Jonah Kim, Yona
  • Pastry Chef of the Year: Alex Levin, Osteria Morini
  • Wine Program of the Year: The Red Hen
  • Cocktail Program of the Year: 2 Birds 1 Stone
  • Beer Program of the Year: Right Proper Brewing Company
  • Service Program of the Year: Fiola
  • Restaurateur of the Year: Mike Isabella Concepts
  • Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year: Port City Brewing Company
  • Favorite Gathering Place of the Year: Northside Social Coffee & Wine
  • Upscale Casual Brunch: Blue Duck Tavern
  • Everyday Casual Brunch: Duke's Grocery
  • Favorite Fast Bites: Bub and Pop's
  • Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: Republic National Distributing Company
  • Employee of the Year: Jorge Martinez, The Source by Wolfgang Puck
  • Manager of the Year: Jennifer Lucy, Estadio

2015 RAMMY Winners

  • Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: EagleBank
  • Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award: Herbert Miller, Western Development Corporation, Chairman & CEO
  • Restaurant Employee of the Year: Evan Labb, Evening Star Cafe
  •  Restaurant Manager of the Year: Joseph Cerione, Blue Duck Tavern
  •  Rising Culinary Star of the Year: George Pagonis, Kapnos
  • Service Program of the Year: Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier
  •  Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company
  • Favorite Gathering Place: Bar Pilar
  •  Upscale Casual Brunch: Le Diplomate
  •  Everyday Casual Brunch: The Daily Dish
  •  Favorite Fast Bites: Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
  •  Upscale Casual Restaurant: Mintwood Place
  •  Everyday Casual Restaurant: DGS Delicatessen
  •  Beer Program of the Year: Pizzeria Paradiso, Georgetown
  •  Cocktail Program of the Year: Bourbon Steak
  •  Wine Program of the Year: Iron Gate
  •  Pastry Chef of the Year: Agnes Chin, The Grill Room
  •  Formal Fine Dining Restaurant: The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
  • New Restaurant of the Year: Fiola Mare
  •  Restaurateur of the Year: José Andrés and Rob Wilder, ThinkFoodGroup
  • Chef of the Year: Victor Albisu, Del Campo and Taco Bamba

2014 RAMMY Winners

  • Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Fiola
  • Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Ripple
  • Everyday Casual Restaurant of the Year: Toki Underground
  • New Restaurant of the Year: The Red Hen
  • Chef of the Year: Haidar Karoum, Doi Moi, Estadio, Proof
  • Rising Culinary Star of the Year: Michael Friedman, The Red Hen
  • Pastry Chef of the Year: Caitlin Dysart, 2941 Restaurant
  • Wine Program of the Year: Ripple
  • Cocktail Program of the Year: Jack Rose Dining Saloon
  • Beer Program of the Year: Birch and Barley / ChurchKey Service Program of the Year: Blue Duck Tavern
  • Restaurateur of the Year: Michael Babin, Neighborhood Restaurant Group
  • Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year: Red Apron Butcher
  • Favorite Gathering Place of the Year: Hank's Oyster Bar – Dupont Circle
  • Upscale Casual Brunch: Mintwood Place
  • Everyday Casual Brunch: Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
  • Favorite Fast Bites: Amsterdam Falafelshop
  • Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: ProFish, Ltd.
  • Employee of the Year: Stelios Alexandris, 1789 Restaurant
  • Manager of the Year: Boo Young Kim, District Commons

2013 RAMMY Winners

  • Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year - Blue Duck Tavern
  • Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year - Estadio
  • New Restaurant of the Year - Mintwood Place
  • Casual Restaurant of the Year - C. F. Folks
  • Chef of the Year - Fabio Trabocchi - Fiola
  • Restaurateur of the Year - Ashok Bajaj - Knightsbridge Restaurant Group
  • Pastry Chef of the Year - Beverly Bates - Vidalia
  • Rising Culinary Star of the Year - Scot Harlan - Green Pig Bistro
  • Manager of the Year - Michael Nevarez - Vidalia/Bistro Bis/Woodward Table
  • Employee of the Year - Luis Noriega - Zengo
  • Wine Program of the Year - Marcel's
  • Beverage/Mixology Program of the Year - Room 11
  • Joan Hisaoka Associate Member - Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
  • Duke Ziebert Capital Achievement Award - Linda Lee
  • Honorary Milestone - Clyde's of Georgetown
  • Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year - Nellie's Sports Bar
  • Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene of the Year - Bar Pilar
  • Power Spot of the Year - P. J. Clarke's

2012 RAMMY Winners

  • Fine Dining Restaurant - Bourbon Steak
  • Upscale Casual Restaurant - BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant
  • Casual Restaurant of the Year - Mitsitam Native Foods Café
  • Neighborhood Gathering Place - Café Saint-Ex
  • New Restaurant - Fiola
  • Chef of the Year - Vikram Sunderam - Rasika
  • Rising Culinary Star - Ed Witt - 701 Restaurant
  • Pastry Chef - Fabrice Bendano - Adour
  • Wine Program - Cork Wine Bar
  • Beverage/Mixology Program - Estadio
  • Power Spot - Founding Farmers - DC
  • Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene - Black Jack
  • Manager of the Year - Reagan Corbett - Jackson 20
  • Employee of the Year - José Alex Medrano - B. Smith's
  • Restaurateur of the Year - Jeff & Barbara Black - Black Restaurant Group
  • Associate Member of the Year - Adams-Burch

Website: www.ramw.org

About the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington
Established in 1920, the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington was formed to unite, represent and promote restaurants and the regional food service industry. Today, the organization has more than 700 members in DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland and serves as the voice of establishments ranging from casual eateries to internationally acclaimed fine dining restaurants.