Washington, DC (March 19, 2014) — The Hamilton Live! was full of anxious hospitality professionals for the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) 2014 RAMMY Nomination Presentation Party. Experts and enthusiasts were on hand to hear the nominations for the June 22nd Awards Gala this year to be hosted at the Washington Convention Center.
The finalists for the 2014 RAMMY Awards, in alphabetical order, are;
Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Fiola, Marcel’s, Minibar, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, Trummer’s on Main
Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Et Voila!, Maple Ave Restaurant, Oyamel, Proof, Ripple
Everyday Casual Restaurant of the Year: Graffiato, Hank’s Oyster Bar – Dupont, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Pizzeria Orso, Toki Underground
New Restaurant of the Year: Del Campo, Doi Moi, Le Diplomate, The Red Hen, Table
Chef of the Year: Victor Albisu – Del Campo, Cathal Armstrong – Eat Good Food Group, Haidar Karoum – Doi Moi, Estadio, Proof, Tarver King – The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, Cedric Maupillier – Mintwood Place
Rising Culinary Star of the Year: Eric Bruner-Yang, Toki Underground, Michael Friedman, The Red Hen, Tim Ma, Maple Ave Restaurant/Water Wall, Marjorie Meek-Bradley, Ripple, Johnny Spero, Minibar
Pastry Chef of the Year:Caitlin Dysart, 2941 Restaurant, Naomi Gallego, Blue Duck Tavern, Jason Gehring – MENU / MBK, Table, Santosh Tiptur, Co Co. Sala , Tom Wellings, Fiola
Wine Program of the Year: 2941 Restaurant, The Curious Grape, Estadio, Restaurant Eve, Ripple
NEW AWARD! Cocktail Program of the Year: Black Jack, Bourbon Steak, The Gibson, Hanks Oyster Bar – Capitol Hill, Jack Rose Dining Saloon
NEW AWARD! Beer Program of the Year: Birch and Barley / ChurchKey, Brasserie Beck, Granville Moore’s, Lyon Hall, Mad Fox Brewing Company
NEW AWARD! Service Program of the Year: BLT Steak, Blue Duck Tavern, The Bombay Club, Marcel’s, Rasika
Restaurateur of the Year: José Andrés and Rob Wilder – ThinkFoodGroup, Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong – Eat Good Food Group, Michael Babin – Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Gus DiMillo, David Wizenberg, Jeff Tunks – Passion Food Hospitality, Mark Kuller – Doi Moi, Estadio, Proof
NEW AWARD! Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, DC Brau Brewing Company, Port City Brewing Company, Rappahannock Oyster Co., Red Apron Butcher
Favorite Gathering Place of the Year: Bar Pilar, Bistrot Du Coin, Cashion’s Eat Place, Hank’s Oyster Bar – Dupont, Tune Inn
NEW AWARD! Upscale Brunch: Art and Soul, Blue Duck Tavern, Mintwood Place, The Source by Wolfgang Puck, Vermilion
NEW AWARD! Everyday Casual Brunch: DGS Delicatessen, Et Voila!, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace,m Pizzeria Orso, Ted’s Bulletin – Barracks Row
NEW AWARD! Favorite Fast Bites: Amsterdam Falafelshop, Bayou Bakery, Buzz Bakery, Red Apron Butcher, Woodward TakeOut Food
Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: Acme Paper and Supply Company, EagleBank, Profish Ltd. , Republic National Distributing Company, SYSCO Food Service of Baltimore
Employee of the Year: Stelios Alexandris – 1789 Restaurant, Eric “Soup” Campbell – The Hamilton, Molly Horn – Farmers Fisher Bakers, Pablo Lemus – Bourbon Steak, Sandra Sanchez – Acadiana
Manager of the Year: Jorge Figueredo – Jaleo DC, Kendra Graves – Farmers Fisher Bakers, Robert Hall – Newton’s Table, Boo Young Kim – District Commons, Tyes Zolman – Pearl Dive Oyster Palace & Black Jack
YOU DECIDE: In addition to these categories, the voting public (you) will decide the winners in four categories: Favorite Gathering Place of the Year, Upscale Brunch, Everyday Casual Brunch and Favorite Fast Bites. Votes for these categories can be cast online at washingtoncitypaper.com or ramw.org from March 27 – April 27.
The winners will be announced at the 32nd Annual RAMMY Awards Gala on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. For more information regarding the awards and sponsorship opportunities, visit therammys.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.