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Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Announces 2017 RAMMY Awards Finalists
Winners in 20 regional award categories to be announced July 30
Washington, DC (April 3, 2017)—Top industry professionals gathered tonight at The Hamilton Live at The Hamilton as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced finalists for the 2017 RAMMY Awards, the winners of which will be announced at a black tie gala on Sunday, July 30.
Any RAMW member who met all category requirements was eligible for nomination. The selection process for the finalists, and ultimately the winners, involves two esteemed groups, the voting public and an anonymous panel of volunteer judges, consisting of food and dining journalists, educators and foodservice industry professionals. The voting public will decide the winners in four categories: Favorite Gathering Place of the Year, Upscale Brunch of the Year, Casual Brunch of the Year and Favorite Fast Bites of the Year. Votes for these categories can be cast online at www.nbcwashington.com/RAMMYS through May 31st, 2017 at 5:00PM.
RAMW honors two additional members with the Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year, presented to an Allied member who best exemplifies commitment to and support of RAMW, and the Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award, given for dedication and leadership that has helped transform Washington’s restaurant scene into today’s vibrant restaurant industry. These awards are determined by RAMW’s Executive Committee. The Duke Zeibert Award recipient is announced each year in May.
The finalists for the 2017 RAMMY Awards are:
Cocktail Program of the Year: The establishment is distinguished by the quality, diversity, clarity and value of its craft cocktail program, evaluated separately from its beer, wine or other beverages. Nominees may be bars, restaurants, or any foodservice establishment with an exemplary cocktail program. The nominee continues to break new ground in education of its staff. The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 31, 2016.
barmini by José AndrésIndique
Kapnos by Mike Isabella
Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: The nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a high standard of dining excellence and service in an upscale casual environment. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of two years by December 31, 2016.
Central Michel RichardIndique
The Red Hen
The winners will be announced at the 35th Annual RAMMY Awards Gala on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. For more information regarding the awards and sponsorship opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-331-5990.
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.