Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Congrats to the 2013 RAMMY Nominees and DC This Week Favorites

For foodies in DC the  RAMMY's represent all that is savory. Last night nearly 300 chefs, sommeliers, staff and industry professionals gathered at Hamilton restaurant for the announcement of this year's RAMMY nominees.  Duo Tommy McFly and Kelly Collis of The Tommy Show on 94.7 FRESH FM radio were on hand to recognize the District's leading restaurants and staff who dominate in 16 categories. 

Winners will be announced at the  31st annual RAMMY Awards Gala on Sunday, June 23rd. Tickets are $225 (RAMW member) and $300 (non-member) HERE. And be on the look out so you can cast your vote for the  Neighborhood Gathering Place, Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene and Power Spot of the Year.  

Check out DC This Week's votes below. And the nominees are........

Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year  
  • The Ashby Inn & Restaurant
  • Blue Duck Tavern
  • The Bombay Club
  • Marcel's
  • Rasika  (DC This Week favorite)

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year  

  • Birch and Barley
  • Cork Wine Bar  (DC This Week favorite)
  • Estadio
  • Jaleo - Penn Quarter
  • KAZ Sushi Bistro   

Casual Restaurant of the Year  
  • Bar Pilar
  • Bayou Bakery
  • C. F. Folks  (DC This Week favorite)
  • Nando's Peri-Peri
  • Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year  
  • Ardeo + Bardeo  (DC This Week favorite)
  • Bastille 
  • Evening Star Café
  • Nellie's Sports Bar
  • Willow Restaurant

New Restaurant of the Year  

  • Boqueria
  • DGS Delicatessen
  • Fuego Cocina y Tequileria
  • Mintwood Place  (DC This Week favorite)
  • Rasika West End

Chef of the Year   
  • Tony Conte - The Oval Room
  • Haidar Karoum - Estadio/Proof  
  • Tarver King - The Ashby Inn and Restaurant
  • Cedric Maupillier - Mintwood Place  (DC This Week favorite and he is pretty hot too!)
  • Fabio Trabocchi - Fiola

Rising Culinary Star of the Year   
  • Scot Harlan - Green Pig Bistro 
  • Tim Ma - Maple Avenue Restaurant
  • Marjorie Meek-Bradley - Ripple  (DC This Week favorite)
  • John Melfi - Blue Duck Tavern
  • Nathan Shapiro - The Ashby Inn and Restaurant 

Pastry Chef of the Year   
  • Beverly Bates - Vidalia
  • Peter Brett - Blue Duck Tavern
  • Alison Reed - Ripple  (DC This Week favorite)
  • Susan Wallace - BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant
  • Tom Wellings - Fiola

Wine Program of the Year  

  • Adour
  • The Ashby Inn and Restaurant
  • Dino  (DC This Week favorite)
  • Marcel's
  • Ripple

Beverage/Mixology Program of the Year
  • Birch & Barley/Churchkey 
  • Bourbon Steak 
  • EatGoodFood Group
  • Rasika
  • Room 11  (DC This Week favorite)

Power Spot of the Year   
  • The Bombay Club
  • Johnny's Half Shell
  • P. J. Clarke's  (DC This Week favorite)
  • Seasons
  • The Source by Wolfgang Puck

Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene of the Year
  • Bar Pilar
  • Fiola
  • Fuego Cocina y Tequileria
  • Hank's Oyster Bar - Capitol Hill
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon  (DC This Week favorite)

Manager of the Year   
  •  Joseph Cerione - Blue Duck Tavern
  • Justin Guthrie - Estadio
  • Alex Muñoz - Hill Country Barbecue Market
  • Michael Nevarez - Vidalia/Bistro Bis/Woodward Table
  • Tyes Zolman - Black Restaurant Group

Employee of the Year   

  • Helene Jones - Poste Moderne Brasserie
  • Lauren Lowe - DC Coast
  • Luis Noriega - Zengo
  • Ali Schemeck - Chef Geoff's, New Mexico Ave.
  • Elizabeth Zelaya - Fiola   

Restaurateur of the Year
  • José Andrés & Rob Wilder - THINKFoodGROUP
  • Meshelle & Cathal Armstrong - EatGoodFood Group
  • Michael Babin - Neighborhood Restaurant Group  (DC This Week favorite)
  • Ashok Bajaj - Knightsbridge Restaurant Group
  • Drew Kim, Mark Neal and Ty Neal - Matchbox Food Group   

Associate Member of the Year   
  •  Acme Paper & Supply Co.
  • BB&T  (DC This Week favorite because I bank there!)
  • EagleBank
  • SYSCO Food Services of Baltimore
  • Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

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