Sunday, June 7, 2009

A Reminder: The RAMMYS

Tonight, June 7th, the Omni Shoreham Hotel will host the 2009 RAMMYS, the annual restaurant awards that highlight the best and the brightest from the DC restaurant world.
The reception will be held from 6-8pm, the award ceremony from 8-10pm and then the celebrating from 10pm to midnight!
Click here to check out a list of the finalists, which include;

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year
Bastille, Alexandria VA; Majestic Café, Alexandria VA; Oyamel, Washington DC; Rasika, Washington DC; Zaytinya, Washington DC

Rising Culinary Star of the Year
Cedric Maupillier – Central Michel Richard, Washington DC; Daniel Giusti – 1789, Washington, DC; Mike Isabella – Zaytinya, Washington DC; Shannon Overmiller – Majestic Café, Alexandria VA; Tony Chittum – Vermilion, Alexandria VA

New Restaurant of the Year
Adour, Washington DC; Art and Soul, Washington DC; CommonWealth, Washington DC; Cork, Washington DC; PassionFish, Reston VA

Pastry Chef of Year
Josh Short – Neighborhood Restaurant Group; Kate Jansen – Willow, Arlington VA; Melanie Parker – Equinox, Washington DC; Michelle Garbee-Poteaux – Bastille, Alexandria VA; Travis Olson – 1789, Washington DC

Wine and Beverage Program of the Year

Cityzen, Washington DC; Neighborhood Restaurant Group; Oya, Washington DC; The Willard Intercontinental Hotel, Washington DC; Zola, Washington, DC

Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year
2941, Falls Church VA; Blue Duck Tavern, Washington DC; Michel Richard Citronelle, Washington DC; Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA; Vermilion, Alexandria VA

Chef of the Year
Jamie Leeds – Hank’s/CommonWealth, Washington DC; Todd Gray – Equinox, Washington DC; Massimo Fabri – Posto/Ristorante Tosca, Washington DC; Vikram Sunderam – Rasika, Washington, DC; Robert Wiedmaier – Marcel’s/Brasserie Beck, Washington DC

(obviously I took the liberty of highlighting my faves)

Good luck to all those nominated!!

A little background on the RAMMYS from their website:

The first Restaurant Awards Gala was held in 1982 to honor the best and brightest of our industry and was attended by a handful of the area’s restaurants. Twenty seven years later, The RAMMY Restaurant Awards has grown to over 1300 attendees with national and international press coverage underscoring its prominence and the importance of Washington as the nation’s dining capital.

A portion of the proceeds from the gala will benefit the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Education Foundation. Proceeds will help area high school students develop viable careers in the restaurant industry by providing scholarships for post-secondary education in restaurant and hospitality-related fields.

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