Food and Drink, The Features

2012 RAMMY Awards Recap

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Jeff and Barbara Black at the RAMMYs
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Sunday night some of the city’s big names and key players in the restaurant industry got glammed up and gathered for the 2012 RAMMY awards. After the jump, you’ll find the full list of winners, as well as a little recap and commentary from yours truly.
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Cast Your Vote for the 2012 RAMMY Awards

2012 RAMMY’s Theme: Hats Off to the Restaurants
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Hey DC, here’s something you actually get to cast a vote on!

The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) lets the public choose the winner for three categories at the RAMMY awards: Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gathering Place and Power Spot. All you have to do is click and cast your vote before 11:59 PM on April 29th on the Washington City Paper’s site. One vote is permitted in each category per valid individual e-mail address, according to a press release.

The nominees in each category are:

Neighborhood Gathering Place

Power Spot of the Year

Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene of the Year

RAMMY winners are announced at the ceremony on June 24th and you can bet We Love DC will be live-tweeting the whole thing again this year.

Food and Drink, The Features

The 2011 RAMMY Awards

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‘Todd Gray of Equinox, Chef of the Year’
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This past Sunday restauranteurs, chefs and restaurant staff filled the Marriott hotel in Woodley Park in honor of the 2011 Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMMY) Awards. The awards honored some of the best in the restaurant industry (though there were several restaurants whose praises went unsung during the night). If you missed the live tweeting, you’ll find the full list of winners after the jump.
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Drink to Win RAMMY tickets!

Tabard Inn's RAMMY cocktail, courtesy of ThreeLockharts

This year’s RAMMY awards mark the first time that there will be a Mixology category, which is great news for lovers of craft cocktails. To help celebrate, from now til June 3 every time you purchase one of the RAMMY cocktails at the five restaurants nominated for “Mixology/Beverage Program of the Year,” you’ll be entered in a contest to win two free tickets to the 2010 RAMMY awards gala on June 6. Just purchase one of the featured cocktails below, fill out an information card, and the winner will be chosen at random.

I don’t think you need more incentive than that, so I’ll skip my usual flowery language and just encourage you to head over and sample the following drinks (riffing on this year’s Casablanca theme, “We’ll Always Have… Restaurants”): Continue reading

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Congrats, RAMMY Winners!

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The The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington awards (RAMMY’s) were held last night, announcing the cream of the crop of DC restaurants. Here are the highlights:

Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Restaurant Eve

2009 Chef of the Year: Robert Wiedmaier of Marcel’s, Brasserie Beck and Brabo

New Restaurant of the Year: Cork

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Rasika

Neighborhood Gathering Place: The Liberty Tavern

Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene: CoCo. Sala

Rising Culinary Star: Tony Chittum of Vermilion

Congratulations to all the RAMMY winners!