Top industry professionals gathered at The Hamilton Live at The Hamilton as the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced finalists for the 2016 RAMMY Awards, the winners of which will be announced at a black tie gala on June 12.
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, Everyday Casual Brunch and Favorite Fast Bites.
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 April.
The finalists for the 2016 RAMMY Awards are:
Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: Chosen by the RAMW Executive Committee and presented to an Allied member who best exemplifies commitment to and support of RAMW.
- Acme Paper & Supply Company
- Coastal Sunbelt Produce
- Events DC
- Republic National Distributing Company
- USI Insurance Services
Favorite Gathering Place of the Year: This nominee is a restaurant rooted in its neighborhood where guests come to eat, drink, and get together with friends over and over again. The great atmosphere and good vibes are as important as the food and drink. The nominee must have been open for at least five years prior to December 1.
- Martin's Tavern
- Northside Social Coffee & Wine
- Room 11
Upscale Casual Brunch: The nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a high standard of dining excellence and service for its brunch in an Upscale Casual environment. Brunch may be offered as full-service, buffet, or prix fixe. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of one year by December 1.
- Blue Duck Tavern
- Fiola Mare
- Kapnos by Mike Isabella
- Osteria Morini
- The Source by Wolfgang Puck