The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington celebrated the 31st Annual RAMMY Awards at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on Sunday. The RAMMY Awards Gala and fundraiser honors the best of Washington D.C.’s culinary scene.
This year the theme was “Restaurants in Bloom,” and recognized the vibrancy and evolution of the area’s dining scene. Sixteen awards were given out on Sunday evening in categories such as Neighborhood Gathering Place, Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene, Pastry Chef of the Year, New Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year and Restaurateur of the Year.
Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) won the Rammy for neighborhood gathering place this year. Other nominees included restaurants such as Ardeo + Bardeo (3311 Connecticut Ave N.W.), Bastille (1201 N. Royal Street, Alexandria), and Willow Restaurant (4301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington).
Gay-owned and operated Hank’s Oyster Bar-Capitol Hill (633 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.) was nominated for the Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene this year along with Jack Rose (2007 18th St., N.W.), which hosted a Taste of Pride event last year; and Bar Pilar (1833 14th St., N.W.). The Eddy Bar, which is “mixtress” Gina Chersevani’s bar in Hank’s on the Hill has a mantra “swirling liquors and turbulent mixers” and Chersevani is excited to continue bringing “better” cocktails to the neighborhood. Bar Pilar walked away with the award in this category.
The Rising Culinary Star category was full of big names such as Marjorie Meeks-Bradley of Ripple (3417 Connecticut Ave., N.W.), John Melfi of Blue Duck Tavern (1201 24th St., N.W.) and Nathan Shapiro of The Ashby Inn (692 Federal St., Paris, Va.). The Restaurateur of the Year category included game changers like Jose Andres of THINKFoodGROUP, Ashok Bajaj of Knightsbridge Restaurant Group and Drew Kim, Mark Neal and Ty Neal of Matchbox Food Group. Scott Harlan of Green Pig Bistro in Arlington took the award for Rising Culinary Star and Ashok Bajaj walked away with the Restaurateur of the Year Rammy.
The biggest award of the night was Chef of the Year and Fabio Trabocchi of Fiola walked away with this award beating out chefs like Tony Conte of The Oval Room, Haidar Karoum of Estadio/Proof and Cedric Maupiller of Mintwood Place.