It's Steaming

And the RAMW Finalists Are ...

March 29, 2012

The area's top restaurateurs, chefs and key restaurant industry players gathered Monday evening as the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced the nominees for its annual RAMMY Awards. The Nomination Party was hosted at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C.

Justin Bittner, Billy Klein, Jesse Miller, and Ian Reeves (Photo by: RAMW) Justin Bittner, Billy Klein, Jesse Miller, and Ian Reeves

Georgetown's Bourbon Steak was nominated in two categories: Rising Culinary Star (Adam Sobel, shown above with his fellow nominees) and for their Beverage/Mixology Program. 

The public will decide the winners in three categories: Neighborhood Gathering Place, Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene and Power Spot of the Year.

Lynne Breaux, President, Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington Danny Wells, Pearl Dive Oyster Bar Jim Foss, Hill Country BBQ Maria Trabocchi, Fiola Mike Isabella, Graffiato Enzo Fargione, Elisir (Photo by: RAMW) Lynne Breaux, President, Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington Danny Wells, Pearl Dive Oyster Bar Jim Foss, Hill Country BBQ Maria Trabocchi, Fiola Mike Isabella, Graffiato Enzo Fargione, Elisir

The RAMMYS will be held June 24, 2012 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

For a complete list of finalists, read here.


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Opening Ceremony for Japanese Tearoom

March 15, 2012

Just in time to mark the centennial celebration of Japan’s gift of cherry blossom trees is the opening ceremony for the DC Chado tearoom and Roji garden, Friday, March 23, 2012.

Chado, the best known form of the spiritual culture of Japan, represents the principles of harmony, respect, purity and tranquility as described by its founding father Sen Rikyu more than 400 years ago. Every successive heir to the Rikyu legacy has kept the Chado vital and meaningful so that it offers an effective path for cultural enrichment and self-cultivation.

This special event is hosted by the family of the Grand Master Zabosai Soshitsu Sen XVI, the son of Hounsai Genshitsu Sen who was Grand Master for 38 years. Grand Master Zabosai teaches and travels worldwide to educate Japan and other countries about the Way of Tea. He is the 16th-generation grand master of the Urasenke Chado tradition.

Tea gatherings will follow the morning ceremony, as well as an evening banquet at The Hay-Adams' Top of the Hay. After March 23, tea demonstrations and gatherings can be scheduled through the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Washington DC Association.

All events are private and by private invitation only.

The Washington, DC Chado tearoom and Roji garden are located at 1819 L Street, NW, Suite 220.


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E.U Ambassador on Global Economy

March 12, 2012

Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to the United States, H.E . João Vale de Almeida will be the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce's (SACC) guest speaker this Thursday evening at The Fairfax at Embassy Row.

The importance and interdependence of the transatlantic relationship will be the subject of Ambassador Almeida’s keynote address: "Steps the European Union is Taking to Restore Confidence and Growth."  

A Q & A session will follow the presentation. The March 15th event is from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and is open to the general public. Click here for tickets.

The Fairfax at Embassy Row is located at 2100 Massachusetts Avenue NW.


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