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Best DC Area Restaurants Named at RAMMY Gala

Top foodservice industry professionals and their fans gathered tonight at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the 32nd Annual RAMMY Awards as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced winners in 20 award categories. New this year were seven award categories, celebrating brunches, service programs, mixology and other definitive aspects of the greater Washington's restaurant and foodservice industry.

The voting public decided the winners in four categories: Favorite Gathering Place of the Year, Upscale Brunch, Everyday Casual Brunch and Favorite Fast Bites.

Natalia Jenetti
Natalia Jenetti

RAMW honored two additional members with the Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year, given to ProFish, Ltd.for exemplifying commitment to and support of RAMW, and the Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award, presented to former RAMW president Lynne Breauxfor dedication and leadership that has helped transform Washington's restaurant scene into today's vibrant world class industry. These awards were determined by RAMW's Executive Committee.

The winners of the 32nd Annual RAMMY Awards are:

Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Fiola

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Ripple

EverydayCasual Restaurant of the Year:Toki Underground

New Restaurant of the Year: The Red Hen

Chef of the Year:Haidar Karoum, Doi Moi, Estadio, Proof

Pastry Chef of the Year: Caitlin Dysart, 2941 Restaurant

Wine Program of the Year: Ripple

Cocktail Program of the Year: Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Beer Program of the Year: Birch and Barley / ChurchKey

Service Program of the Year: Blue Duck Tavern

Restaurateur of the Year: Michael Babin, Neighborhood Restaurant Group

Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year***: Red Apron Butcher

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year:Hank's Oyster Bar – Dupont Circle

Upscale Casual Brunch: Mintwood Place

Everyday Casual Brunch: Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Favorite Fast Bites: Amsterdam Falafelshop

Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year:ProFish, Ltd.

Rising Culinary Star of the Year: Michael Friedman, The Red Hen

Employee of the Year: Stelios Alexandris, 1789 Restaurant

Manager of the Year: Boo Young Kim, District Commons

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