Twenty-one local restaurants were honored at the 2014 Rammy Awards, June 22. The 32nd annual gala, held at Walter E. Washington Convention Center, highlighted the best restaurants in the area in categories, ranging from “formal fine dining” to “new restaurant of the year.” This year, several new categories were introduced to recognize the finest cocktail and beer programs, as well as some favorite fast bites and regional food and beverage producers.
Only members of Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington were eligible for nomination. Of more than 100 nominees, only 21 were selected to represent the local culinary industry, four of which were selected by public vote.
And the winners are…
Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Fiola
Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Ripple
Everyday Casual Restaurant of the Year: Toki Underground
New Restaurant of the Year: The Red Hen
Chef of the Year: Haidar Karoum, Doi Moi, Estadio, Proof
Rising Culinary Star of the Year: Michael Friedman, The Red Hen
Pastry Chef of the Year: Caitlin Dysart, 2941 Restaurant
Wine Program of the Year: Ripple
Cocktail Program of the Year: Jack Rose Dining Saloon
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
Allied Member of the Year: ProFish Ltd.
Employee of the Year: Stelios Alexandris, 1789 Restaurant
Manager of the Year: Boo Young Kim, District Commons
Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award: Lynne Breaux