RAMMYS Are July 30, Restaurant Week Starts Aug. 14

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D.C. foodies are gearing up for the capital’s most prestigious restaurant awards show, the RAMMYS, presented by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. Voted the District’s number-one food and restaurant event by Bizbash, the gala evening showcases the top Washington-area performers in the industry.

The 2017 RAMMY Awards Gala will take place Sunday, July 30, from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The awards are in 20 different categories, from Upscale Brunch of the Year to Chef of the Year. A few of the finalists: Cava Grill for Favorite Fast Bites, Kapnos by Mike Isabella for Cocktail Program of the Year and Erin Reed of Blue Duck Tavern for Pastry Chef of the Year.

At the event, Ashok Bajaj, founder of Knightsbridge Restaurant Group, will receive the Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award in recognition of his success — extending over more than 25 years — as a D.C. restaurateur. Among his famed restaurants are The Oval Room and Rasika.

The RAMMYS are well-timed to call attention to Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, running Aug. 14 to 20. At 250 participating restaurants, customers can enjoy a three-course lunch for $22 or a three-course dinner for $35. During next month’s Restaurant Week, for the first time, some locations will offer brunch for $22. Those who dine out during Restaurant Week can also win prizes such as gift cards, cookbooks and tickets to food-related events.

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