Following Pandemic Year, 39th Annual RAMMY Winners Announced


There’s no doubt about it, it’s been a rough year-and-a-half for the restaurant industry. A sense of resilience and hope emerged last night however, at the 39th Annual RAMMY Awards, hosted by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) almost simultaneously with television’s annual Emmy Awards. Fully vaccinated restaurant industry professionals and fans met at the convention center downtown to honor those who’ve overcome an array of challenges and hurdles due to the ongoing pandemic. Restaurateurs who let their creativity and resourcefulness shine were feted.

A complete list of winners can be found below. Noteworthy Georgetown-area winners include a good neighbor award earned by Pizzeria Paradiso and Georgetown University graduate Geoff Tracy (aka Chef Geoff) who earned a “Splendid Holidays at Home Offerings” award. New Georgetown deli Call Your Mother got a “Stellar Brunches at Home” honor.

Shahab and Maziar Farivar of Peacock Cafe, given a Rammy milestone award for 30 years. Courtesy Maziar Farivar.

The winners of the 2021 RAMMY Awards are (*denotes publicly voted category*): 

Managers of the Year: 

Otgontuya Davaasuren, All Set Restaurant & Bar 

Khawla Gasmi, Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar, & Eatery 

Autumn Harriger, Destination Unknown Restaurants/Espita 

Jordan Lee, Thamee Restaurant 

Tylyn Mallon, Right Proper Brewing Company 

Brian McGahey, Modena Restaurant 

Gilbert Mejia, Nobu DC 

Robert Micheli, Dirty Habit 

Daurio Passaia, Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse 

Karina Wilkey, Sunnyside Restaurant Group 

Employees of the Year: 

Gabriela Araujo, Bresca 

Ruben Avila, PassionFish Reston 

Freddy Bastidas, Blue Duck Tavern 

Adrian Godinez, RPM Italian 

Rosa Martinez, Alta Strada & Nama 

Mileyda Montezuma, Immigrant Food 

Fredy Nataren, Tryst Trading Co. 

Celina Nava, Estadio 

Alicia Ramos, Convivial 

Maria Serrano, Sababa 

 

Finer Dining in a Box: Cranes 

Most Innovative To-Go Packaging Game: Oyster Oyster 

Outstanding Covid-Safe Redesign (Indoors or Outdoors): Clarity 

Most Impressive Pivot to Provisions or Market: Neighborhood Restaurant Group/Neighborhood Provisions 

Good Neighbor Award, Individual Honors: 

Erik Bruner-Yang, Power of 10 

Willa Pelini, Paola Velez, and Rob Rubba, Bakers Against Racism 

Anna Valero, Hook Hall Helps 

Mark Bucher and Medium Rare, Feed The Fridge 

Danny Lee, Support of Immigrant and AAPI Community 

Kevin Tien and Tim Ma, Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate 

Jonathan Krinn, A Taste of DC in VA and To Community and Beyond: Crossing Culinary Bridges Guest DC Chef Series 

David, Guas, Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery, Chefs Feeding Families 

Micheline Mendelsohn and Spike Mendelsohn, National Guard Inauguration Program, and More 

Edward Lee, The LEE Initiative 

Good Neighbor Award, Company/Organization Honors: 

Coconut Club 

Immigrant Food 

Keany Produce & Gourmet 

KNEAD Hospitality + Design 

Little Sesame 

Peruvian Brothers 

Pizzeria Paradiso 

RASA 

Saval Foodservice 

World Central Kitchen 

*Outstanding Ghost Kitchen or Pop-up Concept*: DC Ghostburger 

*Coolest Cocktails and Beverages To-Go*: Cactus Cantina 

*Standout Family Meal Packages To-Go*: Ristorante i Ricchi 

*Prime Pandemic Patio Scene*: Le Diplomate 

*Technology Trailblazers*: Silver Diner 

*Splendid Holidays at Home Offerings*: Chef Geoff’s 

*Festive Foodie Experiences*: Eva Kronenburg, YouTube Cooking Series 

*Hottest Sandwich Shop*: Roaming Rooster 

*Stellar Brunches at Home*: Call Your Mother 

The 2021 Honorary Milestone RAMMY Award was presented to dining staples celebrating a significant number of years serving locals and visitors in Metropolitan Washington. Glory Days Grill was recognized for 25 years, La Chaumière for 45 years, Peacock Cafe for 30 years, Pizzeria Paradiso for 30 years, and Ristorante Piccolo for 35 years of serving diners. 

Additionally, The RAMMY’s judges panel added two special honorable mentions this year. While these are not official categories, and RAMW did not solicit nominations for them, the judges felt these two industry groups deserved a special moment of recognition. 

Wine-To-Go Program – Honorable Mention 

Dio Wine Bar 

Domestique 

Flight Wine Bar 

Grand Cata 

La Jambe 

Maxwell Park 

Sonny’s Pizza 

Squash Club DC 

Tail Up Goat/Reveler’s Hour 

The Girl and The Vine 

Sweet Relief: Baking and Pastry To Go – Honorable Mention 

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken 

Baker’s Against Racism 

Buttercream Bakeshop 

Bread and Water Co. 

Donut Run 

MASTIHA 

Pluma by Bluebird Bakery 

Sunday Morning Bakehouse 

The Dapper Fox 

Yellow 

  

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