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Here’s Who’s Hot at the 2014 RAMMY Awards

Washington’s Restaurant Association announces its finalists.

The Source, which serves up dishes such as Chinese bacon, is nominated for the new Upscale Brunch category. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

It’s that time again: The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington last night announced its finalists for the 32nd annual RAMMY Awards. The event is well known within the hospitality industry, but for those on the outside, think of it as our local restaurant Oscars, plus more tattoos, T-shirts, and booze. Coming off yesterday’s James Beard 2014 finalist announcement, it’s a big week in awards. 

The finalists in 20 categories were announced last night during a cocktail soiree at the Hamilton Live. Nominees fall into one of two categories. Four are voted on by the public: Favorite Gathering Place of the Year, Upscale Brunch, Everyday Casual Brunch, and Favorite Fast Bites. The majority are decided by an anonymous panel of judges. A number of new fields were introduced for 2014, including Best Cocktail, Beer, and Service Programs; we’ve marked the newcomers with an asterisk below. 

Read on for the 2014 finalists; winners will be announced at the RAMMY gala on June 22. Remember that nominees must be members of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington to qualify, and also meet criteria in terms of how long they’ve been in operation (noted from the release below). 

Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year

(The nominee must have been in business a minimum of two years by December 1, 2013)

Fiola 

Marcel’s

Minibar

The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

Trummer’s on Main

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year

(The nominee must have been in business a minimum of two years by December 1, 2013)

Et Voila!

Maple Ave Restaurant

Oyamel

Proof

Ripple

Everyday Casual Restaurant of the Year

(The nominee must have been in business a minimum of two years by December 1, 2013) 

Graffiato

Hank’s Oyster Bar—Dupont

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Pizzeria Orso

Toki Underground

New Restaurant of the Year

(Must be a restaurant that opened between December 1, 2012, and November 30, 2013)

Del Campo

Doi Moi

Le Diplomate

The Red Hen

Table

Chef of the Year

Victor Albisu, Del Campo

Cathal Armstrong, Eat Good Food Group

Haidar Karoum, Doi Moi, Estadio, Proof

Tarver King, the Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

Cedric Maupillier, Mintwood Place

Rising Culinary Star of the Year

Erik Bruner-Yang, Toki Underground

Michael Friedman, the Red Hen

Tim Ma, Maple Ave Restaurant/Water & Wall 

Marjorie Meek-Bradley, Ripple

Johnny Spero, Minibar

Pastry Chef of the Year

Caitlin Dysart, 2941 Restaurant

Naomi Gallego, Blue Duck Tavern

Jason Gehring, Menu MBK/Table

Santosh Tiptur, Co Co. Sala 

Tom Wellings, Fiola

Wine Program of the Year

(The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 1, 2013)

The Curious Grape

Estadio

Restaurant Eve

Ripple

2941 Restaurant

*Cocktail Program of the Year

(The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 1, 2013)

Black Jack

Bourbon Steak

The Gibson

Hank’s Oyster Bar—Capitol Hill

Jack Rose Dining Saloon

*Beer Program of the Year

(The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 1, 2013)

Birch & Barley/ChurchKey

Brasserie Beck

Granville Moore’s

Lyon Hall

Mad Fox Brewing Company

*Service Program of the Year

(The nominee must have been in business a minimum of two years by December 1, 2013) 

BLT Steak

Blue Duck Tavern

Bombay Club

Marcel’s

Rasika

Restaurateur of the Year

Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong, Eat Good Food Group

Michael Babin, Neighborhood Restaurant Group

Gus DiMillo, David Wizenberg, Jeff Tunks, Passion Food Hospitality

Mark Kuller, Doi Moi, Estadio, Proof

*Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year

(The nominee must have been in business a minimum of one year by December 1, 2013)

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company

DC Brau Brewing Company

Port City Brewing Company

Rappahannock Oyster Co.

Red Apron Butcher

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year

(The nominee must have been open for at least five years prior to December 1, 2013)

Bar Pilar

Bistrot du Coin

Cashion’s Eat Place

Hank’s Oyster Bar—Dupont

Tune Inn

*Upscale Brunch

(The nominee must have been in business a minimum of one year by December 1, 2013) 

Art and Soul

Blue Duck Tavern

Mintwood Place

The Source by Wolfgang Puck

Vermilion

*Everyday Casual Brunch

(The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 1, 2013)

DGS Delicatessen

Et Voila!

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Pizzeria Orso

Ted’s Bulletin—Barracks Row

*Favorite Fast Bites

(The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 1, 2013)

Amsterdam Falafelshop

Bayou Bakery

Buzz Bakery

Red Apron Butcher

Woodward Takeout Food

Employee of the Year

Stelios Alexandris, 1789 Restaurant

Eric “Soup” Campbell, the Hamilton

Molly Horn, Farmers Fisher Bakers

Pablo Lemus, Bourbon Steak

Sandra Sanchez, Acadiana

Manager of the Year

Jorge Figueredo, Jaleo DC

Kendra Graves, Farmers Fisher Bakers

Robert Hall, Newton’s Table

Boo Young Kim, District Commons

Tyes Zolman, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace/Black Jack

Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year

Acme Paper and Supply Company

EagleBank

Profish Ltd. 

Republic National Distributing Company

SYSCO Food Service of Baltimore

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