August 13, 2022

Congratulations to all 2019 RAMMY winners!

the Washington Metropolitan Restaurant Association (RAMMY) held their gala on Sunday, June 30 where they honored hard-working and talented restaurateurs, catering organizations and staff. These highly prized awards are given to members of the restaurant food and beverage industry in the Washington metropolitan area. Special thanks to valentine king, Colibri bar and kitchen, Alexandria, who received the Employee of the Year award. Visit these establishments and enjoy all they have to offer!

Photo courtesy of RAMMY

The winners of the 37th Annual Rammy Awards are:

  • Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: The Law Firm Veritas
  • Premium Brunch of the Year: Unconventional dinner
  • Casual Brunch of the Year: Compass Rose Bar & Kitchen
  • Favorite Gathering Place of the Year: open road
  • Favorite Quick Bites of the Year: Taco Bamba Taqueria
  • Service Program of the Year: Ambar–Clarendon
  • Beer Program of the Year: Republic
  • Cocktail program of the year: barmini by Jose Andres
  • Wine program of the year: Maxwell Park
  • Casual Restaurant of the Year: Royal
  • Employee of the Year: valentine king, Colibri bar and kitchen
  • Manager of the Year: Donna Seal, Oceanaire
  • Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year: Ivy City Smokehouse
  • Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Wolfgang Puck’s Source
  • New restaurant of the year: Spoken English
  • Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: iron gate
  • Pastry Chef of the Year: Ana Deshaies, Unconventional dinners
  • Culinary Rising Star of the Year: Kwame Onwuachi, Friends/relatives
  • Restaurateur of the Year: Michael Friedman, Mike O’Malley, Colin McDonough and Gareth Croke, red stone Restaurant Group (All Purpose, Boundary Stone, The Red Hen)
  • Chef of the Year: Kyle Bailey, The salt line
  • Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award: Virginia Ali, Bowl of Ben’s Chili/Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation
  • Stage Honor Award: The Bombay Club (30 years), Ristorante iRicchi (30 years), Moby Dick House of Kabob (30 years), silver dinner (30 years, Taberna del Alabardero (30 years), Lebanese tavern (40 years)
  • John G. Laytham Award for Outstanding Leadership and Impact: Claude Andersen, Clyde Restaurant Group



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