Ready to RAMMYs Rehash

It is a complete and absolute honor to participate and present at the Annual Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington RAMMY Awards. To be able to gather with everyone and celebrate the industry's success is legit, everything. The RAMMY Awards have always recognized the exceptional ability and accomplishments of the DC Area hospitality community. Given the last 18 months, this year's awards featured all-new categories that spoke to all the ways the industry has risen to the occasion. The entire RAMW team had worked tirelessly to execute an event that was vaccinated, safe, and most importantly a celebration. So much mazel to the RAMW team, the deserving nominees and the winners:  

The winners of the 2021 RAMMY Awards are:

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
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 RAMMYS 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
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
Pluma by Bluebird Bakery
Sunday Morning Bakehouse
The Dapper Fox