RAMMY Nominations Announced

Congratulations to the nominees for the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington's annual awards:

New Restaurant: BLT Steak, Blue Duck Tavern, Farrah Olivia, PS 7's and Rasika

Fine Dining Restaurant: 1789, CityZen, Komi, Restaurant Eve and Vidalia

Informal Dining Restaurant: Bangkok 54, Corduroy, La Chaumiere, Pesce and Tallula

Chef: Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve; Yannick Cam, Le Paradou; RJ Cooper, Vidalia; Robert Wiedmaier, Marcel's; and Eric Ziebold, CityZen

Pastry Chef: Naomi Gallego, PS 7's; Huw Griffiths, Tabard Inn; Kate Jansen, Willow; Steve Klc, ThinkFood Group; and Tom Wellings, Maestro

Rising Culinary Star: Nathan Beauchamp, 1789; Amy Brandwein, Bebo Trattoria; Tony Conte, The Oval Room; Mark Hellyar, Blue Duck Tavern; and Barton Seaver, Cafe Saint-Ex

Wine and Beverage Program: 2941, Citronelle, Restaurant Eve, Taberna del Alabardero and Vidalia

Neighborhood Gathering Place*: Ardeo, Busboys and Poets, Hank's Oyster Bar, Sonoma and Willow

Hottest Bar Scene*: EatBar, Mate, Oya, Urbana and Zaytinya

Power Spot*: Bistro Bis, Charlie Palmer Steak, Georgia Brown's, Oceanaire Seafood Room and The Oval Room

Restaurant Manager: Christine de Clerfay, Oceanaire Seafood Room; Ellen Kassoff Gray, Equinox; Emily Jarmuth, Mie N Yu; Paul Kern, Charlie Palmer Steak; and Paco Pena, Taberna del Alabardero

Restaurant Employee: Jonathan Crayne, senior captain, Marcel's; Apolonario Flores, cook, Chef Geoff's; Chris Kelley, lead bartender, Mie N Yu; Jennifer Roe, maitre d', DC Coast; and Dave Vorhees, waiter, 2941

* The public votes on these awards.