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.


Italian Chef said...

Congrats to "Huw Griffiths" on his nomination. I hope he wins this year. He's a fine pastry Chef.

Amanda said...

I've had some great desserts at Tabard, including a fabulous butterscotch bread pudding.

Anonymous said...

odd to see Corduroy as "informal". Sad Dino didn't get a nod for its wine and beverages

Amanda said...

I think the informal vs. fine dining categories depend on average meal price. So Corduroy must just be under the fine dining cutoff.

And Dino does have a great bev program. I've had some really great cocktails there.

Jason said...

Oh man, the bread at PS 7's was so divine. The food was excellent, but the bread! They could have forgotten my meal completely as long as they kept filling that bread basket!

Amanda said...

Love the bacon biscuit at PS 7's.