Dining with the Stars

Monday, May 10, 2010

By DowntownDC

Culinary excellence will be on full display at the 28th annual RAMMY Awards on Sunday, June 6. Downtown BID area chefs and restaurants are in the running to take the top prize in several categories. 
The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) hosts the black-tie gala, which will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Downtown finalists include: Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca (1100 New York Avenue) for New Restaurant of the Year; Minibar (405 8th Street) and The Source (575 Pennsylvania Avenue) for Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year; Central Michel Richard (1001 Pennsylvania Avenue), Proof (775 G Street) and Zaytinya (701 9th Street) for Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year; Scott Drewno, The Source, Vikram Sunderam, Rasika (633 D Street) and Haidar Karoum, Proof for Chef of the Year; Michael Isabella, Zaytinya and Nicholas Stefanelli, Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca for Rising Culinary Star of the Year; Fabrice Bendano, Adour (923 16th Street) for Pastry Chef of the Year; Proof for Wine Program of the Year; Brasserie Beck (1101 K Street) and PS 7’s (777 Eye Street) for Beverage/Mixology Program of the Year; Art & Soul (415 New Jersey Avenue) and The Source for Power Spot of the Year; POV (515 15th Street) for Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene of the Year; Souheil Moussadik, Co Co. Sala (929 F Street) and Passion Food Hospitality—which owns Acadiana (901 New York Avenue), Ceiba (701 14th Street), DC Coast (1401 K Street) and TenPenh (1001 Pennsylvania Avenue)—for Manager of the Year; Marco Guzman, Café Atlantico (405 8th Street) for Employee of the Year.
The public can have a say in four categories—Neighborhood Gathering Place, Power Spot, Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene and “Your Favorite Restaurant,” in which any restaurant is eligible to win. Hurry. Cast your vote by May 12 at www.ramw.org.
The RAMMY Awards bring together more than 1,600 restaurant industry professionals. A new format change debuts this year. In lieu of presenting awards during a seated dinner, the awards will be presented during a theatre-style seated ceremony, followed by dinner and dancing. Tickets cost $200 for members; $275 for non-members.
For more information and a complete list of nominees, visit www.ramw.org.