Jul 10, 2023 - Food and Drink

List: Here are D.C.'s 2023 RAMMY Award winners

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The 2023 RAMMY Awards, aka The Oscars for D.C.'s hospitality industry, celebrated top talents Sunday night at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Why it matters: The annual awards honor the best of Washington's bar and restaurant industry.

Of note: Winners in most categories, selected by an anonymous panel of judges, must be dues-paying members of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.

  • The exceptions are publicly voted categories like "Best Brunch" or "Hottest Sandwich Spot," marked with an asterisk below.

Here are the 2023 RAMMY Award winners (*denotes publicly voted category):

New Restaurant of the Year: Causa/Amazonia

Cocktail Program of the Year: Service Bar

Beer Program of the Year: Shelter

Wine Program of the Year: Reveler's Hour

Rising Culinary Star of the Year: Marcelle Afram, Shababi Palestinian Rotisserie Chicken

*Favorite Gathering Place: Tiki on 18th/The Game Sports Pub

*Best Brunch: Urban Roast

*Best Bar: Exiles

*Favorite Fast Bites: RASA

*Hottest Sandwich Spot: Compliments Only

Employee of the Year: Nabil Moussa, Le Diplomate

Manager of the Year: Brittany Dye, Circa Foggy Bottom

Service Program of the Year: Lutèce

Casual Restaurant of the Year: Pennyroyal Station

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: L'Ardente

Pastry Chef or Baker of the Year: Teresa Velazquez, Baked and Wired, A Baked Joint

Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Xiquet by Danny Lledó

Chef of the Year: Kevin Tien, Moon Rabbit

Restaurateur of the Year: Rose Previte, No White Plates: Compass Rose, Maydan, Kirby Club

Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: Saval Foodservice

Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award: Ris Lacoste, chef/owner of RIS Restaurant, for her excellence and community leadership.


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