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RAMMY Awards

Jordan Wright
June 2010

At a packed-house gala evening The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington held their 2010 RAMMY Awards to its members at the Marriott Wardman Park.  Hard-working chefs, restauranteurs and their staff, sommeliers and mixologists and all those who labor mightily all year to please us and our discerning palates came together to celebrate their night.

The invitation read black tie optional or 1940’s glamour and many of the ladies were beautifully turned out in long gloves and cocktail hats befitting the occasion.  The men were a bit timid about the attire suggestion but there were a few creative interpretations, like cowboy and Beau Brummel dandy.

Argentina, Virginia, Australia and Chile provided fabulous food and wines, once you could get through the lines. The locally-sourced oysters and seviche from Virginia and short ribs and gingered lamb chops from Australia were particularly delicious.

On the upper deck après dinner, dozens of beautiful and creative desserts were presented alongside an open bar stocked with cordials. Well, it did feel a bit like dining on a cruise ship.

The following day Whisk and Quill got an unexpected bump with several photos of Food editor/Food Writer, Jordan Wright, with the lead story on the event.

Here are the details you’ve been waiting for:

Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year 2941 from Falls Church, Va. 2010 Chef of the Year Scott Drewno of The Source by Wolfgang Puck.

DC’s popular newsman, Bob Madigan (WTOP’s Man About Town), with his ever-present microphone, was given the Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award.

RAMW recognized ProChile/Wines of Chile for the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year.

Chef of the Year:  Scott Drewno, The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: 2941
New Restaurant of the Year: Birch & Barley
Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Vermilion
Pastry Chef of the Year: Anthony Chavez, 2941
Wine Program: Proof
Beverage/Mixology Program: Gina Chersevani of PS7’s
Rising Culinary Star: Nicholas Stefanelli, Bibiana
Restaurant Manager of the Year: Mark Politzer, Bourbon Steak
Restaurant Employee of the Year: Adolfo Cajchon, Seasons Restaurant
Joan Hisaoka Associate Member: ProChile/Wines of Chile
Neighborhood Gathering Place: Cork
Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene: Birch & Barley/ChurchKey
Power Spot: BLT Steak
WHERE MAGAZINE Visitors’ Choice Award: The Capital Grille

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