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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Capitol Fashionista Outing: The RAMMYS Nominations Party

Last night, I was fortunate to attend the RAMMYS Nomination Party at the fabulous Ritz-Carlton, DC. The RAMMYS are the prestigious awards given to the best of the best in dining by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington. There are more than a bunch of categories, with a new one added this year: Best Beverage/Mixology programs.

The Nominees for 2010 RAMMYS are:

Fine Dining
Michel Richard Citronelle
The Oval Room
The Source by Wolfgang Puck

Upscale Casual
Central Michel Richard
The Liberty Tavern

Neighborhood Gathering Place

Bar Pilar
Belga Cafe
Kemble Park Tavern

New Restaurant
Birch & Barley
Bourbon Steak

Bertrand Chemel, 2941
Scott Drewno, The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Daniel Giusti, 1789
Vikram Sunderam, Rasika
Haidar Karoum, Proof

Rising Culinary Star

Michael Isabella, Zaytinya
Liam LaCivita, The Liberty Tavern
Shannon Overmiller, Majestic Cafe
Nicholas Stefanelli, Bibiana
Jon Mathieson, Inox

Pastry Chef
Anthony Chavez, 2941
Amanda Cook, CityZen
Josh Short, Neighborhood Restaurant Group
Fabrice Bendano, Adour
Travis Olson, 1789

Wine Program
Michel Richard Citronelle
701, Ardeo/Bardeo, Bibiana, Bombay Club, The Oval Room, Rasika

Beverage/Mixology Program
Brasserie Beck
EatGoodFood Group (Restaurant Eve, The Majestic and The PX)
Founding Farmers
PS 7's
Tabard Inn

Restaurant Power Spot
Art & Soul
BLT Steak
Bombay Club
The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Teatro Goldoni

Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene
Birch & Barley and ChurchKey
Bourbon Steak
Masa 14


Souheil Moussadik, Co Co. Sala
Ryan McCarthy, Passion Food Hospitality
Ashley Williams, Mie N Yu
Mark Politzer, Bourbon Steak
Fernando Contreras, KAZ Sushi Bistro

Corina August, Mie N Yu
Joe Bolam, Urbana
Adolfo Cajchon, Seasons
Marco Guzman, Cafe Atlantico
Jose Orantes, Dino

Associate Member of the Year
The RAMW Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year Award is given annually to an associate member who best exemplifies commitment to and support of RAMW.
The Legacy Group
Fiji Water

The Nominations Party was fabulous. There were food samples provided by the new restaurant nominees. Can I just say that I tasted the most amazing chocolate pudding dessert. It was the creation of the pastry chef at Birch & Barley. Delish. She made chocolate pudding takes more amazing than it already does. I also tasted two mouth-watering treats from Bourbon Steak - simply divine. All the treats from the new restaurant nominees were tasty including a fab banana dessert from Inox.

In addition, this year's party will have a 40s' theme, which makes me smile from ear to ear being the vintage lover that I am. So the one and only Saks Fifth Avenue graciously provided guests with a few ideas on how to pull off that forties look in high style. You have to love Saks. If you are attending the awards show, be sure to contact Saks for help with choosing the perfect outfit.

There were also mixologists on hand stirring up their special drinks. My fav of the night was an amazing concoction by Founding Farmers. They are also up for Martini of the Year at Artini. It will be interesting to see if they win. What I tasted tonight was a winner in my book.

Last but not least - I had the best cup of coffee that I have ever tasted in my life (with the exception of the coffee at my local Ethiopian restaurant). The coffee was provided by Santa Lucia Estate Coffee - from the high mountains of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Must have more of this coffee on a regular basis. It was exquisite.

Nycci (of The List) and David Nellis, of the rdio show "Dishing It Out" on Sundays at 11 a.m. on 1500 AM

The Nominees

The Mixologists

That Forties Look from Saks Fifth Avenue

Random Pics


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I missed this show. I was really a very curious about the nominees. You have solved my problem. Thanks for sharing the nominees.