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2012 Rammy Awards Winners: Black Restaurant Group, Vikram Sunderam, Mitsitam Café, More!

Members of the Black Restaurant Group
Members of the Black Restaurant Group
Photo: R. Lopez

The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington announced the winners of the 2012 Rammy Awards last night, the annual gala honoring local chefs, restaurateurs and other industry professionals. Big winners of the night included Jeff and Barbara Black's restaurant group, with BlackSalt and Black Jack taking awards in addition to the restaurateurs themselves. Vikram Sunderam of Rasika was named chef of the year, while the Mitsitam Native Foods Café at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian notched a surprise win for casual restaurant of the year. More hangover observations and pictures coming later, but here now, the winners:

Chef of the Year: Vikram Sunderam, Rasika
Restaurateur of the Year: Jeff & Barbara Black, Black Restaurant Group
Fine Dining Restaurant: Bourbon Steak
Casual Restaurant: Mitsitam Native Foods Café
Upscale Casual Restaurant: BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant
Best New Restaurant: Fiola

Rising Culinary Star: Ed Witt, 701 Restaurant
Pastry Chef: Fabrice Bendano, Adour
Restaurant Employee: José Alex Medrano, B. Smith's
Restaurant Manager: Reagan Corbett, Jackson 20
Wine Program: Cork Wine Bar
Beverage/Mixology Program: Estadio
Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award: Former DC Mayor Anthony A. Williams
Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year: Adams-Burch


Neighborhood Gathering Place: Café Saint-Ex
Power Spot: Founding Farmers
Hottest Bar Scene: Black Jack
Where Magazine Visitors' Choice Award: McCormick & Schmick's

UPDATE: And now head on over here for your hangover observations from the evening.

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