[Photos: R. Lopez]
It was a big night for neighborhood restaurants. Cozy and ambitious places like The Red Hen in Blooomingdale and Ripple in Cleveland Park managed to clean up at this year's Rammy Awards, celebrating the D.C. area restaurant industry. Frequent nominee Haidar Karoum of Doi Moi, Proof and Estadio also took home the coveted Chef of the Year trophy, while Neighborhood Restaurant Group received several awards as well.
The event took place yesterday evening (and had to compete for attendees' attention with the U.S. World Cup match). Eater will have party photos and Hangover Observations later today, but in the meantime, read on to find out who took home such prizes as Restaurateur of the Year and Rising Culinary Star. Several awards were new this year, including Favorite Fast Bites and Upscale Casual Brunch.
Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Fiola
Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Ripple
Everyday Casual Restaurant of the Year: Toki Underground
New Restaurant of the Year: The Red Hen
Chef of the Year: Haidar Karoum, Doi Moi, Estadio, Proof
Rising Culinary Star of the Year: Michael Friedman, The Red Hen
Pastry Chef of the Year: Caitlin Dysart, 2941 Restaurant
Wine Program of the Year: Ripple
Cocktail Program of the Year: Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Beer Program of the Year: Birch and Barley / ChurchKey
Service Program of the Year: Blue Duck Tavern
Restaurateur of the Year: Michael Babin, Neighborhood Restaurant Group
Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year: Red Apron Butcher
Favorite Gathering Place of the Year: Hank's Oyster Bar – Dupont Circle
Upscale Casual Brunch: Mintwood Place
Everyday Casual Brunch: Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
Favorite Fast Bites: Amsterdam Falafelshop
Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: ProFish, Ltd.
Employee of the Year: Stelios Alexandris, 1789 Restaurant
Manager of the Year: Boo Young Kim, District Commons
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