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One thing we certainly won’t be doing this weekend is paying 250 dollars to attend the Annual Rammy Awards(there is always next year!), HOWEVER we do:
a. love to eat
b. love to eat in DC
c. love to eat well in DC
so we ding the nomminee list to be exciting enough to post/discuss and just use as a cheat sheet for those days
when only the best “informal restaurant of the year will do”

New Restaurant of the Year
Blue Duck Tavern
PS 7’s Restaurant
Rasika
BLT Steak (Bistro Laurent Tourondel)
Farrah Olivia

Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year
1789 Restaurant
CityZen
Komi Restaurant
Eve
Vidalia

Informal Restaurant of the Year
Bangkok 54
Corduroy
La Chaumiere
Pesce
Tallulah Restaurant

Chef of the Year
Cathal Armstrong — Restaurant Eve
Yannick Cam — Le Paradou
RJ Cooper — Vidalia
Robert Wiedmaier — Marcel’s
Eric Ziebold — CityZen

Restaurant Employee of the Year
Chris Kelley, Lead Bartender — Mie N Yu
Dave Vorhees, Waiter — 2941 Restaurant
Jonathan Crayne, Senior Captain — Marcel’s
Apolonario Flores, Cook — Chef Geoff’s
Jennifer Roe, Maitre’d — DC Coast

Pastry Chef of the Year
Kate Jansen — Willow Restaurant
Steve Klc — ThinkFood Group
Naomi Gallego — PS 7’s Restaurant
Huw Griffiths — Tabard Inn
Tom Wellings — Maestro

Wine and Beverage Program of the Year
Michel Richard Citronelle
Restaurant Eve
2941 Restaurant
Taberna del Alabardero
Vidalia

Restaurant Manager of the Year
Ellen Kassoff Gray — Equinox
Emily Jarmuth — Mie N Yu
Paul (P.J.) Kern — Charlie Palmer Steak
Christine de Clerfay — The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Paco Pena — Taberna del Alabardero

Rising Culinary Star of the Year
Nathan Beauchamp — 1789 Restaurant
Amy Brandwein — Bebo Trattoria da Roberto Donna
Mark Hellyar — Blue Duck Tavern
Barton Seaver — Cafe Saint-Ex (funnily enough, no longer there, as he now runs his very own “Hook” in Georgetown)
Tony Conte — The Oval Room

The nominees for “public vote categories” were as follows:

Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year
Ardeo
Busboys & Poets
Hank’s Oyster Bar
Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar
Willow Restaurant

Hottest Bar Scene of the Year aaaaaaaaaaand….discuss.
EatBar
Mate
Oya
Urbana Restaurant & Wine Bar
Zatinya

Power Spot of the Year
Bistro Bis
Charlie Palmer Steak
Georgia Brown’s
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
The Oval Room

People’s Favorite
(to be selected by the public)


(all art good enough to eat:Will Cotton)

The voting process is now closed, but we certainly are welcoming all commentary on the nominees and your own suggestions.

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