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D.C.’s food Oscars are back and the competition is more intense than ever. Between bites of blood cake and sips of DC Brau, among the mingling and laughing and smiling, the nominees for the 2019 RAMMYs were announced. The awards will take place June 30 and we’ll have an exciting announcement that will include a way you can win tickets pretty soon, but until then, we have all of the nominees below (and some slick photos) so you can feel like you were at the party.

Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year:

  • Coastal Sunbelt Produce
  • Congressional Seafood Co.
  • Saval Foodservice
  • TriMark Adams-Burch
  • The Veritas Law Firm

Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year:

  • Arcadia Farm
  • Atlas Brew Works
  • Ayrshire Farm
  • Ivy City Smokehouse
  • Logan Sausage Co.

New Restaurant of the Year:

  • Chloe
  • Kaliwa
  • Poca Madre
  • Spoken English
  • St. Anselm

Cocktail Program of the Year:

  • barmini by JoséAndrés
  • Bresca
  • Daikaya
  • Petworth Citizen and Reading Room
  • Royal

Beer Program of the Year:

  • B Side
  • Caboose Tavern
  • Pizzeria Paradiso – Dupont
  • Republic
  • Roofers Union

Wine Program of the Year:

  • Cork Wine Bar and Market
  • Le Diplomate
  • Maxwell Park
  • minibar by JoséAndrés
  • Trummer’s On Main

Rising Culinary Star of the Year:

  • Javier Fernandez, Kuya Ja’s Lechon Belly
  • Adam Howard, Blue Duck Tavern
  • John MacPherson, Three Blacksmiths
  • Daniela Moreira, Call Your Mother Deli, Timber Pizza Company
  • Kwame Onwuachi, Kith and Kin

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year:

  • Duke’s Counter
  • Open Road
  • Perry’s
  • Quarry House Tavern
  • Vinoteca

Upscale Brunch of the Year:

  • Estadio
  • Seasons
  • The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
  • The Source by Wolfgang Puck
  • Unconventional Diner

Casual Brunch of the Year:

  • Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen
  • Casolare Ristorante & Bar
  • Compass Rose Bar + Kitchen
  • Maketto
  • The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse

Favorite Fast Bites of the Year:

  • Little Red Fox
  • Rasa
  • Shouk
  • Taco Bamba Taqueria

Employee of the Year:

  • Oscar Ardon, Doi Moi
  • Maria Contreras, Jaleo Crystal City
  • Valentine King, Hummingbird Bar and Kitchen
  • Eloy Juarez Alvarez, Mintwood Place
  • Fred Uku, The Red Hen

Manager of the Year:

  • Dave Delaplaine, Roofers Union
  • Sabrine Marques, PassionFish Bethesda
  • Donna Seal, Oceanaire
  • Richard Stewart, iRicchi Ristorante
  • Paris Twyman, Founding Farmers Tysons

Service Program of the Year:

  • Ambar – Clarendon
  • Carlyle Grand Cafe
  • Iron Gate
  • Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, & Stone Crab
  • The Riggsby

Casual Restaurant of the Year:

  • All Purpose – Shaw
  • Bantam King
  • Bindaas – Cleveland Park
  • Maketto
  • Royal

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year:

  • Centrolina
  • Iron Gate
  • Momofuku CCDC
  • Sally’s Middle Name
  • Sushi Taro

Pastry Chef of the Year:

  • Fabrice Bendano, Le Diplomate
  • Ana Deshaies, Unconventional Diner
  • Pichet Ong, Brothers and Sisters, Spoken English
  • Paola Velez, Iron Gate
  • Meagan Tighe, Trummer’s On Main

Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year:

  • Blue Duck Tavern
  • Rasika
  • The Source by Wolfgang Puck
  • Trummer’s On Main

Chef of the Year:

  • Kyle Bailey, The Salt Line
  • David Deshaies, Unconventional Diner
  • Marjorie Meek-Bradley, St. Anselm
  • Russell Smith, The Source by Wolfgang Puck
  • Nicholas Stefanelli, Masseria, Officina

Restaurateur of the Year:

  • Victor Albisu, Poca Madre, Taco Bamba Taqueria
  • Jackie Greenbaum & Gordon Banks, Bar Charley, El Chucho, Little Coco’s, Quarry House Tavern, Slash Run
  • Michael Friedman, Mike O’Malley, Colin McDonough, Gareth Croke, All Purpose Restaurants
  • Rose Previte, Compass Rose Bar + Kitchen, Maydan
  • Daisuke Utagawa, Katsuya Fukushima, and Yama Jewayni, Daikaya Group

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