Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington 2013 RAMMY Award Nominees

Chef Geoff, seen here at the 2012 RAMMY Awards, will be rooting on Ali Schemeck of Chef Geoff’s, New Mexico Ave., who is nominated for Employee of the Year.

Last night, the 2013 RAMMY Award nominees were announced! The so-called Oscars of the D.C. dining scene, the RAMMYs recognize excellence in 16 categories, including “Casual Dining”, “Chef of the Year”, “New Restaurant of the Year” and “Beverage/ Mixology Program of the Year”! Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on June 23, 2013, at the Marriott Wardman Park  Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Find out if your favorites were nominated, plus help pick the winners in three categories: Neighborhood Gathering Place, Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene, and Power Spot of the Year. Cast your vote on the Washington City Paper, finalists’ websites, or at, April 4-18, 2013.

Congratulations to all the nominees, including:

Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year:
The Ashby Inn and Restaurant
Blue Duck Tavern
The Bombay Club

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year:
Birch and Barley
Jaleo – Penn Quarter
KAZ Sushi Bistro

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Save 20% on Tickets to Thursday’s Taste of the Nation San Francisco Gala!

Purchase tickets to San Francisco’s tastiest event — and help end childhood hunger in America!

Join Share Our Strength in the fight to end childhood hunger in America! Attend Taste of the Nation San Francisco — and save 20% on your ticket with this exclusive offer! The nation’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry, Taste of the Nation San Francisco will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Enjoy delicious dishes and drinks from San Francisco’s top chefs, brewers, winemakers, and distillers. All proceeds support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and local beneficiaries Children of Shelters and Three Squares.

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2013 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant + Chef Finalists Revealed

Gary Danko and Jonathan Waxman, pictured here with Thomas Keller and Jeremiah Tower at last year’s Rose Bowl in New York, are both nominated for 2013 James Beard Awards.

The folks at the James Beard Foundation have released their list of finalists for nominations in the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” of the food world. Congratulations — and good luck — to all. Winners will be announced at the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala on May 6, 2013, in New York City. Nominated chefs and restaurants include:

Oustanding Chef
Sean Brock, Husk, Charleston, South Carolina
Suzanne Goin, A.O.C., Lucques, Tavern, Los Angeles, California
Paul Kahan Blackbird, The Publican, Chicago, Illinois
Nancy Silverton Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, California

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Melissa Chou, Aziza, San Francisco, California
Hedy Goldsmith, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami, Florida
Brooks Headley, Del Posto, New York, New York

Outstanding Restaurant
August, New Orleans, Louisiana
Blue Hill, New York, New York
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama
Spiaggia, Chicago, Illinois

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The Big (Grilled) Cheese: Enter Artisanal’s 3rd Annual Grilled Cheese Contest!

For your appreciation: The 2012 winning Artisanal Grilled Cheese — “Drunken” Raclette Grilled Cheese! Can you top it?

Are you a grilled cheese grillmaster? Does your version of this melted sammie melt hearts? If you think your grilled cheese recipe is the one recipe to rule them all, enter Artisanal’s Third Annual Grilled Cheese Contest! The winner will have her/his award-winning grilled cheese sandwich placed on Artisanal‘s menu, with 10% of all proceeds of the winning sandwiches sales being donated to the charity of the winner’s choice, receive a special five-course dinner for two in Artisanal’s private cheese cave, and an autographed copy of Chef Terrance Brennan’s book Artisanal Cooking.

To enter, like Artisanal’s Facebook page. It’s easy to enter, click here to submit your recipe: before Sunday, March 31, 2013, at 11:59PM EDT. Read the full submissions guidelines. Six finalists will be selected and announced on Facebook on Friday, April 5, 2013. Final judging will take place on National Grilled Cheese Day — Friday, April 12, 2013 — at The Cutting Room, just across the street from Artisanal.

Located in Manhattan, Artisanal Fromagerie, Bistro and Wine Bar has been regarded as a champion of hand-craftsmanship since opening its doors more than a decade ago. Offering the largest selection of exceptionally made cheeses, the restaurant is committed to honoring the traditions of cheese masters and offering guests a unique yet always approachable dining experience. Join them as they celebrate their passion by recognizing a dish that people of all ages can appreciate: the grilled cheese.

Enter today for a chance to win the title, terrific prizes — and some serious culinary bragging rights!