Cheers to the 2014 Bon Appétit America’s Best New Restaurant Nominees

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Green papaya salad from nominee Kin Khao in San Francisco.

Bon Appétit has released its annual list of nominees for America’s Best New Restaurants of 2014. While not all of them are actually restaurants (such as Grand Central Market in Los Angeles), most are — and they’re on OpenTable. Neither New York nor San Francisco restaurants dominate the list; rather, the list features eateries in dozens of upcoming culinary cities. The finalists will be announced next week, so book your tables now to sample some of the most exciting food and drink being served around the nation.

Acorn, Denver, Colorado

Alden & Harlow, Cambridge, Massachusetts

CBD Provisions, Dallas, Texas

Cured, San Antonio, Texas

Eat the Rich, Washington, D.C.

Edmund’s Oast, Charleston, South Carolina

El Camino, Louisville, Kentucky

High Street on Market, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kin Khao, San Francisco, California

Luksus, Brooklyn, New York

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2014 RAMMYS: Join Us at the Awards!

The 2014 RAMMY Awards will be held on Sunday, June 22, 2104. The so-called Oscars of the D.C. dining scene, the RAMMYs recognize excellence in multiple categories. We’ll be there when the winners are announced at the awards ceremony at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Buy tickets today to cheer on your favorites and to sample amazing eats and tasty drinks.

Congratulations to all the nominees, including:

Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year:
Fiola
Marcel’s
Minibar
The Restaurant at Pawtomack Farm
Trummer’s on Main

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year:
Oyamel
Proof
Ripple

Everyday Casual Restaurant of the Year:
Graffiato
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
Pizzeria Orso

Favorite  Gathering Place of the Year:
Cashion’s Eat Place

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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 ramw.org, 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
Marcel’s
Rasika

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

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Congratulations to the 2011 James Beard Foundation Award Nominees!

Congrats to chef Mike Anthony of Gramercy Tavern on his 2011 James Beard Foundation Award nomination!

Our friends at the James Beard Foundation have released their list of nominees for the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” of the food world. Congratulations — and good luck — to all the nominees and honorees. Use the links below to reserve at the nominated restaurants to select your own set of winners. And, remember, you — Yes, you! — can dine at the James Beard House. Learn more, here!

Best New Restaurant
A restaurant opened in 2010 that already displays excellence in food, beverage, and service and is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.

* ABC Kitchen, New York, NY
* Benu, San Francisco, CA
* Girl & the Goat, Chicago, IL
* Menton, Boston, MA
* Torrisi Italian Specialties, New York, NY

Outstanding Chef Award
A working chef in America whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals. Candidates must have been working as chefs for at least the past 5 years.

* José Andrés, minibar, Washington, D.C.
* Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco, CA
* Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles, CA
* Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Chicago, IL
* Charles Phan, The Slanted Door, San Francisco, CA

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