Last night, the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s 2018 RAMMY awards gala took place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. A celebration of the capital’s restaurant and hospitality culture, the RAMMY awards bring together the city’s culinary community for a night of food and drink with a healthy side of activism. OpenTable was proud to host the winner’s circle, where the Taittinger Champagne flowed as award recipients posed with their trophies.
Notable movements that were highlighted included a very vocal opposition to Initiative 77, which would eliminate the tip credit in Washington, D.C. Restaurateur Dan Simons (Founding Farmers) and his team gathered signatures from attendees who pledged to #StopSucking in support of the Our Last Straw coalition, which is seeking to get a ban on plastic straws in D.C. passed.
The 2018 RAMMYS winners include:
Exceptional Leadership and Impact: José Andrés, ThinkFood Group
Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award: Daniel Coleman, founder of The Dubliner
Employee of the Year: Andrea Tateosian, Urbana
Restaurant Manager of the Year: Heidi Minora, Commissary
Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year: Right Proper Brewing Company
Favorite Gathering Place of the Year: The Daily Dish
Upscale Brunch: Osteria Morini
Casual Brunch: Ambar Capital Hill
Favorite Fast Bites: Moby Dick House of Kabob
Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Clarity
Casual Restaurant of the Year: Ivy City Smokehouse Tavern
Beer Program of the Year: Owen’s Ordinary