by Mountain Valley | August 22, 2017

How do you celebrate the best and the brightest of the DC culinary scene? With a black tie awards gala, Mountain Valley Water and a dinner celebration for the ages, of course.

Every year, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington honors the achievements of individuals and organizations in the Washington, DC restaurant community at its RAMMYs awards gala. A RAMMY award is coveted by Washington Metro chefs and restauranteurs, and they honor everything from best upscale brunch to favorite gathering places.

Mountain Valley was a proud sponsor for this year’s event, and RAMW president Kathy Hollinger even used Mountain Valley as an example of a brand attendees should be stocking. The finest in DC were served the finest in bottled water at the awards gala and dinner celebration, and there were plenty of green bottles to go around at the event—just take a look at that podium.

We believe that excellence in your craft is something to be celebrated, and that giving back to the community that fuels your work is of utmost importance. No event embodies this more than the RAMMYs—while the RAMW provides an evening of celebration for the culinary geniuses of the DC metro area, the RAMMYs event also works to support the DC restaurant community. The event serves as the largest fundraiser for the RAMW, allowing it to continue supporting the foodservice and restaurants that make DC great.

Big winners at this year’s RAMMYs awards included the following:

Employee of the Year: Joseph Cassis, PassionFish Bethesda

Manager of the Year: John Grace, The Hamilton

Rising Culinary Star of the Year: Ryan Ratino, Ripple

Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year: DC Brau Brewing Company

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year: Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Upscale Brunch of the Year: Convivial

Casual Brunch of the Year: Republic

Favorite Fast Bites of the Year: Cava Grill

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Proof

Casual Restaurant of the Year: Compass Rose Bar + Kitchen

Beer Program of the Year: Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Cocktail Program of the Year: Kapnos by Mike Isabella

Wine Program of the Year: Charlie Palmer Steak

Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: Acme Paper & Supply Co., Inc.

Pastry Chef of the Year: Jemil Gadea, Masseria

Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: minibar by José Andrés

Service Program of the Year: The Source by Wolfgang Puck

New Restaurant of the Year: Hazel

Restaurateur of the Year: Ike Grigoropoulos, Dimitri Moshovitis, Ted Xenohristos, Brett Schulman, Cava Group, Inc

Chef of the Year: Tarver King, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

For more information on the RAMMYs and the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, visit http://www.therammys.org/.