These are the 2021 RAMMYS winners in Washington, DC

After two years, in-person dinner awards returns to Walter E. Convention Center to honor DC industry excellence

The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced the winners of the 2021 RAMMYS at an awards dinner celebrated last night at the Walter E. Convention Center. The Swizzle Chill TV team was on hand to witness the celebration of excellence within the local restaurant industry, the first in-person event in two years due to the pandemic.

The RAMMYS affair was approached with more caution, due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19’s Delta variant. Restaurant operators and Industry stakeholders gathered with mask precautions and vaccination verification. In addition, the entire celebration was held in one ballroom.

Several categories were new and reflected a new reality in the industry, as operators worked tirelessly to keep their businesses operational through takeout, special holiday dinners and well-strategized to-go packaging.

Here are the 2021 RAMMYS winners:

Managers of the Year (all participants were selected):

  • Otgontuya Davaasuren, All Set Restaurant & Bar
  • Khawla Gasmi, Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar, & Eatery
  • Autumn Harriger, Destination Unknown Restaurants/Espita
  • Jordan Lee, Thamee Restaurant
  • Tylyn Mallon, Right Proper Brewing Company
  • Brian McGahey, Modena Restaurant
  • Gilbert Mejia, Nobu DC
  • Robert Micheli, Dirty Habit
  • Daurio Passaia, Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
  • Karina Wilkey, Sunnyside Restaurant Group

Employees of the Year (all participants were selected):

  • Gabriela Araujo, Bresca
  • Ruben Avila, PassionFish Reston
  • Freddy Bastidas, Blue Duck Tavern
  • Adrian Godinez, RPM Italian
  • Rosa Martinez, Alta Strada & Nama
  • Mileyda Montezuma, Immigrant Food
  • Fredy Nataren, Tryst Trading Co.
  • Celina Nava, Estadio
  • Alicia Ramos, Convivial
  • Maria Serrano, Sababa
  • Finer Dining in a Box: Cranes

Most Innovative To-Go Packaging Game: Oyster Oyster

Most Impressive Pivot to Provisions or Market: Neighborhood Restaurant Group/Neighborhood Provisions

Outstanding Covid-Safe Redesign (Indoors or Outdoors): Clarity


Good Neighbor Award, Individual Honors:

  • Erik Bruner-Yang, Power of 10
  • Willa Pelini, Paola Velez, and Rob Rubba, Bakers Against Racism
  • Anna Valero, Hook Hall Helps
  • Mark Bucher and Medium Rare, Feed The Fridge
  • Danny Lee, Support of Immigrant and AAPI Community
  • Kevin Tien and Tim Ma, Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate
  • Jonathan Krinn, A Taste of DC in VA and To Community and Beyond: Crossing Culinary Bridges Guest DC Chef Series
  • David, Guas, Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery, Chefs Feeding Families
  • Micheline Mendelsohn and Spike Mendelsohn, National Guard Inauguration Program, and More
  • Edward Lee, The LEE Initiative

Good Neighbor Award, Company/Organization Honors:

  • Coconut Club
  • Immigrant Food
  • Keany Produce & Gourmet
  • KNEAD Hospitality + Design
  • Little Sesame
  • Peruvian Brothers
  • Pizzeria Paradiso
  • RASA
  • Saval Foodservice
  • World Central Kitchen

The following are category winners selected through public polling:

Outstanding Ghost Kitchen or Pop-up Concept: DC Ghostburger

Coolest Cocktails and Beverages To-Go: Cactus Cantina

Standout Family Meal Packages To-Go: Ristorante i Ricchi

Prime Pandemic Patio Scene: Le Diplomate

Technology Trailblazers: Silver Diner

Splendid Holidays at Home Offerings: Chef Geoff’s

Festive Foodie Experiences: Eva Kronenburg, YouTube Cooking Series

Hottest Sandwich Shop: Roaming Rooster

Stellar Brunches at Home: Call Your Mother

In addition to the public voting categories, there was also the selection of the 2021 Honorary Milestone RAMMY Awards selected by the executive committee:

  • Glory Days Grill was recognized for 25 years of service
  • La Chaumière for 45 years
  • Peacock Cafe for 30 years
  • Pizzeria Paradiso for 30 years
  • Ristorante Piccolo for 35 years

The RAMMYS judges panel added two special honorable mention categories this year. The judges felt these two unofficial category mentions were important to provide a special moment of recognition to select organizations:

  • Wine To Go Program – Honorable Mention
  • Dio Wine Bar
  • Domestique
  • Flight Wine Bar
  • Grand Cata
  • La Jambe
  • Maxwell Park
  • Squash Club DC
  • Tail Up Goat/Reveler’s Hour
  • The Girl and The Vine
  • Sweet Relief: Baking and Pastry To Go – Honorable Mention
  • Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
  • Baker’s Against Racism
  • Buttercream Bakeshop
  • Bread and Water Co.
  • Donut Run
  • Pluma by Bluebird Bakery
  • Sunday Morning Bakehouse
  • The Dapper Fox
  • Yellow

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