RAMW brings 2022 RAMMYS to Walter E. Convention Center in July

Traditional categories return this year

The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) will bring the 2022 RAMMY Awards to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Sunday, July 24, 2022 as an in-person celebration. The milestone 40th annual awards will honor the talented professionals that make up the local DMV restaurant industry.

While last year the format was modified to take into account the changing operational landscape and creative response to it by the industry due to the pandemic, 2022 will return with many of the time-honored, traditional categories. The 40th Annual RAMMYS will recognize restaurants as they make their way back in the recovery.

Still, some categories that reflect restaurants modifying and adapting to the pandemic will continue to appear in the Publicly Voted section. As RAMW makes adjustments to the rules, Publicly Voted categories will still remain open to ANY foodservice operation. However, other categories will once again require RAMW membership to be eligible.

From individual professional acknowledgments to recognition for culinary aspects and service, the 2022 RAMMYS offer something from all corners of the Washington Metropolitan restaurant industry.

Winners in any category cannot be nominated again within five years for the same category. This won’t apply to the 2021 RAMMY Award winners because the categories were so different last year. However, it will impact the Employee of the Year and Manager of the Year categories.


These are the categories for which RAMW has already begun accepting nominations:

  • Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year
  • Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year
  • Casual Restaurant of the Year
  • New Restaurant of the Year
  • Wine Program of the Year
  • Cocktail Program of the Year
  • Beer Program of the Year
  • Service Program of the Year
  • Rising Culinary Star of the Year
  • Pastry Chef of the Year
  • Manager of the Year
  • Employee of the Year
  • Restaurateur of the Year

Publicly Voted Categories

  • Favorite Gathering Place of the Year
  • Best Brunch of the Year
  • Favorite Fast Bites
  • Outstanding Pop-Up Concept
  • Standout Family Meal Packages To Go
  • Splendid Holidays at Home
  • Hottest Sandwich Spot

Anyone can nominate someone from within the industry, and they, too, can nominate themselves. To review eligibility, navigate here.

RAMW will accept nominations through Monday, February 28, at 11:59pm EST. In April, finalists will be announced at a small, invite-only event.

As is customary, the RAMW Executive Committee will make the selection of nominees and honorees for the Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year and the Honorary Milestone Award.

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