June 23, 2013 @ 10:00 PM – June 24, 2013 @ 2:00 AM
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road Northwest
Washington, DC 20008
Tickets are now on sale for the DC area’s hottest foodie fete, the 31st annual RAMMY Awards, celebrating the city’s vibrant restaurant industry. Attended by the region’s finest culinary talent and buzzworthy power players, this year’s event offers an expanded awards ceremony format, honoring the area’s top dining destinations and professionals at a “Restaurants in Bloom”-themed gala. Tickets can be purchased for the 2013 RAMMY Awards taking place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC on Sunday, June 23rd now by visiting www.therammys.org.

The 2013 RAMMY Awards Gala returns again this year for a festive evening built around the idea that in Metropolitan Washington, restaurants aren’t just thriving, they are experiencing a region-wide economic boom with new neighborhoods in bloom and the industry as a whole growing its vast footprint. According to the National Restaurant Association, restaurants in the District alone are projected to generate sales of approximately $2.7 billion in 2013.

The ‘Restaurants in Bloom’ theme is open to interpretation and the creative black tie attire will be anyone’s guess  for an evening honoring these outstanding chefs, restaurateurs and industry professionals who have made the DC region’s food scene the blooming dining destination that it is.
This year, the awards ceremony format has expanded to three times its previous size, to properly accommodate the 1600+ bartenders, restaurateurs and other industry professionals in attendance. The highly anticipated ceremony will announce coveted honors such as “Chef of the Year,” “Best New Restaurant” and “Rising Culinary Star” which are bestowed to only the city’s top restaurant leaders.

“The hard work, vision and passion from these talented restaurateurs and culinary professionals has planted the seeds for this now ‘blooming’ dining scene we have here in Washington, DC,” said Kathy Hollinger, president of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). “The growth of the restaurant community really speaks to the growth of the region and we look forward to honoring this great industry on June 23.”

The RAMMYS begin with a cocktail reception at 6 pm, hosted by Boxwood Estate Winery and partners in the Virginia wine and beverage industry. The awards ceremony will follow at 7 pm with one hour of exciting awards presentations followed by a buffet-style dinner featuring the foods and wines of Chile and an exciting menu from Meat and Livestock Australia, just to name a few. The finalists for Beverage/Mixology program of the year will serve their RAMMY cocktails at specialty bars throughout the ballroom and a live band will set the scene for dancing and festivities until midnight.

Tickets to the RAMMYS are available for $225 for RAMW members, $300 for non-members, and may be purchased online at www.therammys.org, by calling 202.331.5990 or by email at therammys@ramw.org.



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