The best of D.C.’s food industry: The 2015 RAMMY Awards

WASHINGTON — On Sunday night, chefs, restaurateurs, brewers, distillers, winemakers and food fans packed into an overflowing room in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to celebrate the best of D.C.’s culinary community at the 33rd Annual RAMMY Awards Gala.

Everyone in the industry — from the banks that back the chefs, to the masterminds who craft the menus, to the employees who run the meals from the kitchen to the table — was recognized.

Here are this year’s winners:

Restaurant Employee of the Year
Evan Labb, Evening Star Cafe
Restaurant Manager of the Year
Joseph Cerione, Blue Duck Tavern


Rising Culinary Star of the Year
George Pagonis, Kapnos


Service Program of the Year
Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier


Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year
Catoctin Creek Distilling Company


Favorite Gathering Place
Bar Pilar


Upscale Casual Brunch
Le Diplomate


Everyday Casual Brunch
The Daily Dish


Favorite Fast Bites
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza


Upscale Casual Restaurant
Mintwood Place


Everyday Casual Restaurant
DGS Delicatessen


Beer Program of the Year
Pizzeria Paradiso, Georgetown


Cocktail Program of the Year
Bourbon Steak


Wine Program of the Year
Iron Gate


Pastry Chef of the Year
Agnes Chin, The Grill Room


Formal Fine Dining Restaurant
The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm


New Restaurant of the Year
Fiola Mare


Restaurateur of the Year
José Andrés and Rob Wilder, ThinkFoodGroup


Chef of the Year
Victor Albisu, Del Campo and Taco Bamba


Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year


Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award
Herbert Miller, Western Development Corporation, Chairman & CEO


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