See 2018 RAMMY Awards finalists for best upscale brunch, new restaurant, more

UPDATE 3/29/2018, 1:30 p.m.: The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington issued a statement on March 29, in light of the sexual harassment allegations against restaurateur Mike Isabella and several members of his leadership team. 

Statement from the RAMMYS Judges Panel: The panel, with support from the RAMW Board of Directors, has decided that the following reevaluations are necessary in order to maintain the high standards that are associated with the nominations: The panel officially rescinds the finalist nominations for Arroz by Mike Isabella as New Restaurant of the Year and for G by Mike Isabella as a Favorite Fast Bites finalist. The judges will not add additional finalists to those two categories.

The panel will keep the Rising Star of the Year nomination in place for Michael Rafidi, former Executive Chef of Arroz and Requin. The judges decided that this category, based on individual talent and performance, is focused on the individual and can be evaluated separately from the restaurant(s) and or company of employment. Rafidi was not named in the lawsuit which brought these allegations to light.

WTOP’s story has been updated to reflect these changes.

WASHINGTON — “The Oscars of food” revealed the finalists for this year’s buzzy regional food industry awards Monday night.

The 2018 RAMMY Awards, presented by D.C.-area trade association Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, gives honors in areas such as manager of the year, best gathering place and upscale brunch, among many other categories.

The winners will be announced June 10 at the awards’ 36th annual gala.

The public can vote in these four categories to decide the winner: upscale brunch of the year, casual brunch of the year, favorite gathering place of the year and favorite fast bites of the year. Cast your vote online through April 30 at 5 p.m.

Here are the 2018 RAMMY Awards finalists:

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