Best in food: 2018 RAMMY Award winners

WASHINGTON — On June 10, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington celebrated the city’s best chefs, restaurants, bakers and more at the 36th Annual RAMMY Awards, hosted at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Here are a few of the evening’s big winners:

(See the full list below for all of those recognized.)

Masseria is in D.C.'s Union Market district. (Photo Credit Scott Suchman)
Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Masseria (SCOTT SUCHMAN) (SCOTT SUCHMAN)
Casual Restaurant of the Year: Ivy City Smokehouse Tavern (WTOP/Rachel Nania) (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Pastry Chef of the Year: Tiffany MacIsaac, Buttercream Bakeshop (WTOP/Rachel Nania) (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Amy Brandwein is the owner and chef of Centrolina, set to open in June at CityCenter. (Courtesy Len De Pas Photography)
Chef of the Year: Amy Brandwein, Centrolina (Len DePas) (Len DePas)
Ambar is one of hundreds of area restaurants participating in Winter Restaurant Week. (Goran Kosanovic)
Casual Brunch of the Year: Ambar Capitol Hill (Goran Kosanovic) (Goran Kosanovic)
The Mayahuel, or mezcal margarita, at Espita Mezcaleria is seen. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Cocktail Program of the Year: Espita Mezcaleria (WTOP/Rachel Nania) (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Wine Program of the Year: BOURBON STEAK (Scott Suchman) (Scott Suchman)
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Masseria is in D.C.'s Union Market district. (Photo Credit Scott Suchman)
Amy Brandwein is the owner and chef of Centrolina, set to open in June at CityCenter. (Courtesy Len De Pas Photography)
Ambar is one of hundreds of area restaurants participating in Winter Restaurant Week. (Goran Kosanovic)
The Mayahuel, or mezcal margarita, at Espita Mezcaleria is seen. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)

Upscale Brunch of the Year: Osteria Morini

Casual Brunch of the Year: Ambar Capitol Hill

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year: The Daily Dish

Favorite Fast Bites of the Year: Moby Dick House of Kabob

Rising Culinary Star of the Year: Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan, Compass Rose Bar + Kitchen, Maydan

Beer Program of the Year: Owen’s Ordinary

Cocktail Program of the Year: Espita Mezcaleria

Wine Program of the Year: BOURBON STEAK

Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: USI Insurance Services

Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year: Right Proper Brewing Company

Employee of the Year: Andrea Tateosian, Urbana

Manager of the Year: Heidi Minora, Commissary

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Clarity

Casual Restaurant of the Year: Ivy City Smokehouse Tavern

Service Program of the Year: minibar by José Andrés

Restaurateur of the Year: Ari Gejdenson, Mindful Restaurants

Pastry Chef of the Year: Tiffany MacIsaac, Buttercream Bakeshop

Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Masseria

New Restaurant of the Year: CHIKO

Chef of the Year: Amy Brandwein, Centrolina


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