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Guests sipped and sampled a variety of food and beverages at the 2017 RAMMY Awards Gala.  (Image: Courtesy Events DC)

This time, the RAMMY Awards gala served up some surprises

2017 has been a big year for restauranteurs in the District.

2016 raised the stakes – steaks? – citywide as accolades rained down. Last year, Bon Appétit magazine named Washington, D.C. “Restaurant City of the Year,” ZAGAT called it the “Hottest Food City” in America and Michelin published its first ever guide to Washington cuisine.

This left the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) much to celebrate at its 35th Annual RAMMY Awards Gala on July 30th. RAMW President & CEO Kathy E. Hollinger noted that the event celebrated these shared accolades while honoring the business owners and chefs whose work as individuals has won the region its burgeoning reputation. Their efforts have also contributed significantly to the city’s continued success as an appealing destination for sporting events, conventions and other meetings.

Hosted in partnership with Events DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the Gala coincided perfectly with the timing of the Citi Open tennis tournament. As Gregory A. O’Dell, President & CEO of Events DC described it, guests were able to “mingle with both the best chefs and some of the best athletes in the world too…the event was filled with talent from the kitchen to the court.”

The partnership between RAMW and Events DC goes far beyond a single event, however. The District’s bustling restaurant scene is an integral part of what makes the city such a desirable destination for events and meetings hosted or coordinated by Events DC. It’s also an important contributor to the local economy. By working together, RAMW and Events DC are enriching opportunities for local restaurants to do business with visitors and increasing options for local residents who enjoy enticing and innovative meals.

They RAMMY Awards Gala celebrated this partnership with a night of networking, delicious drinks and – of course – exquisite food. In coordination with Events DC’s culinary team, towering pavilions sponsored by Argentina, Chile, Peru, and the Republic of Korea delighted Gala guests with food, wine, and spirits from around the globe.

The most exciting part of the night was when winners were announced. If you like to stay plugged in to the D.C. food scene, read on to get the inside scoop on some of D.C.’s best eateries for 2017.

For more information regarding the winners of these awards, visit

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