2013 Rammy Award winners and the best speeches

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Other than the awards, of course, the highlight of the Rammy Awards is always the dance party that breaks out after enough guests visit the seven beverage stations. (Maura Judkis/The Washington Post)

D.C.'s restaurant industry celebrated itself Sunday night at the Rammy Awards, a gala for local restaurateurs and their achievements. More than 1,600 people filed into the Marriott Wardman Park, many decked out in garden attire for the evening's "Restaurants in Bloom" theme, to see who would take home the night's top prizes. Scroll down to see the Rammy winners, but if we were handing out awards for last night, here's who would have won:

Best reference to an unsavory profession in an acceptance speech: "I remember when there were hookers on the corner ... we've weathered through." -- Bar Pilar manager Jonathan Fain on the character of 14th Street NW when the restaurant opened more than eight years ago.

Second-best reference to unsavory profession in an acceptance speech: "14th Street has changed dramatically," said Bar Pilar owner Mike Benson, remembering when the restaurant was under construction. "We had pimps coming in, 'What's going on here?' We're building a restaurant. 'For who?' "

Best one-liner about a D.C. politician: "He's like a soda machine, he takes cash easily." -- Presenter Tom Sherwood of NBC4 on former D.C. Council member Michael Brown.

Most genuine acceptance speech: "People wonder whether Chinatown will lose its character. Please do not worry. We have to move on just like everybody else." -- Linda Lee, an advocate for businesses in Chinatown, who received the Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award.

Straight shooter of the night: "I look forward to ... stealing all of your work and bringing it to my place." -- C.F. Folks owner Art Carlson. He has a reputation for joking around.

2013 Rammy Award winners: 

(Note: To be eligible for a Rammy Award, a restaurant must be a member of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, which explains why critical darlings like Little Serow were not among the nominees or winners.)

FINE DINING RESTAURANT: Blue Duck Tavern

UPSCALE CASUAL RESTAURANT: Estadio

NEW RESTAURANT: Mintwood Place

CASUAL RESTAURANT: C.F. Folks Restaurant

CHEF: Fabio Trabocchi -- Fiola

RESTAURATEUR: Ashok Bajaj -- Knightsbridge Restaurant Group

PASTRY CHEF: Beverly Bates -- Vidalia

RISING CULINARY STAR: Scot Harlan -- Green Pig Bistro

RESTAURANT MANAGER: Michael Nevarez -- Vidalia/Bistro Bis/Woodward Table

RESTAURANT EMPLOYEE: Luis Noriega -- Zengo

WINE PROGRAM: Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

BEVERAGE/MIXOLOGY PROGRAM: Room 11

JOAN HISAOKA ASSOCIATE MEMBER: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (not coincidentally, this is where the awards ceremony was held)

DUKE ZEIBERT CAPITAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Linda Lee

HONORARY MILESTONE: Clyde's of Georgetown

NEIGHBORHOOD GATHERING PLACE: Nellie's Sports Bar

HOTTEST RESTAURANT BAR SCENE: Bar Pilar

POWER SPOT: P.J. Clarke's

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.
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