Other big winners from Sunday night included Jeff and Barbara Black, owners of the Black Restaurant Group, who were named restaurateurs of the year. What’s more, their Palisades seafood restaurant and market, BlackSalt, was named upscale casual restaurant of the year, while Black Jack, their moody watering hole above Pearl Dive Oyster Palace on 14th Street NW, earned the Rammy for hottest restaurant bar scene.
The Rammy for new restaurant went to Fiola, former Maestro chef Fabio Trabocchi’s modern trattoria in Penn Quarter. Bourbon Steak, under executive chef Adam Sobel, took home the Rammy for fine dining restaurant, while Mitsitam Cafe, inside the National Museum of the American Indian, was perhaps the surprise winner of the Rammy for casual restaurant.
The Rammy for pastry chef went to Fabrice Bendano of Adour, while the award for rising culinary star went to Ed Witt, executive chef at another Bajaj property, 701 restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The Rammy for wine program went to Cork Wine Bar, the neighborhood spot on 14th Street NW, and Estadio, under mixologist Adam Bernbach, won the Rammy for beverage/mixology program.
More than 1,500 people attended the RAMW event. The trade association, established in 1920, has more than 700 members who are food and beverage professionals in the Washington area.
For a full list of this year’s winners, go to ramw.org.
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