On at least one night a year, the District’s bartenders, chefs, busboys and maitre d’s get to step away from their posts and party like everyone else. The 37th annual RAMMY Awards, hosted by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, is that night, where the DMV’s best restaurants and industry professionals are recognized for their hard work and get to let their hair down a little.

This year’s event, however, struck a slightly sober tone. John G. Laytham, co-owner of the Clyde’s Restaurant Group, died in January, and his presence loomed large as dozens of his former employees toasted him at the show. The RAMW renamed an award after Laytham, and D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) was on hand to announce the creation of John Laytham Day, which will be held on his birthday, Nov. 12.

The rest of the night saw some 2,500 foodies and industry pros noshing on bites provided by local embassies and sipping cocktails. One of the most popular options? The Instagram-friendly liquid nitrogen caipirinha from Barmini by José Andrés.