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It’s Gala Time!

Excitement is building for the 2017 RAMMY Awards Gala, honoring incredible talent in the restaurant and foodservice industry across the DMV. RAMW rolls out the red carpet on July 30 with Events DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. If you’ve attended the event in the past, but not for a few years, you are in for a surprise! The 2017 event will welcome over 2,300 guests who will enjoy over 40 bars, each with unique craft cocktails from spirits partners at Republic National Distributing Company, from 1893 by PepsiCo, and from locals like One Eight Distilling in the District, and KO Distilling and MurLarkey Distilled Spirits in Virginia. Plus, there will be custom cocktails by the five Cocktail Program of the Year finalists.
The opening reception kicks off with live music and 24 feet of raw oyster bar action from Congressional Seafood and appetizers from Gourmet Kitchen — to enjoy while meeting-and-greeting (and eating!). The awards ceremony, presented by Coastal-Sunbelt Produce, follows. Guests will be able to see it live as winners are announced in twenty categories from New Restaurant of the Year to Chef of the Year, Restaurateur, and more. Presenters include such local media stars as news anchor Eun Yang of NBC4, Sue Palka of Fox5, and Tommy McFLY and team from 94.7 FRESH FM’s The Tommy Show.
The ballroom lures guests in with 200+ feet of food stations all around the room, featuring unique dishes from right here in the region to international delicacies from around the world. Menu highlights include Patagonian mussels flown in by the Embassy of Chile, cooked four different ways and paired with a variety of delicious wines of Chile. Peru’s Trade Tourism and Investment Office will showcase avocados, seafood, coffee, and piscos. Guests will be able to taste Korean mandu dumplings and noodles paired with an assortment of rice wines. And, the Embassy of Argentina’s menu will dazzle with Argentine shrimp, beef, empanadas, and lamb chops, paired with wines of Argentina. The menus are all supported by major sponsors, including Belair Produce and Watermark Foods, ProFish Ltd., Saval Foodservice, FoodPRO, Keany Produce, SYSCO Foodservices of Baltimore, and many more.
Suds will be flowing throughout the event from Heineken USA, our major beer sponsor, and from local brewers and RAMMYS finalists, DC Brau and Atlas Brew Works. Port City Brewing Co., winner of the 2016 Regional Food and Beverage Producer award, will also provide libations.
The RAMMYS are a night to work the room and toast to an especially hard-working industry that feeds, entertains, and delights guests across the region every day. Attendees will experience great hospitality from our partners at Events DC and Centerplate as they eat, drink, and dance the night away to the beat of DJ Neekola and are refreshed by Mountain Valley Spring Water. Custom lounges throughout the ballroom — hosted by Snagajob, Fine European Wines, Clyde’s Restaurant Group, and RAMW — create spots where attendees can take a break and meet new connections, while entertainment activations pull guests in to photo booths and other interactive surprises.
Last, but definitely not least, RAMW has partnered with the Citi Open Tournament to host its spectacular invitation-only “Players Party” inside the RAMMYS. The black-tie event will infuse glamour and fun to the tournament’s Player Party and will give RAMMYS guests a chance to rub elbows with, meet, and take pictures with world renowned tennis stars — while camera crews from Tennis Channel capture the excitement.
As you can see, this is a night not to be missed. We’ll see you at the RAMMYS! Visit therammys.org for details.

ASSOCIATION NEWS RAMW
BY KATHY E. HOLLINGER, PRESIDENT AND CEO, RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON

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