RAM Award Winners to Be Announced April 30

NOTE:  Due to the “March Blizzard,” the Maryland ProStart Student Invitational was postponed until later in the month, and the results were not available at the time of this submission. For a list of the winning schools, please go to
The finalists for the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s (RAM) annual awards have been decided, and voting opened to the public in late March. Now, we all wait until April 30 when the winners will be announced as part of the RAM Awards Gala held at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel. Each year, hundreds of nominations are submitted to RAM for each category. It is then up to members of the public to vote for their favorites. The results will be tabulated and the winners announced live during the awards program. We promise that the person responsible for the envelopes will not be posting on Twitter!Maryland has 11,000 restaurants and foodservice establishments that employ nearly 200,000 people.  Restaurants are the cornerstone of the economy and local communities.  The RAM Awards Gala is the annual celebration and recognition of the hard work that restaurant employees and owners put in every day to serve their customers.


Brice & Shirley Phillips Lifetime Achievement Award
Peter Plamondon Sr.,  Roy Rogers
Otto Schellhase Award
Maria Vaccaro, Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop
Maryland Hospitality Hall of Honor,  Class of 2017
The Bowman Restaurant, Parkville
The Brewer’s Art, Baltimore
Chat and Chew Restaurant, Westernport
Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, Ellicott City
Minato Sushi Bar, Baltimore


Maryland’s Favorite New Restaurant Finalists
Alchemy Elements, Bel Air
Sello’s Italian Oven & Bar, Ocean City
Duck Duck Goose, Bethesda
RockSalt Grille, Westminster
Slice New York Pizza, Towson
Maryland’s Favorite Bar or Tavern Finalists
Dock Street Bar & Grill, Annapolis
Fish Head Cantina, Halethorpe
Harborside Bar & Grill, Ocean City
Nottingham’s, Columbia
The Point in Fells, Baltimore
Wine & Beverage Program of the Year Finalists
Bond Street Social, Baltimore
Dry 85, Annapolis
Jules, Ocean City
The Tasting Room, Frederick
Wine Market Bistro, Baltimore
Craft Brew Program of the Year Finalists Presented by Evolution Craft Brewing
Oscar’s Alehouse, Eldersburg
Frisco Tap House, Gambrills
Tapp’d, Bethesda
White Oak Tavern, Columbia
World of Beer, Baltimore
Maryland’s Favorite Restaurant Finalists
Iron Rooster, Annapolis
Madrones, Frederick
Mission BBQ, statewide
Mon Ami Gabi, Bethesda
The Prime Rib, Baltimore
Maryland’s Chef of the Year Finalists Presented by Oracle
George Batlas, Manor Tavern
Brigitte Bledsoe, Miss Shirley’s Café
Scott Chambers, La Ferme
Jeremy Hoffman, Preserve
Enzo Livia, Il Pizzico
The Heart of the Industry Award is given to a restaurant employee who goes above and beyond in his or her responsibilities to ensure that operations run smoothly and customers are given the best service.
Heart of the Industry Award Finalists
Garret Hadel, Bartender at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood
Hilary Hogarty, Server at Elkridge Furnace Inn
Manny SanJuan, Manager at Captain Dan’s Crabhouse
RAM Allied Member of the Year Finalists
Business & Commercial Ventures, Jerry Blumenthal
DePalo’s Mid-Atlantic Restaurant Supply, Michael DePalo
Howard Bank, Mitch Phillips
Royal Cup Coffee, Joe Pawelchak
Soft Stuff Distributors, Bob Gamerman
RAM Restaurateur of the Year Finalists Presented by the Maryland Restaurant & Hospitality Self Insurance Fund
Candace Beattie, Thames Street Oyster House
Bob Giaimo, Silver Diner
Lee Howard, Urban Bar-B-Que
James King, Blackwall Hitch, Greene Turtle, Roy Rogers, J. King’s
John Liberatore, Liberatore’s Ristorante
For more information on the RAM Awards Gala go to
Marshall Weston
MARSHALL WESTON is president and CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland.

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