by Borderstan.com June 28, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,069 0

Rammys, Borderstan

The grand ballroom of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel was the site of the 2011 RAMMYs.(Alejandra Owens)

This post is by Alejandra Owens. You can find her on Twitter at @frijolita and at her food blog One Bite At A Time.

We live in D.C…. the land of alphabet-soup agencies and associations galore. And with associations, comes their awards ceremonies, galas and black tie events where industry professionals let their hair down and cut some rug.

Last night, the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington held its annual awards gala, also known as The RAMMYs. Chefs take off their whites, don tuxedos and gowns and get into a competitive, but friendly spirit with awards such as Best New Restaurant and Best Beverage/Mixology Program.

I believe I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: damn it’s good to live and eat in Borderstan.

Neighborhood (and really, citywide) favorites like Birch & Barley, Tabard Inn and Estadio were all big winners this year (see below for categories) — and deservedly so.

Congrats to everyone from the restaurateurs who bring these great spots to our ‘hood and the staff that make us go back time and time again! Bravo!

  • Best New Restaurant: Estadio, 1520 14th Street NW
  • Upscale Casual Restaurant: Tabard Inn, 1739 N Street NW
  • Pastry Chef: Tiffany MacIsaac, Neighborhood Restaurant Group (includes Birch & Barley and Churchkey, 1337 14th Street NW)
  • Rising Culinary Star: Kyle Bailey, Birch & Barley

by Borderstan.com April 27, 2011 at 5:00 am 1,254 0

Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street NW, Borderstan

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street (mostly).

From Alejandra Owens. Catcher her on Twitter @frijolita.

It’s RAMMY Season – Vote With Your Gut

Remember when we told you that a bunch of Borderstan restaurants were nominated for RAMMYs? Well this year, public votes will determine the outcome of four categories — Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gathering Place, Power Spot and the Your Favorite Restaurant, a “write-in” category. So go “Eat the Vote” from April 28 to May 5. According the RAMMY website there will be, “creative events full of food and cocktail specials and energetic fun.” Yeah.

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