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WASHINGTON, DC (May 21, 2024) – Students from Washington, DC’s Roosevelt High School and Ballou High School participating in the DC ProStart Culinary Program are preparing to showcase their culinary skills in the highly anticipated Pepsi Future Chef Recipe Contest.  Eleventh and twelfth grade students will present dishes based on a historical family recipe or a new and unique creation for the chance to win a variety of prizes. The event, happening on Thursday, May 23rd at Ballou High School, will focus on BBQ-themed recipes and is associated with the 32nd...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Adelene Ung, LRA PR addie@lindarothpr.com 443-900-5033   RAMMYS Highlight Week for 2024 Cocktail Program of the Year Finalists Specials announced at the DMV’s top cocktail programs the week of June 3 Washington, DC (May 20, 2024)— Cocktail Program of the Year Finalists for Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) 2024 RAMMY Awards have exciting events and promotions planned for the first week of June. From Monday, June 3rd, through Sunday, June 9th, the region’s top cocktail programs will showcase their outstanding...
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is a dynamic, member-driven and impactful organization committed to promoting and sustaining the growth and development of the local restaurant industry while providing our members legislative and regulatory representation, marketing and small business support, programming, and events.  RAMW offers spring, summer, and fall internship opportunities and is currently seeking a motivated and talented Member Services Intern to join our team. The successful candidate will play a critical role in ensuring that our members receive...
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is a dynamic, member-driven and impactful organization committed to promoting and sustaining the growth and development of the local restaurant industry while providing our members legislative and regulatory representation, marketing and small business support, programming, and events.  RAMW offers spring, summer, and fall internship opportunities and is currently seeking a motivated and detail-oriented Public Policy Intern to join our team. The successful candidate will work closely with our Government Affairs team to monitor...
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is a dynamic, member-driven and impactful organization committed to promoting and sustaining the growth and development of the local restaurant industry while providing our members legislative and regulatory representation, marketing and small business support, programming, and events.  RAMW offers spring, summer, and fall internship opportunities and is currently seeking a motivated and talented Government Affairs Research Intern to join our team. The successful candidate will play a central role in advancing our mission by...
RAMW Announces 2024 RAMMY Honors Recipients Kathy E. Hollinger to receive the 2024 Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award while six DMV dining destinations are recognized with Honorary Milestone Awards at inaugural celebratory event Washington, DC (April 24, 2024)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) today announced Greater Washington Partnership (the Partnership) CEO Kathy E. Hollinger as the 2024 Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award recipient. Hollinger leads the Partnership, a first-of-its-kind alliance, uniting leading employers across Maryland, Virginia, and...
Restaurants are on the forefront of sustainable food systems, exposing consumers to new foods, ingredients, and meals. But how can we make sustainable-leaning menus more popular while delivering for customers?   Hear form the World Resources Institute's Coolfood Initiative and take in pro-tips around nudge theory and design principles to help integrate sustainable, plant-forward cuisine into menus. Tune in to see how you can feature dishes that are friendly to your kitchen, your bottom line, your customers, and your planet.   About the Speaker Clara Cho is the Data Analyst...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Keiristin Wilbert Keiristin@ramw.org 202-331-5990 Congressman James E. Clyburn To Be Honored Guest at RAMW Foodservice PAC Beefsteak Fundraising Dinner Washington, DC (April 3, 2024) — Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-SC), will be the honored guest at the RAMW Foodservice PAC  Beefsteak Fundraising Dinner on April 16, 2024 in Washington, D.C.  There will be a fireside chat between Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) President and CEO, Shawn Townsend and Congressman Clyburn.  Tickets are $275 and are on sale now...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Keiristin Wilbert Keiristin@ramw.org 202-331-5990 Nationals Legend Ryan Zimmerman Talks Restaurants, Winning Teams at RAMW Annual Meeting Washington, DC (April 3, 2024) — Ryan Zimmerman, an investor in Long Shot Hospitality and a key member of the 2019 World Series Champion Washington Nationals, will be the featured speaker at the 2024 Annual Meeting of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). “Mr. National excelled both on the field, as part of a championship team, and off the field, as part of a leading...
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Announces 2024 RAMMY Awards Finalists The capital region’s foodservice industry recognizes innovative individuals and concepts and companies as category finalists   Washington, DC (April 8, 2024)—Restaurant industry professionals and allies gathered this evening as the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced Finalists for the 2024 RAMMY Awards. Finalists will be recognized again and winners announced Sunday, July 21, 2024 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at the 42nd Annual RAMMYS Awards...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Keiristin Wilbert Keiristin@ramw.org 202-331-5990 Statement from RAMW on Deadly Strike That Killed 7 World Central Kitchen Team Members   Washington, D.C. (April 2, 2024) -  With heavy hearts, we grieve the loss of seven World Central Kitchen Team members who were killed in an air strike in Gaza.  These brave individuals faced dangers unknown to provide meals and sustenance to the victims of war in Gaza.    Their last act was to deliver food to those in desperate need. We thank these brave workers for their...
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) offers spring, summer, and fall internship opportunities in Government Affairs and Member Advocacy for self-motivated individuals with an interest in public policy in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry. RAMW offers a hands-on, meaningful internship experience that provides:   Skill- and knowledge-building opportunities in the field of public policy, especially as it relates to small business. Training and experience in professional writing, research, and database management.  Opportunities to build...
Are you a small business owner looking to offer health insurance to your employees? Broker + Business Connect is an initiative by RAMW to help connect small businesses to a health insurance broker that will assist with each step of the enrollment process.   While building a successful restaurant business is hard work, finding affordable, quality health insurance for your business doesn’t have to be. RAMW can help with the challenges of finding and getting health coverage. Meet with experts during our 30-minute Broker+Business Connect Q&A session, our open forum...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          March 6, 2024 Contact: Keiristin Wilbert Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Keiristin@ramw.org | (202) 331-5990 Spring Wine Fling Returns March 19th Uncork Spring with 2 glasses of wine paired with a 2-course dinner menu at restaurants across the region. WHAT:    Spring Wine Fling, presented by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), returns to the region on the Spring Equinox to give diners another...
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Keiristin Wilbert Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Keiristin@ramw.org Media@ramw.org 202-331-5990   STATEMENT FROM RAMW PRESIDENT AND CEO SHAWN TOWNSEND FOLLOWING PASSAGE OF RESTAURANT REVITALIZATION AND DRAM SHOP CLARIFICATION AMENDMENT ACT OF 2023 Washington, DC (March 5, 2024) - This bill represents a pivotal opportunity for bolstering an industry that continues to face the lingering effects of the pandemic, marked by inflation, a decrease in downtown patronage, and safety concerns. Today’s legislation reduces...
Six Organizations Selected to Implement Public Safety and Public Health Programs   Friday, March 1, 2024 (Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice (DMPSJ) announced six community organizations that will receive a total of $950,000 for the Fiscal Year 2024 Safe Commercial Corridors Grant Program. The program is designed to promote public safety and public health through evidence-based activities for residents, workers, and visitors. “These grants are one more way that the government can...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Keiristin Wilbert Keiristin@ramw.org 202.331.5990     RAMW PROSTART STUDENT INVITATIONAL 2024 ANNUAL CULINARY EVENT TAKES PLACE MARCH 5TH Ballou High School and Roosevelt High School participating for the chance to represent the District in national competition   WASHINGTON, DC (FEBRUARY 26, 2024) — Students from Ballou High School and Roosevelt High School will show off their mastery of culinary and management skills at the third Washington, DC ProStart Student Invitational, to be held at THEARC East Building on Tuesday...
Where To Dine On Valentine’s Day 2024 Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day. There is still time to make plans. Here are our picks for romantic celebrations, and Galentine’s celebrations in Metropolitan Washington.   Brasserie Beck Enjoy a 4 course prix fixe dinner for $85 per person (excluding a Valentine's Day special drink) or $95 (including one Valentine's Day special drink). Offered February 9th - February 17th. Make Reservations HERE   Immigrant Food Immigrant Food is celebrating Valentine's (and Galentine's) with some...
Statement from RAMW President and CEO Shawn Townsend on Restaurant Revitalization and Dram Shop Clarification Amendment Act of 2023 Vote We are pleased that this week’s bill adds key definitions and standards to dram shop law to lower the exorbitant cost of the District’s liquor liability insurance for our local neighborhood restaurants, which we all know is some of the most expensive in the US.    Thanks to Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, a number of other measures to make doing every day business better...
First date....
RAMW First Date Restaurant Recommendations Going on a first date is very exciting.  There’s so much to think about, so much to plan.  What should you wear?  What topics should you discuss?  Where should you go?   We are here to help you decide one of those questions…where to go.  Bookmark this page and refer to it whenever you decide to go on a first date.  These restaurants will surely impress you and more importantly, your date. Breakfast/ Brunch Founding Farmers  Unconventional Diner Eat Brgz - West End  Fiola Mare...
Celebrate Mardi Gras in DMV in 2024 Here are our picks for a festive Mardi Gras in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Tiki on 18th and The Game Sports Pub Enjoy a special Mardi Gras Menú from February 2 - 13, 2024 featuring Jambalaya Pasta, Fried Oysters and Shrimp, Fried Oyster Po Boy, Fried Chicken, Red Beans, and Rice, Bourbon-Glazed Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding. Karaoke will kick off the menu on February 6, 2024 and ending with karaoke on February 13, 2024. La Côte’ D’Or Cafe  Diners can experience a $45.00 3-Course Dinner Menu. Due South Let the...
RAMW Members celebrate Lunar New Year in style.  Here are our picks for Lunar New Year.   China Chilcano’s Lunar New Year Celebration Usher in the Year of the Dragon with China Chilcano’s Lunar New Year Celebration! From February 8th - 11th, enjoy limited-time dishes from Head Chef Daniel Lugo and expertly crafted cocktails from the bar. And on Saturday, February 10th, enjoy a traditional Lion Dance led by the artists at Tai Yim Kung Fu beginning at 6pm! A symbol of abundance and unity, whole fish are key to any Lunar New Year celebration. Our steamed whole striped...
  Dear RAMW Community, We are thrilled to announce a significant milestone in our journey towards better support and protection for the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and its members. It is with great pleasure that we introduce our new insurance partner, Preferred Insurance Services, Inc. At RAMW, we are committed to advancing our mission and serving our community with the utmost dedication. In our continuous effort to enhance the well-being of our members, volunteers, and stakeholders, we have carefully chosen Preferred Insurance Services, Inc. as our...
  Contact: Anthony Hesselius, LRA PR anthonyh@lindarothpr.com  202-277-3642   Metropolitan Washington Winter Restaurant Week Extended 140+ Participating Restaurants Will Offer Promotion 1/22 - 1/28 WHAT:    Winter Restaurant Week, presented by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), will officially extend from Monday, January 22 through Sunday, January 28, doubling the biannual celebration of the region’s restaurant industry. Over 140 specially priced menus have already been confirmed throughout DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia at...
Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954   The 42nd Annual RAMMY Awards Return Sunday, July 21, 2024 Nominations now open for the capital region’s premier foodservice industry awards Washington, DC (January 8, 2024)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today that the 42nd Annual RAMMY Awards will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in partnership with Events DC, on Sunday, July 21, 2024. The awards return to honor excellence in long standing categories that range from individual professional honors to...

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