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Washington, D.C. – The winner of the $100,000 Pork Chop Challenge will be announced at the 42nd RAMMYS Awards Gala at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on July 21, 2024. Hosted by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), The RAMMYS honors the exceptional ability and accomplishments of the hard-working individuals and organizations of the region’s restaurants and foodservice community.  The purpose of the challenge is to identify the area’s best pork chop and award the winner with a $100,000 cash prize. Additionally, as part of the...
By $100k Pork Chop Challenge June 19, 2024 Washington, D.C. – The #100kPorkChopChallenge has moved into the voting phase. The public can now vote for their favorite pork chop dishes from participating restaurants in the Capital Beltway. The winner will receive a $100,000 cash prize, and an additional $100,000 worth of pork products will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. “Thanks to the generous support from pork producers nationwide, we are thrilled to host this competition. It not only promotes culinary excellence but also brings communities together to...
RAMMY-winning chef and James Beard-nominee to introduce curated menu featuring house traditions and guest favorites to continue 15-year anniversary celebration and June 5 proclamation. WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 28, 2024 - Starting June 1, in conjunction with RIS by Ris Lacoste’s ongoing 15-year anniversary, RIS LACOSTE DAY on June 5th, and the upcoming RAMMY Awards season, the celebrated chef and restaurant will introduce a $20.09 RIS Bar Lunch honoring the property’s original 2009 opening. Nostalgic pricing on selected entrees will showcase the American traditions that have...
Washington, DC — The American Experience Foundation (AEF), the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s Educated Eats (RAMW), the Hotel Association of Washington, D.C.’s Washington Hospitality Foundation (HAWDC) and the Washington Area Concierge Association (WACA) joined forces for an inaugural event at the Westin Washington, DC City Center to honor students and career professionals with foundation scholarships. The scholarships provide more than $70,000 in financial support and complement hands-on learning programs, assisting students and professionals in their...
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...
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 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...
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...
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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...
FINAL REGISTRATION: FEBRUARY 16, 2024 REGISTER HERE!   The National Cherry Blossom Festival, in conjunction with Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, is proud to showcase the Washington, DC area’s vibrant restaurant scene during the 2024 Festival, from March 20 – April 14. Restaurants who enroll in the program offer custom spring-themed menu items that are featured on Festival channels, encouraging Washington, DC area residents and visitors to experience flavors of this iconic DC season with friends and family. To provide the most value to...
  Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954   RAMW Highlights Metropolitan Washington Winter Restaurant Week Offerings Restaurant Week website now live to view participating restaurants + make reservations   Washington, DC (January 3, 2024)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today the roster of restaurants participating in Winter Restaurant Week from Monday, January 15, through Sunday, January 21. The area’s signature dining promotion gives diners and restaurants something to commemorate this month with...
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Party Planning Made Easy! TheListAreYouOnIt.com & RAMW have partnered up to create a list of EVERY private dining space in the DC Metro Area. This is just the beginning - as we learn of new options, we will add them here. So, whether you want an intimate dining experience for 12 or a dinner party for 200, the accommodations you want to know about are here .. on our List of Private Dining options: 2941 Restaurant -  Private dining rooms can accommodate an intimate gathering of 2 to larger private events of up to 100. The main restaurant and outdoor terrace are also available for...
DC Health Link, the District of Columbia's Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace, offers many different health plans to meet every need and budget. Enrollment is easy, and expert help is available.  Annual Special Offer for Coverage Starting January 1 To make sure every DC business can cover its employees, we offer special flexibility for employers starting coverage on January 1st. Employers offering coverage starting January 1st do not have to meet the following standard eligibility requirements: Fifty percent minimum employer contribution toward employee premiums...
The Holiday season is upon us!  Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) along with its members are excited for the holiday season, and invite diners to book their next holiday party, special occasion dinner, corporate events, and so much more in expertly designed spaces that serve deliciously curated festive fare and cocktails to take the hassle out of planning. With so much to do with shopping and travel, leave the meal planning to us.  Here are our picks for Holiday dining options across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Click or call to order and leave...

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