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Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Officially Extends Winter Restaurant Week

January 20, 2019
Almost 200 Restaurants to Continue Prix Fixe Menus through January 27 Washington, DC (January 20, 2019) — Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) today announced that for the first time in the 18 years of its biannual Restaurant Week promotion, it will officially extend Winter Restaurant Week through Sunday, January 27. The promotion has been extended to give diners in the region another week to take advantage of affordable, outstanding lunches, dinners and brunches, and in turn, to continue supporting the local restaurant community across DC, Maryland, and Virginia...Read more

Duck, Dumplings + Pig Roast at The Source for Chinese New Year

January 18, 2019
The Source by Wolfgang Puck will ring in Chinese New Year on Tuesday, February 5th with a restaurant takeover featuring a night of duck and dumplings from some of the city’s top chefs in honor of the Year of the Pig. The upstairs dining room will feature a bar pouring Rhône wines, live chef action stations with different presentations of duck, and a whole pig roast from Sloppy Mama’s BBQ pit master and owner, Joe Neuman. Downstairs, guests will enjoy Japanese whisky, an ice luge, and stations featuring a variety of dumplings. Executive chef Russell Smith has tapped leading...Read more

With the Government Shut, D.C. Restaurants Offer Deals

January 2, 2019
Restaurant Business Online // by Peter Romeo The bargains are aimed at patrons whose incomes have been disrupted by the federal closure. Elected officials can’t agree on a plan to reopen the federal government, but rank-and-file employees of Uncle Sam are finding deals aplenty in the restaurants of Washington, D.C. Establishments ranging from fast-food joints to the fine-dining outlets of chef Jose Andres are extending freebies and deep discounts to government employees whose incomes have been disrupted by the federal shutdown. In most instances, the deals are available to anyone with...

What Americans Really Ate in 2018

December 26, 2018
Forbes // Food & Drink // by Lana Bandoim From glitter bagels to broccoli coffee, 2018 brought many different trends. Although some ideas, like pickle-flavored foods, may last for a while, others will probably fade into obscurity as soon as you vacuum the last piece of glitter from those bagels. Take a look at what Americans really ate in 2018 and which trends are likely to return in 2019. Home-Cooked Meals Meat with onions and carrots in a frying pan. Credit: Getty Royalty Free GETTY According to the 2018 Plated's State of the Dinner Plate survey , seven out of 10 American households...

Craft, Local and Artisan Beverages Are Hot in 2019

December 12, 2018
National Restaurant Association // News & Research Beverages, especially craft, artisan and locally made varieties are going to make a splash in 2019, according to early results from our annual What’s Hot survey. See our news release . The survey, which gauges food, beverage and concept trends around the country, looked at responses from approximately 650 professional chefs – all members of the American Culinary Federation, for insights into what’s hot and what’s not. Here are some trends restaurateurs and bartenders will tap into in the coming year: Craft house,...

New Proteins, Ethnic Breakfasts Are What's Hot in 2019, Association Research Shows

December 18, 2018
National Restaurant Association // December 18, 2018 Washington, DC -- Alternative sources of protein, locally sourced meats and seafood, more veggie-carb substitutes, and globally inspired breakfast options are a small sampling of the smorgasbord of food trends the restaurant industry will be serving next year. According to our new research, expect to see more plant-based sausages and burgers, new cuts of meat, including oyster steak, Merlot cut and Vegas Strip Steak, plus ethnic-flavored breakfast items, like shakshouka, the egg-and-tomato-sauce dish, in 2019. The findings are a part of the...

The RAMMYS Return to Celebrate Restaurants on June 30, 2019

December 18, 2018
NOMINATIONS OPEN TOMORROW FOR THE 2019 RAMMY AWARDS Washington, DC (December 18, 2018)— The 37 th Annual RAMMY Awards will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Sunday, June 30, 2019 . Nominations for 20 categories will be accepted online from December 19, 2018 through January 31, 2019, including four categories for which the general public will select a winner. New in 2019, the awards program has amended its awards policies and procedures which guide judging criteria in each category, kicking off a full six months of programs and promotions celebrating the region...Read more

Cheers to the New Year - 2018 Dining Specials

December 12, 2018
Ring in the New Year in style with a little help from some of DC's best restaurants hosting a variety of festive themed parties, as well as offering decadent prefixed menus & catering or take out options to take the stress of of planning! Read on for exclusive specials... Washington, DC (December 13, 2018) – Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) along with its members are excited for the holiday season and invite diners to ring in the New Year by attending festive themed parties, dining on prefixed menus & choosing from catering or take out options available...

Educated Eats Culinary Visionary Awards Dinner Recap by RAMW President & CEO, Kathy Hollinger

November 20, 2018
Foodservice Monthly // December/January 2018-2019 Issue) It was a beautiful evening on November 14 at DC’s RPM Italian Restaurant as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s education foundation, Educated Eats, honored three incredible women for their dedication and leadership in the areas of workforce development, community support, and job training across the region. The 2018 Educated Eats Culinary Visionary Award honorees are: Donna Cooper, President of Pepco, an Exelon Company; Chef Ris Lacoste of RIS Restaurant; Iris Wilson, Career and Technical Education Specialist...

Help Support the FRESH Food Drive!

November 8, 2018
Help get fresh, local, nutritious food onto the tables of your neighbors in need this Thanksgiving by donating to FRESHFARM’s annual FRESH Food Drive ! The FRESH Food Drive is an important part of the nonprofit’s work with their gleaning partners : emergency food assistance organizations in FRESHFARM’s farmers market neighborhoods who collect leftover produce from markets each week to feed to those in need. Through the FRESH Food Drive, FRESHFARM uses donations from shoppers and community members to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and turkeys from local farmers for our...