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RAMW Announces 2023 Honorary Milestone RAMMY Award + John G. Laytham Leadership and Impact Award Recipients

May 19, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR 202-369-4954 Eight iconic DMV dining destinations recognized for remarkable longevity after decades in business Washington, DC (May 18, 2023) — Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today its 2023 Honorary Milestone RAMMY Award recipients, each acknowledged for decades delighting local diners and visitors alike. Filomena Ristorante (40 years), The Grill From Ipanema (30 years), Old Europe (75 years), Cafe Milano (30 years), National Democratic Club (70 years), Artie’s (45 years),...Read more

RAMW Announces Ris Lacoste to Receive the 2023 Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award

April 26, 2023
Renowned chef and restaurateur to be honored with esteemed industry award at reception this June. Washington, DC (April 26, 2023) — Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) today announced chef and restaurateur Ris Lacoste as the 2023 Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award recipient. One of the most respected and dedicated chefs in the region, Lacoste has earned a reputation built on genuine hospitality, mentoring the next generation of industry workers, and a true love for her team members and the guests she serves. Diners adore her use of high-quality ingredients, bold...

RAMW Announces 2023 RAMMY Awards Finalists!

April 11, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR 202-369-4954 Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Announces 2023 RAMMY Awards Finalists Foodservice industry celebrates innovative individuals and concepts as category finalists Washington, DC (April 10, 2023)— Industry professionals and allies gathered this evening as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced finalists for the 2023 RAMMY Awards , the winners of which will be named on Sunday, July 9, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The 41st Annual RAMMYS return to...Read more

National Harbor CocktailPro Competition Celebrates National Cocktail Day and Cherry Blossom Season on March 24

March 15, 2023
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., March 14, 2023— National Harbor kicks off a huge cherry blossom celebration this year on March 20. Included in the festivities is a face off of National Harbor’s top bartenders/mixologists. The CocktailPro Competition takes place on Friday, March 24, National Cocktail Day from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Sunset Room at National Harbor (137 National Plaza, #200). Ten bartenders/mixologists will compete to showcase their most noteworthy and creative drinks using Pratt Standard cocktail mixes. Attendees will then vote on who has the best drink. The winner will receive $...

Spring Wine Fling Returns on the Spring Equinox at Locations Throughout the Metropolitan Region

March 1, 2023 to March 31, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR 202-369-4954 Spring Wine Fling Returns on the Spring Equinox at Locations Throughout the Metropolitan Region Experience the area’s vibrant wine programs from March 20 through March 31 Washington, DC (February 27, 2023)—Spring Wine Fling, presented by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), returns from Monday, March 20, through Sunday, March 31. Enjoy specialty two-course dinners with perfectly paired wines at restaurants throughout the region. New this year, all participating restaurants will...Read more

Mayor Bowser Announces the Cherry Blossom Bus Tour

February 22, 2023
Bus Will Embark on Four-Day, Five-City Tour in Celebration of DC’s Cherry Blossom Season (WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development announced the Cherry Blossom Bus Tour, which will take place from February 26 through March 1. A 45-foot coach bus displaying the National Cherry Blossom Festival theme of pink blossoms and the tag line “Follow Us To Spring!” will embark on a four-day, five-city bus tour starting in Boston, followed by New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and ending in DC...

Restaurant Marketing 101: How to Pop and Shine on Camera – from On-air to IG Live

March 14, 2023
Join the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington's (RAMW) energetic roundtable discussion and hands-on seminar to help you develop your on-air presence and prepare you for live and recorded television segments, social media streams, influencer videos, and more. This informative session will give you actionable tips, tricks, and techniques to make your on-air presence engaging, fun, and informative so that you showcase the best of yourself, your restaurant, and your brand. Panelists: Eun Yang, Emmy Winner & Anchor of News4 Today, the #1 rated morning news in Washington Joel Haas...

Register for Spring Wine Fling 2023!

February 17, 2023 to March 10, 2023
Spring is in the air! As we look forward to the change in seasons and planning for spring activities, we invite you to be part of our 2023 Spring Wine Fling, the promotion that helps turn the winter blues into reds, whites, and rosés! We've re-tooled the promotion to draw diners to your restaurants - kicking off on the Spring Equinox - for an awesome dining experience that is complimented by wine that you'd like to feature. This year's promotion is Two Glasses, Two Courses, One Price! Participating restaurants will offer a two-course dinner menu, at the $55 promotional...

The RAMMYS Return Sunday, July 9, 2023. Nominations Now Open!

February 8, 2023
Nominations now open for the capital region’s premier foodservice industry awards Washington, DC (January 30, 2023) — Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today that the 41st Annual RAMMY Awards will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in partnership with Events DC, on Sunday, July 9, 2023. The awards return to honor excellence in long standing categories that range from individual professional honors to accolades celebrating culinary concepts and service. Over the past few years, categories and eligibility criteria have been altered to...Read more

It's Not Too Soon to Start Planning for Spring in DC! Join the 2023 Cherry Picks Promotion.

December 9, 2022
The National Cherry Blossom Festival , in conjunction with RAMW, is proud to showcase the Washington, DC area’s vibrant restaurant scene during the 2023 Festival, from March 20 – April 16. Restaurants that 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. New this year, the Festival is partnering with the Goosechase App for the inaugural Cherry Hunt, a gamified engagement experience for Festival attendees...