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The RAMMYS Return to Celebrate Restaurants on June 30, 2019

December 18, 2018


Washington, DC (December 18, 2018)—The 37th 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’s outstanding restaurants and the people who power them.

In announcing the 2019 RAMMYS, RAMW, in collaboration with the RAMMYS judging panel and the RAMW Executive Committee, have released new criteria, standards, and operational procedures for the judges to follow in selecting finalists and winners for the 2019 program. These changes focus on an overall emphasis on the importance of  integrity and fostering a positive work environment, and asks judges to look at the totality of what they know about the individuals and businesses being considered as award finalists. The revisions include changes to leadership categories such as Restaurateur of the Year adding criteria that speaks to diversity and inclusion, ethical conduct, facilitating positive workplace culture, and demonstrating that they are leaders who are vested in the communities and neighborhoods where they do business. Criteria are updated in individual categories such as Chef of the Year and Manager of the Year to reflect similar areas of importance in leadership roles.

"The RAMMYS have always been and continue to be a benchmark of success and a recognition of talent and hard work among our industry,” said RAMW President & CEO Kathy E. Hollinger. “This year's changes reflect the effort of RAMW, its Executive Committee, and the RAMMYS judges panel, to be more cognizant of refining the program designed to celebrate excellence."

The Awards categories, eligibility, judging criteria, and Awards Governance and Procedures can be found at

The RAMMY Awards Gala, produced by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), honors the exceptional ability and accomplishments of the hard-working individuals and organizations of the region’s restaurants and foodservice community. RAMW is currently accepting submissions in 20 awards categories, including potential considerations for this year’s Honorary Milestone RAMMY Award, recognizing restaurants in the region that have been open for 25 years or more . To nominate an outstanding operator or professional in the area’s restaurant industry, visit the RAMMYS nominations portal at through midnight, the evening of January 31, 2019. Only RAMW members are eligible to become finalists. The selection process for nominees and winners involves two esteemed groups: the voting public and an anonymous panel of invited volunteer judges, consisting of food and dining journalists and foodservice industry educators. Finalists in 20 categories will be announced at a The RAMMYS Nominations Announcement event in March.

In addition to those eligible for online nominations, RAMW honors two additional members with the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year, presented to an allied member who best exemplifies commitment to and support of RAMW, and the Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award, given for dedication and leadership that has helped transform Washington’s restaurant scene into today’s vibrant restaurant industry. These awards are determined by RAMW’s Executive Committee.

For more information on The 37th Annual RAMMY Awards, its awards policies and procedures, to purchase tickets, or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, email or call 202-331-5990.


The RAMMYS  //  Presented by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), The RAMMY Awards Gala honors the exceptional ability and accomplishments of the hard-working individuals and organizations of the region’s restaurants and foodservice community. Named the #1 Food & Restaurant event by BIZBASH Magazine since 2009, The RAMMYS celebrate one of Metropolitan Washington’s greatest assets: Its restaurants.

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW)  //  The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is the regional trade association representing restaurants and the foodservice industry in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Established in 1920, RAMW is an advocate, resource and community for its members. The Association works to promote and sustain the growth and development of the industry while providing its members legislative and regulatory representation, marketing and small business support, programming and events. RAMW strives to serve its members with professionalism and integrity, and provide them the training, education and support they need to grow a successful business.


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