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The 42nd Annual RAMMY Awards Return Sunday, July 21, 2024

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced 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 accolades celebrating culinary concepts and service.

The 42nd Annual RAMMY Awards Return Sunday, July 21, 2024

For the 2024 awards, any RAMW member in good standing, who meets all category eligibility requirements, is able to be nominated in the Restaurant, Individual Award, and Publicly Voted categories. All finalists and winners are determined by an anonymous panel of judges except for the winners of the five publicly-voted categories, which will be decided by public vote at a later date.

For the very first time, those in the industry can nominate themselves and others for the Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year category. The honoree in this category will be determined by the RAMW Executive Committee.

On eligibility, consistent with previous years, restaurants that were previously named winners in the past five years are not eligible to win that same category. Winners from the past five years are eligible to be nominated for other categories, except the one in which they won. Finalists who did not win their category are eligible to be nominated again in the same category. For more information on The 2024 RAMMYS eligibility criteria, visit

Anyone in the public can nominate and those in the industry can nominate themselves and others for the following 2024 RAMMY Awards categories. Visit to submit nominations.

  • Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year
  • Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year
  • Casual Restaurant of the Year
  • New Restaurant of the Year
  • Wine Program of the Year
  • Cocktail Program of the Year
  • Beer Program of the Year
  • Service Program of the Year
  • Chef of the Year
  • Rising Culinary Star of the Year
  • Pastry Chef or Baker of the Year
  • Manager of the Year
  • Employee of the Year
  • Restaurateur of the Year

Publicly Voted Categories:

  • Favorite Gathering Place
  • Best Brunch
  • Best Bar
  • Favorite Fast Bites
  • Hottest Sandwich Spot

Online nominations for the above categories are now being accepted at RAMW looks forward to highlighting the industry’s strength, passion, dedication, and support for communities throughout metropolitan Washington. Nominations will be accepted through Thursday, February 29, at 11:59pm EST. Finalists will be announced at an invite-only event this April.

As always, the RAMW Executive Committee will determine the nominees and honorees for the following categories: 

  • Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award
  • Honorary Milestone Award
  • John G. Laytham Exceptional Leadership and Impact Award

For more information regarding the awards, how to support the program, and this year’s format, email [email protected]. Follow RAMW’s blog for regular updates and resources for the region’s restaurant and foodservice community.

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