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      Anticipation builds for the RAMMY awards!

      Photo courtesy of www.dcconvention.com

      (WJLA) - It's one of the most anticipated events in Washington -- nominations are announced for the restaurants, chefs, mixologists and restauranteurs who will all be competing for the coveted RAMMY award.

      Each year the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington hosts the RAMMY awards gala, where thousands gather to see who will win the top honors in 21 different categories -- including Best New Restaurant, Rising Culinary Star, Best Chef, and Best Restauranteur.

      While most of the winners are determined by their peers, this year four of the category winners will be chosen by the public. Seven new categories were added to the awards this year, including best spots for 'fast bites,' cocktails and beer, and the best local food producer.

      A panel of judges selected the finalists announced Tuesday night at The Hamilton, and the final winners will be announced at the 32nd Annual RAMW Gala, which will be held Sunday, June 22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

      NewsChannel 8 was the only place to go for live coverage of the RAMMY nominees, including interviews with Eater DC editor Missy Frederick and Neighborhood Restaurant Group's Michael Babin, nominated for Best Restauranteur.

      A former Capitol Hill staffer, Babin now owns and operates several highly acclaimed restaurants and food spots in the Washington region, including The Evening Star, Churchkey, GBD, Red Apron, Columbia Firehouse, and the newly opened Partisan in Penn Quarter.

      2014 Rammy Award Finalists

      FORMAL FINE DINING RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

      FiolaMarcel'sMinibarThe Restaurant at Patowmack FarmTrummer's on Main

      UPSCALE CASUAL RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

      Et Voila!Maple Avenue RestaurantOyamelProofRipple

      EVERYDAY CASUAL RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

      GraffiatoHank's Oyster Bar - DupontPearl Dive Oyster PalacePizzeria OrsoToki Underground

      NEW RESTAURANT

      Del CampoDoi MoiLe DiplomateTableThe Red Hen

      CHEF OF THE YEAR

      Victor Albisu - Del CampoCathal Armstrong - Eat Good Food GroupHaidar Karoum - Doi Moi, Estadio, Proof Tarver King --The Restaurant at Patowmack FarmCedric Maupillier - Mintwood Place

      RISING CULINARY STAR OF THE YEAR

      Erik Bruner-Yang, Toki UndergroundMichael Friedman, The Red HenTim Ma, Maple Avenue /Water & WallMarjorie Meek-Bradley, RippleJohnny Spero, Minibar

      PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR

      Caitlin Dysart, 2941Naomi Gallego, Blue Duck TavernJason Gehring, Menu MBKSantosh Tiptur, Co Co. SalaTom Wellings, Fiola

      WINE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

      2941EstadioRestaurant EveRippleThe Curious Grape

      COCKTAIL PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

      Black JackBourbon SteakHank's Oyster Bar - Capitol HillJack Rose Dining SaloonThe Gibson

      BEER PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

      Birch and Barley/ChurchKeyBrasserie BeckGranville Moore'sLyon HallMad Fox Brewing Company

      SERVICE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

      BLT SteakBlue Duck TavernBombay ClubMarcel'sRasika

      RESTAURATEUR OF THE YEAR

      Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong - Eat Good Food Group Jos Andrs and Rob Wilder - ThinkFoodGroup Michael Babin - Neighborhood Restaurant Group Mark Kuller - Doi Moi, Estadio, Proof Gus DiMillo, David Wizenberg, Jeff Tunks - Passion Food Hospitality

      REGIONAL FOOD AND BEVERAGE PRODUCER

      Catoctin Creek Distilling CompanyDC Brau Brewing CompanyPort City Brewing CompanyRappahannock Oyster Co.Red Apron Butchery

      JOAN HISAOKA ALLIED MEMBER OF THE YEAR

      Acme Paper and Supply CompanyEagleBankProfish Ltd.Republic National Distributing CompanySYSCO Food Services of Baltimore

      EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

      Eric "Soup" Campbell - The HamiltonMolly Horn - Farmers Fisher BakersSandra Sanchez - AcadianaStelios Alexandris - 1789Pablo Lemus - Bourbon Steak

      MANAGER OF THE YEAR

      Boo Young Kim - District CommonsJorge Figueredo - Jaleo DCKendra Graves - Farmers Fisher BakersRobert Hall - Newton's TableTyes Zolman - Pearl Dive Oyster Palace & Black Jack

      PUBLIC VOTING CATEGORIES:

      FAVORITE GATHERING PLACE OF THE YEAR

      Bar PilarCashion's Eat PlaceHank's Oyster Bar - DupontBistrot du CoinTune Inn

      UPSCALE CASUAL BRUNCH OF THE YEAR

      Art and SoulVermilionBlue Duck TavernMintwood PlaceThe Source

      EVERYDAY CASUAL BRUNCH OF THE YEAR

      DGS DelicatessenEt Voila!Pearl Dive Oyster PalacePizzeria OrsoTed's Bulletin - Barracks Row

      FAVORITE FAST BITES OF THE YEAR

      Bayou BakeryBuzz BakeryAmsterdam FalafelshopRed Apron ButcheryWoodward TakeOut Food