(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
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 José Andrés 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