RAMMY award winner list honors best of D.C. food scene

      Toki Underground (flickr photo)

      (WJLA) - The Washington Area Restaurant Association handed out its annual RAMMY awards Sunday night, honoring the best in local cuisine across the D.C. area.

      This year's winner included Penn Quarter's Fiola as the best formal fine dining restaurant of the year, The Red Hen in Bloomingdale as the best new restaurant and Haidar Karoum of D.C. restaurants Doi Moi, Estadio and Proof as chef of the year.

      The full list of Sunday night's winners is below.

      Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Fiola
      Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Ripple
      Everyday Casual Restaurant of the Year: Toki Underground
      New Restaurant of the Year: The Red Hen
      Chef of the Year: Haidar Karoum, Doi Moi, Estadio, Proof
      Rising Culinary Star of the Year: Michael Friedman, The Red Hen
      Pastry Chef of the Year: Caitlin Dysart, 2941 Restaurant
      Wine Program of the Year: Ripple
      Cocktail Program of the Year: Jack Rose Dining Saloon
      Beer Program of the Year: Birch and Barley / ChurchKey
      Service Program of the Year: Blue Duck Tavern
      Restaurateur of the Year: Michael Babin, Neighborhood Restaurant Group
      Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year: Red Apron Butcher
      Favorite Gathering Place of the Year: Hank's Oyster Bar - Dupont Circle
      Upscale Casual Brunch: Mintwood Place
      Everyday Casual Brunch: Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
      Favorite Fast Bites: Amsterdam Falafelshop
      Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: ProFish, Ltd.
      Employee of the Year: Stelios Alexandris, 1789 Restaurant
      Manager of the Year: Boo Young Kim, District Commons