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Congrats wine and beverage RAMMY nominees!

Last evening, restaurateurs, celebrity chefs and key restaurant industry players turned out at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC as the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington announced the 2010 RAMMY Award Nominees. Hosted by emcees Nycci and David Nellis, hosts of Dishing it Out on Federal News Radio, Washington, DC’s only food and beverage centric radio show, the event was an energetic evening with key industry players, creative cocktails and delicious cuisine.  “Second only to the RAMMY Awards Gala itself, the Nominations Party is the biggest and most exciting party of the year,” said Lynne Breaux, President of RAMW. “You can feel the electricity in the room build over and over again as each category of nominees is announced. It is such a huge honor to be nominated and the sheer volume of cheers is testimony to the value of these coveted awards.”

New this year is a category for the area's best "Beverage/Mixology" program (a welcome and overdue addition, IMO). Here are the wine and beverage-related nominees:

Wine Program The member restaurant is distinguished by the quality, diversity, clarity and value of its wine program.  The nominee’s wine program best suits the cuisine and style of the restaurant while enhancing the dining experience.  The nominated restaurant must have been in operation for a minimum of two years by December 1, 2009.   2941, Falls Church, VA; Michel Richard Citronelle, Washington, DC Dino, Washington, DC 701/Ardeo/Bardeo/Bibiana/Bombay Club/The Oval Room/Rasika, Washington, DC Proof, Washington, DC

Beverage/Mixology Program The member restaurant is distinguished by the quality, diversity, creativity, clarity and value of its beverage program.  The nominee’s beverage program best suits the cuisine and style of the restaurant while enhancing the restaurant experience.  The nominated restaurant must have been in operation for a minimum of two years by December 1, 2009   Brasserie Beck, Washington, DC EatGoodFoodGroup, Alexandria, VA Founding Farmers, Washington, DC PS7’s, Washington, DC Tabard Inn, Washington, DC

Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene This nominee is a member restaurant or hotel bar that is innovative with an energetic scene (atmosphere, drink menu, etc.) with a hip and eclectic crowd and is a great people watching and meeting place.   Birch & Barley and ChurchKey, Washington, DC Bourbon Steak, Washington, DC Masa 14, Washington, DC Posto, Washington, DC POV, Washington, DC

The 2010 RAMMY Award winners will be announced at the RAMMY gala on June 6, 2010 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The theme of the 2010 RAMMY Awards is “We’ll Always Have… Restaurants,” and is a play on a famous line from the 1940’s movie Casablanca. 1940’s era glamour will influence the décor and attire and infuse the evening with an air of intrigue. Tickets to the RAMMYS may be purchased by calling 202.331.5990 or by email at rammys@ramw.org.

Congratulations to all the nominees!