If you don't see images, click here to view
Story Ideas  .  Events 
Facebook Twitter LinkedIn More...
 
To ensure delivery, please add newsletter@bisnow.com to your address book, learn how
Dining Bisnow Sent Using iContact
Real Estate  •  Legal  •  Fed Tech  •  Association/Non-Profit  •  The Scene  •  Dining  •  Residential
National | Atlanta | Austin | Baltimore | Boston | Charlotte | Chicago | Dallas-Fort Worth | Houston | Los Angeles | New Jersey | New York | South Florida | Washington
   
July 1, 2011 
 
 
Red Carpet Restaurants

 
The George Clooneys and Gwyneth Paltrows of the DC restaurant scene traded chef whites for black tie Sunday night at the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington's annual RAMMY Awards Gala at the Marriott Wardman Park. We caught all the speeches, restaurant news, and backstage kisses.
 
Ellen Kassoff Gray, Harrison Gray, Equinox chef Todd Gray
Chef of the Year went to Todd Gray of Equinox and recently-opened Watershed restaurant. He color-coordinated with wife Ellen Kassoff Gray and son Harrison. It's about time Todd won. He's been nominated for Chef of the Year nine times. During his acceptance speech, he admitted to betting $100 against himself.
 
Hudson MDine
 
Neighborhood Restaurant Group's Tiffany MacIsaac and Birch & Barley's Kyle Bailey
The new chef power couple: Neighborhood Restaurant Group's Tiffany MacIsaac and Birch & Barley's Kyle Bailey. She won Pastry Chef of the Year, and he won Rising Culinary Star. That's not the only reason to smooch. Neighborhood Restaurant Group revealed this week that it will open a third Buzz Bakery and a new craft brewery in Southeast DC in late 2012.
The Source chef Scott Drewno with wife Allison
2010 Chef of the Year, The Source's Scott Drewno, was awarded Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year. We snapped Scott with wife Allison Drewno, who is sporting a mask in honor of the evening's "Carnevale de Cuisine" theme. Scott brought another kind of accessory: crutches. He joked on stage that his fellow nominees from Bourbon Steak broke his legs. He told us backstage that he actually hurt himself playing softball earlier in the day. "I had a choice: Do I go to the ER or the RAMMYs?" We see where his priorities are.
Chef José Andrés
It's been a big year for Chef José Andrés. First, he was named Outstanding Chef at the James Beard Awards. This week, he was honored with the prestigious Duke Ziebert Award. Named after Washington's legendary power dining restaurateur, the award honors titans of the DC dining scene. He used his acceptance speech as an opportunity to talk about ending hunger and obesity in America. "As chefs and as restaurant people, we can not be silent anymore," Jose told the crowd of 1,500. "We are in Washington. We are next to the most powerful people on Earth. It's our mission to talk to our mayor, our president, vice president, senators, and congressmen to make sure those important issues are heard."
Restaurateur Mark Kuller (far right) and his team from Estadio
Restaurateur Mark Kuller (far right) and his team from Estadio toast to their win for New Restaurant of the Year. When the wrap-up music started playing during Mark's acceptance speech, he asked that it be turned off and continued his long list of thank you's over the sound.
 
Constantine Cannon's Steve Cannon, Carmine’s CEO Jeff Bank, and Carmine’s GM Kris Diemar
Carmine's DC location may be less than a year old, but it won in two publicly-decided categories: Power Spot and Your Favorite Restaurant. We snapped Constantine Cannon's Steve Cannon, Carmine’s CEO Jeff Bank, and Carmine’s GM Kris Diemar. What makes Carmine's a power spot? Well, Jill Biden, Elena Kagen, Michael Bloomberg, Jon Stewart, and Ted Leonsis have all eaten there. Not to mention about 30 members of Congress the restaurant has tracked. Carmine's has hosted nearly 300 political events in its nine private rooms since opening. They joke that Congress could hold a vote at Carmine’s because there's often enough members there for a quorum.
 
The crew from Ted's Bulletin
The crew from Ted's Bulletin celebrated its win for Neighborhood Gathering Place. The Capitol Hill restaurant is looking to expand to the 14th Street Corridor.
 
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington president Lynne Breaux with Restaurant Manager of the Year Hans Olson of Clyde's of Reston
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington president Lynne Breaux with Restaurant Manager of the Year Hans Olson of Clyde's of Reston. Hans tells us he's worked at Clyde's for 20 years and helped open the restaurant in Reston Town Center in 1991 when there was nothing else there. As for the kilt, Hans confesses he's not Irish, but he started wearing it every St. Patrick's Day 17 or 18 years ago. From there, he branched out to wearing it every six months from St. Patrick's Day. Now, he puts it on every 17th of the month and for formal functions and special occasions. "It gets people buzzin' about Clyde's," he tells us.
 
Founding Farmers' Chad Spangler and mixologist Jon Arroyo with JML Marketing + Communication's Jennifer Motruk Loy.
Founding Farmers' Chad Spangler and mixologist Jon Arroyo with JML Marketing + Communication's Jennifer Motruk Loy. Founding Farmers won Beverage/Mixology Program of the Year, which is truly something to drink to.
 
video
We asked the RAMMY winners which celebrities they would walk the red carpet with if they had the chance. Check out what they had to say in the video above.
 
Kaz Sushi's Kaz Okochi and Megan Fenwick with El Centro DF's Ivan Iricanin and Mother of Men Jewelry's Nya Gill
Kaz Sushi's Kaz Okochi and Megan Fenwick with El Centro DF's Ivan Iricanin and Mother of Men Jewelry's Nya Gill. Kaz broke the news to us that he is opening a design-your-own sushi roll restaurant in mid-to-late July. The fast casual spot called OhFish! will be located two blocks from Kaz Sushi Bistro (1103 19th St., NW). Patrons will customize their sushi rolls with a selection of ten main ingredients (tuna, salmon, eel, etc) and nearly 20 veggies, ranging from cucumber and avocado to sun dried tomato and asparagus. There will also be extra flavors and toppings (masago, cream cheese, crunchy rice balls) and nine different sauces (spicy tomato, citrus soy). Kaz says he first came up with the idea while eating a sandwich at Subway more than five years ago. "I just started thinking, 'Maybe I can do something like that concept with rolls.'" A second OhFish! is set to open inside the Whole Foods coming to Foggy Bottom's Washington Circle in September.
 
Bourbon Steak pastry chef Brent Balika, executive chef Adam Sobel, and assistant GM Karma Tsepal. The Georgetown restaurant was nominated in three categories, including Fine Dining Restaurant, Mixology/Beverage Program, and Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene. They may not have won any awards, but we give Brent the prize for best neckwear. His pink tie has a cartoon of five little piggies falling into a meat grinder.
 
Ris chef/owner Ris Lacoste is flanked by DC Central Kitchen's Michael Curtin and Brian MacNair
Ris chef/owner Ris Lacoste is flanked by DC Central Kitchen's Michael Curtin and Brian MacNair. Ris was nominated for New Restaurant of the Year, and DCCK got a shout-out from José Andrés, who talked about the way the non-profit's founder, Robert Egger, has touched his life: "Thanks to him I understood that the role of every man and woman in this planet was not only to take care of yourself and your loved ones but was to take care of those others that maybe don't have anyone to love them."
 
Avero's John Harker, Stir Food Group's director of restaurants Peter Smith, Zola executive chef Jason Mayle, Zola GM Justin Ross, Chef Geoff's Tysons Corner GM Kate Carmichael and event planner Megan Bloom.
Avero's John Harker, Stir Food Group director of restaurants Peter Smith, Zola executive chef Jason Mayle, Zola GM Justin Ross, Chef Geoff's Tysons Corner GM Kate Carmichael and event planner Megan Bloom. Chef Geoff's in Tysons Corner won the people's choice for Hottest Bar Scene.
 
PS7's mixologist Gina Chersevani
PS7's master mixologist Gina Chersevani, a co-chair of the gala committee, served up gin-based cocktails with a choice of cucumber basil, cantaloupe, pear grapefruit, or raspberry rose foams.
 
RAMMY ballroom
The awards were followed by dinner with buffet stations serving Australian, Chilean, Mexican, Nordic, and sous-vide cuisine. Then, the crowd busted some moves on the dance floor. Of course, after the party came the after-party. And then the after-after-party...
 
Send restaurant news and story ideas to Dining Editor Jessica Sidman, dining@bisnow.com. You can also catch us on Facebook and Twitter!

Want to advertise in or partner with Dining Bisnow? E-mail Stephen Ball, stephen@bisnow.com.
 
 
 
 
Doctor Delivery DINE
 
 
Cardinal (Cook) DINE
 
 
Chima DINE
 
 
Vint Hill Winery DINE
 
 
Kababji DINE
 
 
Hudson DINE
 
 
Bisnow Rabbit DINE
 
 
Equinox (Watershed3) DINE
 
 
Bisnow Opportunities2
 
 
Dirty Martini DINE
 
 
Nemacolin Golf DINE
 
 
Paradise Springs DINE
 
 
Bisnow Which MDINE
 
 
 
 
CONTACT EDITORIAL                             CONTACT ADVERTISING                              CONTACT GENERAL INFO

 

This newsletter is a journalistic news source which accepts no payment for featured interviews. It is supported by conventional advertisers clearly identified in the right hand column. You have been selected to receive it either through prior contact or professional association. If you have received it in error, please accept our apologies and unsubscribe at bottom of the newsletter. © 2010, Bisnow on Business, Inc., 1817 M St., NW, Washington, DC 20036. All rights reserved.

Subscribe