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2010 Rammy’s Date announced with new format.

Last year was my first year to attend The DC area Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW)’s Rammy awards. I was thankful to Jill Collins who extended me an invitation and I was very excited to attend this coveted restaurant industry event. Yesterday, the Three Lockharts Public Relations released that the RAMW will host the 28th annual restaurant awards gala on Sunday June 6, 2010, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. In addition, the theme of the 2010 RAMMW awards was announced as “We’ll Always Have… Restaurants,” which is taken from 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.

Courtesy of RAMW

Last year’s theme “Celebrate Restaurants!” was indicative of how people always celebrate at restaurants. I loved the whimsical decorations – huge life size whisks hanging from the ceilings.
Most exciting news is that this year, for the first time in 28 years, the 2010 RAMMY Awards will attempt a change in format. This year, in lieu of presenting awards during a seated dinner, awards will be presented during a theatre-style seated ceremony. A celebration with dinner and dancing will commence in the ballroom following the awards presentation.

Last year many attendees, including City Paper writer, Tim Carman, were upset about the heat, noise level, and quality of food. It looks like the RAMW was listening to Carman when he said, “Drop the multi-course dinner … instead, start the program earlier, have a few local celebrity chefs prepare cold appetizers ahead of time, serve plenty of wine, and wrap the whole ceremony up in an hour or so.” He added, “Forget the formal food-and-wine dinner altogether. Rent a real auditorium, have your ceremony there, and host a reception afterward, Beard Award-style”; Carman called for ” D.C.’s version of the James Beard Awards.”  Well … I think they heard you, Tim!

Lynne Breaux, President of the RAMW says of the change, “The RAMMYS are the Washington, DC Metro Area’s biggest restaurant industry celebration and as restaurateurs, we know how to party. The change in formula incorporates a formula utilized by several other successful award programs, and allows guests to support the nominees during the presentation and dine, dance and celebrate with friends afterwards.”

RAMW website, “The RAMMY awards and gala have become a legendary event in the metropolitan Washington area and an unparalleled evening of glamour and energy.”


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