I wouldn't refer to Washington DC a glamorous place. Sure, it has money, political powerhouses and a few household names but let's face it - for better or for worse, it will never be LA or Miami.
However, the recent Restaurant Awards celebrated its Silver Anniversary with a night of black tie and boas, crystal chandeliers and plush decor. Nominees and attendees pulled out the stops and went "Hollywood" for the occasion.
And, anyone who has ever worked in hospitality knows that restaurant people are partiers. And, no one parties harder than after they've won an award appreciating their year-round efforts. So, a hearty congratulations to the winners (especially Hottest Bar Scene winner, Zaytinya)! You folks deserve to sparkle like the stars you are...
Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year: Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar
Hottest Bar Scene of the Year: Zaytinya
Power Spot of the Year: Brown’s
People’s Favorite: Lebanese Taverna
New Restaurant of the Year: Rasika
Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: CityZen
Informal Dining Restaurant of the Year: Tallula Restaurant
Chef of the Year: Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve
Restaurant Employee of the Year: David Voorhees, waiter, 2941 Restaurant
Pastry Chef of the Year: Huw Griffiths, Tabard Inn
Wine and Beverage Program of the Year: Restaurant Eve
Restaurant Manager of the Year: Ellen Kassoff Gray,
Rising Culinary Star of the Year: Nathan Beauchamp, 1789 Restaurant