WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Apr 5, 2013) - Excitement is brewing in the Washington, DC area as restaurants are gearing up for the 2013 RAMMY Awards, a coveted honors program often referred to as the "Oscars" of Washington, DC area restaurants. Nominees were announced March 19 to a full house of Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington members at the pre-awards bash where Washington Marriott Wardman Park emerged as a nominee for Associate Member of the Year.
The organization's Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year Award is presented annually by the group to an associate member who best exemplifies commitment to and support of the restaurateurs. Hundreds of restaurant owners, chefs and industry leaders were on hand as association officials announced nominees for the 16 categories represented in the awards program.
Set to again host the festive gala on Sunday, June 23, 2013, Washington Marriott Wardman Park is a sophisticated Washington, DC landmark hotel that attracts Embassy Row dignitaries and leisure travelers alike. Featuring 195,000 square feet of elegant event venues, this stunning property is ideal for welcoming the more than 1,600 hospitality leaders who will attend the 2013 RAMMY Awards. As a noted Washington, DC destination, the hotel's conference facilities boast state-of-the-art technology, full-service catering and a staff of dedicated event managers and skilled technicians to help ensure remarkably flawless events and exhibitions.
"Restaurants in Bloom" is theme for the event which has been celebrating the culinary talents and extraordinary accomplishments of its members for 31 years. This year's theme signifies the huge potential of energy contained within the region's dining industry as it creates and defines exciting eating experiences in the Metropolitan Washington area.
Recognizing everyone from "Chef of the Year" to "Rising Culinary Star of the Year" the awards program focuses on the people, programs and establishments that make dining in the District of Columbia a unique and satisfying occasion. Among the 16 awards, restaurants and their programs will be honored for such designations as "Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year," "Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year" and "Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene of the Year."
About Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington Marriott Wardman Park maintains a pristine presence on 16 lush Washington, DC acres in the heart of the city's vibrant Cleveland Park neighborhood near the National Cathedral and other popular DC attractions. Spacious guest rooms and expansive suites are designed to fit the needs of all guests, whether traveling for business or leisure. A new Cardio Theater, sauna, steam room and heated outdoor pool allow guests to maintain a fitness regimen while traveling, and the hotel's attentive staff, spacious lobby, fabulous on-site dining and meticulous accommodations combine to provide guests with an extraordinary Washington, DC experience.