Around Town: RAMMY Awards @ Washington Convention Center — 6/10/18

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, who opposes DC Initiative 77, presents at the RAMMY Awards on June 10, 2018.

Some of the best and the brightest received recognition lately from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) at the annual RAMMY Awards, held as a black tie gala at the Washington Convention Center.

While the lavish awards program was the focus of the day, many awardees and the association itself spoke in opposition to DC Initiative 77, which would eliminate tipped wages at restaurants in favor of a universal wage by 2026 if enacted in a vote on Tuesday, June 19.

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Around Town: RAMMY Awards @ Washington Convention Center — 7/30/17

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Rose Previte, owner of Compass Rose, accepts the award for Best Casual Restaurant of the Year with her team at the 2017 RAMMY Awards on July 30, 2017.

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington CEO Kathy Hollinger launched the 35th annual RAMMY Awards with an eloquent description of how DC has become a true dining destination in the past decade, a description that was more than ably demonstrated by 20 award recipients recognized by the association Sunday night at the Washington Convention Center.

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Food Park: Healthy Breakfast Series w/ Ezekiel Emanual @ Masseria, 7/25-26, 8/1-2

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Zeke Emanuel tests the menu for this weekend’s breakfast series at Union Market’s new Masseria restaurant. (Photo by Travis Vaughn)

One of the most anticipated new DC restaurants, Masseria (1340 4th St. NE, DC), will be teaming up with a renowned healthcare pundit for a healthy breakfast series over the next couple of weekends.

Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, healthcare pundit, will run the breakfast series on Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, and Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the 42-seat Masseria, the first standalone restaurant in orbit of Union Market, by Nicholas Stefanelli.

As guest chef, Zeke will produce breakfasts built around his goal of “wholesome living.” His menu will consist of nutritious foods appealing to both health food advocates and political wonks, reflecting his values in healthy and affordable eating as detailed in his books “Healthcare, Guaranteed” and “The Ends of Human Life.”

A percentage of the proceeds from the breakfast series will benefit Martha’s Table, DC Central Kitchen and the Good Food Awards. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis by emailing

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EDENS Director of Culinary Strategy Richie Brandenburg and Zeke Emanuel. (Photo by Travis Vaughn)