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Six Organizations Selected to Implement Public Safety and Public Health Programs   Friday, March 1, 2024 (Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice (DMPSJ) announced six community organizations that will receive a total of $950,000 for the Fiscal Year 2024 Safe Commercial Corridors Grant Program. The program is designed to promote public safety and public health through evidence-based activities for residents, workers, and visitors. “These grants are one more way that the government can...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Keiristin Wilbert Keiristin@ramw.org 202.331.5990     RAMW PROSTART STUDENT INVITATIONAL 2024 ANNUAL CULINARY EVENT TAKES PLACE MARCH 5TH Ballou High School and Roosevelt High School participating for the chance to represent the District in national competition   WASHINGTON, DC (FEBRUARY 26, 2024) — Students from Ballou High School and Roosevelt High School will show off their mastery of culinary and management skills at the third Washington, DC ProStart Student Invitational, to be held at THEARC East Building on Tuesday...
Where To Dine On Valentine’s Day 2024 Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day. There is still time to make plans. Here are our picks for romantic celebrations, and Galentine’s celebrations in Metropolitan Washington.   Brasserie Beck Enjoy a 4 course prix fixe dinner for $85 per person (excluding a Valentine's Day special drink) or $95 (including one Valentine's Day special drink). Offered February 9th - February 17th. Make Reservations HERE   Immigrant Food Immigrant Food is celebrating Valentine's (and Galentine's) with some...
Statement from RAMW President and CEO Shawn Townsend on Restaurant Revitalization and Dram Shop Clarification Amendment Act of 2023 Vote We are pleased that this week’s bill adds key definitions and standards to dram shop law to lower the exorbitant cost of the District’s liquor liability insurance for our local neighborhood restaurants, which we all know is some of the most expensive in the US.    Thanks to Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, a number of other measures to make doing every day business better...
First date....
RAMW First Date Restaurant Recommendations Going on a first date is very exciting.  There’s so much to think about, so much to plan.  What should you wear?  What topics should you discuss?  Where should you go?   We are here to help you decide one of those questions…where to go.  Bookmark this page and refer to it whenever you decide to go on a first date.  These restaurants will surely impress you and more importantly, your date. Breakfast/ Brunch Founding Farmers  Unconventional Diner Eat Brgz - West End  Fiola Mare...
Celebrate Mardi Gras in DMV in 2024 Here are our picks for a festive Mardi Gras in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Tiki on 18th and The Game Sports Pub Enjoy a special Mardi Gras Menú from February 2 - 13, 2024 featuring Jambalaya Pasta, Fried Oysters and Shrimp, Fried Oyster Po Boy, Fried Chicken, Red Beans, and Rice, Bourbon-Glazed Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding. Karaoke will kick off the menu on February 6, 2024 and ending with karaoke on February 13, 2024. La Côte’ D’Or Cafe  Diners can experience a $45.00 3-Course Dinner Menu. Due South Let the...
RAMW Members celebrate Lunar New Year in style.  Here are our picks for Lunar New Year.   China Chilcano’s Lunar New Year Celebration Usher in the Year of the Dragon with China Chilcano’s Lunar New Year Celebration! From February 8th - 11th, enjoy limited-time dishes from Head Chef Daniel Lugo and expertly crafted cocktails from the bar. And on Saturday, February 10th, enjoy a traditional Lion Dance led by the artists at Tai Yim Kung Fu beginning at 6pm! A symbol of abundance and unity, whole fish are key to any Lunar New Year celebration. Our steamed whole striped...
  Dear RAMW Community, We are thrilled to announce a significant milestone in our journey towards better support and protection for the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and its members. It is with great pleasure that we introduce our new insurance partner, Preferred Insurance Services, Inc. At RAMW, we are committed to advancing our mission and serving our community with the utmost dedication. In our continuous effort to enhance the well-being of our members, volunteers, and stakeholders, we have carefully chosen Preferred Insurance Services, Inc. as our...
  Contact: Anthony Hesselius, LRA PR anthonyh@lindarothpr.com  202-277-3642   Metropolitan Washington Winter Restaurant Week Extended 140+ Participating Restaurants Will Offer Promotion 1/22 - 1/28 WHAT:    Winter Restaurant Week, presented by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), will officially extend from Monday, January 22 through Sunday, January 28, doubling the biannual celebration of the region’s restaurant industry. Over 140 specially priced menus have already been confirmed throughout DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia at...
Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954   The 42nd Annual RAMMY Awards Return Sunday, July 21, 2024 Nominations now open for the capital region’s premier foodservice industry awards Washington, DC (January 8, 2024)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today that the 42nd Annual RAMMY Awards will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in partnership with Events DC, on Sunday, July 21, 2024. The awards return to honor excellence in long standing categories that range from individual professional honors to...
FINAL REGISTRATION: FEBRUARY 16, 2024 REGISTER HERE!   The National Cherry Blossom Festival, in conjunction with Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, is proud to showcase the Washington, DC area’s vibrant restaurant scene during the 2024 Festival, from March 20 – April 14. Restaurants who enroll in the program offer custom spring-themed menu items that are featured on Festival channels, encouraging Washington, DC area residents and visitors to experience flavors of this iconic DC season with friends and family. To provide the most value to...
  Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954   RAMW Highlights Metropolitan Washington Winter Restaurant Week Offerings Restaurant Week website now live to view participating restaurants + make reservations   Washington, DC (January 3, 2024)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today the roster of restaurants participating in Winter Restaurant Week from Monday, January 15, through Sunday, January 21. The area’s signature dining promotion gives diners and restaurants something to commemorate this month with...
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  Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954   1/15 - 1/21: Metropolitan Washington Winter Restaurant Week WHAT:    Winter Restaurant Week, presented by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), returns as the biannual celebration of the region’s restaurant industry. Restaurant Week gives both diners and restaurants something to commemorate this January with specially priced menus offered throughout DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia To expand menu options available for diners, participating restaurants will offer...
Party Planning Made Easy! TheListAreYouOnIt.com & RAMW have partnered up to create a list of EVERY private dining space in the DC Metro Area. This is just the beginning - as we learn of new options, we will add them here. So, whether you want an intimate dining experience for 12 or a dinner party for 200, the accommodations you want to know about are here .. on our List of Private Dining options: 2941 Restaurant -  Private dining rooms can accommodate an intimate gathering of 2 to larger private events of up to 100. The main restaurant and outdoor terrace are also available for...
DC Health Link, the District of Columbia's Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace, offers many different health plans to meet every need and budget. Enrollment is easy, and expert help is available.  Annual Special Offer for Coverage Starting January 1 To make sure every DC business can cover its employees, we offer special flexibility for employers starting coverage on January 1st. Employers offering coverage starting January 1st do not have to meet the following standard eligibility requirements: Fifty percent minimum employer contribution toward employee premiums...
The Holiday season is upon us!  Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) along with its members are excited for the holiday season, and invite diners to book their next holiday party, special occasion dinner, corporate events, and so much more in expertly designed spaces that serve deliciously curated festive fare and cocktails to take the hassle out of planning. With so much to do with shopping and travel, leave the meal planning to us.  Here are our picks for Holiday dining options across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Click or call to order and leave...
Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954     WHAT: DC Cocktail Week, presented by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), returns as a week-long celebration of the area’s cocktail culture. Enjoy Cocktail Week throughout the Metropolitan region with a variety of restaurants offering tasty cocktails paired with delicious bites, innovative events, and in-house happenings.   The seven-day cocktail celebration leads into Repeal Day, marking the 90th anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition in the United States on December 5, 1933...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Media Contact: Shelby O’Malley | LRA PR Email: shelby@lindarothpr.com   THE ANNUAL DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY MARKET RETURNS FOR ITS 19TH YEAR Enjoy a variety of live entertainment, shop local businesses and munch on sweet treats   WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 1, 2023) - This year’s Downtown Holiday Market, presented by DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID and Diverse Markets Management, returns for its 19th year starting Friday, November 17th through Saturday, December 23rd. Once again, the market will be taking two entire blocks of F...
  PRESS RELEASE   DC Health Link Open Enrollment Begins Today, Runs Through January 31, 2024; Monthly Premiums Start as Low as $13/Month   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1, 2023   CONTACT Susana Castillo (EOM) – (202) 727-5011; susana.castillo@dc.gov Adam Hudson (DCHBX) – (202) 527-5622; adam.hudson@dc.gov   (WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, as the 2024 Open Enrollment period begins, Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Health Link encourage residents to sign up for high-quality, affordable health insurance at DCHealthLink.com...
Website Accessibility
Website, social media, QR codes, apps, and more: The modern restaurant is a digital experience now more than ever.   But did you know all of these platforms must remain accessible to all guests or violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? Unfortunately, non-compliance puts restaurant operators at risk for serious legal consequences, including lawsuits.   Not only is digital ADA compliance required, but like stopping at a stop sign or buckling your seatbelt, it’s also the right and responsible thing to do.   Learn more about website accessibility and ADA by...
National Food Safety Month Week 4
In an effort to constantly improve the standards of food safety in the United States, the system of food safety regulations has been evolving gradually throughout the past century, creating fresh guidelines and protocols in reaction to emerging issues involving food safety.  More than 50 new food regulations have been enacted or introduced just in the past five years.  Let’s take a look at some of the new regulations being put into place in 2023 and beyond. What’s Changed? The most prominent overall theme in new food industry regulations is increases and expansions in...
Last week we explored the science behind personal hygiene and food safety and this week we turn our focus to health inspections. Health inspections play a vital role in upholding retail food safety standards, but there are more than a few misconceptions about what inspections entail and how violations factor into a restaurant’s success.  To help crack the code for this critical food safety process, let’s go over some of the most common questions restaurant workers have regarding health inspections. 1. What does the health inspection process look like? Authorized food...
Explore the role personal hygiene plays with food safety, and how a clean kitchen significantly helps protect the health of restaurant guests.  This week we look at the role personal hygiene plays in food safety and share proper practices to ensure your staff isn’t putting the health of your guests at risk by neglecting their cleanliness. Join us as we crack the code on proper personal hygiene in kitchens and help you protect your guests from foodborne illnesses by maintaining a clean and tidy staff. Read the full Week 2 blog post here.    
This week we are examining the effects of time and temperature on food, sharing safe temperatures to cook different types of food, and explaining how to build an effective food temperature policy that your staff can stick to. Understanding food safety temperatures is critical for protecting your guests from foodborne illnesses and earning their trust. All operators and food handlers are responsible for understanding the importance of the temperature danger zone, which foods are most likely to become unsafe, and how to properly check and record food times and temperatures. (Read the full Week...

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