Last night we attended the 34th Annual RAMMY Awards at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
The best of the best in the areas food and beverage industry were in attendance. We are especially proud of our Penn Quarter neighbors who were honored:
Chef of the Year – Scott Drewno, The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Service Program of the Year – Fiola
Employee of the Year – Jorge Martinez, The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Restaurateur of the Year – Mike Isabella Concepts
Honorary Milestone Award – Occidental Grill & Seafood for 110 years in business
Many award recipients remarked on the thriving food scene, the perseverance, creativity and hard work of their teams, and the importance of supportive friends and family.
However, it was Chef Scott Drewno’s acceptance remarks that really highlighted how incredible this industry is. Chef Drewno’s thoughtful and inspiring comments noted that one of the reasons he loves what he does is that this community is one of acceptance and love. Referring to Sunday’s tragedy in Orlando and other recent, widely reported incidents of hate and violence, Scott called upon his peers to recognize that ‘no matter where you come from, what job you have, your religion, your sexual preference, the color of your hair (referring to Sebastian Zutant’s green hair), not only are you able to succeed, but you can be accepted and loved. Together, our voices can be loud enough and strong enough to spread the love and overcome the hate in our World.’
It’s true- we open tomorrow at 5pm!
Tue-Thurs 5-10:30 pic.twitter.com/7X6uP5VfY7
— Bantam King (@BantamKingDC) June 9, 2016
Bantam King, a ramen and fried chicken eatery, opens tonight for dinner service at 5 pm at 501 G St NW. In an ode to a former tenant, Burger King which closed circa late 2014, the restaurant is keeping the “king” in the name. It keeps the fast food vibe but adds improved interior decor and the added bonus of serving beer. Bantam King is brought to you by the owners of the nearby Daikaya on 6th St NW,
Readers can see an image of the menu here (h/t: Brightest Young Things – see link below)
Fri/Sat 5-11 pm
Sun/Mon 5-10 pm
Tue-Thurs 5-10:30 pm
We were thrilled to attend a party held at the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building (900 Jefferson Drive SW) last night. This museum has been closed as long as we’ve lived here. The renovation progress is impressive, but there’s still a long road ahead. Any companies looking for a unique event venue while also contributing to the completion of the renovation project, be sure to plan your visit!
By e-mail we were notified of the June Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association breakfast meeting. It will be on Wednesday, June 15 at the Landmark E Street Cinema (555 11th St – enter from E St between 10th and 11th)
This meeting’s topic is the 14th Annual AFI Docs Film Festival which runs June 22 to June 26.
There is no cost to attend. Please indicate if you heard of this meeting from Penn Quarter Living:
Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, June 15, 8:30 am
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
E Street, NW between 11th and 10th streets
Metro: Metro Center, exit 11th and G or 12th and F
Continental Breakfast: 8:30 am – 8:55 am
Brief Announcements: 9 am
Speaker begins after Announcements
Speakers + Topic
Managing Director, American Film Institute (AFI)
Kyle will speak briefly about the 14th annual AFI Docs Film Festival, which will screen films this year at Landmark’s E Street Cinema and the Newseum, in addition to the AFI Silver Theatre, June 22 to 26. Following these brief remarks,we will see a sneak preview of the 2016 AFI Docs lineup and special events and give away ticket vouchers to a few lucky attendees.
RSVP via email by noon Monday, June 12 to Jo-Ann@PennQuarter.org
Include the first and last names of all those attending and their affiliations.