RAM Annual Awards Gala 2024

Join the party as we celebrate the restaurant and foodservice industry like never before! Over 600 restaurant employees, chefs, owners, and industry supporters will be there enjoying over a dozen food stations, open bar, live music, industry awards, and more.
Suggested Dress Code: Cocktail Attire



Thank you to everyone who made Gala 2023 a successful event! View the photo recap here. 

VIP members in a fancy bar setting, listening to live music

Live music being played on stage at the RAM Gala

A group photo as a team supports an award winner


Gala Auction Donations

As part of this year's festivities, we are hosting live and silent auctions where guests can bid on items that are donated by you - our members. Donations will be in kind and combined as part of a bundle; they can range from gift cards to alcohol to unique experiences that people would want to bid on. Please fill out the form below to let us know what you can donate. Thank you!

Hotel Room Block

Guests may purchase a hotel room through the Maryland Live! Hotel website here. A room block with special pricing is in effect until 3/15, so be sure to reserve your room ASAP.  

2024 RAM Awards

 Each year, the Restaurant Association of Maryland presents annual awards for the following FOH and BOH positions: Chef of the Year, Restaurant Manager of the Year, Server of the Year, and Bartender of the Year. These awards are for those who relentlessly prove their skills and dedication to the industry while demonstrating top-notch leadership qualities. After public nominations, RAM selects five (5) finalists from each category for a public vote. You select the winners. 

Update: Public voting ran from February 1st through February 29th and is now closed. Thank you to the 10K+ people who supported, voted, and shared links for the finalists. Our Gala committee is tallying votes, and the winners will be announced at the Gala.


2024 Chef of the Year Finalists


Chef Gregory Webb

Gregory Webb
Laperaux Bistro

Chef Tobias Dorzon

Tobias Dorzon
Huncho House

Chef Althea Hanson

Althea Hanson
Althea's Almost Famous

Chef Chris Amendola

Chris Amendola
foraged. a hyper-seasonal eatery
Baltimore City

Chef Amanda Brennan

Amanda Brennan
The Oregon Grille
Hunt Valley

2024 Manager of the Year Finalists


Manager Melissa Graham

Melissa Graham
Tino's Italian Bistro & Wine Bar

Manager Nikki Godman

Nikki Godman
Harrison's Harbor Watch
Ocean City

Manager Jordan Kolodziejksi

Jordan Kolodziejski
The Choptank
Baltimore City

Manager Angela Heckman

Angela Heckman
The Wellwood Restaurant

Manager Drew Gardner

Drew Gardner
Quincy's Bar & Grille

2024 Server of the Year Finalists


Server Monica Jenkins

Monica Jenkins
RockSalt Grille

Server Lauren Cockerham

Lauren Cockerham
Brewer's Alley

Server Terri Weber

Terri Weber
Pappas Restaurant and Sports Bar

Server Federico Orrego

Federico Orrego
Mon Ami Gabi

Server Prudence Ragland Withros

Prudence Ragland Withros
Sean Bolan's Irish Pub
Bel Air

2024 Bartender of the Year Finalists

Presented by Evolution Craft Brewing Company

Bartender Gabrielle Brown

Gabrielle Brown
Ruth's Chris Steak House

Bartender Jamaal Green

Jamaal Green
Anejo Rose

Bartender Mya Gour

 Mya Gour
Das Bierhalle
Bel Air

Bartender Meagan Wood

Meagan Wood

Bartender Kevin Taylor

Kevin Taylor
Brick Wood Fired Bistro
Prince Frederick

2024 RAM Restaurateur of the Year

Sponsored by the Maryland Restaurant & Hospitality Self Insurance Fund

Geoff Trout - IHOP, Multiple Locations


2024 Phillips Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by Phillips Foods & Phillips Seafood Restaurants

Bob Garner - Glory Days Grill, Multiple Locations


2024 Heart of the Industry Award

Clifton Killings - Clyde's
Victor Villatoro - Clyde's
Elena James - Silver Diner
Tanya White - Silver Diner
Vee Sovann - The Fish Market
Pablina Kamara - Jasper's
Adoree Betancourt  - The Original Pancake House

The above listed individuals expressed immense passion and dedication for our industry by speaking their truths at many of our rallies and hearings.  Their efforts directly impacted our ability to fight for the tip credit across Maryland. Thank you.

2024 Hall of Honor Inductees


Food Stations Provided By:


Isaac's Poultry Market logo
Ruth's Chris logo
Brenda's Pizza logo
Ace's Run logo


Crossroads Bistro logo
The Local logo
Salerno's logo
Lib's Grill logo


Kloby's logo
The Collective logo
Sobar logo
Vaccaro's logo


Phillips Seafood logo
Hook & Vine logo
R&R Taqueria logo



Gold Sponsors:

Salerno's logo

Ruth's Chris logo

Ledo Pizza logo

Atlas Restaurant Group logo


Phillips Seafood logo




Sysco logo


EVO Craft Brewing logo

Evolved Hospitality logo


Ecolab logo


Sprague logo


Uber Eats logo

Jasper's logo


McCormick logo


Doordash logo


Fallston Barrel House logo

Madrones logo


HUB logo


Maryland Open logo


Event Sponsors:


RockSalt logo


Heartland logo 

Konoko logo


EMR logoPizza Boli's logo

 Saval logo


PFG logo




White Oak Tavern logo


Zauner & Mtimet logo

ACME paper logo


Island Spice logo


Franklin & Prokopic logo


Industry Supporters:


Maroon PR logo

Visit Howard County logo

Worthington logo

Qwick logo

David S Brown logo


Entertainment Provided By:


K Street Union logo