Monday, November 7, 2011

The Hilly Awards are Nov. 13, at the Atlas (1333 H St)

The Hilly Awards -- the award winning local awards ceremony honoring the best of the best in our neighborhood from CHAMPS (the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce) is this Sunday, November 13, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St).  For more info on the event, check out this post on What the Hill.  To purchase tickets, click here

Come cheer on your favorite H Street businesses.  Lots of them have been nominated for awards, including Atlas Room (Best Restaurant), Granville Moore's, Queen Vic, the Pug, and Little Miss Whiskey's (Best Bar/Tavern), Metro Mutts (Retailer of the Year), Spot on Training (Home Service of the Year), H Street Playhouse and the Atlas (Arts Business of the Year), SOVA and Sidamo (Cafe of the Year), Toki Underground and Queen Vic (Best New Business), Inspire BBQ (Community Service Award), and Beth Baldwin, Sharkey, and Ellen Cornett (Artist/Artisan of the Year).

The event is going to be a lot of fun.  The following H Street & Capitol Hill spots are providing food:
Queen Vic, Granville Moore's, Acqua al 2, Cava, Sonoma, Matchbox/Ted's, Hello Cupcake
Capitol Lounge, Star and Shamrock, The Argonaut, Inspire BBQ, SOVA Espresso & Wine.

There will be passed hors d'oeuvres and platters during the red carpet reception and then also food and desserts during the celebration portion of the event. 

There will also be a Bartender of the Year contest that will feature 4 bartenders doing signature drinks (in addition to the open bar) and they are Adina Rubinstein (Capitol Lounge), Matt LeBarron (Granville Moore's), Lauren Hamilton (Union Pub), and Jaysen Lowery (Tunnicliff's Tavern).
In short, it's going to be a lot of fun, click here for tickets and read on for all the details. 

On November 13, CHAMPS - Capitol Hill's Chamber of Commerce presents its third annual Hilly Awards, recognizing outstanding local businesses in 15 different categories, including Restaurant of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, and Retailer of the Year. Twelve of the award winners were determined by the greater Capitol Hill community and three of the awards determined by the CHAMPS Board of Directors. In August and September, the local community cast over 2100 nominations with the five businesses with the most nominations in each category appearing on the ballot. For the month of October, the community voted on their favorite of those five nominees and after nearly 6000 votes cast, the winners will be revealed at an all-out awards production and gala, a la the Academy Awards. From 6 to 7pm, guests will enjoy a red carpet reception featuring drinks and food provided by over 10 local restaurants. The grand awards production begins at 7:15pm in the Lang Theatre at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, with a special Celebration following in the Atlas' Sprenger Theatre. Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells will present the Best New Business Award and DC Council Chair Kwame Brown will kick off the Celebration portion of the evening. In addition to featuring local restaurants, this year's Hilly Awards will include a live election to determine who will take home the Hilly Award for Bartender of the Year. Last week, 17 restaurants and bars nominated one of their bartenders to compete in the finals and after a public vote, the four finalists have been chosen to tend bar at the Hilly Awards and compete for the ultimate title. The Celebration will feature a four-sided bar where event guests will be invited to cast their vote by dropping a special voting chip into the canister belonging to the bartender of his/her choice. At 9:45pm, the canisters will be collected, votes tallied, with the winner announced and Hilly Award presented at 10pm. The Hilly Awards finish up at 11pm, when guests are invited to head next door to the H Street Country Club (1335 H Street, NE) for the official Hilly Awards after party. Games will be up and running and the mini golf course will be open specially for this event.

Details at a glance:
3rd Annual Hilly Awards
Produced by CHAMPS - Capitol Hill's Chamber of Commerce
November 13, 2011
6pm Red Carpet Reception
7pm Showtime
Atlas Performing Arts Center - 1333 H Street, NE - Washington, DC 20002Open Bar
Showcase of food and drink by over 10 local restaurants
Bartender of the Year contest
Music and Dancing
Black tie optional; festive attire encouraged
Tickets are $70/CHAMPS Members and $85/General Public and are available at

WHO: CHAMPS - Capitol Hill's Chamber of Commerce - promotes, advocates and educates for business in the greater Capitol Hill area.
WHAT: 3rd annual Hilly Awards honoring Capitol Hill businesses chosen by peers as best; winner of 2011 DC Economic Partnership's citywide Award for Small Business Initiative of the Year. DC Council Chair Kwame Brown keynotes; DC Councilmember Tommy Wells presents Best Small Business Award.
WHERE: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE
WHEN: Sunday, November 13, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
CONTACT: Julia Christian, Executive Director, CHAMPS,,, 202-503-5692, Mary McCue, Board member,, 202-543-3152.

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