Rammy Awards

The Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala and The Golden Globes have come and gone. And the Grammys, Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, and the Oscars have yet to come. Right smack in the middle of all this trophy-giving comes Rancho Mirage’s Rammys, which were handed out at the clubhouse of Mission Hills Country Club from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1 with almost 200 attendees present.

There was multiple restaurant owner Jack Srebnik (bb’s at The River, Maracas Mexican Cantina & Grill, and Slice NY Pizzeria & Ristorante) kicking off the evening. There was Patrick Evans not only bantering as he emceed but doing a TV weather forecast live from the ceremony. There were the board members of the Rancho Mirage Restaurant Association, and Mayor Dana Hobart with varied City Council members in tow. But of course, like any awards show, it was really all about the nominees and the winners.

Cello’s Pantry (www.cellospantry.com) was declared Rising Star, Pirch (www.pirch.com) was awarded the prize for Small Business, and Catalan Mediterranean Restaurant (www.catalanrestaurant.com) was crowned Medium Business. Large Business went to Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa (www.hotwatercasino.com) and Non-Profit of the Year was Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City. Finally, the title of Business Person of the Year was bestowed upon Brandon Weimer of Brandini Toffee (www.brandinitoffee.com) before Barbara Sinatra was revealed as Distinguished Citizen of the Year.

“I was honored to even be nominated for the award,” says Brandon. “To win it was shocking. I have grown close to many of the city, chamber, and community members that attend this event, and look up to them as mentors. As a young business person, to get their endorsement with this award meant the world to me.”

The evening was short and sweet, and it was wonderful to see so many beautifully familiar faces. Maybe next year they’ll add a Best Blogger category so that I can duke it out with Diana Dodge!