Congratulations RMA Member Elby Winners

The first Elby restaurant awards were given out on February 12 at the Virginia Historical Society. Named for Master Chef Paul Elbling, who ran La Petite France for 30 years before he sold the restaurant in 2006, the awards ceremony was the first of its kind in the region and drew 350 attendees. Each category had four nominees selected by a panel of 25 food reviewers, writers, culinary professionals and culinary-society members.

Special congratulations go out to Retail Merchants Association member winners:

Fine Dining Restaurant: Lemaire         

Beverage ProgramBalliceaux 

For a list of The 2012 Elby winners visit:

Congratulations to all winners!

The Elby’s: RVA’s New Restaurant Awards

Honoring Excellence In The Richmond Region’s Restaurant Community 

Modeled after the D.C.-based RAMMYS, the first awards ceremony to honor excellence in the Richmond region’s restaurant community will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Virginia Historical Society at 6:30 p.m.

Nominees were chosen by 25 industry professionals, food writers, culinary instructors and food society members.

Net ticket proceeds from this event will benefit the Tricycle Gardens. Tricycle Gardens is an environmental nonprofit organization focused on bringing agriculture, nutrition education and healthy food access to Richmond’s urban core.

For ticket information, please visit

For a list of The 2012 Elby Nominees visit:

The RMA member nominees are:

Please wish them well!