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As we're approaching the Thanskgiving holiday and our 5 year anniversary here at RIS, we thought it was a good time to thank you, our friends and family, for supporting us for 5 wonderful years.

 

Our November Lunch Club theme is "Giving Thanks." The 3-course menu is available Monday - Friday,

11:30am - 3:00pm and is only $28.

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch Club Menu - November 2014

 

Winter Squash and Apple Soup

cider cream and pumpkin seed oil

 

Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

goat cheese, pecans, pickled onions and roasted sweet potato

cranberries, sherry-maple vinaigrette and mustard cream

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Monkfish Stew

mushrooms, snails, potato and fennel

fallen puff pastry leaf

 

Duck Leg Confit

sausage stuffing, sweet potato and kale

cranberries and cherry bourbon sauce

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Pumpkin Pie

cinnamon whipped cream

 

Maple Apple Cider Sorbet

ginger snaps

 


By Leah on November 10, 2014

 

Apple season is here!  Our October Lunch Club Menu is full of a healthy dose of apples and other fall favorites.  The 3-course menu is available Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 3pm and is only $28.  

 

Lunch Club Menu - October 2014

 

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

with apple fritters

 

Endive, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad

with apples and port vinaigrette

 

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*Cider Glazed Sea Scallops

forest mushrooms, cauliflower and celery root cream,

apples and kale

 

Braised Pork Belly

savory apple bread pudding, braised red cabbage,

roasted onion jam and apple maple mustard

 

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Apple Sorbet

with cinnamon shortbread

 

Warm Apple Streusel Cake

with apple butter and Chantilly cream

 


By Leah on October 2, 2014

Whether you missed us this week for restaurant week or you made it in and loved it, we're giving you more opportunities to enjoy summer's bounty at a great value.  Our restaurant week menu was a huge success and we can't keep Chef Ris away from the farmers' markets.  Our lunch club and our new supper club menu will be available through September 30th.  

 

Lunch Club: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 3pm $25.00
Supper Club: Daily, 5pm - Close $35.00

August 18, 2014 – September 30, 2014

 

Chilled Cucumber Soup

bourbon blueberries, crème fraîche and mint

 

Fried Green Tomatoes (Lunch)

with watermelon, feta and smoked tomato vinaigrette

 

Basque Pimiento Cheese Agnolotti (Dinner)

orange, green olives, linguiça sausage,

roasted grapes and garlic

 

Blue Cheese Panzanella Salad

heirloom tomato and bread salad

with Maytag blue cheese, candied walnuts, port raisins

and basil vinaigrette

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Braised Pork Belly (Lunch)

or

Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop (Dinner)

peaches and grilled onions with bacon buttermilk sauce,

corn spoonbread and blackberry catsup

 

Fusilli Pasta

summer squash, grilled marinated eggplant,

pine nuts and raisins with tomato, basil, herbed fresh ricotta and black olive crostini

 

Mustard Crusted Salmon

melted leeks and new potatoes with tarragon butter,

various market beans and beet vinaigrette

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Blackberry Cobbler

with vanilla ice cream

 

Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar

with salted caramel ice cream

 

 

 


By Leah on August 16, 2014

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington's semi-annual Restaurant Week returns for the week of August 11th - August 17th.  Our menu allows us to showcase Summer's best while offering a great value.  We hope you'll join us! Reservations are available for lunch Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 5pm, for dinner Monday - Saturday, 5pm - 11pm, for brunch on Sunday, 10:30am - 3pm or for dinner on Sunday, 5pm - 9pm.    Make your reservation online or call 202.730.2500.  

 

2014 Summer Restaurant Week Menu 

August 11, 2014 - August 17, 2014
Lunch: $20.14
Dinner: $35.14

 

Chilled Cucumber Soup

with bourbon blueberries and mint

 

Fried Green Tomatoes

with watermelon and feta

 

Blue Cheese Panzanella Salad

with candied walnuts and balsamic glaze

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 Braised Pork Belly (Lunch) or Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop (Dinner

grilled peaches and onions with bacon,

buttermilk yogurt dressing, corn cake and blackberry catsup  

 

Fusilli Pasta

summer squash, grilled marinated eggplant, pine nuts and raisins

with tomato, basil, herbed fresh ricotta and black olive crostini     

 

Mustard Crusted Salmon

melted leeks, new potatoes with tarragon butter,

market pole beans and beet vinaigrette  

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Peach Melba Trifle

with coconut cream

 

Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar

with salted caramel ice cream


By Leah on July 30, 2014

Our July Lunch Club menu celebrates the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The menu offerings are our Chefs' interpretations of the meals the crew ate on the moon, as well as the personal favorites of the astronauts. The three-course lunch menu is available Monday through Friday, 11:30am - 3:00pm, and is only $25.  

 

Take off: July 16, 1969.

Landing: July 20, 1969.

Home: July 24, 1969.

Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Mike Collins.

 

 

“The Eagle has landed.”

“…one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.”

 

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By Leah on July 18, 2014

Photo by R. Lopez, Courtesy of DC Eater
Photo by R. Lopez, Courtesy of DC Eater

For DC Eater's Five Days of Meat, our pastry chef, Melania Castegnaro, made a small but important change to our existing pie recipes. Instead of using butter for the pie crust, she's using duck fat. The result: three different delicious seasonal fruit pies to choose from — blueberry, cherry and strawberry — each served with vanilla ice cream, are being offered this week for our "daily slice."  For the full meat experience, we're offering Chef Ris'

mom's recipe of a classic

Canadian-style meat pie.  

Check them out all weekend long.  


By Leah on July 11, 2014

We are honored to receive the National Restaurant Association 2014 Restaurant Neighbor Award. The award was founded fifteen years ago by the National Restaurant Association and American Express to help honor restaurants in the field of outstanding community service and involvement.

Since opening in 2009, Chef Ris and team have supported many organizations in the community through mentoring, participating in fund raising events, walking, running, feeding people and serving on boards. Chef Ris leads by example and has taught all of her staff that giving back to the community in which you live is a responsibility we must all share. We are happy to be this year's DC recipient.


By Leah on June 20, 2014

Tickets still available for June.  

We've teamed up with our talented restaurant friends in the neighborhood to offer diners a unique experience... four courses with a beverage pairing in four different restuarants.  The opportunity is available just for 12 diners every Wednesday.  While we have sold out for April and May, June tickets have just been released and there are a few seats still available.  The June experience will start with hors d'oeuvres at West End Bistro, an appetizer at Blue Duck Tavern, an entrée at Marcel's and dessert at RIS.  Each dish will showcase the Chef's talent and the beverage director at each location has selected the perfect pairing to match.  At only $100 per person (excluding gratuity and tax), it's a wonderful value as well. 

Grab your seat before it's too late! 


By Leah on May 8, 2014

Our neighbors at West End Cinema are showing a sneak preview screening of the movie "Chef" this Tuesday, May 6th at 7pm.  The film will be followed by a simulcast national Q & A with Jon Favreau.  Tickets can be purchased here, and as good neighbors they are offering a $3 discount when you enter the promo code RIS!  

 

CHEF stars Jon Favreau (Swingers, Iron Man) as Chef Carl, who quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), and is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for cooking -- and zest for life and love. Starring Jon Favreau, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. CHEF was the opening night film at this year's SXSW Film Festival!

 

Stop by RIS before the show! Our pre-theater "Marquee Menu" is only $35 for 3-courses, or enjoy small plates at the bar - our Rush Hour specials are only $4-$6.30 and available from 4pm to 6:30pm. 

 

 


By Leah on May 4, 2014

We still have a few tables available for tomorrow! Join us for brunch from 10am to 3pm, late lunch from 3pm to 5pm and dinner from 5pm to 9pm.  A special four course menu will be available beginning at noon in addition to our à la carte menus.  Our pastry chef is putting the final touches on the Easter cookies and our staff are busy dying eggs and filling the house with Spring flowers.  Our famous carrot cake roulade and hot cross buns will also be on the menu.

 

Amuse-bouche

Carrot Ginger Soup

Spring ambrosia

 

First

Spinach, Arugula and Strawberry Salad

strawberry balsamic dressing, goat cheese and toasted almonds

 

Entrée

Roasted Lamb Shoulder

asparagus, lemon mint sauce, creamy feta potato gratin

and roasted cippolini onions

 

Dessert

Easter Egg Flan

in a sweetened nest with chocolate cream and coconut sorbet

 

$50

Available 12pm - 9pm on Easter Sunday, April 20th.

 


By Leah on April 19, 2014

Thank you for your support in Washington City Paper's "Best of DC" 2014 Readers' Poll. We feel so loved!  We received runner-up in 5 categories!  They are: Best Restaurant, Best Chef, Best Private Dining Space, Best Contemporary American Restaurant and Best Downtown Lunch

 

   

 


By Leah on April 16, 2014

If given the choice, Chef Ris always prefers to go directly to farmers markets or specialty markets to shop tangibly.  The purpose is not only to obtain the best quality ingredients that are locally sourced, but also to continue building upon decades of relationships she has developed with local farmers and vendors.   Acquiring our rotating selection of delicious cheeses is no different.  Twice a month, Chef Ris drives to Arrowine in Arlington, Virginia to select cheese with Arrowine cheesemonger, Perry Soulos.  As Chef Ris has seen how much Perry knows and loves his craft, it was no surprise to find out Perry has recently been named the nation's best cheesemonger after winning first place at the 2014 Cheesemonger Invitational held in San Francisco in January.  The testing rounds included lengthy multiple choice tests, a blind taste test, cutting, pairing with foods, wrapping, selling and sign making.  Perry competed against 50 of the best cheesemongers in the country. Congratulations, Perry, we're so happy for your win!  The cheese menu at Ris offers four selections, rotating daily.  


By Leah on April 15, 2014

The Elizabeth Dole Fellows dined at RIS Wednesday evening while in DC to raise awareness for Military Caregivers.  The Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced this week the formation of the National Coalition for Military Caregivers. The purpose of the Coalition is to gain support for America's hidden heros - the thousands of family members and friends who provide emotional and physical support each day to our nation's military and veterans.  To read more, visit the Elizabeth Dole Foundation website.  


By Leah on April 12, 2014

For the month of April, we were determined to escape the long winter and bring on the warm weather cuisine. The result brings menu selections you may find on sun baked terrains during spring break, such as ceviche and key lime pie.  And then there's the wild side representing our efforts to serve locally sourced and sustainable foods as best we can.  The "RIS Gone Wild" half of the menu showcases buffalo style sugar toads, a local blow fish found in the Chesapeake Bay, and Wild Rockfish, those gorgeous huge rocks that Winter/Spring here in the Chesapeake, Spring/Summer in the Hamptons and Summer/Fall in Nantucket where they are known by their alias, Striped Bass.
The three-course menu, listed below, includes two options for each course and is only $25.  Available Monday - Friday, 11:30am to 3pm.  The RIS "lunch club" offers RIS stamps for each lunch entrée you enjoy with us during a calendar month. The seventh lunch is on us and redeemable anytime! 

 

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By Leah on April 11, 2014

Celebrating International Womens Day 2014
Celebrating International Womens Day 2014

Our March lunch club menu features recipes inspired by women that have inspired us.  The 3-course menu is only $25 and is available weekdays, 11:30am - 3pm.  

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By Leah on March 8, 2014
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