What a beautiful Mother's Day weekend it was to enjoy the farmers' market! Chef Jed reports to us that there is fresh asparagus, beautiful rhubarb, juicy strawberries, and the first shoots of spring garlic and spring onions. Plus a plethora of fresh flowers.


Next week, start looking for berries of every kind. Also, potatoes: fingerlings, Russian banana potatoes, sweet and new potatoes. Keep an eye out for new baby carrots. And not far down the road, broccolini.


Among the fresh market offerings being highlighted on our menu today, we have a new ice cream flavor: Strawberry Rose. If there is an ice cream flavor you would like to taste, visit our FaceBook or Twitter pages, and let us know. We do take requests!

By Natalie C on May 9, 2011

RIS is a proud partner of the Zoo’s annual fundraiser, ZooFari. ZooFari has been called D.C.’s “foodie event of the year,” and the lineup features more than 100 of the area’s finest restaurants. Add fine wines, fabulous entertainment, animal demonstrations, and a great silent auction, all in the wild setting of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, and you have the recipe for a delicious evening. Find out more at fonz.org/zoofari.htm.

By Natalie C on May 9, 2011

Vote for a Local Star!
Vote for a Local Star!

Just like we cheer on our Washington Nationals, it's time to support a hometown girl and Food Writer/Teacher/Consultant, Mary Beth Albright. Among her many culinary hats, she teaches cooking and gardening at the US House of Representatives preschool, and is a food writer for DC Magazine. (In addition she is a food blogger, catch up with her latest adventures here.) Now she is representing DC on the new season of Food Network Star. Vote now, later, and often!

By Natalie C on May 9, 2011

RIS will have valet service for your convenience on Mother's Day, May 8, during brunch and dinner. Valet is $10, cash only. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

By Natalie C on May 6, 2011

Rule 32:

Don't overlook the oily little fishes.


Yes, this is connected to Rule #26....  (See previous post.) smile

By Natalie C on May 3, 2011

Cinco de Mayo is the holiday that commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It is celebrated primarily in the state of Puebla and in the United States.  Here at RIS, Jo-Jo's "Tamarita" celebrates the spring flavors of tamarind and apricot with Milagro Silver, palm syrup and apricot foam. It is available May 5 and every day; perfect to enjoy on our patio for a celebration or just an everyday indulgence.

By Natalie C on May 3, 2011

This week, Chef Jed's farmers' market visit has brought us the best fresh asparagus, a market mix of greens, crisp savoy cabbage, flavorful ramps and beautiful flowers. 

To gather your own market treasures, visit one of Fresh Farm Markets' eleven locations throughout the metropolitan area including Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, Silver Spring, Bethesda and by the White House. Jed tells us to look out for morels, baby turnips, baby carrots and baby greens in the next few weeks.  

By Natalie C on May 2, 2011

This Sunday, Small Plates Brunch is back... just in time for Mother's Day! We will also have our Spring Chicken Dinner, for those of you who need to catch your zzz's on Sunday morning. What is the perfect accompaniment to our Sunday fare? A Charlie Chaplin flick! Our neighbors at West End Cinema are showing the Chaplin Film Fest! Three shorts are featured: "Payday", "Sunny Side" and "The Idle Class". Four full length Chaplin films are also being shown on this one day only event. How often do you get to see these classics on the big screen? Silent movies that will make you laugh out loud. And what better way to spend a Sunday than with dinner (or brunch) and a movie!

By Natalie C on May 2, 2011

Mother's Day was founded by Anna Jarvis in 1907 as a tribute to her mother, who had founded Mothers' Day Work Clubs in five cities to provide nursing care and promote better sanitation, which helped save thousands of lives on both sides of the Civil War. President Woodrow Wilson signed Mother's Day into law in 1914 and it became a nationally recognized holiday. It is now celebrated on various dates around the world. In the UK and Ireland, it is known as "Mothering Sunday". This year, honor the mothers in your life with RIS's Sunday Small Plates Brunch. Mother's Day is May 8 -- call for reservations today!   

By Natalie C on April 27, 2011


Attention all Sunday Small Plates Brunch-ers!
 RIS will be closed for a very special private event on May 1.

Join us again on May 8 for Mother's Day.
Reservations are filling up quickly... call now!


By Natalie C on April 25, 2011

Rule #26:

Drink The Spinach Water.

More to come on this later....


By Natalie C on April 25, 2011

National Secretaries Week was created in 1952 through the efforts of Harry F. Klemfuss, a New York publicist who wanted to encourage more people to consider careers in the administrative support field. The official period of celebration was first proclaimed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer as "National Secretaries Week," which was held June 1–7 in 1952, with Wednesday, June 4, 1952 designated National Secretaries Day.


The first Secretaries Day was sponsored by the National Secretaries Association with the support of corporate groups. In 1955, the observance date of National Secretaries Week was moved to the last full week of April. The name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week in 1981, and became Administrative Professionals Week in 2000 to encompass the expanding responsibilities and wide-ranging job titles of administrative support staff.


Over the years, Administrative Professionals Week has become one of the largest workplace observances. Thank your staff with lunch, happy hour or dinner at RIS! Make it a special day for those who support you all year long.

By Natalie C on April 25, 2011

On Sunday after you are done with your egg hunting, join us for Easter Sunday Dinner featuring our Spring Chicken.  Our roasted chicken is served with tarragon sauce, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, peas and market fresh asparagus.


We will also bring back an old special from last year, our Asparagus Salad with gingered grapefruit, sesame and miso vinaigrette, pictured here.


The Easter Dinner Special will be available at 3pm, and accompany our Late Lunch Menu. The Special will also be offered along with our Dinner Menu from 5-9pm.    

By Natalie C on April 22, 2011

This recipe comes to us by way of our own Leah Clerman's Grandma. Leah has grown up in her kitchen, and credits Grandma as an inspiration to her culinary path. (Which includes cooking in the kitchen at RIS today.) Cooking is a family affair in the Clerman household, passed down through the generations from mother to daughter. A very humble cook, Grandma still says, "I'm not very good at this." Clearly, she is way too modest, as Passover dinner is a much anticipated annual event at Grandma and Grandpa Clerman’s house. Of course, there is always Matzo Ball Soup and Kugel. But equally as delicious are the stories about Leah and her brother as children, where somehow Grandma remembers every detail and uncovers forgotten moments.    


Grandma Clerman’s Kugel   

8 ounces cooked egg noodles

2 eggs

8 ounces cottage cheese.

2 tbsp butter

1 cup raisins

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon

(with extra raisins, sugar and cinnamon to crust the top)


Combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour into a greased casserole dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.

By Natalie C on April 20, 2011

Happy Passover! In observance of the holiday, tonight we have a family tradition from our own Leah Clerman: Grandma Clerman's Noodle Kugel. Made with Kosher egg noodles, sour cream, golden raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg... It is sweet and savory, baked until the top is crispy.


In addition, she has also shared her Matzo Ball Soup recipe, a savory chicken stock with housemade matzo balls, chicken, celery, carrots and onions.... Available from April 19-26 to enjoy at our restaurant or take home in convenient cups, pints and quarts.  


Thanks, Grandma (pictured here) and Leah, for sharing your family traditions with the RIS family.        

By Natalie C on April 19, 2011
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