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.
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.
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!
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!
Drink The Spinach Water.
More to come on this later....
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
So far, Spring has been a bit capricious... some warm sunny days, a handful of scattered showers, and a few curveball cold spells. The Farmer's Almanac says this pattern of warm and cool will continue, but that we are on a sunny path. On a more local basis, our friends at WUSA keep us updated with the latest DC weather. Both indicate that we will have a Happy Patio Season at RIS!
- Garlic Chives
- Spring Garlic
- Chicory Mix
- Red Russian Kale
- Salad Mixed Greens
- Mustard Greens
- Neo Frisee
Now, what do you do with all of these delicious ingredients? Fresh Farm Markets has an inspired idea: go to their website, check off all of the ingredients that you have, and a list of recipes will be created for you. Ready, set, cook!
Springtime means longer days, blooming flowers... and more importantly, fresh offerings from the Farmers' Markets! Here is a photo from the archives of our Chef Ris enjoying the harvest! Our chefs have the honor of bringing the best of the markets right to the table at RIS. This week we have Rainbox Chard, Red Russian Kale, salad greens and Italian Parsley from Tree and Leaf Farms via the Fresh Farm Markets at Dupont Circle.
Fresh Farm Markets has several markets throughout the metro area. Here's a list of what's available and when. I heard a buzz on Twitter this weekend that asparagus has made an appearance already!
Happy Spring, everyone!
Who knew chocolate was fashionable? Heart of America's annual Sweet Charity event is a fabulously unique event that features over sixty area chefs with sweet and savory tasting stations. The event’s highly acclaimed Des Alpes Chocolate Fashion Show, where award-winning chefs demonstrate their mastery of cocoa and couture, is a spectacular highlight of the event.
All proceeds from Sweet Charity ticket sales will help The Heart of America Foundation® Books From The Heart® program provide thousands of books for children living in poverty, who have few or no books of their own, in the DC metropolitan area, helping us to replenish local under-resourced libraries and classrooms. Get your tickets before they're sold out. Have a wonderful night that benefits a worthy cause.