RIS is excited to participate in Bisnow's Growth Expo and Dining Schmoozarama, tomorrow evening at Mellon Auditorium from 5:30-7:30pm. RIS and 25 of DC's top restaurants will be there, so expect some spectacular food. If you haven't done so by now, get your tickets here. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

By Leah on October 10, 2011

October's Book of the Month at RIS is Lucky Peach, a new quarterly journal. It is a creation of David Chang, the chef behind the Momofuku restaurants in New York, writer Peter Meehan, and Zero Point Zero Production—producers of the Emmy Award–winning Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.


Lucky Peach has a funky, edgy take on food; this quarter's theme being ramen. We love Todd Kliman's article, in between all of the ramen photos, food witticisms and cartoon illustrations. Even the most ardent foodie will discover something new. It's definitely a must-read that you won't be able to put down. We can't wait for next quarter!

By Leah on October 3, 2011

From the Bay, For the Bay Dine Out is a celebration of Maryland Seafood from Philadelphia to Northern Virginia.   RIS and participating restaurants across the mid-Atlantic will feature fresh Maryland seafood as well as provide their patrons an opportunity to support Chesapeake Bay watermen and the ecosystem.

For every Maryland seafood dinner sold during the promotion, participating restaurants will donate $1.00 to the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a non-profit organization that works to replenish the Chesapeake Bay’s native oyster population. Since 2000, the Oyster Recovery Partnership, along with its coalition of partners, has planted nearly 3 BILLION oysters in the Bay -- with each mature oyster able to filter 50 gallons of water per day—and restored nearly 1,500 acres of Bay bottom!


From October 2 to 9, RIS will be featuring Maryland crabcakes in support of From the Bay, For the Bay. Come and dine for a good cause!


By Leah on September 30, 2011

Join RIS and Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR) as they present their annual World Fare: A Street Food Festival this fall. Stroll through the “World Fare” and enjoy fabulous street fare menu items while meeting the region’s top women chefs, sommeliers, farmers, bee keepers, cheese makers, food truck operators and more. Sample beer and wine and craft cocktails from the best women brewers, wine makers and mixologists from around the country. Check out the excitement from last year's event!

Emcee, Nycci Nellis from WTOP’s Foodie and the Beast and TheListAreYouOnIt.com and auctioneer, Carla Hall, Top Chef Finalist and co-host of ABC’s new show "The Chew" will help you vicariously travel the world with a Live Auction featuring a series of unique culinary experiences from WCR's vintage steamer trunk! A Silent Auction will feature additional culinary experiences displayed in vintage luggage and Door Prizes will also be given away. Get your tickets today!

By Leah on September 28, 2011

photo by Laura Padgett
photo by Laura Padgett

To continue our September mushroom theme, Chef Ris will be speaking today on the Kojo Nnamdi Show today at noon. Take a mid-day break and listen! Then use your newfound wisdom to try a new mushroom recipe from guest and author Jack Czarnecki's A Cook's Book of Mushrooms. Pictured here are Saffron Milk Cap Mushrooms.

By Leah on September 28, 2011

Who knew that DC had a rainy season? Although it may have presented its challenges, it also had some farm benefits, namely the abundance of mushrooms.


Read here for a mushroom perspective, from this month's Georgetowner. For all of you home chefs, there is a delicious recipe for our Chef Jed's Marinated Mushrooms. Try it this weekend!

By Leah on September 23, 2011

Come Celebrate with us! We are proud recipients of Slow Food DC’s Snail of Approval. To help guide people to food that is good, clean and fair, Slow Food DC is celebrating eateries and artisans who contribute to the quality, authenticity and sustainability of the food we eat and the beverages we drink in the Washington, DC metro area.

The First Annual Snail of Approval Awards Party is this Sunday, September 25, from 4-7pm on Poste Moderne Brassiere’s patio. (555 8th St NW.) Purchase tickets in advance, $30 for Slow Food DC members, $35 for non-members. Tickets include a sampling of local roasts and flavors and a glass of wine or beer. For more information on the Snail of Approval, visit www.slowfooddc.org

By Leah on September 19, 2011

Today, we are happy to welcome Whole Foods to our Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Come visit us two times at the new Whole Foods (located at 2201 Eye Street NW) during their grand opening week, as we demo some of our summer offerings. Chef Ris will be making her Greek Feta and Tomato Salad at the store on Friday 9/9 from 6-8pm. Chef Sarah will be offering Gnudi on Sunday 9/11 from 3-5pm. Come on out and say hi!   

By Leah on September 6, 2011

We're definitely a reading crowd here at RIS, and we love to share a good foodie book. This month, we're devouring The Food of a Younger Land. Now that the kids are back in school and you have a moment to yourself, this is an easy, enjoyable read about the culture of food. "A portrait of American food- before the national highway system, before chain restaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation's food was seasonal."

We already have another exciting selection for next month, but if you have a favorite, please pass it along!

By Leah on September 6, 2011

RIS is closed today, Monday, September 5.... Meatloaf Monday has taken the day off, and we'll see you tomorrow for Paris Bistro Tuesday! We wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday.

By Leah on September 5, 2011

There's a beautiful post-storm sky today in DC that begs for a patio dinner at RIS. The best of the local farmers markets is being featured, with tomatoes, green beans, berries, and peaches. Today we have white peaches, in our White Peach Pie, with raspberry sauce and peach sour cream ice cream.


Chef Sarah tells us to keep an eye out for eggplant and squash, coming soon.

By Leah on August 29, 2011

Calling all ice cream connoisseurs! Unusual flavors are popping up that go way beyond basic vanilla. At RIS, it's Peanut Curry and Buttered Popcorn, as featured here in the Washington Post Express. Flavors change periodically through the week based on Chef Chris's ever-changing inspirations. Have a flavor profile you'd like to taste? Unlike the Good Humor Man, we do take requests.

By Leah on August 25, 2011

Thanks, TripAdvisor diners! You have ranked us #3 in Washington, DC restaurants. Visit our page and read the reviews. Where would we be without our loyal fans?

By Leah on August 23, 2011

As you know, Rush Hour at RIS has always been relaxing, with specials from 4-6:30 at the bar. Starting today, we are happy to offer those same great specials from 9:30-11pm during Late Bite. For all you dedicated workers who sit at your desks well into the evening, Late Bite offers the same great deals after the sun goes down. We may not offer tax relief, but this deal is a break for everyone.

By Leah on August 22, 2011

How apropos that today, the beginning of Restaurant Week, is Julia Child's 99th Birthday. I think that every chef, whether in a restaurant or as the home cook, feels her influence. She paved the way for women chefs including our Chef Ris, who created “Cooking for Julia” a documentary that aired in 2002 on PBS celebrating the 90th birthday of Julia Child.


Julia's last book, My Life in France, ended with

"... thinking back on it now reminds that the pleasures of the table, and of life, are infinite - toujours bon appétit!" That about says it all.


Happy Birthday, Julia! Thanks for all of the recipes and the memories.

By Leah on August 15, 2011
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