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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Restaurant Week starts Monday, August 15. We are so excited to share our special Restaurant Week Menu with you. We will also offer our full menu, but our daily specials like Meatloaf Monday are taking a break to make room for the offerings of Restaurant Week. We look forward to seeing you all this week!
Restaurant Week is August 15-21. RIS is participating with a lovely menu featuring Olman's Guatemalan Gazpacho, Grilled Quail and Key Lime Semifreddo, among other offerings... Spaces are filling quickly! Call for preferred reservations, (202) 730-2500. We look forward to serving you!
Chef Ris will be participating in the Guest Chef Dinner Series at Justin Winery in beautiful Paso Robles, California! Visit their website for more information. A great wine experience with our Chef - what a great weekend getaway! Get your tickets now for October 21, 2011.
RIS was featured in Washingtonian's Best Of for Best Breakfasts Foods in Washington. If you haven't tried our Small Plates Brunch yet, this Sunday would be a good day for it...
In the oppressive heat that is summertime in DC, RIS is offering relief in the form of featuring summer wines from around the world. Wine Director Leah Cheston has a beautiful selection of whites and pinks that offers something for everyone from Rosés to a Muscat Pizzante.
Another notable grape is Coda di Volpe, a white wine grape that dates back at least to Roman times. It's native to Italy's Campania region and the Roman author Pliny the Elder wrote about it in his Naturalis Historia. The name comes from the shape of the grape bunches which resemble a 'fox's tail', or Coda di Volpe in Italian. It is grown almost exclusively in Campania, and is often blended with Trebbiano and Greco.
RIS Pinks and Whites are offered by the taste, glass and bottle. Start your weekend early with some cool refreshment!
It's officially summertime and the markets are bursting with all sorts of deliciousness. Corn is here, along with kohlrabi, eggplant and tomatoes. Fruits include melons of all kinds, peaches, nectarines, apricots, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and more! Squash will be here in August. This is summer at its best.
Join us at Comité Tricolore’s spectacular annual Bastille Day celebration! The event is tomorrow, July 15 at the French Embassy, starting at 7pm. See the fun details here. Festivities include visiting different Parisian "arrondissements" (neighborhoods) throughout the evening, cocktails, a silent auction and dancing! Très Bonne!