Now that the Oprah show is over, Chef Ris unveils the RIS Book Club for you, the ultimate diner and consummate foodie. Our first selection is Food Rules An Eater's Manual. Savvy, smart and sometimes silly, Michael Pollan gives some priceless rules for eating that just make good sense. Don't forget the oily little fishes... Drink the Spinach Water... Pay more, eat less... Eat less...
The perfect opportunity to try out your new regime, of course, would be dining at RIS. Coincidence, or just plain lucky?
Last week we said good-bye to our friend and bartender/mixologist extraordinaire, Jo-Jo Valenzuela (center) as he moves on to a new opportunity. Thanks Jo-Jo, for all of the drinks and the memories. Welcome to Chuong (left) as our newest bartender. And on the right is our Isidro Rodriguez, who continues to keep our bar lively and provide fast, fabulous service. Come visit them soon and often - for good times, great service and delicious drinks!
Memorial Day is a good time to reflect on the sacrifices and services of the American soldiers and veterans, and the U.S. military men and women - past and present.
RIS is closed today, Monday May 30, in observance of the holiday.
Everything is coming up green at the farmers' market this week, reports Chef Jed. Tuscan kale, asparagus, baby herbs, micro greens, broccolini..... and the item seemingly most coveted by foodies: ramps.
OK, there's plenty of color as well, like fresh flowers, strawberries and rhubarb.
What should you look for next? Fava beans, peas, baby cabbage, broccoli and brussel sprouts.
Look for our chefs making appearances at several local DC markets. Keeping with our green theme, Chef Sarah demonstrated her Puree of English Pea Soup with Mint Cream at the Capital Harvest on the Plaza last week.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Don't overlook the oily little fishes.
Yes, this is connected to Rule #26.... (See previous post.)
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!