We had so much fun pairing local wines with local foods at our August Summer School class! Favorites from our students included Jefferson Chardonnay with Genoa Cheese Ravioli; White Hall Petit Verdot with Grilled Skirt Steak; and Black Ankle Terra Dulce Dessert Wine with Bay Blue Cheese.  


Our last session of Summer School will be this Saturday, September 29th, from 1- 3pm.  Join our Wine Director, Leah Cheston and Country Vintner Zone Leader, Jason Whiteside to explore their favorite regions and styles of fortified wine including Sherry, Madeira and Port. Learn the different techniques and traditions involved in making these classic styles.  Discover the versatility of fortified wine as we taste each wine and pair them with their perfect food partner. 


The cost is $55 per person. Reserve your space by contacting Natalie Christenson at 202.730.2508 or email events@risdc.com.

By Natalie C on September 25, 2012

During the month of September, RIS salutes the beginning of school with our "Back to School" Lunch Club Menu. Chef Ris has taken your favorite cafeteria classics and is serving them with a sophisticated twist.


Start with Alphabet Soup, chicken soup with kale, wheat berries and barley, sweet potato and mushrooms, or Pizza, grilled flatbread with avocado, tomatoes, feta, yogurt and grilled onions. Mac and Cheese is served grown-up style with wild mushrooms, caramelized onions and spinach with stewed tomatoes. RIS' Chicken Salad Sandwich is served on a toasted potato roll with rice, grapes, walnuts, apricots and sherry-sage mayo, and your choice of potato chips or tater tots. (Who doesn't like tater tots?)


What's the best part of school lunch? Dessert! We salute the all-American classic PB&J with our PB&J Ice Cream Sandwich. Our version of "milk and cookies" is a Chocolate Milkshake with chocolate chip cookies. Or for a simple sweet ending, an Apple & Cheese. As always, our Lunch Club Series is 3 courses for only $25. 


Our bartenders have an apple for the teacher, the Teacher’s Lounge cocktail. Absolut Orient Apple Vodka, Prosecco, apple, cranberry and ginger juices with Baked Apple bitters.


Take a recess from your workday and join us!

By Natalie C on September 4, 2012

Join RIS and a bevy of celebrity chefs for a knock out evening on October 8! The annual event brings out such culinary champions as Carla Hall, Padma Lakshmi and Andrew Zimmern. Anthony Bourdain and Jose Andres are your hosts this year. 60 DC area restaurants will dazzle you with samples while four chefs battle onstage. Between the cuisine and the company, it's a foodie's dream and everybody wins! More importantly, this very special event fights against hunger by benefiting our good friends at DC Central Kitchen. Mark your calendar now and get your tickets here

By Natalie C on August 28, 2012

Get out of the heat and into the classroom to explore local wines and food this Saturday at RIS! Wine Director Leah Cheston will be highlighting some of her favorite winemakers from Virginia and Maryland, discussing the advantages and challenges of growing grapes in this region.


These delicious wines will be paired with market fresh small plates featuring Chef Ris' favorite local farms. Sample different options to see what makes a great match, and pick your favorites. Finally, Leah will share maps and information on the Virginia and Maryland wine regions so that you can plan your own winery visits.   


Class is from 1pm-3pm.  The cost is $55 per person.  For reservations, contact Natalie at 202.730.2508 or email events@risdc.com.

By Natalie C on August 20, 2012

We are so honored to host the Julia Child 100th Birthday Celebration "Good Time" Dinner tomorrow evening! Chef Ris has prepared a delicious menu featuring a raw bar from Clyde's Restaurant Group, Jamison Lamb, Toigo Orchard peaches and Boisset Family Estates Wines. We will be closed for a la carte dining for this occasion, but hope that you will join us sometime during Restaurant Week to enjoy "Julia-centric" menus. 


“Good Time” Dinner

August 15, 2012


Clyde's Raw Bar


Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

 Pâté de Campagne on toast

Smoked trout panna cotta and caviar on fennel crisps
JCB No. 21, Brut Burgundy, France, NV


 ~ ~ ~ ~


Summer Gathering
Maine lobster, New Bedford sea scallop and Chesapeake soft shell crab
in a carrot Pernod broth
Buena Vista Winery, Chardonnay, Carneros, California, 2009


 ~ ~ ~ ~


Jamison Lamb with Julia's Mustard Crust
Creamy feta potatoes and garlic spinach
Buena Vista Winery, “The Count” - Founder’s Red Wine, Sonoma, California, 2008


 ~ ~ ~ ~


Soft Lettuces with Champagne Vinaigrette

Local Cheeses
Piedmont, raw sheep's milk, Everona Dairy, Rapidan, VA
Bay Blue, raw cow's milk, Chapel's Country Dairy, Easton, MD
Grayson, raw cow 's milk, washed rind, Meadow Creek Dairy, Galax, VA
Ashed Log, goat's milk, Pipe Dreams Dairy, Greencastle, PA
Raymond Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2009


 ~ ~ ~ ~ 


Toigo Orchards Peach Cobbler

with honey almond ice cream

Beni di Batasiolo, Moscato d’Asti,Italy, vintage


 “This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook – try new recipes,

learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”

 -- Julia Child, My Life in France


Wine courtesy of Boisset Family Estates

By Natalie C on August 14, 2012

In honor of legendary chef Julia Child, who would have celebrated her 100th Birthday on August 15, 2012, Chef/Owner Ris Lacoste of RIS joins the West End Cinema next Tuesday, August 7, to host three special screenings of clips from the PBS documentary “Cooking for Julia.” Join us at 2301 M Street NW (entrance is on 23rd Street) at 6, 7 or 8pm. A Q&A session with Chef Ris follows each screening. 


Filmed in 2002, “Cooking for Julia” chronicles Julia Child’s 90th birthday dinner, prepared by Chef Ris for 160 dinner guests at Georgetown’s 1789 restaurant, where she was executive chef at the time.  It also celebrates the induction of Julia’s kitchen to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center. Following the film, viewers can ask Chef Ris about her experience cooking for America’s most beloved culinary queen.


Walk to RIS before or after the show and enjoy the weekly Tuesday night “Burger & Malbec” special, featuring a glass of Malbec wine and “The Julia”, RIS’ burger with Julia’s favorite toppings. “The Julia” is a menu item from the month-long celebration of “All Things Julia” at RIS in August. 

By Natalie C on August 3, 2012

August 15 would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday, and RIS is celebrating the occasion all month long!


This month's Lunch Club Series Menu is entitled "All Things Julia", featuring a few of her favorite things. Join us for this $25 3 course offering weekdays between 11:30am and 3pm.


Start with Ris' favorite Vichyssoise with crème fraîche and chives, or Moules Marinière - butter, herbs and vermouth, served with grilled bread.


For the main course, Chef Ris is offering Sole Meunière with lemon-caper brown butter, parsleyed potatoes and haricots verts. Or, enjoy a Roasted Chicken Cobb Salad - avocado, bacon, blue cheese, tomato and egg with roast chicken vinaigrette.


Finish with one of Julia's favorite indulgences, The Salty Turtle Sundae - vanilla ice cream, salted pecans, chocolate and caramel sauces, a la Lucky's restaurant in Montecito, CA. Chef Ris also salutes Julia's love of poached fruit and meringue in her Almond Vacherin with peaches and cream. 


What is the perfect accompaniment to a Julia menu? Why, gin, of course! Try Julia's favorite Reverse Martini Noilly Prat dry vermouth on the rocks with a float of Gordon’s gin and lemon twist. If you can't join us for lunch, we will offer a $35.12 Julia Dinner Menu between August 7 and 19, celebrating the overlapping National Julia Child Restaurant Week and DC Restaurant Week. Call today for reservations. Bon appétit!

By Natalie C on August 1, 2012

The 48,000 hand sewn panels of The AIDS Memorial Quilt are a tangible demonstration of love and loss, life and determination.


Join tens of thousands this summer to honor and celebrate those we’ve lost while breathing new life into the global fight against AIDS.


The AIDS Memorial Quilt is now massive -- 48,000 panels measuring 50+miles and 54 tons -- but is cared for by a tiny team at the nonprofit in Atlanta. As the demographics of AIDS has evolved, so has the demographics of those who make panels to add to The Quilt -- and today, many of them are from communities with very little means to also donate for The Quilt's care and upkeep, as happened in the early days. Also a little known fact: NAMES loans panels of The Quilt for education and fundraising in communities nationwide -- and its practice has always been to ensure all monies raised stay in those communities, with none of it coming back to NAMES. 


RIS is honored to offer a Quilt in the Capital tasting menu with local food and wine, to bring the Quilt locally to Washington, DC.


Quilt in the Capital Menu

July 22-28, 2012

Chilled Cucumber "Vichyssoise"
with crème fraîche and dill croutons

Hazelnut Crusted Seared Sea Scallop
on a roasted beet salad with pink grapefruit, ginger caramel and white port vinaigrette
Linden Vidal Riesling, 2009, Virginia

~ ~ ~ ~

Genoa Cheese Ravioli
new potato cake with basil pesto, string beans and tomato eggplant fondue
Jefferson Vineyards Chardonnay, 2011, Monticello, Virginia

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
with corn bacon ragoût, spinach and grilled pepper relish
Boxwood Estate Rosé, 2011, Middleburg, Virginia

~ ~ ~ ~

Peach Cobbler
with honey almond ice cream
Linden Late Harvest Petit Manseng, 2008, Virginia

$50 / $85 with wine pairings
15% of the proceeds from this menu will be donated to The Quilt/NAMES Project Foundation
The Quilt transforms statistics into souls, stigma into understanding, and complacency into action.

By Natalie C on July 20, 2012

Celebrate Julia Child's 100th Birthday

while helping to support the

Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's
new exhibition on FOOD in America featuring
Julia Child's kitchen

Reserve your place at the
"Good Time" Dinner

Hosted by Chef Ris Lacoste

at RIS
2275 L Street NW
Washington, DC

August 15, 2012
6:30 - 10pm

"Above all, have a good time!"
-- Julia Child

All tickets are $250.
$150 is a gift to the museum and
is tax deductible to the extent
allowable by law.

A select number of seats are still available.  
To reserve your space, please contact Natalie Christenson
or natalie@risdc.com

Valet parking available beginning at 6:30pm

If you are unable to attend and would like to make a contribution to support
the upcoming FOOD exhibition at the Smithsonian's
National Muse
um of American History please visit:


Wines provided by Boisset Family Estates,

a family-owned collection of pioneering California wineries

with roots in Burgundy, France.

By Natalie C on July 18, 2012

It's Think Local First DC's Farm to Table Restaurant Week, and we have a fresh selection that is straight out of the market!


Join us until July 21 for a hand-picked menu from Chef Ris. Local wine pairings are available courtesy of our Wine Director Leah Cheston. 15% of the proceeds will benefit Think Local First DC.



Eat Local First

July 14 to 21


Chilled Cucumber "Vichyssoise"

with crème fraîche and dill croutons 


Hazelnut Crusted Seared Sea Scallop

on a roasted beet salad with pink grapefruit, ginger caramel

and white port vinaigrette

Linden Vidal Riesling, 2009, Virginia

Genoa Cheese Ravioli
new potato cake with basil pesto, string beans

and tomato eggplant fondue


Jefferson Vineyards Chardonnay, 2011, Monticello, Virginia


Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
with corn bacon ragoût, spinach and grilled pepper relish

Boxwood Estate Rosé, 2011, Middleburg, Virginia 


Peach Cobbler

with honey almond ice cream

Linden Late Harvest Petit Manseng, 2008, Virginia


$50 / $85 with wine pairings

By Natalie C on July 16, 2012

Julia Child, legendary culinary maven and friend of Chef Ris, would have celebrated her 100th birthday on August 15, 2012. RIS will tribute her in August for a delicious month-long fête deemed “All Things Julia”. Although Julia was obviously way ahead of the farm to fork movement that Chef Ris focuses our menu upon, she shared that mentality. “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients.”


An early burst of warm weather has filled our farmers markets to overflowing with colorful pickings like fresh peaches and potatoes. Chef has painted this rainbow into menus featuring some of Julia’s favorites. Think cucumber vichyssoise, sole meunière, poulet frites and an almond vacherin, among other tasty temptations. DC Restaurant Week will be August 13-19. We will offer the traditional $20.12 lunch menu and a $35.12 dinner menu during that showcasing some of Julia’s classics intertwined with Chef Ris’ favorite Julia dishes.


We are also proud to participate in National Julia Child Restaurant Week between August 7-15 (overlapping DC Restaurant Week), hosted by the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy & the Culinary Arts.) We will extend our Restaurant Week dinner menu to include that period. If you can’t join us during that ten day span, our monthly 3-course $25 themed lunch menu will hail the queen of the American kitchen all month long on weekdays from 11:30am to 3pm.


August will find our bartenders pouring “reverse martinis” – Noilly Prat dry vermouth served on the rocks with a twist and a ‘whisper’ of gin. The perfect Summer sipper just as Julia liked it.


Beyond that, other Julia events are being “cooked up” and all of this information will be available as it happens on risdc.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates. Call RIS today for your preferred reservations at 202.730.2500. Bon Appétit!

By Natalie C on July 15, 2012

Chef Ris has been supplying her menus with food from FRESHFARM Markets since day one.  It was the July 4th weekend of 1997 that the 15 founding farmers of FRESHFARM Markets rolled into Dupont Circle and set up shop for the first time.  From a modest start, the group has now become the largest network of farmers markets in the Chesapeake region, operating 11 producer-only farmers markets and representing more than 150 farmers and producers.  We are celebrating along with FRESHFARM Markets this month and all of our farmers market friends.  There is a lot to choose from in the vibrant and colorful market stalls of July and our lunch club menu features the best of what the markets have to offer.  The three course menu is only $25!  Available Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 3pm. Visit us 6 times in one month and the 7th is on us!


Fresh from the Farm

July 2012

weekdays from 11:30am-3pm

Chilled Cucumber "Vichyssoise"

with cucumber radish salad


Beet Salad

pink grapefruit, candied hazelnuts, ginger caramel,

white port vinaigrette and drunken goat


Maltagliati Pasta

with summer squash, eggplant, tomato, pine nuts and raisins,

fresh ricotta and olive grilled bread


Pan Seared Rainbow Trout

horseradish cream with sherried beets, dill cucumbers and roasted new potatoes


Peach Tart

with blueberry sorbet


Peach Melba

vanilla bean ice cream, raspberry sauce and roasted peaches

By Natalie C on July 10, 2012

Put on your Summer party attire and join RIS on Friday, July 13th, for Bastille Day at the French Embassy!


Last year's event was a blast and this year will be even better! The 2012 theme is 'Fragrances and Flavors of France". Sip delicious cocktails and bid on the Silent Auction. Enjoy culinary masterpieces from Chef Ris and chefs from some of the area’s most prestigious kitchens. Then, dance the night away to music by the Avalon Jazz Band. Très bonne! Why don't you have a ticket yet?

By Natalie C on July 5, 2012

Get out of the heat and into the classroom at RIS! We make summer school fun, with wine and beer education that is both informative and tasty! Our first of the four class series is tomorrow, Saturday, June 23rd.  Wine Director Leah Cheston will teach the importance of blind wine tasting. Discover the common characteristics of the classic grape varieties and how they can help you determine grape variety, region, vintage and quality.  Sharpen your sense of smell and learn to taste like a pro!  Aroma wheels will be on hand to help you describe what you smell and taste.  Grab your friends and make it a date!

Classes are $55 each, or $195 for all four.  Call Natalie at 202.730.2508 or email events@risdc.com to sign up.

By Natalie C on June 22, 2012

Celebrate Father's Day at RIS! Chef Ris is offering a prix fixe menu to honor the Dads in your life. Our Wine Director is dressing the menu with rosé wines in pretty pinks. Call for reservations today. Bring the whole family!


Real Men Drink Pink, Love to Grill and Love Cherry Pie

Sunday, June 17

noon to 9pm


Jumbo Lump Crab Cake

on corn bacon relish with grilled peppers


Grilled Tuna Steak

with olives, capers and artichokes

tomatoes, rapini and roasted new potatoes


Cherry Pie

 with Vanilla Ice Cream




By Natalie C on June 6, 2012
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