We were thrilled to host a celebration lunch for Oprah Winfrey and friends and family yesterday after she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House.  

By Leah on November 21, 2013

Don't miss our 3rd Annual 'Celebrate the Pumpkin' event to benefit DC Central Kitchen.  

Saturday, October 26th, 12pm - 2pm 

Free, $20 per person suggested donation to DC Central Kitchen 

Pumpkins have been kindly donated by Giant.  Pumpkin carving tools, stencils and paints will be available to create your masterpiece.  Our Chefs will prepare special treats perfect to accompany the occasion - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Cupcakes, Pumpkin Ice Cream,

Apple Cider and Hot Chocolate!  

Email events@risdc.com or call 202.730.2500 to reserve your seat

(and your pumpkin)! 


By Leah on October 24, 2013

Food Day is a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food.  Food Day is next Thursday, October 24th, but you can start the conversation with us this Monday, October 21st for a panel discussion titled Chefs as Catalysts for Change: What's on Your Plate?  Sponsored by FoodPolicy.US, Chefs as Catalyst for Change is an effort to open a dialogue between chefs, vendors, farmers and restaurant professionals about what’s going on in the food system. DC chefs are unique in that they feed the most influential decision makers in the nation. They have the power to push the national food discussion in a meaningful direction. 

Chefs as Catalysts for Change: What's on Your Plate?

Food Day, Teaism | A Tea House and Food Policy.US

Monday, October 21, 2013

3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

US Navy Memorial

701 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20004



By Leah on October 18, 2013

October Lunch Club is a tribute to Fall harvest and Halloween! 


Available weedays at RIS between 11:30am and 3pm.  3 courses for only $25.  

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By Leah on October 3, 2013

The September Lunch Club will feature street food in honor of going Back to Work.

The 3-course, $25 menu is available

Monday – Friday, 11:30am – 3:00pm.


20% of the total revenue from the Back to Work menu will be donated to Suited For Change’s new program, Suited for Start-Up, an exciting new business incubator for low income female entrepreneurs.




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By Leah on September 4, 2013

In honor of our staff, we will be closed on Monday, September 3rd. We will be closing at 10pm through September 7th. Join us for regular Sunday hours on Sunday, September 1st (10am - 9pm).  


It's not the end of the summer quite yet though... we look forward to heirloom tomatoes through September 21st and great patio weather ahead!  


By Leah on August 30, 2013

Once again, Chef Ris has created a menu showcasing our fabulous local farmers. With a focus on locally grown produce, our Restaurant Week menu gives a true taste of what RIS has to offer every day of the year. Join us for Restaurant Week and see for yourself what the RIS buzz is all about. Our staff awaits you!


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By Leah on August 16, 2013

Sean Sasser with Best Buddy Cassie Albert at RIS preparing for Best Buddies Virginia
Sean Sasser with Best Buddy Cassie Albert at RIS preparing for Best Buddies Virginia "Life is Sweet"

Photo taken by Samantha Civitate, Best Buddies Virginia Lead Program Manager, on April 13, 2013


To all of our dear friends,

We would like to let you know that our pastry chef, Sean Sasser, passed away on August 7, 2013 after a very brief but brutal battle with Mesothelioma. He was 44 years young. We all feel that Sean was brought to us for a reason and we are sad and angry that he was taken so early. I am sure, however, that we will uncover what we don't yet understand and ultimately be strengthened by it.

Sean was an amazing technician of his craft, a joy to watch, and an even greater joy was had in tasting the treats he created. I asked him once where he learned such precision in his technique and he simply said, "I have had great teachers." Thank you to Sean's teachers. Thank you to Sean.

Sean Sasser is known to many in this world as a hero. He is a hero to us, too, here at RIS, our quiet sweet hero. Our love and friendship go to Sean’s husband, Michael, and their families.

Ris Lacoste and the staff of RIS


...one of the best pastry chefs I've known, filled with kindness and knowledge. Perfection, details and love were what you could see and taste in every dessert he made. Sean will be missed.

Melania Castegnaro, Assistant Pastry Chef, RIS


Words cannot express the gratitude I feel when I think of Sean. He was an artist, passionate and true to the culinary arts. I thank God for placing him in my life. I will never forget his wonderful smile.

Sarah Biglan, Chef, RIS

By Leah on August 11, 2013

Photo by Laura Padgett
Photo by Laura Padgett

Thank you, Gayle, for loving our Beet Salad!

"I have a meat-and-potatoes mind... trapped in a high-cholesterol body, so when favorite daughter Kirby and I went for brunch at Ris restaurant in Washington, DC, I skipped the burger and decided to go green. With dates, Manchego cheese, hazelnuts, and a port vinaigrette, their beet and spinach salad definitely passed the "taste this now!" test. If you're up for a challenge, check out the recipe at oprah.com/omagextras or on O's iPad app."

- "The World According to Gayle," Gayle King, editor-at-large

O Magazine August 2013


Our Spinach and Beet Salad is a colorful garden palette of fresh baby spinach and frisée lettuce with both raw and roasted red, chioga and yellow baby beets. Sweet dates and candied hazelnuts are balanced by grapefruit segments and Manchego cheese. Sunflower and flax seeds add a healthy crunch.


Currently available on all of our menus!



By Leah on August 2, 2013

2 Days left of Farm-to-Table Restaurant Week! 




We always support our local farmers but this week we are celebrating them.  

We have joined our friends from Eat Local First, FRESHFARM Markets and RAMW to offer a special, locally sourced three-course menu.  Our beverage directors have been working hard to select the perfect local beer, cocktail or wine to match each dish.  We couldn't choose, but you can vote on your favorite pairing!


Farm-To-Table Restaurant Week
July 22 - 27, 2013

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake

jalapeño creamed corn and market green beans,
grilled pepper and red onion relish
Port City ‘Optimal Wit,’ Witbier, Alexandria, VA

Heirloom Tomato, Watermelon and
Greek Feta Salad

with preserved lemon and oregano vinaigrette
The Brewer’s Art / Right Proper ‘Brimstone & Clover,’
Saison, Baltimore, MD


Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop
grilled peaches and onions with bacon, buttermilk yogurt dressing, corn cake and blackberry catsup
Viognier, White Hall Vineyards, VA, 2012

Lemon Ricotta Agnolotti
Summer squash, arugula and pine nuts
tomatoes, orange and Parmesan Reggiano
Sangiovese Reserve, Barboursville Vineyards, Barboursville, VA, 2011

Wild Alaska Halibut
fried green tomatoes and white hominy grits
with shrimp, tasso and smoked tomato vinaigrette
Chardonnay Reserve, Jefferson Vineyards, Charlottesville, VA, 2011


Buttermilk Panna Cotta
berries and soft cream, almond berry financier
Summer Cherry- B&B, sweet vermouth, Luxardo and cherries

Peach Cobbler
with honey almond ice cream
Spiced Bulleit - Bulleit rye, cinnamon, apricots and cherries

$50 / $85 with beverage pairings

Featuring some of our market friends:
Toigo Orchards, Laurel Grove Farms,
Westmoreland Berry Farm, Anchor Nursery,
Gardener's Gourmet, Spring Valley Farm and Orchard,
Tree and Leaf Farm, Next Step Produce, Blue Ridge Dairy, Potomac Vegetable Farm

By Leah on July 26, 2013

We've had rave reviews of our July Lunch Club Menu, "Summer in America." Celebrate American classics through three courses for only $25. Enjoy lunch with a sparkling cocktail made with fresh market blueberries.


Monday - Friday
11:30am - 3pm


New England Clam Chowder


Fried Green Tomatoes

with white hominy grits and smoked tomato vinaigrette




Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cake

jalapeño creamed corn and green beans

with grilled pepper and onion salad



daily ground beef with cheese of your liking,

special sauce and onion jam

with your choice of salad or fries


California Cobb Salad

roasted chicken, avocado, egg, blue cheese, tomato and bacon

with lime cilantro vinaigrette and chili buttermilk ranch dressing




Peach Cobbler

with honey almond ice cream


Red, White and Blue Banana Split

raspberry ice cream, lavender-blueberry frozen yogurt, bananas

white chocolate, raspberry and blueberry sauces

whipped cream and almonds

By Leah on July 22, 2013

To salute Spring and our farmers, Chef Ris is offering a "Market Days" Lunch Club menu this month. Start with Chilled Pea Soup, adorned with jumbo lump crab and fennel crisps. And, it's that time of year -- to close out asparagus season, Chef's famous Asparagus and Gingered Grapefruit Salad with miso vinaigrette and ginger lime glaze is back by popular demand.


For the main course, try Pan Fried Trout with beet vinaigrette, horseradish cream, cucumber and dill potatoes. Our fan favorite Jumbo Lump Crab Cake is back, accompanied by orange cream, asparagus and red pepper fennel salad.


To satisfy your sweet tooth, end with a Buttermilk Panna Cotta -- sour cherry sauce and cherry financier. Or beat the heat with our Melon Sorbet, decorated by berries, soft cream and a raspberry-meringue crisp.  Remember that the Lunch Club menu is served week days from 11:30 - 3:00.  3 courses - $25.  Come try it soon on our patio!

By Leah on June 12, 2013

One of our staff's favorite annual events is happening tomorrow, ZooFari.


The evening will feature more than 100 of the area’s finest restaurants. Top chefs like Todd Gray from Equinox, Michel Richard from Central, andTop Chef contestant Mike Isabella from Kapnos will participate in the festivities. Add the 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 an exotically delicious event. Our Pastry Chef Sean will be offering Strawberry Shortcake Shooters, so stop by and say hi!


Still need tickets? Get them here.

By Leah on May 15, 2013

With Mom's Day and graduation happenings, did you miss celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Well, have no fear, the Cinco de Mayo Lunch Club Menu is here..... every weekday in May at RIS! 


Start with Sopa Azteca -- a spicy tomato soup with avocados and fresh cilantro. Or our signature Scallop Margarita in a lunchtime size - lime marinated scallops with that refreshing tequila ice.


For your main course, there is Pepita Crusted Salmon with shrimp, crab, chiles and lime a la Bob Kinkead. Craving a salad? Try the Grilled Chicken Tortilla Salad with romaine, tomato, jalapeño and cilantro lime crema.


From Chef Sean and our pastry team, end with a Mexican Vanilla Flan with tropical fruit or Horchata Ice Cream adorned with Mexican hot chocolate sauce and wedding cookies. As you know, our Lunch Club Menu is $25 for three tempting courses. Enjoy six lunches and the seventh one is on us!


What better way to accompany this festive menu - tequila for all of our friends!  Try our Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita - Milagro silver, Patron Citronge, rhubarb syrup, fresh strawberries - today on the patio!

By Leah on May 13, 2013

Thank you to everyone who voted us a 2013 Diner's Choice on OpenTable.

We heart our diners!

By Leah on May 6, 2013
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