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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

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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

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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
202.730.2508
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:
americanhistory.si.edu/donate/food

 

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

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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

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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

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