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 Leah 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 Leah 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


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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


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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


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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


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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 Leah 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 Leah 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 Leah on August 1, 2012

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