It's officially summertime and the markets are bursting with all sorts of deliciousness. Corn is here, along with kohlrabi, eggplant and tomatoes. Fruits include melons of all kinds, peaches, nectarines, apricots, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and more! Squash will be here in August. This is summer at its best.
Join us at Comité Tricolore’s spectacular annual Bastille Day celebration! The event is tomorrow, July 15 at the French Embassy, starting at 7pm. See the fun details here. Festivities include visiting different Parisian "arrondissements" (neighborhoods) throughout the evening, cocktails, a silent auction and dancing! Très Bonne!
Live.... on stage.... this Sunday at Capital Fringe, it's the Match Game! That classic fill-in-the-blank game show will be recreated DC-style to benefit Food & Friends, The DC Film Alliance, and The DC Literacy Council. The panel will be six celebrities from the arts, television, radio, film, politics, business and the Washington social scene, including our very own Chef Ris! Those who win walk away with cash and prizes! Ready for a laughter-filled afternoon to support some great causes? Buy your tickets now!
Everyone had an excellent time last night at Living Social's Washingtonian Best Of Party! Great music, company, and of course food and libations! Our Pastry Sous Chef Rory is pictured here with our delicious Key Lime Mousse Cheesecake. It was so great to see everyone and taste the Best of in DC!
Congratulations to our own Jessica Buchanan and her husband Dee! Beautiful Rosemary Catherine was born on July 8th at 10:58am, 6lbs and 13 oz.
Hope everyone had a Happy 4th! It is definitely officially summer, and the markets are bursting with all kinds of deliciousness. Here at RIS, we have kohlrabi, green beans, summer squash, fava beans and eggplant.
What's on the way? Chefs Jed and Brian say to watch for tomatoes, especially those gorgeous Heirloom tomatoes.... gazpacho anyone? Also look for corn, peaches, plums and other stone fruit.
We are excited to partner with our friends and neighbors at the West End Cinema, for PASSIONE, a musical film journey into Naples. For three special nights, July 5-7, RIS will offer our Marquee Menu (our pre-theater Prix Fixe, $35 for three courses) all evening. On Little Italy Wednesday, the pasta option will be RIS's Spaghetti and Meatballs! Bring your menu to the theater for a reduced ticket price of $8... Dinner and a movie for just over $40, fantastico!
RIS is proud to partner with the The Bitches Who Brunch to host a Summer Brunch Soiree Saturday, July 9, from 12-3 p.m.
The Bitches Who Brunch is a popular food and fashion blog that gives DC readers the inside tips on the best places to brunch in their Bitchtastic Brunches reviews, the hottest things to do in their This Week events posts, and the latest fashion trends in their Lust Lists.
The cocktail-style party hosted by RIS and the Bitches will include:
- bottomless mimosas,
- passed gourmet small plates from Ris’s new brunch menu
- a fashion show with styles from 14th street boutique Rue 14,
- Music from the sounds of DJ Raha Wala,
- a book signing by Helena Andrews, author of Bitch is the New Black,
- A dance performance and art display,
- And goodie bags filled with plenty of surprises.
Tickets to this fabulous event are $45, which not only includes all the fun above, but the proceeds benefit a much-deserving charity, The DC Farm to School Network. The DC Farm to School Network provides healthy, local, sustainable foods to DC area schools and educates children and families on nutrition, exercise, and environmental consciousness.
Tickets are available through Eventbrite, and you are welcome to invite friends.
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!