RIS was featured in Washingtonian's Best Of for Best Breakfasts Foods in Washington. If you haven't tried our Small Plates Brunch yet, this Sunday would be a good day for it...

By Leah on July 27, 2011

In the oppressive heat that is summertime in DC, RIS is offering relief in the form of featuring summer wines from around the world. Wine Director Leah Cheston has a beautiful selection of whites and pinks that offers something for everyone from Rosés to a Muscat Pizzante.


Another notable grape is Coda di Volpe, a white wine grape that dates back at least to Roman times. It's native to Italy's Campania region and the Roman author Pliny the Elder wrote about it in his Naturalis Historia. The name comes from the shape of the grape bunches which resemble a 'fox's tail', or Coda di Volpe in Italian. It is grown almost exclusively in Campania, and is often blended with Trebbiano and Greco.


RIS Pinks and Whites are offered by the taste, glass and bottle. Start your weekend early with some cool refreshment!

By Leah on July 21, 2011

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.

By Leah on July 19, 2011

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!

By Leah on July 15, 2011

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!

By Leah on July 15, 2011

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!

By Leah on July 14, 2011

RIS is always honored to have RAMW President Lynne Breaux in the house... Read her interview in the Georgetowner.

By Leah on July 14, 2011

We're so excited to see everyone tonight at the National Building Museum for a sold out Living Social Washingtonian Best Of party! It's summer's hottest party .... Will we see you there?

By Leah on July 13, 2011

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.

By Leah on July 12, 2011

Hot off the presses, the Washington City Paper featured an article on chilled soups today, specifically our fabulous Vichyssoise. Read all about it here! Thank you, Laura Padgett, for the delicious photo.

By Leah on July 7, 2011

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.

By Leah on July 5, 2011

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!

By Leah on July 5, 2011

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.


By Leah on June 21, 2011

Today we celebrate Father's Day, which honors fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Thank you to all of the great dads for love, support, band-aids and hugs  -- we appreciate you! More >>

By Leah on June 19, 2011

Join RIS and Washington's top chefs and mixologists at the Georgetown Waterfront for the summer's hottest soiree! If you haven't already done so, purchase tickets here.

We look forward to seeing everyone!

By Leah on June 16, 2011
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