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.
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!
Memorial Day is a good time to reflect on the sacrifices and services of the American soldiers and veterans, and the U.S. military men and women - past and present.
RIS is closed today, Monday May 30, in observance of the holiday.
Everything is coming up green at the farmers' market this week, reports Chef Jed. Tuscan kale, asparagus, baby herbs, micro greens, broccolini..... and the item seemingly most coveted by foodies: ramps.
OK, there's plenty of color as well, like fresh flowers, strawberries and rhubarb.
What should you look for next? Fava beans, peas, baby cabbage, broccoli and brussel sprouts.
Look for our chefs making appearances at several local DC markets. Keeping with our green theme, Chef Sarah demonstrated her Puree of English Pea Soup with Mint Cream at the Capital Harvest on the Plaza last week.
What a beautiful Mother's Day weekend it was to enjoy the farmers' market! Chef Jed reports to us that there is fresh asparagus, beautiful rhubarb, juicy strawberries, and the first shoots of spring garlic and spring onions. Plus a plethora of fresh flowers.
Next week, start looking for berries of every kind. Also, potatoes: fingerlings, Russian banana potatoes, sweet and new potatoes. Keep an eye out for new baby carrots. And not far down the road, broccolini.
Among the fresh market offerings being highlighted on our menu today, we have a new ice cream flavor: Strawberry Rose. If there is an ice cream flavor you would like to taste, visit our FaceBook or Twitter pages, and let us know. We do take requests!
RIS is a proud partner of the Zoo’s annual fundraiser, ZooFari. ZooFari has been called D.C.’s “foodie event of the year,” and the lineup features more than 100 of the area’s finest restaurants. Add 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 a delicious evening. Find out more at fonz.org/zoofari.htm.
Just like we cheer on our Washington Nationals, it's time to support a hometown girl and Food Writer/Teacher/Consultant, Mary Beth Albright. Among her many culinary hats, she teaches cooking and gardening at the US House of Representatives preschool, and is a food writer for DC Magazine. (In addition she is a food blogger, catch up with her latest adventures here.) Now she is representing DC on the new season of Food Network Star. Vote now, later, and often!
RIS will have valet service for your convenience on Mother's Day, May 8, during brunch and dinner. Valet is $10, cash only. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!