If you are like me, you haven't even begun to think about holiday shopping. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are so yesterday. Why not give something that can be enjoyed any day of the year? Of course we have RIS Gift Cards, available at the restaurant in any denomination. (Or email natalie@risdc.com to have one sent to you.) New for this year, give our "Scoupons": four coupons, each for a quart of Chef Ris's amazing homemade soup and a quart of Chef Chris's Sweet Scoops. A sheet gives you four delicious days of Soups and Scoops for only $100. It's a great gift for anyone and everyone on your list... Everyone loves soup and ice cream! RIS makes one-stop shopping simple.... and tasty!!

By Leah on November 21, 2011

I hope everyone is ready for a nice long weekend. What's a better way to enjoy your four days off than with a great romantic movie?

Midnight in Paris stars Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, directed by Woody Allen. It is a romantic comedy about a family on a business trip in the City of Light. As a young couple engaged to be married experiences a profound transformation during their visit to Paris, an idealistic man with a romanticized view of the city finds that there's plenty of truth to that old adage about the grass being greener on the other side.

Dinner at RIS and a movie with our neighbors, the West End Cinema... The perfect post-turkey treat.

By Leah on November 21, 2011

RIS will be joining a bevy of celebrity chefs tomorrow evening at the sold-out Capital Food Fight! We will be serving Chef Ris's famous New England Clam Chowder and look forward to seeing you all there!

By Leah on November 9, 2011

Turkey Day is drawing near

Your friends and family will be here

To feed a group of any size

Choose “Ris to Go” for “Sides and Pies!”


We have a wonderful selection of

housemade side items and pies

to complete your Thanksgiving dinner.

This year, we have added some vegetarian and gluten-free selections.  

Menu information is available here on our website. 

Place your order before Thursday 11/17.

Pickup will be available on Tuesday 11/22

and Wednesday 11/23 between 2 and 5 pm.

Email your order to natalie@risdc.com.

By Leah on November 8, 2011

It's supposed to be a gorgeous weekend outside, true fall temperatures that will make you forget last weekend's Halloween Snow. What's a better plan than dinner and a movie? Here at RIS, Saturday Night is Date Night, with our delicious Short Ribs special.


After enjoying some dinner and Chef Chris's Sweet Potato Pumpkin Crumb Cake, take a leisurely stroll down the street for a great flick! Now playing at West End Cinema at 23rd St, NW (between M and N), it's DRIVE. 


Ryan Gosling stars as a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. Though a loner by nature, Driver can't help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a vulnerable young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband Standard (Oscar Isaac).


After a heist intended to pay off Standard's protection money spins unpredictably out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals (Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman). But when he realizes that the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash in his trunk-that they're coming straight for Irene and her son-Driver is forced to shift gears and go on offense.
After dinner, stop back in for a nightcap... we're open until 11. Call for reservations today, and book your tickets online here! It's a classic Saturday night, all within walking distance.

By Leah on November 4, 2011

Why not celebrate beer and sausage even after Octoberfest? Join the AIWF at RIS for an event featuring charcuterie from two of the DC area's best producers and beer from AIWF's favorite local brewery, Bill Butcher's Port City Brewing Company. Guest Chef Nate Auchter will be in our kitchen for the evening preparing a delicious meal for this special event.

Port City's Optimal Wit will be poured during the cocktail hour, and we’ll sample some delicious sausages from Stanley Feder’s "Simply Sausage". Then we will dine on a three-course menu prepared with charcuterie and sausages from Stanley, and Mitch Berliner’s Meat Crafters. Each course will be paired with Port City’s great beer.

Celebrate Fall with some delicious food! Get your tickets before they're sold out.

By Leah on November 3, 2011

Come enjoy an afternoon celebration of all things pumpkin!  On Saturday, October 29 from 1-3pm, you will have the chance to taste some seasonal specialties made from America’s most storied autumn squash.  In addition, RIS will provide perfect pumpkins and all the tools necessary to carve unique masterpieces to be proudly displayed candlelit on the patio through Halloween. Chef/Owner Ris Lacoste has a few tricks up her sleeve, but the treats will surely please:  pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup and spiced pumpkin cocktails are just the beginning.  All proceeds from donations will benefit DC Central Kitchen. Many thanks to our neighborhood Foggy Bottom Whole Foods, for generously donating the pumpkins! Open to all ages with a suggested donation of $20 per adult or $10 per child. RSVP to natalie@risdc.com.

By Leah on October 19, 2011

Just a reminder about a great event at RIS this Sunday, October 23. As highlighted on Oprah’s website, Lisa Yockelson’s just released Baking Style, is a dazzling celebration of the art and craft of baking.
With 100 essays, more than 200 accompanying recipes and over 150 full-color images, Lisa Yockelson presents what has fascinated her during a lifetime of baking. On every page of this beautiful and thoughtfully written volume, she brings her commitment to exacting but simple recipes for transforming your baking strategies into delicious art. Baking Style is Lisa's latest and most personal baking cookbook, combining the genre of the culinary essay with recipes, their corresponding methods and illustrative images, revealing her uniquely intimate expression of the baking process.

Join Lisa for a lively presentation of how this book came to be and enjoy an afternoon of libations and taste sensations – recipes from Baking Style prepared by Pastry Chef Chris Kujala and Pastry Sous Chef Rory Kraus of the acclaimed DC restaurant – RIS.

The registration fee also includes a personally signed copy of Baking Style (normally $45 retail). There will be an opportunity for questions, answers, and discussion. Additional copies of the book (at a reduced price!) will be available for purchase and signing. (Great for holiday gift giving!) Read more of Lisa’s diary entries and recipes at www.bakingstylediary.com. Register at womenchefs.org.

By Leah on October 17, 2011

RIS is excited to participate in Bisnow's Growth Expo and Dining Schmoozarama, tomorrow evening at Mellon Auditorium from 5:30-7:30pm. RIS and 25 of DC's top restaurants will be there, so expect some spectacular food. If you haven't done so by now, get your tickets here. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

By Leah on October 10, 2011

October's Book of the Month at RIS is Lucky Peach, a new quarterly journal. It is a creation of David Chang, the chef behind the Momofuku restaurants in New York, writer Peter Meehan, and Zero Point Zero Production—producers of the Emmy Award–winning Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.


Lucky Peach has a funky, edgy take on food; this quarter's theme being ramen. We love Todd Kliman's article, in between all of the ramen photos, food witticisms and cartoon illustrations. Even the most ardent foodie will discover something new. It's definitely a must-read that you won't be able to put down. We can't wait for next quarter!

By Leah on October 3, 2011

From the Bay, For the Bay Dine Out is a celebration of Maryland Seafood from Philadelphia to Northern Virginia.   RIS and participating restaurants across the mid-Atlantic will feature fresh Maryland seafood as well as provide their patrons an opportunity to support Chesapeake Bay watermen and the ecosystem.

For every Maryland seafood dinner sold during the promotion, participating restaurants will donate $1.00 to the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a non-profit organization that works to replenish the Chesapeake Bay’s native oyster population. Since 2000, the Oyster Recovery Partnership, along with its coalition of partners, has planted nearly 3 BILLION oysters in the Bay -- with each mature oyster able to filter 50 gallons of water per day—and restored nearly 1,500 acres of Bay bottom!


From October 2 to 9, RIS will be featuring Maryland crabcakes in support of From the Bay, For the Bay. Come and dine for a good cause!


By Leah on September 30, 2011

Join RIS and Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR) as they present their annual World Fare: A Street Food Festival this fall. Stroll through the “World Fare” and enjoy fabulous street fare menu items while meeting the region’s top women chefs, sommeliers, farmers, bee keepers, cheese makers, food truck operators and more. Sample beer and wine and craft cocktails from the best women brewers, wine makers and mixologists from around the country. Check out the excitement from last year's event!

Emcee, Nycci Nellis from WTOP’s Foodie and the Beast and TheListAreYouOnIt.com and auctioneer, Carla Hall, Top Chef Finalist and co-host of ABC’s new show "The Chew" will help you vicariously travel the world with a Live Auction featuring a series of unique culinary experiences from WCR's vintage steamer trunk! A Silent Auction will feature additional culinary experiences displayed in vintage luggage and Door Prizes will also be given away. Get your tickets today!

By Leah on September 28, 2011

photo by Laura Padgett
photo by Laura Padgett

To continue our September mushroom theme, Chef Ris will be speaking today on the Kojo Nnamdi Show today at noon. Take a mid-day break and listen! Then use your newfound wisdom to try a new mushroom recipe from guest and author Jack Czarnecki's A Cook's Book of Mushrooms. Pictured here are Saffron Milk Cap Mushrooms.

By Leah on September 28, 2011

Who knew that DC had a rainy season? Although it may have presented its challenges, it also had some farm benefits, namely the abundance of mushrooms.


Read here for a mushroom perspective, from this month's Georgetowner. For all of you home chefs, there is a delicious recipe for our Chef Jed's Marinated Mushrooms. Try it this weekend!

By Leah on September 23, 2011

Come Celebrate with us! We are proud recipients of Slow Food DC’s Snail of Approval. To help guide people to food that is good, clean and fair, Slow Food DC is celebrating eateries and artisans who contribute to the quality, authenticity and sustainability of the food we eat and the beverages we drink in the Washington, DC metro area.

The First Annual Snail of Approval Awards Party is this Sunday, September 25, from 4-7pm on Poste Moderne Brassiere’s patio. (555 8th St NW.) Purchase tickets in advance, $30 for Slow Food DC members, $35 for non-members. Tickets include a sampling of local roasts and flavors and a glass of wine or beer. For more information on the Snail of Approval, visit www.slowfooddc.org

By Leah on September 19, 2011
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