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Dinner with Chef Ris Lacoste

May 17, 2017
5:00 PM EDT to 7:30 PM EDT
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2275 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

Join us for a very special evening with Chef Ris Lacoste!

Enjoy a three-course meal inspired by Julia Child, a dear friend of Chef Ris.

Includes open bar and wine with dinner.

Each guest will receive a copy of Chef Ris' Cooking for Julia, the 2002 documentary

about cooking for Julia's 90th birthday at 1789 Restaurant

WWLI members and member guests.

Chef Ris met Julia and Paul Child in 1982 at her graduation from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris.  Ris and Julia's paths crossed many times thereafter - in a hot air balloon over Burgundy, at the Harvest in Cambridge, just blocks from her house, in Nantucket while she visited the Morashes, the producer for her WGBH programs.  Their long-term friendship continued to develop as Ris served on the National Board of the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF), an organization which Julia co-founded.  AIWF was instrumental in assuring that Julia's kitchen would come to the Smithsonian.  While planning that event, Ris asked to be the chef for the celebration which coincided with Julia's 90th birthday.  Chef Ris also orchestrated Juia's 85th birthday at the Willard Hotel and worked at her 80th birthday at the Hay Adams.  Julia and Ris have dined together, laughed together and enjoyed each other's company on countless occasions.

Ris Lacoste is one of the most respected and dedicated chefs working in Washington D.C. today. She has earned her reputation built upon high-quality ingredients, bold innovative technique, and food that is both familiar and simply delicious.

A James Beard nominated chef, Ris Lacoste is chef and owner of her West End DC bistro, RIS.  Learning her craft from the famed Anne Willan at her Paris culinary school, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne, Ris returned stateside and started a long, rewarding relationship with Chef Bob Kinkead.  The Harvest in Cambridge, MA, 21 Federal in Nantucket, MA, Twenty-One Federal in Washington DC, Kinkead’s American Brasserie and finally 1789 Restaurant all brought her to the door step of her own restaurant, RIS. Her innovative regional American fare drew national and local attention and earned her numerous awards.  RIS is proud to be in the 2016 Michelin Guide DC as one of DC’s top restaurants.

Lacoste is also well known for her commitment to community involvement. She actively participates in all fundraising efforts in the District.  She currently sits on the advisory board of the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History, The Kitchen Cabinet; she is a member of the State Department’s Culinary Diplomatic Corps; she is on the Executive Committee of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW); and is a member of the Women’s Forum of Washington DC as well as Women Chefs and Restaurateurs and Les Dames d’Escoffier.  She is also a member of the board of Fresh Farm Markets.  She recently was honored as one of the Class of  2015 DC’s Most Powerful Women from Washingtonian Magazine and is a member of Leadership Greater Washington’s Class of 2017.  She was a long time board member of DC Central Kitchen as well as The Hospitality Charter High School of Washington DC. She was an active member of the National Board of Directors for the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) and served as Chairman of its National Capital Area Chapter.  Lacoste is also a talented educator committed to young people.  Her kitchen is filled with passionate students learning their craft.

Beyond the kitchen, Lacoste’s favorite place to be is in the middle of a local famers’ market, hunting down the freshest fruits and vegetables and creating relationships with her farmers. These markets are not only a source of inspiration for her cuisine, but a meeting point to talk about the importance of investment in the local community and dedication to the ideals of local and sustainable farming.





$165.00 Member, Sponsor, and Invited Guest Tickets
$135.00 Earlybird rate before May 8

$225.00 Non-Member Ticket
$185.00 Earlybird rate before May 8