Ris Lacoste to receive FBWE Village Torch Award for Community Spirit
Raise a glass and toast Chef Ris Lacoste of RIS when we honor her October 2 with our first FBWE Village Torch Award for Community Spirit. Ris, a strong supporter of the FBWE Village, is the honoree for our Fall Festival at St. Paul's Parish, 2430 K St NW, from 6 to 8 pm on Monday, Oct. 2. Buy tickets here.
She is the owner of RIS restaurant at 2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037.
"Amazing" is an accurate word to describe Chef Ris Lacoste. She is one of the most respected and dedicated chefs working in Washington today -- and one of the most generous. She is well known in the community not only as chef and owner of her West End bistro RIS -- renowned for serving locally sourced, sustainable food -- but also for her involvement in community organizations. The FBWE Village Torch Award for Community Spirit honors and thanks Ris Lacoste for her support.
Lacoste earned her culinary reputation based upon high-quality ingredients; bold, innovative technique, and food that is both familiar and simply delicious. Last year she was a featured chef for our fall fundraiser. She was also culinary advisor for the event.
A James Beard nominee, Lacoste was DC’s own Iron Chef contestant. Named DC’s Chef of the year in 1999, she trained in Paris. She learned her craft from the famed Anne Willan at her Paris culinary school Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne.
Lacoste returned stateside and started a long, rewarding relationship with Chef Bob Kinkead. She was chef at The Harvest in Cambridge, Mass.; 21 Federal in Nantucket, Mass.; Twenty-One Federal in Washington, D.C.; Kinkead’s American Brasserie and finally 1789 Restaurant. Lacoste was executive chef of Georgetown’s celebrated 1789 restaurant before opening her own award-winning bistro.
At RIS, Lacoste’s innovative regional American fare has drawn and continues to draw national and local attention and has earned her numerous awards. RIS is proud to be in the 2016 Michelin Guide D.C. as one of the District's top restaurants.
Lacoste is also well known for her commitment to community involvement. She actively participates in many fundraising efforts in the District.
She 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 (RAMW). She is a member of the Women’s Forum of Washington, D.C, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, and Les Dames d”Escoffier, as well as a member of the board of Fresh Farm Markets.
In 2015, Washingtonian Magazine honored her as one of the Class of 2015 DC’s Most Powerful Women, and she is a member of Leadership Greater Washington’s Class of 2017. She was a long-time board member of DC Central Kitchen and The Hospitality Charter High School of Washington, D.C. 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.
If that weren’t enough, Lacoste is also a talented educator committed to young people. Her kitchen is filled with passionate students learning their craft.
And where is her favorite place beyond the kitchen? Lacoste’s favorite place to be is in the middle of a local farmers’ market where you might find her hunting down the freshest fruits and vegetables and creating relationships with her farmers. These markets, she feels, are not only a source of inspiration for her cuisine, but also a meeting point to talk about the importance of investment in the local community and dedication go the ideals of local and sustainable farming.
See a list of all the community and industry efforts she supports here.
If you are already a frequent diner and fan of RIS and Chef Lacoste, you can also join the ris society, a group of the restaurant’s most loyal customers and fans. Members of the ris society receive customized service and discounts.