Tweet of the Week: Ris

Photo courtesy of laura padgett
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courtesy of laura padgett
My favorite food dish at Ris is without question, Chef Ris Lacoste’s Scallop Margarita: lime marinated scallops with chilies, orange, avocado and tequila ice.  My second favorite thing about the restaurant is actually not food related, at least technically. That would be Ris’ Twitter account.

Behind the tweets is Natalie Christenson, Ris’ Events Manager & Communications Director. Up since August 2009, @RISDC interacts with its customers daily by posting some delicious looking pictures, polling diners on any menu changes, and really getting involved with the community.

Tweeting under the belief that people in general want to be heard, Christenson keeps interaction with “Twitter friends” more social than formal. “Chef Ris likes for our guests to feel like they are guests in her home for a dinner party, so I like to create a family feel with our social media as well,” she says.

The tweet that caught my attention this week was one that made me want to know more.

Christenson tells me RIS Walk 60 is a new program that will benefit GW Women’s Heart Center. Basically, weather permitting, Chef will walk 60 minutes every weekday starting February 1 and is also encouraging everyone in the community to better their health through walking. The goal is for walkers to donate, either themselves or through sponsors, a dollar per mile walked.

“We want the program to benefit everyone’s heart, their own and those who are affected by the GW Women’s Heart Center,” says Christenson. “What better time to start than February, as it is American Heart Month AND Valentine’s Day?”


Ris is located at 2275 L Street, NW. The closest metro station is Foggy Bottom-GWU. For more information, call 202.730.2500.

Tricia is a native Washingtonian, born and raised in Columbia Heights. She loves DC so much that she was only able to leave the city for one year after college and immediately came running back. Tricia works in PR during the day, and spends her nights trying out new restaurants in DC with friends or watching The Good Wife, Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. Tricia recently decided to eat her way though all of Zagat’s 2011 restaurants until she realized she would be old and broke by the time she finished. Follow her on Twitter and email her at Tricia (at)

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