Pickling, a process of prepping to preserve for months, is not just cooking but an art. Ris Lacoste, owner and executive chef of RIS shares her thoughts, tips, and recipes to make it taste the best.
Here are some highlights from the local gallery scene, with exhibitions range from painter Ed Cooper's bucolic landscapes at Susan Calloway Fine Art, to the multifaceted and effusive group show from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts faculty at the Parish Gallery.
Nam June Paik and Lewis Baltz are not a likely association. The two artists never met in any substantial capacity or worked together, nor did they express any noted interest in one another. What they do have in common is that their works are both on display in compelling, complimentary exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art.
“Other than shad roe,” said Ris, as we walked around the farmers market on a windy Saturday afternoon, “asparagus is just the harbinger of spring.” Looking around, every vendor had buckets of the fat, twiggy vegetables, rubber-banded in bunches with their spiky pompadours pointed toward the sky. And everyone at the market that day seemed to be there just for the occasion with baggies, satchels and Radio Flyers overflowing with springtime’s most famous green.
“You might bend down to pick up a pen and hurt your back, but that’s not why you hurt your back,” says Sung Up Hong. “There is a history and a reason behind that problem with deeper roots than what you see and feel on the outside.” That is the goal of acupuncture, says Hong, a third-generation licensed acupuncturist: to find the root cause of the problem and treat the patient holistically.
In April of 2009, Elizabeth Petty was diagnosed with breast cancer. She began eating a raw food diet and, now cancer free, has merged her career with her lifestyle, creating a platform to raise awareness of this remarkable, beneficial approach to health.
On Monday April 4, DC CityCenter broke ground at the site of the former DC convention center. The project is an enormous undertaking for the city, and promises to transform the east end of Downtown. DC Mayor Vincent Gray calls CityCenter,“ one of the most important projects in the history of the District of Columbia.”
Brunch being a community affair, everyone brings some dish to the table and the meal usually becomes a wild smattering of tastes. Here are Ris' recipes for short rib hash and blueberry cheese puffs, two brunch plates you wouldn't want to go without.
As a painter who has never abandoned his city, Sam Gilliam’s installation at The Phillips Collection is an achievement for the arts in Washington, reinforcing the community among the city’s visual arts efforts and breathing new life into the Phillips as a contemporary art museum.
The Ralls Collection has assembled another monumental exhibition, significant to the local community and the artistic community at large, which bridges an array of styles and influence into a cohesive and relevant body of works. It is only March, but this exhibition will surely go down as one of the major arts events of 2011.
Since Ris first brought me into her kitchen, she has told me the tales of Bob Juliano. Powerhouse lobbyist for almost forty years and an unmistakable Chicago native, Bob has been following Ris around since her days at Kinkead’s. Call it a culinary crush. This is a man who has gone to bat with the big boys of Washington, including the Executive Branch, usually fighting for the rights of the working class. He calls Rahm Emanuel an “old friend.” What Rahm probably doesn’t know is that Bob makes a mean marinara sauce.
The Georgetowner selected a handful of renowned, world class travel experts, who shared with us their favorite international, domestic and local travel destinations of the last year, offering a wealth of insider travel information that even the most traveled readers are sure to appreciate. From resorts tucked away in the canyon valleys of Southern Utah, to romantic Italian villas and hidden local gems, here you will find plenty of reasons to start booking your tickets and packing your bags.
R2L:Architects is among the area's newest architectural firms. And while the firm is a surefire up-and-comer, its founders have a wide array of experience in the Washington area. Architects and principals Sacha Rosen, Tom Lenar and Lee Rubenstein sat down with the paper to discuss the nature of architecture in Washington, the challenges of historic preservation, hidden architectural gems of our city, and much more.
The Cross Mackenzie Gallery, in Canal Square in Georgetown, has kicked off their artistic season with a small but resounding triumph. “Paisley Monuments,” the gallery’s latest exhibition of DC artist Tamara Laird, brings together a playful, natural whimsy with serene elegance, offering a fittingly contemporary aesthetic in a subtle sea of history.