Celebrity Chef Rachael Ray Takes Over the Riggsby—for One Night

The chef-turned-business mogul will be in DC for one night serving up a family-style dinner.

Attention Food Network fanatics: Celebrity chef Rachael Ray and all her trademark sayings—Yum-O! Delish!—are headed to the District.

June 14, Ray will be taking over the kitchen at old-school-style American spot the Riggsby for one night only. Apparently, she and chef Michael Schlow are tight (they cook together in Italy every year), and he’s giving her free rein to put on a family-style dinner.

Ray’s husband John Cusimano will be handling the pre-dinner cocktails. Each drink comes with some of the signature bar snacks Ray is known for, like ‘nduja deviled eggs and chicken liver crostini (courtesy of her mom’s recipe).

But the real show starts when Ray serves up the multi-course dinner. Think roasted artichokes and capers, lamb meatballs, eggplant and beef rigatoni, shrimp scampi, and green tomato salad. Schlow’s executive pastry chef Alex Levin will handle the desserts.

Tickets for the night go for $75 (not including drinks), and bookings are available for groups of two or more in two-hour windows

The Riggsby; 1731 New Hampshire Ave. NW



Mimi Montgomery Washingtonian
Home & Features Editor

Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She’s written for The Washington Post, Garden & Gun, Outside Magazine, Washington City Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. Originally from North Carolina, she now lives in Del Ray.