The Baltics in the News

Click here to read all news

Jan 9, 2009 - ANALYSIS-Gas row risks long-term damage to Russia's reputation

Dec 13, 2008 - Dealing With Revisionist Russia

Oct 20, 2008 - The Russian Cyber War attacks On Georgia

Sept 14, 2008 - A Baltic Response to the Bear

Aug 29, 2008 - Russia's Passportpolitik: Implications for the Baltic States and Beyond

Aug 18, 2008 - NATO's Hour

Aug 17, 2008 - Russia's 'Russia Problem' Also Causes Global Misery

Lithuania Flag Aug 7, 2008 - Voting in the Elections to the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania 2008

Aug 7, 2008 - Stalinism Was Just as Bad as Nazism

Jul 27, 2008 - The Clueless, Craven Boston Globe

Jul 26, 2008 - First Estonian civilian surgeon starts work in Afghanistan

Jul 25, 2008 - Latvian Commentary Assesses Russia's New Foreign Policy Document

Jul 25, 2008 - Morocco interested in Estonia's oil shale industry

Jul 24, 2008 - Collection of cancelled stamps provides aid to Lithuanian children

Jun 30, 2008 - Hackers Post Soviet Symbols on Lithuanian Sites

May 2, 2008 - Estonia, Lithuania hold energy-security talks

Apr 30, 2008 - Lithuania's president urges Baltic unity in relations with Russia

Apr 27, 2008 - A year on, jury out on economic harm of Estonia's row with Russia

Apr 24, 2008 - Latvian Leader Talks Country’s Future

Feb 26, 2008 - Estonia's President Sounds the Alarm

Feb 7, 2008 - Get Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius on the Monopoly game map!

Feb 6, 2008 - Saakashvili: Estonia is the most successful model for a transition society

Jan 16, 2008 - President Bush's Statement on the 10th Anniversary of the US-Baltic Charter

Jan 16, 2008 - The Baltic Model. By MARIS RIEKSTINS and RONALD ASMUS

Click here to read more news

U.S.-Baltic Foundation

Internationally renowned Latvian chef, Martins Ritins, to prepare menu and attend 2008 U.S.-Baltic Gala

March 24, 2008

Contact: Trevor Dane
Tel: 202-785-5056
E-mail: [email protected]


Martin RitisWASHINGTON, DC – Gala Committee Chairman  Maria Kivisild Ogrydziak announced on Monday that internationally acclaimed chef Martins Ritins, Director of Vincents Restaurant in Riga, Latvia and President of Slow Food Latvia , will create  the menu and oversee the meal’s preparation for the 2008 dinner and gala of the U.S.-Baltic Foundation (USBF). 

Since 1990, the Foundation has served as an education resource for policy makers in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and the United States. It has developed and implemented programs to strengthen democracy and free markets in those nations, and introduced Baltic political, educational, and industrial leaders to new American audiences with a series of public affairs programs.

The 2008 U.S.-Baltic Gala awards dinner and silent auction will be held on April 19, at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC, the sixth annual fundraising dinner that USBF has organized.

Since beginning his career in 1971, Mr. Ritins has worked in and owned restaurants in Canada,  Jamaica, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, the United States and Latvia.  Among his prominent guests have been President George W. Bush, Queen Elizabeth II, and Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan.  Mr. Ritins prepared meals for the heads of states and governments at the NATO Summit in Riga in November, 2006.

Since 2004 Mr. Ritins has been the President of Slow Food Latvia, which is a branch of Slow Food International, a non-profit organization founded in 1989, and which has more than 80,000 members worldwide.  The mission of Slow Food International is to defend biodiversity in our food supply, spread taste education and connect producers of excellent foods with co-producers through events and initiatives. 

Mr. Ritins will be in Washington, DC from Wednesday April 15 to April 21.  He will be available for media appearances and interviews each morning from 8:00 until noon. To schedule an interview, please contact USBF Office Manager Trevor Dane at 202-785-5056 or by email at [email protected].

[Please click here for PDF copy of release]