Our Farmers & Distillers team were thrilled to join the 16th Annual Capital Food Fight last night at The Anthem at DC’s popular Wharf Street complex.
Capital Food Fight is a true DC-centric industry event presented by DC Central Kitchen and hosted by renowned Chef, Event Founder & Chair, José Andrés. Celebrity chefs, Carla Hall and Spike Mendelsohn, emceed along with DC’s popular radio personalities, Tommy McFly and Kelli Collis, of The Tommy Show.
Farmers & Distillers and Founding Spirits were featured during the evening’s festivities. José Andrés brought our Founding Spirits American Whiskey onstage for a spirited taste and toast with two of our Washington Nationals hometown heroes, Ryan Zimmerman and Dave Martinez, fresh off their World Series win. We provided tastings of our award-winning spirits, including DC’s #1 Vodka. The evening’s auction included a donated dinner for four at Farmers & Distillers and a private Tour & Tasting at our in-house distillery, Founding Spirits. We also served up our signature, plant-based IMPOSSIBLE Chorizo Taco with Pumpkin Pico de Gallo and Habanero-Green Tomato Salsa.
Other food for the event came courtesy of the district’s best culinary teams from over 80 local restaurants. Four top DC chefs – Marcelle Afram/Bluejacket, Kyoo Eom/Dirty Habit, Adam Greenberg/Coconut Club, and Johanna Hellrigl/Doi Moi – went head-to-head in an all-or-nothing battle for charity. Marcelle Afram took home the top prize, which was awarded by some of the culinary world’s top players: Tom Colicchio, Andrew Zimmern, and Maneet Chauhan. The panel of judges for the main event was rounded out by Ryan Zimmerman.
Raising over $815,000 for DC Central Kitchen, this year’s Capital Food Fight will contribute to helping this DC nonprofit in their mission to combat hunger and poverty, every day. Through hands-on culinary job training & job creation, and outreach programs, such as serving scratch-made meals to DC schoolchildren, delivering fresh and affordable produce to local stores where residents don’t have access to supermarkets, and operating an on-site, fast-casual cafe, DC Central Kitchen is a shining star in our nation’s capital.
In addition to supporting Capital Food Fight year after year, Farmers Restaurant Group provides ongoing support to DC Central Kitchen. Co-owner Dan Simons teaches a quarterly class on personal productivity within their culinary job training program. We regularly support their graduates as interns in our kitchens, some of whom we’ve hired to work for us. Our company truck, which transports supplies directly to our restaurants from farms in the Midwest, also brings food for DC Central Kitchen’s community meals program, providing 5,000 healthy meals to those in need at our local area shelters, after-school programs, and rehabilitation centers, every day.
*Our team, featuring chefs Richard Torres & Eric Ruiz, and marketing team members, Julie Sharkey, Emily Hough & Lexi Young, showed up to fight the good fight.