2 Ways to Enjoy DMV Summer Restaurant Week

One of our favorite times of the summer is upon us! This year, Farmers & Distillers has two ways to celebrate Summer Restaurant Week: at our restaurant and at home   

Beginning Monday, August 15th and going through Sunday, August 21st, 2022, Farmers & Distillers will be celebrating Metropolitan Washington Summer Restaurant Week. Our guests can put together their perfect three-course meal featuring all their favorite dishes from our lunch & dinner menu. 

DINE-IN SUMMER RESTAURANT WEEK 

For our restaurant guests, choose a favorite or something new from our lunch & dinner menu for your first, second, and third course. 

If three courses sounds like a lot, and you are too stuffed from the first two courses for dessert, no problem. Our servers will be happy to give guests a gift card, so dessert is on us for your next visit to any of our locations in the DMV.  

For the Summer Restaurant Week menu, lunch is $25 per person and for dinner is $40 per person when dining in-person. You can enjoy Summer Restaurant Week at Farmers & Distillers, as well as our other DC area locations. Selections vary by location based on each of ourlunch & dinner menus. 

Farmers & Distillers  

Founding Farmers DC 

MoCo’s Founding Farmers 

Founding Farmers Tysons 

Founding Farmers Reston Station 

Farmers Fishers Bakers 

If you would like to join us for Summer Restaurant Week, we encourage and recommend making a reservation. 

Reserve a Table for Summer Restaurant Week

AT-HOME SUMMER RESTAURANT WEEK 

To enjoy summer restaurant week at home, order to-go or delivery from Farmers & Distillers or any of our DMV locations. Our online ordering system will prompt you to choose restaurant week for two or four guests. The menu includes a three-course meal from a wide range of pre-selected lunch and dinner menu options.  

The three-course meal is $70 for two people or and $140 for four people. 

PRE-Order Online

TRY A NEW COCKTAIL TOO 

Looking for something to sip on while enjoying your Restaurant Week feast? Add one of our cocktails to your restaurant week experience. Our Sunstone Collins is a perfect summertime choice. Made with our Founding Spirits Bourbon, it is infused with Sunstone black tea and lemon. The Sunstone Collins is available at Farmers & Distillers, as well as all of our Founding Farmers locations, and can be bottled for pick-up and delivery. 

Summer Restaurant Week – in our restaurants, for to go, and delivery – does not include weekday breakfast or weekend breakfast and brunch. If you would like to enjoy Summer Restaurant Week on the weekend, check out the lunch & dinner hours at Farmers & Distillers or one of our other locations.  

Metropolitan Restaurant Week happens every summer and winter. It is organized by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). We think it is always a great opportunity to try something new or enjoy a restaurant favorite. 

We’re Expanding With Our New Catering & Events Company

We are excited to announce our latest endeavor, Founding Farmers Co. Catering & Events.  

As a full service catering and events company, we are now able to help you whether you are serving 10 or 300 – at home, office, or one of our featured venues. Look to us for full service catering, corporate drop off and pick up, private chef experiences, event planning, and more. We are even working with several featured venues.

With years of experience rooted in restaurant hospitality, we have the hands-on knowledge and capacity to create unique events that are frictionless, delicious, and dare we say fun from start to finish. Our catering specialists are excited to collaborate with you.

Start Planning With Us

New Veggie Burger is Our Very Best

We have a delicious new plant-based burger. We think it is better than other veggie burgers far and wide, and if we’re being honest, we think is it the Best Veggie Burger ever.

It is also a very wholesome choice, literally. Our super-secret recipe is made with whole grains, whole foods, and the perfect combination of veggies from farmers we know and trust, and topped with chopped cabbage and lettuce, our bread & butter pickles, tomatoes, chopped onions, muenster cheese, and our special house sauce. Like all our burgers, our Best Veggie Burger is served on our freshly baked brioche bun with french fries. We also have created a Veggie Loaf platter as well, served with mashed potatoes, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, and topped with mushroom gravy. In addition, our breakfast menu now has a Veggie Patty.

Farmers & Distillers now has all of these vegetarian options available, and so do our sibling restaurants: Farmers Fishers Bakers and all our Founding Farmers locations. Over the years, we have offered our guests a few different plant-based burgers, including the IMPOSSIBLE™ Burger. We were the first restaurant in the DMV and King of Prussia to serve the IMPOSSIBLE™ Burger. Over the past few years, we’ve asked our guests what they like about IMPOSSIBLE and thought about what we like and don’t like know about the product. We’ve decided it’s time to drop this one exception to our “we make it ourselves from scratch” ethos.

“The Impossible Burger was an unusual offering for us, since it is not scratch-made in our restaurants, and it comes from a lab rather than a farm or ranch,” says Co-Owner, Dan Simons. “We were intrigued by the potential of Impossible Burger, and their stated motivations about health and environment. In our company, we are always weighing how our choices impact the environment, as well as our farmer-owners and our guests. Bottom line? Factory food is factory food, no matter how you dress it up. We feel that our farmers are great stewards of the land for the long haul. Our chefs were excited to create a new plant-based offering for our vegetarian guests ­and for meat-eaters who love a great veggie burger. The fact is, this challenge is Not-Impossible, and I think when you taste our plant-based burger, you’ll agree.”

Veggie burger lovers (and any burger lovers), join us at Farmers & Distillers for Our Best Veggie Burger.

Join Us For Our New Breakfast Menu

We have a new breakfast menu at Farmers & Distillers (and all our restaurants) that we are certain will be a great start to everyone’s day, whether you are one of our breakfast regulars or are new to our breakfast menu.

You asked for some of the menu selections we only had at other restaurants to also be available and Farmers & Distillers. And we responded. The biggest news, perhaps, is that we now have Uncle Buck’s Beignets everywhere, including all Founding Farmers  and Farmers Fishers Bakers. We also have our super popular breakfast tacos, formerly only available at Farmers Fishers Bakers.

Buttermilk Biscuits are now also available at all seven of our restaurants, as well as our famous breakfast Chicken & Waffles. Of course, we have a whole host of Things That Get Syrup, which is particularly good in our restaurant, because we only serve 100% Grade A Maple Syrup. We have a partnership with Cornell University’s Maple Program in the Adirondacks of upstate New York. So, come enjoy our real maple syrup atop our Waffles and French Toast (both classic brioche and vanilla cream-filled) with multiple additional toppings, including Maine blueberry compote, strawberries & cream, and bananas foster. Our Buttermilk Pancakes are also crowd pleasers, which come simple and delicious or order chocolate chip, Maine blueberry, and strawberries & cream.

Other breakfast go-to’s include Egg Benedicts with traditional ham, crab cake, or spinach & tomato and expansive array of scrambles and hashes. Kids and adults alike also love our Peanut Butter Banana Toast made with our house-ground peanut butter, our marshmallow fluff, shaved chocolate, and honey-roasted peanuts.

Our new breakfast menu has something for everyone, including breakfast cocktails made with spirits from our in-house distillery, Founding Spirits, our house-roasted coffee and espresso drinks, and fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit juice.

Join us soon at Farmers & Distillers. We think you will agree that we have the very best breakfast in DC.

Feeding Our Neighbors with Breadcoins

For the past year, Farmers & Distillers has been partnering with a growing nonprofit in the District working to feed our neighbors. Breadcoin helps distribute food tokens, or “Breadcoins,” to people who are hungry or food-insecure that can be used like cash at local restaurants, bakeries, markets, food trucks, and more.

“We were excited when Breadcoin came to us, because there is so much more need in our communities than we can provide on our own,” said Hillary Miko, Director of Catering & Special Events. “It is a great way to connect with the people who want to help in our communities, with the people who need help in our communities, and make it easy for people to come in and have a good meal.”

Participating in this innovative program has a twofold impact. Breadcoin helps ensure that all our neighbors are fed and treated with dignity and our neighborhood restaurants, still recovering from the pandemic, are also supported.

In 2021, Breadcoin had a record-breaking year: 35,407 Breadcoins were redeemed at participating vendors. They expect that number to double in 2022.

How Breadcoin Works?

Neighborhood nonprofits hand out Breadcoins to people who are hungry or food-insecure, whether chronically or situationally. Those coins can be used at Farmers & Distillers (and other vendors) to buy food to enjoy in the restaurant and to go. Because Breadcoins can be used just like cash or a gift certificate, all Breadcoin customers can be treated the same as any paying customer, without stigma. Each coin has a current value of $2.50. At the end of every month, Farmers & Distillers cashes out the Breadcoins for full value.

Who Funds Breadcoin?

Members fund the Breadcoin economy each month. Every $25 dollar donation equals 10 Breadcoins. Anyone can become a member and donate to fund the coins.

Who Distributes Breadcoins?

Vetted and trusted nonprofits hand out Breadcoins to those in need, along with information about where they can be used.

To learn more about Breadcoin, check out their website.

Enjoy Easter Meals To Go & With Us

Looking for your Easter meal or bunny treats? We’ve got you covered. 

Easter WEEKEND at Home

Relax this Easter weekend and let us do the cooking. We have created a special Easter Weekend at Home menu – including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks – that is available for curbside pick up at Farmers & Distillers, as well as our Founding Farmers locations in MD, VA, and PA. All you have to do is order, pick up, heat & enjoy this Easter.

ORDER BY: Monday, April 11th at 3pm – Ordering is now closed
Order ASAP to ensure convenient pick up time and location is available. 
PICK UP: Saturday, April 16th, 8am-3pm
Orders will be available for curbside pick up at Farmers & Distillers in DC and at our Founding Farmers locations in Potomac, MD; Reston Station, VA; Tysons, VA; and King of Prussia, PA.

Our Easter Weekend at Home menu includes our scratch-made breakfast items: guest-favorite Cinnamon Rolls, Coffee Pound Cake, Lemon Pound Cake, Buttermilk Pancake Kit, Breakfast Burritos, and our various quiches. Guests can also order bottled cocktails from our DC, VA, and MD locations.

Enjoy your Easter Sunday with lunch or dinner from us, or just grab a few side dishes or desserts to complete your meal. Our menus include a full range of options from our Skillet Cornbread, Buttermilk Biscuits, Asparagus Mint Soup, and Devil-ish Eggs to our great selection of flavorful sides, such as our much-loved Seven Cheese Macaroni and our Marinated Cucumber & Snow Peas. Our entrée choices include our Honey-Glazed Spiral Baked Ham, signature Honey Thyme SpatchcockChicken, Apricot-Maple Glazed Salmon, Herb-Crusted Prime Rib, and our Herb-Crusted American Lamb Rack. Guests can order full meals for 4 with entrée, starters, salads & soup, and sides or order a la carte. You can also add on a selection of our famous house-made desserts in various sizes, as well as our Founding Farmers Chocolate.

Heat, Eat & Enjoy!
Heating instructions will be included with all orders and can be found online closer to the date. 

Bottled Cocktails

We have a great assortment of bottled cocktails available for pick up at Farmers & Distillers and most of our Founding Farmers locations.

Reserve a Table for Easter

Join us in our restaurant at Farmers & Distillers for Easter Sunday. We will be serving our famous Farmers Market Buffet Brunch followed by lunch and dinner. Please reserve your Easter table HERE


Choc’in Down the Bunny Trail

Gift somebunny you love Founding Farmers Chocolate! 


 

Plan Your New Year with Farmers & Distillers

At Farmers & Distillers, we have many ways to ring in 2022 around our tables and yours. Give yourself a New Year’s treat with our food and drink. 

New Year’s Eve & Day at Our Restaurants

We will be serving brunch in our restaurants until 2pm on New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day. Lunch & dinner menus to follow. Reserve your table today.

$1 Bottle of Bubbles With New Year’s Eve at Home Dinner

We have a very special New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu of scratch-made foods started in our kitchens, ready to be finished in yours, including New England Clam Chowder, Bacon Lollis, Shrimp Cocktail, Crab Cakes, Beef Tenderloin, Surf & Turf, Scalloped Potatoes, Sour Cherry Flourless Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, and more.

Toast 2021 at home with $1 bottle of bubbles*

Let your Happy New Year celebration continue at home with our New Year’s Day Brunch at Home options as well.

Ordering is now closed for New Year’s at Home.

Order by: Tuesday, December 28 at 12pm
Pick up: Friday December 31
Available from all of our locations

New Year’s Eve & Day at Our Restaurant

We are open every day, including New Year’s Eve & Day. Celebrate 202s with us on our winterized patio or in our igloo (by reservation). On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, we are serving brunch, lunch & dinner. Our lunch & dinner menu starts at 2pm. You can reserve your table online. Our sibling restaurants, Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers, are also serving guests everyday, at our restaurants. Reserve your table. 

A Message to Our Guests

Some of you have asked why we are charging a 5% restaurant recovery charge and how the funds are being used.

All good relationships have communication at their center; we strive to be crystal clear in our communications and our thinking. We disclose our 5% fee clearly atop all of our menus (both printed and online), in every reservation confirmation email, and in our FAQs on our websites. There are so many industries that add unclear and sometimes seemingly hidden fees to bills, which we find frustrating and misleading. Our goal is to be transparent about why we have added this fee.

Very simply, our industry, and our restaurants, have been crushed by the pandemic and continue to face pandemic ripples and shockwaves. At times over the past 20 months, in all seven of our restaurants, we’ve struggled to pay our debts and rent, even as many of our landlords have been helpful. We are still dealing with cash losses in some of our restaurants and have incurred debts that need to be paid. In all our restaurants, we are continuing to face increased costs due to the pandemic and supply chain difficulties.

The bottom line: Our original business model has been upended by the pandemic, and the only way for us to survive is to increase our costs for our guests. Without figuring out a way to change and evolve our business model quickly, we’d be done for. This evolution and adaptation currently includes our 5% restaurant recovery fee, which helps us cover many new and different parts of our operations, such as:

  • Additional costs (including software and equipment) for health tracking and auditing, including the ongoing monitoring of symptoms, COVID testing, and team members who are vaccinated. (See our COVID Dashboard to learn more.)
  • Ongoing on-site COVID vaccine/booster and flu clinics in all seven of our restaurants.
  • Training and education to help our team understand the science behind vaccinations, our mask and vaccination policies, and enhanced safety operations.
  • Mental health support services, including no-cost access to online therapy through TalkSpace, for our employees and their immediate family members.
  • Paid COVID testing for employees who are not feeling well.
  • Increased cost of goods due to supply chain issues for our napkins, silverware, plates, aprons, kitchen uniforms, equipment repair, and more. Almost everything we use now costs more.
  • Creating and supporting outdoor dining, for winter, as possible.
  • Masks for our team (and guests who arrive without them) in locations where they are required.
  • Changing & updating signage as we respond to changing regulations.
  • Increased wages, including overtime pay as we – like most restaurants – struggle to be fully staffed.
  • Increased training of new employees due to the loss of our workforce during the pandemic, as well as training in all new operations required by the pandemic.
  • Free food for every employee and their family while they were laid off during the pandemic.

The government support thru the PPP programs has ended, and no more support is in sight. It is a challenging time.

The vast majority of our guests do not express any concern about the fee to us, and when a guest does, we engage in conversation, and in the event that the guest would like the fee removed, we’re prompt with removing it from their check. We’re in the making friends business, we’re in the business of serving delicious food & drink, and we’re in the business of caring for our employees and our communities. To do these things, we need to ensure we stay in business.

For us, all roads lead back to hospitality, sustainability, and our long-term commitment to American family farmers. We sincerely appreciate your support. We promise to maintain our transparency as we continue to navigate our recovery. We also promise that we’ll keep taking care of our team, the farmers that we buy from, and you, our guests.

Michael Vucurevich & Dan Simons,
Co-Owners

Outdoor Dining at Farmers & Distillers

If you are looking for an open-air dining experience, we have a patio at Farmers & Distillers. 

Come down to Mass Avenue to enjoy our patio. There are also some heaters and fire pits available first come first serve. We are delighted to serve our guests outside. 

Reserve your table online for an outdoor table in downtown DC at Farmers & Distillers on our patio. Or check out one of our other locations – Founding Farmers DC and Farmers Fishers Bakers – where we have additional outdoor dining available, some are covered and have heaters or gas fire pits. Reserve your table online for outdoor dining to enjoy one of our patios. 

Farmers & Distillers Concessions at Capital One Arena

Great news for Capital One Arena goers this season. You can now Rock the Red and cheer on all your hometown teams with some very special scratch-made Farmers & Distillers tastes only available at the Arena.  

Find Farmers & Distillers in section 413 on the 4th floor for some great game day eats. Don’t miss the Cap One special: Loaded Mac ‘N Cheese with our pimento cheese, applewood smoked bacon, green onion, and sour cream. Give yourself an unusually delicious concessions feast with our Southern Fried Chicken Tenders & Cracker-Crusted Shrimp Basket with fries and our scratch-made Pimento Cheddar Biscuit. Or raise the decibels on your cheers with a Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich with our Buck’s Hot Sauce and Farmers Slaw. For vegetarian Arena goers, we’ve got you too. Try our All-American Double Impossible Cheeseburger with fries. Or if you are looking for something sweet, grab a sundae with our house-churned ice cream and choose your favorite: Hot Fudge or Bananas Foster.

As a DC-based restaurant company, Farmers & Distillers is excited to join all our DC sports fans at DC’s Capital One Arena.

So, the next time you are cheering on one of our home teams, stop by our Farmers & Distillers concessions stand for some great hometown eats. You can also join us before or after the game at nearby Farmers & Distillers for a drink at our bar and local distilleryFounding Spirits – or enjoy our more expansive menus of scratch-made food in our dining room. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.