Saying “No” to Plastic Water Bottles Since Day One

Across all of our restaurants – Founding FarmersFarmers Fishers Bakers, and Farmers & Distillers – we say “no” to plastic water bottles. And we’ve been saying no since we first opened our doors back in 2008.  

At Farmers Restaurant Groupeverything matters, including how we serve our water. We have made a commitment to provide all of our guests unlimited, free filtered water, sparkling or still. Just last year alone, across all of our restaurants, we filtered about 400,000 gallons of water, the equivalent of more than three million 16-ounce bottles.  

Why do we do this?  

Watch this video with Co-Owner Dan Simons to learn more about why we don’t buy or sell bottled water. And join us in yet another one of our sustainably-minded practices to do more good and less harm… for the environment, and for your wallet.

With a Name Like Bubba’s Sweet Nectar, They Had Us at Hello

When we first learned about Bubba’s Sweet Nectar and the story behind their honey, we were all individually saying, “show me the honey.” Obviously we are excited about our recent partnership with this central Virginia-based honey company started by two friends who call each other “Bubba.” 

The Bubba crew wowed us with their honey, and we are happy to say we are now using Bubba’s Sweet Nectar in our food and drink. Their clover honey can be found in everything from our Founding Farmers house favorite, Skillet Cornbread, to our Honey Thyme Roasted Spatchcock Chicken to the whipped honey butter we serve with our biscuits to the multigrain bread we bake every day. Clover honey is also used in some of our dressings, sauces, and many of our scratch-made cocktails. For example, clover honey is a crucial ingredient to the tasty Farmers & Distillers Clementine Cooler, which uses Founding Spirits Vodka infused with clementine, Founding Spirits clementine bitters, lime, honey, and maraschino. Even some of our proprietary spirits use honey. We are currently using Bubba’s wildflower honey to sweeten our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro.

Bubba’s Sweet Nectar is 100% pure, raw honey that is not pasteurized, not ultra-filtrated, and doesn’t contain additives or artificial preservatives. They have two varieties: Clover is traditionally the honey most people use and has a light, mild flavor. Sweet clover plants come in a variety of types, are the highest nectar producing plants, and are the most important plants for honey production. Wildflower is a mixed floral honey derived from a wide range of flowers. It is usually a bit richer and tangier than clover honey, depending on the mix of seasonal wildflowers. 

The honey masters at Bubba’s Sweet Nectar are also devoted to the future of honey bees, and our planet, which aligns well with everyone across Farmers Restaurant Group. We are all big fans of honey and the hardworking producers of honey, honey bees. Our urban apiary at George Washington University is one of our most beloved partnerships. We are delighted to expand our hive and bring our guests Bubba’s Sweet Nectar. We hope you will join us in the honey love. 

Celebrate America with Our Star-Spangled Brunch

Rally up your independent spirit and patriotism and join us for brunch on Tuesday, July 4th in honor of America’s birthday. Yes, we are such rebels, we are doing brunch on a Tuesday!

All of our locations will be offering our award-winning brunch this Independence Day, and MoCo’s Founding Farmers in Potomac will also be serving brunch on Monday, July 3rd.

What better way to celebrate this great land of ours than by enjoying our American classics, which help to support hardworking family farmers, many of which are our owners, investors, and suppliers. At Farmers Restaurant Group, we are working every day to help give our farmers a larger portion of the food dollar all the while providing tasty, scratch-made food for our guests.

Selected as one of DC’s best brunches by Washingtonian Magazine readers and the Washington City Paper, our star-spangled brunch menus vary some by location. Founding Farmers DC and MoCo’s Founding Farmers have sit down service that includes the ever-popular Chicken & Waffles made breakfast-style with scrambled eggs, and our famous stuffed French toast, benedicts, buttermilk pancakes, poached egg hashes, and our specialty glazed bacons.

Our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch is served at Founding Farmers in Tysons, Farmers Fishers Bakers on the Georgetown Waterfront, and Farmers & Distillers at Mt Vernon Square. This festival of food is hard to beat with traditional breakfast fare such as pancakes and bacon, a butcher’s table, a gardener’s table with luscious salads, and lots of passed decadence from Eggs Benedict to Cracker Crusted Shrimp to our house-made doughnuts.

Looking for a little bang before the fireworks? Our brunch drinks are also notorious. In all of our restaurants, we make craft cocktails with our proprietary spirits and house-made syrups and mixers. From one of the best Bloody Mary’s in town, according to the Washington City Paper, to our Fisher’s Tikis at Farmers Fishers Bakers, to our Whimsical Shared Cocktails at Farmers & Distillers, to our old fashioned scratch sodas, we can usually quench everyone’s thirst. Of course, we also serve our delicious Compass Coffee First Bake Blend designed and roasted especially for our restaurants.

So, come on over for a little revolutionary weekday brunch. If you can, we recommend making a reservation. For specifics on our brunch hours and menus for each location, go to:

Founding Farmers DC

Founding Farmers Tysons

Founding Farmers MoCo

Farmers Fishers Bakers

Farmers & Distillers

Our Brunch is a Great Way to Celebrate Dad

Join Farmers Restaurant Group this weekend to celebrate dads and all that they do. Each of our restaurants will be serving our amazing brunch, regularly named as the best in the city by locals, including Washingtonian Magazine readers and the Washington City Paper.

Founding Farmers Tysons in Tysons, VA, Farmers Fishers Bakers at Georgetown’s Washington Harbour, and Farmers & Distillers in Mt Vernon Square will be serving our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch, which is definitely celebratory fare. We have comforting breakfast favorites for the more traditional brunch lovers, such as buttermilk pancakes and bacon and a butcher’s table with a host of choices for meat lovers. We also have lighter luxuries with a gardener’s table ripe with an array of salads. This buffet brunch includes amazing treats hand-carried by our servers to your table including cracker crusted shrimp, eggs benedict, and house-made doughnuts. The cost of this festival of food ranges slightly from restaurant to restaurant, but is about $30 for adults and half or less for kids.

Founding Farmers DC and MoCo’s Founding Farmers, in Potomac, MD have a sit-down, a la carte style service that includes traditional breakfast fare made our way, such as French toast using our house-made bread and buttermilk pancakes always made from scratch. Our tasty poached egg hashes are always a crowd pleaser and some undeniable menu favorites are our unforgettable specialty glazed, thick-cut bacons. Seriously, this is the best bacon your dad may ever have. Prices vary by item.

The food isn’t all dad will love. Our delicious Compass Coffee First Bake Blend is designed and roasted especially for our restaurants. If you and your Father’s Day celebrators are feeling particularly festive, our craft made cocktails are available, including one of the best Bloody Mary’s in town, according to Washington City Paper. We also have Whimsical Shared Cocktails at Farmers & Distillers or if you head to Farmers Fishers Bakers, you can try our Fisher’s Tikis.

Finally, if you want your dad to leave with a great gift, our latest restaurant, Farmers & Distillers is also home to our distillery, Founding Spirits, where we handcraft some of our proprietary beverages. Our latest Founding Spirits American Whiskey, our Founding Spirits Vodka, and our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro are all available for sale by the bottle. Also available for purchase: our Founding Farmers Rye Whisky and our Founding Farmers Gin.

So, come join us! Treat dad this Father’s Day to one of the best brunches in town. We recommend making a reservation.

Let Farmers & Distillers Wine and Dine You

You are officially invited to our delightful Wine Dinner at Farmers & Distillers on Thursday, June 22nd at 7 pm. Beverage Director Jon Arroyo joins winemaker Ben Jordan of Early Mountain Vineyards for an exquisite six-course dinner in our exclusive private dining room, the General’s Parlor.

Prepare to be wined and dined as we serve an array of decadent offerings from our Farmers & Distillers menu, including Kung Pao Chicken Dumplings, Crunchy Ahi Tuna Bites, Dry-Aged NY Strip and Parmesan Grits, and top it all off with our tasty Affogato dessert featuring house-made ice cream. Each course will be paired with a wine from Early Mountain Vineyards.

Farmers Restaurant Group, which owns and operates Farmers & Distillers, collaborated with the talented team of vintners at Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison, VA to handcraft our Virginia Vines Rosé. As our video tour of their vineyards reveals, their commitment to sustainable agriculture was a natural fit for all of our restaurants. We are delighted to bring more of their delicious wine to our guests for this special evening.

Tickets for the Wine Dinner evening are available for purchase here for $120, pricing includes tax and tip. Space is limited, so if you are hoping to join us, buy your ticket(s) today. If you can’t make it but want to join us at Farmers & Distillers for a meal paired with our delicious wine offerings another time, we always recommend making reservations.

Three Days and Five Restaurants Make for Some Very Tasty Brunch Choices This Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is almost here, a holiday that for most marks the start of summer and a time of reverence in honor of our nation’s soldiers.

Whether you’re joining the national celebrations across the DC area, gathering with family and friends, planting your garden, pulling out your summer whites, or simply enjoying three days off… we hope you will join us for brunch.

Farmers Restaurant Group will be welcoming guests for brunch this holiday weekend, Saturday, Sunday, and Memorial Day Monday, in all five of our restaurants. Voted as a top DC Best Brunch spot by Washingtonian Magazine readers and Washington City Paper’s Best of DC, our brunches are always a bounty of food and drinks we make from scratch primarily using ingredients from family farms across America.

Our brunch menus vary some by location. Founding Farmers DC and MoCo’s Founding Farmers in Potomac, MD have a sit-down, a la carte style service that includes our ever-popular Chicken & Waffles made breakfast-style with scrambled eggs, stuffed French toast, benedicts, buttermilk pancakes, poached egg hashes, and our specialty glazed, thick-cut bacons.

Our Farmers Market Brunch buffet is served at Founding Farmers Tysons, Farmers Fishers Bakers on the Georgetown Waterfront, and Farmers & Distillers at Mt Vernon Square. This festival of food is hard to beat with traditional breakfast fare such as buttermilk pancakes and bacon, a butchers table, a gardeners table ripe with luscious salads, and lots of passed decadence from eggs benedict and cracker crusted shrimp to spring rolls and house-made doughnuts.

Our brunch drinks are also fan favorites. In all of our restaurants, we make craft cocktails with our proprietary spirits and house-made syrups and mixers. From one of the best Bloody Mary’s in town, according to Washington City Paper, to our Fisher’s Tikis at Farmers Fishers Bakers, to our Whimsical Shared Cocktails at Farmers & Distillers, to our old fashioned scratch sodas, we can usually quench anyone’s thirst. Of course, we also serve our delicious Compass Coffee First Bake Blend, designed and roasted especially for our restaurants.

There are a lot of reasons to visit one of our farmer-owned restaurants over Memorial Day weekend. If you can, we recommend making a reservation. For specifics on our brunch hours and menus for each location, go to:

Founding Farmers DC

Founding Farmers Tysons

MoCo’s Founding Farmers

Farmers Fishers Bakers

Farmers & Distillers

Founding Spirits Brings Us Home with the Release of American Whiskey

Perfectly timed with Kentucky Derby Week, Founding Spirits is releasing our latest (and maybe our favorite yet) handcrafted spirit, American Whiskey. Since the very beginning of our distilling adventures with Copper Fox Distillery almost a decade ago, we have had our sights set on making a true American Whiskey. But we knew we had to be patient, as truly great things take time.

We are excited to announce that the big day has finally arrived!

Starting today, Founding Spirits will be bringing us home to one of our nation’s true, great tastes: American Whiskey. Pot stilled and barrel aged for at least 18 months at Copper Fox Distillery – using our good friend and farmer, the late Billy Dawson’s Virginia-grown corn, wheat, barley, and oats – we proof, blend, and bottle it in-house at Founding Spirits.

This week (May 1-6, 2017) at Farmers & Distillers, Beverage Director Jon Arroyo will debut some very tasty, Derby-inspired ways to try our new American Whiskey with an array of takes on the famous Mint Julep:

  • Traditional Mint Julep with FS American Whiskey, mint, and rum for $12
  • Never Better” Julep with FS American Whiskey, mint, and our delicious, “never bitter” FS Amaro for $14
  • Blueberry Julep with FS American Whiskey, blueberry gin, mint, and ginger for $14

Of course, you can also try this unique, small batch blend neat, on the rocks, or in a whole host of other delicious cocktails. And make sure to swing by on Friday, May 5th from 4:30-5:30pm when we will be hosting a free FS American Whiskey tasting at our Farmers & Distillers bar with Founding Spirits Distillery Director Jon Arroyo.

On Derby Day, May 6th, you can purchase a bottle of FS American Whiskey for $52. The first 10 buyers will receive a special, complimentary Founding Spirits branded copper Julep cup, complete with matching copper straw.

We look forward to celebrating Kentucky Derby Week with you at Farmers & Distillers, May 1-6. If joining us for a meal, reservations are recommended. Or just drop by anytime, and we can welcome you home to the smooth and savory taste of our very own American Whiskey. Beginning today, cocktails for in-house enjoyment or bottles to take home can be purchased at Farmers & Distillers. And for a behind the scenes look inside our distillery, you can arrange a tour of Founding Spirits to learn what goes into the makings of all our spirits.

Brewing Now: Farmers Restaurant Group Partners with Compass Coffee to Make a Great Cup of Coffee

 

It shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows Farmers Restaurant Group that when we decided to create a unique, proprietary coffee blend for our restaurants, we wanted to work with an independent local roaster who not only knew a lot about coffee, but one that had a knack for interesting, tasty blends. We also wanted a roaster who would be willing to really take the time to work with us to find the perfect brew for all of our restaurants. Compass Coffee, a neighbor, whose moniker—Real Good Coffee. Made in DC—was an obvious choice.

Our Beverage Director, Jon Arroyo, was already familiar with Compass Coffee when he set out to make friends with owners Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez to see if they could come up with a coffee blend for our restaurants. Arroyo was seeking that “just right” cup of coffee that tasted recognizably delicious and bold on its own, and would also pair well with the diversity of food available on our menus. This is asking a lot of one cup of coffee, but Arroyo was expecting nothing less. The partnership with Haft and Suarez was perfect.

The expert roasters from Compass approach their craft using smart technology combined with sensitive palettes. Working with Arroyo, they began the process of testing a full range of coffee blends from across the world, joined together through a wet blend process that really highlights the flavor profiles. Their differing tastes all independently landed on what would soon become our First Bake Blend. This well-balanced blend makes a delicious cup of coffee we think everyone will enjoy.

We invite you to stop by one of our restaurants for a cup, with a doughnut or a breakfast sandwich, or on its own. We think you will agree — it is just right. Guests at Farmers & Distillers can also purchase our First Bake Blend retail for $14.99 to enjoy at home.

A Sneak Peek at Farmers & Distillers Cocktail Menu

One sip of the Suffering Candidate and our guests can easily learn what the highly anticipated Farmers & Distillers cocktail menu is all about. Featuring two of our Farm to Still® proprietary spirits, the Suffering Candidate elevates the beautiful, smoky flavors of our Founding Farmers Rye Whisky mingled with the refreshing, botanical notes of our Founding Farmers Gin. This third generation play on the Suffering Bastard (check out the Suffering Georgetowner at our sister restaurant, Farmers Fishers Bakers) highlights how our ingenious Beverage Director, Jon Arroyo, offers a nod to the rich history of cocktails while maintaining the true character of our Farm to Still spirits in a fun, relevant way.

What’s the next big thing if you ask Jon? “Large format, communal cocktails.” The Suffering Candidate is served communal-style (four guests or more), sparking curiosity and inspiring conversation. Sharing food and drink around a table is rapidly becoming one of Farmers Restaurant Group’s most revered traditions.

Jon and his team have created the whole menu in this imaginative, whimsical manner as an approachable introduction to our spirits. The menu is organized by our proprietary spirits, offering guests three options: Stirred, Sour, or Whimsy. At Farmers & Distillers, you can find evolved iterations of classic cocktails and forward-thinking originals.

Our wine list features our propriety wines and for the first time in the history of our restaurant collection, we will be offering the Director’s List, a carefully curated bottle-only list, including a special home for Champagne. Our beer offerings will be a constantly evolving list of delicious drafts, local to the DMV area and a larger domestic only, beer bottle collection.

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