One of DC’s Best Joins Trash Summit on Plastic Pollution

A small team from across our company took a day away from our offices and award-winning restaurants to join other local policy makers, business leaders, advocates, and community members to participate in an all-day, annual Trash Summit at George Mason University.

Led by the Alice Ferguson Foundation, this year’s focus was seeking “Business Solutions for Plastic Pollution.” Co-owner Dan Simons was part of the opening panel, moderated by Michael Berger of Elevation Burger, and discussed the ins and outs of operating a sustainable restaurant company for over 10 years.

Tweets from @aliceferguson throughout the day pointed to the lively and informative conversations, including Dan’s discussion on “the delicate relationship between mission and profit,” which creates opportunities such as “the responsibility and gift of educating customers on going straw-free.”

As DC’s Best New American Restaurant, we work hard to not only serve scratch-made, delicious food and drink, but also to preserve the beauty and health of our great city, which includes helping to educate our neighbors on everything we know (and do) to operate more sustainably.

Our Last Straw, the non-profit we launched over the summer, hosted an information table to share more about our efforts to build a coalition of restaurants and other hospitality-oriented businesses, local government agencies, NGOs, and community members to eliminate plastic drinking straws throughout the DC region.

“Even though small, plastic straws contribute to the plastic problem across the world,” said Dan Simons. “We see straws as an important gateway to eliminating other single-use plastics and an important part of our sustainability efforts, both within the walls of our restaurants and far beyond.”

Erin Chalkley, our Construction & Development Project Manager and LEED Green Associate, who helps us build and manage our waste systems, including running regular waste audits, also led two roundtables on waste reduction in restaurants.

Participants expressed considerable interest in what we’ve learned in more than a decade of running sustainable restaurants, which are LEED certified and have earned 3 Star Green Restaurant Association certifications, as well as additional accolades, such as our most recent Near-Zero Waste Award, one of two recent GRA award wins.

This all-day meeting created much opportunity for continued learning for our team. We are grateful to the Alice Ferguson Foundation for a lively and informative day of education, networking, and outreach. We are looking forward to a productive future working closely with their Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative, including participating in this annual Trash Summit.

Holidays Around the Farmers Table

This year, gather around our table for the holidays.

With the leaves beginning to turn and air getting brisk, we’re starting to get excited to feel the holiday season almost upon us.

Each year our Farmers Restaurant Group teams – at Founding Farmers, Farmers & Distillers, and Farmers Fishers Bakers – look forward to opening our doors to welcome guests with excellent food and drink, and a warm, festive atmosphere.

All of our restaurants across the DC metropolitan area, King of Prussia, PA and Reston, VA will be open to serve our guests throughout this holiday season.

Special Holiday Hours:

Thanksgiving. Thursday, November 22. Open 11am-8pm. Prix fixe menu.

Black Friday. Friday, November 23. Brunch, all locations:

  • Founding Farmers DC & MoCo’s Founding Farmers: 7am-2pm
  • Founding Farmers King of Prussia: 8:30am-2pm.
  • All other locations: 9am-2pm.

Regular dinner hours to follow.

Hanukkah. December 2 – December 10. Open every day and serving regular menus, all locations.

Christmas Eve. Monday, December 24. Open regular hours and serving regular menus, all locations.

Christmas Day. Tuesday, December 25. Open 11am-8pm. Regular menu.

New Year’s Eve. Monday, December 31. Open regular hours and serving regular menus, all locations.

New Year’s Day. Tuesday, January 1.. Brunch 8:30am-2pm, all locations. Regular dinner hours to follow.

Reserve your table today, at any one of our restaurants.

Or, bring Founding Farmers home to your own table. MoCo’s Founding Farmers, Founding Farmers King of Prussia, and our newest restaurant, Founding Farmers Reston Station, will all be offering Thanksgiving To Go, if you prefer enjoying your holiday dinner with family and friends in the comfort of your own home!

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Farmers & Distillers

Wondering about your Thanksgiving Day plans? Join us at Farmers & Distillers for your holiday meal. We will be serving a special, prix fixe Thanksgiving menu for $39 per person, featuring all of your holiday favorites.

Join us from 11am – 8pm on Thursday, November 22, 2018.

Our sibling restaurants, Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers, are also hosting Thanksgiving, if more convenient.

If you prefer spending Thanksgiving at home, we’ve got you covered there too. MoCo’s Founding Farmers in Potomac, MD, Founding Farmers King of Prussia in King of Prussia, PA, and Founding Farmers Reston Station in Reston, VA will all have To Go dinners for convenient pick up. Menu and ordering information is available here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Chefs Reel in a Day of Fishing on the Chesapeake Bay

Chefs and team members from across our company, Farmers Restaurant Group (FRG), spent Monday fishing on the Chesapeake Bay participating in the 7th Annual Congressional Seafood’s FINvitational. Among our team members, led by Vicki Griffith, FRG’s Vice President for Quality Assurance & Purchasing, was our very own Farmers & Distillers Chef Richard Torres.

Team FRG brought home the 3rd place trophy thanks to Chef Oscar Rivera from our sibling restaurant, Founding Farmers DC, who reeled in the 31-inch award-winning Chesapeake Bay Rockfish.

The purpose of this field trip was to get to know some of our fisherman, our primary supplier and host for the day, Congressional Seafood Co, as well as learn the ins and outs of fresh fish and seafood. We also wanted to get better acquainted with our local waterways. The team met many local vendors and organizations working to educate our communities about the bay and its preservation.

Explore Your Hometown Eats with Restaurant Week

August can be a rough month for DC locals. It’s usually unbearably hot and humid, and many of our friends and family have managed to skip town. One great way to beat the heat and enjoy our great city this month? Take a stay-cation from the daily grind and explore our hometown eats during Restaurant Week.

From August 13-19, Farmers Restaurant Group will be participating in this annual tradition at five of our DC area restaurants: MoCo’s Founding Farmers (*note: MoCo runs from August 10-19), Founding Farmers Tysons, Farmers Fishers BakersFarmers & Distillers, and our newest location, Founding Farmers Reston Station. Each restaurant will offer a special three-course lunch for $22 and dinner for $35 – both menus will include one of our delicious desserts.

About 250 local restaurants will join Restaurant Association Metropolitan Week in what is one of the best food offerings of the year, and a great way to enjoy DC in August.

Join us and give yourself a late summer in-town break. It is sure to bring a breath of fresh air into an otherwise muggy season. We always recommend getting a reservation, if possible.

*Founding Farmers DC, located at 1924 Pennsylvania Ave., is not taking part in Restaurant Week 2018.

Joining DC’s Biggest Annual Tennis Competition

Farmers & Distillers is joining DC tennis fans at the city’s annual Citi Open next week.

This year’s Citi Open includes a special 50th Anniversary Kickoff party on Friday, July 27th from 7pm-10pm at the Rock Creek Tennis Center, where we will be serving one of our guest favorites, FF’s Glazed Bacon Lollis. Our Founding Spirits team will be mixing up our Farmer Jon cocktail. Tickets for the kickoff party are available here.

Founding Spirits is the spirit sponsor throughout the weeklong competition, from Saturday, July 28th– Sunday, August 5th, where we will be mixing up our specialty cocktail, the Founding Spirits Mule (mint, ginger, lime, FS Vodka), as well as other cocktails made with Founding Spirits Vodka, Founding Spirits American Whiskey, and Founding Farmers Rye Whisky.

Expert mixologists from Farmers & Distillers are also hosting a special tailgate mixology contest on Friday, August 3, from 6:30pm-9pm. Striving for the best classic Tom Collins, Farmers & Distillers will be competing with bartending friends at Service Bar, The Salt Line, Colada Shop, Archipelago, and Copycat Co.

Tickets for the competition or any of the special events are available here.

The Citi Open, formerly known as the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, has been part of summertime in DC since 1969. Each year, proceeds benefit the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation, which works to improve the lives of DC-area youth, particularly those from lower-income communities, through educational and community-based activities, including tennis. Farmers & Distillers also participated in the kickoff event last year.

Cool Down Your All-Star FanFest Fever at Farmers & Distillers

Great news for everyone heading to Geico’s All-Star FanFest, aka MLB FanFest, starting Friday, July 13th: Farmers & Distillers is within walking distance of the DC Convention Center and a five-minute Uber ride from Nationals Park.

So, come on by. Whether you need breakfast near the convention center, dinner after your MLB Fanfest workout drills, a cool lunch near Nationals Park, a feast of a delicious buffet brunch before the Sunday SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game or the Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, or you just want to swing by and grab a hot cup of our First Bake Blend Compass Coffee with Chef Joe’s house-made special MLB FanFest Donut.

For all of those choices and more, at Farmers & Distillers, we want to be your go-to All-Star FanFest restaurant of choice. And your go-to Nationals Park restaurant of choice.

Why? Because we are super convenient to all of the All-Star FanFest festivities. We are open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend buffet brunch. We have so many menu choices to accommodate friends and families, and even those pickiest of kid eaters. We also have great scratch-made sodas and craft cocktails that make almost everyone happy.

Join us. See if you agree. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

Walking to the DC Convention Center for The RAMMY Awards Gala

It was a big night for DC’s hospitality industry last night with the annual RAMMY Awards Gala. Our family of restaurants team were delighted to walk a block down the street from Farmers & Distillers to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and join our area’s fashionable restaurant industry foodies, about 2,400 of them, to celebrate the city’s big winners.

We brought along our Founding Spirits team to mix some of DC’s favorite cocktails, including our Cucumber Delight, a light and refreshing mix of our award-winning Founding Spirits Vodka and ginger liqueur, cucumber, cantaloupe, and lemon. As one of our most popular cocktails, also served at Founding Farmers, our Cucumber Delight has quite a fan club. It was the perfect craft cocktail to add to the evening’s celebrations.

In addition, this year’s festivities also included two important no’s for the hospitality industry: single-use plastic straws and Initiative #77. Our parent company, Farmers Restaurant Group, continues to support our employees working to save tips and vote no on Initiative #77.

We have also just launched a campaign to eliminate single-use plastic straws across the DMV. Our Last Straw is seeking partners in the local restaurant and hospitality industry to commit to stop serving plastic straws and make the switch to paper or to no straw at all when the beverage doesn’t need it. We are also seeking personal pledges to #StopSucking and join the movement to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics.

Kathy Hollinger, President & CEO of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, announced the efforts of Our Last Straw, saying we all need to work together to 86 plastic straws starting now, which meant that no plastic straws were used at the gala. She also encouraged restaurants and individuals to take action by joining the Our Last Straw coalition.

Calling All Campari Lovers, Negroni Week is Here

June 4th marks the start of a very special season for Campari lovers: Negroni Week.

Across Farmers Restaurant Group, we love this annual opportunity to serve delicious cocktails for a cause. This year’s benefit is No Kid Hungry, which is a movement of teachers, chefs, community leaders, parents, lawmakers, and CEOs with one shared belief: No kid in America should go hungry.

We are also pretty psyched to wow Negroni lovers, as well as newbies to the Negroni scene, with a few of our spins on this classic cocktail. While a traditional Negroni is made with gin, a bitter aperitif (such as Campari), sweet vermouth, and finished with an orange twist, our Managing Partner, Beverage & Distillery Jon Arroyo, has come up with some very special handcrafted alternatives.

Our Negroni cocktails use our very own Founding Spirits, including Gold Medal Winner Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro. We will be serving three Negroni-inspired craft cocktails from June 4-10 at Founding Farmers, Farmers & Distillers, and Farmers Fishers Bakers:

Negroni Sour is a smooth and creamy mix of our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, Founding Farmers Gin, Campari, lemon, orange, and egg white.

Negroni Swizzle is a delightful mix of Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, Founding Farmers Gin, Campari, cinnamon, and lemon.

The Silent Negroni includes Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, Mezcal El Silencio Espadin, Campari, and Pamplemousse Rose.

If this trio of taste isn’t enough to get you out and about, perhaps and you can have a Negroni Week party of your own and order some of our award-winning Founding Spirits online. Sponsor Imbibe Magazine has lots of recipes online and even Negroni week t-shirts to order.

Negroni Week is an annual international fundraiser put on by Imbibe magazine and Campari. To date, they have collectively raised nearly $1.5 million for charitable causes. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger through effective programs that provide kids with the food they need.

SAVOR & Sip Six Selections from Alewerks

Great news, beer lovers. Farmers & Distillers is pre-gaming what The Washington Post describes as “the gold standard” of beer festivals, SAVOR.

On Tuesday, May 29th from 5-7pm, we are hosting a Tap Takeover featuring six selections from Alewerks Brewery Company to celebrate. Three Alewerks brews will be available for tasting: Superb IPA, Chesapeake Pale Ale, and Tavern Brown Ale. And we will offer three limited releases for purchase on draft: Jalapeño Weekend Lager, Pancake House Stout, and Secret Admirer DIPA.

Head on down to DC’s Mt Vernon Square to our bar and Pleasure Garden on Tuesday night for a small taste of what will be coming your way at SAVOR.

This year’s SAVOR – held June 1-2 at the nearby National Building Museum – will host 90 small and independent craft breweries from around the country showcasing 181 beers, each one thoughtfully paired with a small plate that will dazzle your palate. Tickets are available online.