Christmas Cocktails & Winter Warm Ups

As the colder temperatures seem to have arrived to stay, downtown DC is bustling with Christmas. Shoppers, tourists, and revelers alike, all excited to see our National Christmas Tree and enjoy our nation’s capital during the holiday season.

What better way to enjoy the weather and the season than a tasty holiday cocktail at Farmers & Distillers?

We are serving a delicious group of winter cocktails at our Mt Vernon Square restaurant close to all of this season’s downtown holiday fun. Whether you are taking in the holiday bazaar, the National Christmas Tree, a holiday show, or just enjoying the beautiful, holiday sites our nation’s capital has to offer, we welcome you to Farmers & Distillers to enjoy one of our winter craft cocktails.

Our current holiday cocktail choices include:

Winter Pie

A delightful Christmas craft cocktail featuring our award-winning Founding Spirits Vodka, blended just steps away from our bar, infused with cinnamon, clove, star anise, allspice, and chamomile tea. It is topped off with cold-pressed apple juice and honey, and a finished with a smoked cinnamon stick.

Irish Coffee

Our version of this classic winter cocktail is made with rich, brown sugar syrup, Irish whiskey, our very own First Bake Compass Coffee Blend, topped with fresh, hand-whipped cream.

Hot Toddy

Likely the coziest cocktail of them all, ours features our Founding Spirits American Whiskey, fresh-squeezed lemon, honey, and breakfast tea.

Hot Buttered Rum

A decadent holiday cocktail treat, made with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, all mixed with dark rum.

In addition, our complete craft cocktail menu is always available, featuring our very own Founding Spirits and a whole host of other cocktails, as well as beer and wine. We are certain to have something to whet your holiday whistle.

Holiday Gifts for Food Lovers

The December gift-giving season is looking bright for local food lovers. At Farmers & Distillers, our menus have something for everyone, and all of it is made from scratch in-house. There’s a lot to love for food lovers (and drink lovers), whether our neighborhood favorites, our decadent desserts and famous donuts, or our extensive craft spirits program featuring spirits from our very own distillery, Founding Spirits.

This year, we’re making your shopping easy with gift options your family, friends, and colleagues are sure to love: the gift of delicious food and drink. We have some great food (and drink) gift ideas for all on your holiday list this year:

  • Invite them for a meal at Farmers & Distillers. Create your own holiday food and drink festival, giving them the gift of great food, drink… and your company. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.
  • Get them a gift certificate, which is good at Farmers & Distillers or any of our sibling restaurants, including Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers. Let your loved ones and colleagues experience some of our scratch-made goodness on their own.
  • Order a copy of The Founding Farmers Cookbook, available online. Here they’ll find over 100 recipes, including traditional American classics and farmhouse favorites, as well as tips from our chefs.
  • Pick up a canister of our First Bake Blend Compass Coffee, available at Farmers & Distillers. This well-balanced blend is a guest favorite. After much testing and experimenting by our beverage director and the experts at Compass Coffee, our First Bake Blend was created especially for our restaurants and makes for a delicious cup of Joe, perfect for any coffee lover on your list.
  • Give the gift of small-batch spirits from Founding Spirits. Check out some of the spirit gift options at our very own Founding Spirits. From gift boxes and individual spirit bottles available for purchase in person at Farmers & Distillers to individual spirits available for purchase online, many on your list will delight in our unique, handcrafted spirits from our in-house distillery.
  • Peruse our Guide to the Holidays for holiday hours and other gift options for food and drink lovers this Christmas.

Give the gift of good food, handcrafted spirits, and great experiences this year. Sharing the gift of Farmers & Distillers and Founding Spirits with the foodie and beverage lovers in your life will surely make for a very joyous holiday season.

That’s the Spirit: Christmas Festivities in Downtown DC

What better place to celebrate the Christmas season than in our nation’s capital?

Downtown DC is bursting with holiday spirit throughout December. With so many of these Christmas sights and festivities within walking distance of Farmers & Distillers, we would love to be your home base for food and drink, and periodic respite, as you explore all of the holiday wonder that downtown DC has to offer.

A sampling of Christmas in the capital – all within a mile or so from Farmers & Distillers – to help get you planning your next few weeks and weekends:

National Treasures Brimming with Christmas Spirit

  • Don’t miss the National Christmas Tree! Walk over to President’s Park on the White House Ellipse where you & yours will not only find the National Christmas Tree, but also trees decorated with handmade ornaments from 56 of our U.S. states and territories. With nightly musical performances, this free, awe-inspiring holiday wonder is open daily from 10am-10pm throughout the holiday season, with the tree lit from 4:30pm-10pm.
  • Deck the halls while visiting the Library of Congress where a beautiful Christmas tree awaits in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Throughout December, open Mon-Sat from 8:30am-4:30pm, visitors from around the globe flock to this landmark, which is decked out for the holidays.
  • From the giant lit wreaths that greet you to the decorated shops and the holiday model train display to the Norwegian Christmas tree, Union Station is a holiday festival destination for travelers and DC residents alike.
  • Visit the U.S. Botanic Garden to get your fill of holiday exhibits such as their holiday-inspired model train and showcase of poinsettias, as well as holiday concerts that fill the air with cheer. Open now through January 1st daily from 10am-5pm.

A Winter Wonderland & Great Shopping

  • Want to find plenty to explore and get some holiday shopping done? Head on over to 10th & H St NW where you’ll find the CityCenterDC in full holiday form. Look up as you walk Palmer Alley to discover the magical Dream Closet Installation of 400 holiday ornaments suspended from above. On display through February 28th. And from December 7th-9th, don’t miss the Winter in Washingtonice exhibit, featuring some of DC’s most iconic monuments whittled from 50,000 pounds of ice. It is as amazing as it sounds. CityCenterDC also has great holiday shopping.
  • Unique, downtown DC Christmas shopping at its best is, of course, the 14th Annual Downtown Holiday Market. Shop local from 150-featured regional artisans and craftsmen and their jewelry, pottery, paintings, and textiles. Find something special for everyone on your Christmas list at this DC holiday market located on F Street between 7th & 9th Streets, NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery. Open daily from noon-8pm through Sunday, December 23rd.

Downtown DC Holiday Fun: Dance, Music & Theater

  • Not one but two holiday shows are heading to DC’s Capital One Arena this month. The HOT 99.5 Jingle Ball concert hosts Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers, G-Eazy, Meghan Trainor, and more. And a rock opera festival of sounds for the ages, Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s The Ghosts of Christmas Eve makes its way back to DC this year, much to the delight of many.
  • Ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future abound at DC’s historic Ford’s Theatre annual presentation of A Christmas Carol. Now through December 30th, your & yours will be dazzled by this holiday production of Dickens’s Yuletide classic starring acclaimed actor Craig Wallace as Ebenezer Scrooge.
  • For the perfect DC December night, don’t miss The Washington Ballet’s famous The Nutcracker, showing now through December 28th at the Warner Theater.

 Visit us at Farmers & Distillers as you take in all of these spirited Christmas events and sights in downtown DC. We are centrally located on Massachusetts Ave. in downtown DC’s Mt Vernon Square neighborhood, just a hop, skip, and a holiday jump near some of the best Christmas fun DC has to offer. As always, a reservation is recommended.

A Perfect DC December Night

Enjoying The Washington Ballet’s spectacular performance of The Nutcracker is a great way to add a little more Christmas spirit to this year’s holiday season. For many Washington, D.C. area residents and visitors, it is an important annual tradition.

Farmers & Distillers is a short distance away from the historic downtown Warner Theater that now hosts what has become DC’s most celebrated local ballet performance. Joining us for a bite before the show is a great way to extend your holiday fun. Or, perhaps even better, stopping by afterwards for a drink, dessert, and some time to talk about this amazing, classic storytelling, and DC-centric dance performance, may make for a perfect DC December night.

At Farmers & Distillers, our inspiration has always been George Washington. Evident across our restaurant, from our menu to our art, our love for our first president and all of our founding fathers and farmers is relevant to us every day, but it is also a great connection to this iconic, DC version of The Nutcracker.

While The Washington Ballet has been performing The Nutcracker for decades, in 2004, the company premiered a new, all-American version by then Artistic Director Septime Webre, designed just for Washington, D.C. The audience is transported back in time to a Georgetown mansion where party guests include Frederick Douglass, John Paul Jones, Harriet Tubman, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson, with General Washington as the heroic Nutcracker.

And where better to extend your DC holiday celebrations with this particular take on The Nutcracker other than Farmers & Distillers?

We hope you will join us. Please be aware reservations are recommended, but not required. Tickets to this unique take on a holiday classic, DC’s very own The Nutcracker, are available online.

 

 

Ho Ho Ho! Holiday Shopping & Celebrating in DC

The holiday season is well underway, and there is great news for holiday shoppers. Downtown DC has some of the best Christmas shopping in the entire DMV. DC’s Downtown Holiday Market was named one of the 20 Best Christmas Markets in the U.S. by TravelMag.

And guess what? This renowned annual market is only a short walk from Farmers & Distillers. It’s hard to beat a fun-filled, festive holiday shopping spree followed by tasty holiday cocktails and a scratch-made meal.

Shop local this year and pick up many unique holiday gifts from the 14th Annual Downtown Holiday Market. Hundreds of distinctive holiday gift items including jewelry, pottery, paintings, and textiles will be offered by more than 150 regional artisans, crafters, and boutique businesses of ethnically produced goods. You’re sure to find a special gift for everyone on your Christmas list.

Located on the F Street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery between 7th & 9th Streets, NW, this unique shopping village is open every day from 12-8 through Sunday, December 23rd.

Explore the market, check off some boxes on your holiday list, and then come celebrate at Farmers & Distillers. You can check off one last holiday gift here with us too. Our Founding Spirits gift boxes are available for purchase throughout the holidays. We are open every day throughout this year’s holiday season.

Ho ho ho!

Food Fight To Support DC’s Central Kitchen

On Thursday night, our Farmers & Distillers culinary team joined chefs from across the DMV for DC Central Kitchen’s 15th Annual Capital Food Fight.

Our very own Chef Richard and Chef Eric served our famous Ahi Tuna Bites to the delight of guests attending this festive, annual fundraiser at the Anthem. With many other food choices, including other takes on tuna, guests kept coming back to our table and telling us that we were their favorite.

Capital Food Fight, founded and chaired by renowned Chef José Andrés, is DC Central Kitchen’s signature fundraising event. The event draws over 1,000 guests to taste offerings from over 80 of DC’s best restaurants, while watching four local top chefs compete in a live, onstage battle hosted and judged by the biggest names in the culinary world. In addition to Andrés, Spike Mendelsohn of Good Stuff Eatery, Washington Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman, Food Network’s Tregaye Fraser, and Tom Colicchio, of Top Chef fame and Executive Producer of the documentary, A Place at the Table, were among the judges.

Farmers & Distillers also participated in the fundraiser last year. In addition, Farmers Restaurant Group regularly delivers food supplies to DC Central Kitchen direct from our farmer owners, the North Dakota Farmers Union.

Testifying at DC Council Hearing on Plastic Straws & Stirrers

Taking the pledge to #StopSucking was relevant to the bills before a DC Council hearing last Friday. Co-Owner Dan Simons and Campaign Manager for Our Last Straw, Julie Sharkey, joined NGOs, DC government and elected officials, and DC residents to testify at a DC hearing on plastic straws and stirrers.

The DC Committee on Transportation and the Environment invited testimony on two amendments, including a bill that prohibits the sale, use, or provision of non-compostable straws and stirring implements by food service entities, beginning January 1, 2019.

At Farmers & Distillers, we made the switch to biodegradable straws over a year ago. In our three DC restaurants alone –Farmers & Distillers, and its siblings, Founding Farmers DC and Farmers Fishers Bakers – we have eliminated over 938,000 plastic straws from the DC trash stream in the last year. We did this by switching from compostable straws to paper and hay. We also have always used fewer straws than many, because we don’t use straws in water glasses and many of our drinks. Of course, if a guest requires a plastic straw, for health or disability reasons, we are keeping a small selection of plastic straws on hand.

Having been almost entirely in compliance with no plastic straws since the day we opened the doors of our first restaurant over 10 years ago, we are delighted to see interest from the DC government on the importance of eliminating plastic straws.

As Campaign Manager for Our Last Straw, Julie Sharkey testified, “Plastic straws, just like plastic bags, are the gateway to increased awareness about the environmental and health hazards of plastics, and a critical stepping stone on the path to reducing our reliance on single-use plastics.”

At Farmers & Distillers, and in all of our restaurants, we are working to educate our guests with the goal of making a real difference in our DC trash streams by stopping the distribution of items than end up on our streets, waterways, and landfills. To help efforts outside of our restaurants, we launched Our Last Straw in June and have built a coalition of approximately 150 restaurants, bars, and cafes working together to eliminate plastic straws. Our Last Straw is working closely with the DC Office of the Mayor and the DC Office of Energy & Environment. We also have established partnerships with multiple NGOs. A few of our partners also provided testimony at Friday’s hearing such as, the Alice Ferguson Foundation, the DC Chapter of the Sierra Club, and DC Doesn’t Suck.

The entire hearing was recorded and can be watched online.

A Time to Serve Our Veterans

Every Veterans Day, like many of our national holidays, we serve our brunch, along with our lunch/dinner menu, across all of our restaurants – Founding Farmers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Farmers & Distillers.

What is different about Veterans Day, however, is that we offer a 50% discount for active duty and retired military personnel, which applies to our veterans plus one guest on Sunday, November 11th and Monday, November 12th. Bring your valid ID or wear your uniform and your brunch, lunch, or dinner is 50% off our regular price.

We offer our utmost appreciation and respect for our military and hope you will come on over to one of our restaurants and let us serve you. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

Celebrate DC Cocktail Week With Us

Each year, our team awaits DC Cocktail Week. Sure, it’s a great chance for us to gather guests around our bar for a special, weeklong event, but we also get to celebrate the talents of our team and share this event with the more than 60 other participating local bar and beverage teams from across DC’s dynamic restaurant and bar scene.

From Monday, November 12th through Sunday, November 18th, we invite you to come by Farmers & Distillers to see what our team has crafted especially for you.

A week of handcrafted cocktails perfectly paired with small bites. We start with our scratch-made, Savory Beignet and pair it with our The American cocktail, a modern take on traditional Irish Coffee. Served hot or cold, this specially crafted cocktail features our very own, pot-stilled and barrel-aged Founding Spirits American Whiskey with an amaro cream finish. Find this pairing only at Farmers & Distillers for just $15.

Gather your friends and family for a great pre-holiday event and celebrate DC Cocktail Week with our team at Farmers & Distillers. Come to the bar and stay for dinner. We won’t disappoint. We always recommend reservations if possible.

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.