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 of 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 Gold Medal Winner, 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.

What’s A ZooFari?

Last night, Farmers & Distillers joined nearly 100 of the top DC area restaurants and vintners for a premier culinary event in a very unusual setting: the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. In the wild habitats of so many of our favorite resident animals, guests were wined and dined at an unforgettable fundraiser to support our zoo and all of its amazing species.

ZooFari included exotic animal encounters, food sculptors, and a silent auction featuring exclusive paintings made by DC’s famous panda family Mei Xiang, Tian Tian, and Bei Bei. Guests were given after-hours access to the Small Mammal House and the Reptile Discovery Center. In addition to the growls of lions and the calls of orangutans, the evening included live entertainment from the chef that rocks, DJ Chef—champion of the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen— and renowned dance band DC Fusion, as well as classically trained violinist Ben Hoyt.

Part of the ZooFari experience included food and beverage tastings from top DC culinarians. Our Farmers & Distillers team was on hand, hanging with the animals and the animal lovers, while serving one of our house favorites, Crunchy Ahi Tuna Bites. It was a roaring good time.

Memorial Day Brunch In the Midst of All of the Weekend Festivities

Memorial Day weekend not only marks the beginning of summer for most, it is a time of gathering with family and friends and remembrance of our nation’s fallen heroes.

What better place to gather and remember than around a brunch table in the heart of downtown DC at Farmers & Distillers. We are located in the midst of all of DC’s Memorial Day national celebrations, from the largest Memorial Day parade in the country to the National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to Rolling Thunder. We are also steps away from all of our National Mall memorials, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial.

If you are planning your weekend around some of these activities and memorials, consider adding a rest stop at Farmers & Distillers. Come in to cool down and fuel up with our famous brunch on Saturday, Sunday, and Memorial Day Monday. It is a great place to enjoy some downtime with family and friends.

Our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch is a bounty of delicious food with traditional breakfast fare such as French toast and bacon, a hot items & carving table, a cold table ripe with luscious salads, and lots of passed decadence from eggs benedict and baked oysters to spring rolls and house-made pizza.

We also have the best Bloody Mary in town, according to Washington City Paper and an amazing array of craft cocktails made with our very own spirits we distill in-house at our Founding Spirits. These include some delightful shared drinks that are worth the trip alone.

If a buffet brunch isn’t your thing, our sibling restaurant, Founding Farmers DC on nearby Pennsylvania Avenue, has a sit-down, a la carte style service that includes our ever-popular Chicken & Waffles made breakfast-style with scrambled eggs, we also have French toast, benedicts, buttermilk pancakes, poached egg hashes, and our famous applewood smoked bacon.

All of Farmers Restaurant Group will welcome guests in all seven of our restaurants for the three-day long weekend. Voted as a top DC Best Brunch spot by Washingtonian Magazine readers and Washington City Paper’s Best of DC, our brunch menus vary some by location. Our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch is also served at Farmers Fishers Bakers on the Georgetown Waterfront, at Founding Farmers Tysons, Reston Station, and King of Prussia in Pennsylvania. MoCo’s Founding Farmers in Potomac, MD has our sit-down, a la carte style service.

Whatever your Memorial Day weekend brunch needs are, we are pretty confident that one of our restaurants will meet them. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

 

Farmers & Distillers Welcomes Our Company Food Supply Truck to DC

Yesterday afternoon, Farmers & Distillers welcomed the latest addition to our Farmers Restaurant Group family: our 18-wheeler, owned and operated by our co-owners at the North Dakota Farmers Union. Our truck will be used to deliver family-farmed food directly to our restaurants.

The largest commodity of yesterday’s delivery was the wheat we use to distill our award-winning Founding Spirits Vodka. Known as the aristocrat of wheat, this Hard Red Spring Wheat is harvested right on the family farm of Mark Watne, president of the North Dakota Farmers Union.

Watne was there to receive the truck, along with Co-Owner Dan Simons and our Distillery Manager, Bob VanLancker. A few other friends helped us meet the truck as well, including Roger Johnson from the National Farmers Union and members of the Keany Produce & Gourmet family and team who help us distribute to all of our restaurants.

Everyone said a few words, and then we celebrated the big day Farmers & Distillers’ style with tasty treats, including our Crunchy Ahi Tuna Bites and Sticky Pork Riblets, followed up of course with our famous freshly made donuts.

Founding Spirits was simultaneously hosting a tasting of our spirits, which now have earned three prestigious international awards. If you are interested in trying our craft spirits, Farmers & Distillers is hosting tastings every week, Monday thru Thursday, from 4-6pm.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Farmers & Distillers All Week Long

Starting today, it’s officially Cinco de Mayo at Farmers & Distillers. We are jumping right into our festival of tequila, which will include a special Saturday visit from the brand ambassadors at Patrón.

The sun is shining. The temps are rising. The tequila is flowing. It’s going to be a good week.

Come on by Saturday, May 5th from 4-6pm, to hang out with us and our friends from Patrón to talk and taste tequila.

Or join us any day this week, today through Sunday, May 6. We will be serving three very special craft cocktails. For a tasty take on the classic Mule, try our Mule de Fresa with Altos blanco tequila, ginger, lime, strawberry, and mezcal. For something a little sweeter, we have our Strawberry-Ginger Blended Margarita with Avión Silver Tequila, fresh ginger, strawberry, and agave. Or if you like a little spice with your sweet, get a taste of our Señor Arroyo circa 2010 with Altos Añejo Tequila, pineapple, thyme, and jalapeño.

Try one. Or, since you have the whole week to celebrate with us, try all three of them and let us know which is your favorite.

Of course, we are serving our usual delicious scratch-made food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and our festive Farmers Market Buffet Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

Salud!