Celebrating the Shiny New Apple Store with Decadent Apple Donuts

This Saturday, May 11th, marks the opening of DC’s long awaited, flagship Apple store at the historic Carnegie Library, located just blocks from Farmers & Distillers. 

Great news for locals and tourists alike, the shiny new Apple store, named the Apple Carnegie Library, is the result of a two-year restoration of our DC landmark – the Carnegie Library – creating a reimagined, modern center for learning. In addition to continuing to provide the innovative products and services that would make Apple founder and legend Steve Jobs proud, our new Apple store was designed as a space “where everyone is welcome.” In addition to a built-in DC History Center, the Apple Carnegie Library will host ongoing exhibits and programs designed to inspire and educate, including a StoryMakers Festival beginning on May 18th where local artists, photographers, filmmakers, digital artists, musicians, and more will be on hand to share their craft. The Apple Carnegie Library schedules will change daily.

A five-minute walk (or less) to Farmers & Distillers, we are welcoming our new Apple store to the neighborhood with a very special F&D Apple Donut. Inspired to celebrate all things Apple and the historic grandeur of the Carnegie Library, Chef Joe and our Pastry Chef, Chandler Raffa, crafted a decadent donut with the perfect balance of sweetness and spice. Maple-glazed on the outside, with a hit of red-hot cinnamon apple cream on the inside, we think it is the perfect way to welcome our new Apple friends and customers.

And the best part? Our Farmers & Distillers Apple donuts are FREE for Apple store shoppers!

So, if you have plans to check out the new Apple store anytime between Saturday, May 11th through Sunday, May 19th, walk the few blocks over to Farmers & Distillers, show us your Apple Carnegie Library receipt, and get our red-hot Apple Donut for free.

We’re open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or our decadent Farmers Market Buffet Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. As always, we recommend making a reservation.

Great American Food & Donuts for Opening Day at Nationals Park

Avoid the throngs of fans near Nationals Park this year as the Washington Nationals take on the New York Mets on Opening Day, March 28th. Instead, come by Farmers & Distillers before or after the big game for some of the best American food and drink that DC has to offer.

Our burgers are the best in town, and there are so many choices. Try our All-American Double Cheeseburger or a complete meal of Baby Macs, Shake & Fries or our popular IMPOSSIBLE Burger, made entirely from plants for people who love meat. 

If you don’t want a burger, try some of our other scratch-made, American family favorites, such as our Farm Breads and chicken wings, Handmade Pasta and Steak House classics, as well as our FF Fish, Chips & Beer dish served with a short white beer for a great sampling of our incredible, 24-tap beer program. Our Whirley Pop Kettle Corn will surely give you a taste for the ballpark. We will also have very special Opening Day Farmers Donuts. Or if you want to wrap up your meal with some traditional American treats, try our delicious Cherry or Caramel Apple pie, complete with our hand-churned vanilla ice cream.

We are in it to win it at Farmers & Distillers this Washington Nationals Opening Day. From the food and drink to sidelining the crowds and long waits to the easy commute to and from the ballpark. We recommend making a reservation to ensure a hassle-free, great time. 

Park easily in the lot near Farmers & Distillers and walk the two blocks to the green line at the Gallery Place Chinatown stop and metro over to the stadium or come see us after the big game. 

If you can’t make it for Opening Day, there are many other games to take in this baseball season, and Farmers & Distillers is a great way take in some pre- or post-game fun, without all the guff. 

Let us Cater to You

BIG NEWS! Our Farmers & Distillers team caters. Not only do we serve our delicious scratch-made food and drink every day in our restaurants and our private dining rooms, but we also cater to guests who want to enjoy all we have to offer even if they can’t come in to see us in downtown DC.

Farmers & Distillers Catering

Our Farmers & Distillers culinary team has created a large selection of our restaurant favorites for our catering menus. 

Want breakfast catered for your next early-bird office meeting? Leave the details (and the coffee, donuts, and more) to us. 

Need a selection of food and drink and smart service to satisfy your children, your grandparents, and all of your cousins at your next family event? Our diverse menus have something for everyone; and we can take care of everything, so you can sit back and enjoy your company.

Hoping for an easy buffet while the gang gathers to watch your favorite team win big? Our menus have many options for a casual gathering, and we can provide as little or as much catering support as you need. We can set up a tasty buffet and go, come back to clean up later if necessary, or stick around and provide service throughout your event. 

Our Farmers & Distillers catering services are designed to provide you with everything you need so you can enjoy your guests – not worry about shopping, cooking, or cleaning up. We can provide exactly what you need from full catering services to merely arranging to have the food delivered, and everything in between. 

Our catering menus include breakfast, lunch & dinner, and even a selection of our scratch-made beverages, famous First Bake Blend coffee and Farmers donuts, and of course our crowd-pleasing desserts. Choose among boxed meals, a la carte selections, build your own buffet, and more. 

Catering from Farmers & Distillers is easy and delicious. Order here, call us at: #202-465-0887, or email our catering specialist at: FDCatering@FarmersRestaurantGroup.com to arrange your order for pick up or delivery to select areas.

Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner at Farmers & Distillers

*Update: Due to snow/weather conditions today in the DMV area, we have cancelled this evening’s F&D/Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner, but are planning to reschedule this special event. Stay tuned!

We’ve teamed up with craft beer pioneer Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to create a very special four-course, paired dinner at Farmers & Distillers. Five of their iconic Northern California brewery craft brews will be perfectly matched with some of our Farmers & Distillers favorite menu selections.

THE MENU

 Welcome Beer

  • Sierra Nevada Southern Gothic Unfiltered Pils

First Course

  • Sierra Nevada Brut IPA
  • Crispy Shrimp Spring Rolls and Kung Pao Chicken Pan-Fried Dumplings

Second Course

  • Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA
  • Italian Sunday Salad Topped with a Hazy Citrus Ceviche Shrimp

Third Course

  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Signature Cumin Lamb Hand-Pulled Noodles

Dessert

  • Sierra Nevada Chocolate Chipotle Stout
  • Vanilla Ice Cream Affogato Served with a Maple Glazed Donut

Join us on February 20th, 2019 at 7pm for a great tasting experience. The price for the entire evening, including tax and gratuity, is $68.50. Tickets must be purchased in advance here.

Sierra Nevada representatives will be on site to provide tasting notes and insight into the brewing company’s award-winning operations. *Please Note: If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, please email: EHough@frg.co PRIOR to purchasing tickets. Please understand that these menu pairings have been specially developed for this specific event and as such, last minute requests, variations, or substitutions may not be possible.

Great Food Delivered for the 53rd Annual Super Bowl

Kick-off is almost here. Are you ready for Super Bowl LIII? And maybe even more importantly, what will you be eating while watching football’s biggest matchup play out? Whether you are a New England Patriots fan, cheering on the Los Angeles Rams, or even if you are just in it for game day ads or the legendary halftime show, it’s a long game, and you are going to get really hungry.

Call on Farmers & Distillers for all your game day needs. We have a big selection of options to provide our scratch-made deliciousness to power you through the Super Bowl.

Our full menu is available for delivery through Door Dash and Caviar. We also provide full-service, food and beverage catering if you want to sit back and leave the preparation, delivery, and serving to us. Or swing by Farmers & Distillers, right in downtown DC’s convenient Mt Vernon Square neighborhood, and pick up our food to go. An added bonus to picking up your food to go? You can also grab a bottle of one of our award-winning Founding Spirits to enjoy with your food.

Whatever your game day food and drink needs, Farmers & Distillers has you covered. Check out our menu choices including football-watching favorites like our famous glazed chicken wings and bacon lollis, ahi tuna bites, beer can chicken, or what we think are the best burgers in town, including the tasty, meat-free Impossible burger.

Let us help you enjoy the football game we’ve all been waiting for all season.

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.

New Menus for Downtown Diners Just in Time for the 4th

The week-long Fourth of July festivities just got even better as Farmers & Distillers has released all new menus that feature many of our restaurant specialties and guest favorites, including some big news: more beloved choices from our sibling restaurants.

Diners will notice the addition of Founding Farmers Reuben Melt and Farmers Fishers Bakers Roasted Vegetable sandwich, as well as our Founding Farmers perennial guest favorite starter, Glazed Bacon Lollis.

Also of interest is our Southern Fried Chicken & Donut, a delicious nod to the famous Founding Farmers Chicken & Waffles, but with a Farmers & Distillers twist. For lunch and dinner, instead of a waffle on the side, it comes with one of our maple glazed donuts, made fresh in small batches throughout the day. Be sure to save room for both. Breakfast Chicken & Waffles will be available on the breakfast menu.

Steak House choices, including select cuts of beef, are now primarily coming from family-owned J.W. Treuth, who work directly with Pennsylvania cattle farmers to ensure we are getting the highest quality meat. There are also delicious and sustainable seafood choices, a great grouping of burgers and sandwiches, and some of the best garden-fresh salads in town.

Everyone has their own comfort foods. This menu shares some of our Co-Owner Dan Simons’ favorites, such as the IMPOSSIBLE Meatloaf, a tasty vegetarian recipe using the plant-based IMPOSSIBLE Burger served with mashed potatoes and sautéed green vegetables, and our Spaghetti Squash Pomodoro, a delicious medley of roasted squash, roasted garlic tomato sauce, and pecorino.

Other highlights include our hand-pulled Chinese shop style noodles, an array of noodle dishes with lamb, beef & pork meatballs, chicken, or beef combinations. Of course, we will continue to have a whole host of our fresh, house-made donuts, including a new favorite flavor, cinnamon roll.

As always, our craft cocktail menu is sure to delight many with a creative, yet classic array of drinks, many made with our very own Founding Spirits, distilled here in-house, including our award-winning craft vodka and Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro.

With all of our menus, we work hard to make sure there is something for everyone and we continue to make everything from scratch using ingredients primarily sourced from American family farmers we know.

However you plan to spend this Star-Spangled Banner time of year, we have new choices and old favorites, including cool and tasty drinks, and delicious food. We are also super close to all of the Fourth of July celebrations on the mall!

Come on down and check out our new menus. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

Get Your Soft-Shell Crabs at Farmers & Distillers

Farmers & Distillers is celebrating the end of spring and the start of summer with two soft-shell crab dishes.

That’s right. It is soft-shell crab season here in the nation’s capital. We all know our fine neighbors in Maryland are famous for their delicious crabs. Early in the season, those crabs are harvested at peak time and make for some of the region’s very best culinary offerings.

We are serving a soft-shell crab sandwich for $18 and an entrée for $30. Our Maryland soft-shell crabs are lightly battered and fried. The sandwich includes our famous bacon, lettuce and tomato, on a house-made bun, with a side of our tasty tartar sauce and choice of one of our crop sides. Our entrée includes two Maryland soft-shell crabs, served with a choice of two of our crop sides and our tasty house-made tartar sauce.

Both are delicious ways to celebrate this special time of year and will be available for a limited time only. So, scurry down to Mt Vernon Square for some tasty soft-shells. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

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.

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, 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.

 

Who Wants a Free Donut?

With these crazy late snow days, we decided to encourage the arrival of spring and our annual cherry blossoms with three Monday mornings of free donuts at Farmers & Distillers.

Join us at our Farmers & Distillers cafe Monday mornings: March 26, April 2, and April 9. The first 100 guests will get to enjoy a complimentary Cherry Blossom Donut to go. In addition, if you win a donut and take a picture of your donut, tagging us on Instagram @FarmDistillDC, you will get a chance to win a Founding Spirits distillery Tour & Tasting, followed by our can’t miss Farmers Market Buffet Brunch for two.

That’s a whole lot of winning in honor of this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival.

Farmers & Distillers opens every weekday for breakfast at 7am. To accompany that free donut, you can purchase our fresh squeezed juice, a cup of our First Bake Blend Compass Coffee, or select one of our premium blend teas. Whichever adds a little spring to your step.