Celebrating our Neighborhood Traditions this Chinese New Year

At Farmers & Distillers, our Mt Vernon Square neighborhood offers our culinary team a wide array of inspiration, right here in the middle of downtown DC. We are lucky to have the cultural and culinary influence of our nearby Chinatown neighborhood to help guide our chefs when creating our menus.

We are celebrating that influence with the start of Chinese New Year on January 17th, which runs through February 8th. Marking the Year of the Rat, seen as a symbol of wealth and surplus, we will be celebrating with our neighborhood friends on Sunday, January 26, 2020, when downtown DC comes alive with the annual Chinese New Year Parade beginning at 2pm at 6th & Eye St NW, ending at 6th & H St NW.

As we sit just steps from the parade route, we invite you to join us for brunch before enjoying all the sights and sounds the parade has to offer – from the beautiful lion and dragon dances to the amazing Kung Fu demonstrations and traditional fireworks to live music, talented marching bands, and other community-based performers.

Or join us for dinner following your afternoon of revelry. We are serving plenty of delicious, scratch-made fare inspired by our neighborhood. From our Sticky Pork Riblets to our Pan-Fried Dumplings to our Hand-Pulled Noodles to our famous Chinese Fried Chicken, we have something for everyone. Continue the celebration with a sampling of our award-winning craft cocktails from our in-house distillery, Founding Spirits.

For such celebratory meals, and everyday occasions, we recommend guests make reservations with us.

DC’s Restaurant Week is Coming to F&D

Calling all DC foodies! One of our city’s most popular foodie events is coming to Farmers & Distillers.

From Monday, January 13th – Sunday, January 19th, 2020, the city will be buzzing with restaurant goers enjoying Metropolitan Washington’s Restaurant Week Winter 2020, including those making their way to Farmers & Distillers.

Each year, Restaurant Week is one of the most sought-after events of the season as diners experience specially created lunch & dinner offerings for a limited time at participating restaurants all around town.

Come visit us in downtown DC, in our Mt Vernon Square neighborhood near Chinatown, as Farmers & Distillers welcomes guests with our diverse and decadent, three-course, Restaurant Week menu featuring lunch for $22 and dinner for $35 (Saturday & Sunday brunch is excluded).

We’re offering our Restaurant Week guests a delightful selection of our favorites. Start with our famous Whirley Pop Kettle Corn, Pan-Fried Dumplings, or one of our tasty small salads. For your second course, try one of our delicious burgers, ground in-house daily using local and regional all-natural beef, or feast on one of our guests’ all-time favorites, Southern Fried Chicken & Glazed Donut.

As we believe no meal is complete without dessert, we’ve made sure dessert is also part of our Restaurant Week offerings. Although, if you have no room left to indulge in one of our delicious, scratch-made desserts, you will receive a $10 gift card to use for dessert at your next visit. And while beverages are not included, we hope you will enjoy one of our delicious scratch-made sodas or one of our craft cocktails from our NEW Farmers & Distillers bar menu, featuring our very own spirits, made right here in our award-winning distillery, Founding Spirits.

Since Restaurant Week is such a great, annual DC event, we suggest making your reservation today. We look forward to welcoming you for this year’s winter Restaurant Week, beginning January 13th. If you can’t make it to F&D, some of our sibling restaurants are also serving during Restaurant Week. Visit us at Farmers Fishers Bakers and Founding Farmers.

Usher in the New Decade with Us at F&D

Farmers & Distillers is open and ready to welcome all festive, New Year’s Eve revelers and gala goers, and those looking to usher in the new decade on New Year’s Day, with some delicious food and drink.

Our Mt Vernon Square location makes us the perfect stop for your New Year’s Eve festivities. From enjoying our craft cocktails, featuring spirits made in-house at our Founding Spirits distillery, before a New Year’s Eve party to coffee and dessert after your DC masquerade ball dining and dancing, and everything in between, we’ve got you covered.

Spending your New Year’s Day with family checking out the holiday decorations or national landmarks dressed for the season only downtown DC can offer? Stop by before or after for brunch. We’re serving up our famous Farmers Market Buffet Brunch, of course with our signature First Bake Blend coffee, from 8:30am until 2pm. 

Or join us for New Year’s Day dinner. We’ll be so happy to see you that we’re gifting our first 100 tables seated for New Year’s Day dinner (starting at 4pm): one $20.20 Farmers & Distillers gift card. Only one card will be given per table for use at Farmers & Distillers after January 2, 2020. 

Downtown DC offers some of the best New Year’s celebrations and destinations in the nation. We hope you make us a stop along with way as you usher in the New Year.

If possible, we recommend making a reservation. Happy New Year from all of us at Farmers Restaurant Group!

All Aboard the Warmth Wagon with Tommy & Kelly

On one of our coldest winter days so far, Farmers & Distillers joined The Tommy Show and the Washington Area Fuel Fund (WAFF) to raise awareness and funds to help people across the DMV keep warm.

Team members, Julie Sharkey and Emily Hough, joined the WAFF Warmth Wagon at the DowntownDC Holiday Market to hand out fresh-pressed apple cider and our hot First Bake Blend Drip Coffee

It was a great day and a great way to help our neighbors and help spread the word of the work that the WAFF does every day across the DMV to help area residents. We were happy to champion such a great cause, and also get the opportunity to once again partner with DC’s fun, charitable duo, and some of DC’s best citizens, radio personalities, Tommy McFly and Kelli Collis, of The Tommy Show

Across the district, one in five people live below the poverty line and are eligible for heating assistance, but there aren’t enough funds to meet the need. A long-standing partnership between Washington Gas and The Salvation Army USA, the Washington Area Fuel Fund provides local area families in need help with heating costs. In 2018 alone, the WAFF helped 8,000 families. Over the past 36 years, WAFF has contributed $29 million dollars to help 300,000 families stay warm during our cold DC area winters.

If you weren’t able to make it to the DowntownDC Holiday Market, there is still time to donate to this great cause online at WAFFHelp.org.

Fighting for a Great Cause

Our Farmers & Distillers team were thrilled to join the 16th Annual Capital Food Fight last night at The Anthem at DC’s popular Wharf Street complex. 

Capital Food Fight is a true DC-centric industry event presented by DC Central Kitchen and hosted by renowned Chef, Event Founder & Chair, José Andrés. Celebrity chefs, Carla Hall and Spike Mendelsohn, emceed along with DC’s popular radio personalities, Tommy McFly and Kelli Collis, of The Tommy Show

Farmers & Distillers and Founding Spirits were featured during the evening’s festivities. José Andrés brought our Founding Spirits American Whiskey onstage for a spirited taste and toast with two of our Washington Nationals hometown heroes, Ryan Zimmerman and Dave Martinez, fresh off their World Series win. We provided tastings of our award-winning spirits, including DC’s #1 Vodka. The evening’s auction included a donated dinner for four at Farmers & Distillers and a private Tour & Tasting at our in-house distillery, Founding Spirits. We also served up our signature, plant-based IMPOSSIBLE Chorizo Taco with Pumpkin Pico de Gallo and Habanero-Green Tomato Salsa. 

Other food for the event came courtesy of the district’s best culinary teams from over 80 local restaurants. Four top DC chefs – Marcelle Afram/Bluejacket, Kyoo Eom/Dirty Habit, Adam Greenberg/Coconut Club, and Johanna Hellrigl/Doi Moi – went head-to-head in an all-or-nothing battle for charity. Marcelle Afram took home the top prize, which was awarded by some of the culinary world’s top players: Tom Colicchio, Andrew Zimmern, and Maneet Chauhan. The panel of judges for the main event was rounded out by Ryan Zimmerman.  

Raising over $815,000 for DC Central Kitchen, this year’s Capital Food Fight will contribute to helping this DC nonprofit in their mission to combat hunger and poverty, every day. Through hands-on culinary job training & job creation, and outreach programs, such as serving scratch-made meals to DC schoolchildren, delivering fresh and affordable produce to local stores where residents don’t have access to supermarkets, and operating an on-site, fast-casual cafe, DC Central Kitchen is a shining star in our nation’s capital.

In addition to supporting Capital Food Fight year after year, Farmers Restaurant Group provides ongoing support to DC Central Kitchen. Co-owner Dan Simons teaches a quarterly class on personal productivity within their culinary job training program. We regularly support their graduates as interns in our kitchens, some of whom we’ve hired to work for us. Our company truck, which transports supplies directly to our restaurants from farms in the Midwest, also brings food for DC Central Kitchen’s community meals program, providing 5,000 healthy meals to those in need at our local area shelters, after-school programs, and rehabilitation centers, every day. 

*Our team, featuring chefs Richard Torres & Eric Ruiz, and marketing team members, Julie Sharkey, Emily Hough & Lexi Young, showed up to fight the good fight.

A Perfect DC December Night

Enjoying the many spectacular events that our hometown has in store each holiday season, and beyond, is a great way to add a little seasonal spirit to your winter plans. There is something so very special about enjoying the beautiful sights, special events, and national treasures that can only be found in our nation’s capital.

Farmers & Distillers is a short distance away from the historic Warner Theatre, home to some of the best concerts and special theatrical & dance performances that DC has to offer. Perhaps most notably, the Warner Theatre traditionally hosts the world-renowned The Washington Ballet each December for their stunning performances of the season’s classic, The Nutcracker. As the ballet company representative of our great city, The Washington Ballet reflects the diversity of our community and the nation through its professional dancers, world-class choreographers, and selective repertoire.

Join us for a delicious bite to eat before your performance to extend your DC winter fun. Or, stop by afterwards for one of our craft-made cocktails from our very own award-winning line of Founding Spirits and one of our decadent desserts.

Where better to extend your DC seasonal celebrations and festive evenings out than with us here Farmers & Distillers?

Let us serve you & yours this winter, and beyond. We always recommend making a reservation.

Winter Date Night Destination: Downtown DC

Our Mt Vernon Square location puts Farmers & Distillers right in the middle of all that downtown DC has to offer for a fantastic date night this winter in our nation’s capital.

  • Heading to Capital One Arena? We are just blocks away. Whether pre-gaming with a great meal before cheering on DC’s favorite hometown 2018 Stanley Cup Winners, the Washington Capitals, or enjoying a great date night concert, our Farmers & Distillers menu is filled with plenty of scratch-made options to fuel your fun. From our famous Starters and Table Breads to our Chinatown Favorites and Premium Seafood entrées, we encourage trying something new each time you dine with us – and sharing – to make date night extra special.
  • Looking for a date night only DC can offer? Come join us at Farmers & Distillers for an array of delicious starters and great craft cocktails made with spirits distilled in-house, here at Founding Spirits. Then, head over to our nation’s historic Library of Congress where you can enjoy exhibitions, tours, and stroll through the beautiful Main Reading Room. Follow up with their annual concert series in the library’s famed Concert Hall or catch a movie in the hall’s epic Mary Pickford Theater. The best part? The concerts and film screenings are typically free.
  • Date night by DC moonlight? We’re in. Take your seats on a Monuments by Moonlight trolley tour. Departing nightly from downtown DC’s famed Union Station, see the beauty of our nation’s capital and monuments in a new light. Then, cap off your evening with us. Stay and enjoy our selection of award-winning craft cocktails while sharing a couple of our delicious desserts.

Whether joining us for pre-date food and drink or post-date craft cocktails and dessert, and everything in between, we’re happy to serve as your winter date night destination. We always recommend making a reservation.

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 festive spirit throughout the holidays. With so many of the season’s annual sights and sounds to be had 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.

Here is a sampling of Christmas in the capital – all within a mile or so from Farmers & Distillers – to help get you planning:

National Treasures Brimming with Christmas Spirit

  • Don’t miss the National Christmas Tree! Walk over to President’s Park on the White House Ellipse for this time-honored tradition where you & yours will not only find the National Christmas Tree, but also trees that are typically decorated with handmade ornaments from our U.S. states & territories and nightly musical performances. This seasonal wonder is open daily throughout the holiday season.
  • Deck the halls while visiting the Library of Congress where a beautiful Christmas tree awaits you each December in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • From the giant lit wreaths that greet you to the decorated shops and holiday model train display to the festive Christmas tree, Union Station is a great holiday destination for visitors and DC residents alike.
  • Behold the beauty of the U.S. Botanic Garden during the holidays. Each holiday season, the Botanic Garden staff fills their spaces with special exhibits, such as their holiday-inspired model train and showcase of bright poinsettias, as well as holiday concerts that fill the air with cheer.

A Winter Wonderland & Great Shopping

  • Want to find plenty to explore and get some holiday shopping done too? Head over to 10th & H St, NW where you’ll find the CityCenterDC in full holiday form. Take in all the decorated shops, displays, exhibits, and magic of the season at the famed CityCenterDC this winter.
  • Unique, downtown DC Christmas shopping at its best can be found at the annual Downtown Holiday Market. Shop local and regional artisans & craftsmen and their jewelry, pottery, paintings, textiles, and more at DC’s largest, most spectacular outdoor shopping experience. This market traditionally sets up shop from late November through late December in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery on F Street between 7th & 9th Streets, NW.

Downtown DC Holiday Fun: Dance, Music & Theater

  • Check out the holiday concerts and events that DC’s Capital One Arena has to offer. Located just blocks from Farmers & Distillers, we are your perfect food and beverage stop before or after your show, catching our hometown champs, The Washington Capitals, in action, or cheering on our Washington Wizards.
  • Ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future abound at DC’s historic Ford’s Theatre annual presentation of A Christmas Carol. Head over to Ford’s Theatre this holiday season to be dazzled by this production of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Traditionally, performances run through the end of December.
  • For the perfect DC December night, don’t miss the spectacular wintertime performances of the world-renowned, talented team of dancers of The Washington Ballet.

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

Farmers & Distillers Proud to Sponsor our National Military Youth of the Year!

We were thrilled to welcome and celebrate a group of inspiring teens up for the 2019 National Military Youth of the Year award. The finalists gathered in our nation’s capital recently to attend the annual Youth of the Year gala held this year at the National Press Club on 14th St NW. 

Sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Youth of the Year program honors and recognizes outstanding teens from across the U.S. who demonstrate leadership, service, and academic excellence, serving as role models and inspiration for other youth in their communities and beyond.

Prior to the gala & ceremony, the finalists spent a few days exploring our fair city and dropped by Farmers & Distillers for dinner. We treated them to a delicious three-course meal, hitting all of our Farmers & Distillers favorites, including: a first course of our Farmers Salad. Second course was a choice of our: Southern Fried Chicken & Glazed Donut, Turkey & Gravy, FS Vodka & Pesto Shrimp Bucatini, Beer Can Roasted Chicken, Cauliflower Steak, or our Twice-cooked Beef Tenderloin. And we didn’t forget dessert. We knew these amazing teens would love our famous Farmers Donuts.

The ceremony was full of inspiring and moving moments, with Dasia B. receiving the prestigious honor of being named 2019’s National Military Youth of the Year as a member of the Boys & Girls Club at the NSA Norfolk Naval Shipyard Youth Center, located just outside of DC in Norfolk, VA. 

For over 70 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year program has honored our nation’s most awe-inspiring youth on their path to lead, succeed, and inspire. In addition to Dasia’s win, Sabrina M. was named 2019 Youth of the Year. Hailing from the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, Sabrina will serve as the Boys & Girls Club youth ambassador and as a voice for our nation’s young people.

We’re proud of these two remarkable young women and of all the amazing teens who were part of this year’s event. We know they will go on to do GREAT things.

For the Love of Tennis & Spirits

Farmers & Distillers, along with our in-house distillery team at Founding Spirits and fans across DC, officially welcomed Citi Open back to the district this week for a kickoff event at the Pleasure Garden area of our bar.  

The teams from Citi Open and Founding Spirits collaborated on this special event, serving up all things tennis and spirits-inspired. All guests were welcomed with a Match Point Mule, made with Founding Spirits Vodka – the OFFICIAL Vodka of the Citi Open – mint, ginger beer, and lime. After munching on an array of appetizers, including our house-made Farmers Donuts and Parmesan Garlic Knots, guests made their way over to the Founding Spirits tasting table to sample all three Founding Spirits: Vodka, American Whiskey, and our Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro. Then, they were invited for a Distillery Tour. 

For the rest of the evening, guests enjoyed our special Citi Open cocktails, available now at Farmers & Distillers and throughout the entire tournament, July 27-August 4: 

Match Point Mule – a delightful summertime refresher blending the award-winning Founding Spirits Vodka with fresh lime juice and mint syrup, shaken and served over ice, then finished with ginger beer and garnished with fresh lime and mint. 

Break Point Buck – our American Whiskey lovers’ summertime dream cocktail is made with Founding Spirits American Whiskey – also the OFFICIAL American Whiskey of the Citi Open – shaken with fresh lemon juice and blackberry, served over ice and topped with ginger beer and a fresh lemon and blackberry garnish.

Stop by the Citi Open for one of these great tastes or head over to Farmers & Distillers to cool down & stay for a meal! Our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-2pm and is the perfect way to fuel up for your day at Rock Creek Tennis Park. Make your reservations today.