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.

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, 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.