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.

Chocolate Cherry Treats for Our Cherry Blossom Lovers

Join Farmers Fishers Bakers and Farmers & Distillers to celebrate DC’s famous cherry blossoms.

Every year, the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), highlights the area’s vibrant and diverse restaurant scene for the over 1.5 million visitors to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Cherry Picks Restaurant Program is now in its 16th year.

This festival celebrates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to the U.S. that bring beautiful blooms to DC’s Tidal Basin every spring. We are joining the celebration with some cherries of our own.

Our pastry team has outdone themselves with a Chocolate Cherry Pie with White Chocolate Vanilla Sauce. The dessert will be available throughout the festival at Farmers Fishers Bakers and Farmers & Distillers.

This year’s festival runs from March 20-April 15. Participating restaurants in the Cherry Picks program will highlight items from their seasonal, springtime menus.

Vote for Your Favorites for Best of D.C.

Friends of our DC-based family of restaurants, we are up for a bunch of awards for this year’s Best of D.C. in Washington City Paper.

Between now and Sunday, March 4th, cast your votes for your DC favorites. There are a whole host of categories and many worthy choices.

Nominations in the Best of D.C. Food & Drink category include our very own: Founding Farmers DC, Farmers & Distillers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Founding Spirits:

  • Best Brunch: Farmers Fishers Bakers
  • Best Distillery: Founding Spirits
  • Best New American Restaurant: Farmers & Distillers
  • Best Doughnuts: Farmers & Distillers
  • Best Bloody Mary: Founding Farmers DC
  • Best Downtown Lunch: Founding Farmers DC
  • Best Fried Chicken: Founding Farmers DC
  • Best Wings: Founding Farmers DC

Voting ends Sunday, March 4th. Cast your vote today at Washington City Paper.

Let Us Labor for You This Labor Day Weekend with a 3-Day Brunch

What better way to celebrate summer’s end than brunch at one of our restaurants. At Farmers Restaurant Group will be welcoming guests for brunch for the entire three-day weekend – Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day Monday – in all of our restaurants.

Our brunches, if you haven’t tried them, are a labor of love for our team and a labor-free treat for you. Voted as a top DC Best Brunch spot by Washingtonian Magazine readers and Washington City Paper’s Best of DC, we provide a diverse and delicious bounty of scratch-made food and drinks.

Brunch menus vary some by location. Founding Farmers DC and MoCo’s Founding Farmers in Potomac, MD have a sit-down, a la carte style service that includes the best buttermilk pancakes you may have ever tasted, stuffed French toast, a variety of egg benedicts, poached egg hashes, our specialty glazed, thick-cut bacons, and our ever-popular Chicken & Waffles made breakfast-style with scrambled eggs.

Our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch is served at Founding Farmers TysonsFarmers Fishers Bakers at the Georgetown Waterfront, and Farmers & Distillers in Mt Vernon Square. You don’t want to miss this decadent offering, which includes traditional breakfast fare – such as those same tasty buttermilk pancakes and bacon – and more. The buffet also has a butchers table, a gardeners table, and a dessert table. The fixed price includes a variety of dishes hand-passed by servers: cracker crusted shrimp, eggs benedict, spring rolls, our house-made doughnuts, and more.

As if all of that tasty goodness wasn’t enough, our brunch drinks are also fan favorites. Of course, we serve our delicious Compass Coffee First Bake Blend, designed and roasted especially for our restaurants. And our old-fashioned scratch sodas can usually quench anyone’s thirst. For those looking for a little more, our craft cocktails are scratch-made with our proprietary spirits and house-made syrups and mixers. We have one of the best Bloody Mary’s in town, according to Washington City Paper. Guests also love our Fisher’s Tikis at Farmers Fishers Bakers and our Whimsical Shared Cocktails at Farmers & Distillers.

So, take a load off. Let us labor for you this Labor Day weekend. Visit one of our farmer-owned restaurants for brunch on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. If possible, we always recommend making a reservation. For specifics on our brunch hours and menus for each location, go to:

Founding Farmers DC

Founding Farmers Tysons

MoCo’s Founding Farmers

Farmers Fishers Bakers

Farmers & Distillers

Field Trip to the Chicken Farm

A couple weeks ago, we took a trip out to the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country to visit the owner of Bell & Evans, Scott Sechler, and the rest of his team who supply the chicken for all of our restaurants. Owner Dan Simons and our Farmers Restaurant Group team – including Vicki Griffith, Ken Fletcher, and Meaghan O’Shea – got a behind the scenes tour of how Bell & Evans raise and process their chicken.

Part of the reason for our trip was to understand why Bell & Evans chicken tastes so much better than most of the chicken we have tried. As a farmer-owned company, we like to connect with the family farmers that supply the food to our restaurants. It is important for us to know where our food comes from.

Bell & Evans is no ordinary chicken farm. Just like us, everything matters to them. Four generations of family-run natural chicken farming is evident in everything they do. They insist on humane treatment, cleanliness, and food safety by investing in newly developed high-tech hatcheries and providing open, naturally lit chicken coops. They’re committed to feeding their chickens “no junk,” which means they are given no animal by-products, no additives containing arsenic, no petroleum or ethanol by-products, no used cooking oil by-products, and no antibiotics. Yes, this scary list is what most chickens eat. At Bell & Evans they are given an all-vegetarian diet of U.S. grown corn, extruded and expeller pressed soybeans, vitamins and minerals, and plenty of fresh well water.

Not only does this make for healthier and tastier chickens, the way they run their farm is much better for the environment. For example, their advertised “air chilled” process also says no to the use of chlorine ice baths most chicken farmers use, avoiding nasty chemicals and saving millions of gallons of water each year. This means they can use recyclable and reusable shipping containers because their chickens aren’t soaking wet when they are packaged.

Bell & Evans also cares what happens to their chicken once it leaves the farm. They carefully select their buyers, selling to companies who are like-minded and as they say “like-missioned,” to ensure their product is handled carefully all the way to the consumer, whether in a restaurant or from retail stores.

Of course, all of this work, and more, had us almost doing the chicken dance. We stayed hours past our allotted tour time talking and learning. We knew Bell & Evans was good chicken, but now we know why.

Curious? We invite you to come on down to any of our restaurants and get a taste (or two or three) for yourself. Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day (yes, this is a thing! And yes, it’s today) with our famous Founding Farmers Chicken & Waffles or our awesome garlic black pepper chicken wings; or visit Farmers Fishers Bakers on the Georgetown riverfront for a cold glass of one of our 24 beers on tap with our Honey Pot Fried Chicken Jambalaya; or perhaps you want to sip a glass of our own New York Vines White wine with a plate of our Roasted Spatchcock Chicken at Farmers & Distillers.

The possibilities seem endless, and we’re certain you will agree what a difference Bell & Evans chicken makes. If possible, we always recommend making a reservation.

Three Stars for Keeping it Green

Farmers & Distillers has officially been named a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant® because of our continued work to implement earth-friendly operations. This certification is based on an evaluation by the Green Restaurant Association, and our daily work to keep our planet green.

At Farmers Restaurant Group, our mission makes an impact. Serving scratch-made food that consistently uses regional produce, dairy, and eggs, and all-natural, humanely treated meat and chicken is better for the planet – and for you! We are working every day to do more good and less harm across everything we do, from how we build our restaurants to the free filtered water we provide to all of our guests.

At Farmers & Distillers, our meatless menu items, which amount to 25 percent of our food, require significantly less energy and water to produce than our meat-based dishes. Because 97 percent of our light bulbs are LEDs, we are saving enough energy to power 14 residential households every year. Our Energy Star dish machines use 40 percent less water and energy than most conventional models. Our recycling AND composting programs keep up to 75% of our waste out of landfills.
These are just a few of the highlights that earn us the necessary GreenPoints™ to meet the three star certification standards of the Green Restaurant Association (GRA).

Working with outside consultants, such as the GRA, ensures that we are doing all that we can to preserve the earth today, and help us look toward more sustainable practices in the future. Founding Farmers was named as one of the most sustainable restaurants in America and all of our restaurants are 3 Star Certified Green Restaurants®. To understand the precise ways we earn our rating for each restaurant, go to:

Farmers & Distillers GRA

Founding Farmers DC GRA

Founding Farmers Tysons GRA

MoCo’s Founding Farmers GRA

Farmers Fishers Bakers GRA

The Green Restaurant Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create an environmentally sustainable restaurant industry. GRA evaluates participating restaurants every year using transparent, evidence-based certification standards that look across seven categories: energy, water, waste, food, chemicals and pollution reduction, disposables, and building. Restaurants are awarded based on the percentage of items that meet each criterion.

Celebrate America with Our Star-Spangled Brunch

Rally up your independent spirit and patriotism and join us for brunch on Tuesday, July 4th in honor of America’s birthday. Yes, we are such rebels, we are doing brunch on a Tuesday!

All of our locations will be offering our award-winning brunch this Independence Day, and MoCo’s Founding Farmers in Potomac will also be serving brunch on Monday, July 3rd.

What better way to celebrate this great land of ours than by enjoying our American classics, which help to support hardworking family farmers, many of which are our owners, investors, and suppliers. At Farmers Restaurant Group, we are working every day to help give our farmers a larger portion of the food dollar all the while providing tasty, scratch-made food for our guests.

Selected as one of DC’s best brunches by Washingtonian Magazine readers and the Washington City Paper, our star-spangled brunch menus vary some by location. Founding Farmers DC and MoCo’s Founding Farmers have sit down service that includes the ever-popular Chicken & Waffles made breakfast-style with scrambled eggs, and our famous stuffed French toast, benedicts, buttermilk pancakes, poached egg hashes, and our specialty glazed bacons.

Our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch is served at Founding Farmers in Tysons, Farmers Fishers Bakers on the Georgetown Waterfront, and Farmers & Distillers at Mt Vernon Square. This festival of food is hard to beat with traditional breakfast fare such as pancakes and bacon, a butcher’s table, a gardener’s table with luscious salads, and lots of passed decadence from Eggs Benedict to Cracker Crusted Shrimp to our house-made doughnuts.

Looking for a little bang before the fireworks? Our brunch drinks are also notorious. In all of our restaurants, we make craft cocktails with our proprietary spirits and house-made syrups and mixers. From one of the best Bloody Mary’s in town, according to the Washington City Paper, to our Fisher’s Tikis at Farmers Fishers Bakers, to our Whimsical Shared Cocktails at Farmers & Distillers, to our old fashioned scratch sodas, we can usually quench everyone’s thirst. Of course, we also serve our delicious Compass Coffee First Bake Blend designed and roasted especially for our restaurants.

So, come on over for a little revolutionary weekday brunch. If you can, we recommend making a reservation. For specifics on our brunch hours and menus for each location, go to:

Founding Farmers DC

Founding Farmers Tysons

Founding Farmers MoCo

Farmers Fishers Bakers

Farmers & Distillers

Our Brunch is a Great Way to Celebrate Dad

Join Farmers Restaurant Group this weekend to celebrate dads and all that they do. Each of our restaurants will be serving our amazing brunch, regularly named as the best in the city by locals, including Washingtonian Magazine readers and the Washington City Paper.

Founding Farmers Tysons in Tysons, VA, Farmers Fishers Bakers at Georgetown’s Washington Harbour, and Farmers & Distillers in Mt Vernon Square will be serving our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch, which is definitely celebratory fare. We have comforting breakfast favorites for the more traditional brunch lovers, such as buttermilk pancakes and bacon and a butcher’s table with a host of choices for meat lovers. We also have lighter luxuries with a gardener’s table ripe with an array of salads. This buffet brunch includes amazing treats hand-carried by our servers to your table including cracker crusted shrimp, eggs benedict, and house-made doughnuts. The cost of this festival of food ranges slightly from restaurant to restaurant, but is about $30 for adults and half or less for kids.

Founding Farmers DC and MoCo’s Founding Farmers, in Potomac, MD have a sit-down, a la carte style service that includes traditional breakfast fare made our way, such as French toast using our house-made bread and buttermilk pancakes always made from scratch. Our tasty poached egg hashes are always a crowd pleaser and some undeniable menu favorites are our unforgettable specialty glazed, thick-cut bacons. Seriously, this is the best bacon your dad may ever have. Prices vary by item.

The food isn’t all dad will love. Our delicious Compass Coffee First Bake Blend is designed and roasted especially for our restaurants. If you and your Father’s Day celebrators are feeling particularly festive, our craft made cocktails are available, including one of the best Bloody Mary’s in town, according to Washington City Paper. We also have Whimsical Shared Cocktails at Farmers & Distillers or if you head to Farmers Fishers Bakers, you can try our Fisher’s Tikis.

Finally, if you want your dad to leave with a great gift, our latest restaurant, Farmers & Distillers is also home to our distillery, Founding Spirits, where we handcraft some of our proprietary beverages. Our latest Founding Spirits American Whiskey, our Founding Spirits Vodka, and our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro are all available for sale by the bottle. Also available for purchase: our Founding Farmers Rye Whisky and our Founding Farmers Gin.

So, come join us! Treat dad this Father’s Day to one of the best brunches in town. We recommend making a reservation.

Sip to Support Slow Food, All Negroni Week Long

Monday marks the start of Negroni Week, which runs June 5-11, 2017. This annual fundraiser put on by Imbibe magazine and Campari is no small affair. To date, $900K has been raised for charities nationwide.

A classic Negroni is made with gin, a bitter aperitif (such as Campari), sweet vermouth, and finished with an orange twist. Our challenge, led by our very own Jon Arroyo, was to join the celebration with our famous handcrafted flair using our very own proprietary spirits.

Our Negroni Sour is a smooth and creamy mix of amaro, Founding Farmers Gin, Campari, lemon, orange, and egg white. The Negroni Swizzle is a delightful mix of amaro, FF Gin, Campari, cinnamon, and lemon. We will also be serving a restaurant favorite, Buck’s Choice, which combines amaro, FF Gin, and aperol. (And, if you can get to Farmers & Distillers, these cocktails will feature our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro.) Each cocktail is available for $14.

All of these cocktails and more will be available at our DC Founding Farmers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Farmers & Distillers. Come give them a taste. We think you will agree that our takes on the traditional Negroni are worth the trip, even without the added bonus of raising money for a great charity.

This year, we are supporting Slow Food, a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to “prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life, and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.”

Slow Food’s mission aligns with all of us at Farmers Restaurant Group, and we will be sharing part of our proceeds with this provocative global movement involving millions of people in 160 nations.

What more do you need to know? Join us next week! Come on down and sip to support Slow Food, all Negroni Week long.