Your Guide to Celebrating the Holidays with Us

Each year, our Farmers Restaurant Group teams look forward to celebrating the holidays with our guests across all of our restaurants, from here at Farmers & Distillers to our sibling restaurant teams at Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers. We are here to make your holiday planning easier.

Holidays Around Our Table.

Our restaurants are open throughout the holidays, including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years Day. See our special holiday hours below. We invite you to reserve your table today for a meal with friends, family, and colleagues. Or host a private party or larger group dinner in our General’s Parlor or at one of our Founding Farmers sibling restaurants’ private dining rooms or semi-private dining spaces.

Thanksgiving To Go: From Our Kitchen to Yours.

Our Thanksgiving To Go Orders are now closed. Thank you to all who ordered our Thanksgiving To Go dinner from our sibling restaurants in Reston, VA; Potomac, MD; and King of Prussia, PA.

CHRISTMAS TO GO: ENJOY OUR DELICIOUS FARMERS FEASTS AT HOME.

Three of our Founding Farmers restaurants –Founding Farmers Reston Station, MoCo’s Founding Farmers, and Founding Farmers King of Prussia – are offering Christmas dinner To Go. Click here for menus, ordering, and pick up information.

To Go & Delivery.

All restaurants will be providing food To Go from our daily menus, available for pick up throughout the holiday season. We will also be offering delivery everywhere, either through DoorDash and Caviar, operating daily.

Catering: Let Us Cater Your Holiday Event.

Our sibling restaurant, Founding Farmers, offers catering services in DC, VA, MD, and PA.

Get Your Gifts from Us Too.

Special Holiday Hours:

Thanksgiving. Thursday, November 22. Open 11am-8pm. Prix fixe menu.

Black Friday. Friday, November 23. Brunch, all locations:

  • Founding Farmers DC & MoCo’s Founding Farmers: 7am-2pm
  • Founding Farmers King of Prussia: 8:30am-2pm
  • Founding Farmers Tysons & Reston Station: 9am-2pm
  • Farmers Fishers Bakers: 9am-2pm
  • Farmers & Distillers: 9am-2pm

Regular dinner hours to follow.

Hanukkah. December 2 – December 10. Open every day and serving regular menus, all locations.

Christmas Eve. Monday, December 24. Open regular hours and serving regular menus, all locations.

Christmas Day. Tuesday, December 25. Open 11am-8pm. Regular menu.

New Year’s Eve. Monday, December 31. Open regular hours and serving regular menus, all locations.

New Year’s Day. Tuesday, January 1. Brunch 8:30am-2pm, all locations. Regular dinner hours to follow.

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Farmers & Distillers

Wondering about your Thanksgiving Day plans? Join us at Farmers & Distillers for your holiday meal. We will be serving a special, prix fixe Thanksgiving menu for $39 per person, featuring all of your holiday favorites.

Join us from 11am – 8pm on Thursday, November 22, 2018.

Our sibling restaurants, Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers, are also hosting Thanksgiving, if more convenient.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

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, 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 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.

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 Crunch 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 four 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.

Top 10 Reasons to Work for Farmers Restaurant Group

At Farmers Restaurant Group, our restaurants work because of our people. From the farmers who grow our food to the servers who put the plates on the table, we value our team and the individual contributions they make.

We are currently hiring for our Founding Farmers in Reston, VA. We invite you to learn more about a career with us in this video with some members of our team and check out our list below of our Top Ten Reasons to Work for Farmers Restaurant Group:

Money: We’re a business, first and foremost. The earning potential in our restaurants is high because we create an atmosphere of success, and we provide the tools and the leadership to help you reach your earning goals. Busy restaurants = busy servers = more $$ in your pocket.

Great Shifts: We are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and can offer flexible part-time and full-time schedules. Work early mornings, late nights, midday, or a mix of all three. Because we are busy all day, we can offer a better schedule variety while maintaining maximum earning potential.

Careers: We are growing, and we would love for you to grow with
 us! Seventy percent of our management team has been promoted and grown from within. If management isn’t your goal, we still offer opportunities for continued growth and learning through ongoing skills building and cross-training.

Drink: Our award-winning bar can quench any thirst. From handcrafted cocktails, local artisanal beers, sustainable wines, and scratch sodas made from fresh squeezed juices and homemade syrups, our bar is truly as important as our kitchen.

Green Restaurants: We operate some of the greenest restaurants in the country. Being farmer-owned, our philosophy is to operate and live sustainably while also better serving the community. Doing more good, and less harm. From our design to our compost program to our sourcing, you can feel good knowing that we make choices that help preserve the earth.

People: Everything Matters. Everything is Personal. If you want to be surrounded by the most energetic, dynamic, educated, inspired, smart, creative, hardworking, curious, kind, and caring folks around, come work with us! We want to work with you.

Benefits: We offer 50% discount on food and drink when you work, and 50% off for you and up to three guests on your days off, so you have access to delicious fare and a great price while others serve you. We also offer a special health benefit to our team members. As part of the FRG team, you can enjoy a discounted membership rate to LA Fitness ($29/mo!). Ask us about the details to learn more.

Food: Our responsibly sourced, scratch-made food leaves our guests wanting to come back again and again. You can be proud
 of every dish you make as we’re very careful about who we partner with and source our ingredients from. Cooking with us is like attending an in-house culinary school. Learn how to bake breads and pastries, how to make pasta from scratch, how to butcher, how to master a prep kitchen, how to larder, and more! We have a very diverse menu that requires unique skills and cross-training. Our kitchen is a great place to grow your culinary career!

We Make News: We’re in the Top 5 Most Yelped American restaurants, we’re the #1 Most-Booked restaurant in the world on OpenTable, we’ve been on national and international TV, we’ve received lots of awards, and we are proud of our notoriety and popularity.

Environment: Atmosphere and well-designed restaurant environments are a priority for us. We work with award-winning designers to create our unique interiors that are welcoming and inspiring to our guests, and great settings that work for our teams.

Breaking Bread with Farmer Talk at Restaurant High

Co-Owner Dan Simons participated in a panel at “Restaurant High: United Tastes of America” last week in downtown Washington, D.C. He joined hundreds of restaurant leaders, policymakers, investors, and supporters from across the United States to “break bread” at this two-day restaurant summit.

The “Building Successful Relationships with Farmers” panel focused on the challenges and opportunities farmers, chefs, and restaurateurs face in finding ways to work together. They also discussed how the concept of Farm to Fork could be successfully applied to multi-market operations. Simons spoke about working directly with our farmer owners of Farmers Restaurant Group and leveraging these relationships to connect with other family farmers across the U.S. The panel led to an invigorating and informative discussion.

Other panelists included Pamela Hess, Executive Director of Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture; Bennett Haynes, Chief of Product at Beefsteak Veggies; and Tucker Pforzheimer, Managing Partner of Martha’s Vineyard Mycological.

Restaurant High hosted a varied curriculum of panels and presentations including real food for everyone, expanding high-quality food across all parts of America, teen and young adults in the work force, food transparency in the age of fake news, and food trends.

Farmers & Distillers hosted an after party following the United Tastes of America Food & Job Mixer.

It’s the Bee’s Knees Raising Money for Honey Bees

Buzz on over to one of our restaurants this week – Founding Farmers DC, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Farmers & Distillers – for a taste of the Bee’s Knees. This delicious, Prohibition-era cocktail is being served as part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness and funds to support honey bees and other pollinators.

Between September 25th and October 1st, we are joining other restaurants and bars across the country in this year’s Bee’s Knees Week. Sponsored by Liquor.com and Barr Hill Gin, Bee’s Knees Week brings attention to the honey bee, not just for the tasty honey they provide for our drinks and food, but for their important role in our food supply and its biodiversity.

Join us for a Bee’s Knees and tell your friends and families (#DRINKBEESKNEES) all about the importance of our honey bees and other pollinators, and ways we can all celebrate and protect them this week and every week.

Farmers Restaurant Group will be donating a portion of our proceeds from the sales of this cocktail to the Pollinator Partnership, whose mission is to promote the health of pollinators through conservation, education, and research.

Bee’s Knees Week is just one piece of our ongoing efforts to protect the honey bee and the future of our food supply. We support research on honey bees at our urban apiary at George Washington University. We also support other education efforts, such as our partnership with Sweet Virginia, which works to inspire and educate children about honey bees.

Founding Farmers King of Prussia Opens November 1st

November can’t get here soon enough as far as we’re concerned. Founding Farmers King of Prussia is opening its doors for business on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, and we’re all bubbling with excitement about our very first foray outside the DC metro area.

This newly developed, bustling suburb of Philadelphia has so much to offer. We can’t wait to meet and greet our new Pennsylvania guests and introduce them to all that is Founding Farmers. Please make a reservation with us now for November.

Founding Farmers King of Prussia welcomes our guests into our full-service dining room and bar serving a diverse array of our farmer-owned, scratch-made goodness and some very special, Pennsylvania-inspired dishes. We will also be serving a host of craft cocktails, some of which are made with our very own Founding Spirits.

Our Founding Farmers First Bake Cafe & Creamery will also be on site for guests to grab a quick bite, a cup of coffee, a loaf of freshly baked bread, or a scoop of our house-churned ice cream. These can be enjoyed at small tables in the cafe, at the counter, or taken to go.

Please come on by. Join us in our new Pennsylvania home for a meal, for a drink at our beautiful bar, or just drop by the cafe for an ice cream cone. Reservations for the restaurant are available now.

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