Mixing & Bubbling Our Craft Vodka at Turn Up the Heat

Farmers & Distillers joined more than 50 female chefs and mixologists in downtown DC for Turn Up the Heat, a night of tastings for one important cause, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance.

Our team, led by bartender Carly Barsalou, mixed and served one of our favorite Farmers & Distillers cocktails featuring our very own craft vodka. Bubbles & Berries combines our Founding Spirits Vodka with blackberry, lemon, cognac, Curaçao, and Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut. This slightly bubbly craft cocktail is light, a bit sweet, and very refreshing.

With over 400 attendees, Turn Up the Heat is a unique event showcasing women mixologists and chefs in the DC region. The gala proceeds help fund groundbreaking ovarian cancer private research grants, advocacy efforts, and support programs for patients and their families affected by this disease.

Every 24 minutes a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the U.S. The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance is the leading ovarian cancer research, advocacy, and patient support organization in the world. They are the largest, non-government funder of ovarian cancer research. They are the primary voice for the ovarian cancer community on Capitol Hill and beyond. They also direct a Woman to Woman support program, which pairs newly diagnosed patients with trained survivor volunteers.

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.

Founding Spirits Pours Our Craft Vodka & More at the DC Distillers Festival

Founding Spirits, our small-batch distillery located in the heart of Farmers & Distillers, joined the party at the DC Distillers Festival this past weekend.

This curated, three-session, all-day, all-night event featured 1920’s jazz bands and a burlesque show. Gatsby-era costumes were encouraged and plentiful in this speakeasy environment. Guests sampled over 60 craft spirits to their heart’s content from over 20 craft distillers, including our very own DC-based distillery, Founding Spirits.

We poured samples of our spirits, including our craft vodka, and mixed three of our signature craft cocktails, including: Buck’s Blood Orange, pictured above, (Founding Spirits Vodka, lemon, ginger, honey, aperol); Boulevardier (Founding Spirits American Whiskey, Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, campari); and our Amaro Daiquiri (Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, Founding Farmers Rye Whisky, orgeat, lime).

This one of a kind annual event was held at the Long View Gallery in downtown DC. The day and night included a lot of mingling and chatting, tasting and relaxing, and even some dancing. We were delighted to be a part of this year’s party.

Farmers & Distillers Mixes Spirits to Raise Funds for St. Jude

Last night, Farmers & Distillers joined 600 guests and dozens of local restaurants at the 19th annual St. Jude Gourmet Gala at the National Building Museum in downtown Washington, D.C.

Our participation included tastes from our very own DC distillery, Founding Spirits. Managing Partner, Beverage & Distillery, Jon Arroyo and Distillery Manager Bob VanLancker served one of our favorites, How Jefferson Woulda Liked It, which combines our Founding Farmers Rye Whisky and Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro with lemon, brandied cherry, and an orange slice.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has hosted this fundraising event at the National Building Museum for ten years running. The lively evening features restaurant and cocktail tastings from DC’s top restaurants, a rousing live auction, and a premiere silent auction. Last year’s event raised over $1.16M for the kids of St. Jude.

Located in Memphis, TN, the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases, including cancer, through groundbreaking research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of Founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay.

Our Spirits Straight Up, Straight To Your Door

We have big news just in time for the holidays: You can now order some of our spirits online! And they can be shipped directly to your door or shipped to the door of a friend, family member, or colleague just in time for the gift-giving season.

Currently, we are shipping four of our handcrafted spirits directly from our distillery, Founding Spirits in Washington, D.C. This includes our Founding Spirits Vodka, Founding Spirits American Whiskey, Founding Farmers Rye Whisky, and Founding Farmers Gin.

Founding Spirits is a micro-batch distillery custom-built in the heart of our restaurant, Farmers & Distillers. Led by our dynamic duo, Jon Arroyo and Bob VanLancker, Founding Spirits is an extension of our from-scratch, source-matters mission. We are creating a growing collection of small-batch spirits distilled and blended to preserve the true flavors that come from the wheat, barley, rye, and botanicals grown on family farms across the country.

If you have yet to experience our spirits, please stop by Farmers & Distillers, or its sibling restaurants Founding Farmers or Farmers Fishers Bakers, for a taste. We have a delightful variety of craft cocktails made specifically to highlight our spirits.

When ordering online, please note that only adults 21 or older can make the order, and an adult of 21 or older needs to be present to sign for the delivery. Shipping is $8 for a single bottle, and an additional $2 for each bottle after that, but shipping is absolutely FREE for six or more bottles.

Cheers! Here’s to a very spirited holiday season from Farmers Restaurant Group.

*NOTE – Spirits cannot ship to the following states: Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.

 

Food Fight! Raising Money for DC Central Kitchen

Last night, Farmers & Distillers and Founding Spirits joined over 80 of the area’s best restaurants for the fourteenth annual DC Central Kitchen fundraiser: Capital Food Fight.

This signature fundraiser, founded by Chef José Andrés, features four local top chefs competing in a live, onstage battle hosted and judged by the biggest names in the culinary world. This year’s hosts included foodie celebrities from the Food Network’s Kitchen Sink: Spike Mendelsohn, Tregaye Fraser, and Fanny Slater. Judges included Washington National’s star player Ryan Zimmerman and political analyst Ana Navarro. The lively event brought together over 1,000 guests from across the DC metro area.

Our team served up our tasty Parmesan Pound Cake with Shrimp & Local Crab with “How Poor Richard Would Have Liked It,” a craft cocktail made with Founding Spirits American Whiskey and Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, mixed with lemon, brandied cherry, and garnished with an orange slice.

DC Central Kitchen develops and operates social ventures targeting the cycle of hunger and poverty. They provide culinary training to jobless adults, turn wasted food into balanced meals for shelters and nonprofits, expand access to healthy food, and provide healthy, scratch-cooked meals in low-income schools. All proceeds from last night’s event will benefit DC Central Kitchen.

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.

Founding Spirits Brings Us Home with the Release of American Whiskey

Perfectly timed with Kentucky Derby Week, Founding Spirits is releasing our latest (and maybe our favorite yet) handcrafted spirit, American Whiskey. Since the very beginning of our distilling adventures with Copper Fox Distillery almost a decade ago, we have had our sights set on making a true American Whiskey. But we knew we had to be patient, as truly great things take time.

We are excited to announce that the big day has finally arrived!

Starting today, Founding Spirits will be bringing us home to one of our nation’s true, great tastes: American Whiskey. Pot stilled and barrel aged for at least 18 months at Copper Fox Distillery – using our good friend and farmer, the late Billy Dawson’s Virginia-grown corn, wheat, barley, and oats – we proof, blend, and bottle it in-house at Founding Spirits.

This week (May 1-6, 2017) at Farmers & Distillers, Beverage Director Jon Arroyo will debut some very tasty, Derby-inspired ways to try our new American Whiskey with an array of takes on the famous Mint Julep:

  • Traditional Mint Julep with FS American Whiskey, mint, and rum for $12
  • Never Better” Julep with FS American Whiskey, mint, and our delicious, “never bitter” FS Amaro for $14
  • Blueberry Julep with FS American Whiskey, blueberry gin, mint, and ginger for $14

Of course, you can also try this unique, small batch blend neat, on the rocks, or in a whole host of other delicious cocktails. And make sure to swing by on Friday, May 5th from 4:30-5:30pm when we will be hosting a free FS American Whiskey tasting at our Farmers & Distillers bar with Founding Spirits Distillery Director Jon Arroyo.

On Derby Day, May 6th, you can purchase a bottle of FS American Whiskey for $52. The first 10 buyers will receive a special, complimentary Founding Spirits branded copper Julep cup, complete with matching copper straw.

We look forward to celebrating Kentucky Derby Week with you at Farmers & Distillers, May 1-6. If joining us for a meal, reservations are recommended. Or just drop by anytime, and we can welcome you home to the smooth and savory taste of our very own American Whiskey. Beginning today, cocktails for in-house enjoyment or bottles to take home can be purchased at Farmers & Distillers. And for a behind the scenes look inside our distillery, you can arrange a tour of Founding Spirits to learn what goes into the makings of all our spirits.