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 of 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 Gold Medal Winner, 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.

Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro Wins Second Award

Founding Spirits brings home SILVER from the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro is now a two-time award winner.

San Francisco’s highly competitive event, which launched such spirits as Tito’s Handmade Vodka, brought together distillers from all over the world. More than 2,200 spirits were judged, the largest number of entries in their 18-year history.

Our Amaro apparently stole the show, making for another sweet stop on our Beverage Director Jon Arroyo’s journey to change the intimidating and bitter reputation of traditional Amaro. In fact, it is an essential ingredient in many of our favorite craft cocktails.

Farmers & Distillers is currently in its summer Tiki Amaro season, serving up an Amaro Daquiri, the Jungle Bird, Diving & Distilling, and the Amaro Zombie. Amaro is also featured in our Negroni Swizzle, and many like it straight up over ice. All of our sibling restaurants, Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers, also serve Amaro in their drink specialties.

We invite you to stop by any of our restaurants for a taste of this Silver and Gold award winner. Or buy a bottle to enjoy at home. Founding Spirits can be purchased at Farmers & Distillers and at multiple local retailers. Our craft spirits can also be ordered online.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Farmers & Distillers All Week Long

Starting today, it’s officially Cinco de Mayo at Farmers & Distillers. We are jumping right into our festival of tequila, which will include a special Saturday visit from the brand ambassadors at Patrón.

The sun is shining. The temps are rising. The tequila is flowing. It’s going to be a good week.

Come on by Saturday, May 5th from 4-6pm, to hang out with us and our friends from Patrón to talk and taste tequila.

Or join us any day this week, today through Sunday, May 6. We will be serving three very special craft cocktails. For a tasty take on the classic Mule, try our Mule de Fresa with Altos blanco tequila, ginger, lime, strawberry, and mezcal. For something a little sweeter, we have our Strawberry-Ginger Blended Margarita with Avión Silver Tequila, fresh ginger, strawberry, and agave. Or if you like a little spice with your sweet, get a taste of our Señor Arroyo circa 2010 with Altos Añejo Tequila, pineapple, thyme, and jalapeño.

Try one. Or, since you have the whole week to celebrate with us, try all three of them and let us know which is your favorite.

Of course, we are serving our usual delicious scratch-made food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and our festive Farmers Market Buffet Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

Salud!

A Kentucky Derby Festival at Farmers & Distillers All Week Long

Farmers & Distillers is celebrating what has been coined “the greatest two minutes in sports” as they do in Kentucky, all week long. Our pre-gaming for the Kentucky Derby has started and will continue into the weekend with delicious Derby-inspired cocktails using our very own Founding Spirits American Whiskey and an opportunity to meet one of our distillers.

Join us on Friday, May 4 from 4:30-5:30pm for a tasting alongside our award-winning Distillery Manager, Bob VanLancker.

Celebrate Derby Day with us on Saturday, May 5. The first ten guests to purchase a bottle of Founding Spirits American Whiskey ($52) will receive a complimentary Founding Spirits copper julep cup and straw. Julep cups will also be available for retail purchase all week long.

Or, swing by anytime this week for a taste of our Derby-inspired craft cocktails. Our skilled bartenders will be mixing three takes on the Mint Julep, the traditional cocktail of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. We’re serving our: “Never Bitter” Julep with Founding Spirits American Whiskey, mint, and bitters, topped with Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro; TR Julep with Founding Spirits American Whiskey, mint, and bitters; and the 1924 Julep with Founding Spirits American Whiskey, mint, aromatic bitters, and cherry. You can also keep it simple with our Founding Spirits American Whiskey served neat or on the rocks.

However you like to celebrate the Derby, we’ve got you covered. Even if you can’t join us in person, all of our spirits are available for purchase online.

Let the races begin.

Celebrating Shaw & Its Historic Main Street

A Taste of Shaw returned to the Howard Theater this past week, and the city’s Best New American Restaurant joined the party with one of our favorite craft cocktails. The Farmers & Distillers crew was in the house mixing our American Whiskey Buck, a smooth blend of Founding Spirits American Whiskey, lemon, ginger, and cane syrup.

This Shaw neighborhood annual celebration brings together a who’s who of DC’s thriving dining scene. Guests enjoyed unlimited sips and noshes throughout the evening from over 20 local restaurants and bars, plus dancing to live music by internationally-renowned Ethiopian artist Yehunie Belay and his band.

It was a very festive night to celebrate the amazing Shaw neighborhood, which won the 2016 Great American Main Street Award, the country’s Oscar for community leadership in renewing traditional downtown areas across the U.S. Proceeds from the event support the continued economic revitalization and preservation of Shaw Main Streets, which has helped bring about the transformation of this historic DC neighborhood since 2003.

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.