Joining Taste of the Nation to End Childhood Hunger

On April 9th, Farmers & Distillers and Founding Spirits attended Taste of the Nation at the National Building Museum in downtown DC.

Joining 80 area restaurants, Farmers & Distillers served one of our guest favorites, our delicious Crunchy Ahi Tuna Bites. Founding Spirits was in the event VIP Lounge mixing and serving our Suffering Candidate, a smoky, yet refreshing craft cocktail made with our Founding Farmers Rye Whisky and mingled with the lighter botanical notes of our Founding Farmers Gin.

Taste of the Nation is the culinary event organized by Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign that highlights the nation’s finest talent in the food and drink industry, all united under one roof for one cause: ending childhood hunger.

In the U.S., one in six children struggle with hunger. No Kid Hungry unites teachers, chefs, community leaders, parents, lawmakers, and CEOs to help solve childhood hunger. They work to connect kids in need with nutritious food, including teaching families to learn how to cook healthy, affordable meals.

No Kid Hungry has fed 775 million meals to children, a remarkable milestone made possible from fundraising events like Taste of the Nation.

For those interested, they always welcome individual donations too.

Catch the Silver Line to the Latest Founding Farmers

Today’s silver lining: Founding Farmers Reston has opened its doors serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and our famous weekend Farmers Market Buffet Brunch. Hop on the metro’s Silver Line and come for a visit.

Conveniently located at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station, this latest Founding Farmers is an easy stop for a meal, a craft cocktail, or just to grab a freshly made breakfast and coffee to go. Part of our Farmers Restaurant Group, Founding Farmers Reston is serving our famous scratch-made food and drink all day, every day. Menu selections include Founding Farmers favorites, with a few new tastes made especially for our Reston guests.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown DC and help us welcome Founding Farmers Reston to the family. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.


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.

Pink Ties & Special Chocolate Cherry Treats

Farmers & Distillers joined more than 800 spring revelers at the annual Pink Tie Party to celebrate the start of DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival. This evening of food and fun is often considered to be the city’s most festive kick-off to spring.

With offerings from nearly 20 local restaurants and bars, Farmers & Distillers showcased a special, not-even-on-our-menu treat, the delicious and decadent Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake with Vanilla Cream Drizzle. Guests also enjoyed an open bar, Taiko drummers from Japan, and a silent auction.

The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, which is celebrated over a four-week period, welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors to our nation’s capital. The Pink Tie Party is a fundraiser to support the beauty of nature and international friendship through the famous annual festival, as well as year-round programs, events, and education initiatives that enhance our environment, showcase arts and culture, and build community spirit.

Dance a Weeklong Irish Jig at Farmers & Distillers

Starting Monday, we are dancing our Irish jig. Join us for a weeklong St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Our St. Patrick’s Week menu has some tasty beers, including Devils Backbone Reilly’s Red Ale and O’Connor’s Dry Irish Stout, a gathering of Irish Whiskies, and the Classic Whiskey Sour made with Irish Whiskey, lemon, and egg white.

One of those choices is sure to put a little spring in your step.

Join us next week – Monday, March 12 through Sunday, March 18 – to celebrate the Emerald Isle and dance your Irish jig.

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.

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.

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.

A Week of Cocktail Lovin’

Come on over to Farmers & Distillers this week for our celebration of the 5th Annual DC Cocktail Week. We are joining other local mixologists, bartenders, and innovative cocktail programs across the metropolitan Washington, D.C. region for a week of tasty drinks and paired snacks.

Starting today, Monday, November 13th, and continuing all week (through Sunday, November 19th), we’ll be serving our Amaro and the Rye cocktail, featuring our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro and Founding Farmers Rye Whisky, stirred and served in Georgian glass with lemon zest and a brandied cherry garnish. Guests will also get two of our delicious Kung Pao Chicken Dumplings for a total cost of $11.

As DC gets into the holiday spirit with decorations starting to go up around the city, make DC Cocktail Week your own holiday. Gather with some friends for some cocktail lovin’ at Farmers & Distillers. Make an evening of it and stay for a meal too. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

Holidays Around the Farmers Table

This Year, Gather Around Our Table for the Holidays.

With the leaves beginning to turn and air getting brisk, we’re excited to feel the holiday season almost upon us.

Each year our Farmers Restaurant Group teams — at Founding Farmers DC, MoCo’s Founding Farmers, Founding Farmers TysonsFounding Farmers King of Prussia, Farmers & Distillers, and Farmers Fishers Bakers — look forward to the holiday season and opening up our doors to our guests with excellent food and drink, and a warm, festive atmosphere to enjoy their holiday gatherings. Even during the holidays. Perhaps you don’t celebrate. Or perhaps you just need a break from the revelry, come on over to any of our restaurants. We are open every day throughout the holiday season.

Special Holiday Hours:

Thanksgiving. Thursday, November 23rd: 11am-8pm; Founding Farmers DC & MoCo only; 12pm-8pm, all other locations.

Black Friday. Friday, November 24th: Brunch 7am-2pm, Founding Farmers DC & MoCo only; 8am-2pm, all other locations; except Founding Farmers King of Prussia, Brunch 9am-2pm. Regular dinner hours to follow.

Hanukkah. Tuesday, December 12th – Wednesday, December 20th. Open regular hours, all locations.

Christmas Eve. Sunday, December 24th: Brunch 9am-2pm, all locations. Regular dinner hours to follow.

Christmas Day. Monday, December 25th: 11am-8pm, Founding Farmers DC & MoCo only; 12pm-8pm, all other locations.

New Years Eve. Sunday, December 31st: Brunch 9am-2pm, all locations. Regular dinner hours to follow.

New Years Day. Monday, January 1st: Brunch 7am-2pm, Founding Farmers DC & MoCo only; 9am-2pm, all other locations. Regular dinner hours to follow.

Reserve your table today, at any one of our restaurants.

Or, bring Founding Farmers home to your own table with our popular To Go menus. MoCo’s Founding Farmers offered our delicous Thanksgiving To Go service and we’re happy to now offer our Christmas To Go menu, if you prefer enjoying your holiday dinner with family and friends in the comfort of your own home!