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Founding Farmers’ Cherry Picks Special Menu Items

Founding Farmers is ready for spring! We are happy to be participating in the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s annual Cherry Picks program, in which DC’s best restaurants create and serve cherry-centric cocktails and menu items during the festival. This year, we’ve come up with two special menu additions to satisfy your cherry fix.







The Cherry Chocolate Bread Pudding, created by Executive Pastry Chef Courtney Goldian, is a scratch-made bread pudding with house dried cherries and créme anglaise. Our Chief Mixologist Jon Arroyo has also created the Sour Cherry Smash, a spring cocktail that blends Wassmund’s Single Malt Whiskey with freshly muddled fermented sour cherries, lemon, bitters, and simple syrup.

You can enjoy both at Founding Farmers’s D.C. and Potomac locations from March 20 through April 27.

March 21st, 2012
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Montgomery Mag Serves Up Founding Farmers’ Brunswick Stew

Montgomery Magazine‘s Pamela Shipper offers a thorough look at Potomac’s Founding Farmers, from design DNA to menu philosophy, in a recent article about the restaurant. Making its first appearance in print is Woodstock, the 800- to-1,000 degree Fahrenheit oven that’s the heart of Potomac’s Founding Farmers’ kitchen. It’s a powerhouse oven that’s pretty rare in this area, so we thought you’d like to know what it looks like:

Shipper closes out the article with our Brunswick Stew recipe, which we’ve pasted below as well. Enjoy!


Founding Farmers’ Brunswick Stew
Makes 3 1/2 quarts (serves 6–8)
¾ pound applewood smoked bacon—raw and julienne
¼ cup canola oil
1 cup yellow onion, diced
2 tablespoons shallots, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons minced garlic
¾ cup celery, diced
¾ cup carrots, diced
½ cup fennel, diced
1½ cups leeks, sliced, white part only
2 quarts chicken broth (low salt or no salt)
1 cup tomato juice
¼ cup barley
¾ cup Idaho potato, peeled and diced
¾ cup garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
1 cup tomatoes, ½” diced
¾ cup yellow squash, diced
¾ cup zucchini, diced
1 cup frozen lima beans
½ cup fresh green beans, diced
1½ cup cilantro, rough-chopped
¼ cup basil, rough-chopped
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1½ teaspoons black pepper, fresh mill-ground
¾ cup barbecue sauce
½ pound baby spinach
¾ cup green onions, sliced
1½ each limes, juiced

Optional for heartier stew: 1 pound roasted whole chicken, pulled

Cooking Instructions
Heat a stockpot to medium heat and cook bacon until crispy but not burnt. Add oil and heat. Once oil is hot, add yellow onion, garlic, shallots, celery, carrots, fennel and leeks. Sauté or “sweat” vegetables for 4 to 5 minutes or until translucent. Add chicken broth, tomato juice and barley. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add potatoes, garbanzo beans and tomatoes and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add yellow squash, zucchini, lima beans, green beans, cilantro, basil, salt, black pepper and barbecue sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes to heat through. Prior to serving, add spinach and green onions, lime juice (and warm, pulled chicken, if desired). Add additional salt to taste.

Best when served with crusty bread.

January 6th, 2012
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National Food Day: Order Breakfast and the Coffee is on Us!

October 24 is National Food Day, and there’s no better destination for True Food & Drink than Founding Farmers, and everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. All this week, through Friday, 10.28, when you visit for breakfast and mention that you saw this post, or the listing on the National Food Day website, you get coffee on us, or a small French Press for the table.  Rise & Shine – celebrate all things good about good food

Small print: Offer good only at Founding Farmers flagship location in downtown Washington, DC, 1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, just three blocks from the White House. Valid Monday, October 24th – Friday, October 28th, 2011. Guest must mention or show Food Day participation email / website to the server to redeem.

October 24th, 2011
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New Cherry Picks Dessert Just In Time for April Blossoms

It’s that time of year again; Washington is blooming in pink and our world famous cherry blossoms are sprouting up, here and there and everywhere. There is no better time to explore DC, catch some sights, stroll by the White House, or enjoy an afternoon along the Potomac on the Georgetown Waterfront. After a great day like that, stop by Founding Farmers or Farmers & Fishers to savor in our new spring-inspired dessert, and a Cherry Picks menu item – the Cherry Slump, for $8. It’s a delicious mix of cherries freshly baked and topped with homemade biscuit topping. It’s perfect with some homemade vanilla ice cream, too!

March 30th, 2011
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Viewing Party: Founding Farmers on Food Network, March 14 at 10PM

On Monday, March 14, Founding Farmers will be featured on Food Network’s Meat & Potatoes. In December, host and carnivore extraordinaire, Rahm Fama learned how we make our popular Yankee Pot Roast and Fried Green Tomatoes. Chef Al Nappo worked his magic in front of the camera, cooking up the slow-cooked beef chuck, roasted with root vegetables and served on top of our buttery homemade whippers. As if that is not enough, chef also dished out a side of his classic crispy Fried Green Tomatoes with creamy herbed goat cheese and Green Goddess dips.

Join us for a viewing party at the Founding Farmers bar on Monday, March 14 from 9:30 to 10:30 pm. Sample complimentary Bacon Lollis as they are dished out throughout the show and meet the man behind behind the magic, Chef Al!

March 4th, 2011
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Have You Tried Our Deep Winter Stews Yet?

Old Man Winter is still teasing the nation and Founding Farmers’ Deep Winter Menu, featuring four delicious and hearty stews, is sure to warm your toes and soul. The stews are served along side our homemade crusty grilled bread and a composed winter side salad. Try the Pennsylvania Ave Senate Bean Soup with great northern and kidney beans, creamy mashed potatoes and crispy pork belly. Just another reason to visit Founding Farmers this frosty winter.

February 23rd, 2011
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As Seen on CNN: Thanksgiving Leftovers The Farmer’s Way

You’ve spent days, maybe weeks, planning the perfect Thanksgiving menu. The day after Thanksgiving when the food coma wears off, you may find yourself with a refrigerator full of leftovers and a house full of ravenous family members. If that’s the case, Founding Farmers has several unique and tasty home recipes to satisfy your famished loved ones using many Thanksgiving favorites.

Farmers Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes: (click images below to download)

– Sweet Potato Pancakes with Cranberry Maple Syrup
– Ham & Turkey Stuffing Griddle Cakes with Cranberry Aioli Sauce
– Turkey Pot Pie Ravioli
– Turkey Pot Stew

Watch an interview with Chef Al as he prepares some of these dishes for CNN’s Sandra Endo:.

If you’re planning to eat Thanksgiving at Grandma’s farmhouse, and find yourself yearning for a great leftover-like-meal on Friday, Founding Farmers will be serving brunch Friday through Sunday of the holiday weekend, including the Sweet Potato Pancakes with cranberry maple syrup.  Holidays should always be this delicious!

November 24th, 2010
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Washington’s Best Food and Cocktail Pairings at Spirit of the Festival

Herb-crusted rotisserie chicken paired with the Dolores Dulces cocktail, a soon-to-be menu feature

Founding Farmers is one of just five restaurants to be showcased at the inaugural prelude event to the International Wine & Food Festival in February. On November 30, Chief Mixologist Jon Arroyo and Executive Chef Al Nappo will team up at Spirit of the Festival and use Patron XO Café to create a unique cocktail and food pairing. This week, the duo gave DC food journalists and bloggers a first taste of the pairing.

The Dolores Dulces cocktail features Patron XO Café, cognac, cherry brandy, egg white and a garnish of fresh grated nutmeg. The rich and delicious concoction pairs nicely with Chef’s herb-crusted rotisserie chicken with Maryland kale, cabbage and pears sautéed in Patron XO Café. Founding Farmers will feature the Dolores Dulces for a limited time after the competition.

November 12th, 2010
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