Behind the BARn: Up Close with our Farmers Spirits

20121017_455-1Last night’s third installment of MoCo’s Founding Farmers Behind the BARn series proved another successful, spirited evening led by our amazing Beverage Director Jon Arroyo and his team of beverage & cocktail experts.

On the cocktail menu? Founding Farmers Rye Whisky and Founding Farmers Gin, from our proprietary line of From Farm to Still™ spirits, as well as our very own Farm Blend Pisco.

The highlight of the event was a special guest appearance by master distiller and partner, Rick Wasmund from Copper Fox Distillery, in Sperryville, Virginia.

Much to the delight of our guests, Jon, Rick & co talked the art of distilling, our selection of spirits, and of course served specially made cocktails featuring our FF spirits. The Farm Daisy, the Farmers Smash, and Ernesto the Farmer were the bright spots in an all-around great, enlightening evening.

Keep an eye out here and on our facebook + twitter accounts for more information on attending our next Behind the BARn event on July 22nd, featuring fabulous Tiki-tails!

July 1st, 2015
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A Look Inside: The Amazing Artists Featured in Founding Farmers Tysons

Featured-Artists-ButtonOur newest Farmers Restaurant Group restaurant, Founding Farmers Tysons (FFT), is much like our other Founding Farmers restaurants: a labor of love.

Our restaurant consulting team loves collaborating with and being inspired by our external team of amazing designers, artists, and craftsmen, who bring our concepts to life. And we wanted to celebrate the artists near and far who’ve given FFT the interesting, whimsical, and unique character we hoped to achieve.

Nathan Loda. Drawing on past experiences hiking through Virginia’s beautiful countryside, Vienna, VA-based painter created a uniquely interesting host stand Mural depicting a horse within the lush, rolling hills and Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Susan Fuller, Fuller by Design. Susan’s mantra is: Life is what you make of it, so make something every day. And make something she did. Utilizing more than 50 fabrics to create a 13 Star Flag Quilt for us, the flag quilt embodies a contemporary take on the iconic 13 Star American Flag. A visible tribute to our military and government, the flag quilt also embraces the fun, modern aesthetic of the Founding Farmers brand.

Karen Jackson, Day Basket Factory. Hailing from Elkton, Maryland, Karen is a prolific basket-weaving artist who relishes the traditional art of using a natural, renewable resource and turning it into a lasting, functional piece. To create the Woven Baskets for our Golden Egg Lights, Karen used an intricate pattern of white oak, brass nails, and hardware.

Faryn Davis, Fernworks. Faryn’s love of nature is evident in the Resin Dreamscape Vignettes she custom made for us. Her objective: create a narrative series of paintings referencing Virginia mountains and farmland. The result: beautifully, hand painted pieces utilizing embedded elements, such as hay, grass, chicken wire, and chicken feathers, set in resin sent from our North Dakota Farmers Union partners.

Rachel Denny. Rachel finds endless inspiration, honesty, and beauty in animal imagery. As demonstrated in her adorable Knitted Bunnies, Rachel is a fan of incorporating playful, whimsical elements into her interpretive art – and we couldn’t be happier!

Eden Hovenga. Inspired by mycology, botany, and moments of discovery while exploring wooded areas, Eden’s design for us, Driftwood with Porcelain Flowers, is meant to translate a link between the landscape’s reality and that of her own imagination and creativity.

Noella Cotnam, SIGN IT Signs & Design. Having whittled wonderfully whimsical carved wood critters for all of our Founding Farmers restaurants, it was only natural for us to call upon Noella’s talents when developing the FFT design. We love having her critters live with our restaurant.

Katya Krupko, Muralist. Hailing from Kaliningrad, Russia gives Katya a fresh perspective on our country, especially when painting scenes of America’s heartland. Her Virginia Field Bar Die Wall acrylic, is a texturized mural representing her vision of a farm essential: a stalk of wheat glittering in the sun. And the North Dakota Night Sky Mural features a starry-sky and dandelions, both symbolic of making wishes come true.

Kiki Carrillo. A fine artist, from Chevy Chase, Maryland, Kiki was happy to work with our team in order to produce the Tysons Gothic oil on canvas painting as a special FFT feature.

In-Ho Park. Our team saw Mr. Park’s work on display while visiting his native Seoul, South Korea, and we immediately knew we wanted to locate this talented artist to work with us. And we are so glad we did as the amazing farmyard of Metal Farm Animal Sculptures will soon reside in their new home at FFT.

We can’t speak to FFT’s spatial design without acknowledging the skilled staff at Hagerstown, Maryland’s Beachley Furniture. A DC-local area company we are thrilled to partner with as they share the same green practices and sustainability methodology we do.

*NOTE: we have created this unique, interactive map which contains a link for guests to click on to not only view each of the artists’ pieces, but also view their placement within the restaurant.

June 9th, 2015
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Another Founding Farmers Success from “Behind the BARn”

IMG_1416We are happy to share that our second event in our Behind the BARn series was a great success.

This installment aptly named, “Margarita May,” drew guests last night to MoCo’s Founding Farmers for a fun night of food, a look behind the scenes of our Founding Farmers bar & beverage program … and of course some yummy margaritas!

While guests dined on assorted appetizers, mini pulled pork/mini egg salad sliders, and mushroom Ruebens, they also sipped on two of our delicioso tequila-margarita-centric cocktails: the La Paloma and the specially created Señior Arroyo.

Our bartending team, led by our talented Beverage Director, Jon Arroyo, offered an interesting view into the history of tequila and the art of crafting a proper margarita, with help from renowned spirits producer Mezcal El Silencio’s Brand Ambassador, Torrence Swain.

Stay tuned here and on our facebook and twitter accounts for more information on how you can join us for our next Behind the BARn event, and a great night of cocktails and fun with the team at Founding Farmers.

May 28th, 2015
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Negroni Week: Benefits Veterans in a New Field

 

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Founding Farmers DC and Farmers Fishers Bakers in Georgetown are excited to participate in Negroni Week 2015!  We are always thrilled to hear about efforts to raise money for charitable organizations, while pairing it with celebrating one of the world’s greatest cocktails: The Negroni!  This year, Monday, June 1st through Sunday, June 7th, we will feature an exclusive Negroni-inspired cocktail menu created by Beverage Director Jon Arroyo and Founding Farmers DC’s Head Bartender Bob Vanlancker.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Veterans in a New Field for all cocktails sold through the specialty menu during Negroni Week.  Please, stop by either location participating, support a great cause, and sip on a truly delicious and new take on a classic cocktail!

A little about Veterans in a New Field…

Veterans in a New Field

This amazing organization helps our veterans take the field in sustainable agriculture. They train willing veterans to manage their farm businesses, use ecologically-sound agricultural practices, apply low-cost and low-input production systems, participate in local & regional food markets, and use their talents and passions to integrate value-added products into their farm plan.  Find out more about Veterans in a New Field here. 

May 7th, 2015
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Behind the BARn: Margarita May


margaritasMoCo’s Founding Farmers
 invites you to their second Behind the BARn series event, Margarita May!
 Please join us on the mezzanine on Wednesday, May 27, 5:30-6:30pm with our dynamic Beverage Director, Jon Arroyo, & Mezcal El Silencio’s Brand Ambassador, Torrence Swain.  This Behind the BARn series event will be focused on our specialty tequila cocktails accompanied by light bites to graze on while you sip.  Join us for a night filled with delicious cocktails & great food!

$45 per person including tax.

Cocktails to include:

  • The Proper Margarita
  • La Paloma
  • Señor Arroyo

Tickets are no longer available however keep an eye out for future Behind the BARn events at MoCo’s Founding Farmers!

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Planning to stay for dinner after the event? Don’t forget to grab a reservation!

May 6th, 2015
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Thank You, Greater Washington Innovation Awards!

TysonsLogo_Web_Color copyWe’d like to thank Virginia’s Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, and specifically the Greater Washington Innovation Awards, for their recognition of Founding Farmers restaurants.

Founding Farmers Tysons was recently recognized in the prestigious category of Hospitality, Tourism & Entertainment Innovator of the Year, Greater Washington metro area.

As we strive to put forth creative, signature, and sustainable brand concepts and services, we look forward to the future of our business and continuing to source and implement hospitality industry innovations within our restaurants.

Congratulations to our fellow Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Greater Washington Innovation Awards nominees.

April 30th, 2015
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Road Trip! Founding Farmers Visits Devils Backbone Brewing Co

DSC_0006A few of us had the pleasure of taking a road trip recently to Virginia’s heartland in order to spend an awesome day touring the facilities and visiting with the good people at Devils Backbone Brewing Company.

For those of us who love and appreciate the creative process (and imbibing) of great craft beer, Devils Backbone is the beer aficionado’s ultimate utopia.

Their self-proclaimed “beertivities” seemingly have no end. From the newest addition to their DB family, the custom built Outpost Brewery where their award-winning, flagship beers are brewed, to the Tap Room where guests enjoy DB’s craft beers/samplers, music, and games.

Shout-out to our friends at Devils Backbone for a memorable day spent enjoying your craft beers and facilities in the beautiful hills of Virginia! Cheers!

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April 30th, 2015
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Behind the BARn: Event Series Kicks Off!

DSC_0103We’re thrilled to share a look behind the scenes at last night’s kick-off event for our new Founding Farmers monthly series, Behind the BARn.

Our dynamic Beverage Director, Jon Arroyo, and his talented team offered MoCo’s Founding Farmers guests an exclusive, fun-filled glimpse into our award-winning bar & beverage program.

Focusing on Farm Classics, Jon and his team gave guests a look behind the bar, from cocktail concepts and ingredients to technique tips and the creation of guest favorites such as: Founding Farmers’ very first bar menu cocktail, our refreshingly light, Organic Cucumber Delight, which guests enjoy (on average) 15,000 per year! Also featured, The Constitution, a citrusy classic take on a traditional gin cocktail; as well as our tiki-centric and flavorful Potomac Park Swizzle.

All made for a great night filled with delicious cocktails, great food, and happy guests.

We’d love to welcome you to our next Behind the BARn series event! Stay tuned here and on our facebook and twitter accounts for more information.

April 23rd, 2015
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