Urban Beekeeping on Green Rooftops, National Geographic 5/28

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Since 2005, the honeybee population has fallen significantly due to CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder). Keeping honeybees abundant is necessary for the production of food because wild plants depend on pollinators and a third of agricultural crops need animals for cross-pollination, according to the National Resources Defense Council. In order to combat the recent decrease of honeybees naturally pollinating crops, Washington, D.C. has implemented its own innovative solution. Last year 300,000 square feet of green roofs popped up in our city, more than any other in America. Green roofs promote vegetation for water control, wildlife habitat, and better urban air quality, many green roofs also feature small apiaries. 

At Founding Farmers, we strive to promote sustainable agriculture to protect the soil, air, water, and biodiversity in addition to producing high-quality, healthy foods. It is no surprise that as the first Gold-LEED certified full service restaurant in Washington, D.C. we have also worked to understand why honey bee colonies have been falling apart. In order to further our commitment, Founding Farmers has teamed up with The George Washington University on bee research and education. We thank National Geographic for recognizing our efforts in  combating this worldwide issue. The full article can be found here.



June 4th, 2014
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USA Today recognizes Founding Farmers D.C. for our use of locally sourced food


On May 14th, USA TODAY released a foodie guide for those traveling to the District with hopes of exploring the budding culinary scene. USA Today praised Founding Farmers D.C. for its locally sourced menu and commitment to the expanding local food movement in Washington, D.C. We strive to source the highest quality ingredients seasonally and regionally whenever possible in order to provide our guests with a home style meal away from home. We thank USA TODAY for recognizing our hard work.

USA TODAY, Where to eat in Washington, D.C.

Happy Eating!

Steak with Glazed Carrots




May 20th, 2014
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Bethesda Magazine Celebrates the “Best of Bethesda”

Bethesda Magazine hosted their first ever “Best of Bethesda” gala on Thursday, May 1st. The event, held at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, featured the 9 restaurants who were named the Best of Bethesda 2014. Founding Farmers MoCo was in attendance whipping up our signature cocktail, The Bone. For those of you who have not had a chance to try The Bone yet, it includes Knob Creek Bourbon, Lime Juice, Tabasco, and a Bacon Lolli garnish. Check out more pictures of the event here.

We would like to take a chance to thank all those who came to help us celebrate and those who voted Founding Farmers MoCo the Best of Bethesda. Also a big thank you to the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, the venue was amazing! If any of you are looking for a place to book for a corporate event or party check it out!


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May 2nd, 2014
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Come Celebrate with The Farm!

Last Fall Founding Farmers celebrated the 5-year anniversary of the flagship location on Pennsylvania Ave. NW. This April, we mark two more notable milestones in the history of The Farm – the 5-year anniversary of our own Founding Farmers Rye, and the official release of The Farm Gin – the second in a growing line of proprietary, locally produced spirits from Farmers Restaurant Group. We call it ‘From Farm to Still!’


Please join award-winning Bar & Beverage Director Jon Arroyo and our partner, Copper Fox Distillery for a special spirit tasting tour and party at Founding Farmers DC and Farmers Fishers Bakers. 


WHAT5-Year Anniversary Celebration of Founding Farmers Rye / Official Launch Party for The Farm Gin

Tastings, menu samplings, cocktail recipe creations and the inside perspective on a proprietary line of spirits in our DC restaurants.


WHEN: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 

Founding Farmers, 1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Foggy Bottom


Farmers Fishers Bakers, 3000 K Street, NW, Washington Harbour, Georgetown



WHO: The Farm’s own Jon Arroyo, Master Distiller Rick Wasmund, current and former FRG bartenders, and US Bartenders Guild DC Chapter friends 

Founding Farmers

5pm-6pm > Juan Coronado, Think Food Group, and Taha Ismail of Graffiato/Kapnos/Mike Isabella Group join Jon Arroyo ‘behind the wood’

6pm-7pm  > Chu Yi, Founding Farmers DC circa 2009 (and current FFMoCo Head Bartender) Jaclyn Beasley, Founding Farmers circa 2010, and a surprise guest bartender TBA.


Farmers Fishers Bakers 

6:30-7:30pm > Jon Arroyo and Aaron Joseph, Wit and Wisdom – Agraria/ Farmers and Fishers circa 2010

7:30-8:30pm > Glendon Hartley, Cava Group, Agraria/Farmers and Fishers circa 2010, and Bob Vanlancker, Farmers and Fishers circa 2011 (and current FFDC Head Bartender)


WHY:  It’s a celebration of sprits and the art of distillation! Taste the FF Rye, meet Master Distiller Rick Wasmund and learn about the process of transforming barley and other botanicals into our distinctive spirits. Toast the line, the barley farmer, and the cocktails as you enjoy bites and snacks. (cash bar)


We invite you to come and learn about the spirits from the FRG award-winning bar staff as well as to enjoy libations prepared by Farm bar alumnus and friends. 



March 25th, 2014
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Check Us Out On Puree Juice Bar’s Blog

Thank you Puree Juice Bar for the wonderful write up about The Farm and Founding Farmers! We are ecstatic that we share a passion for fresh, farm-to-table food.

Read the post here at Fern Langham’s blog Puree Juice Bar

February 18th, 2014
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Escape the Cold with Our Seasonal Winter Stews

Pennsylvania Avenue Senate Bean_Jen Cubas

Trying to escape the Polar Vortex? Come down to Founding Farmers (DC and MoCo) to warm up with a winter stew. These hearty seasonal dishes are cooked low and slow, and served with thick-cut grilled ciabatta bread and a small salad.

From Kentucky Burgoo to New Brunswick Stew, four varieties will be available at lunch and dinner at both Founding Farmers  locations throughout the winter season. They just might make you wish the cold weather stuck around a bit longer!

> Kentucky Burgoo Stew ($13) – sirloin, potatoes, Kentucky bourbon
> Pennsylvania Avenue Senate Bean Soup ($13) - great northern, kidney, and black turtle beans, bacon
> Pork and Lentil Stew ($13) – green and yellow lentils, cilantro, lime, avocado, poached egg
> New Brunswick Stew ($13) – rotisserie chicken, lima beans, chickpeas, barley, bacon (pictured)

January 21st, 2014
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Order a Mini Red Velvet Cake for Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day Red Velvet

Make Valentine’s Day extra sweet this year with a Mini Red Velvet Cake from the pastry chefs at Founding Farmers.

A perfect treat to impress your sweetheart, these four-layer 6-inch round mini versions of the full sized cake are baked from scratch, iced with house made cream cheese frosting, and decorated with fondant hearts.

Each cake is $35 plus tax, available for pick up at Founding Farmers DC on Friday, February 14 before 6pm.

Orders must be placed via email to Jenny@FarmersRestaurantGroup.com no later than Monday, February 10 at 5pm. Cakes are available by pre-order via email only and must be pre-paid.


January 20th, 2014
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MoCo’s Founding Farmers Wins Big in Best of Bethesda 2013

Thank you to all of our guests and friends who voted for MoCo’s Founding Farmers in Bethesda Magazine’s annual Best of Bethesda Readers Picks issue.

We’re humbled to be named the winner in the categories for the Best Brunch and Best Craft Cocktails, as well as a runner-up for the title of Best Overall Restaurant. What a great way to end the year – cheers!

Best of Bethesda



January 3rd, 2014
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