Today, Founding Farmers and George Washington University marked the start of the second year for @FFBees — literally. Professor Hartmut Doebel, who oversees the apiary we share with GW, and his assistants have marked a new batch of honeybees with small, colorful dots so that the bees can be tracked. You can read the full press release about the apiary, and the Founding Farmers/GW partnership, here. And watch for upcoming news about @FFBees.
In the meantime, today’s event marks the start of a new Founding Farmers contest:
Spot The FFBees!
Now through May 18, be on the lookout for bees with colorful dots on their backs. If you find one, get a picture of it and send the photo to @FFBees (and be sure to copy our Twitter account as well: @foundingfarmers) or to the Founding Farmers’ Facebook page. Every person who sends us an image receives a $10 Founding Farmers gift card, good at either location. And everyone who has sent a picture will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize: a $500 gift card!
Click on an image to learn more about our bees.
Happy National Grilled Cheese Month! (As if you didn’t need another reason to love April.) Celebrate the occasion with our legendary Grilled Cheese sandwich, made with gruyere, white cheddar, and muenster cheeses on fresh, house-made bread and served with classic Roasted Tomato Soup. Enjoy the classic — or jazz it up with a slice of spice-brined ham. The Washington Post calls it “an ode to abundance,” while Washingtonian dubs it “a cheesy trifecta.” Why not stop by and taste it for yourself?
Feeling devilish? Whip up a batch of Founding Farmers’ famous Devil-ish Eggs! Breathe Magazine features our very own Chef Joe Goetze in their March/April issue, where he shares his philosophy on eating local — and the recipe for our signature deviled eggs. Give the recipe a shot and let us know what you think.
Founding Farmers is proud to participate in this year’s World Water Week, a UNICEF Tap Project event. From March 19 through March 25 at both Founding Farmers locations (and other participating restaurants), pay $1 for that glass of tap water you normally get for free, and you’ll be helping out those who don’t have the luxury of free, bountiful, clean water.
Visit the Tap Project website to learn more about how you can help this important venture beyond World Water Week, learn about other Tap Project events, and more.
Thanks for helping Founding Farmers help others!
Crunchy, healthy, and delicious. What’s not to love about cabbage? This month, the North Dakota Farmers Union highlights the leafy green vegetable and offers some tasty suggestions to incorporate the versatile product into your diet. If you want our take, come taste the Spicy Ahi Tuna Poke Salad to see what the cabbage craze is all about. And be sure to check out the NDFU’s March 2012 issue of Union Farmer.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art’s annual Artini celebration is all about the art of the cocktail, and we’re pleased to say that award-winning Chief Mixologist Jon Arroyo is participating this year! A dozen of D.C.’s best are competing to craft the most artistic libation based on a work in the Corcoran’s collection. Jon has selected Nina Chanel Abney’s Behind Every Good Man as the inspiration for his drink, The Walking Dead.
March 13 is the night that Artini officials will come to Founding Farmers to taste Jon’s cocktail, but you can enjoy it at both of our locations through March 30. Once you have tried it, be sure to vote for Jon at the official Artini voting page.
Here’s how Jon describes both Abney’s painting and how it inspired his drink. Bonus: He’s even provided the recipe for you to make one at home.
In this work we saw the contrast of light and dark, of struggle and success, and of life over death. Much as artist Nina Chanel Abney describes, her “Behind Every Good Man” work from the Go Berserker series “explores introspection and the idea of fighting against and/or accepting the things one might find when looking inside oneself,” we seek to explore the perfect balance for a cocktail.
“Behind Every Good Man” explores the collision of instinct and intuition, and we can relate. Much of making a great drink comes from intuition of combinations, and chemical manipulation of spirit and elixirs, as well as the instinct of knowing when a cocktail is ready to be served. “The Walking Dead” is a combination of light and dark spirits, intense flavors and citrus infusion to balance it all, ultimately creating a revival cocktail for the soul that struggles or for the life that triumphs.
The Walking Dead
1 oz Mount Gay Silver
1 oz Mount Gay Black
.5 oz hibiscus-infused absinthe
1 oz lime juice
.5 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz falernum
2–3 dashes Tiki Bitters
Place ingredients in a mixing glass, cover with a tin and dry shake. Pour into a Collins glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and one piece of absinthe/rum candy. (Candy made by Founding Farmers Executive Pastry Chef Courtney Goldian.)
The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) 2012 Continental Regional Conference, Whole Dining – Harvest the Essentials!, takes place this week at the University of North Dakota.
Founding Farmers’ friend and colleague Robert Carlson, President of the World Farmers Organization and former North Dakota Farmers Union President, gave this year’s keynote address. This noteworthy annual conference focuses on providing college and university students and faculty with the best available food services, from harvest to table.
Mr. Carlson spoke about the importance for hospitality professionals (chefs, restaurateurs, restaurant consultants, and more) to implement food safety, sustainability, and green initiatives, as well as the benefits of using environmentally friendly and reclaimed materials wherever and whenever possible when devising their restaurant business plans, as we did when creating Founding Farmers.
Since food safety is a top security issue among not only restaurant consultants and food service consultants, but also government agencies such as the United Nations, the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Farmer’s Organization, Mr. Carlson lent his expertise, emphasizing the benefits of bringing together national agricultural producer organizations and agricultural producer cooperatives to create policies and advocate on world farmers’ behalf. These policies will aim to improve the economic situation and livelihood of producers, their families, and rural communities.
Congrats on a job well done, Mr. Carlson!
Founding Farmers’ award-winning head of mixology, Jon Arroyo, has been serving up cocktail lessons at LivingSocial’s headquarters in D.C. as part of a new series of special food and drink lifestyle packages. If you missed this go round with him, keep your eyes peeled for future events featuring the Founding Farmers team.
Photo courtesy TBD.com.