November 11, 2018 Events, Sustainability

Taking Our Last Straw to the DC Council

Co-Owner Dan Simons took to DC’s government halls on Friday, testifying at a hearing on plastic straws and stirrers. Speaking before the DC Committee on Transportation and the Environment, Simons encouraged the council to pass the bill that prohibits the sale, use, or provision of non-compostable straws and stirring implements by food service entities, beginning January 1, 2019 with one change: replace the word “compostable” with “biodegradable.”

At Founding Farmers, we made the switch to biodegradable straws over a year ago.

In the last year alone, our three DC restaurants – Founding Farmers DC and its siblings, Farmers & Distillers and Farmers Fishers Bakers – have eliminated over 938,000 plastic straws from the DC trash stream. We did this by switching from compostable straws to paper and hay. We also have always used fewer straws than many, because we don’t use straws in many of our drinks, including water. It is important to note that if a guest requires a plastic straw, for health or disability reasons, we are keeping a small selection of plastic straws on hand.

Also testifying at the hearing was Julie Sharkey, Campaign Manager for Our Last Straw, the foundation we launched in June to build a coalition of restaurants, cafes, bars, and others in the hospitality industry to eliminate plastic straws across the DMV and beyond. She urged the council to pass the amendment saying, “Plastic straws, just like plastic bags, are the gateway to increased awareness about the environmental and health hazards of plastics, and a critical stepping stone on the path to reducing our reliance on single-use plastics.”

Testimony was also given by representatives from the Alice Ferguson Foundation, the DC Chapter of the Sierra Club, and DC Doesn’t Suck. The entire hearing was recorded and can be watched online.

January 11, 2021
Events, Food

Give Back with MLK Weekend Brunch at Home

January 19, 2021 Update Thanks to everyone who ordered Brunch at Home this past MLK Weekend! We raised over $1,600 for our local partners, which translates into direct donations to help feed our neighbors: In the District, we are using the $254 raised to provide additional meals, PPE, and toilet paper to our community partners in Wards 7 & 8.

January 7, 2021
Events

Restaurant Week Around Your Table & Ours

It’s that time of year again. Restaurant Week is back for Winter 2021, and our Founding Farmers team is getting ready to serve you in all of our restaurants and at home with so many tasty choices and some of the best restaurant deals in DC, Tysons & Reston, and Potomac.

January 6, 2021
Events, Food

Order Founding Farmers for the Big Game

Football’s biggest game of the season is almost here. Have you figured out your food plans for the LV game day yet? We are developing special to go menus for 2021 Game Day available for pre-order and contact-free curbside pick up at any of our locations.

Join us for a meal

Reserve a Table

Our dining rooms and winterized patios (including some new patios!) are open with our enhanced safety protocols and following the guidance of our government officials. Reserve your table or come on in. Our full menus are available for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. We’re excited to serve you again!

For more information about how we’re operating during this time, read all about the innovative technology we are using to combat COVID-19, our COVID-19 FAQs, and the measures we’re taking to ensure your health and safety.