Category: Bar & Beverage Concepts

Safely Sweetened Beverages For a Change

As the New York City soda ban controversy continues to make national headlines, the issue has also sparked debate among restaurant industry insiders and health officials alike. Our team has been following the issue closely, and VSAG recently discovered that a group of health advocates and public heath officials have taken this topic from the mayor’s office in NYC to the steps of the Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C. – asking the FDA to regulate the amount of caloric sweeteners in sodas and other beverages since the scientific consensus is that the level of added sugars in those… read more

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Top Metro Areas for Restaurants and Bars in the US

The folks at Trulia have crafted two heat maps illustrating the most restaurant-and bar-dense metro areas in the US.  One correlation we noticed is that the metropolises along the coasts tend to be eating cities while those inland tend to be drinking cities. Another interesting correlation is the price of residential real estate: homes for sale in eating cities were sold for substantially more per square foot than those in drinking cities.  As Trulia explains the phenomenon, “high-income people have more money to spend on eating out, so the high-cost places where high-income people tend to live can support more… read more

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Beer vs. Wine: Who Is Drinking What?

The Huffington Post recently reported that Americans consume more beer than wine.  According to a new Gallup report, beer edges out wine by 39% to 35% as the beverage of choice for those who imbibe. Perhaps not surprisingly, the stats show a generational–and gender-based–bias.  Those older than 55 are more likely to consume wine, while younger people tend to opt for beer.  Females generally prefer wine, while males often reach for a cold brew. Photo credit: FitsNews Thoughtful options that complement your menu will please customers and encourage them to return.  Rotating selections according to the season will ensure there… read more

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Is Your Wine List Ready for Summer?

As oenophiles and casual imbibers alike know, different seasons call for different wines.  A lush burgundy is warming on a brisk autumn day, while a crisp rosé refreshes in warmer weather.  We all appreciate the importance of variety on a wine list.  Embracing said variety and taking it one step further by rotating seasonal varietals on and off your wine list through the year will help set your wine list—and your establishment—apart from your competitors. Jon Arroyo, one of Washington DC’s top mixologists, shared his top five picks for summer wines, many of which can be found on the wine… read more

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More Than Just a Great Cup o’ Joe

Coffee. The mere mention of the word can conjure up visions of warm family gatherings, an intimate date night, a casual business meeting or a fun-filled laugh session with friends. And to think, all that fun fits into one cup o’ joe. Since the average US consumer drinks 240 cups of coffee a year, we know that coffee has made its way into the mainstream.  But, not all coffee houses should be just average or mainstream … you want to create a coffee house that is unique and modern, yet inviting and warm, not a place that only provides a… read more

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Better Tiki Than Tacky

Farmers & Fishers brings a popular cocktail movement back into vogue with the launch of a new bar program that embraces the art of the Tiki bar, and specifically, the classic art of making a delicious Tiki cocktail. The Washington Post recently profiled the history of the Tiki cocktail and Farmers & Fishers Chief Mixologist Jon Arroyo was featured. Read more here: http://bit.ly/36m9Ui.

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VSAG Client Wins Craft Brewing Gold

…and silver, and bronze!  Congratulations (and cheers!) to The Covey Restaurant & Brewery in Ft. Worth, Texas for their recent win of six awards for their incredible crafts beers at the 2010 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition.  Brewmaster Jamie Fulton’s own recipes garnered the two gold, two silver and two bronze medals for the handcrafted beers. The six medal-winning beers (out of eight entered by Mr. Fulton) recognized by the judges include: The Covey’s Texas Blonde and Aduro Porter scored gold medals in the German-Style Kölsch/Köln-Style Kölsch and Coffee Flavored Beer categories, respectively; Silver medal winners in the Vienna-Style Lager… read more

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Farmers & Fishers Celebrates Brazilian Independence

On Labor Day Monday Farmers & Fishers Sous Chef Mario Pineda appeared on the WUSA9 morning show and prepared the very popular Heritage Truck-style Fish Tacos on the air for anchor Kim Martucci in honor of Brazilian Independence Day.   Mario demonstrated his culinary abilities by whipping up our original recipe tacos in just 2 minutes! See the video for yourself, and catch a cocktail segment with Founding Farmers Mixologist Josh Tugjnyam, who shook Cabana Cachaca (the spirit of Brazil!) into a couple great tasting cocktails.  No holidays for DC’s most popular restaurant!

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Founding Farmers & Cabana Cachaça Celebrate Brazil

On Labor Day Monday (9.07) Founding Farmers Mixologist Josh Tugjnyam appeared on the WUSA9 morning show and prepared the official cocktail of Brazil – the caipirinha – in celebration of Brazilian Independence Day.   Founding Farmers Chief Mixologist Jon Arroyo is the DC Brand Ambassador for Cabana Cachaça the upscale double distilled Brazilian Rum that is the key ingredient in the caipirinha.  Jon was away on holiday, so Josh stepped in to shake up some great cocktails.   See the video for yourself, and the food demo with Farmers & Fishers Sous Chef Mario Pineda, who prepared the very popular Heritage Truck-style… read more

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VSAG’s Chief Mixologist Named Cabana Cachaça Brand Ambassador

Cheers to our own Chief Mixologist, as well as Farmers & Fishers‘ and Founding Farmers‘ Chief Mixologist, Jon Arroyo, for being named the Washington, DC region Brand Ambassador for Cabana Cachaça, the finest, purest cachaça in the market today.   As the signature spirit of Brazil, cachaca is coming into its own in the US, not only as a fine rum product, but as a very smooth and versatile elixir, authentic to the core…. read more

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