Category: Founding Farmers

VSAG’s Dan Simons in GWU Today Newsletter

VSAG Founder Dan Simons, an alumnus of George Washington University in Washington D.C., was featured in the university’s GW Today newsletter article “From the Farm to Foggy Bottom Restaurant.” The article praises Founding Farmers’ commitment to sustainability, eclectic menu, and unique cocktails, as well as details Simons’ role in Founding Farmers’ success. Though he majored in international business at GW, Dan says he realized early on that the restaurant business was for him. After working at the Exchange, Simons joined the local T.G.I. Friday’s his junior year and worked his way up to the company’s corporate training program by graduation. In 1994, Dan… read more


VSAG Founder Dan Simons Featured in BusinessWeek

VSAG Founder Dan Simons was quoted in the BusinessWeek article “Do-It-Yourself iPhone Apps.” Simons explained the iPhone app developed by Swebapps for VSAG restaurant client Founding Farmers. The free Founding Farmers iPhone app allows users to make reservations, view the menu, and even use the Wine Shake, a fun way to get a great wine pairing with a dinner selection. Read the full BusinessWeek article, and be sure to get your free copy of the Founding Farmers iPhone app from iTunes!


Founding Farmers is GreenSource Case Study for LEED Restaurants

VSAG award-winning LEED Gold restaurant Founding Farmers was recently featured as an in-depth case study by GreenSource magazine, the green building industry’s leading trade journal.    The multi-page article in the September issue highlights the green / LEED requirements through the various design elements and the design process, as executed by Washington, DC based CORE architecture + design. Included are ‘behind the scenes’ insight from CORE Principal Peter F. Hapstak, AIA, IIDA and his team of consultants, which included structural, electrical, HVAC, lighting and LEED specialists to meet the certification requirements.   Greensource covers the sustainable design of commercial buildings and… read more


VSAG/Founding Farmers Featured in The Consultant

VSAG client Founding Farmers – the first LEED Gold certified full-service upscale-casual restaurant in the U.S., as well as the first LEED-certified restaurant in Washington D.C., was recognized for its outstanding commitment to sustainability, appearing as the cover story for the 2009 bonus edition of The Consultant magazine. Read more for the full article, or click here. Turning Green to Gold It’s only fitting that the first LEED Gold certified full-service, upscale-casual restaurant in the country, which is also the first LEED certified restaurant in the nation’s capital, is owned by a collaborative representing farmers, the North Dakota Farmers Union…. read more


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


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

Share & VSAG Like the Founding Farmers iPhone App!

App Home ScreenVSAG is very excited about Founding Farmers’ new iPhone App—it’s a great way to reach out to the guests and to keep the restaurant on the cutting edge, important parts in our work in restaurant management and restaurant social media.

Be among the first iPhone users that have discovered the fun, convenient way to see what’s new on the menu, make reservations and even choose a wine with dinner with the new Founding Farmers restaurant app.   This FREE app is available through the iTunes App Store, and Founding Farmers is among just a few restaurants that have seen the fun in reaching out to guests in a new way.  Even TIME magazine has noticed!… read more


VSAG Vice President Lara Hardcastle Earns LEED AP Certification

Continuing to demonstrate her true can-do spirit and steadfast determination, Hardcastle recently passed the certification process to become a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional (AP) through the US Green Building Council (USGBC).   Lara was the Project Manager on the award-winning Founding Farmers restaurant in Washington D.C., the first LEED Gold upscale-casual, full-service restaurant in the United States, which opened one year ago. She’s a vital part of our LEED restaurants work and green restaurant operations consulting. As the first VSAG employee to earn the LEED AP title, Hardcastle joins more than 75,000 professionals across the country… read more


VSAG: Farmers Who Love Founding Farmers

Another great story on VSAG’s green restaurant operations work at Founding Farmers. Lancaster Farming News, that is, which is great because much of what arrives at the restaurant daily and weekly comes from farms in Lancaster County, PA and from surrounding areas! Thanks to reporter Tracy Sutton for spending so much time with Founding Farmers, and for sharing the important story behind the restaurant with information about the restaurant’s American family farmer-owners (North Dakota Farmers Union) and about how food gets from farm-to-table, with a quick stop in the Founding Farmers kitchen along the way! Read all about it – A… read more


Tommy Hilfiger’s Guide to DC Includes VSAG Concept

Very cool! And guess which original LEED Gold, hip and casual farm-fed restaurant was included on his very exclusive list of top places to eat in DC? That’s right, Founding Farmers! VSAG is so proud that Founding Farmers is in this very distinctive group of dining establishments – some tried and true, some more classically DC than others, and still others like Founding Farmers, the new kids on the block that are turning heads! Thanks Tommy!