Category: Sustainable Practices

VSAG on Client Watch: Farmers Restaurant Group Opens New Restaurant

We love to see our clients win. From implementing strategic, successful training programs to full-service rebranding to spearheading a new restaurant opening, our team is in it to win it. In for the short-term fix or long-haul project, however our playbooks needs to run. Today, we celebrate the win of client Farmers Restaurant Group (FRG). Opening the doors to their sixth restaurant this morning, Founding Farmers King of Prussia is FRG’s first foray outside the DC metro area. Our team has guided the FRG crew throughout this amazing process and they are ready to feed and quench the thirsts of… read more

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Summer Food Feature: Part Two

We’re holding on to not only the last few weeks of summer, but also the tasty, seasonal dishes our culinary teams have been offering up to clients this season. Where do we start this summer food feature? With one of the season’s light, yet most versatile dishes: fresh summer salads. As a starter or entrée, we love us some easy summer recipes like fresh-from-the-farm salad. From unique greens and vegetable combinations to sliced fruit dripping with flavor, summer salad options seem endless. One of our most popular salads is packed with flavor… and many vegetables. The name says it all:… read more

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Simons Speaks: Office Space

Our very own, Dan Simons, recently spoke to business industry leader Inc.com to discuss what your office space says about your company culture. Sure, as restaurant and hospitality professionals, we know that first impressions are everything in our restaurant spaces, but Dan was happy to speak to the often-overlooked sibling: office space. In the article How to Use Your Workspace to Ignite Your Culture, Dan loves the idea of thinking outside the proverbial box and taking your office space on the road. What does that mean exactly? Well, it doesn’t get much better for Dan and his team to work in… read more

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Summer Food Feature: Part One

Summer is here. That means more & more seasonal summer food, easy summer recipes, and light, refreshing drinks to keep guests well fed, satiated, and happy. One current food trend we’re loving these days (and we’re guiding our clients to implement with ease)… house-made specialties, such as scratch sodas and hand-pulled noodles. We’ve gone straight to our expert sources (i.e. our amazing, in-the-know culinary team, including R&D Specialist Amanda Webb) to get the Summer Food 411 on what makes house-made specialties – well, so special. Top of the list: taking that extra step showcases to guests that you’re willing to… read more

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What’s the key to Maintaining Restaurant Quality & Consistency?

It ain’t always easy… but we’re here to tell you that it can be done. As our team regularly seeks ways to improve our quality control procedures and methodologies, we wanted to delve deeper into this topic: how to best guide our clients to successful restaurant quality control, all while running a busy restaurant. We’re lucky to have a plethora of enthusiastic partners to extol their secret weapons to us. One such willing participant? Farmers Restaurant Group (FRG)Managing Partner Fran Lake. What does Fran think quality & consistency boils down to? “Really, it comes down to commitment and creating an… read more

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Dan Simons Weighs In: How Big Brands & Big Businesses are Aligning Their Missions With Gen Z & Millennial Consumers

“With the Gen Z and Millennial consumers, it’s clear what matters to them. They want to be part of making the world a better place in everything they do. For us, this is good news. This was our original mission behind sourcing food products in a way that aligned with our sustainability vision.”— Dan Simons Dan recently had the opportunity to discuss this relevant industry topic of how big brands and big businesses need to set themselves apart in today’s market, focusing on the next generation. In a well-received article for Forbes, which was also referenced by The Huffington Post, Dan… read more

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Is a Sustainable, Global Food Supply Within Reach?

We offer a hopeful… yes. In these times of burgeoning populations, the strides we’ve made as a company to honor the invaluable service family farms provide our industry, forecasting the developing farmer-owned restaurant concept, and our commitment to offering client guests sustainable menu options at every possible turn, is paramount to our work. We’re encouraged by recent reports from the Environmental Defense Fund indicating that due to initiatives begun at grassroots levels, such as ours that promote sustainable methodology, are having a positive uptick on practical, innovative global food supply efforts and solutions.  Some of those solutions derive from sustainable… read more

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For All You Sweet Potato Lovers…

Oh yeah, February is Sweet Potato Lovers Month! And we concur. Our team loves the yummy, satisfying sweet potato for its naturally sweet taste, nutrition value, and versatility. Bake, boil, roast, mash, sauté, or glaze ‘em – sweet potatoes are one of the most well-loved, versatile, and oldest veggies out there. Fun facts: sweet potatoes come in over 400 varieties, with colors ranging from orange and cream to deep purple and pink, and can be traced back to prehistoric times. So, for all you sweet potato lovers out there… here are some sweet potato nutrition facts, dish ideas, and more…. read more

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Ongoing Investment in Food & Restaurant Technology

As we look to the future, making an ongoing investment in food and restaurant technology will help you grow as a brand and as a company. Food Science & Technology. An interesting topic as it’s continually evolving. Defined by the Institute of Food Technologists as the study of the physical, nutritional, and chemical makeup of food, food science also seeks to uncover the causes of food deterioration. Whereas, food technology applies those disciplines to the selection, processing, packaging, and preservation of food. In short: maintaining food safety and making a conscious effort to impart advanced, sustainable, repurposing methods to reducing… read more

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VSAG Client News: Farmers & Distillers Opens!

The reservation call center is busily up & running, the staff is trained and happily serving hungry guests, the booze is flowing, and yes, the doors are open. We’re thrilled to announce that our longtime client, Farmers Restaurant Group, has opened their latest venture. Located in the cool, culturally diverse Mt Vernon Square neighborhood in the heart of Washington, D.C. Farmers & Distillers is primed to be the next successful venture in this growing restaurant group. Along with sister restaurants, Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers, Farmers & Distillers continues the brand’s farmer-owned concept, but with a twist: this restaurant… read more

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