VSAG Founder Dan Simons was featured in the Washington Examiner’s 3-Minute Interview Column. This recurring column provides a sneak peek into the professional lives of DC-area locals. Dan was asked about his work with VSAG client Founding Farmers: the impetus behind the development of the popular restaurant, the ongoing commitment to being green and what it feels like to be a part of the team that keeps the Greenest Restaurant in Washington, DC serving up delicious fare every day.
Category: VSAG Client News
Honeybees! As honeybees happily buzzed around DC last summer, VSAG got a bee in our bonnets: Why not broaden the scope of our client Founding Farmers’ sustainable practices and create an apiary, where the freshly harvested honey could be used in the restaurants? Now in its second year, our apiary has been a buzzing success! It all began with a partnership with George Washington University (GW). VSAG client Founding Farmers is a next-door neighbor to the nationally ranked University. VSAG approached GW with the thought of creating the largest-known restaurant-owned urban apiary in the country. Today, the beehives are a… read more
The University of North Dakota welcomes World Farmers Organization President Robert Carlson as the general session featured speaker at the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) 2012 Continental Regional Conference. This year’s NACUFS conference, Whole Dining – Harvest the Essentials!, will focus on providing college and university students and faculty with the best available food services, from harvest to table. President Carlson will give the keynote address, speaking much about Founding Farmers’ green initiatives such as its LEED Accreditation, apiary project, sustainability and on-going projects such as purchasing carbon offsets and continuing to be an advocate for… read more
And the Winner is … VSAG client Terrapin Restaurant has been selected to receive the 2011 Best of Virginia Beach ‘Best of Local Business’ Award. This award is given by the American Restaurants category of the US Commerce Association (USCA), a national advocacy group for small businesses and business entrepreneurs. The prestigious, annual USCA award recognizes outstanding local businesses that demonstrate exceptional quality of service and marketing success in their local areas, while enhancing the positive image of small business through service to their customers and their community. In recognition of this achievement, Terrapin receives the 2011 Best of Virginia… read more
Congratulations to VSAG friend and client, Terrapin Chef Rodney Einhorn, on having been invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard Foundation. Chef Einhorn will bring his culinary talents to NYC’s Beard House on November 29th, during a celebration of Robert Foley Wines. An acclaimed culinarian, Chef Rodney has received praise from critics and patrons alike, and participating in this prominent event is just another achievement in the professional career of this imaginative chef. Named the 2007 Winemaker of the Year by Food & Wine magazine, Robert Foley’s Napa Valley portfolio attracts raves with every new vintage. According to the… read more
Washington Post food writer Tim Carman recently chatted with Dan Simons about his latest project, a second location for Founding Farmers that’s set to open in Potomac, Md., in late October.
The apiary that Founding Farmers launched this summer in conjunction with George Washington University gets mentioned on KFYR radio in North Dakota. [audio:http://www.vsag.com/wp-content/uploads/FFbees-KFYR.mp3]
After years of experience in the restaurant business, VSAG knows first-hand that an empty seat is a restaurant’s most expensive real estate. Armed with that knowledge, VSAG recently instituted a ground-breaking restaurant optimization program to streamline Front of House operations for their client Founding Farmers. Not only did they find improved experiences for both guests AND staff, but they felt it on the bottom line: a 15% increase in sales. VSAG’s Restaurant Optimization team utilized industry online resource OpenTable’s Electronic Reservation Book (ERB) system in order to reengineer Founding Farmers’ Front of House operations. While the VSAG team focused on… read more
Congratulations to VSAG client, Terrapin restaurant in Virginia Beach, on being one of the top 50 US restaurants to win the coveted, “Diners’ Choice Award for Restaurants Providing the Best Service,” awarded by OpenTable, a leading online provider of restaurant reservations and guest management systems. Winners of this prestigious award were chosen after more than 7 million OpenTable diners submitted reviews on their service experience at over 12,000 restaurants throughout the US over the course of the last year. Terrapin, which opened in 2006, offers guests modern, yet classic American fare, with a dedication to using local and sustainable ingredients. Chef Rodney… read more
Sâuçá owner Farhad Assari helped put DC food trucks on the map when he launched Sâuçá in early 2010. Now, as he uses his expertise from the successful launch of Sâuçá to expand the brand with his latest endeavor, the MEATHEAD Mobile Eatery, his customers – and the media – are taking note. In early February, Sâuçá added to its fleet of mobile food trucks with the launch of the MEATHEAD Mobile Eatery. Yes, the name says it all. These DC food trucks offer four deliciously meaty sandwiches (steak, pork, two chicken), and chips and drinks too, but with a… read more