The Key Ingredient: Genuine Collaboration

As co-Founder of a firm with a wide range of services, I often find myself working with other service providers where there is some overlap between our scope of services. Oftentimes, it’s one of the hurdles of a project – the … read more

Is OpenTable Worth It? Founding Farmers says ‘Yes’!

As VSAG co-founder and owner of one of the most popular restaurants in the country, I thought I would offer some insight and true-life case study experience to a question that has been bantered about the food industry community recently – … read more

Farewell, Dear Friend….

The entire VSAG family is sad today.  One of our team members passed away this week; he was far too young, and far too healthy, it came as a shock to us all.  George Roche was our friend, our colleague, our baker, our day trader, our … read more

VSAG Responds to Washington Post Article on Sustainability

From Dan Simons, VSAG co-Founder, in Response to the December 7, 2009 article by Jane Black that appeared on the front page of The Washington Post:


We’re thankful to Jane Black for bringing such an important topic – sustainable agriculture and what it means to be a green restaurant committed to sustainable business practices – to the front page of The Washington Post. How much more important can this topic get for foodies and restaurateurs? Not much more, but we’re glad that there is focus on a successful business in Washington, DC, that is working to help American family farmers and pushing the envelope on a broad array of topics that go well beyond the superficial, easy topics…. read more

Best of the Web Recognizes VSAG.com

Recently the new VSAG.com web site was named to the “Best of the Web” in the top Business > Business to Business> Hospitality Industry > Consulting web site category. Building a good web site is like building a good restaurant … read more

Dan Simons Featured on GWU’s Planet Forward

Dan_Simons_Founding_Farmers_UP_WLA_2009-5353_460x200‘Planet Forward’ sounds like a cool new hang out at a university campus, but it’s actually a co-production of the Public Affairs Project at The George Washington University and Nebraska Educational Telecommunications. Program students Madeline Twomey and Juliette Dallas-Feeney sat with Dan Simons recently to talk about going green in the restaurant business, specifically at Founding Farmers.  The women are part of a reporting class that uses advanced multimedia platforms to create stories about sustainability and going green. The two spent some time in the restaurant filming the interiors, the high filtration water system, the recycling center and of course the food!  Check out the video, Serving Up a Platter of Green, after the break.

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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 … 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, … read more

VSAG Develops SMM Pilot Program at UTD

VSAG is not only leading the way in restaurant consulting, but has taken hands on knowledge and experience in Social Media Marketing and has lent its social media expertise to the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), where they launched the first Social Media Coordinators Pilot Program this fall.  This pilot program is a component of the university’s current progress towards becoming a Tier-1 national research university, and is the foundation of VSAG’s new business model for providing social media marketing services to its clients…. 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