Chris & I had the best night the other weekend with our friends Walter & Kimberly! W & K are always up for a food, wine, and/or DC adventure, and they contacted us awhile back about LivingSocial tickets for a Founding Farmers popup restaurant previewing new additions to the seasonal menu. I was especially excited, because I’ve actually never been to Founding Farmers. Well, it turns out that I still haven’t checked out the actual restaurant, but that’s okay… we realized the week before that the event would actually be at LivingSocial’s new event space, 918 F Street, which just opened back in February. Very exciting! Seeing the new venue was a big highlight of the night.
We started out at Proof for a quick happy hour… another place I’ll need to check out for a more extended stay! Then we walked over to 918 F Street.
It was an amazing dichotomy of old and new. The building itself was old, and you could see that on the outside and in the details of places like the elevator. However, the interior design of the space was entirely hip and modern. We were greeted by several LivingSocial staff members and the lady behind the welcome desk was dressed like she’d just walked out of an Anthropologie catalog.
After taking the elevator up to our event (there was also a sushi-making + wine class happening on another floor), we were immediately greeted with cocktails. Very cool. I didn’t catch the name of this drink, but I do know it contained lemon and gin. Served in a mini mason jar, we felt immediately transported into summer mode.
Pretty quickly, a waiter brought out Goddess Eggs and Deviled Ham (Free Range Maryland Eggs, Green Goddess Dressing, and Surry Ham). These were followed up by Founding Farmers Cornbread (containing Dakota Honey Butter and a sprinkle of Sea Salt). Doesn’t sea salt make everything better? The first course cocktail was a Cuzco Punch Royale (Pisco, Aperol, Cherry Brandy, and Sparkling Brandy). Kimberly wasn’t a fan, but I think the rest of us enjoyed it. The perfect beach drink!
We then were served a Living Baby Lettuce Salad (Roasted Beets, New Old Bay Potato Chips, and a Buttermilk-Dill Dressing). The lettuce tasted so fresh, with so much substance to it. The crunch of the potato chips added a lot to the combination.
For the main course, we could choose from the following: Potted Shrimp & Scallops (Spring Peas, Asparagus, Carrots, Lemon-Herb Butter, served with Anson Mills Grits and Pullman Soldiers), Spring Chicken Pie (Jamie’s Chicken Sausage, Swiss Chard & Cauliflower, Pickled Veggies, Cilantro Slaw, and Pommery Mustard Sauce), Gardener’s Pie (Woodstock’s Spring Succotash, Mashed Potatoes, served with Farmers Salad), and Spiced Strip Steak (Blue Cheese, Griddled Onion, Duchess Sweet Potatoes, and Shallot-Red Wine Gravy).
I am happy to say that there were 3 of the 4 dishes represented between all of us. The only one that wasn’t chosen was the vegetarian option: The Gardener’s Pie.
For dessert, what a lovely name: Spring Wish (Buttermilk Sherbet, Stewed Strawberries, Toasted Meringue, and Almond Biscotti).
At the end of the meal, we were handed Priority Seating tickets for the next time we go to Founding Farmers! I have a good reason to try out the actual restaurant now. As we exited the room, we also were given mini Founding Farmers gift bags with a coaster, postcard, and menu. We had been told multiple times that we needed to try out the basement bar after the meal, so we did.
Very fun! We mingled with the sushi-making students and enjoyed Founding Farmers drinks in an intimate, but spacious, bar.
Thank you to Founding Farmers for wow-ing our palettes with fresh, sustainable food… and thank you to LivingSocial, always over-the-top in its events!