Founding Farmers and Convene Team-Up to Provide "Farm Fresh" Culinary Services at Convene's Tysons Conference Center

Washington's Greenest and Highly Acclaimed, American Farmhouse Restaurant Will Now Cater All of Convene's Day Meetings and Events at the Tysons Corner Facility

May 14, 2015, 09:00 ET from Convene

NEW YORK and TYSONS, Va., May 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Convene (, the nation's fastest growing network of urban meeting centers and integrated workplace amenity services, announced today a culinary partnership with Founding Farmers, Washington's greenest restaurant and one of the most popular dining destinations in the nation.  The partnership calls for Founding Farmers Tyson to provide culinary services for all of Convene's day meetings and events at its Tyson Corner conference center at 1800 Tysons Boulevard in McLean, Va. 

Convene and Founding Farmers will be creating menus that feature scratch-made, traditional American classics with sustainably farmed products, including regionally sourced items from Virginia farms, and in-season vegetables and fruits whenever possible as part of the culinary offerings for Convene's event and meeting clients.  Founding Farmers, which is part of the Farmers Restaurant Group, recently opened its newest restaurant at 1800 Tysons Boulevard, in the same complex as Convene, where it offers farm fresh American food infused with culinary and historical dining traditions of Virginia.

Convene's Tysons conference center, opened in April 2014, is a world class business conference and corporate event center that offers a range of flexible, state-of-the-art meeting rooms that can accommodate groups from two to 150 people. Designed by Fox Architects, the award-winning architecture and interior design firm based in the nation's capital, Convene at Tysons represents a new paradigm in corporate meeting facilities with amenities-laden conference rooms and integrated audio-visual resources, all based on Convene's human-centered design process that facilitates the most productive professional meetings.

"As the first upscale-casual, full-service LEED Gold restaurant in the country and the most-booked restaurant on OpenTable nationally, Founding Farmers is the ideal partner for offering Convene clients the finest in American-inspired farm cuisine at Convene Tysons," said Chris Kelly, co-founder and president of Convene. "We share the same values and commitment to quality and eco-friendly settings; this is a 'win-win' partnership for both organizations."

"When we learned Convene was our neighbor right upstairs, we were excited about the potential partnership that we could have," said Dawn Vileno, vice president of operations, Farmers Restaurant Group.  "While Founding Farmers Tysons isn't set up to offer catering to off premise locations, we could certainly take on catering that is just an elevator ride away.  With Convene's focus being on fresh, healthy food for breakfast, snacks and lunch, it was truly a perfect fit for what we strive to do each day.  We're thrilled to be working with such a wonderful team, and look forward to the bright (and delicious!) future that is ahead."

About Farmers Restaurant Group

Farmers Restaurant Group is a restaurant management company established on a platform of farm inspired American true food and drink in modern, upscale casual, and eco-friendly settings. Farmers Restaurant Group's leadership and development team created the internationally recognized, award-winning Founding Farmers restaurant in the heart of Washington, D.C., which opened in 2008 and is the first upscale-casual, full-service LEED Gold restaurant in the country, as well as the most-booked restaurant on OpenTable nationally since January 2011. In November 2011 MoCo's Founding Farmers opened in Potomac, in the heart of Maryland and in November 2012, sister concept Farmers Fishers Bakers opened in Washington Harbour in Georgetown. The flagship Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers restaurants are owned by North Dakota Farmers Union. The four restaurants of Farmers Restaurant Group serve thousands of guests daily and are consistently recognized for outstanding food and beverage programs by the media and guests alike. Farmers Restaurant Group was developed and is managed by Vucurevich Simons Advisory Group (VSAG). More information:

About Convene

Convene ( develops, owns and operates the nation's fastest growing network of executive meeting centers which combine technology, culinary, production and human-centered design into a transformative  workplace experience.  The company leverages its unique perspective and integrated hospitality expertise to offer landlords and commercial tenants new kinds of service and real estate solutions. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in New York, Convene was named by Forbes as one of America's 100 Most Promising Companies in 2014 and by Inc. as one of America's fastest growing companies.

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