Summer accessories at B.gorgeous
In Franschhoek and need your hair blown-out before a special lunch or dinner? At B.gorgeous we’ve got all the tricks and treatments to make you feel, well, gorgeous!
Sit back and relax with a glass of Môreson Méthode Cap Classique or a fresh fruit cocktail, and indulge in a manicure, pedicure and get your hair looking glam—and while you’re at it, accessorise darling.
We have some beautiful summer accessories, from jewellery, to hats and even sandals, and more.
Tip: need a gorgeous gift in a hurry? Look no further, there’s no need to head to the malls.
Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: b.gorgeous,
White roses, white roses
Our garden is positively bursting with beautiful blooms of all hues, creed and size. But we thought we’d pay a special homage to the white roses, which are in full flush at the moment.
Fat, creamy, with a velvet scent. They paint the morning air with sweetness, and the in evening as the sun dips down, the scent becomes deeper, more mysterious.
The white rose is said to represent: ‘Purity, Innocence, Sympathy & Spirituality’. A peek into Reader’s Digest reveals that ‘early tradition used white roses as a symbol for true love, an association which would later become the hallmark of the red rose. Also known as the bridal rose, the white rose is a traditional wedding flower. In this sense, white represents unity, virtue, and the pureness of a new love.’
Celebrating a legacy
On Saturday night the Friedman clan gathered, along with friends new and old, to celebrate Richard Friedman’s 60th birthday at Bread & Wine.
Richard is owner and founder of Môreson Wines and fittingly the black tie affair dazzled; fairy lights were strung throughout—like a sparkling snowfall suspended in time—and the food and wine was simply out of this world.
Neil Jewell’s famous charcuterie was devoured with great big glasses of Mercator Premium Chardonnay. For mains, Neil and his sous, char-grilled hunks of fillet and the sweetest, fattest prawns, among many other delicious bites.
There was dancing, speeches by the Friedman brood, and yes, Môreson MCC flowed till the early hours. It was a generous, happy celebration for a man, everyone agrees, is an absolute inspiration.
Bread & Wine, part of the LQF family, offers the ultimate venue for a private celebration or wedding. Where the setting, food and wine combine for an incredible experience. Tailor your look and feel to black tie or rustic farm chic. Môreson farm is a beautiful place to act as a canvas for your imagination. And the food and wine? Nothing but the best. See more info here.
The Tasting Room’s annual closure for 2015
Heads up! The Tasting Room’s annual closure in 2015 will be as follows:
Last service: Saturday, 06 June 2015
Now we know that may seem like far away now—but tables get booked up quickly and you may need to book a couple of months in advance. Head to our reservations’ page to see the available dates and terms.
During the annual closure, the hotel and The Living Room will be open as usual—so you’ll still be able to enjoy craft cocktails and Chef Margot Janse’s small plate sharing menu throughout.
Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: The Tasting Room,
Condé Nast Traveller’s Best Hotels in Africa: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014
More amazing travel news! We’ve been named as one of the Best Hotels in Africa: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014 by Condé Nast Traveller!
Condé Nast Traveller wrote: “This “gem of a place with superb food” garners a perfect score for its location in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley. The privately owned auberge is “small and intimate, with beautiful secluded gardens.” “Book far, far in advance to indulge in the world-famous” South African-inspired menu at the Tasting Room. “Fine rooms” range from Four Quarter Suites set around a private courtyard, to Grande Rooms with heated bathroom floors, to Auberge Suites with walled gardens and private pools. “Superb staff couldn’t be more helpful.”
The Tasting Room won a 2014 Travelers’ Choice Award!
Neil Jewell on StreetSmart
Not familiar with StreetSmart? The organisation raises funds for street children through participating restaurants.
“StreetSmart has been in operation in Cape Town since June 2005 under the founding patronage of Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The funds raised go to selected and approved organisations that run programmes for the normalisation of street and vulnerable children’s lives. The restaurants in each town raise funds for their own community street children programmes.”
Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine an avid supporter of the cause recently said: “R5 does not buy much, but it can make a big difference! We were one of the very first restaurants to start supporting this charity and why not? If we can help make a difference or better the lives of these kids, then we certainly will try. I believe more restaurants should get involved. It’s a voluntary R5 on each bill (that’s nothing) and the more people that get involved, the more lives we can better.”
Nespresso Chefs Academy
“I drank a lot of coffee…” said Chef Margot Janse of her experience at the Nespresso Chefs Academy held recently in Lausanne, Switzerland. Chefs were invited from around the globe to take part in coffee tastings and food pairings.
Margot noted that at the Nespresso HQ they’re constantly tasting and checking that the quality of the coffee is good; and was impressed at how they uplifted employees from all over the company with coffee tasting training . She loved and was fascinated by the green coffee tasting. Did we mention she drank a lot of coffee?
Nominees: Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards for 2014
We are thrilled, proud and honoured that two restaurants of the Le Quartier Français family have been nominated for the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards for 2014!
Both The Tasting Room and Bread & Wine have both been shortlisted for the Top Ten restaurants in South Africa! The award ceremony takes places on 16 November 2014, in Thunder City, Cape Town. Grab tickets here.
That’s not all, Chef Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine is also cooking on the night, alongside David Higgs of Five Hundred, George Jardine of Jordan Restaurant, PJ Vadas formerly of Camphors at Vergelegen, Bertus Basson of Overture, and Vanessa Marx of Dear Me.
We can’t wait for the night. Go team!
LQF Waterfont Apartments
We’re very excited to share that the LQF family now includes two self-catering apartments at Cape Town’s iconic V&A Waterfront! Plus, guests staying at the apartments can also make a reservation at The Tasting Room – and not have to worry about the drive home after a wine pairing menu! We’ve partnered with uber! Our guests can use our promo code and uber to-and-from dinner – so you’ll get the best of both worlds; the charm of Franschhoek and a culinary journey, paired with a luxurious stay in the heart of beautiful Cape Town.
Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Waterfront Apartments,
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