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Present wrapping for the children of Isabelo

Spotted! Busy elves in Chef Margot Janse’s office!

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The busy present wrappers had quite a haul to get through for our upcoming annual Isabelo Christmas party!

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Taking place on 3 December, each child in our feeding scheme will receive a present from Santa Claus himself. And, there will be cupcakes, many, many delicious cupcakes. We can’t wait!

What is the Isabelo Feeding Scheme?

We have been able to serve a very nutritious lunch every school day to 120 children across 3 play schools. The meals are prepared by our Le Quartier Francais team, who selflessly donate their time and expertise so that every cent donated is spent on food for the children.

We have also been able to financially support an extra 160 000 meals for the children in two Franschhoek schools through also the Kusasa Breakfast Club. This started with porridge every week day morning and we were able to increase the nutritional value by adding an egg to their porridge 4 days of the week.

We strive to continue and grow this initiative. With continued support, have no doubt that it will change the lives of more children than we ever imagined possible!

Please go here for more information.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Charity, Isabelo, Kids,
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Uber & The Magic of Bubbles

This coming weekend heralds one of our favourite wine and food festivals! The Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’.

Our family farm Môreson will be there pouring their fabulous MCC, while restaurant Bread & Wine will be serving up delicious things to eat too.

Want to arrive and depart in style and safety? Uber has literally come to the party with this special offer:

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The festival has partnered with Uber to offer new users a free ride up to R200. Set up your Uber account using the code: MCCFEST. Already use Uber? Sign up a friend and ride along with them to enjoy the discount too!

The theme for this year’s festival is black and white, with the emphasis on parasols and panama hats, and in keeping with a tradition that is now as much a part of the festival as is the bubbly, a prize will be awarded to the best dressed couple on both Saturday and Sunday!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, French Champagnes, Magic of Bubbles, Môreson,
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In a good light

We’re constantly evolving at LQF—from our décor, to our food and service. We enjoy shining the light on all aspects of our destination to make the experience as magical as possible for our guests.

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We’ve recently installed three new special orb lights, to add extra colour and light texture to our pool area and garden path just outside The Living Room.

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And… in true LQF style—we can change the colour of the light. Blue is our favourite at the moment!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Decor, Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français,
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Travel & Leisure’s World Best Awards 2015 – Voting!

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.

20 years! The time before our digital age was so encompassing. And fittingly, The 2015 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards survey will be conducted online from now until to March 2, 2015 at tlworldsbest.com.

Have you enjoyed the experience at Le Quartier Français? Then, please show your support by voting for us. Thank you in advance!

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Awards, Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français,
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Margot Janse heads to RIJKS

Our Executive Chef Margot Janse was recently in Amsterdam to visit the newly opened RIJKS® restaurant at the world-renowned cultural icon, The Rijksmuseum.

Margot with the team!

Margot with the team!

And, even more excitingly, Margot will be back in January as a guest chef to create new dishes together with the team of top chefs led by the famed Joris Bijdendijk.

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The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week and the menu features dishes that celebrate Dutch produce. Also part of the concept is a sharing theme, and ‘to taste as much as possible of the colourful cuisine, cold and hot dishes are on the menu, which are served to be shared. As an equivalent of the multi-course dinner there is theRijks table, a table full of small dishes. Naturally one can also order à la carte.’

The General Director of Rijksmuseum, Wim Pijbes said: ‘The Rijksmuseum tells the story of the Netherlands. Influences from countries far and near can be seen here as well. We continue this trend at RIJKS®: quality, authenticity, uniqueness, translated to the cuisine, the chefs, the interior and the location. RIJKS® is the Rijksmuseum on your plate.”

See you in Amsterdam!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Chefs, Margot Janse, Travel,
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The Tasting Room excels in the Eat Out Top Ten!

We’re thrilled at the announcement that our world-renowned dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, came third overall in the 2014 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, and also won the Grolsch Service Excellence Award!

Dubbed the ‘Foodie Oscars’, the glittering gala was held on Sunday 16 November 2014 at Thunder City at the Cape Town International Airport.

“It’s fantastic!” says Executive Chef Margot Janse of the award. “I’m very grateful for the recognition and incredibly proud of my team. I work with amazing chefs, in the most inspiring of settings.”

“I am so proud!” says Susan Huxter, owner of Le Quartier Français. “Service is so important to us and this passionate team embodies the Le Quartier spirit in everything they do.”

The annual ceremony and resulting magazine, awards the country’s top restaurants and chefs, and is a celebration of the burgeoning restaurant industry in South Africa.

“The Tasting Room celebrated its tenth anniversary this year,” says Margot. “Plus, Gerald van der Walt [previously of The Greenhouse] has joined our team as Head Chef and together we are rethinking, playing, creating….”

This will be the thirteenth year; The Tasting Room has made it onto the Top 10, in the sixteen years that this award has existed.

“Great front-of-house skills are matched with bold personalities” says Judge, Abigail Donnelly, of the Grolsch Service award and “consistently genius food dazzles and thrills with a magical element of surprise” of The Tasting Room.

Judge Reuben Riffel remarked, “Margot Janse is at the top of her game & is clearly having a lot of fun.”

We are also so elated that our lunch time restaurant, Bread & Wine, was nominated for The Eat Out Top 10 and Head Chef Neil Jewell served up a scrumptious course of his award winning charcuterie for this star studded event.

Click here to see all the other winners – congratulations to you all!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Awards,
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The Tasting Room is featured in Black Ink: the Centurion Guide

The Tasting Room has been ranked among the World’s Best Restaurants by Black Ink!

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See the write-up below

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Congratulations to all our fellow South African restaurants who were also featured!

Alongside the international editions of Departures and Centurion, American Express Publishing develops US focused counterparts for the North American market. Departures is a global showcase for leading luxury brands, spanning every relevant luxury segment, including Travel, Fashion, Art & Design, Food, Lifestyle Sport, Shopping and Wine & Spirits.  The notorious Black Card, and by extension Black Ink, is only available by invitation to the highest echelon of American Express cardholders. Each issue focuses on a single topic, such as the worlds best restaurants or holiday destinations and seeks to explore it in a way that is relevant and beneficial to the lifestyle of the discriminating, ultra-high-net-worth individual.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Awards, Press & Media,
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Craft Cocktails in The Living Room

Wondering what you’re going to be drinking this summer? Look no further than the Caribbean Mule…

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A zingy, refreshing craft cocktail made with our special LQF blend of spiced Caribbean rums with fresh lime and our very own homemade ginger beer.

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Can you say hello summer!

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And there’s a lot more from where that came from in The Living Room. Browse our craft cocktail list here.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, The Living Room,
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The Rossouw’s by Diners Club South African Restaurant Guide 2015

The Rossouw’s by Diners Club South African Restaurant Guide 2015 was launched yesterday at the Steyn City Golf Club in Johannesburg. 20 restaurants were awarded five-star status—and among them was Bread & Wine!

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Anna Trapido, food critic and editor of Rossouw’s by Diners Club South African Restaurant Guide 2015 said this:  “Bread and Wine is a glorious, gastronomic gem. Delicious and witty. Eco-epicurean yet never preachy. Old school and yet utterly modern. The food is deceptively simple. Great ancient techniques like the ones on offer at Bread and Wine take years to acquire. Understanding classic combinations and making them feel unique and personal is an art.”

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The guide gave top marks to – 13 restaurants in the Western Cape, six in Gauteng and one in KwaZulu-Natal.

JP Rossouw says ‘the guide that truly ‘tells it like it is’, as reviewers visit every restaurant anonymously and pay for the meal, for ultimate independence and integrity. We review restaurants according to their type – casual to casual, upmarket to upmarket – in order to be fair to the establishments. Achieving five stars in the guide is a real feat – only 20 awards have been given, out of more than 300 restaurants reviewed.”

Rossouw’s by Diners Club South African Restaurant Guide 2015 is available for R185 at select bookstores and retailers countrywide.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Awards, Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant,
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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!

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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.

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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,
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