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Red Balloon Revolution Celebration

Yesterday the Le Quartier Français family joined the Red Balloon Revolution in celebrating the lives of 1500 children in Franschhoek. Find out more about the initiative here.

After a wonderful day of cupcakes, laughter and presents, we caught up with Margot Janse to ask her about the experience.

“It was really amazing to see to the expression on the children’s faces as they were all made to feel special. That a little attention and a small gift is so appreciated, and goes such a long way; it puts things into perspective for me and makes me realise what it’s all about. The responsibility we have to share and engage ourselves with everything around us is huge. Especially in this country.”

Margot Janse an d her son delivering cupcakes and gifts

Margot Janse and her son delivering cupcakes and gifts

The LQF team laden with gifts

The LQF team laden with gifts

A beautiful rainbow painted the sky

A beautiful rainbow painted the sky

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Charity, Franschhoek, Isabelo,
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Easter at Bread & Wine

Is it an egg? Is it a macaroon? No! It’s an….Egg-a-roon! What kind of marvellous alchemy is this? The kind you bite into with glee this Easter.

egg-a-roon

Our Egg-a-roons are available from the Farm Grocer, and will make an elegant treat for you to hide in the garden, or enjoy with coffee and the papers on Easter Sunday.

egg-a-roons

What other treats do we have in store? Chef Leaxy’s famous hot cross buns are what! Her sleeves will be rolled up from Friday to Sunday baking these delicious traditional pasties, served hot with butter (or you can take them home).

Chef Laurence is not one to be left out – on Saturday and Sunday come and try his most delicious carrot cake. Go on, hop to it.

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Margot Janse & Red Balloon Revolution

Margot Janse & Red Balloon Revolution celebrate 1500 lives of underprivileged children in Franschhoek. Celebration Day: 22nd of April 2014, Franschhoek South Africa.

Red Balloon

“Every life is worth celebrating,” says the Red Balloon Revolution.

Through the great work of Dutch-born top chef Margot Janse—The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek is rated as one of the best restaurants in the world—Red Balloon Revolution was introduced to the wonderful work of The Kusasa Project.

The Franschhoek non-profit organisation encourages a brighter future for underprivileged children by facilitating academic, sporting and life skills development. And, with the help of Margot Janse and her foundation Isabelo, the children of Kusasa now receive a healthy meal as well as an egg a day. (The egg had been especially added for its protein content, which is necessary for brain development.)

Red Balloon Revolution and Kusasa want to let 1500 children of three Franschhoek schools know that their lives are worth celebrating.

On 22nd of April every child will receive a Red Balloon gift bag teeming with products to celebrate life. Among the many items, there will also be a journal to inspire the children to have a positive outlook for their future, a wish card with tomato seeds to plant, a toothbrush, soap and so on.

To finance this project, The Red Balloon Revolution has developed a wide range of products: from a children’s clothing line and ceramics to iPad sleeves and key chains.

These high quality products have been handmade in Africa by empowerment projects, which help create employment for women in townships.

On the products, look for a Red Balloon—a symbol for freedom and happiness, which are the two core values of the Red Balloon Revolution.

For more information on the programme and products of Red Balloon Revolution go to www.redballoonrevolution.com or contact
Jitra Janssonius Sinselmeijer Cell:+27 (0) 72 9835231 Email: jitra@redballoonrevolution.com
Sophie Vos Kooistra Cell: +27 (0)72 2836307 Email: sophie@redballoonrevolution.com
Le Quartier Français: Margot Janse Tel: +27 21 876 8441 Email: margot@lqf.co.za

For more information on the programme and products of Red Balloon Revolution go to www.redballoonrevolution.com or contact Jitra Janssonius Sinselmeijer Cell:+27 (0) 72 9835231 Email: jitra@redballoonrevolution.com Sophie Vos Kooistra Cell: +27 (0)72 2836307 Email: sophie@redballoonrevolution.com Le Quartier Français: Margot Janse Tel: +27 21 876 8441 Email: margot@lqf.co.za

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Isabelo, Kusasa Project, Le Quartier Français, Margot Janse,
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Easter at Le Quartier Français

We’re egg-cited to announce that this Easter our guests will be treated to an in-room Easter Egg Hunt!

Gold Bunny Milk 100g

Our resident Easter Bunny will be hiding Gold Lindt Bunnies (as well as baby Lindt Bunnies for the kids) in their rooms; along with vouchers for: treatments at B.gorgeous, cocktails at our Lounge Bar or complimentary wine tastings at Môreson!

Happy hunting!

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Petit à la carte at Bread & Wine

The kiddies’ menu at Bread & Wine was created by the Jewell kids, Ellie & Rachel! After much tasting and experimenting, we think they come up with a menu to make little tummies very happy.

The top seller! Delicious and healthy hake with chips of course!

The top seller! Delicious and healthy hake with chips of course!

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Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Franschhoek,
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Charcuterie workshops with Neil Jewell

The only limit to what you can make is your own imagination.  Discover the world of nose-to-tail eating and preserving through the ancient craft of charcuterie with local legend, Neil Jewell!

CHARCUTERIE 2

The head chef and charcuterist of Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant on Môreson will once again be conducting a host of charcuterie workshops.

CHARCUTERIE 1

The workshops – which each take place over two days – cover the making of savoury French style sausage, cooked and air-dried hams, blood sausage and more. The cost per person is R2750, and this includes not only in-depth two day workshop, but also a feast in Bread & Wine with award-winning Môreson wines, charcuterie tastings, secrets and recipes to take home, as well as your very own Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant apron. Hop on over here to see some photos from last year.

Space is limited to just 16 participants, per course, so early bookings are essential! See the full details below, and to book please contact Tina Jewell on 021 876 4004 or email breadandwine@moreson.co.za

Neil’s Charcuterie Programme:

Day 1
1. Registration and Coffee 09h30
2. Lesson: Breaking down of the pig carcass by Neil
3. Tea break
4. Lesson: Neil introduces and discusses the nuances of dry curing, brining and more
5. Lunch and a tasting of award-winning wines from Môreson
6. Lesson: Neil demonstrates how to create blood sausage, mortedella and saussison sec, with appropriate tastings
7. Practical: participants create their own fresh sausages.

Day 2
1. Coffee 09h30
2. Lesson: Neil introduces and discusses rilette, confit and base ingredients
3. Discussion: Opportunity to raise any questions regarding the art of charcuterie

that have not yet been covered
4. Lesson: Neil demonstrates how to build an indoor smoker and experiments with mushroom, cheese, pepper or tomato. Participants go on a guided tour of Neil’s smokers, selected wood chips and more
5. Tea break
6. Practical: Tasting of meats, from the maturing room, with Neil

Neil’s Charcuterie Programme includes the following:
• Recipes for all the sausages, hams and other charcuterie produced
• A Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant apron.

THE DATES:

22nd & 23rd May
12th & 13th June
7th & 8th August
18th & 19th  September
16th & 17th October

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Franschhoek, Neil Jewell,
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Room 16

Every room or suite at Le Quartier Français has been decorated with individual flair, and every abode has something unique to it.

room 16

We think one of the many reasons Room 16 is special, is for its private courtyard. The tranquil space is just the spot to enjoy a morning cup of tea, or indeed a Nespresso. Or a glass of wine at night while gazing at the stars…

courtyard room 16

The Auberge offers nine en-suite Auberge Rooms, three Grande Rooms, three Petite Garden Suites and two deluxe Auberge Suites (with private pools), which open onto a rose-filled central courtyard and swimming pool. For the ultimate in luxury, there are four state-of-the-art suites, The Four Quarters, overlooking a private pool and sun-splashed deck.

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Posted in: Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français,
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This soufflé!

Bread and Wine have knocked our socks off! There’s a new dish on the dessert list, and it’s a dream. The official description? Prune soufflé with prune & Armagnac ice cream… The unofficial? Wow, just, wow.

What do you do with this?

What do you do with this?

Stick a spoon through

Stick a spoon through

And eat!

And eat!

A big thank you to our hand model, Lady Fizz of Môreson – who says to drink the Solitare MCC with the dessert, as it ‘brings out the biscuit-y flavours’ in the bubbly.

See the rest of the menu here.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Franschhoek,
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Five ways to warm up at LQF this autumn

There’s a cold snap in the air… so why not snap your fingers and wish yourself to Le Quartier Français, we have a variety of  ways to warm you right up.

1. Pop into B.gorgeous and get a wash-and-blow in a relaxed and beautiful atmosphere—you may as well take advantage of the foot soak that comes with the pedicure too.

2. Sit by the fireside in the Lounge Bar with a cup of Lady Bonin Tea.

Lady Bonin Tea

3. Cuddle under blankets in your own private garden in one of our suites, while gazing up at the stars in the clear country sky.

4. Grab a colourful casserole dish from our Le Creuset pop-up shop and cook something hearty at home.

5. Indulge in a hot breakfast in The Garden Room, ensconced in a cosy nook.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bar, Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français, b.gorgeous,
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The Elite 100 Restaurants 2014

We are extremely proud and honoured to be in the Elite 100 Restaurants 2014. The annual awards are sponsored by Laurent-Perrier and are announced in high-end glossy, Elite Traveler.

It’s wonderful that our South African restaurants are receiving such great recognition on the world stage, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Rust en Vrede and The Test Kitchen who are also on the list! We are in great company!

See the announcement below, or if you would like you can read the latest edition of Elite Traveler online.

Elite 100 Restaurants 2014

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Awards, The Tasting Room,
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