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Mind, Food and Wine Weekend

Join us for a weekend of mind, food and wine this June.

In conjunction with Open Mind we’ll be hosting a special, one-of-a-kind experience that will aim to ‘exercise the brain’ while inspiring—and relaxing—you with food, wine, and luxurious accommodation.

Open Mind is an educational centre, based in Cape Town, which offers short courses for people who enjoy learning and want to enhance their general knowledge, without the stress of exams or homework. The courses are open to anyone who is interested in expanding their worldview and exploring fascinating topics through talks by professional experts.

The weekend will help to raise funds and support our ‘Isabelo – Sharing is Caring’ feeding scheme. Watch the video to learn more about the initiative.

Relaxing accommodation

Relaxing accommodation

The best breakfast in town

The best breakfast in town

The programme:

Friday, 26 June 2015
13:00: Check in
18:00-19:30: Talk by Jonathan Grieve
19:30: Tapas-style dinner in The Living Room at Le Quartier Français

Saturday, 27 June 2015
8:00-10:00: Full breakfast in The Living Room at Le Quartier Français
10:30 – 12:00: Talk by Prof Kevin Thomas ‘Our Memory’
17:00-18:30 – Talk by Braam Malherbe – ‘The Power of the Mind’

Sunday, 28 June 2015
8:00-10:00: Full breakfast in The Living Room at Le Quartier Français
10:30-12:00: Talk by Prof Nola Dippenaar – ‘Highlights of Human Metabolism’
13:00 – Check out

The rates that will be honoured for the weekend are R 3900 per person (Friday & Saturday night). This is inclusive of the following: Accommodation at Le Quartier Francais; A tapas style dinner on the Friday night in The Living Room at Le Quartier Francais; Full breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday morning in The Living Room at Le Quartier Francais; 4 lectures.

Excluded would be meals not mentioned above, sundries, gratuities and any extras. Room allocation would be at the discretion of the management team.

For more info, or to book your spot, please email: jean@lqf.co.za

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Franschhoek receives the Service Excellence Award

In an awards ceremony held on 18 March at the Golden Valley Casino in Worcester, the Franschhoek Wine Valley was presented the Service Excellence Award at the Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayoral Tourism Awards.

The prestigious Service Excellence Award is bestowed upon a tourism business that best promotes the tourism industry of the specific town in its respective geographical area, providing visitors with the best local experience possible. Criteria also include a proven track record, as well as projects and campaigns that increase tourism visitation and revenue. Nominees are expected to demonstrate a comprehensive approach in delivering a world-class product and service.

The Best Tourism-Related Event Award was presented to the ATKV-Oesfees at Solms-Delta, which stood out amongst the rest as a business entity hosting a special event, festival or other activity that attracts large crowds of visitors into the Cape Winelands.

In addition La Motte was presented with the Wine Tourism Destination of the Year Award. This award is bestowed upon a wine estate or distillery which offers a unique tourism experience.

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‘We are humbled and honoured to receive the Service Excellence Award, and as a team who works hard at delivering on the criteria, we continue to keep Franschhoek and its offerings top of mind’, comments Franschhoek Wine Valley CEO Jenny Prinsloo. ‘We value the Cape Winelands Mayoral Award Programme, and would like to thank the Executive Mayor and the Cape Winelands District Municipality team for their continued support.’

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The Franschhoek Lions Club fundraiser at Foliage

Last night we attended a fundraising dinner at Foliage (just across the street from us). Chef Chris Erasmus put on an incredible spread  for The Franschhoek Lion’s Club, who held the evening in aid of a soup kitchen in Franschhoek that feeds 120 people twice a week – a very worthy cause.

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Town & Country – travel edition 2015

In the travel edition of Town & Country (Spring/Summer 2015) writer Graham Boynton waxes lyrical about the Cape Winelands, and Le Quartier Français and Margot Janse!

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More reasons to visit Franschhoek

Our beautiful valley, Franschhoek, has long been lauded as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa for its world-class restaurants and wineries. Discover unique local ingredients in seasonal dishes created by our region’s top chefs at: The Tasting Room, The Living Room, Bread & Wine, Foliage, La Motte and so on.

But there’s so much more: Franschhoek is a hub of culture with a jam-packed programme of festivals throughout the year, museums to visit and natural beauty to explore.

Plus, here are two more reasons to visit:

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Shopping
Looking for a quirky, unusual gift? Franschhoek high street has many interesting shops to peruse, offering items from homeware to clothing and beyond. At LQF we have two exciting shopping options, our new emporium, B.gorgeous (stocking all things wonderful and unique) and our Le Creuset pop-up shop.

Sculpture from is art: "Marina" bronze, edition out of 5. Cobus Haupt

Sculpture from is art: "Marina" bronze, edition out of 5. Cobus Haupt

Art
Spend a day browsing South African art—then join us for a glass of wine. In fact, pick up that glass of wine and take a walk around LQF to view our collection of local art, from paintings to sculptures.

Our favourite local art gallery, is art, is located just across the road from us. Make time to also visit: Pierneef Museum, The Saol Art Museum, Dylan Lewis, and the Franschhoek Live Craft Centre.

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10 Hotel Turndown Services You Can’t Refuse

CHASE has included Le Quartier Francais in this excellent list of turndowns. See the article: 10 Hotel Turndown Services You Can’t Refuse.

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And here’s our mention:

Sleep Tight
Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek, Cape Winelands, South Africa has a sweet way of wishing guests pleasant dreams. Once the housekeeping team has turned down the bed, they attach a brightly-colored note with a handwritten message to the bathroom mirror. The messages say things like “Sweet dreams,” “Sleep tight,” “Slumber well” and “Good night.” Next to the note: a single bloom vase with a freshly handpicked flower from the property’s garden.

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The world’s first Pignic

Now here’s something we could start at up Bread & Wine!

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Hosted by Yelp, the Pignic is ‘the world’s first micro pig picnic’. The event is set to take place at The Proud Archivist in London in May.

What to expect? Picnic with little piggies, eat delicious food and while learning all about the adorable animals.

If you’re lucky enough to be in London here are the details:
Thu 21st May – Fri 22nd May 2015, 6pm to 10pm
Sat 23rd May – Mon 25th May 2015, 2pm – 6pm
The Proud Archivist, 2-10 Hertford Road, London N1 5SH

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Summer dining overlooking our garden

Our Living Room is comprised of three spaces: The Garden Room, The Reading Room and the Lounge Bar; where you can tuck into scrumptious all day grazing, local wine and artisan cocktails.

Camembert dish

New on the menu is this dish of summer tomatoes, baked Camembert bruschetta, with olives. We recommend you eat it overlooking our summer garden, with a glass of  Môreson Chardonnay. The menu.

Tables looking out over the garden

Tables looking out over the garden

The view of the Garden Room from outside

The view of the Garden Room from outside

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Weddings by B.gorgeous

Planning on tying the knot soon? We have a special section devoted to all things matrimony in our unique little shopping emporium, B.gorgeous.

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Say I do to beautiful glasses, table décor, stationery, beauty products and so much more.

bgorgeousAdditionally, B.gorgeous also has it’s own day spa with a hair service that will blow you away as well as a host of traditional treatments, such as manis and pedis.

Now that both you and your wedding look good—where are you going to get married? On our family farm, Môreson’s Bread & Wine is an intimate venue that lends itself to a fairy tale…

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A visit to Franschhoek Cellar

Some of our team were recently treated to a day at Franschhoek Cellar. The team enjoyed wine-tastings, a tour of the historic property and a picnic-style lunch.

Thank you for showing us a great day out!

LQF team

Franschhoek Cellar used to be known as Franschhoek Vineyards Ltd. It was founded in 1945 ‘by a group of local farmers to vinify their grapes on a co-operative basis’.

Though, these days Franschhoek Cellar is operates as a private winery and is a wonderful place to visit; here are some of our tips:

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  • Bring the kids! Looking for a family-friendly wine experience? There’s a garden/picnic area where you can have a relaxed lunch as well as a kiddies playground.
  • Fun wine-tastings: do the chocolate and wine pairings, the cheese and wine pairing.
  • Learn something about Franschhoek, through the range of wines named after historical heritage sites.
  • A plethora of tasting rooms: visit the Brampton studio, Bernard Premium tasting room as well as the Bellingham & Franschhoek Cellars tasting rooms.
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