Archive for 2009

Pure – The Life Experiences Show Update

Monday, December 7th, 2009

While I was attending Pure – The Life Experiences Show – I realised that experiences are creating big buzz in the tourism industry.

Experiences transform a travellers holiday into a journey, and specific people are now looking for travel experiences that add value to their lives and – in some cases – even change there lives. At Le Quartier Français we’ve seen this first hand, our Culinary Concierge programmes are all about the experience and our Mrs. Ndaba initiative has captivated the hearts and minds of countless individuals.

I think the important thing to note is that experience based tourism is aimed specifically at travellers not tourists. It focuses on people who go on travel adventures where there is always the possibility that they could fall in love, with their destination, and decide to stay forever. This type of travel experience aims to give individuals genuine insight into the people and places their visiting. It’s about the traveller immersing themself in a foreign culture rather than hanging out on the periphery.

I took this experience based approach to tourism to heart when I was in Marrakech. I decided to sink my teeth into the fabric of Morocco by staying in the heart of the Marrakech Medina. It was definitely an unforgettably colourful experience, one I’ll discuss in more detail in my next blog post.

The Marrakech Medina

The Marrakech Medina

Franschhoek Champagne Festival

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Just a reminder that the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival is taking place in Franschhoek over this weekend.

If the last two years are anything to go by it’s going to be exceptional! An entire weekend dedicated to the magic of the bubbles – what more could any self-respecting woman (or man with amazing taste) ask for?

Pack the sunscreen, the hat, the designated driver and head on out to Franschhoek for a day or a whole weekend of sheer bubbly heaven.

Môreson set to lauch new look Cap Classique at the 2009 Franschhoek Champagne Festival

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Môreson will be launching their new look Méthode Cap Classique at this years Franschhoek Champagne Festival. We’re one of the few groups of people who’ve been permitted a sneak peak and we can no longer contain our delight … the new Môreson Cap Classique labels, and new packaging, are gorgeous!

If you’re at the 2009 Franschhoek Champagne Festival you can pick up a case of six, or three cases of six, from the charming and rather cute Môreson crew. There will also be a whole lot of other Cap Classique and Champagne available for tasting. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Franschhoek Information website.

* The new look Môreson Cap Classique is the first addition to the 2009 hand-selected Le Quartier Français stocking filler list.

2009 Le Quartier Français Magic of Bubbles special

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

On Friday the 4th of December 2009 check into Le Quartier Français, for R1250 per person*. This price includes a Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ticket and your first delectable Mlle Lamb Burger.

To book please email us – res@lqf.co.za

We look forward to seeing you next weekend for some serious bubbly fun!

*Bed and breakfast included. Terms and conditions apply.

Bread & Wine at the 2009 Franschhoek Champagne Festival

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant’s Champagne Festival menu was so popular last year that they’ve decided to do something similar this year.

At the 2009 Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival Bread & Wine will be serving:

  1. Smoked salmon, tapenade parfait and sheet bread
  2. Mini – feta, tomato and garlic – filled focaccia
  3. Tina’s famous fudge

Le Quartier Français will be serving:

  1. Mademoiselle Lamb Burgers (smaller than the original Lamb Burger – may he rest in peace)
  2. Delicious-style brownies

Meet and Eat Mademoiselle Lamb Burger at the Franschhoek Champage Festival

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Mademoiselle Lamb Burger, the very tasty niece of Lamb Burger (may he rest in peace), will be attending this years Franschhoek Champagne Festival. She’s not quite as big as Lamb Burger but she’s just as delicious.

Mademoiselle Lamb Burger generally doesn’t do public appearances. In fact the 2009 Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival is her first and for that reason those attending should consider themselves very lucky!

If you’d like to meet and eat Mademoiselle Lamb Burger you will find her at the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival Le Quartier Français stand on Friday the 4th, Saturday the 5th and Sunday 6th of December.

The Franschhoek Champagne Festival

Monday, November 30th, 2009

The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival will be taking place over the weekend of 4th, 5th and 6th of December. If the last few years are anything to go by it’s going to be phenomenal!

The Magic of Bubbles is the most vivacious festival in the Franschhoek Festival Calendar. Here the best South African Méthode Cap Classique and French Champagne flow freely and excellent cuisine – prepared by top local restaurants (including us and Bread & Wine) – keeps the hunger at bay.

The Franschhoek Champagne Festival is a great opportunity to see what the local méthode cap classique producers are up to. One of our favourites – Môreson – will be launching something really exciting. We can’t wait for the festival to arrive!

Exciting things happening on the Le Quartier Français food front

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

2009 has seen us introduce our Culinary Concierge programme, including our Mrs. Ndaba initiative, which has met with phenomenal reviews and support both locally and internationally. So far this has been an amazing experience for everyone involved and we plan on ensuring that it continues to be just that. In fact, if you’re interested in experiencing the Culinary Concierge for yourself we have a South African Flavours programme running on Thursday the 10th of December 2009 and a Dessert Me programme running on Thursday the 17th of December 2009.

Margot has continued to impress diners from across the globe with her unique cuisine. She, along with Neil Jewell (Bread & Wine Head Chef and Charcuterie King), Annemarie Steenkamp (the Le Quartier Français Culinary Concierge) and Linda Coltart our exceptional General Manager spent a week wowing palates at the South African pavilion – TTG Plus Sudafrika workshop in Rimini.

The 1st of December sees the launch of Margot’s Business Class KLM menu. This foray into airline cuisine is a very exciting step, both for Margot and for Le Quartier Français, and the official South African launch takes place at Le Quartier on Friday the 27th of November 2009. It’s the only time you’ll ever find an airplane serving trolley anywhere near Margot’s kitchen!

One of Margots Tasting Room Desserts

One of Margot's Tasting Room Desserts

The food related excitement doesn’t stop there because Margot will be preparing the menu she designed specifically for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup draw at the South African Dutch Embassy. It’s going to be a star-studded event (with both local and international celebrities) and Margot’s planned menu is exceptional, quirky and positively unforgettable. We obviously can’t share it now, that would ruin the surprise for guests. But – following the event – we’ll post the menu, along with the inspiration behind the culturally inspired dishes and (of course) pictures.

Le Quartier Français in 2009 Eat Out top 10

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Le Quartier Français has once again been included in the Prudential Eat Out top 10 restaurants and we’re not alone. Grande Provence, another Franschhoek Restaurant, also placed in the top 10. Congratulation Grande Provence!

Other Franschhoek restaurants that placed in the top 20 were Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant – home of Neil’s delicious charcuterie – and Reubens.

This year’s Eat Out awards saw a female chef, Chantel Dartnall from Mosaic Restaurant in Pretoria, win the title of Prudential Eat Out Chef of the Year. We’re big fans to female chefs (obviously) so well done Chantel!

New Le Quartier Français Winelist

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

The new Le Quartier Français winelist is set for release on the 1st of December 2009.

At Le Quartier Français our goal – regarding the new winelist – was to create a winelist experience as phenomenal as our other experiences.

We’ve worked at changing our approach to wine selection and I’ve started to place a greater emphasis on terroir, and it’s effect on the various wines I’ve selected for the new Le Quartier Français winelist. If you have a look, through the new winelist, you’ll find a really spectacular selection of great terroir-reflecting wines.

What’s more our new wine list also offers  an even more extensive range of wines-by-the-glass than before.

Picture courtesy of Rennett Stowe (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomsaint/2616557989/)

Picture courtesy of Rennett Stowe (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomsaint/2616557989/)