Archive for January, 2010

Upcoming Culinary Concierge Adventures

Friday, January 29th, 2010

If you’re looking for something a little different, something that isn’t just another cooking class, then you should try one of our upcoming Culinary Concierge Adventures.

We launched the Le Quartier Français Culinary Concierge concept towards the end of 2009 and it has proved to be very popular with guests. This year we have expanded on this concept and we now also create unique Culinary Concierge Experiences tailored to a specific guest’s tastes, interests and the time they have available.

In February we have the following Culinary Concierge Adventures on offer:

Must Have Dishes at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Neil Jewell, head chef at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant and local Charcuterie King, has some new and exciting dishes on his delectable menu. Three of these managed to knock our taste bud’s socks off!

The duck trifle; the salad of watercress, rocket, porcini and shallot dressing and the chargrilled octopus, roast tomato risotto, chorizo chips are spellbinding.

If you’re thinking of popping out to the Franschhoek Valley please replenish and revive yourself over a long and absolutely delicious lunch lunch at Bread & Wine. Please remember it’s very popular so it’s advisable to book.

Le Quartier Français and Valentine’s Day

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – 20 days and counting – and that means that it’s time to stock up on Pink bubbly, flowers, cards, chocolate and maybe an original gift or two.

Because nothing says I love you quite like beautiful linen from Mungo Design, a chair by REcreate or a space in the next Dessert Me cooking course.

Actually nothing says I love you like all of the above accompanied by lunch at Bread & Wine – if you’re into long lazy lunches and excellent Môreson wines; or iCi – if you want to experience Franschhoek, scrumptious dining and the best strawberry daiquiris South of the equator.

Screening Room Timetable – January and February 2010

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

In you’re in Franschhoek, during January or February, pop in to iCi (for dinner) and the Screening Room for movie . We’ve got some great things showing and, as you no doubt know, the dinner is always good.

Screening Room January 2010 Programme

Screening Room February 2010 Programme

Mungo Design Linen now in Touches and Tastes

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

We’ve got beautiful Mungo Design linen table clothes and serviettes – in white, pink, lime green and turquoise – tea towels and kikios that double as swimming/beach towels presently available in Touches and Tastes.

At Le Quartier Français we love colour and we believe that white, pink, lime green and turquoise add that perfect dash of summer magic to any lunch table, busy kitchen or beach adventure.

Franschhoek Mountain Bike Challenge

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Franschhoek plays host to the Franschhoek Lions/Porcupine Ridge MTB (mountain bike) Challenge this Saturday (the 16th of January 2010). There are two routes, a 25km and a 40km, and for those that don’t mountain bike there are some wonderful hikes and less strenuous walks on offer.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to sample our wonderful Le Quartier Français breakfasts this would be the perfect opportunity. There really is nothing quite like indulging in a delectable breakfast, complete with decadent sticky buns, to make it feel like a real weekend.

Breakfast, at Le Quartier Français, is served between 07h30 and 10h30 Monday to Sunday.

Môreson Blessing of the Harvest 2010

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

It’s almost harvest time in Franschhoek which means that it’s nearly time for the Môreson Blessing of the Harvest. This year it takes place on Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th of February and it costs R300 per person.

For those that haven’t had the chance to attend a Môreson Blessing of the Harvest it’s Môreson’s annual celebration of winemaking, one where every participant get the opportunity to make wine the old-fashioned way.

Come dance with me

At Môreson’s Blessing of the Harvest you handpick your own basket of grapes and then press them using the oldest tools in the winemaking business – your feet. A relaxed lunch at the award-winning Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant and a highly competitive label design competition follow the harvesting and grape-stomping activities. The grapes you pick and stomp are then matured, into wine, by Môreson and available for collection later in the year.

We can’t wait for the 2010 Môreson Blessing of the Harvest and if last year is anything to go by it’s going to be serious fun! For more information, or to book, please contact Tina on – 021 876 3692 – or email her – breadandwine [at] moreson [dot] co [dot] za.

Imagine … by this time next year you could be drinking a bottle of wine you made. Now that is an exciting thought!

[For pictures of the 2009 Môreson Blessing of the Harvest click here].

43 on Cabriere

Monday, January 11th, 2010

If you’d like to experience Franschhoek from a locals perspective then perhaps you should consider renting a chic village house?

43 on Cabriere is a beautifully renovated Franschhoek village house and it is a must for those looking to immerse themselves in the Franschhoek experience.

3 tastefully decorated and contemporary bedrooms, with ensuite bathrooms, provide sleeping space for 6 people or 3 couples. A well thought out open-plan dining room and lounge, flowing out onto the patio and tempting plunge pool, serves as an excellent socializing hub. Its distinctly modern interiors – complimented by hand-selected art, clean lines and well-proportioned spaces – ensure that it comfortably accommodates all guests.

The well-appointed kitchen, complete with the best appliances, makes preparing lazy lunches, afternoon drinks and twilight snacks a pleasure. Air conditioning throughout, DSTV (satellite television), off street parking and daily servicing complete the 43 Cabriere offering.

With the vibrant main road (and Franschhoek’s world-renowned food scene) located only streets away, 43 Cabriere provides guests with the perfect self-catering Franschhoek stay.

For more information or to book email us at Le Quartier Français.

Lunch in Franschhoek

Friday, January 8th, 2010

This time of year, in the Franschhoek Valley, is absolutely beautiful! Long summery days paired with spectacular sunshine make Franschhoek the ideal lunch time spot.

If you’re looking for a wonderful lazy lunch – the kind that start at 12 and end after three then you should definitely book a table at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant on Môreson Farm. Neil Jewell’s summer 2009/2010 menu is simply inspired. New menu items have been added to the perennial favourites (never fear the risotto is still on offer) creating a tasty experience for both the regulars and the first-timers.

You’ll also have a chance to sample the new Môreson Méthode Cap Classique. The entire range has had it packaging redone and it is looking beautiful. It is absolutely classic and the cap classique in the bottle is just as delicious as always.

To book a table, and we suggest you do book, call Bread & Wine on (021)876 3692

2010 Travel Wishlist

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

I travel fairly extensively every year. On these travels I look for inspiration and try to identify the emerging trends that I believe are in line with the Le Quartier Français offering.

This year I will definitely be visiting America, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Nigeria and I will hopefully be visiting India and somewhere in the East; and the great thing is that, thanks to the Le Quartier Français blog, everyone can share in the adventure with me.