Archive for February, 2010

Launch of the new 5-Series Gran Turismo at Le Quartier Français

Friday, February 26th, 2010

The launch of the 5-Series Gran Turismo is being held, at the moment, at Le Quartier Français.

The South African journalists attending this launch enjoy a specially designed Tasting Room lunch (even more unique because the Tasting Room is traditionally only open in the evening).

This is a driving event therefore no wine has been paired with lunch. Instead we’ve created lovely non-alcoholic daiquiris which, thanks to their delicious taste and the beautiful warm weather, have been a big hit.

Martha Stewart at Le Quartier Français

Friday, February 26th, 2010

On Wednesday, of this week, we had the unbelievably impressive Martha Stewart pop in to Le Quartier Français for a visit.

Martha Stewart is staying at the beautiful One & Only Cape Town, located in the V&A Waterfront, and she is in South Africa to attend and speak at the 2010 Design Indaba Conference.

At the conference Martha Stewart will be speaking about the creative principles and practical ideas that have made her America’s most trusted guide to stylish living.

After meeting Martha Stewart, and spending some time with her, I can assure you that her talk will be incredibly interesting and dynamic. If you’re attending the conference don’t miss it because you will kick yourself!

Our Culinary Concierge needs your votes to secure the Sizzle!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

It’s nearly the end of February 2010 which means that on Sunday the competition for Food 24’s Sizzling Chef comes to an end.

Presently Annemarie, our Culinary Concierge, is sitting second (or third). This is unfortunately not enough to result in a whole month of teasing (second or third is probably, at best, only worth a week).

Help us get Annemarie into first place so she wins a whole March month worth of kitchen-ribbing and gifts from secret admirers.

To vote for Annemarie click here and follow the instructions.

Franschhoek Motor Museum Concours and Time Trial

Friday, February 19th, 2010

On February the 27th and 28th, that’s next week Saturday and Sunday, L’Ormarins wine farm will host the FMM (Franschhoek Motor Museum) Concours and Time Trial*.

The FMM Concours and Time Trial is a celebration of classic cars and, throughout the weekend, these vehicles are put through their paces. A special circuit, that includes unique corners and chicanes, has been designed for this event and it definitely sets the scene for an exceptional time trial weekend.

The greatest classic vehicles the world has seen will be showcased on the Saturday and Sunday and Motorsport legends, like Giniel de Villiers and Sarel van der Merwe, will perform dazzling runs around the circuit.

More modern cars, including the gorgeous Ferrari Enzo, will be on display at the Franschhoek Motor Museum.

Tickets are available exclusively through Computicket, or at the Franschhoek Motor Museum until the 25th of February 2010, and they are only available in advance.

*For more information on the event, please visit www.fmm.co.za or call 021 874 9000.

Travel and Leisure World’s Best Voting

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Just a little reminder … if you haven’t yet voted, but you want to, please head on over to the Travel and Leisure website to vote for Le Quartier Français in the Travel and Leisure World’s Best Awards Survery for 2010. Wow now that’s a mouthful.

To those of you that have already voted we extend a very big THANK YOU!

The Delancey Street Foundation

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

This weekend past we had Dr. Mimi Halper Silbert and her team stay at Le Quartier Français (Dr Silbert is, among other things, a master chef and she came to experience The Tasting Room).

Dr Silbert is phenomenal women who, in 1971 with only a thousand dollar loan, decided she wanted to create a place where substance abusers, former felons, the homeless and others who had hit their rock bottom could – through their own efforts – turn their lives around. It is her belief, and the belief of the Delancey Street Foundation (which she founded), that the people who are the problem can become the solution.

Through Dr Silbert’s Delancey Street Foundation Project thousands of American lives have been forever changed and she is here to advise on setting up a similar programme in South Africa.

It is really so inspiring to meet someone who is making such a life changing and sustainable difference in people’s lives.

Dr Silbert checking on one of the Delancey Foundation Projects - a Christmas Tree market.

Dr Silbert checking on one of the Delancey Street Foundation Projects - a Christmas Tree Market.

Food 24 Sizzling Chefs Competition

Friday, February 12th, 2010

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, which is this Sunday, Food 24 are searching for the most Sizzling South African Chef. In their line up of prospective Sizzlers they’re included Margot Janse and Annemarie Steenkamp (our Culinary Concierge).

Its difficult for men, and some women, to focus on the cooking when Annemarie is in the room.

It's difficult for men, and some women, to focus on the cooking when Annemarie is in the room.

We’d love one of them to win the coveted title of Sizzling South African Chef because, well, a title like that is worth about two months of endless teasing in the kitchen. For them to win we need you to vote.

To vote click here and you’ll find them on the second page of Sizzlers.

20 Years Ago

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Yesterday, 20 years ago, Nelson Mandela from what was then Victor Verster Prison – which happens to be located just 15 minutes from Franschhoek.

It really makes you think: where was I 20 years ago?

Well 20 years ago Le Quartier Français was a restaurant and the Auberge was just a dream. It’s really is amazing what can be accomplished in what seems like the blink of an eye.

Franschhoek Fires

Friday, February 12th, 2010

The recent fires we experienced in the Franschhoek Valley (you’ll find pictures here) once again highlighted the amazing support this small town provides.

A number of people chipped in to evacuate farms and homes belonging to people they’d never even met; restaurants prepared and provided meals for the hard working fire fighters and locals once again got involved in the fire-fighting efforts.

In Franshhoek you may not always know your neighbour but, when it counts, they’ll be there to help.

Launch of the 2010 Relais & Châteaux Guide

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Last week we attended the launch of the 2010 Relais & Châteaux Guide at the always beautiful Cellars-Horenort.

2010 sees an additional 37 hotels (worldwide) added to the prestigious Relais & Châteaux Collection. One of the new inclusions, Karkloof Spa – Wellness & Wildlife Retreat, is located in South Africa. It is the only new addition, for 2010, in South Africa and it is the first Relais & Châteaux in the Pietermaritzburg area.

Both Margot and Linda have spent time at Karkloof and, according to them, it is fantastic. So if you’re planning a trip to KwaZulu-Natal then Karkloof is a definite must see.

Relais & Châteaux, of which Le Quartier Français has been a proud member since 2000, is an exclusive collection of 480 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 56 countries.