Archive for February, 2010

Mrs. Ndaba’s Meneer Wednesday

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Given that it’s Wednesday we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to introduce you to Mrs. Ndaba’s Meneer Wednesday.

Last year, while I was at Harvard, a classmate of mine (born is South Africa and living in Canada) liked the idea of Mrs. Ndaba, her children and giving back.

He actually loved the concept so much that he has become our Meneer* Wednesday and he is responsible for the meal Mrs. Ndaba’s children receive every Wednesday throughout 2010.

Mrs Ndabas 2010 Wednesday Meal.

Mrs Ndaba's 2010 Wednesday Meal.

Through their generosity Mr Tuesday and, more recently, Meneer Wednesday make a big difference in a lot of small local Franschhoek lives.

Meneer Wednesday welcome to the Mrs. Ndaba Family!

*Meneer is Afrikaans for Mr.

Travel and Leisure – World’s Best Survey for 2010

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

It’s that time of year again … the voting has opened for the 2010 Travel & Leisure World’s Best Survey.

So if you’ve stayed with us, or you like what we’re doing at Le Quartier Français, or you’ve had a delicious meal in one of our restaurants, or you’ve had a phenomenal Culinary Concierge Experience or you just enjoy reading our blog please pop on over to the Travel & Leisure website and take five short minutes to vote for us.

If you’d like to vote (and we’d love you to vote) you can click here.

Growing the Future Project

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

I recently got involved with a great project, run by Grootbos Nature Reserve, called Growing the Future.

The Growing the Future project teaches eight local women (per year) everything they need to know about food production. During the course of the year they are trained in the growing of vegetables and fruit, beekeeping and the principles of successful animal husbandry.

My involvement in this project takes the form of being the fairy godmother to a fynbos pig known fondly as The Tart. I assist The Tart, on a monthly basis, by contributing to her feeding expenses (and The Tart is a pig that likes to eat).

The Tart has just turned eight months old and she weighs a very healthy 80 kg

The Tart has just turned eight months old and she weighs a very healthy 80 kg

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The Tart is part of the animal husbandry section of the Growing the Future project and she will be introduced to a handsome visiting boar in the next few weeks. If all goes according to plan there will soon be a farrow of piglets.

This farrow will then, when they’ve grown to the right size, be sold to the Grootbos Lodge for the same price they would normally pay (for pork) in a supermarket. The money generated through this sale, and all subsequent sales, is used to sustain the people participating in the Growing the Future project.

If you’re interested in becoming a Fairy Godmother (or Godfather) you can find out more about helping the Growing the Future project here.

Le Quartier Français features in the Condé Nast 2010 Gold List

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Le Quartier Français has been awarded the joint title of Best Hotels for Food in Africa, Middle East in the Condé Nast 2010 Gold List. Our very popular culinary offering, consisting of The Tasting Room and iCi, was singled out for its “X-factor“.

Image Courtesy of  Doug88888 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/doug88888)

Image Courtesy of Doug88888 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/doug88888)

The Condé Nast Gold List is the Condé Nast guide to their selection of the world’s greatest hotels as chosen by the magazine’s editors and travel experts. The hotels selected receive a gold award in a given category. The categories, for the 2010 Condé Nast Gold List are: service, location, food, rooms, leisure facilities, ambience and design.

There were two other exceptional hotels that shared the Best Hotels for Food in Africa, Middle East with Le Quartier Français – these were Bushmans Kloof, for their excellent culinary offering; and Maia (in the Seychelles) for their chef-rich approach.

Everyone here feels very priviledged to be in such spectacular local and international company! Congratulations to all the other hotels that were included in the 2010 Condé Nast Gold List.