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Lannice Synman

It was with great sadness that I learnt yesterday that Lannice Snyman: friend, author and respected culinary guru had passed away in the early hours of the morning. At moments like this I find myself wondering about the fairness of life … life where such a wonderful, gifted, passionate person – a person who has so much to give – had to leave the world too soon, way before their time.

I have known Lannice for over 30 years and we have shared a love of food, traveling and – most importantly – family and friends.  On a professional front I think all restaurateurs and chefs respected Lannice’s views because she really had been there and done it! Lannice knew what it was like to be behind the stoves and how to cope with the pressures of everyday in a restaurant. She introduced the first real restaurant awards. She was always brutally honest and fiercely loyal.

Over the years Lannice and I ate in London and Paris, we explored all sorts of shops, we laughed together and shared many a difficult time together. But in the 30 years I knew Lannice I also knew that what really made her eyes light up, and her face radiant, was her family. She adored Mike – her husband who she met at school and shared the rest of her life with - and her two daughters, Tamsin and Courtney. They were the centre of her universe and I think that Lannice considered, the day she became a grandmother, her greatest achievement.

When we returned from the 2010 S. Pellegrino World Top 50 awards, in London, we all remarked that the one thing that was missing was Lannice. I was fortunate enough, along with Margot, to have visited Lannice last week. Both Margot and myself enjoyed an extraordinary hour with Lannice. We discussed food, dinners in Paris, 30 years of friendship and just how bad hospital food really is! I will forever treasure this hour with Lannice, it was a gift.

Lannice – my dear friend – we will continue to strive to be better. We will miss your advise, your input and your smile. You will be with us in spirit whenever we enjoy a meal in a restaurant that we have read about, researched and traveled half way around the world to get to. You were our mentor, our sounding board, our fiercest critique and above all our dear friend.

We will miss you Lannice.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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IS Art Gallery at Le Quartier Français

The IS Art Gallery at Le Quarter Français – opening on the 14th May 2010 – will host regular exhibitions featuring leading and upcoming South African artists. These regular exhibitions are planned to last for between four and six weeks (per exhibition).

The opening exhibition will showcase paintings by renowned artist Shany van den Berg, sculptures by Rosouw van der Walt, ceramic works by Wiebke von Bismarck and pottery by Sarah Walters.

The IS Art Gallery is open daily, Monday to Sunday, from 10am – 6pm. For more information please email isart@lqf.co.za

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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Local is Lekker Special – Taste the Tasting Room

Book for an evening in The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français from the 3rd till the 16th May 2010 and for just R350pp (excluding wine) we will surprise you with a unique menu designed by Margot Janse (and her team).

Taste the Tasting Room aims to give local diners the opportunity to taste the best of The Tasting Room and some of Margot’s all time favourite dishes.

This offer is subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

To booking call: 021-876 2151 Ext. 440 or email: restaurant@lqf.co.za

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Le Quartier Français at Indaba 2010

We will be attending Indaba 2010 this weekend (8th – 11th of May 2010).

If you’re also attending we’d love to see you at our stand:

ICCP001 (Relais & Châteaux).

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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Mother’s Day Lunch in the Tasting Room

This Mother’s Day, Sunday 9th May 2010,  the Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français is offering you the opportunity to spoil your mum with an exquisite tasting lunch prepared by Margot Janse and her team.

Experience the delight of a four course tasting menu paired with fine South African wines.

  • four course R350 per person
  • four course with wine R500 per person
  • Children under 12 years R150 per child under 12.

So show your mum how much you care by treating her to Mother’s Day Tasting Room experience.

Seats are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. For reservations and further details please contact us on 021 876-2151 or restaurant@lqf.co.za.


Dining at Noma

Eating at Noma, only fours days after it was awarded the title of 2010 S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant was an incredible experience.

It is impossible to describe the dinner in a few words, but what I loved the most is that it was so true to itself. We tasted Nordic cuisine, herbs, pickled vegetables, berries and more. I chose to pair my meal with wines while Susan had hers with a juice pairing – incredible, especially the apple and pine shoots!

What stood out for me?

The raw chestnuts sliced at different thicknesses for texture, served with a fishroe sauce, rye crumbs and cress. The whole crayfish tail, just cooked, served on a rock from the beach with a cream of oyster, and powder of seaweed which had to be eaten without cutlery – fabulous! Then there was the dehydrated scallop with grains, watercress and seaweed/squid ink oil.

In fact every course, of our six hour long dinner, was amazing. From the six pre-dinner amuse – served with champagne – to the incredible 12 courses that followed.

My inspiration has been completely re-charged. I only wish Copenhagen was a little closer to Franschhoek…

Posted by: Margot Janse
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