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The Franschhoek Bubbly Festival 2010!

This year’s festival – which runs from Friday the 3rd of December to Sunday the 5th of December – will showcase a selection of the most impressive French Champagnes and South African Cap Classiques including:

Colmant, Dieu Donné, Graham Beck Wines, Krone, Morena, Môreson, Pierre Jourdan, Simonsig, Steenberg, Topiary Wines, Villiera, Billecart Salmon, Gosset, Laurent Perrier and Tribaut.

For the Magic of Bubbles weekend only we’re offering guests our excellent R895 per person per night* rate. Included in this is a bottle of Miss Molly Bubbly – in your room to help you get into the Magic of Bubbles frame of mind – and our extra-ordinary Le Quartier Français breakfast.

You can either book your room online by clicking here or you can call us on (021) 876 2151.

P.S. The theme for this year’s festival is black and white and prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed couple each day.

The Franschhoek ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique and Champagne Festival is the highlight of the Franschhoek festival calendar. Sponsored by Investec Private Bank this Franschhoek festival is the largest of its kind in South Africa. At the Magic of Bubbles visitors and locals are afforded the opportunity to sample a range of both local Méthode Cap Classiques and French Champagnes and the finest local cuisine.

Tickets cost R180 per person and this includes entrance to the festival, a tasting glass and a complementary booklet of tasting coupons. To purchase your tickets click here.

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Are pies the new cupcakes?

For the last few years the cupcake could do no wrong. Elevated from its lowly school cake-sale days it became an acceptable wedding cake, birthday cake or any other cake alternative. You couldn’t turn around without seeing one somewhere.

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For those that love the cupcake this news might hit a little hard … the cupcake is, apparently, receiving serious competition from the humble pie. Everything from savory to sweet, bite-sized to oversized is in!

It seems that pies, in all shapes and sizes, are making a move to the big time.

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Thinking of celebrating Christmas in Franschhoek?

The shops are all playing Christmas carols, everywhere you turn there is some new sparkly Christmas ornament you simply have-to-have and there is no avoiding the turkeys that have suddenly sprung up in the frozen poultry section. What this all means is that Christmas, if you can believe it, is just around the corner!

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This Christmas Eve say no to dry turkey and average mince pies and join us, in The Tasting Room, for Margot Janse’s acclaimed nine course African Inspired Surprise Tasting Menu.  It costs R1000 per person, without wine pairings, or R1400 per person, with wine pairings.

To book, because bookings are essential, call us on (021) 876 2151.

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Posted in: Cuisine, Le Quartier Français, The Tasting Room,
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What’s happening in the next month and a bit?

We hope you’re as excited as we are for season, summer and the general influx of visitors to the Western Cape? We’re really looking forward to seeing lots of our old friends and making a whole lot of new ones.

A lot has changed at Le Quartier Français this year – we’ve added an art gallery, an unusual and indigenous herb and sculpture garden, a new restaurant, new room refurbishments and more to our offering – and if you haven’t visited in a while you should because it’s looking, tasting and feeling spectacular!

But enough about us lets look at what we’re going to be focusing on here, on our blog, in the next month and a bit. In the inevitable lead up to 2011 – which we can no longer ignore with December a little over a week away – we’re going to be looking at some of our favourite wining, dining and gently reclining trends that have been forecast for 2011.

We hope you enjoy what we’ve found, from around the world, as much as we enjoyed finding it.

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The Red Cupboard Store

A selection of jacaranda bowls, cutlery, crockery, cookbooks, and other have-to-haves designed by or selected specifically for Margot Janse – for use in The Tasting Room – are now on sale from our new delicious Red Cupboard Store.

The Red Cupboard Store, located at the entrance to The Common Room and The Tasting Room, is the perfect place to indulge in that post dinner retail therapy.

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Sweet Suites Package

We are now offering a Sweet Suites Package – pay for two nights and stay for three – on all our suites. This includes our two Petite Garden Suites, two Auberge Suites and the Four Quarters.

Highlight: all of our suites feature Nespresso machines and the Auberge Suites and Four Quarters boast complimentary full bars.

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The Best Winelands Lunch Spot

If you are looking for a delicious lunchtime spot, in the Franschhoek Winelands, look no further than Môreson.

Môreson is home to the acclaimed Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, The Farm Grocer, a range of award-winning wines and – most recently – the Exotic Plant Company’s orchid and exotic plant nursery.

Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant is the lunchtime restaurant you simply have to visit on your next trip to Franschhoek.

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Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Cuisine, Neil Jewell,
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New on The Common Room Cocktail Menu

Monday getting you down? Need a pick-me-up? Come try our new Bow Chicka Wow Wow Martini.

It’s what our sculptures drink on their day off …

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Do you have what it takes to join Margot Janse’s Team?

Le Quartier Français and the award-winning Margot Janse are looking to add to their acclaimed culinary team.

Do you think you have what it takes to be a Chef de Partie or a Junior Pastry Chef in The Tasting Room kitchen? Do you know someone who does?

Are you a good team player? Do you have a minimum of three years experience in a similar establishment? Are you prepared to check your ego at the door? Yes? Well then you could be exactly what we’re looking for!

Send your CV, three references and a cover letter explaining why you’d like to join the Le Quartier Français and Margot Janse team to careers@lqf.co.za.

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Treat Yourself

We’re offering 10% off all Decleor products and Decleor treatments in The Treatment Room for the month of November.

If you’re looking for something special why not try the Aroma Expert Nourish Délice de Peau.Try say that three times really fast … it’s quite a mouthful!

The Aroma Expert Nourish Délice de Peau is a delicious 90 minute treatment designed to comfort and soothe even the most fragile of skins. This nourishing and energizing treatment leaves dry sensitive skin intensely nourished, hydrated and soothed.

Mmm think I’ll have to book myself in for one of those.

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