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Petite Breakfast Menu at Le Quartier Français

Have you heard about our Petite Breakfast Menu? We’re well known in the Franschhoek Village for our breakfast in The Garden Room, where guests and visitors can enjoy the delicious continental buffet, as well as order a hot dishes off of the à la carte menu.

Le Quartier Français is known for having the best breakfast in the Franschhoek village. Served in The Garden Room, guests and
visitors can enjoy the delicious continental buffet, as well as order a hot dish from the à la carte menu.
In addition to this, the hotel has just launched a “Petite Breakfast Menu”. Items include their famous cinnamon sticky buns,
eggs benedict, and their delicious croissant with scrambled egg and Neil Jewell’s bacon. This menu is perfect for locals who
want a quick bite with their morning newspaper and coffee, guests and visitors who do not have time to indulge in a full buffet
breakfast, or those who prefer to order something simple. Served in the front lounge and veranda from 7am, it is the perfect
setting to watch the village wake up and start bustling, with the backdrop view of the mountainis known for having the best breakfast in the Franschhoek village. Served in The Garden Room, guests and visitors can enjoy the delicious continental buffet, as well as order a hot dish from the à la carte menu.

In addition to this, we’ve just launched a Petite Breakfast Menu! Items include our famous cinnamon sticky buns,  Eggs Benedict, and a delicious croissant with scrambled egg and Neil Jewell’s bacon.

This menu is perfect for locals who want a quick bite with their morning newspaper and coffee, guests and visitors who do not have time to indulge in a full buffet breakfast, or those who prefer to order something simple. Served in the front lounge and veranda from 7am, it is the perfect setting to watch the village wake up and start bustling, with the backdrop view of the mountains.

Petite Breakfast Menu

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There’s something about Mary

We can feel it in the air, summer is approaching! This weekend’s weather is looking mighty fine, so on Sunday 3, November we’re launching the first of our Bloody Mary & Oyster Sundays at Le Quartier Lounge Bar! Every week we’ll be making a different variation on the classic cocktail, incorporating interesting techniques such as fat washing with bacon and biltong. Find out more about our bacon and biltong vodkas.

bloody mary and oyster sundays

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Catching up with Sue Norman

It’s officially Franschhoek Open Gardens! Running from 25, 26 & 27 October 2013, come and enjoy ten Franschhoek gardens; ‘from small to medium-sized gardens in the village to farm gardens, indigenous gardens and ‘out of town’ gardens’. Plus in the centre of town there will be a tea and bubbly garden, live music, a fresh goods market as well as a plant sale.

Be sure to take a meander through our lush and rambling gardens, and why not begin your ‘Open Gardens’ adventure with breakfast in our Garden Room?

the garden room

We caught up with our garden curator, Sue Norman, who has been digging her hands in our soil for almost two decades.

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What flowers are popping up in our gardens at the moment?
There are many spring flowers still in bloom! Tumbling wisteria, brunsfelsia (‘yesterday-today-and-tomorrow’), flowering ornamental fruit trees, like Crab-apple and cherry, citrus trees, red poppies.

We’re also seeing early summer flowers, such as roses, including Full Sail and Sophie’s Rose in our herb garden, Icebergs, Blossom Magic, Rhapsody in Blue, yellow Banksia Granny’s Delight and others.

Other plants in flower include Salvia greggii, Salvia mini-shastas (white daisies), Plectranthus zuluensis (shrub, little blue flowers) & Raphiolepis (shrub, white flowers) Murraya exotica, scattered, foxgloves, Heliotrope and a few early Agapanthus.

What kinds of birds are our gardens attracting a the moment?
Flitting amidst the flourishing foliage we’re spotting: White eyes, Cape Robins, Olive thrushes, fiscal shrikes, doves.

What makes each area of our gardens special?
In the reception area there are bright and pink accents; Huguenot street side simple plantings en masse of Carissa (‘num-num’), Agapanthus and Iceberg roses and a few Spring ’75; in the pool area there are simple mass plantings in blues and whites, lovely and cool; the garden rooms each have their own distinct garden styles and colour schemes, but the overall theme is subdued, peaceful and inviting.

How would you describe the style of the gardens?
Informal, lush, mass plantings (not ‘busy’) with a lot of repetition of successful and attractive plants and big shady trees balanced with sunny areas.

Describe yourself in three words?
Hard-working, dedicated and happy

What’s the best way to enjoy the garden?
With a book and a glass of wine, under the trees, listening to the birds and savouring the perfume of the flowers on the breeze.

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Margot and Neil dish on each other

Both of our restaurants have been nominated once again for The Eat Out Awards. This marks the second time both Bread & Wine and The Tasting Room have appeared on the Top 20 nomination list concurrently – but that’s not all, that year, 2007, both restaurants made it onto the Top 10 Restaurants too! The Tasting Room garnered the number one spot, and Bread & Wine came in at number four!

And, not only are both Margot Janse (The Tasting Room) and Neil Jewell (Bread & Wine) great chefs, but they’re also great friends.

Margot and Neil making bacon together for a story in Good Taste Magazine

Margot and Neil making bacon together for a story in Good Taste Magazine

How long have you been friends?
Neil: Before the grey hair, circa 1999. It was my first service at Bread & Wine, I had been in the country for about 4 days, and some guy comes walking into the kitchen: I’m looking at him, with a ‘who are you and what are you doing in my kitchen glare’. I greet him and he introduces himself as Richard Friedman which means nothing to me at the time (turns out he is Susan Huxter’s brother).

Margot, coming out of the walk-in fridge with a handful of ingredients, catches the exchange and proceeds to collapse laughing, dropping what she had in her hands, onto the floor.

Margot: I remember when Neil and Tina came for their interview. I showed him my very small walk-in fridge and Neil had a little flip out over all our beautiful fresh herbs. I couldn’t believe it, he came from London after all… But he was right! Our produce is and was then already bloody amazing.

Soon after we had one of our very famous chefs and winemaker get-togethers. And, Neil,  after many glasses of wine, wagged his finger and said he was determined to make everything he was going to serve at Bread & Wine himself.

I told him I would love to eat ‘lamb ham’, and so it all began!

Neil is best at…
Margot: PIG! Then being humble and staying enthusiastic.

Margot is best at…
Neil: Thinking on her feet, and being cool under pressure.

Margot’s favourite ingredient is…
Neil: It’s not cauliflower…

Neil’s favourite ingredient is…
Margot: Ummm, PIG?

Describe Margot as a chef in three words
Neil: Determined, gifted, curious

Describe Neil as a chef in three words
Margot: Honest, focused, wicked



  

The Long Tea Table

Le Quartier Français, the world-renowned hotel nestled in the Franschhoek Valley, has launched a high tea menu. The menu,
designed by Grand Chef Margot Janse, is a taste delight of savoury and sweet and will be generously spread out on The Long
Tea Table.
Imagine sitting in the beautiful Garden Room with views of the Franschhoek mountains and hotel gardens and relaxing for
hours on end with friends and treats. A fire will be roaring in the winter months, and when warmer the doors wide open to
embrace the summer air.
Menu includes decadent items such as Macadamia and white chocolate cheesecake, Pulled pork and chorizo vetkoek, Kabeljou
and baby leek crumble, and Blueberry and honeybush macaroons.
You tailor-make your own menu, depending on preference:
R200 for an 8 treat selection
R250 for a 10 treat selection
R300 for a 12 treat selection
Tea and coffee are included in each.
The impeccable service, exquisite surroundings and luxurious attention to detail ensure an afternoon to remember for any
occasion. Whether a special event such as a baby shower, kitchen tea, birthday party, book club, or just a lazy day lounging
with your ladies… indulgence and spoiling will be had.
The Long Tea Table is available for private bookings of 10 or more people, between 12h00 and 17h00. Contact Eleanor for
enquiries and menu options.
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Event: The Long Tea Table for private functions
Venue: The Garden Room, Le Quartier Français
Address: 16 Huguenot St, Franschhoek, Cape Winelands
Date: Available on request – every day, 12h00-17h00
www.lqf.co.za
Enquiries: Eleanor – eleanor@lqf.co.za / 021 867 2151

We’ve just launched a high tea menu for The Garden Room! The menu, designed by Margot Janse, is a taste delight of savoury and sweet and will be generously spread out on The Long Tea Table.

The Long Tea Table

Imagine sitting in the beautiful Garden Room with views of the Franschhoek mountains and hotel gardens and relaxing for hours on end with friends and treats. A fire will be roaring in the winter months, and when warmer the doors wide open to embrace the summer air.

Menu includes decadent items such as macadamia and white chocolate cheesecake, pulled pork and chorizo vetkoek, Kabeljou and baby leek crumble, and blueberry and honeybush macaroons. You tailor-make your own menu, depending on preference:

R200 for an 8 treat selection
R250 for a 10 treat selection
R300 for a 12 treat selection
Tea and coffee are included in each.

The impeccable service, exquisite surroundings and luxurious attention to detail ensure an afternoon to remember for any occasion. Whether a special event such as a baby shower, kitchen tea, birthday party, book club, or just a lazy day lounging with your ladies… indulgence and spoiling will be had.

The Long Tea Table is available for private bookings of 10 or more people, between 12h00 and 17h00. Contact Eleanor for enquiries and menu options on eleanor@lqf.co.za or call  021 867 2151.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français, Margot Janse, The Garden Room,
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Encompass Africa’s 60 second Safari Video Competition

We’ve partnered with Encompass Africa for the travel competition of a lifetime. It’s aimed at Australians, who need to submit a 60 second video on Facebook to win a luxurious South African holiday worth $15,000.

The package includes 12 nights luxury accommodation staying at Le Quartier Francais, More Quarters, Cape Town; The Cape Winelands; Tanda Tula Safari Camp, Timbavati and Lion Sands River Lodge, Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve.

To experience the luxury of a tailor-made safari holiday to South Africa, enter Encompass Africa’s 60 second Safari Video Competition by visiting its Facebook page, the competition closes 29 November.

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Here’s the official release:

AUSTRALIANS CHALLENGED TO FIND A SAFARI IN THE EVERYDAY

Australians from all walks of life are being challenged to find a ‘safari’ in their everyday life and submit a 60 second video to win a luxurious South African holiday worth $15,000.

Boutique Africa travel specialist, Encompass Africa, launched the simple-to-enter video competition this morning on its Facebook page.

Encompass Africa Managing Director, Jonathon Wilson, said that the competition is for everyday  Australians who dream of a safari holiday, but spend too much time on Facebook or their hand held devices.

“Love it or loathe it, Facebook and the internet has changed our lives and the way we connect with people, even our travel habits.

“So many people, me included, are addicted to our hand held devices and documenting the every day.

“Research in the UK suggests that some people log onto social media sites up to 20 times a day.

“We thought; why not harness that energy and encourage people to do something fun and productive that could result in them winning an amazing travel prize.

“We’re asking people to create a little 60 second video which they can upload to our Facebook page, showing how they find a safari in their daily lives.

Danica Wilson, Jonathon’s wife and business partner, knows first-hand that the best travel in Africa is off the beaten track with a reliable guide, it’s how the couple met!

‘I was born in Australia, but Jonathan was born and raised in South Africa and worked as a guide for several years travelling Southern and East Africa with guests from all over the world.

“All the team at Encompass Africa know the destinations intimately and possess real experience and craftsmanship when it comes to creating the perfect experience for guests.

“They have all lived, worked and travelled extensively throughout Africa and pride themselves on showcasing the absolute best that Africa has to offer.

The competition runs until 29 November 2013. The winner will receive an amazing prize that  includes return airfares from Sydney or Perth to Johannesburg flying South Africa Airways and 12 nights luxury accommodation staying at More Quarters, Cape Town; Le Quartier Francais, The Cape Winelands; Tanda Tula Safari Camp, Timbavati and Lion Sands River Lodge, Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve.

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Restaurant Week at Bread & Wine

Have you heard about Restaurant Week South Africa? Across the country, from 24 October to 3 November, top restaurants will be offering a specially created discounted set menu.

Restaurant Week

This year Bread & Wine is taking part and bookings are a must, as tables are limited.

Two-courses will cost R95 per person:

Salami, green olive tapenade, polenta rocks, followed by home-smoked hake, with bubble & squeak and salsa verde

And while you’re there, try our superb Môreson Wines!

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The Tasting Room & Bread and Wine both nominated AGAIN for the 2013 Eat Out Awards

THE TASTING ROOM AND BREAD&WINE BOTH NOMINATED FOR THE 2013 EAT OUT DSTV FOOD NETWORK RESTAURANT
AWARDS
Eat Out is known as South Africa’s best guide to South Africa’s best food. Additionally they are a directory portal for
restaurants, markets and recipe information and specials. This year marks the 16th
Restaurant Awards.
Anonymous judges have been dining in restaurants across the country in order to nominate 20 finalists. Le Quartier Français’s
lunch time restaurant Bread&Wine – situated on Môreson Wine Estate and part of the Le Quartier family – and world-
renowned in-house dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, have both been nominated. The Tasting Room has made it onto the
Top 10 eleven times in the 16years that this award has existed. The Tasting Room has also been nominated for the Boschendal
Style Award 2013.
The only female Grand Chef in Africa, Margot Janse, heads up The Tasting Room, and is the Winner of the Eat Out Chef of the
Year Award 2012. Bread&Wine is well known for their Head Chef, Neil Jewell, and his love for charcuterie.
The Awards ceremony will be held on the 10th
restaurants, Chef of Year, the Service Excellence Award and others. They will also reveal the names of the (currently)
anonymous judges.
Abigail Donnelly, Editor for Eat Out, says “Ultimately, however, it’s the food that counts. Taste is the emotional component of
a dish, making it the most vital element. The scorecards show which restaurants excel in flavour and not just the fussy stuff.
Many of our native ingredients have been celebrated, making them the future of South African food”.
annual Eat Out DStv Food Network
of November 2013 in Cape Town, where they will announce the Top 10

We’re beyond thrilled that both of our restaurants have been nominated once again for The Eat Out Awards. This marks the second time both Bread & Wine and The Tasting Room have appeared on the Top 20 nomination list concurrently – but that’s not all, that year, 2007, both restaurants made it onto the Top 10 Restaurants too! The Tasting Room garnered the number one spot, and Bread & Wine came in at number four! We were extremely proud then and we’re proud now! Head over to Eat Out to see the results from 2007.

Margot and Neil making bacon together for a story in Good Taste Magazine

Margot and Neil making bacon together for a story in Good Taste Magazine

Eat Out is known as South Africa’s best guide to South Africa’s best food. Additionally they are a directory portal for restaurants, markets and recipe information and specials. This year marks the 16th Restaurant Awards.

Anonymous judges have been dining in restaurants across the country in order to nominate 20 finalists. Le Quartier Français’s lunch time restaurant Bread&Wine – situated on Môreson Wine Estate and part of the Le Quartier family – and world-renowned in-house dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, have both been nominated. The Tasting Room has made it onto the Top 10 eleven times in the 16 years that this award has existed. The Tasting Room has also been nominated for the Boschendal Style Award 2013.

The only female Grand Chef in Africa, Margot Janse, heads up The Tasting Room, and is the Winner of the Eat Out Chef of the Year Award 2012. Bread&Wine is well known for their Head Chef, Neil Jewell, and his love for charcuterie.

The Awards ceremony will be held on the 10th of November 2013 in Cape Town, where they will announce the Top 10 restaurants, Chef of Year, the Service Excellence Award and others. They will also reveal the names of the (currently) anonymous judges.

Abigail Donnelly, Editor for Eat Out, says “Ultimately, however, it’s the food that counts. Taste is the emotional component of a dish, making it the most vital element. The scorecards show which restaurants excel in flavour and not just the fussy stuff.  Many of our native ingredients have been celebrated, making them the future of South African food”.

Venue: The Lookout, V&A Waterfront
Event: Eat Out Awards 2013
Date: 10 November 2013
www.lqf.co.za
www.eatout.co.za

Enquiries: Robyn – marketing@lqf.co.za / 021 867 2151

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Simply wonderful

Designers, entrepreneurs and animal lovers, couple Lexi Fontein and Graeme Lipschitz are the brains behind our new logos and design work. We caught up with them and delved into the world of The Wonderland Collective

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Can you tell us about Wonderland Collective as a business?
We had a dream to not only establish a boutique design agency that would create beautiful commissioned designs, but to also stretch our creativity into innovative real life products. While Wonderland Works would create digital magic on behalf of their clients, Wonderland Collective, would be the physical product arm of the company.

Please elaborate on your contributions to animal charities & rehabilitation?
We started Wonderland Collective as a vehicle to help the world be a better place. We do this through various avenues. 

1. We love sharing our skills. We have recently donated our time to the Sozo Foundation where we taught 12 high school kids a course titled “An Introduction to Graphic Design“.

2. We’ve partnered with The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
We are giving both a financial and time donation to this organisation. We have designed their new site www.iworry.org, which will be launching in the next couple of weeks. We also give a percentage of our products to them. We love the work they are doing and are thrilled to be able to help where we can. We also want people to know if they are buying our products, they are in essence helping the animals the trust works with.

Tell us more about your engraved skateboards you’ve created to tie in with the above charity?
“The 3 Letter Predators” is a range of 3 laser engraved skateboard decks inspired by the characters in “The Midnight Folk”, a book by John Masefield which was first published in 1927. “The Owl”, “The Fox”, and “The Cat” were illustrated by the Wonderland Works illustration team, who experimented with the laser on wood format extensively before the final range was produced. The decks are fully skateable, but they survive much better as wall art or as installations.

You’re responsible for the LQF’s new logos and design work. What inspired you?
This is a toughie to answer. The overarching idea that inspired the team was the LQF experience one has when you visit either for cocktails, dinner, or for the night.

The sense of luxury with a quirky and mischievous twist. The colour scheme at LQF also really played to our advantage when developing the new brand and visual language. It is so fresh and vibrant, and can only make you feel excited about the experience you’re about to delve into.

Your favourite cocktail and bite at the new bar?
It would have to be the pineapple and ginger motijo! I also LOVED the crayfish popcorn. Yummy!

Describe yourself in three words
Lexi: Creative; passionate; driven
Graeme: Maverick; entrepreneur; enigmatic

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Treatment Room Treasures

And just like that it’s almost halfway through October! Has this year just rushed passed you in a blur of work and family commitments? Have you made time for yourself?

With the festive season looming ahead, now is the perfect gap to indulge in some me-time with a nourishing, relaxing spa treatment.

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The Treatment Room at Le Quartier Français has a variety of treatments, using DECLEOR – PARIS and AHAVA – THE DEAD SEA, with a range of massages, facials, pedicures, and manicures—for men and women alike. See our Treatment Room Menu here.

Make a day out of it, start with breakfast in The Garden Room, and follow your treatment with craft cocktails and bites in The Lounge Bar.

We’ve also created special packages, known as the Treatment Room Treasures

Digit Therapy
30 min (R 90)
Over worked hands, pencil fingers get the much needed rest! Our therapist focuses on all the muscles in your hands. Loosening the knots and stretching the ligaments.
Digit rotation
Digit massage
Pressure point palm massage

Mothers & Daughters Delight
120 min (R 1 000)
Share special moments with your daughter, while being infused with the rich aromas of citrus extracts. Put the bounce back into your step with a tickle me pink foot massage and colours of varnishes as playful as the rainbow. Feel secure, relaxed and calm while enjoying some well-deserved time with the child you love.

For Mom & Daughter
Facial
Brow shaping
Foot soak and exfoliation
Buff and shape of nails
Reflex on the soles
Varnish of your choice

Couples Massage
120 min (R 990)
The language of love can be expressed in many ways, but in the end, actions speak louder than words. Let your ‘words’ to each other be the journey of touch. In the privacy of your room you will be welcomed by the hint of aromatherapy oils, the sound of soft music, the ambiance created by soft candlelight. Let our professional therapist guide you and your partner through movements and massage techniques while you sip on your glass of Môreson Méthode Cap Classique.

Foot reflexology
Leg & abdomen shiatsu massage
Back, neck and shoulder massage
Digitopressure facial massage
Relaxing scalp therapy
A cold bottle of Môreson Méthode Cap Classique

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