Archive for January, 2014

Summer splendour in our gardens

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

This time of year is sheer magic in our gardens. It’s the height of summer and the bushes are lush and mysterious, peppered with the kind of blooms that love to be in the sun.

Heady floral fragrances follow you as you take a simple walk through the leafy corridors. The buzz of cicadas. An errant swallow eating a a burst fig where it fell ripe from a tree.

And it’s refreshing heart, the swimming pool.

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Weddings at Bread and Wine on Môreson

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
When setting, food and wine combine for the happiest day of your life.
There are many ingredients that make for a beautiful wedding, and as a couple choosing the right venue is paramount.
Bread and Wine on Môreson Wine Estate offers the ultimate trio: setting, food and wine.
Setting
Picture your ceremony on the expansive front lawn: circled by the Franschhoek mountains and stitched in with fragrant lemon trees, it’s a beautiful space to say your vows.
The journey continues on to Bread & Wine for your reception. It can take place in the courtyard under the vine leaf ceiling, complemented with a babbling brook running along the path. Or step inside for a rustic barn-like atmosphere.
Restaurant manager, Tina Jewell will work with your décor team to create an ambience of pure magic, whichever setting you choose.
Food
Executive Chef, Neil Jewell, South Africa’s Charcuterie King is a wizard in the kitchen. The talented chef will meet with you before your big day and conceptualise a menu which is meaningful to you as a couple.
There is no bog-standard set menu here; instead Neil Jewell will create something utterly unique.
What type of food can you expect? Delicious, simple food with fine dining concepts and techniques—and it is fresh, fresh, fresh. The focus is on high quality local produce, artisanal meats and seafood, with heaps of culinary imagination. To get an idea, view the lunch menu here.
Wine
If love were a place, it would be Môreson. Family run and family owned there’s a whole lot of love poured into every single bottle of Môreson wine.
Môreson also produces some of the best Méthode Cap Classiques in the country. So there’s no need to source bubbly for toasts, it’s all here. See the range of MCCs.
The wine estate also produces a range of red and white wines—with a pricing tier to suit most budgets.
Are you hearing those bells? This way to your fairy-tale wedding: contact Tina Jewell on …

When setting, food and wine combine for the happiest day of your life.

There are many ingredients that make for a beautiful wedding, and as a couple choosing the right venue is paramount. Bread and Wine on Môreson Wine Estate offers the ultimate trio: setting, food and wine.

Setting

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Picture your ceremony on the expansive front lawn: circled by the Franschhoek mountains and stitched in with fragrant lemon trees, it’s a beautiful space to say your vows.

The journey continues on to Bread & Wine for your reception. It can take place in the courtyard under the vine leaf ceiling, complemented with a babbling brook running along the path. Or step inside for a rustic barn-like atmosphere.

Restaurant manager, Tina Jewell will work with your décor team to create an ambience of pure magic, whichever setting you choose.

Food

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Executive Chef, Neil Jewell, South Africa’s Charcuterie King is a wizard in the kitchen. The talented chef will meet with you before your big day and conceptualise a menu which is meaningful to you as a couple.

There is no bog-standard set menu here; instead Neil Jewell will create something utterly unique.

What type of food can you expect? Delicious, simple food with fine dining concepts and techniques—and it is fresh, fresh, fresh. The focus is on high quality local produce, artisanal meats and seafood, with heaps of culinary imagination. To get an idea, view the lunch menu here.

Wine

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If love were a place, it would be Môreson. Family run and family owned there’s a whole lot of love poured into every single bottle of Môreson wine.

Môreson also produces some of the best Méthode Cap Classiques in the country. So there’s no need to source bubbly for toasts, it’s all here. See the range of wine here.

The wine estate also produces a range of red and white wines—with a pricing tier to suit most budgets.

Are you hearing those bells? This way to your fairy-tale wedding: contact Tina Jewell on  (021) 876 3692

Inside The Tasting Room kitchen

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The Tasting Room: the place where executive chef, Margot Janse, works her special kind of magic with her team of dedicated chefs. The domain of surprise.  of local flavour. of adventure. Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside the kitchen? Wonder no more.

We can’t show you the dishes in detail – because, well, they’re a surprise – but we can show you the beautiful kitchen, The Tasting Room’s culinary playground. To see what went into creating the kitchen, jump on over to this post.

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Margot Janse plating

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Ain't she pretty?

Precision and imagination make for exciting plating

Precision and imagination make for exciting plating

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Fusion at IS ART

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Three friends. Three artists. IS ART’s first show of 2014 is ‘FUSION’. Three notable artists from the Pietermaritzburg area, Sue Akerman, Gill Gerhardt and Bruce Attwood have joined forces with their complementary yet diverse styles for this exhibition.

Commencing on 2 February 2014 from 11am to 5pm.

Tip: Pop in at The Garden Room for breakfast beforehand.

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Franschhoek Summer Wines

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

There are some many festivals to look forward to. First up is the Blessing of the Harvest, which takes place on 1 February (we can’t wait to stomp grapes and feast at Bread & Wine!).

Coming right up afterwards is annual festival, Franschhoek Summer Wines. Set on the lawns of Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards on Saturday, 8 February.
Some of Franschhoek’s best wineries will be there, offering their premium summer wines. Including the luscious wines from our family farm, Moreson.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘elegantly white’ and tickets cost R120 per person which includes a tasting of all the wines on show.
Tickets can be purchased directly from www.webtickets.co.za (booking is essential as tickets are limited).
No need to drive home afterwards, come stay with us!

Coming right up afterwards is annual festival, Franschhoek Summer Wines. Set on the lawns of Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards on Saturday, 8 February.

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Some of Franschhoek’s best wineries will be there, offering their premium summer wines; including the luscious wines from our family farm, Môreson.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘elegantly white’ and tickets cost R120 per person which includes a tasting of all the wines on show. Tickets can be purchased directly from www.webtickets.co.za (booking is essential as tickets are limited).

No need to drive home afterwards, come stay with us!

The wonderful Wonderbag

Thursday, January 16th, 2014
We’ve long been fans of the Wonderbag. We use it in our Discover SA Flavours cooking classes, keep food warm for our Isabelo children with it, and much more.
The Wonderbag works by slow-cooking food that has been brought to the boil by conventional methods, without the additional use of electricity or fuel.
Use this revolutionary invention to cook just about anything, from stews and curries to even breakfast porridge. It’s perferct for camping or any kind of outdoor cooking: you can bring your food to boil on a fire after all. Plus, it’s a delicious method as the slow-cooking time draws out intense flavours.
It was invented by South African born, Sarah Collins to help reduce energy consumption during cooking in developing nations while helping families conserve on fuel.
And true to her ethos, for every Wonderbags  sold in the U.S. the company donates one to a family in need in Africa.

We’ve long been fans of the Wonderbag. We use it in our Discover SA Flavours cooking classes, keep food warm for our Isabelo children with it, and much more.

Wonderbag

The Wonderbag works by slow-cooking food that has been brought to the boil by conventional methods, without the additional use of electricity or fuel.

Use this revolutionary invention to cook just about anything, from stews and curries to even breakfast porridge. It’s perfect for camping or any kind of outdoor cooking: you can bring your food to boil on a fire after all. Plus, it’s a delicious method as the slow-cooking time draws out intense flavours.

It was invented by South African born, Sarah Collins to help reduce energy consumption during cooking in developing nations while helping families conserve on fuel.

And true to her ethos, for every Wonderbag sold in the U.S. the company donates one to a family in need in Africa.

Buy it here.

Culinary classes at LQF

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Here at Le Quartier Français our cooking classes are fun, intimate gatherings where everybody takes part and learns our original recipes through actually creating them (rather than just watching a demonstration) under the guidance of our Culinary Concierge, Vanie Padayachee.
Plus, you get to enjoy your creations for lunch, paired with local wines.
Here are our upcoming classes  for 2014
Discover SA Flavours class
02 February 2014
08 February 2014
01 April 2014
Spice Class
21 February 2014
11 March 2014
18 April 2014

Here at Le Quartier Français our cooking classes are fun, intimate gatherings where everybody takes part and learns our original recipes through actually creating them (rather than just watching a demonstration) under the guidance of our Culinary Concierge, Vanie Padayachee. Plus, you get to enjoy your creations for lunch, paired with local wines.

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Here are our upcoming classes  for 2014

Discover SA Flavours class
02 February 2014
08 February 2014
01 April 2014

Spice Class
21 February 2014
11 March 2014
18 April 2014

To book contact Louise on +27 21 876 2151 or email her on: louise@lqf.co.za

ChefSteps – learn to cook online

Monday, January 13th, 2014
Want to know how to make the perfect macaroon? Or perhaps you’ve always been interested in the principles of sous vide.
ChefSteps by members of the Modernist Cuisine team is an online portal that encompasses classes on culinary techniques, tips and videos as well as an interactive forum discussing all things gastronomic.

Want to know how to make the perfect macaroon? Or perhaps you’ve always been interested in the principles of sous vide? Well here’s your chance to delve into the minds of celebrated chefs – at the click of a mouse.

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ChefSteps was created by members of the Modernist Cuisine team and is an online portal that encompasses classes on culinary techniques, tips and videos as well as an interactive forum discussing all things gastronomic. And it’s free, go on, check it out.

Intern wanted

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Guys, we’re looking for an intern to join our marketing team. Always wanted to peek behind our doors? Well, this is your chance.

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Are you a foodie with mad marketing skills? Are you technologically savvy? To qualify, you’ll need to be adept at Photoshop with some design skills, and have muchos enthusiasm.

If this sounds like you – we’d love to meet you! Please send your CV and motivational statement to susan@lqf.co.za

Blessing of the Harvest 2014 at Môreson

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

At Môreson we believe that wine is about 3 things; passion, love and magic. It’s what we put into everything we do, into every bottle of wine we make and it’s what makes our annual Blessing of the Harvest an event not to be missed.

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In 2014, come and join us and delight in making wine the old fashioned way. Handpick your own basket of grapes and then press them using your feet, which are, incidentally, the oldest wine making tools in the business.
As you’ll soon discover wine making is a tiring job. This is why we insist that you join us for a special feast at Bread & Wine, our famous farm restaurant, to finish off a day of Blessing the Harvest. If you’re looking for inspiration, or you’d like to get an idea of what you have to look forward to with your own wine, try some of our award winning wines. They are all guaranteed to quench the thirst you’ve no doubt worked up.
Over lunch, while you’re enjoying your food and relaxing with your wine, give the Blessing of the Harvest label design competition a whirl. Who knows it could be your label design that is selected to adorn the 2014 Blessing of the Harvest bottles.
Most people have such a blast that they come back a year later to partake in another Blessing of the Harvest. They also use this return visit to pick up the wine that they made the previous year, if they haven’t already collected it.
Cost per person R495.00; children between 5-14,t.b.c .  Confirmation of booking by pre-payment only. Should you require further information, or be interested in attending, please contact Tina, at tel. no. 021-876 3692/4004or by fax no. 0866570413 or by email breadandwine@moreson.co.za.
Regrettably no pets.
Date:  1st February 2014
1st FEBRUARY 2014 BLESSING OF THE HARVEST PROGRAMME
10h30 – 11h00 a glass of sparkling wine on arrival
11h00 – 11h45 Hand picking
12h00 – 12h30 Foot stomping
13h00 Label design competition and lunch
17h00 End of daAt Môreson we believe that wine is about 3 things; passion, love and magic. It’s what we put into everything we do, into every bottle of wine we make and it’s what makes our annual Blessing of the Harvest an event not to be missed.

In 2014, come and join us and delight in making wine the old fashioned way. Handpick your own basket of grapes and then press them using your feet, which are, incidentally, the oldest wine making tools in the business.

As you’ll soon discover wine making is a tiring job. This is why we insist that you join us for a special feast at Bread & Wine, our famous farm restaurant, to finish off a day of Blessing the Harvest. If you’re looking for inspiration, or you’d like to get an idea of what you have to look forward to with your own wine, try some of our award winning wines. They are all guaranteed to quench the thirst you’ve no doubt worked up.

Enjoying lunch at Blessing of the Harvest

Over lunch, while you’re enjoying your food and relaxing with your wine, give the Blessing of the Harvest label design competition a whirl. Who knows it could be your label design that is selected to adorn the 2014 Blessing of the Harvest bottles.

Most people have such a blast that they come back a year later to partake in another Blessing of the Harvest. They also use this return visit to pick up the wine that they made the previous year, if they haven’t already collected it.

Cost per person R495.00; children between 5-14,t.b.c .  Confirmation of booking by pre-payment only. Should you require further information, or be interested in attending, please contact Tina, at tel. no. 021-876 3692/4004or by fax no. 0866570413 or by email breadandwine@moreson.co.za.

Regrettably no pets.

1st FEBRUARY 2014 BLESSING OF THE HARVEST PROGRAMME

10h30 – 11h00 a glass of sparkling wine on arrival
11h00 – 11h45 Hand picking
12h00 – 12h30 Foot stomping
13h00 Label design competition and lunch
17h00 End of day

Hop on over here to see more images of last year’s festivities. And here’s what we ate in 2013.