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The Sour Fig Caipirinha

We’ve taken Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha and have made it local! Margot Janse’s favourite cocktail from The Living Room, the Sour Fig Caipirinha is made with a unique South African ingredient that grows wild locally in Franschhoek. It’s the fruit of a succulent known as the suurvygie (sour fig) and gives the drink a delicious and unusual savoury-saltiness.
Margot uses this ingredient in a variety of ways in a number of dishes too.

We’ve taken Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha and have made it local! One of Margot Janse’s favourite cocktails from The Living Room, the Sour Fig Caipirinha is made with a unique South African ingredient that grows wild locally in Franschhoek.

It’s the fruit of a succulent known as the suurvygie (sour fig) and gives the drink a delicious and unusual savoury-saltiness. Margot uses this ingredient in a variety of ways in a number of dishes too.

The plant aka vygie in flower

The dried fruit of the plant

The dried fruit of the plant

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The Sour Fig Caipirinha

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Ingredients, The Living Room,
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The American Express Fine Dining Awards 2014

Last night at The American Express Fine Dining Awards 2014 both The Tasting Room and Bread & Wine came home smiling.
‘In recent years, we have seen a re-definition of fine dining for modern times,’ said Victor Strugo.  Strugo is a ‘long-time restaurant critic for the Saturday Star and convenor of the American Express® judging panel since the inception of the awards 16 years ago’.
“Restaurateurs and diners are acknowledging that the cornerstones of excellence can – and indeed should – exist across a wide spectrum of styles, ethnicities and ambiences and not only in “classic” or “formal” establishments.’
The annual awards saw a number of records broken:
• the highest number of awards in a single year – 95 – up from 83 last year
• the highest number of new entrants receiving awards – 17 – in any single year since the inaugural awards of 1998
• 7 restaurants received their 10th Award and were added to the Roll of Honour
• the widest footprint to date: the awards now cover 7 of South Africa’s 9 provinces
Gerald van der Walt of The Tasting Room commented: “We’re thrilled with awards and it’s always good to catch up with all the chefs and industry people!”

Last night at The American Express Fine Dining Awards 2014; both The Tasting Room and Bread & Wine came home smiling.

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Eleanor & Gerald looking chuffed with their awards.

“The awards continue to reflect the country’s rising culinary spirit and serve as a catalyst in championing the enhancement of the fine dining industry and experience in South Africa. As the exclusive issuer of American Express in South Africa, we are honoured to be associated with this initiative as it not only celebrates South African restaurateurs but also promotes fine dining,” said Pamela White: Head: Corporate Card Services at Nedbank.

“The 2015 list of restaurants has stabilised considerably after the restaurant industry saw a lot of movement within the top echelon of restaurants in South Africa. This has persuaded us to revisit our judging criterion, which has been in place since inception.”

Gerald van der Walt, head chef of The Tasting Room commented: “We’re thrilled with awards and it’s always good to catch up with all the chefs and industry people!”

The Tasting Room's award

The Tasting Room's awards: they were also recognised for having 'reached the prestigious milestone of their TENTH American Express® Platinum Fine Dining Award'

Bread & Wine's award

Bread & Wine's award

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Awards, Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, The Tasting Room,
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Margot Janse’s FOUR Magazine #ChefTakeover on Instagram

We just got something exciting in the mail… This Friday, Margot Janse takes the reins of FOUR Magazine’s Instagram for her #ChefTakeover!

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“Satisfy your foodie needs on FOUR Magazine’s Instagram all day this Friday and go behind the scenes as Margot Janse posts photos from Chef Alyn Williams’s annual culinary event, CHEFstock and her time in London.”

While you’re at it – follow us on Instagram too for updates from the heart of LQF.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Margot Janse, Travel, magazine,
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The night that was: CHEFstock 2014

Last Tuesday night, Chef Margot Janse teamed up with Chef Alyn Williams for CHEFstock 2014 hosted at in his eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant at The Westbury ‘to create an extraordinary one-night-only dining experience’.
Margot Janse said prior to the event:  “We’re cooking with sour figs, baobab, marula nuts and fynbos. We’re introducing Africa to London! I haven’t cooked with Chef Alyn Williams before—and I’m very excited to do so.”
Here is Margot and Alyn’s menu from the night as well as a couple of snapshots from the gourmet affair.

Last Tuesday night, Chef Margot Janse teamed up with Chef Alyn Williams for CHEFstock 2014 hosted at in his eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant at The Westbury ‘to create an extraordinary one-night-only dining experience’.

Margot Janse said prior to the event:  “We’re cooking with sour figs, baobab, marula nuts and fynbos. We’re introducing Africa to London! I haven’t cooked with Chef Alyn Williams before—and I’m very excited to do so.”

Here is Margot and Alyn’s menu from the night as well as a couple of snapshots from the gourmet affair.

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margot and alyn

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: London, Margot Janse, Travel,
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Street Smart’s annual Christmas raffle

StreetSmart’s 4th annual Christmas Raffle is coming up on on 11 December 2014. Bread & Wine have shown their support by giving away a lunch for two, with a bottle of Miss Molly bubbly!

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“All funds raised through the StreetSmart restaurant partners are handed over to our beneficiaries. These funds have a direct impact on the lives of vulnerable children and children at risk. The running costs of the organisation are covered by donations and projects, such as raffles. Proceeds will be for the administration of StreetSmart.”

Visit their website for more info: www.streetsmartsa.org.za; and enter the raffle here.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant,
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Getting to know the LQF family: Margot Janse

Over the next couple of months we’ll be interviewing members of our team, to not only show them off, but to gain insight into all the special details that make up Le Quartier Français.
First up, is our Executive Chef, the one-and-only, Margot Janse.
What’s your nickname?
You’d have to ask the team… Not sure I want to know [winks].
What’s your favourite thing about working at LQF?
The fact that it is a constant evolution.
Your favourite piece of décor?
I love the hanging fish light in The Tasting Room
Describe yourself in three words?
Determined,  compassionate and a tad sarcastic
Tell us a Franschhoek secret?
One of my favourite things to do is to enjoy sunset on the pass with a glass of bubbly in-hand. To remind ourselves how fortunate we are.
What is a must-have dish from The Living Room?
My Mama’s Meatballs
What is a must-have cocktail?
The sour fig caipirinha

Over the next couple of months we’ll be interviewing members of our team, to not only show them off, but also to gain insight into all the special details that make up Le Quartier Français.

First up, is our Executive Chef, the one-and-only, Margot Janse.

margot 1

What’s your nickname?
You’d have to ask the team… Not sure I want to know [winks].

What’s your favourite thing about working at LQF?
The fact that it is a constant evolution.

Your favourite piece of décor?
I love the hanging fish light in The Tasting Room.

Describe yourself in three words?
Determined,  compassionate and a tad sarcastic

Tell us a Franschhoek secret?
One of my favourite things to do is to enjoy sunset on the pass with a glass of bubbly in-hand. To remind ourselves how fortunate we are.

What is a must-have dish from The Living Room?
My Mama’s Meatballs

What is a must-have cocktail?
The sour fig caipirinha

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français, Margot Janse,
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Bread & Wine has been nominated for the #KlinkAwards 2014

Bread & Wine has been nominated for the #KlinkAwards 2014 in the ‘Beyond Expectation Awards’ ‘for Great Food and Excellent Wine’!
To enter, simply hop on over to their site to vote or you can enter by submitting photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook Easy by simply using the #KlinkAwards hashtag!
All participants will be automatically be entered into weekly draws to win ‘unforgettable wine experiences – a meal at a wine farm restaurant, a night at a wine farm guesthouse, a special wine pairing tasting experience, or, of course, the fruits of the vine itself’.

Bread & Wine has been nominated for the #KlinkAwards 2014 in the ‘Beyond Expectation Awards’ ‘for Great Food and Excellent Wine’!

To enter, simply hop on over to their site to vote or you can enter by submitting photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook  by simply using the #KlinkAwards hashtag! Find Bread & Wine on Twitter at @BreadandwineFH

All participants will be automatically entered into weekly draws to win ‘unforgettable wine experiences – a meal at a wine farm restaurant, a night at a wine farm guesthouse, a special wine pairing tasting experience, or, of course, the fruits of the vine itself’.

klink awards

Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant specialises in artisan charcuterie as well as inventive country cuisine. Think, hand-crafted bacon, a smorgasbord of cured meats, hams and sausages all incorporating local ingredients, including unique products, like the delectable Waygu bresoala.

Neil’s philosophy is to use only the best ingredients, this coupled with his insatiable creativity makes for a lunchtime menu that celebrates wineland’s cuisine. Feast on dishes such as; bacon wrapped springbok, butternut granola & sour fig, West coast mussels, Café de Paris butter, Brussel sprout, white onion & pancetta pizza and so much more.

Here you can learn from the masters, on offer are bread-baking and charcuterie making courses. There are plenty of unique products to take home too.

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Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant,
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September special in The Living Room

Spring has sprung! And to celebrate, we’re running a special in The Living Room throughout the month of September.

Perfect for a catch up with a friend, a fun business date, or even some quiet couple time. Our spring special includes: a Grazing Board served with two G&Ts for R150.

spring special

The Grazing Board is a showcase of Neil Jewell’s chacuterie and sourdough as well as local cheese, along with our chef’s favourite bite of the day, which can be anything from bitterballen to terrine.

Now, we won’t pour you any ordinary G&T either. Served with clear, globe ice, we use premium Tanqueray Gin and Fitch & Leedes Tonic in specially crafted Tanqueray glasses.

Spring, it’s a G&T thing.

P.s We schooled you on how to make the perfect G&T too.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, The Living Room,
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