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The Elite 100 Restaurants 2014

We are extremely proud and honoured to be in the Elite 100 Restaurants 2014. The annual awards are sponsored by Laurent-Perrier and are announced in high-end glossy, Elite Traveler.

It’s wonderful that our South African restaurants are receiving such great recognition on the world stage, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Rust en Vrede and The Test Kitchen who are also on the list! We are in great company!

See the announcement below, or if you would like you can read the latest edition of Elite Traveler online.

Elite 100 Restaurants 2014

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We’re on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Gold List!

We’re unbelievably thrilled at the news that we”ve been recognised as one of the Top Hotels, Resorts, and Cruise Lines in the world on The 2014 Gold List by  Condé Nast Traveler! We are so very proud of our team, well done! See the results.

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What is the list? Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Gold List identifies the best of the best ­ the gold standard of hotels, resorts, and cruise lines. Nearly 80,000 of the world’s most discerning travelers (a record-setting number) produced a final selection of the very best places in the world, by participating in the annual Readers’ Choice survey. Consistency is rewarded: those who make the Gold List five years in a row earn Platinum Circle status.

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The Tasting Room garners a spot in Eat Out’s Top Ten

Le Quartier Francais is thrilled at the announcement that their world-renowned dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, came 9th overall in the annual South African Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards 2013. The Tasting Room is currently
ranked 51 on San Pellegrino’s World Best Restaurants.
Held at The Lookout in the V&A Waterfront on Sunday the 10th of November, roughly 500 people attended the gala evening to enjoy delicious food, brush shoulders with the who’s who in the foodie world, and hear the results of these prestigious awards. Margot Janse, Head Chef, and Eleanor Kerwin, F&B Manager attended.
In Margot’s acceptance speech, for which Eat Out called her “gracious“, she said “I am so proud. It’s a great honour to see so many of the chefs who have worked with me gaining their own awards.”
Anonymous judges have been dining in restaurants across the country in order to nominate 20 finalists, from which the Top 10 were chosen. This year, both Bread & Wine – Le Quartier Français’s lunch time restaurant situated on the family Wine Estate, Môreson – and world-renowned dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, were nominated. The Tasting Room has previously made it onto the Top 10 eleven times in the sixteen years that this award has existed, and Bread & Wine have been in the Top 10 twice. This is the third year that both restaurants have been nominated concurrently. The Tasting Room was also nominated for the Boschendal Style Award 2013.
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”.

We’re thrilled at the announcement that our world-renowned dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, came 9th overall in the annual South African Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards 2013.

The-Tasting-Room Eat Out 2013

Held at The Lookout in the V&A Waterfront on Sunday the 10th of November, roughly 500 people attended the gala evening to enjoy delicious food, brush shoulders with the who’s who in the foodie world, and hear the results of these prestigious awards. Margot Janse, Head Chef, and Eleanor Kerwin, F&B Manager attended.

In Margot’s acceptance speech, for which Eat Out called her “gracious“, she said “I am so proud. It’s a great honour to see so many of the chefs who have worked with me gaining their own awards.”

Anonymous judges have been dining in restaurants across the country in order to nominate 20 finalists, from which the Top 10 were chosen. This year, both Bread & Wine – Le Quartier Français’s lunch time restaurant situated on the family Wine Estate, Môreson – and world-renowned dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, were nominated. The Tasting Room has previously made it onto the Top 10 eleven times in the sixteen years that this award has existed, and Bread & Wine have been in the Top 10 twice. This is the third year that both restaurants have been nominated concurrently. The Tasting Room was also nominated for the Boschendal Style Award 2013.

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”.

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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
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www.eatout.co.za

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

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Klink Awards 2013

Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant has been nominated in two categories for the #KlinkAwards 2013!  The annual awards were launched by Wine Tourism South Africa, with the objective of inspiring South Africans to explore and enjoy the experiences offered by the country’s winelands.

Klink Vote Now

The first category is Delicious DeliAward for Best Deli on a Wine Farm. The Farm Grocer offers a wealth of artisan charcuterie products, such as saussison sec, hams, Mettwurst and hand-cured bacon. The focus is on utterly delectable and unique products, such as wagyu beef biltong, popcorn dust, peri-peri and dill pickle, macadamia nut dukkah, Berbere Ethiopian spice paste and more. Vote for us here.

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The second category is Comfort Zone: Award for casual dining on a Wine Farm, Chef Neil Jewell’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 cocoa-dusted springbok loin, roasted Camembert and celeriac risotto, duck and foie gras pot pie, and much, much more. Vote for us here.

Thank you in advance for your support!

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Travel & Leisure’s Top Lodges and Resorts in Africa and the Middle East 2013

We’ve been voted by Travel & Leisure as one of the Top Lodges and Resorts in Africa and the Middle East for 2013! Coming in at number 14, it’s a huge honour and we’re very thankful to everyone who gave us the nod! See the results here.

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Here’s what they had to say about us:

Surrounded by blooming rose and jasmine gardens—as well as stunning Cape Winelands scenery—this Relais & Châteaux property practically begs for thrown-open windows and romantic strolls. Twenty-one luxurious rooms are set in Victorian-style structures surrounding a central courtyard and an oval swimming pool with teak loungers. Top South African chef Margot Janse oversees both on-site restaurants: the dressy Tasting Room with its daily tasting menus and the more casual Common Room tapas restaurant. Kids are well looked after here; before arrival, their rooms are stocked with age-appropriate books, DVDs, and fun bath amenities like kid-size bathrobes and bath capsules that expand into African animal sponges.
Room to Book: Rooms 17 and 19 (Pool Suites) are the best bet for families thanks to the private pools and gardens, two baths each, and loft-style bedrooms with twin beds and stuffed animals upstairs.
Insider Tip: Eating alfresco is a must in this scenic setting, so stop for picnic fixings—like freshly baked bread and fabulous homemade charcuterie—at Bread & Wine, LQF’s sister restaurant set idyllically among vineyards and lemon orchards on Môreson wine farm.

“Surrounded by blooming rose and jasmine gardens—as well as stunning Cape Winelands scenery—this Relais & Châteaux property practically begs for thrown-open windows and romantic strolls. Twenty-one luxurious rooms are set in Victorian-style structures surrounding a central courtyard and an oval swimming pool with teak loungers. Top South African chef Margot Janse oversees both on-site restaurants: the dressy Tasting Room with its daily tasting menus and the more casual Common Room tapas restaurant. Kids are well looked after here; before arrival, their rooms are stocked with age-appropriate books, DVDs, and fun bath amenities like kid-size bathrobes and bath capsules that expand into African animal sponges.

Room to Book: Rooms 17 and 19 (Pool Suites) are the best bet for families thanks to the private pools and gardens, two baths each, and loft-style bedrooms with twin beds and stuffed animals upstairs.

Insider Tip: Eating alfresco is a must in this scenic setting, so stop for picnic fixings—like freshly baked bread and fabulous homemade charcuterie—at Bread & Wine, LQF’s sister restaurant set idyllically among vineyards and lemon orchards on Môreson wine farm.”

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Elite Traveler Top 100 Restaurants

Elite Traveler Top 100 Restaurants
We have some exciting news! In the May/June 2013 issue of Elite Traveler we’ve been listed as one of the top 100 restaurants in the world! The high-end glossy in conjunction with Laurent-Perrier champagne ‘present the very best 100 eateries on the planet, from Michelin heavyweights in France and Spain to rising stars in Mexico, South Africa, Australia and beyond.’
The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais has been given the number 87 spot ahead of heavyweights such as, Waterside Inn, The Inn at Little Washington and the River Café!
We’re beyond honoured and very proud of Margot Janse and her team of talented chefs.
View the digital version of Elite Traveler here.

We have some exciting news! In the May/June 2013 issue of Elite Traveler – the private jet lifestyle magazine – we’ve been listed as one of the top 100 restaurants in the world! The high-end glossy in conjunction with Laurent-Perrier champagne correlated the list of ‘the very best 100 eateries on the planet, from Michelin restaurants in France and Spain to rising stars in Mexico, South Africa, Australia and beyond.’

Top 100 Restaurants in the World (Coverpage)

The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais has been given the number 87 spot ahead of heavyweights such as, Waterside Inn, The Inn at Little Washington and the River Café!

We are honoured, and very proud of Margot Janse and her team of talented chefs!

View the digital version of Elite Traveler here.

And see our page below:
Top 100 Restaurants in the World  - Page 11

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Condé Nast Traveller’s Gold List 2013

Just in case you missed it – we’re the only hotel in Franschhoek to make it onto Condé Nast Traveller’s Gold List 2013, for best hotels in the Middle East and Southern Africa! We’re absolutely thrilled and honoured.

Here’s the write up:

lqf gold list

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We’re number 53!

The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français ranks 53 in San Pellegrino World’s Top 100 Restaurants
At a prestigious awards ceremony in London last night The Tasting Room moved up the gourmet ladder from 57 to 53 on San Pellegrino World’s Top 100 Restaurants. Only one of two African restaurants on the list (Cape Town’s The Test Kitchen came in at position 61) makes this a remarkable achievement.
No stranger to international recognition this will be Chef Margot Janse’s ninth year on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The incomparable chef has also been crowned Chef of the Year at the 2012 Eat Out Awards, and has made it into the Eat Out Top 10 an unprecedented 11 times. She’s also been a Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef since 2008.
At The Tasting Room – in a break from the habitual – there is no menu. Expect the unexpected with the surprise tasting menu, each course is unveiled with the spirit of true African story-telling—through texture, aroma and nostalgia; and the continent’s timeless ingredients are made new on the plate for utter food theatre. Margot is continuously inspired by the people and produce around her, and this vision shines through as a vibrant tribute.
We’re enormously proud of Margot and the Tasting Room’s dedicated team.

The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français ranks 53 in San Pellegrino World’s Top 100 Restaurants!

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At a prestigious awards ceremony in London last night The Tasting Room moved up the gourmet ladder from 57 to 53 on San Pellegrino World’s Top 100 Restaurants. Only one of two African restaurants on the list (Cape Town’s The Test Kitchen came in at position 61) makes this a remarkable achievement.

No stranger to international recognition this will be Chef Margot Janse’s 10th year on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The incomparable chef has also been crowned Chef of the Year at the 2012 Eat Out Awards, and has made it into the Eat Out Top 10 an unprecedented 11 times. She’s also been a Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef since 2008.

At The Tasting Room – in a break from the habitual – there is no menu. Expect the unexpected with the surprise tasting menu, each course is unveiled with the spirit of true African story-telling—through texture, aroma and nostalgia; and the continent’s timeless ingredients are made new on the plate for utter food theatre. Margot is continuously inspired by the people and produce around her, and this vision shines through as a vibrant tribute.

We’re enormously proud of Margot and the Tasting Room’s dedicated team.

Fine Dining Lover, the official coverage for the awards, did this interview with Margot in the run-up.

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Neil Jewell scoops best producer in ‘The Paddocks’!

Neil Jewell from Bread & Wine scoops best producer in The Paddocks
category of The Eat Out Produce Awards 2013
The Charcuterie King, Neil Jewell is crowned the best producer in The
Paddocks category of The Eat Out DStv Food Network Produce Awards.
The winners were announced during a night market at The Biscuit Mill in
Woodstock, Cape Town on 15 March 2013. Stands at the night market were be
run by this year’s finalists and winners, showcasing the best of South Africa’s
fresh produce.
The official awards statement: “The Eat Out DStv Food Network Produce
Awards celebrate outstanding, independent South African producers for their
integrity, passion and innovation. Winners are those who deliver a consistently
high quality product that is SA grown or developed using primary produce from
SA. Due care and consideration for both the environment and workforce are
essential criteria. In addition to small producers, we also recognize stores and
markets for their vital role in the process.”
Neil’s passion and commitment to using only the best ingredients coupled with
insatiable creativity makes him a very worthy candidate of this award.
Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant on Môreson Farm specialises in fare that
encompasses the best produce Franschhoek has to offer and showcases it in a
beautiful country chic restaurant; paired with the estate’s award-winning wines.
BREAD & WINE VINEYARD RESTAURANT
email: breadandwine@moreson.co.za
phone: +27 21 876 3692

The Charcuterie King, Neil Jewell is crowned the best producer in The Paddocks category of The Eat Out DStv Food Network Produce Awards 2013. The winners were announced during a night market at The Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Cape Town on 15 March 2013. Stands at the night market were be run by this year’s finalists and winners, showcasing the best of South Africa’s fresh produce.

Neil Jewell

The official awards statement: “The Eat Out DStv Food Network Produce Awards celebrate outstanding, independent South African producers for their integrity, passion and innovation. Winners are those who deliver a consistently high quality product that is SA grown or developed using primary produce from SA. Due care and consideration for both the environment and workforce are essential criteria. In addition to small producers, we also recognize stores and markets for their vital role in the process.”

Neil’s passion and commitment to using only the best ingredients coupled with insatiable creativity makes him a very worthy candidate of this award.

Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant on Môreson Farm specialises in fare that encompasses the best produce Franschhoek has to offer and showcases it in a beautiful country chic restaurant; paired with the estate’s award-winning wines.

BREAD & WINE VINEYARD RESTAURANT
email: breadandwine@moreson.co.za
phone: +27 21 876 3692

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