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Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2014

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

*** Pops Môreson Solitare! **** We’re thrilled to announce that Le Quartier Francais will be listed in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2014, as one of the top Lodges & Resorts in Africa and the Middle East!

Thank you to all the readers who voted for us – and to our incredible team for all their hard work.

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The awards will be published in the August 2014 issue (on stands July, 18), on travelandleisure.com, and in their digital editions.

How are the results determined? Every year, Travel + Leisure readers vote on their favorite hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, rental-car agencies, and more in their annual World’s Best Awards survey. Though your property is not ranked No. 1 in this category, this honor is a testament to how well you serve T+L readers as they explore the world.

How are the results determined? Every year, Travel + Leisure readers vote on their favourite hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, rental-car agencies, and more in their annual World’s Best Awards survey.

The Maverick Awards 2014: SA Youth Entrepreneurship Excellence Awards

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
We’re thrilled to announce that Nikki Friedman of Môreson has been nominated for two categories in the first ever Maverick Awards!
Celebrating ‘youth entrepreneurial excellence’ we’re not in the least surprised that Nikki has been recognised. Indefatigably creative, she’s always thinking a hop-skip-and-a-jump ahead; and is the true definition of a maverick.
Smart as a whipping cream; keen as mustard; and well, cute as custard, all we can say is go, Nikki GO!
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The winners will be announced on The Maverick Awards, hosted by Under 35 Mavericks will be launched to coincide with the country’s annual Youth Month.

We’re thrilled to announce that Nikki Friedman of Môreson has been nominated for two categories in the first ever Maverick Awards!

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Celebrating ‘youth entrepreneurial excellence’ we’re not in the least surprised that Nikki has been recognised. Indefatigably creative, she’s always thinking a hop-skip-and-a-jump ahead; and is the true definition of a maverick.

Smart as a whipping cream; keen as mustard; and well, cute as custard, all we can say is go, Nikki GO!

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Maverick Awards for People, Planet and Profit
Maverick Without Borders

The winners will be announced on 26 June at a gala dinner awards ceremony at The Scarlet Ribbon.

The Tasting Room ranks on S.Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurants!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The World’s 50/100 Best Restaurants were announced last night in London’s Guildhall in a dazzling ceremony fit for the culinary elite.

The Tasting Room was honoured with position 72.

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“We’re delighted to be featured once again on this prestigious list,” said Susan Huxter, owner of Le Quartier Français. “It’s wonderful recognition and it reflects the dedication of Chef Margot and her entire team.”

Executive Chef Margot Janse has consistently shown she can compete with the very best in the gourmet gauntlet. Chef Margot has maintained a spot on this celebrated list since 2002; in 2010 she was notably the only female chef to achieve a place in the World Top 50.

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The Tasting Room has been a recurrent competitor on the world-renowned list. In 2011, The Tasting Room took the 36th spot as well as the title of Best Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East. In 2012, the trend continued with 56th position and in 2013, 53rd .

By now the knowledge that The Tasting Room is one of the world’s best restaurants comes as no surprise, yet the innovative cuisine doesn’t play by the same rules.

Surprise and nostalgia take centre stage at the fine dining restaurant in Franschhoek. Diners embark on a journey of taste, guided by culinary story-tellers in the most beautiful and whimsical of settings.

Surprise: an emotion that occurs when something breaks our habitual pattern.

The Elite 100 Restaurants 2014

Tuesday, April 1st, 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

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

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

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.

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

Monday, November 11th, 2013
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”.

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

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
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

Klink Awards 2013

Monday, September 2nd, 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.

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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!

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

Thursday, July 4th, 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.”

Elite Traveler Top 100 Restaurants

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
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:
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