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Feast on Four of Franschhoek’s Fabulous

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17 July 2013
Feast on Four of Franschhoek’s Fabulous
Get ready Johannesburg, on 24 August 2013, the hidden secrets of Franschhoek will literally be laid out on a table for you to discover.
Feast on Four of Franschhoek’s Fabulous will take place in The Pudding Shop; the name was inspired by a 1960s restaurant in Turkey, ‘a meeting place for hippie travellers’—and now in much the same spirit this eclectic eatery in in Parktown North provides the platform for the meeting of great foodie minds.
The intimate gathering ( a limited amount of tickets will be available), will feature the ‘Charcuterie King’, Neil Jewell from Bread and Wine Vineyard Restaurant,  French cheese guru Lodine Maske from Fromages de France & La Cotte Inn Wine Sales, superlative wines presented by Dane Friedman from his family estate Môreson, and Michael Macaskill with his premium coffee, Terbodore Coffee Roasters.
Think feast; groaning platters of rustic food, decanters of wine and the spirit of discovery and sharing. Though this isn’t any ordinary gathering—be prepared to be transported into another world. Perceptions will be challenged. Without giving away too much of the mystery, the surreal journey through Franschhoek’s Fabulous begins with one of Neil’s creations: egg, bacon and chips served in a glass.
Neil, the recent recipient of Eat Out’s Paddock Award for Best Produce, is a master of his craft. Expect artisan charcuterie made from pasture-reared pork, as well as sophisticated country cuisine—that’s as honest as it is contemporary. Partnered with French cheese by local Franschhoek legend, Lodine (her family have lived in the town since 1945), and with Môreson wine to match, served in generous decanters for bounteous feasting.
Terbodore Coffee will be woven through the spread in a variety of ways, from coffee salt to coffee-smoked vermouth.
Don’t be late for this very important date—the lunch kicks off at noon sharp, and the feast starts exactly on the hour.  Prepare to plunge into a foodie wonderland, without formal structure or tutored tastings, the feast will flow, with all four of the main components complementing and elevating one another.
Mysterious, delicious—this is your invitation down the rabbit hole, and for a ticket price of …, you’ll wake up as if from a dream, wondering just like Alice if it really happened at all.
Tickets: R450 per person, please email Linda Coltart on linda@lqf.co.za
* Due to the nature of the products being used, guests are advised they must eat pork and French cheese, and also drink wine, as the chefs are unable to compensate for dietary requirements.

Get ready Johannesburg, on 24 August 2013, the hidden secrets of Franschhoek will literally be laid out on a table for you to discover.

Feast on Four of Franschhoek’s Fabulous will take place in The Pudding Shop; the name was inspired by a 1960s restaurant in Turkey, ‘a meeting place for hippie travellers’—and now in much the same spirit this eclectic eatery in in Parktown North provides the platform for the meeting of great foodie minds.

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The intimate gathering ( a limited amount of tickets will be available), will feature the ‘Charcuterie King’, Neil Jewell from Bread and Wine Vineyard Restaurant,  French cheese guru Lodine Maske from Fromages de France & La Cotte Inn Wine Sales, superlative wines presented by Dane Friedman from his family estate Môreson, and Michael Macaskill with his premium coffee, Terbodore Coffee Roasters.

Think feast; groaning platters of rustic food, decanters of wine and the spirit of discovery and sharing. Though this isn’t any ordinary gathering—be prepared to be transported into another world. Perceptions will be challenged. Without giving away too much of the mystery, the surreal journey through Franschhoek’s Fabulous begins with one of Neil’s creations: egg, bacon and chips served in a glass.

Neil, the recent recipient of Eat Out’s Paddock Award for Best Produce, is a master of his craft. Expect artisan charcuterie made from pasture-reared pork, as well as sophisticated country cuisine—that’s as honest as it is contemporary. Partnered with French cheese by local Franschhoek legend, Lodine (her family have lived in the town since 1945), and with Môreson wine to match, served in generous decanters for bounteous feasting.

Terbodore Coffee will be woven through the spread in a variety of ways, from coffee salt to coffee-smoked vermouth.

Don’t be late for this very important date—the lunch kicks off at noon sharp, and the feast starts exactly on the hour.  Prepare to plunge into a foodie wonderland, without formal structure or tutored tastings, the feast will flow, with all four of the main components complementing and elevating one another.

Mysterious, delicious—this is your invitation down the rabbit hole, and for a ticket price of …, you’ll wake up as if from a dream, wondering just like Alice if it really happened at all.

Tickets: R450 per person, please email Linda Coltart on linda@lqf.co.za

* Due to the nature of the products being used, guests are advised they must eat pork and French cheese, and also drink wine, as the chefs are unable to compensate for dietary requirements.

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Seven Consecutive Years in The World’s Top 50 Restauraunts!

Le Quartier Français has been included, for the 7th consecutive year (and 8th year overall), in the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

This year saw The Tasting Room, the only South African restaurant included in the 2011 Top 50 Restaurants, place 36th overall and number one in Africa and the Middle East.

Seven consecutive years in the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant rankings is an unbelievable accomplishment.  One that highlights the fact that Margot Janse, her team and our front of house staff are constantly working on The Tasting Room experience to ensure that it is a culinary space that never stagnates.

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Kitchen Swapping

It seems that in the USA big name chefs are trading their kitchens for a night or two. This, apparently, keeps things interesting for both diners and chefs.

It’s a gimmick that has proved so popular that some chefs now have permanent one-night gigs that see them taking over humble diners every week.

I think this is a great idea and an awesome adventure for the both chef and diners. Is this something that can work in South Africa? I suppose the question shouldn’t be will it work but rather is there anyone interested in a little bit of Kitchen Swapping?

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Cuisine, Trends,
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The Most Important Meal of the Day

One of the 2011 dining trends is tipped to be the all-day breakfast.

They’re called a.m. menus and they’re light on the pocket but heavy on the filling. If you’re a die-hard breakfast fan you’re going to love them!

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New Year in Franschhoek!

Can you here those MCC corks popping? Well we can!

Ring in this New Year in delicious style. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a nine course African Inspired Surprise Tasting Menu.  For just R1000 per person, without wine pairings, and R1400 per person, with wine pairings it’s the only thing to do this New Years in Franschhoek.

I can almost taste the scrumptious-ness …

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Christmas Lunch at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant

Looking for somewhere to celebrate Christmas day? Why not join Tina and Neil Jewell for a set menu Christmas lunch? The set menu Christmas lunch costs R385.00 per person (excluding service charge) and it includes:

  • Neil’s Summer pickle, crayfish wafers, Tina’s bread and Christmas butter
  • Beech smoked salmon, scallop brandade & sunflower shoots
  • Pâté in a jar, air dried goose breast, smoked crispy skin
  • Caramelized dry aged sirloin, artichoke & truffle pomme purée
  • Poached peaches, spiced pigs’ ears, Rooibos gel peach & almond granita
  • Coffee & filled spiced doughnuts

Sounds absolutely sensational!

For more information, or to book, call Tina on (021) 876 3692.

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Cuisine, Neil Jewell,
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Thinking of celebrating Christmas in Franschhoek?

The shops are all playing Christmas carols, everywhere you turn there is some new sparkly Christmas ornament you simply have-to-have and there is no avoiding the turkeys that have suddenly sprung up in the frozen poultry section. What this all means is that Christmas, if you can believe it, is just around the corner!

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This Christmas Eve say no to dry turkey and average mince pies and join us, in The Tasting Room, for Margot Janse’s acclaimed nine course African Inspired Surprise Tasting Menu.  It costs R1000 per person, without wine pairings, or R1400 per person, with wine pairings.

To book, because bookings are essential, call us on (021) 876 2151.

Posted by: Le Quaf
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The Best Winelands Lunch Spot

If you are looking for a delicious lunchtime spot, in the Franschhoek Winelands, look no further than Môreson.

Môreson is home to the acclaimed Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, The Farm Grocer, a range of award-winning wines and – most recently – the Exotic Plant Company’s orchid and exotic plant nursery.

Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant is the lunchtime restaurant you simply have to visit on your next trip to Franschhoek.

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Cuisine, Neil Jewell,
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Do you have what it takes to join Margot Janse’s Team?

Le Quartier Français and the award-winning Margot Janse are looking to add to their acclaimed culinary team.

Do you think you have what it takes to be a Chef de Partie or a Junior Pastry Chef in The Tasting Room kitchen? Do you know someone who does?

Are you a good team player? Do you have a minimum of three years experience in a similar establishment? Are you prepared to check your ego at the door? Yes? Well then you could be exactly what we’re looking for!

Send your CV, three references and a cover letter explaining why you’d like to join the Le Quartier Français and Margot Janse team to careers@lqf.co.za.

Posted by: Le Quaf
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Back from Bangkok

Margot has just finished showcasing her award-winning cuisine in Bangkok.

For four evenings Margot was the guest chef at the Sukhothai Hotel where she prepared her acclaimed African Inspired Tasting Menu. From all the reports, emails and declarations of love that we’ve received the experience was a massive success. It seems that where ever in the world Margot goes she has a fan club. If you’ve experienced her cooking you’ll definitely understand why!

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Margot’s unique approach to food and dining ensures that her kitchen is consistently overflowing with innovative and creative energy. In this space Margot prides herself on developing exceptional and engaging culinary delights.

Each dish, created by Margot, is both truly refined and – at the same time – unexpectedly exciting and it is this contradiction that results in her menu’s outstanding balance and ensures that her cuisine is theatre.

We’re big fans of Margot and the magic she weaves!

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