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Successful Peninsula School Feeding Association Dinner

The Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) dinner, hosted at Reuben’s Restaurant in Franschhoek, was a huge success with a total of 240 children finding sponsorship.

100 guests, who each paid R370, attended the dinner with a twist: a menu designed around the ingredients used in the dishes the children eat everyday. Ingredients used included: dehydrated vegetables, pilchards in tomato sauce, baked beans, samp, soya, lentils, cabbage, rice, jam and fruit.

The chefs’ – Margot Janse, Reuben Riffel, Neil Jewell and Darren Roberts – did an excellent job. With each managing to turn these seemingly normal ingredients into delectable fine dining cuisine.

Who knew dehydrated vegetables and pilchards in tomato sauce could look and taste so delicious?

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Community, Cuisine, Franschhoek Restaurant, Neil Jewell,
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Twist – The Cuisine

At Twist each dish offers four variations of the main ingredient. This means that the portions are huge and I personally found it impossible to eat everything on my plate.

Highlights for me include: the Foie gras, the langoustine and the lamb prepared four different ways. The most unusual and exciting dish I tried has to be potato ice cream with caviar.


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Posted in: Cuisine, Experience, Travel,
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Margot cooking in Brazil

Margot Janse will be cooking, in Brazil, at the Festival Cultura e Gastronomia Tiradentes.

This nine-day feast, now in its 13th year, sees visitors and chefs from around the world descend on Tiradentes.

This year female chefs take the spotlight with appearances being made by prominent Brazilian culinary heroines Helena Rizzo and Bel Coelho; as well as Michelin-starred European chefs Angela Hartnett , Adeline Grattard and Pepa Romans; and, of course, our very own Margot Janse.

For more information about the Festival Cultura e Gastronomia Tiradentes click here.

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Cuisine, Experience, Festival, Margot Janse, Travel,
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The Greenhouse Restaurant Relaunches at The Cellars-Hohenort

The Cellars-Hohenort has just relaunched their flagship fine dining restaurant, The Greenhouse.

It is limited to 45 seats, open just five nights a week and it sees Peter Tempelhoff returning full-time to the kitchen.

Congratulations to Mrs. M and her team on this great addition to the South African culinary scene. We, like so many others, can’t wait to dine at The Greenhouse!

For more information, about The Greenhouse Restaurant, visit The Collection’s blog. To reserve your table call +2721 794 2137.

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Cuisine, Experience,
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Tasting Room launches new Surprise Menu

Last month Margot Janse, and her team, launched the new Tasting Room Surprise Menu. It has proved to be incredibly popular and – without ruining any of the surprises – we can share that it is packed full of African inspiration and delight!

If you’re looking for a dining experience that will captivate your imagination, and tastebuds, book a table in The Tasting Room and try the new Surprise Menu.

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Owner’s Dinner and Local Wines – The Franschhoek Affair at Le Quartier Français

Take part in an interactive dinner with the Le Quartier Français chefs.

Enjoy a 5 course tasting menu paired with excellent local wines in the comfort and privacy of the Owner’s House.

The cost, per person, for the Owner’s Dinner and Local Wines is R800.00. Space is limited to just 10 people (Friday’s dinner is already fully booked) so please reserve your place, as soon as possible, to avoid any disappointment!

Date: Saturday, 26 June 2010
Time: 19:00
Location: The Owner’s House
Cost: R800.00 per person

To book call Michelle on 021 876 8447.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Cuisine, Experience, Festival, Franschhoek Affair,
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What are you doing tomorrow?

The mountains, surrounding the Franschhoek Valley, are covered with snow and there is a distinct nip in the air today. This is perfect weather when you consider that tomorrow is a public holiday.

If you’d like to do something delectable tomorrow why not join us, at iCi, for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Actually there is nothing to stop you from enjoying all three of those meals at iCi tomorrow!

We will have our crackling fires going so you know it’s going to be snug. We will also be offering our delicious Winter Warmer Menu.

iCi Winter Warmer Menu 2010

See you – in iCi – tomorrow!

P.S. If you’re in the neighbourhood why don’t you pop into IS Art (the new Le Quartier Français gallery)? Our new exhibition is proving to be very popular!

P.P.S. On the way home you could also visit Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant and the Farm Grocer to sample, or buy-to-take-home,  Neil’s range of 2010 World Cup inspired sausages.

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Winter Warmer Menu in iCi

From 3rd May 2010 for both lunch and dinner (Monday – Friday)

  • 2 Course Menu – R120 pp
  • 3 Course Menu – R150 pp

Winter, in Franschhoek, has never looked like so much fun!

To book call: 021 876 2151 Ext 440 or email: restaurant@lqf.co.za

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Cuisine, Food, Franschhoek Restaurant, Winter Specials, iCi,
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Exclusive Books & Le Quartier Français Literary Festival Giveaway: 14th – 16th May 2010!

Spend R200 (or more) in one of our restaurants – over the 2010 Literary Festival – and receive a 10% discount and a bottle of Miss Molly wine (to take home) or a R100 Exclusive Book voucher.

You will also be automatically entered into the main draw where you could win one of three great prizes!

1st prize: R2 000 worth of Exclusive Book vouchers and a night (for two) at Le Quartier Français.

2nd prize: R500 worth of Exclusive Book vouchers and lunch for two at Le Quartier Français.

3rd prize: R250 worth of Exclusive Books vouchers and breakfast for two at Le Quartier Français.

If you’re planning of spending the Literary Festival weekend in Franschhoek why not book the Le Quartier Français Literary Festival Package? We have limited space available so, if you’re interested, please don’t wait too long to book!

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

For more information visit the Le Quartier Français website.

*Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.


Dining at Noma

Eating at Noma, only fours days after it was awarded the title of 2010 S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant was an incredible experience.

It is impossible to describe the dinner in a few words, but what I loved the most is that it was so true to itself. We tasted Nordic cuisine, herbs, pickled vegetables, berries and more. I chose to pair my meal with wines while Susan had hers with a juice pairing – incredible, especially the apple and pine shoots!

What stood out for me?

The raw chestnuts sliced at different thicknesses for texture, served with a fishroe sauce, rye crumbs and cress. The whole crayfish tail, just cooked, served on a rock from the beach with a cream of oyster, and powder of seaweed which had to be eaten without cutlery – fabulous! Then there was the dehydrated scallop with grains, watercress and seaweed/squid ink oil.

In fact every course, of our six hour long dinner, was amazing. From the six pre-dinner amuse – served with champagne – to the incredible 12 courses that followed.

My inspiration has been completely re-charged. I only wish Copenhagen was a little closer to Franschhoek…

Posted by: Margot Janse
Posted in: Cuisine, Experience, Food, Travel,

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