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Neil Jewell on StreetSmart

Not familiar with StreetSmart? The organisation raises funds for street children through participating restaurants.

“StreetSmart has been in operation in Cape Town since June 2005 under the founding patronage of Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The funds raised go to selected and approved organisations that run programmes for the normalisation of street and vulnerable children’s lives. The restaurants in each town raise funds for their own community street children programmes.”

neil jewell

Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine an avid supporter of the cause recently said: “R5 does not buy much, but it can make a big difference! We were one of the very first restaurants to start supporting this charity and why not? If we can help make a difference or better the lives of these kids, then we certainly will try. I believe more restaurants should get involved. It’s a voluntary R5 on each bill (that’s nothing) and the more people that get involved, the more lives we can better.”

Sign your restaurant up here.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Franschhoek, Neil Jewell,
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Nominees: Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards for 2014

We are thrilled, proud and honoured that two restaurants of the Le Quartier Français family have been nominated for the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards for 2014!

Both The Tasting Room and Bread & Wine have both been shortlisted for the Top Ten restaurants in South Africa! The award ceremony takes places on 16 November 2014, in Thunder City, Cape Town. Grab tickets here.

A scene from last year's awards

A scene from last year's awards

That’s not all, Chef Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine is also cooking on the night, alongside  David Higgs of Five Hundred, George Jardine of Jordan Restaurant, PJ Vadas formerly of Camphors at Vergelegen, Bertus Basson of Overture, and Vanessa Marx of Dear Me.

We can’t wait for the night. Go team!



  

Sweet treats in The Living Room

“I feel the end approaching. Quick, bring me my dessert, coffee and liqueur.” – Make that last one bubbly for us!
Did you know our small plate sharing menu in The Living Room has a host of delicious sweet treats too? That you can enjoy anywhere, from on the outside terrace to the bar, or overlooking the garden.
Stick your spoon into:
Sticky bun ice cream
Granadilla brûlée, coconut sorbet
Chocolate & pear tartlet, hazelnut  custard
Strawberry cheesecake verrine

“I feel the end approaching. Quick, bring me my dessert, coffee and liqueur.” – Make that last one bubbly for us!

Did you know our small plate sharing menu in The Living Room has a host of delicious sweet treats too? You can enjoy your dessert anywhere, from the outside terrace to the bar, or even overlooking the garden.

dessert

Stick your spoon into:
Sticky bun ice cream
Granadilla brûlée, coconut sorbet
Chocolate & pear tartlet, hazelnut  custard
Strawberry cheesecake verrine

So, next time you’re in Franschhoek, let us show you how sweet we can be.
Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, The Living Room,
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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

cocktail

The Sour Fig Caipirinha

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Ingredients, The Living Room,
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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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Hop aboard the wine tram!

Recently the Bread & Wine team, along with some members from Le Quartier Français went on an educational (read: lots of fun) trip on Franschhoek’s Wine Tram.

tram 2

The group went from the ticketing office to Holden Manz where they enjoyed a wine tasting and cellar tour, then drove up to Dieu Donne to take in the spectacular views. Then, they all jumped aboard after the Wine Tram and went off to Rickety Bridge, more tastings of course followed.

tram 4

The tram’s design is modelled after the open-sided Brill Trams of circa 1890 and seats 32 passengers on eight comfortable benches. ‘Six of the eight benches have flip-over, tram-style seat-backs that allow passengers to enjoy the view in both directions’.

tram 3

There are two tours to take, the Red Line and the Blue Line, plus a host of other activities for specialised routes. Hop on over here to find and more—before you hop aboard.

tram 5

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A bread-making experience at Bread & Wine on Môreson

Keen to have the scent of baking bread fill your home? Learn from the best baker in town, Tina Jewell  with a bread-making experience at Bread & Wine on Môreson wine farm. (Here are Tina’s top ten secrets of bread baking).
How does it work?
The course will start at 09h30 sharp and on arrival you will receive your very own apron, recipe book and ingredients.
Hands-on, with a bit of guidance you will make 4 different types of dough – focaccia, soda bread, sour dough and olive oil brown
We will quench your thirst with water
Lots of laughter to be had
You get to fill, twist and shape different breads
While your breads are baking we send you off to taste the wines
By now you have worked up an appetite
Lunch will be served with some of your very own baked breads
More wine to be had
To book your spot contact Tina on 021 876 4004 or breadandwine@moreson.co.za
Maximum group size 10 people, cost per person R700.00 (excludes drinks)
Dates:
August, 23
September, 13
September, 27
November, 15
December, 6
Plus there’s another option….
MINI – BREAD-MAKING IN THE WINELANDS
This course starts at 10h00 sharp
On arrival you will receive your very own apron and ingredients
Hands-on, with a bit of guidance you will make 2 different types of dough– focaccia & sour dough We will quench your thirst with water
Lots of laughter to be had
You get to fill, twist and shape different breads
While your breads are baking we send you off to taste the wines
By now you have worked up an appetite
Light lunch will be served with some of your very own baked breads
To book your spot contact Tina on 021 876 4004 or breadandwine@moreson.co.za Maximum group size 10 people, cost per person R425.00 (Excludes drinks)
Dates:
August, 20
September, 2
September, 30
October, 2
October, 18
November, 6
December, 22

Keen to have the scent of baking bread fill your home? Learn from the best baker in town, Tina Jewell  with a bread-making experience at Bread & Wine on Môreson wine farm. (Here are Tina’s top ten secrets of bread baking).

Bread_Making_Collage

How does it work?

The course will start at 09h30 sharp and on arrival you will receive your very own apron, recipe book and ingredients.
Hands-on, with a bit of guidance you will make 4 different types of dough – focaccia, soda bread, sour dough and olive oil brown
We will quench your thirst with water
Lots of laughter to be had
You get to fill, twist and shape different breads
While your breads are baking we send you off to taste the wines
By now you have worked up an appetite
Lunch will be served with some of your very own baked breads
More wine to be had

To book your spot contact Tina on 021 876 4004 or breadandwine@moreson.co.za Maximum group size 10 people, cost per person R700.00 (excludes drinks)

Dates:
August, 23
September, 13
September, 27
November, 15
December, 6

Plus there’s another option….

MINI – BREAD-MAKING IN THE WINELANDS

This course starts at 10h00 sharp
On arrival you will receive your very own apron and ingredients
Hands-on, with a bit of guidance you will make 2 different types of dough– focaccia & sour dough
We will quench your thirst with water
Lots of laughter to be had
You get to fill, twist and shape different breads
While your breads are baking we send you off to taste the wines
By now you have worked up an appetite
Light lunch will be served with some of your very own baked breads

To book your spot contact Tina on 021 876 4004 or breadandwine@moreson.co.za Maximum group size 10 people, cost per person R425.00 (Excludes drinks)

Dates:
August, 20
September, 2
September, 30
October, 2
October, 18
November, 6
December, 22

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Franschhoek,
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Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

We’ve been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor! Thank you to all our guests who reviewed us, the whole team at Le Quartier Français appreciates your feedback – and we hope to see you all again soon!

Want to drop us a review? Find us here on Tripadvisor.

trip

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Awards, Franschhoek, Hotel, Le Quartier Français,
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How refreshing!

Today we officially re-open! During our annual winter closure we weren’t resting on our LQF laurels however… The dynamic team from Wonderland Works (the folks behind the whimsical and glam interior of The Bacon Pop-up Bar) joined in with our building company for some refreshing renovations . See a sneak peek below; and please pop in for a visit to see the changes.

new floor bar

Our bar has been extended to include a side lounge - plus we have a beautiful new floor!

Our new bar counter casts a pink glow...

Our new bar counter casts a pink glow...

The Garden Room is bright and beautiful

The Garden Room is bright and beautiful

...with interesting design elements throughout, such as this textured wallpaper

...with interesting design elements throughout, such as this textured wallpaper

The Garden Room

A gorgeous new interior for The Garden Room - table for two anyone?

Go for a walk outside; along our new pathways to find a glorious vegetable garden in place of the Herb & Sculpture Garden. This is the view our guests can now enjoy while getting a treatment at our day spa, B.gorgeous.

Go for a walk outside; along our new pathways to find a glorious vegetable garden in place of the Herb & Sculpture Garden. This is the view our guests can now enjoy while getting a treatment at our day spa, B.gorgeous.

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Cycling in Franschhoek

Franschhoek’s fresh air can enliven the mind and soul like nothing else. Hop aboard a bike for this free tonic and take in some utterly spectacular scenery while you’re at it.

cycle in Franschhoek

Whether you’re simply cruising the Main Street, or flying over Franschhoek Pass—there’s a route to suit every type of cyclist.

Both Le Quartier Français and Delicious are centrally located; offering the ultimate launching pad for savvy cyclists. (Not to mention hot showers, soft beds and incredible cuisine after the trip.)

Plus, Delicious Hotels has a special package for bike lovers.

Have a look at the trails reccomeded by the Franschhoek Cycling Club for beginners and advanced bikers.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Delicious, Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français,
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