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Our recipe for Le Quartier Français

This year, 2015, we’re celebrating 25 years of #LQFlove. How do we do it? We have a very special recipe that makes Le Quartier Français the heartbeat of Franschhoek…

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Equipment and utensils
an exquisite setting
nine luxury auberge rooms
three grande rooms and
three petite garden suites
four quarters
one, world famous, tasting room restaurant
a culinary concierge
the screening room,
b.gorgeous and
one living room and a
teeny weeny bit of delicious

Recipe
Sift together a tablespoon of passion, 150g of bliss and a dusting of romantic candlelight. Shower this with one garden of flowers and a cup of sincere smiles. Crack open the magic, remembering to separate the charm from the cheekiness. Scatter the charm over the rest of the mixture. Add a dash of Méthode Cap Classique from the surrounding winelands and stir gently until all the ingredients are well-combined. Whisk up the cheekiness only stopping once soft peaks have formed. Fold this into the rest of the ingredients, sprinkle with innocence, and when the moment grabs you, throw a pinch of wishes over your left shoulder.

Serving suggestion
Serve on a plate of out-of-this-world personal service and attention to detail, garnish with an unlimited supply of love and a fresh sprig of soul.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français,
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Bread-making in the Winelands at Bread & Wine

A good baker will rise to the occasion, it’s the yeast he can do. So, learn from the best baker in town, Tina Jewell!

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A bread-making experience at Bread & Wine restaurant on Môreson wine farm

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Start at 09h30 sharp
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 R795.00 (excludes drinks)

Forthcoming dates::
25th April; 2nd, 16th & 30th May; 6th June

Plus: Tina’s top ten bread-making secrets.

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Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Franschhoek, Tina Jewell,
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The Franschhoek Wedding Showcase

Tying the knot soon? Love weddings? Then you won’t want to miss at the inaugural Franschhoek Wedding Showcase on 18 April 2015 at Le Franschhoek Hotel.

Our #LQFfamily will be there showcasing Bread&Wine on Môreson as a venue: where the food, wine and setting combine for an unforgettable wedding. An intimate venue that lends itself to a fairy-tale…

Additionally see some of our wedding accessories, ideas and more from B.gorgeous.  We be running a competition on the day, so leave your business cards with us to enter the lucky draw and you could win Miss Molly Bubbly along with vouchers for B.Gorgeous!

There will also be Miss Molly Bubbly available for tasting on a complimentary basis.

The showcase will be open between 10am and 5pm and costs R80 per person entrance fee. Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za or on the day at Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa.

And… win tickets to the Franschhoek Wedding Showcase! Enter online here. Entries close Thursday 9 April 2015

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Plus: Adding an extra dash of excitement to the day will be the team from The Pretty Blog who will be presenting two mini workshops. Entitled ‘I’m engaged what now?’ these workshops will be the lifeline for all brides-to-be offering invaluable advise on organising your perfect dream wedding. Workshop 1: 10:00 – 12:30 Workshop 2: 13:30 – 16:00 *Both workshops will be exactly the same, including tips and Q&A about wedding planning. Cost: R 120 per person (includes entrance to the Franschhoek Wedding Showcase) Pre-book tickets online at www.webtickets.co.za

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Mind, Food and Wine Weekend

Join us for a weekend of mind, food and wine this June.

In conjunction with Open Mind we’ll be hosting a special, one-of-a-kind experience that will aim to ‘exercise the brain’ while inspiring—and relaxing—you with food, wine, and luxurious accommodation.

Open Mind is an educational centre, based in Cape Town, which offers short courses for people who enjoy learning and want to enhance their general knowledge, without the stress of exams or homework. The courses are open to anyone who is interested in expanding their worldview and exploring fascinating topics through talks by professional experts.

The weekend will help to raise funds and support our ‘Isabelo – Sharing is Caring’ feeding scheme. Watch the video to learn more about the initiative.

Relaxing accommodation

Relaxing accommodation

The best breakfast in town

The best breakfast in town

The programme:

Friday, 26 June 2015
13:00: Check in
18:00-19:30: Talk by Jonathan Grieve
19:30: Tapas-style dinner in The Living Room at Le Quartier Français

Saturday, 27 June 2015
8:00-10:00: Full breakfast in The Living Room at Le Quartier Français
10:30 – 12:00: Talk by Prof Kevin Thomas ‘Our Memory’
17:00-18:30 – Talk by Braam Malherbe – ‘The Power of the Mind’

Sunday, 28 June 2015
8:00-10:00: Full breakfast in The Living Room at Le Quartier Français
10:30-12:00: Talk by Prof Nola Dippenaar – ‘Highlights of Human Metabolism’
13:00 – Check out

The rates that will be honoured for the weekend are R 3900 per person (Friday & Saturday night). This is inclusive of the following: Accommodation at Le Quartier Francais; A tapas style dinner on the Friday night in The Living Room at Le Quartier Francais; Full breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday morning in The Living Room at Le Quartier Francais; 4 lectures.

Excluded would be meals not mentioned above, sundries, gratuities and any extras. Room allocation would be at the discretion of the management team.

For more info, or to book your spot, please email: jean@lqf.co.za

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français, Open Mind weekend,
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Franschhoek receives the Service Excellence Award

In an awards ceremony held on 18 March at the Golden Valley Casino in Worcester, the Franschhoek Wine Valley was presented the Service Excellence Award at the Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayoral Tourism Awards.

The prestigious Service Excellence Award is bestowed upon a tourism business that best promotes the tourism industry of the specific town in its respective geographical area, providing visitors with the best local experience possible. Criteria also include a proven track record, as well as projects and campaigns that increase tourism visitation and revenue. Nominees are expected to demonstrate a comprehensive approach in delivering a world-class product and service.

The Best Tourism-Related Event Award was presented to the ATKV-Oesfees at Solms-Delta, which stood out amongst the rest as a business entity hosting a special event, festival or other activity that attracts large crowds of visitors into the Cape Winelands.

In addition La Motte was presented with the Wine Tourism Destination of the Year Award. This award is bestowed upon a wine estate or distillery which offers a unique tourism experience.

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‘We are humbled and honoured to receive the Service Excellence Award, and as a team who works hard at delivering on the criteria, we continue to keep Franschhoek and its offerings top of mind’, comments Franschhoek Wine Valley CEO Jenny Prinsloo. ‘We value the Cape Winelands Mayoral Award Programme, and would like to thank the Executive Mayor and the Cape Winelands District Municipality team for their continued support.’

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More reasons to visit Franschhoek

Our beautiful valley, Franschhoek, has long been lauded as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa for its world-class restaurants and wineries. Discover unique local ingredients in seasonal dishes created by our region’s top chefs at: The Tasting Room, The Living Room, Bread & Wine, Foliage, La Motte and so on.

But there’s so much more: Franschhoek is a hub of culture with a jam-packed programme of festivals throughout the year, museums to visit and natural beauty to explore.

Plus, here are two more reasons to visit:

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Shopping
Looking for a quirky, unusual gift? Franschhoek high street has many interesting shops to peruse, offering items from homeware to clothing and beyond. At LQF we have two exciting shopping options, our new emporium, B.gorgeous (stocking all things wonderful and unique) and our Le Creuset pop-up shop.

Sculpture from is art: "Marina" bronze, edition out of 5. Cobus Haupt

Sculpture from is art: "Marina" bronze, edition out of 5. Cobus Haupt

Art
Spend a day browsing South African art—then join us for a glass of wine. In fact, pick up that glass of wine and take a walk around LQF to view our collection of local art, from paintings to sculptures.

Our favourite local art gallery, is art, is located just across the road from us. Make time to also visit: Pierneef Museum, The Saol Art Museum, Dylan Lewis, and the Franschhoek Live Craft Centre.

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Posted in: Art, Franschhoek, b.gorgeous,
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10 Hotel Turndown Services You Can’t Refuse

CHASE has included Le Quartier Francais in this excellent list of turndowns. See the article: 10 Hotel Turndown Services You Can’t Refuse.

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And here’s our mention:

Sleep Tight
Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek, Cape Winelands, South Africa has a sweet way of wishing guests pleasant dreams. Once the housekeeping team has turned down the bed, they attach a brightly-colored note with a handwritten message to the bathroom mirror. The messages say things like “Sweet dreams,” “Sleep tight,” “Slumber well” and “Good night.” Next to the note: a single bloom vase with a freshly handpicked flower from the property’s garden.

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Summer dining overlooking our garden

Our Living Room is comprised of three spaces: The Garden Room, The Reading Room and the Lounge Bar; where you can tuck into scrumptious all day grazing, local wine and artisan cocktails.

Camembert dish

New on the menu is this dish of summer tomatoes, baked Camembert bruschetta, with olives. We recommend you eat it overlooking our summer garden, with a glass of  Môreson Chardonnay. The menu.

Tables looking out over the garden

Tables looking out over the garden

The view of the Garden Room from outside

The view of the Garden Room from outside

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A visit to Franschhoek Cellar

Some of our team were recently treated to a day at Franschhoek Cellar. The team enjoyed wine-tastings, a tour of the historic property and a picnic-style lunch.

Thank you for showing us a great day out!

LQF team

Franschhoek Cellar used to be known as Franschhoek Vineyards Ltd. It was founded in 1945 ‘by a group of local farmers to vinify their grapes on a co-operative basis’.

Though, these days Franschhoek Cellar is operates as a private winery and is a wonderful place to visit; here are some of our tips:

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  • Bring the kids! Looking for a family-friendly wine experience? There’s a garden/picnic area where you can have a relaxed lunch as well as a kiddies playground.
  • Fun wine-tastings: do the chocolate and wine pairings, the cheese and wine pairing.
  • Learn something about Franschhoek, through the range of wines named after historical heritage sites.
  • A plethora of tasting rooms: visit the Brampton studio, Bernard Premium tasting room as well as the Bellingham & Franschhoek Cellars tasting rooms.
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A word on Num Nums

It’s num num season at LQF. Our hedges are strung like Christmas trees with the red, juicy baubles.

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“It’s an acidic fruit with a hint of spice,” says Margot Janse. “In texture, it’s very fresh, soft yet crunchy.”

What to do with this indigenous fruit? “You can make it into a preserve, a purée, an ice cream—flip you can do anything you want with it. Eat it straight off the bush!

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It’s official name is the Carissa macrocarpa, but it’s also known as the ‘Natal plum, big num-num, grootnoem-noem and amatungulu.’

These plum-like fruits don’t only grow in Franschhoek, but are also prolific in coastal regions from Humansdorp through Kwazulu-Natal and Mozambique.

Keen to grow your own? Here are some tips:
Plant one metre apart to form a dense, impenetrable hedge in full sun to semi-shade in good garden soil, enriched with compost. It can be pruned if necessary. It is best grown from seed, but can also be grown from cuttings. Fill the seed tray with soil and compact lightly. Treat seed with a pre-emergence fungicide and sow in the tray, cover the seed with a thin layer of soil or compost and water well. Store tray in a wind-free area. Once germinated, replant seedlings into well-composted soil. Seedlings can be fed with a liquid fertilizer.

Source: www.plantzafrica.com

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Chefs, Food, Franschhoek, Ingredients,
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