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There’s something about Mary

We can feel it in the air, summer is approaching! This weekend’s weather is looking mighty fine, so on Sunday 3, November we’re launching the first of our Bloody Mary & Oyster Sundays at Le Quartier Lounge Bar! Every week we’ll be making a different variation on the classic cocktail, incorporating interesting techniques such as fat washing with bacon and biltong. Find out more about our bacon and biltong vodkas.

bloody mary and oyster sundays

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français, Le Quartier Lounge Bar,
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Catching up with Sue Norman

It’s officially Franschhoek Open Gardens! Running from 25, 26 & 27 October 2013, come and enjoy ten Franschhoek gardens; ‘from small to medium-sized gardens in the village to farm gardens, indigenous gardens and ‘out of town’ gardens’. Plus in the centre of town there will be a tea and bubbly garden, live music, a fresh goods market as well as a plant sale.

Be sure to take a meander through our lush and rambling gardens, and why not begin your ‘Open Gardens’ adventure with breakfast in our Garden Room?

the garden room

We caught up with our garden curator, Sue Norman, who has been digging her hands in our soil for almost two decades.

sue norman

What flowers are popping up in our gardens at the moment?
There are many spring flowers still in bloom! Tumbling wisteria, brunsfelsia (‘yesterday-today-and-tomorrow’), flowering ornamental fruit trees, like Crab-apple and cherry, citrus trees, red poppies.

We’re also seeing early summer flowers, such as roses, including Full Sail and Sophie’s Rose in our herb garden, Icebergs, Blossom Magic, Rhapsody in Blue, yellow Banksia Granny’s Delight and others.

Other plants in flower include Salvia greggii, Salvia mini-shastas (white daisies), Plectranthus zuluensis (shrub, little blue flowers) & Raphiolepis (shrub, white flowers) Murraya exotica, scattered, foxgloves, Heliotrope and a few early Agapanthus.

What kinds of birds are our gardens attracting a the moment?
Flitting amidst the flourishing foliage we’re spotting: White eyes, Cape Robins, Olive thrushes, fiscal shrikes, doves.

What makes each area of our gardens special?
In the reception area there are bright and pink accents; Huguenot street side simple plantings en masse of Carissa (‘num-num’), Agapanthus and Iceberg roses and a few Spring ’75; in the pool area there are simple mass plantings in blues and whites, lovely and cool; the garden rooms each have their own distinct garden styles and colour schemes, but the overall theme is subdued, peaceful and inviting.

How would you describe the style of the gardens?
Informal, lush, mass plantings (not ‘busy’) with a lot of repetition of successful and attractive plants and big shady trees balanced with sunny areas.

Describe yourself in three words?
Hard-working, dedicated and happy

What’s the best way to enjoy the garden?
With a book and a glass of wine, under the trees, listening to the birds and savouring the perfume of the flowers on the breeze.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français, The Garden Room,
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Franschhoek Open Gardens 2013

“Oh you can learn a lot of things from the flowers…”

During the weekend of 25, 26 & 27 October 2013 come and enjoy ten Franschhoek gardens; ‘from small to medium-sized gardens in the village to farm gardens, indigenous gardens and ‘out of town’ gardens’.

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Plus in the centre of town there will be a tea and bubbly garden, live music, a fresh goods market as well as a plant sale.

Start the day off in true style by breakfasting in The Garden Room, which opens up onto our rambling gardens through wide glass doors. The head off to explore the beautiful gardens. he leisurely meal features a breakfast buffet with homemade granola and pastries (including our famous sticky buns), freshly squeezed juices, infused teas, and plenty of fresh fruit.

garden room

The kitchen also offers an array of cooked breakfasts using only the freshest of local ingredients, such as organic eggs from Spier Estate, and pasture-reared bacon and sausages handcrafted by Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine, our sister restaurant.

he leisurely meal features a breakfast buffet with homemade granola and pastries (including our famous sticky buns), freshly squeezed juices, infused teas, and plenty of fresh fruit.
The kitchen also offers an array of cooked breakfasts using only the freshest of local ingredients, such as organic eggs from Spier Estate, and pasture-reared bacon and sausages handcrafted by Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine, our sister restaurant.

Tickets:
R100 per person for a weekend pass.
HALF PRICE (R50 per person)  on Sunday afternoon only from 12 noon onwards.
Tickets are available on the day in front of the Town Hall.
There’s also a group discount for 10 people or more  at R80 per person.

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Tip: For a truly special spring experience go for a stroll through The Exotic Plant Company, located on our family farm Môreson

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Festival, Franschhoek, The Garden Room,
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Le Creuset pop-up store set to open at Le Quartier Français!

LE CREUSET POP-UP STORE SET TO OPEN AT LE QUARTIER FRANÇAIS!
“Le Creuset is excited to partner with Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek; it’s our first pop-up
store in South Africa!” said Ben Paine, managing director of the stylish cookware range.
Opening 1 October 2013, the pop-up shop will have a range of Le Creuset’s best sellers – both
new and classic designs in all the bright and bold colours the brand is known for (much like LQF
itself!).
The inaugural shop will also offer Môreson Méthode Cap Classique, and a range of specially
created Le Quartier merchandise designed to complement the Le Creuset products such as:
aprons, recipe cards, notebooks, a bespoke range of knives, and Tina Jewell’s famous fudge
from Bread & Wine.
“We’re thrilled to be hosting a Le Creuset shop,” said Susan Huxter, owner of LQF. “The synergy
between the two brands is fantastic!”
“Le Creuset and Le Quartier are wonderful complements to each other; and the brands live
well together. We love using Le Creuset as part of our everyday service—from the tea cups for
breakfast to the pans in the kitchen. We believe our guests like to live the same way at home as
when they are with us.”
“The pop-up shop suits Franschhoek and gives something special to the locals—who now don’t
have to leave the village in search of the perfect gift.”
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Event: Le Creuset Pop-up Store Opening
Venue: Le Quartier Français
Date: 1 October 2013
www.lqf.co.za
Enquiries: Robyn – marketing@lqf.co.za / 021 867 2151

Le Creuset is excited to partner with Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek; it’s our first pop-up store in South Africa!” said Ben Paine, managing director of the stylish cookware range. Opening 1 October 2013, the pop-up shop will have a range of Le Creuset’s best sellers – both new and classic designs in all the bright and bold colours the brand is known for (much like LQF itself!).

logo LQF

The inaugural shop will also offer Môreson Méthode Cap Classique, and a range of specially created Le Quartier merchandise designed to complement the Le Creuset products such as: aprons, recipe cards, notebooks, a bespoke range of knives, and Tina Jewell’s famous fudge from Bread & Wine.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting a Le Creuset shop,” said Susan Huxter, owner of LQF. “The synergy between the two brands is fantastic!”

LC

“Le Creuset and Le Quartier are wonderful complements to each other; and the brands live well together. We love using Le Creuset as part of our everyday service—from the tea cups for breakfast to the pans in the kitchen. We believe our guests like to live the same way at home as when they are with us.”

“The pop-up shop suits Franschhoek and gives something special to the locals—who now don’t have to leave the village in search of the perfect gift.”

Event: Le Creuset Pop-up Store Opening
Venue: Le Quartier Français
Date: 1 October 2013
www.lqf.co.za

Enquiries: Robyn – marketing@lqf.co.za / 021 867 2151



  

How we say goodbye

Most people love a good food fight. And while us civilians may be stuck with boring things like fruit and vegetables—and if we’re lucky the occasional pie—chefs have an arsenal of wicked things to throw.

Recently our team of chefs bid goodbye to senior chef de partie, Elizabeth Ackermann—with the leftovers of the day. In the mix was oyster vichyssoise from the espuma gun, liquid beetroot and more.

Chef Liz

“Business is business,” said Margot Janse. “But when the day was done the team expressed their farewell feelings…

“Liz is great!” she enthused. “I am very, very proud of how she has grown into an amazing chef over the last three years. She has done a couple of overseas trips with me too. I hope Joburg is ready for her…”

Good luck Liz! We’ll miss you.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Chefs, Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français, Margot Janse,
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Introducing The Garden Room: offering the ultimate breakfast experience

Our sunny new breakfast room is a beautiful, inviting space that opens up onto our rambling gardens through wide glass doors. We’ve extended the breakfast hours from 07.00 till 11.00, so there’s no need to rush out of bed in fear that you’ll miss it. The Garden Room is open to guests of the hotel as well as to walk-ins.

breakfast room

Not just for mornings though, The Garden Room is also a great space for functions, kitchen teas and informal get-togethers (on offer we’ll have light meals, though not sit-down dinners).

The garden room

The leisurely meal features a breakfast buffet with homemade granola and pastries (including our famous sticky buns), freshly squeezed juices, infused teas, and plenty of fresh fruit. The kitchen also offers an array of cooked breakfasts using only the freshest of local ingredients, such as organic eggs from Spier Estate, and pasture-reared bacon and sausages handcrafted by Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine, our sister restaurant.

inside the garden room

Le Quartier Français,  Cnr Berg & Wilhelmina Streets, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa
For more information call: +27 (0)21 876 2151 or email: res@lqf.co.za

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Lunch at Bread and Wine Vineyard Restaurant

For the ultimate wineland’s experience (we know you love being on a farm),  Bread & Wine on Môreson Wine Estate is our lunchtime restaurant. Part of the Le Quartier Français family, the vineyard restaurant specialises in artisan charcuterie as well as inventive country cuisine.

breadandwine

The rustic eatery is the domain of Charcuterie King, Neil Jewell, who was the recent recipient of The Best Producer in The Paddocks category of The Eat Out DStv Food Network Produce Awards 2013.

charcuterie

Think, hand-crafted bacon made from pasture-reared pigs, a smorgasbord of cured meats, hams and sausages all incorporating local ingredients, including unique products, like the delectable Waygu beef biltong.

Neil’s philosophy is to use only the best ingredients, this coupled with his insatiable creativity makes for a unique lunchtime menu that celebrates wineland’s cuisine. Feast on dishes such as, coco-dusted springbok loin, roasted Camembert and celeriac risotto, duck and foie gras pot pie, and much more. Click here for the latest menu.

congo

P.s In our lounge & bar, open from noon till 11pm,  we offer cocktails bites, and afternoon teas – no reservations needed!

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We’re potty for these pans

This Tuesday was The Tasting Room’s first service since we’ve renovated the kitchen. See a sneak peek of the new look in the picture below. We’ll be releasing more images soon!

new kitchen

Our glorious new  kitchen was designed by our executive chef, Margot Janse, beautiful quartz counter tops by Silestone and our incredible builder made it all happen- Karin, a hands-on creative.

And to cook with? Le Creuset of course!  The Shallow and Deep Le Creuset Toughened non-stick Frying Pan is a dream to work with. It’s not only versatile, but aesthetically pleasing too.

Toughened Non-Stick is a sleek range of versatile pans perfect for everyday use.  It has a tough,
PFOA-free non-stick surface inside and out, and a special hardened body to create a durable and
long-lasting pan that can be used on any heat source.  The easy release non-stick interior and
exterior surfaces are easy to clean, and are tough enough to withstand use of metal utensils.
Professional-style cast handles are attached with stainless steel rivets for a superior, secure fixing.
Heat resistant glass lids are available separately.  They retain moisture and flavour, and allow you
to check the food you are cooking without lifting the lid and disturbing the cooking process or
temperature.
Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick pans are manufactured from premium materials that will provide
the best in durability and cooking performance
Each pan is made from heavy gauge, forged aluminium that has been specially treated to provide a
strong, toughened finish that will withstand the demands of everyday use.
Each pan spreads heat evenly and efficiently, so there are no hot spots in your cooking
The specially constructed base incorporates a magnetic, stainless steel disc that provides extra
strength and stability to the pan and makes it suitable for use on ALL HEAT SOURCES including the
latest induction hobs
Both the interior and exterior of each pan are finished with one of the most modern, PFOA-free,
toughened non-stick finishes available providing superb release of food and easy cleaning – every
day.  It is an ideal surface for healthier cooking with very little oil or fat.

Gamme Sauteuse Provençale

All you need to know about The Toughened Non-Stick range:
It has a tough, PFOA-free non-stick surface inside and out, and a special hardened body to create a durable and long-lasting pan that can be used on any heat source.  The easy release non-stick interior and exterior surfaces are easy to clean, and are tough enough to withstand use of metal utensils.

LC

Professional-style cast handles are attached with stainless steel rivets for a superior, secure fixing. Heat resistant glass lids are available separately. They retain moisture and flavour, and allow you to check the food you are cooking without lifting the lid and disturbing the cooking process or temperature.

Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick pans are manufactured from premium materials that will provide the best in durability and cooking performance. Each pan is made from heavy gauge, forged aluminium that has been specially treated to provide a strong, toughened finish that will withstand the demands of everyday use.

Each pan spreads heat evenly and efficiently, so there are no hot spots in your cooking. The specially constructed base incorporates a magnetic, stainless steel disc that provides extra strength and stability to the pan and makes it suitable for use on ALL HEAT SOURCES including the latest induction hobs.

Both the interior and exterior of each pan are finished with one of the most modern, PFOA-free, toughened non-stick finishes available providing superb release of food and easy cleaning – every day.  It is an ideal surface for healthier cooking with very little oil or fat.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français, The Tasting Room,
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Feast on Four of Franschhoek’s Fabulous

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.

neil-clayton-2010-002

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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Bastille Day Festival!

Bastille Day Festival!
Bonjour! It will soon be time to paint the town of Franschhoek red, blue and white with the annual Bastille Day Festival!
Taking place 13th and 14th July, there will be plenty of food and wine as well as and fun activities to take part in.
Come celebrate centuries-old French Huguenot heritage at this famous festival. The main are will be the Food and Wine Marquee, expect local wines and local chefs as well as live music. There will also be a farmers’ market as well as craft stalls, children’s activities, the boules competition and the minstrels parade
Don’t miss the barrel-rolling competition! Come and cheer on the competitors from Franschhoek’s wine estates.
View the festival’s full programme here.

Bonjour! It will soon be time to paint the town of Franschhoek red, blue and white with the annual Bastille Day Festival! Taking place 13th and 14th July, there will be plenty of food and wine as well as and fun activities to take part in.

france

Come celebrate centuries-old French Huguenot heritage at this iconic festival. The main area will be the Food and Wine Marquee at the centre of town, expect local wines and local chefs as well as live music. There will also be a farmers’ market as well as craft stalls, children’s activities, the boules competition and the minstrels parade

Don’t miss the famous barrel-rolling competition! Come and cheer on the competitors from Franschhoek’s wine estates.

View the festival’s full programme here.

Oui hope to see you there!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Festival, Franschhoek, events,
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