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Culinary classes at LQF

Here at Le Quartier Français our cooking classes are fun, intimate gatherings where everybody takes part and learns our original recipes through actually creating them (rather than just watching a demonstration) under the guidance of our Culinary Concierge, Vanie Padayachee.
Plus, you get to enjoy your creations for lunch, paired with local wines.
Here are our upcoming classes  for 2014
Discover SA Flavours class
02 February 2014
08 February 2014
01 April 2014
Spice Class
21 February 2014
11 March 2014
18 April 2014

Here at Le Quartier Français our cooking classes are fun, intimate gatherings where everybody takes part and learns our original recipes through actually creating them (rather than just watching a demonstration) under the guidance of our Culinary Concierge, Vanie Padayachee. Plus, you get to enjoy your creations for lunch, paired with local wines.

cooking-class-at-LQF

Here are our upcoming classes  for 2014

Discover SA Flavours class
02 February 2014
08 February 2014
01 April 2014

Spice Class
21 February 2014
11 March 2014
18 April 2014

To book contact Louise on +27 21 876 2151 or email her on: louise@lqf.co.za
Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Cooking Classes, Culinary Concierge, Franschhoek,
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Blessing of the Harvest 2014 at Môreson

At Môreson we believe that wine is about 3 things; passion, love and magic. It’s what we put into everything we do, into every bottle of wine we make and it’s what makes our annual Blessing of the Harvest an event not to be missed.

stomping grapes

In 2014, come and join us and delight in making wine the old fashioned way. Handpick your own basket of grapes and then press them using your feet, which are, incidentally, the oldest wine making tools in the business.
As you’ll soon discover wine making is a tiring job. This is why we insist that you join us for a special feast at Bread & Wine, our famous farm restaurant, to finish off a day of Blessing the Harvest. If you’re looking for inspiration, or you’d like to get an idea of what you have to look forward to with your own wine, try some of our award winning wines. They are all guaranteed to quench the thirst you’ve no doubt worked up.
Over lunch, while you’re enjoying your food and relaxing with your wine, give the Blessing of the Harvest label design competition a whirl. Who knows it could be your label design that is selected to adorn the 2014 Blessing of the Harvest bottles.
Most people have such a blast that they come back a year later to partake in another Blessing of the Harvest. They also use this return visit to pick up the wine that they made the previous year, if they haven’t already collected it.
Cost per person R495.00; children between 5-14,t.b.c .  Confirmation of booking by pre-payment only. Should you require further information, or be interested in attending, please contact Tina, at tel. no. 021-876 3692/4004or by fax no. 0866570413 or by email breadandwine@moreson.co.za.
Regrettably no pets.
Date:  1st February 2014
1st FEBRUARY 2014 BLESSING OF THE HARVEST PROGRAMME
10h30 – 11h00 a glass of sparkling wine on arrival
11h00 – 11h45 Hand picking
12h00 – 12h30 Foot stomping
13h00 Label design competition and lunch
17h00 End of daAt Môreson we believe that wine is about 3 things; passion, love and magic. It’s what we put into everything we do, into every bottle of wine we make and it’s what makes our annual Blessing of the Harvest an event not to be missed.

In 2014, come and join us and delight in making wine the old fashioned way. Handpick your own basket of grapes and then press them using your feet, which are, incidentally, the oldest wine making tools in the business.

As you’ll soon discover wine making is a tiring job. This is why we insist that you join us for a special feast at Bread & Wine, our famous farm restaurant, to finish off a day of Blessing the Harvest. If you’re looking for inspiration, or you’d like to get an idea of what you have to look forward to with your own wine, try some of our award winning wines. They are all guaranteed to quench the thirst you’ve no doubt worked up.

Enjoying lunch at Blessing of the Harvest

Over lunch, while you’re enjoying your food and relaxing with your wine, give the Blessing of the Harvest label design competition a whirl. Who knows it could be your label design that is selected to adorn the 2014 Blessing of the Harvest bottles.

Most people have such a blast that they come back a year later to partake in another Blessing of the Harvest. They also use this return visit to pick up the wine that they made the previous year, if they haven’t already collected it.

Cost per person R495.00; children between 5-14,t.b.c .  Confirmation of booking by pre-payment only. Should you require further information, or be interested in attending, please contact Tina, at tel. no. 021-876 3692/4004or by fax no. 0866570413 or by email breadandwine@moreson.co.za.

Regrettably no pets.

1st FEBRUARY 2014 BLESSING OF THE HARVEST PROGRAMME

10h30 – 11h00 a glass of sparkling wine on arrival
11h00 – 11h45 Hand picking
12h00 – 12h30 Foot stomping
13h00 Label design competition and lunch
17h00 End of day

Hop on over here to see more images of last year’s festivities. And here’s what we ate in 2013.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Franschhoek, Môreson,
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And, action! It’s the Mastercard bubbly festival!

The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The ‘Magic of Bubbles’, Presented by MasterCard took place over the weekend of 30 November and 1 December 2013. What a day it was! Let’s take a look back with this beautifully captured video.

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Ndlovu Brewery

One of our favourite local winemakers, Rob Armstrong of Haut Espoir – has caught the craft beer bug and is brewing up a storm on his fynbos-covered farm.

ndlovu brewery

“In the rumbling mountains of Franschhoek the Elephant walks again. Coming back to Olifants Hoek in the form of a Stampede (Barrel fermented Lager) and a Mock Charge (Naartjie Wit).”

We’ve tried both beers and can highly recommend them—in fact we’ve incorporated one into a cocktail at our Lounge Bar: NDLOVU GRAPEFRUIT SOUR made with Inverroche Dry Gin and Ndlovu Grapefruit & Coriander Seed Weiss. Bright and velvety textures and citrusy fresh components complement one another, ‘proving two wrongs do make a right.’

Find them on Facebook.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Le Quartier Lounge Bar,
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Celebrating The Kusasa Project

We feel privileged to be able to support the amazing work being done at The Kusasa Project - and would like to give a huge THANK YOU to our executive chef Margot Janse and her incredible team who have gone the extra mile in donating time and resources to this worthy cause. Recently we celebrated Christmas with the kids and received this beautiful letter in response.

christmas

The Kusasa Project was founded in South Africa to encourage a brighter future for underprivileged children by facilitating academic, sporting and life skills development
Dear Le Quartier Français
Thank you so very much for spoiling our children at The Early Leaning Centre with a Christmas party. The gifts were amazing and so beautifully wrapped. The time and effort that you put into them was greatly appreciated. These children are so incredibly lucky to have your support throughout the year and we are very proud to be associated with you. Words can never thank you enough for all that you do for The Kusasa Project we can only hope that every child that you have supported will grow into an educated adult that you will be proud of!
Best Wishes
The Kusasa Team

Dear Le Quartier Français
Thank you so very much for spoiling our children at The Early Leaning Centre with a Christmas party. The gifts were amazing and so beautifully wrapped. The time and effort that you put into them was greatly appreciated. These children are so incredibly lucky to have your support throughout the year and we are very proud to be associated with you. Words can never thank you enough for all that you do for The Kusasa Project we can only hope that every child that you have supported will grow into an educated adult that you will be proud of!

Best Wishes
The Kusasa Team

The Kusasa Project was founded in South Africa to encourage a brighter future for underprivileged children by facilitating academic, sporting and life skills development
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Posted in: Franschhoek, Kusasa Project, Le Quartier Français,
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Our Le Creuset Christmas wish list

All I want for Christmas is you – you buying me gorgeous Le Creuset products mind.  Our pop up store is packed to the rafters with Le Creuset pots, casseroles accessories et al… There’s no need to leave the village this year to find the perfect gift. Or kill two birds with one stone, come for a festive cocktail at our Lounge Bar and do your Christmas shopping at the same time. There’s so much to choose from, but we have selected a couple of items for:

Our Le Creuset Christmas wish list

Le Creuset preserve jars

Stoneware preserve jars

Cherry red cast iron saucepans and casseroles

Cherry red cast iron saucepans and casseroles

a bright and colourful collection of espresso mugs

a bright and colourful collection of espresso mugs

How beautiful are these coffee presses?

How beautiful are these coffee presses?

A toughened non-stick frying pan - our chefs even use these!

A toughened non-stick frying pan - our chefs even use these!

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Posted in: Franschhoek, Le Creuset Pop-up Store,
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Catching up with Ilse Schermers

Ilse Schermers, of is art at Le Quartier Français supplied and curated the art work for Vergelegen’s restaurants, Stables and Camphor’s— and now the wine estate has been recognised as the South African winner of the Great Wine Capitals (GWC) Best of Wine Tourism Awards!

We caught up with Ilse to chat about her unique approach.

Ilse and her two children enjoying a relaxed moment

Ilse and her two children enjoying a relaxed moment

Can you tell me a bit about each space?
The Stables is set in the old stables of the farm and is designed as an up-market family restaurant. The interior is bright and light yet tasteful. A number of things came to mind when I selected the art for both restaurants, such as the heritage of the farm, the magnificent gardens and the activity currently on the estate. For example, because of the famous gardens we wanted to show botanicals and for this reason I chose alternative botanical tapestries by the Keiskamma group.

stables

Additionally, as the space was formerly the estate’s stables I chose ceramic horse heads for the walls by Nicolene Swanepoel and a large driftwood horse as a focal point by Francois Marais.

Vergelegen is also known for its Nguni stud, so for this we chose ox heads by Nicolene Swanepoel and a large painting by Gregory Kerr. Works by Jacqueline Crewe-Brown, Strijdom van den Merwe and various ceramic works by Helen Vaughan, Clementina van der Walt and Ralph Johnson are also on display.

Camphors restaurant at Vergelegen - Long room

The palette at Camphor’s is much more formal and rich.  I selected works by some of our more important contemporary artist like William Kentridge, Willem Strydom, Henry Symonds, Marlene von Durkheim, Shany van den Berg and Lyndi Sales. Helen Vaughan made wall plates based on the blue and white Kraakporcelain seen in the Manor House next to Camphor’s.  Michael Chandler made mirrors and spittoons also reflective of the VOC.  In both restaurants, we selected works by South African living artists.

When approaching a space to populate with art – what are the things that you consider, how do you decide on your final selections?
My opinion is that one should always be able to read a project as a complete story. The art should reflect the integrity of the space, the mood, the history, the menu, and so on. I want to be well informed of everything relevant to the space.  However it is the person in charge of the project, in this case the MD of Vergelegen, Don Tooth, who has the final say.

Who is your favourite SA artist, or artists and why?
Sjoe, difficult to say. I have many favourites, but I am constantly inspired by what our artists produce and how much new talent emerges every year.

Do you have advice for people who want to start collecting art – how do you begin, and what do you need to know?
Make informed decisions.  Buy what you love. Buy the best you can afford.

The most exciting piece at is art at the moment is….
A bronze snake by Sarel Petrus on his exhibition with Rina Stuzer titled ‘Pegged Down/Vaspen’.

What exhibitions do we have to look forward to next year?
We have a full year planned for 2014 with exhibitions by Bruce Attwood (furniture), Fiona Rowett and Ralph Johnson, sculpture by Kobus la Grange and Guy du Toit, and one of our favourite artists of Franschhoek:  Jacqueline Crewe Brown.  We also take part in the Art of Clay Festival as well as the Literary Festival each year.

Your favourite cocktail at the LQF bar is
The mojito!

In 2010 Ilse opened her latest gallery at Le Quartier Français   The exhibitions of contemporary South Africa artists change every six to eight weeks . The gallery spills out into the sculpture and herb garden, designed by Guy du Toit and Angus Taylor and filled with herbs for  Margot Janse’s  kitchens at Le Quartier Français.  The sculptures have become an integral part of the restaurant and hotel gardens.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Is Art, Is Art @ Le Quartier Français,
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Upcoming cooking classes at LQF

What’s cooking good-looking? Here at Le Quartier Français our cooking classes are fun, intimate gatherings where everybody takes part and learns our original recipes through actually creating them (rather than just watching a demonstration) under the guidance of our Culinary Concierge, Vanie Padayachee.

Plus, you get to enjoy your creations for lunch, paired with local wines.

COOKING classes

Here are our upcoming classes –a nifty idea for a Christmas present for the foodie in your life.

Spice Class
10th of December 2013
18th of April 2014

Discover SA Flavours Class
08th of February 2014

To book contact Louise on +27 21 876 2151 or email her on: louise@lqf.co.za

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Cooking Classes, Culinary Concierge, Franschhoek,
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Petite Breakfast Menu at Le Quartier Français

Have you heard about our Petite Breakfast Menu? We’re well known in the Franschhoek Village for our breakfast in The Garden Room, where guests and visitors can enjoy the delicious continental buffet, as well as order a hot dishes off of the à la carte menu.

Le Quartier Français is known for having the best breakfast in the Franschhoek village. Served in The Garden Room, guests and
visitors can enjoy the delicious continental buffet, as well as order a hot dish from the à la carte menu.
In addition to this, the hotel has just launched a “Petite Breakfast Menu”. Items include their famous cinnamon sticky buns,
eggs benedict, and their delicious croissant with scrambled egg and Neil Jewell’s bacon. This menu is perfect for locals who
want a quick bite with their morning newspaper and coffee, guests and visitors who do not have time to indulge in a full buffet
breakfast, or those who prefer to order something simple. Served in the front lounge and veranda from 7am, it is the perfect
setting to watch the village wake up and start bustling, with the backdrop view of the mountainis known for having the best breakfast in the Franschhoek village. Served in The Garden Room, guests and visitors can enjoy the delicious continental buffet, as well as order a hot dish from the à la carte menu.

In addition to this, we’ve just launched a Petite Breakfast Menu! Items include our famous cinnamon sticky buns,  Eggs Benedict, and a delicious croissant with scrambled egg and Neil Jewell’s bacon.

This menu is perfect for locals who want a quick bite with their morning newspaper and coffee, guests and visitors who do not have time to indulge in a full buffet breakfast, or those who prefer to order something simple. Served in the front lounge and veranda from 7am, it is the perfect setting to watch the village wake up and start bustling, with the backdrop view of the mountains.

Petite Breakfast Menu

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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

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