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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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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.

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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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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.

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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’.

Fhk-open-gardens-logo

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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