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The Tasting Room ranks on S.Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurants!

The World’s 50/100 Best Restaurants were announced last night in London’s Guildhall in a dazzling ceremony fit for the culinary elite.

The Tasting Room was honoured with position 72.

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“We’re delighted to be featured once again on this prestigious list,” said Susan Huxter, owner of Le Quartier Français. “It’s wonderful recognition and it reflects the dedication of Chef Margot and her entire team.”

Executive Chef Margot Janse has consistently shown she can compete with the very best in the gourmet gauntlet. Chef Margot has maintained a spot on this celebrated list since 2002; in 2010 she was notably the only female chef to achieve a place in the World Top 50.

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The Tasting Room has been a recurrent competitor on the world-renowned list. In 2011, The Tasting Room took the 36th spot as well as the title of Best Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East. In 2012, the trend continued with 56th position and in 2013, 53rd .

By now the knowledge that The Tasting Room is one of the world’s best restaurants comes as no surprise, yet the innovative cuisine doesn’t play by the same rules.

Surprise and nostalgia take centre stage at the fine dining restaurant in Franschhoek. Diners embark on a journey of taste, guided by culinary story-tellers in the most beautiful and whimsical of settings.

Surprise: an emotion that occurs when something breaks our habitual pattern.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Awards, Le Quartier Français, Margot Janse, The Tasting Room,
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Up, up and up! Our new management team

We announced earlier this month that Linda Coltart our extraordinary general manager of 16 years will be saying goodbye to us in the middle of June.

Linda is leaving big shoes to fill. We have decided to transform roles and promote within—and together as a family we’ll step forward in these new shoes and into the future of hospitality management.

New Management LQF

We caught up with three of our team to talk about their new roles.

Roger Boonzaaier, Hotel Manager
Roger describes himself as ‘dependable, impulsive, and pragmatic’. He knows the hotel like the back of his hand. After all, he’s spent18 years working in all of the departments, ‘except the kitchen’. Contact him on: roger@lqf.co.za

In your opinion what experiences in Franschhoek are not-to-be-missed?
Neil’s Charcuterie & Wine Tasting; the Franschhoek Motor Museum; a fynbos walk with Rob Armstrong and Mandela’s home at Victor Verster Prison.

What is the strangest request you have had from a guest?
There was once a young boy, who kept snails he found in the garden as pets in small boxes—which we had to supply.

Eleanor Kerwan, Culinary Manager
Eleanor loves food: from when she was a little girl, eating ‘plumes, acon & bacon’ as she used to call her breakfast, to working in the restaurant and hospitality trade since qualifying. She has been a part of the team for 13 years. Contact her on: eleanor@lqf.co.za

What do you love about working at LQF?
Mutual respect, team work and it’s loads of fun!

Your favourite dish in…
The Tasting Room – the Paradyskloof quail with amasi, sweetcorn and granola; The Garden Room – Margot’s famous sticky buns; The Lounge Bar – the prawn popcorn with lime salt.

What cocktail would you recommended in the Lounge Bar?
I love the Franschhoek Fruit Cup, it’s refreshingly delicious!

Louise du Valle, Reservations Manager
Louise describes herself as ‘friendly, considerate and determined’. She has over a decade of hospitality experience (both local and international) and has worked at LQF for three and a half years. Contact her on: louise@lqf.co.za

Can you share your favourite guest memory?
I once took a honeymoon couple on an extraordinary experience to the Mandela House at Victor Verster. The couple didn’t know what to expect and were truly moved by the experience.

Which is your favourite room and why?
I feel a lot of warmth from Room 4. I love the secret garden, where you can escape and just be…

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français,
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Margot Janse & Red Balloon Revolution

Margot Janse & Red Balloon Revolution celebrate 1500 lives of underprivileged children in Franschhoek. Celebration Day: 22nd of April 2014, Franschhoek South Africa.

Red Balloon

“Every life is worth celebrating,” says the Red Balloon Revolution.

Through the great work of Dutch-born top chef Margot Janse—The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek is rated as one of the best restaurants in the world—Red Balloon Revolution was introduced to the wonderful work of The Kusasa Project.

The Franschhoek non-profit organisation encourages a brighter future for underprivileged children by facilitating academic, sporting and life skills development. And, with the help of Margot Janse and her foundation Isabelo, the children of Kusasa now receive a healthy meal as well as an egg a day. (The egg had been especially added for its protein content, which is necessary for brain development.)

Red Balloon Revolution and Kusasa want to let 1500 children of three Franschhoek schools know that their lives are worth celebrating.

On 22nd of April every child will receive a Red Balloon gift bag teeming with products to celebrate life. Among the many items, there will also be a journal to inspire the children to have a positive outlook for their future, a wish card with tomato seeds to plant, a toothbrush, soap and so on.

To finance this project, The Red Balloon Revolution has developed a wide range of products: from a children’s clothing line and ceramics to iPad sleeves and key chains.

These high quality products have been handmade in Africa by empowerment projects, which help create employment for women in townships.

On the products, look for a Red Balloon—a symbol for freedom and happiness, which are the two core values of the Red Balloon Revolution.

For more information on the programme and products of Red Balloon Revolution go to www.redballoonrevolution.com or contact
Jitra Janssonius Sinselmeijer Cell:+27 (0) 72 9835231 Email: jitra@redballoonrevolution.com
Sophie Vos Kooistra Cell: +27 (0)72 2836307 Email: sophie@redballoonrevolution.com
Le Quartier Français: Margot Janse Tel: +27 21 876 8441 Email: margot@lqf.co.za

For more information on the programme and products of Red Balloon Revolution go to www.redballoonrevolution.com or contact Jitra Janssonius Sinselmeijer Cell:+27 (0) 72 9835231 Email: jitra@redballoonrevolution.com Sophie Vos Kooistra Cell: +27 (0)72 2836307 Email: sophie@redballoonrevolution.com Le Quartier Français: Margot Janse Tel: +27 21 876 8441 Email: margot@lqf.co.za

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Isabelo, Kusasa Project, Le Quartier Français, Margot Janse,
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Easter at Le Quartier Français

We’re egg-cited to announce that this Easter our guests will be treated to an in-room Easter Egg Hunt!

Gold Bunny Milk 100g

Our resident Easter Bunny will be hiding Gold Lindt Bunnies (as well as baby Lindt Bunnies for the kids) in their rooms; along with vouchers for: treatments at B.gorgeous, cocktails at our Lounge Bar or complimentary wine tastings at Môreson!

Happy hunting!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français,
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Room 16

Every room or suite at Le Quartier Français has been decorated with individual flair, and every abode has something unique to it.

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We think one of the many reasons Room 16 is special, is for its private courtyard. The tranquil space is just the spot to enjoy a morning cup of tea, or indeed a Nespresso. Or a glass of wine at night while gazing at the stars…

courtyard room 16

The Auberge offers nine en-suite Auberge Rooms, three Grande Rooms, three Petite Garden Suites and two deluxe Auberge Suites (with private pools), which open onto a rose-filled central courtyard and swimming pool. For the ultimate in luxury, there are four state-of-the-art suites, The Four Quarters, overlooking a private pool and sun-splashed deck.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français,
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Five ways to warm up at LQF this autumn

There’s a cold snap in the air… so why not snap your fingers and wish yourself to Le Quartier Français, we have a variety of  ways to warm you right up.

1. Pop into B.gorgeous and get a wash-and-blow in a relaxed and beautiful atmosphere—you may as well take advantage of the foot soak that comes with the pedicure too.

2. Sit by the fireside in the Lounge Bar with a cup of Lady Bonin Tea.

Lady Bonin Tea

3. Cuddle under blankets in your own private garden in one of our suites, while gazing up at the stars in the clear country sky.

4. Grab a colourful casserole dish from our Le Creuset pop-up shop and cook something hearty at home.

5. Indulge in a hot breakfast in The Garden Room, ensconced in a cosy nook.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bar, Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français, b.gorgeous,
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A word on breakfast

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”

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Come for breakfast in The Garden Room if you want the freshest fruit as bright as jewels, cold-pressed juice bursting with vitality, sticky buns, homemade muesli, thick creamy yoghurt, preserves made with local Franschhoek ingredients… There’s hot food too: try the Egg’s Benedict: Herb brioche, poached egg, Neil’s dry cured pancetta & smoked hollandaise. See the rest of the menu here, and best of all there’s no need to rush out of bed, we serve breakfast until 11am!

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français, The Garden Room,
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An opportunity to make a difference

The festivities for the Cape Wine Auction kick off today! See the full program of events here. And, tomorrow is the official Auction: a glamorous lunchtime affair at Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch.
‘Margot Janse will lead a culinary team to present a stunning, but relaxed lunch to wile away the afternoon. Music, art, theatre and some of the greatest South African wines poured by the winemakers themselves will keep you entertained’.
This will be followed by the auction: ‘an opportunity to make a difference’.
View our exciting lot here! You’ll also be able to bid online.
Want to know more? Check out this interview we did with Mike Ratcliffe.

The festivities for the Cape Wine Auction kick off today! See the full program of events here. And, tomorrow is the official auction: a glamorous lunchtime affair at Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch.

‘Margot Janse will lead a culinary team to present a stunning, but relaxed lunch to wile away the afternoon. Music, art, theatre and some of the greatest South African wines poured by the winemakers themselves will keep you entertained’.

Cape Wine Auction

This will be followed by the auction: ‘an opportunity to make a difference’.

View our exciting lot here! You’ll also be able to bid online.

Want to know more? Check out this interview we did with Mike Ratcliffe.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Charity, Le Quartier Français, Margot Janse,
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And the winner of #MyApron is…

We had so many wonderful entries! Thank you to all who participated, we feel lucky to have such funny and clever followers!

So without further ado… The winner is ‏@ReneLawrence77! Congratulations! See the winning slogan below. Please post your email address in the comments and we’ll contact you regarding the details.

my apron winner

Curious to know how we judged? See our judging rules here.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Competition, Le Creuset Pop-up Store, Le Quartier Français,
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Competition judging rules for #MyApron

We had a huge amount of fun on Twitter these last few weeks with our #MyApron campaign! Please see the rules below, which we will abide by when judging.

LQF-Apron-Campaign

The Rules

1. The results will be determined by three judges: Susan Huxter, Linda Coltart and Jamie Paine. The judges will each give points out of 1 to 5 – with 5 being the highest score – to each of the entries on the anonymous list of the top 14.
2. If there is a tie in the scoring, the judges will confer.
3. The top 14 will be chosen by the social media manager of Le Quartier Français, Malu Lambert
4. Malu Lambert will verify each of the top 14 to check for plagiarism—and a further check will be done once the winner is chosen.
5. The winner will be announced on Thursday, 27 February on the blog of Le Quartier Français as well as on the social media channels, Twitter and Facebook.
6. The competition rules may be obtained from Robyn Watkins via email: robyn@lqf.co.za
7. The competition will be audited by a professional person such as an independent accountant, registered auditor, attorney or advocate oversees and will certify the manner in which the competition was conducted and reports his findings through the promoter’s internal audit reporting or validation and verification procedures.

1. The results will be determined by three judges: Susan Huxter, Linda Coltart and Jamie Paine. The judges will each give points out of 1 to 5 – with 5 being the highest score – to each of the entries on the anonymous list of the top 14.

2. If there is a tie in the scoring, the judges will confer.

3. The top 14 will be chosen by the social media manager of Le Quartier Français, Malu Lambert

4. Malu Lambert will verify each of the top 14 to check for plagiarism—and a further check will be done once the winner is chosen.

5. The winner will be announced on Thursday, 27 February on the blog of Le Quartier Français as well as on the social media channels, Twitter and Facebook.

6. The competition rules may be obtained from Robyn Watkins via email: robyn@lqf.co.za

7. The competition will be audited by a professional person such as an independent accountant, registered auditor, attorney or advocate oversees and will certify the manner in which the competition was conducted and reports his findings through the promoter’s internal audit reporting or validation and verification procedures.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Competition, Le Creuset Pop-up Store, Le Quartier Français,
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