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The FoodWineDesign Fair 2013

Neil ‘His Royal Porkness’ Jewell and Môreson Wines are in Joburg for The FoodWineDesign Fair 2013, which is running from 8-10 November.

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The boutique outdoor market, on the rooftop of the Hyde Park Corner shopping centre features ‘the best local furniture crafters, artisan products, top wine labels, microbreweries and speciality foods.’

“We have a living stand,” says general manager of LQF, Linda Coltart. “One wall is full of flowers and herbs and the other is covered in Polaroid pictures of our guests taking the first bites of the bacon sandwich.”

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“We’re launching our new Bacon of the Month Club! We started out with CBC-cured bacon [craft beer]. And today we’ll have Asian-flavoured bacon. On Saturday and Sunday, come and try our Chardonnay-cured bacon as well as our famous original bacon—all grilled on The Big Green Egg.”

Peaked your interest? Go to www.baconofthemonth.co.za. The full website will be going live soon, but on the landing page you’ll find out a bit more about what our Bacon of the Month Club is doing. In addition to this you’ll be able to fill in your email address so that we can make sure you’re kept in the loop regarding launch dates, membership prices and general information about the BEST CLUB EVER.

Remember: if it’s not bacon it’s not kosher.



  

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.

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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?

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

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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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Margot and Neil dish on each other

Both of our restaurants have been nominated once again for The Eat Out Awards. This marks the second time both Bread & Wine and The Tasting Room have appeared on the Top 20 nomination list concurrently – but that’s not all, that year, 2007, both restaurants made it onto the Top 10 Restaurants too! The Tasting Room garnered the number one spot, and Bread & Wine came in at number four!

And, not only are both Margot Janse (The Tasting Room) and Neil Jewell (Bread & Wine) great chefs, but they’re also great friends.

Margot and Neil making bacon together for a story in Good Taste Magazine

Margot and Neil making bacon together for a story in Good Taste Magazine

How long have you been friends?
Neil: Before the grey hair, circa 1999. It was my first service at Bread & Wine, I had been in the country for about 4 days, and some guy comes walking into the kitchen: I’m looking at him, with a ‘who are you and what are you doing in my kitchen glare’. I greet him and he introduces himself as Richard Friedman which means nothing to me at the time (turns out he is Susan Huxter’s brother).

Margot, coming out of the walk-in fridge with a handful of ingredients, catches the exchange and proceeds to collapse laughing, dropping what she had in her hands, onto the floor.

Margot: I remember when Neil and Tina came for their interview. I showed him my very small walk-in fridge and Neil had a little flip out over all our beautiful fresh herbs. I couldn’t believe it, he came from London after all… But he was right! Our produce is and was then already bloody amazing.

Soon after we had one of our very famous chefs and winemaker get-togethers. And, Neil,  after many glasses of wine, wagged his finger and said he was determined to make everything he was going to serve at Bread & Wine himself.

I told him I would love to eat ‘lamb ham’, and so it all began!

Neil is best at…
Margot: PIG! Then being humble and staying enthusiastic.

Margot is best at…
Neil: Thinking on her feet, and being cool under pressure.

Margot’s favourite ingredient is…
Neil: It’s not cauliflower…

Neil’s favourite ingredient is…
Margot: Ummm, PIG?

Describe Margot as a chef in three words
Neil: Determined, gifted, curious

Describe Neil as a chef in three words
Margot: Honest, focused, wicked



  

The Long Tea Table

Le Quartier Français, the world-renowned hotel nestled in the Franschhoek Valley, has launched a high tea menu. The menu,
designed by Grand Chef Margot Janse, is a taste delight of savoury and sweet and will be generously spread out on The Long
Tea Table.
Imagine sitting in the beautiful Garden Room with views of the Franschhoek mountains and hotel gardens and relaxing for
hours on end with friends and treats. A fire will be roaring in the winter months, and when warmer the doors wide open to
embrace the summer air.
Menu includes decadent items such as Macadamia and white chocolate cheesecake, Pulled pork and chorizo vetkoek, Kabeljou
and baby leek crumble, and Blueberry and honeybush macaroons.
You tailor-make your own menu, depending on preference:
R200 for an 8 treat selection
R250 for a 10 treat selection
R300 for a 12 treat selection
Tea and coffee are included in each.
The impeccable service, exquisite surroundings and luxurious attention to detail ensure an afternoon to remember for any
occasion. Whether a special event such as a baby shower, kitchen tea, birthday party, book club, or just a lazy day lounging
with your ladies… indulgence and spoiling will be had.
The Long Tea Table is available for private bookings of 10 or more people, between 12h00 and 17h00. Contact Eleanor for
enquiries and menu options.
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Event: The Long Tea Table for private functions
Venue: The Garden Room, Le Quartier Français
Address: 16 Huguenot St, Franschhoek, Cape Winelands
Date: Available on request – every day, 12h00-17h00
www.lqf.co.za
Enquiries: Eleanor – eleanor@lqf.co.za / 021 867 2151

We’ve just launched a high tea menu for The Garden Room! The menu, designed by Margot Janse, is a taste delight of savoury and sweet and will be generously spread out on The Long Tea Table.

The Long Tea Table

Imagine sitting in the beautiful Garden Room with views of the Franschhoek mountains and hotel gardens and relaxing for hours on end with friends and treats. A fire will be roaring in the winter months, and when warmer the doors wide open to embrace the summer air.

Menu includes decadent items such as macadamia and white chocolate cheesecake, pulled pork and chorizo vetkoek, Kabeljou and baby leek crumble, and blueberry and honeybush macaroons. You tailor-make your own menu, depending on preference:

R200 for an 8 treat selection
R250 for a 10 treat selection
R300 for a 12 treat selection
Tea and coffee are included in each.

The impeccable service, exquisite surroundings and luxurious attention to detail ensure an afternoon to remember for any occasion. Whether a special event such as a baby shower, kitchen tea, birthday party, book club, or just a lazy day lounging with your ladies… indulgence and spoiling will be had.

The Long Tea Table is available for private bookings of 10 or more people, between 12h00 and 17h00. Contact Eleanor for enquiries and menu options on eleanor@lqf.co.za or call  021 867 2151.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français, Margot Janse, The Garden Room,
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Simply wonderful

Designers, entrepreneurs and animal lovers, couple Lexi Fontein and Graeme Lipschitz are the brains behind our new logos and design work. We caught up with them and delved into the world of The Wonderland Collective

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Can you tell us about Wonderland Collective as a business?
We had a dream to not only establish a boutique design agency that would create beautiful commissioned designs, but to also stretch our creativity into innovative real life products. While Wonderland Works would create digital magic on behalf of their clients, Wonderland Collective, would be the physical product arm of the company.

Please elaborate on your contributions to animal charities & rehabilitation?
We started Wonderland Collective as a vehicle to help the world be a better place. We do this through various avenues. 

1. We love sharing our skills. We have recently donated our time to the Sozo Foundation where we taught 12 high school kids a course titled “An Introduction to Graphic Design“.

2. We’ve partnered with The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
We are giving both a financial and time donation to this organisation. We have designed their new site www.iworry.org, which will be launching in the next couple of weeks. We also give a percentage of our products to them. We love the work they are doing and are thrilled to be able to help where we can. We also want people to know if they are buying our products, they are in essence helping the animals the trust works with.

Tell us more about your engraved skateboards you’ve created to tie in with the above charity?
“The 3 Letter Predators” is a range of 3 laser engraved skateboard decks inspired by the characters in “The Midnight Folk”, a book by John Masefield which was first published in 1927. “The Owl”, “The Fox”, and “The Cat” were illustrated by the Wonderland Works illustration team, who experimented with the laser on wood format extensively before the final range was produced. The decks are fully skateable, but they survive much better as wall art or as installations.

You’re responsible for the LQF’s new logos and design work. What inspired you?
This is a toughie to answer. The overarching idea that inspired the team was the LQF experience one has when you visit either for cocktails, dinner, or for the night.

The sense of luxury with a quirky and mischievous twist. The colour scheme at LQF also really played to our advantage when developing the new brand and visual language. It is so fresh and vibrant, and can only make you feel excited about the experience you’re about to delve into.

Your favourite cocktail and bite at the new bar?
It would have to be the pineapple and ginger motijo! I also LOVED the crayfish popcorn. Yummy!

Describe yourself in three words
Lexi: Creative; passionate; driven
Graeme: Maverick; entrepreneur; enigmatic

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Posted in: Inspiration, Le Quartier Français,
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Elite Traveler – 14 days in South Africa

We’ve been featured in the September/October edition of Elite Traveler! The ‘private jet lifestyle magazine’ enjoys worldwide distribution in more than 100 countries aboard private jets and mega-yachts.

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In this issue’s, 14 days in South Africa, written by Larry Olmsted, we make an appearance in day two. Here’s the excerpt:

“Return to Franschhoek in the afternoon with some time to relax before tonight’s main event, the nine-course, three-and-a-half-hour dinner at The Tasting Room in Le Quartier Français. Widely considered South Africa’s finest restaurant, The Tasting Room perennially makes the vaunted San Pellegrino “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list,and is the highest ranked eatery on the entire African continent. Chef Margot Janse was named South Africa’s Top Chef 2012 (again), and her African inspired Surprise Menu features gourmet takes on local specialities, such as kingklip, a delicious fish rarely seen outside southern Africa, all paired with local wines. Many of the herbs and vegetables are grown in the inn’s extensive gardens, and this is truly one of the world’s great meals.”

Thank you very much for the wonderful mention!

Read the digital version of the magazine here.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Hotel, Le Quartier Français, Margot Janse, Press, The Tasting Room,
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The Celebrity Chefs Challenge

Feed a child for a year and attend a swanky gourmet evening at the same time. Sound good? On 12 October, The Celebrity Chefs Challenge is back.

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“Join celebrity chefs Margot Janse (Le Quartier Français), Chris Erasmus (Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant), Neil Jewell (Bread and Wine) and Reuben Riffel (Reuben’s) for a unique dining experience where they will prepare a six-course menu using only Peninsula School Feeding Association’s staple ingredients such as samp, beans, maize, carrots, lentils and sugar beans.”

All courses will be paired with complimentary wines. Tickets cost only R395, which will cover the cost of feeding a child for a year!

To book your tickets, send your request to Kate at ccc@psfa.co.za

12 October, 6.30pm
Granger Bay Hotel School Restaurant, Mouille Point, Cape Town

PSFA currently feeds 22 000 children daily in 113 schools across the Western Cape. Last year, the Celebrity Chefs Challenge raised over R233 000, feeding over 630 learners for the entire year. For more info please contact us on 021 447 6020.

An auction item list is available to preview. Please email ccc@psfa.co.za to request a copy. Credit card facilities will be available. If you’d like to add items to the auction, please let them know.

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Le Creuset’75

Yesterday we launched our Le Creuset pop-up store! All browsers were treated to a complimentary cocktail, which we specially created for the occasion.
Le Creuset’75 is a twist on a classic French 75 (gin, lemon and champagne) with the addition of Earl Grey flavours.
We chatted to our consultant barman Matthew Roberts about the special drink: “The gin is frozen down to -20*C and then a couple of spoons Lady Bonin’s loose leaf Earl Grey tea is added. With this drop in temperature it allows us to only extract the gentle perfumes of the tea leaves rather than the thick, bitter tannins.
“The tannins are a quality of the finished product, with slowing the whole infusion process down it allows us to extract just the right amount of tannins to help the London Dry Gin appear dryer still but without becoming astringent.
“The gin is ‘thrown’ together with fresh lemon juice and just a touch of sugar and then lengthened with Miss Molly Bubbly, MCC. The drink is bright and fresh with the fine mousse of the wine carrying the Earl Grey perfumes to the top of the glass. Served up and garnished with lemon oils.”

Yesterday we launched our Le Creuset pop-up store! All browsers were treated to a complimentary cocktail, which we specially created for the occasion.

Le Creuset’75 is a twist on a classic French 75 (gin, lemon and champagne) with the addition of Earl Grey flavours.

Matt Roberts

We chatted to our consultant barman Matthew Roberts about the special drink: “The gin is frozen down to -20*C and then a couple of spoons Lady Bonin’s loose leaf Earl Grey tea is added. With this drop in temperature it allows us to only extract the gentle perfumes of the tea leaves rather than the thick, bitter tannins.

“The tannins are a quality of the finished product, with slowing the whole infusion process down it allows us to extract just the right amount of tannins to help the London Dry Gin appear dryer still but without becoming astringent.

“The gin is ‘thrown’ together with fresh lemon juice and just a touch of sugar and then lengthened with Miss Molly Bubbly, MCC. The drink is bright and fresh with the fine mousse of the wine carrying the Earl Grey perfumes to the top of the glass. Served up and garnished with lemon oils.”

Don't they make a fetching pair?

Don't they make a fetching pair?

Head over to our Facebook page for more images of the launch and shop.

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