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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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The Groenfontein Toy Project

Looking for a present with meaning? We have a number of hand-crafted pieces from The Groenfontein Toy Project for sale at our reception.
The project began in 2011 in response to the high levels of unemployment among women living Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo – ‘many of whom have been without consistent work their entire adult lives’.
The skills-development and employment initiative has a team of dedicated women who make the quirky toys by hand.
No two toys are exactly alike, making it a unique gift idea for baby showers and children’s birthdays.
Read more about the initiative here.

Looking for a present with meaning? We have a number of hand-crafted pieces from The Groenfontein Toy Project for sale at our reception.

groenfontein toys

The project began in 2011 in response to the high levels of unemployment among women living Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo – ‘many of whom have been without consistent work their entire adult lives’.

groenfontein toys

The skills-development and employment initiative has a team of dedicated women who make the quirky toys by hand. No two toys are exactly alike, making it a unique gift idea for baby showers and children’s birthdays.

Read more about the initiative here.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Charity, Le Quartier Français,
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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!”

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“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



  

The Cape Wine Auction

We’re thrilled to announce that on Friday, October 25th, The Cape Wine Auction will reveal their sponsors and charities as well as introduce their 20 ‘Auction Ambassadors’ at Le Quartier Français! Five other international launches will happen simultaneously to kick-start the international fund-raising.

The-AfrAsia-Bank-Cape-Wine-Auction

Mike Ratcliffe of Warwick Wines, on behalf of the Auction Committee, answered a few questions about this exciting event.

What is The Cape Wine Auction?
Our annual charity wine auction. An anxiously awaited must-attend social event. The glamorous epicenter of the wine-lands. A showcase. A gastronomic banquet celebrating all that is great about our wine industry. An event to unite the industry around a common cause. A global branding opportunity for South African wine. A memorable party.

What will the Auction be like?
The Auction will be a glamorous lunchtime affair on March 15th 2014, perhaps the most beautiful month of the year. Expect guests to be dressed beautifully in their best summer finery. Iconic South African winemakers and an A-list culinary team lead by Grande Chef Margot Janse will mingle with guests during a day of indulgence and fun. Interactive screens will bring the kitchen and auction activities to you. The auction itself will remain relaxed and fun with a professional auctioneer keeping it light and pushing guests to reach deep for an exceptional cause.

What will be auctioned?
Auction lots will focus on wine experiences. Special wines not available to the public, winery experiences and personal interactions with top chefs and winemakers in incredible locations. Ever wanted to buy a barrel from your favourite winery and follow its maturation through to bottling? Ever wanted a top chef and winemaker to partner for a dinner party in your home? How about a personally curated wine tour of iconic wineries and restaurants with a group of friends? Have you ever wanted access to the Napa Valley Wine Auction or Hospice du Beaune? Auction lots will invite the public into the beating heart of the wine industry. VIP access has never looked so good.

What is the charitable focus?
The auction will focus on the two pillars of ‘local’ & ‘education’. By definition, the Auction will focus it’s proceeds predominantly on education in the wine-lands of South Africa. The Auction remains inclusive of all aspects of education from infant development, through nutritional education all the way to the provision of a leadership academy and tertiary educational endowments. The charities that will align with the Auction are The Pebbles Project and the Make A Difference Foundation.

The Auction’s three day agenda?
The Auction aims to be a three day event encompassing a high-end introduction to the South African wine industry for inbound guests. The agenda will kick-off on Thursday night the 13th of March with a ‘Bring-a-Magnum’ party launch event hosted by one of South Africa’s most prestigious Franschhoek properties. Multiple events will be hosted around the winelands on Friday culminating in the ‘Barrel Auction’ to be hosted by Waterford Estate on Friday night.

Who will be at the Auction?
The Cape Wine Auction needs to be an international event to be successful in it’s objectives. In 2014 we expect 250 guests with half of the attendees flying in from abroad. The Auction Ambassadors will be integral in identifying colleagues, friends & associates with a philanthropic agenda who will educated about the Auction objectives in advance, and will attend and bid on their specific auction lots.

What is an Auction Ambassador?
The Auction aims to partner with 20 ‘Ambassadors’ who identify with the charitable cause and wish to be supporters. Ambassadors can be stakeholders, organisations, individuals or families. Ambassadors would be vocal in their support of the auction and align with the charitable vision of the organisers.

What role does an Auction Ambassador play?
Curate an auction lot: Ambassadors will identify specific donors in their networks and approach them with the objective to create a lot that would be attractive to them. Based on the value of the proposed donation, Ambassadors would curate a specific lot to satisfy the wishes of that donor in order to ensure the donation is realized.
Organise a pre-event: Ambassadors will organise pre-auction events to entertain their network, additional fund-raisers and/or become involved in the event organisation. The Auction intends becoming a three day event that could attract people to Stellenbosch for the weekend from around the world.
Gather your philanthropic circles. Ambassadors can host a table at the auction and play a role in motivating guests towards extreme generosity.

Find The Cape Wine Auction on Facebook and Twitter

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Charity, Le Quartier Français, Margot Janse,
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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.

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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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The Big Green Egg

The Big Green Egg
Among the many other upgrades happening in our kitchens at the moment (read out about our Silestone countertops), we’ll also be setting up revolutionary grilling device, The Big Green Egg in both the kitchen at LQF and at Bread & Wine.
Derived from an ancient Japanese cooking device known as a ‘kamado’, which was originally a clay vessel with a lid, The Big Green Egg is a modern ceramic take; and can be used as an oven, smoker or braai, of course.
We can’t wait summer at Bread & Wine
We’re already using The Big Green Egg in our cooking classes. [http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151453124056466.1073741834.163175491465&type=3]

Among the many other upgrades happening in our kitchens at the moment (read out about our Silestone countertops), we’ll also be setting up revolutionary grilling device, The Big Green Egg in the kitchen at Bread & Wine.

Derived from an ancient Japanese cooking device known as a ‘kamado’, which was originally a clay vessel with a lid, The Big Green Egg is a modern ceramic take; and can be used as an oven, smoker or braai, of course.

cooking green egg

We’re already using The Big Green Egg in our cooking classes.

How it works:

BGE Grill Display

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français, Neil Jewell, beauty sleep,
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Ding, ding!

And we’re off! Renovations have begun at Le Quartier Français, and we’re going at a flying speed. Check out our works in progress below. We can’t wait to see our vision come to life.

Our new front reception

Our new front reception

The new bar!

The new bar!

Margot's new pastry kitchen

Margot's new pastry kitchen

The soon-to-be breakfast patio

The soon-to-be breakfast patio

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep updated on our progress!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bar, Hotel, Le Quartier Français,
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