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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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The World’s Most Creative Chefs

Margot Janse has been named one of the ‘World’s Most Creative Chefs’ by for Air Private Jet magazine. We happen to agree! In this article our talented Executive Chef is in the company of greats, such as Massimo Bottura and Alex Atala. See the full article below.

Air Private Jet Magazine

Air Private Jet Magazine

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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.

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Inside The Tasting Room kitchen

The Tasting Room: the place where executive chef, Margot Janse, works her special kind of magic with her team of dedicated chefs. The domain of surprise.  of local flavour. of adventure. Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside the kitchen? Wonder no more.

We can’t show you the dishes in detail – because, well, they’re a surprise – but we can show you the beautiful kitchen, The Tasting Room’s culinary playground. To see what went into creating the kitchen, jump on over to this post.

Margot Janse plating

Margot Janse plating

Ain't it pretty?

Ain't she pretty?

Precision and imagination make for exciting plating

Precision and imagination make for exciting plating

Expediting

Expediting

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Margot Janse featured in Jamie Magazine

Deck the halls with the festive issue of the Jamie Magazine (U.K )! Margot Janse is in a special feature, where the magazine asked ten of their favourite chefs for their top places to spend the holiday season. Scroll down for the article below, and check out the magazine’s website for some great Christmas cooking tips.

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Jamie Magazine Dec Issue 2013 MJ-3

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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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The Tasting Room & Bread and Wine both nominated AGAIN for the 2013 Eat Out Awards

THE TASTING ROOM AND BREAD&WINE BOTH NOMINATED FOR THE 2013 EAT OUT DSTV FOOD NETWORK RESTAURANT
AWARDS
Eat Out is known as South Africa’s best guide to South Africa’s best food. Additionally they are a directory portal for
restaurants, markets and recipe information and specials. This year marks the 16th
Restaurant Awards.
Anonymous judges have been dining in restaurants across the country in order to nominate 20 finalists. Le Quartier Français’s
lunch time restaurant Bread&Wine – situated on Môreson Wine Estate and part of the Le Quartier family – and world-
renowned in-house dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, have both been nominated. The Tasting Room has made it onto the
Top 10 eleven times in the 16years that this award has existed. The Tasting Room has also been nominated for the Boschendal
Style Award 2013.
The only female Grand Chef in Africa, Margot Janse, heads up The Tasting Room, and is the Winner of the Eat Out Chef of the
Year Award 2012. Bread&Wine is well known for their Head Chef, Neil Jewell, and his love for charcuterie.
The Awards ceremony will be held on the 10th
restaurants, Chef of Year, the Service Excellence Award and others. They will also reveal the names of the (currently)
anonymous judges.
Abigail Donnelly, Editor for Eat Out, says “Ultimately, however, it’s the food that counts. Taste is the emotional component of
a dish, making it the most vital element. The scorecards show which restaurants excel in flavour and not just the fussy stuff.
Many of our native ingredients have been celebrated, making them the future of South African food”.
annual Eat Out DStv Food Network
of November 2013 in Cape Town, where they will announce the Top 10

We’re beyond thrilled that 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! We were extremely proud then and we’re proud now! Head over to Eat Out to see the results from 2007.

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

Eat Out is known as South Africa’s best guide to South Africa’s best food. Additionally they are a directory portal for restaurants, markets and recipe information and specials. This year marks the 16th Restaurant Awards.

Anonymous judges have been dining in restaurants across the country in order to nominate 20 finalists. Le Quartier Français’s lunch time restaurant Bread&Wine – situated on Môreson Wine Estate and part of the Le Quartier family – and world-renowned in-house dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, have both been nominated. The Tasting Room has made it onto the Top 10 eleven times in the 16 years that this award has existed. The Tasting Room has also been nominated for the Boschendal Style Award 2013.

The only female Grand Chef in Africa, Margot Janse, heads up The Tasting Room, and is the Winner of the Eat Out Chef of the Year Award 2012. Bread&Wine is well known for their Head Chef, Neil Jewell, and his love for charcuterie.

The Awards ceremony will be held on the 10th of November 2013 in Cape Town, where they will announce the Top 10 restaurants, Chef of Year, the Service Excellence Award and others. They will also reveal the names of the (currently) anonymous judges.

Abigail Donnelly, Editor for Eat Out, says “Ultimately, however, it’s the food that counts. Taste is the emotional component of a dish, making it the most vital element. The scorecards show which restaurants excel in flavour and not just the fussy stuff.  Many of our native ingredients have been celebrated, making them the future of South African food”.

Venue: The Lookout, V&A Waterfront
Event: Eat Out Awards 2013
Date: 10 November 2013
www.lqf.co.za
www.eatout.co.za

Enquiries: Robyn – marketing@lqf.co.za / 021 867 2151

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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.

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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.

peninsula feeding school

“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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