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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.

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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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.

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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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Chefs who Share raised R1 195 000 for charity!

Earlier in September, Margot Janse took part in charity dinner Chefs Who Share. 14 acclaimed South African chefs – paired in duos –presented seven especially designed menus for the night. Margot was paired with David Higgs from Saxon Hotel and Spa.

“It was an amazing night,” said Margot. “14 chefs all there for the same reason. It was well organised and there was an amazing vibe in the room.

“David Higgs and I have been very good friends for a long time, and it was fabulous working on this function together! We had loads of fun putting the menu together and then finalising all the preparations with 1000km between us.”

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Chefs who Share raised a total of R1 195 000 from ticket sales and an art auction which saw ten art pieces, donated by top South African artists, auctioned off by Cape Town businessman Iain Banner on the night. All proceeds raised by this prestigious event will go to MAD CHARITY (Make a Difference) and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

Veggie Boxes piled high with fresh ingredients donated by Woolworths destined for soup kitchens to feed underprivileged children, were also sold on the evening at R1000 per box. Chefs who Share hope to make this an ongoing initiative.

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A dish on the 7-course menu entitled: 'Gone Fishing'

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Charity, Chefs, Margot Janse,
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Margot Janse featured in Caterer and Hotelkeeper

“I always get asked the question what the difference is between male and female chefs is, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s actually a very sexist question. Food is determined by the person cooking it and gender doesn’t come into that. It’s as simple as that.” – Margot Janse

Margot Janse was recently featured in Caterer and Hotelkeeper!  The magazine is a weekly UK business magazine for hospitality professionals. See the article below.

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Posted in: Margot Janse, Press, Press & Media,
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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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Ready, set, Virgin Orange is on the mark!

Long-time friends, and now running partners, Margot Janse and Saskia Blaisse, are on a
mission. One that encompasses hundreds of kilometres of pounded pavement, an altruistic
goal, and The Cape Town Marathon on 22 September 2013.
They’re both Franschhoek locals: Margot is the executive chef of world-renowned Le
Quartier Français, and Saskia is the co-founder of Truckles Traditional Cheese and Blazing
Grey.
New to the marathon circuit, the two Dutch-born athletes have called themselves VIRGIN
ORANGE, and can be seen rain, sleet or winter sunshine every morning training on the
streets of their village (much to the delight of the townspeople driving past on their daily
commute, who have become the runners’ unofficial cheering squad).
Blazing a trail, the dynamic duo have been increasing their distance exponentially, with the
most recent achievement standing at 27 kilometres on one stretch—though the true goal
of competing in The Cape Town Marathon lies in raising funds for The Kusasa Project
Breakfast Club.
Since 2007 over 650,000 breakfasts have been provided at Dalubuhle and Wes Eind
Primary School, one of the most crucial programs which prepares the children for a day of
learning, facilitated by The Kusasa Project in conjunction with Le Quartier Francais.
This huge volume of meals requires a variety of utensils, equipment, storage and kitchen
structures as well as large numbers of plates and cutlery.
There is an urgent need to replenish this equipment and VIRGIN ORANGE have taken
on this challenge to raise R200 000 to purchase a significant amount of vitally needed
resources.
Please support this cause with donations to The Kusasa Project throug our registered
charities in South Africa, UK, Holland and the USA with a reference VO
Or visit http://www.justgiving.com/VIRGIN-ORANGE
Banking details
South Africa                                       Netherlands
Bank: Nedbank South Africa                                           Name: Stichting The Kusasa Project
Account Number: 1670005186                                              Bank: RABO Bank
Branch Code: 167005 & SWIFT Code: NEDSZAJJ      Account Number: 0135981468
Beneficiary: The Kusasa Project                                      IBAN No: NL 58 RABO 0135981468
United Kingdom                                     USA
Bank: Clydesdale Bank                                                              US tax payers can send a cheque
Sort Code:  826419                                                                     payable to KidsForce International
Account Number: 70128619                                                    put THE KUSASA PROJECT in memo line
Beneficiary: The Kusasa Project UK                                        and send to:
KidsForce International
c/o Alicia Fitts
5920 Manor Place
Brentwood, TN 37027

Long-time friends, and now running partners, Margot Janse and Saskia Blaisse, are on a mission. One that encompasses hundreds of kilometres of pounded pavement, an altruistic goal, and The Cape Town Marathon on 22 September 2013.

They’re both Franschhoek locals: Margot is the executive chef of world-renowned Le Quartier Français, and Saskia is the co-founder of Truckles Traditional Cheese and Blazing Grey.

Virgin Orange virgins

New to the marathon circuit, the two Dutch-born athletes have called themselves VIRGIN ORANGE, and can be seen rain, sleet or winter sunshine every morning training on the streets of their village (much to the delight of the townspeople driving past on their daily commute, who have become the runners’ unofficial cheering squad).

Blazing a trail, the dynamic duo have been increasing their distance exponentially, with the most recent achievement standing at 27 kilometres on one stretch—though the true goal of competing in The Cape Town Marathon lies in raising funds for The Kusasa Project Breakfast Club.

Virgin Orange mainrd

Since 2007 over 650,000 breakfasts have been provided at Dalubuhle and Wes Eind Primary School, one of the most crucial programs which prepares the children for a day of learning, facilitated by The Kusasa Project in conjunction with Le Quartier Francais.

This huge volume of meals requires a variety of utensils, equipment, storage and kitchen structures as well as large numbers of plates and cutlery.

There is an urgent need to replenish this equipment and VIRGIN ORANGE have taken n this challenge to raise R200 000 to purchase a significant amount of vitally needed resources.

Please support this cause with donations to The Kusasa Project through our registered charities in South Africa, UK, Holland and the USA with a reference VO. Or visit www.justgiving.com

South Africa
Bank: Nedbank South Africa
Account Number: 1670005186
Branch Code: 167005 & SWIFT Code: NEDSZAJJ
Beneficiary: The Kusasa Project

United Kingdom
Bank: Clydesdale Bank
Sort Code:  826419
Account Number: 70128619
Beneficiary: The Kusasa Project UK

Netherlands
Name: Stichting The Kusasa Project
Bank: RABO Bank
Account Number: 0135981468
IBAN No: NL 58 RABO 0135981468

USA
US tax payers can send a cheque payable to KidsForce International, put THE KUSASA PROJECT in memo line and send to:
KidsForce International
c/o Alicia Fitts
5920 Manor Place
Brentwood, TN 37027

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Kids, Kusasa Project, Margot Janse,
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Forage & feast!

Blogger http://lanaloustyle.com captured the second edition of Linteloo at Weylandts in Joburg beautifully. We reported on the Cape Town event here. http://blog.lqf.co.za/2013/05/linteloo-at-weylandts/#more-999

Blogger lanaloustyle.com has captured Dutch design and food evening: Linteloo at Weylandts beautifully. We reported on the event here.  Thank you Lana for your beautiful words and photographs!

Weylandts-evening-1 (1)An excerpt: “We experienced a sensory and visual delight that’s certainly difficult to explain. Starting with a wooden tree adorned with bird houses and nests filled with intriguing colourful ‘balls’. You had no idea what you were biting into, which made the experience all the more fun. Potted salmon in squid ink crumbs, Beetroot and spiced lime in beetroot crumbs and Saffron risotto rolled in parmesan snow… the flavours were exceptional and so creative.” Read the rest of Lana’s piece here.

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Posted in: Food, Inspiration, Le Quartier Français, Margot Janse, events,
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