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Mrs. Ndaba Programme Thank You

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The Mrs. Ndaba Friday’s concept has proved so popular that we now supply healthy meals, to over 70 children, in three different preschools five days a week.

This project is entirely funded by the generous donations of our guests, and other friends of Le Quartier Français. The food is all prepared by the Le Quartier Français team so every penny donated is spent on the children.

Liwa Lethu, one of the three local crèches we now support through our Mrs. Ndaba initiative, sent us – and by us we mean some of our guests and other generous donors – this thank you letter. We’d thought we’d share it here so everyone who has been involved can see how much of a difference they’re making.

The Funniest Video this Year!

Monday, January 31st, 2011

We love comedy and we really love Michael McIntyre. He is H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S. If you need a laugh and, let’s face it we all need a laugh, watch this. It’s particularly relevant if you:

  1. Review experiences on TripAdvisor
  2. Use TripAdvisor reviews to make decisions about where to stay and eat.

The quality isn’t great but that doesn’t detract from the humour. Click here to get to the right place in the YouTube video we’re raving about.

    New on The Common Room Cocktail Menu

    Monday, November 8th, 2010

    Monday getting you down? Need a pick-me-up? Come try our new Bow Chicka Wow Wow Martini.

    It’s what our sculptures drink on their day off …

    The Indigenous and Unusual Herb and Sculpture Garden

    Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

    A few pictures from the new Indigenous and Unusual Herb and Sculpture Garden at is art:

    The Franschhoek Affair – Bread Making with Tina Jewell

    Monday, June 21st, 2010

    Bread Making with Tina Jewell, at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, followed by wine tasting and a light lunch. All for just R770.00 per person!

    Space is limited (there is only enough room for 10 people) so you’ll need to book as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.

    Date: Saturday, 26 June 2010
    Time: 09:30 – 14:30
    Location: Môreson Farm
    Cost: R770.00 per person

    To book call Tina on 021 876 4004.

    Are the days of hand luggage nearly over?

    Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

    Thanks to the airlines tough new stance on hand luggage traveling, without having to check luggage in, is becoming increasingly unavoidable.

    Image courtesy of Shanghai Daddy (

    Image courtesy of Shanghai Daddy (

    When you take into account that the weight of most hand luggage (the kind on wheels) is a 1/3 to a 1/2 of your allowance it’s no wonder that so many of us keep overstepping those pesky weight restrictions.

    It is incredibly challenging to pack for a trip, especially those to freezing climates, when you’ve got only a few kilogrammes to spare.

    I’m a fairly frequent traveler and I don’t get it right most of the time! I was wondering if there were any frequent travelers who manage to get it right all of the time? If so please share a few of your tips.

    What are your hand-luggage-only traveling secrets?

    IS Art Gallery at Le Quartier Français

    Friday, May 7th, 2010

    The IS Art Gallery at Le Quarter Français – opening on the 14th May 2010 – will host regular exhibitions featuring leading and upcoming South African artists. These regular exhibitions are planned to last for between four and six weeks (per exhibition).

    The opening exhibition will showcase paintings by renowned artist Shany van den Berg, sculptures by Rosouw van der Walt, ceramic works by Wiebke von Bismarck and pottery by Sarah Walters.

    The IS Art Gallery is open daily, Monday to Sunday, from 10am – 6pm. For more information please email

    Touches and Tastes Going Going Gone Sale!

    Friday, April 23rd, 2010

    Touches and Tastes – at Le Quartier Français – will be having a clearance sale starting on Friday the 23rd of April 2010 and continuing until Friday the 30th of April 2010. Everything on sale is priced to go so if you’re looking for jewelry, crockery, cutlery, clothing, books or other cool bits and pieces pop in and stock up!

    The Touches and Tastes Going Going Gone sale is going to be incredibly busy, items are limited and – as we’ve already mentioned – priced so well they’re going to disappear in a flash. With this in mind we know that people, who want to get their hands of the best merchandise at the lowest prices, might be tempted to camp outside the store … and for the record we are totally OK with this!

    In fact we are so OK with this that we will be delivering sticky buns and coffee to all the dedicated sale early birds, outside Touches and Tastes, before the official sale starts. Being up at the crack of dawn has never been so appealing!

    Le Quartier Français in South America

    Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

    Margot, Linda and myself are – as I write this – in South America.

    We are here for a whole lot of work related reasons. We’re here to promote Franschhoek and Le Quartier Français as a destination; and we are also here to explore new and unusual tastes and some very interesting restaurants. South America, from a culinary perspective, is doing some extraordinary things. Given that the experience we offer our guests is so heavily rooted in gastronomy we believe it’s vital to constantly explore what other talented chefs, on different continents, are doing. On this trip we will be spending time in São Paolo (Brazil) and Buenos Aires (Argentina). / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    One of the places we’ll be dining at is KINOSHITA; it is considered, by those in the know, to be Brazil’s best Japanese restaurant. From what we’ve heard (which is a lot) KINOSHITA is ultra-modern and an experience in itself. So, as you can imagine, we can’t wait for our taste of KINOSHITA!

    New Le Quartier Français Culinary Concierge Dates

    Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

    We’ve released our new Culinary Concierge dates. A number the Culinary Concierge Programmes now take place on Saturdays. Making them more accessible to those that work Monday to Friday.

    For more information about the various Culinary Concierge Programmes and their respective dates visit the Le Quartier Français website.