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The Franschhoek Lions Club fundraiser at Foliage

Last night we attended a fundraising dinner at Foliage (just across the street from us). Chef Chris Erasmus put on an incredible spread  for The Franschhoek Lion’s Club, who held the evening in aid of a soup kitchen in Franschhoek that feeds 120 people twice a week – a very worthy cause.

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Charity,
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Town & Country – travel edition 2015

In the travel edition of Town & Country (Spring/Summer 2015) writer Graham Boynton waxes lyrical about the Cape Winelands, and Le Quartier Français and Margot Janse!

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Press & Media,
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More reasons to visit Franschhoek

Our beautiful valley, Franschhoek, has long been lauded as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa for its world-class restaurants and wineries. Discover unique local ingredients in seasonal dishes created by our region’s top chefs at: The Tasting Room, The Living Room, Bread & Wine, Foliage, La Motte and so on.

But there’s so much more: Franschhoek is a hub of culture with a jam-packed programme of festivals throughout the year, museums to visit and natural beauty to explore.

Plus, here are two more reasons to visit:

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Shopping
Looking for a quirky, unusual gift? Franschhoek high street has many interesting shops to peruse, offering items from homeware to clothing and beyond. At LQF we have two exciting shopping options, our new emporium, B.gorgeous (stocking all things wonderful and unique) and our Le Creuset pop-up shop.

Sculpture from is art: "Marina" bronze, edition out of 5. Cobus Haupt

Sculpture from is art: "Marina" bronze, edition out of 5. Cobus Haupt

Art
Spend a day browsing South African art—then join us for a glass of wine. In fact, pick up that glass of wine and take a walk around LQF to view our collection of local art, from paintings to sculptures.

Our favourite local art gallery, is art, is located just across the road from us. Make time to also visit: Pierneef Museum, The Saol Art Museum, Dylan Lewis, and the Franschhoek Live Craft Centre.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Art, Franschhoek, b.gorgeous,
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10 Hotel Turndown Services You Can’t Refuse

CHASE has included Le Quartier Francais in this excellent list of turndowns. See the article: 10 Hotel Turndown Services You Can’t Refuse.

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And here’s our mention:

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Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek, Cape Winelands, South Africa has a sweet way of wishing guests pleasant dreams. Once the housekeeping team has turned down the bed, they attach a brightly-colored note with a handwritten message to the bathroom mirror. The messages say things like “Sweet dreams,” “Sleep tight,” “Slumber well” and “Good night.” Next to the note: a single bloom vase with a freshly handpicked flower from the property’s garden.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français, Press & Media,
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The world’s first Pignic

Now here’s something we could start at up Bread & Wine!

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Hosted by Yelp, the Pignic is ‘the world’s first micro pig picnic’. The event is set to take place at The Proud Archivist in London in May.

What to expect? Picnic with little piggies, eat delicious food and while learning all about the adorable animals.

If you’re lucky enough to be in London here are the details:
Thu 21st May – Fri 22nd May 2015, 6pm to 10pm
Sat 23rd May – Mon 25th May 2015, 2pm – 6pm
The Proud Archivist, 2-10 Hertford Road, London N1 5SH

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, London, Trends,
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Summer dining overlooking our garden

Our Living Room is comprised of three spaces: The Garden Room, The Reading Room and the Lounge Bar; where you can tuck into scrumptious all day grazing, local wine and artisan cocktails.

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New on the menu is this dish of summer tomatoes, baked Camembert bruschetta, with olives. We recommend you eat it overlooking our summer garden, with a glass of  Môreson Chardonnay. The menu.

Tables looking out over the garden

Tables looking out over the garden

The view of the Garden Room from outside

The view of the Garden Room from outside

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français, The Living Room,
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Weddings by B.gorgeous

Planning on tying the knot soon? We have a special section devoted to all things matrimony in our unique little shopping emporium, B.gorgeous.

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Say I do to beautiful glasses, table décor, stationery, beauty products and so much more.

bgorgeousAdditionally, B.gorgeous also has it’s own day spa with a hair service that will blow you away as well as a host of traditional treatments, such as manis and pedis.

Now that both you and your wedding look good—where are you going to get married? On our family farm, Môreson’s Bread & Wine is an intimate venue that lends itself to a fairy tale…

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, b.gorgeous,
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A visit to Franschhoek Cellar

Some of our team were recently treated to a day at Franschhoek Cellar. The team enjoyed wine-tastings, a tour of the historic property and a picnic-style lunch.

Thank you for showing us a great day out!

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Franschhoek Cellar used to be known as Franschhoek Vineyards Ltd. It was founded in 1945 ‘by a group of local farmers to vinify their grapes on a co-operative basis’.

Though, these days Franschhoek Cellar is operates as a private winery and is a wonderful place to visit; here are some of our tips:

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  • Bring the kids! Looking for a family-friendly wine experience? There’s a garden/picnic area where you can have a relaxed lunch as well as a kiddies playground.
  • Fun wine-tastings: do the chocolate and wine pairings, the cheese and wine pairing.
  • Learn something about Franschhoek, through the range of wines named after historical heritage sites.
  • A plethora of tasting rooms: visit the Brampton studio, Bernard Premium tasting room as well as the Bellingham & Franschhoek Cellars tasting rooms.
Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek,
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The Winter Sculpture Fair 2015

The Winter Sculpture Fair (9-10 May) is back! The art, food and wine festival will once again take place at the NIROX Sculpture Park—which will be transformed into a surreal landscape of larger-than-life sculptures across the panorama.

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And, Franschhoek is coming to Joburg! Artlogic have partnered with Franschhoek to bring the town’s top chefs and wine producers to Johannesburg. See the exhibitors here.

Neil Jewell at last year's event

Neil Jewell at last year's event

The LQF Family will be there in full force. Expect our culinary team from Bread & Wine who will again be exhibiting (and feeding) at the festival. Môreson, will be pouring their incredible bubblies and wines and Bacon-of-the-Month Club will dazzle with their artisan bacon.

Tickets are limited, so don’t dilly-dally—for more information go to: www.wintersculpturefair.co.za

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Festival, Môreson, Neil Jewell,
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Want to be a part of the LQF Family?

Now’s your chance! We’re looking for a fabulous new receptionist.

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Description:

Le Quartier Français in the Cape Winelands is looking for a full time receptionist. The successful candidate shall be energetic, passionate about the hospitality industry and be fluent in English with knowledge of another European language an advantage. Other requirements are proficiency in Microsoft Office, previous experience in a property management system such as Opera / Roommaster and the ability to work shifts.

Please send CVs and references to roger@lqf.co.za

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