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Street Smart’s annual Christmas raffle

StreetSmart’s 4th annual Christmas Raffle is coming up on on 11 December 2014. Bread & Wine have shown their support by giving away a lunch for two, with a bottle of Miss Molly bubbly!

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“All funds raised through the StreetSmart restaurant partners are handed over to our beneficiaries. These funds have a direct impact on the lives of vulnerable children and children at risk. The running costs of the organisation are covered by donations and projects, such as raffles. Proceeds will be for the administration of StreetSmart.”

Visit their website for more info: www.streetsmartsa.org.za; and enter the raffle here.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
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Getting to know the LQF family: Margot Janse

Over the next couple of months we’ll be interviewing members of our team, to not only show them off, but to gain insight into all the special details that make up Le Quartier Français.
First up, is our Executive Chef, the one-and-only, Margot Janse.
What’s your nickname?
You’d have to ask the team… Not sure I want to know [winks].
What’s your favourite thing about working at LQF?
The fact that it is a constant evolution.
Your favourite piece of décor?
I love the hanging fish light in The Tasting Room
Describe yourself in three words?
Determined,  compassionate and a tad sarcastic
Tell us a Franschhoek secret?
One of my favourite things to do is to enjoy sunset on the pass with a glass of bubbly in-hand. To remind ourselves how fortunate we are.
What is a must-have dish from The Living Room?
My Mama’s Meatballs
What is a must-have cocktail?
The sour fig caipirinha

Over the next couple of months we’ll be interviewing members of our team, to not only show them off, but also to gain insight into all the special details that make up Le Quartier Français.

First up, is our Executive Chef, the one-and-only, Margot Janse.

margot 1

What’s your nickname?
You’d have to ask the team… Not sure I want to know [winks].

What’s your favourite thing about working at LQF?
The fact that it is a constant evolution.

Your favourite piece of décor?
I love the hanging fish light in The Tasting Room.

Describe yourself in three words?
Determined,  compassionate and a tad sarcastic

Tell us a Franschhoek secret?
One of my favourite things to do is to enjoy sunset on the pass with a glass of bubbly in-hand. To remind ourselves how fortunate we are.

What is a must-have dish from The Living Room?
My Mama’s Meatballs

What is a must-have cocktail?
The sour fig caipirinha

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français, Margot Janse,
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Bread & Wine has been nominated for the #KlinkAwards 2014

Bread & Wine has been nominated for the #KlinkAwards 2014 in the ‘Beyond Expectation Awards’ ‘for Great Food and Excellent Wine’!
To enter, simply hop on over to their site to vote or you can enter by submitting photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook Easy by simply using the #KlinkAwards hashtag!
All participants will be automatically be entered into weekly draws to win ‘unforgettable wine experiences – a meal at a wine farm restaurant, a night at a wine farm guesthouse, a special wine pairing tasting experience, or, of course, the fruits of the vine itself’.

Bread & Wine has been nominated for the #KlinkAwards 2014 in the ‘Beyond Expectation Awards’ ‘for Great Food and Excellent Wine’!

To enter, simply hop on over to their site to vote or you can enter by submitting photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook  by simply using the #KlinkAwards hashtag! Find Bread & Wine on Twitter at @BreadandwineFH

All participants will be automatically entered into weekly draws to win ‘unforgettable wine experiences – a meal at a wine farm restaurant, a night at a wine farm guesthouse, a special wine pairing tasting experience, or, of course, the fruits of the vine itself’.

klink awards

Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant specialises in artisan charcuterie as well as inventive country cuisine. Think, hand-crafted bacon, a smorgasbord of cured meats, hams and sausages all incorporating local ingredients, including unique products, like the delectable Waygu bresoala.

Neil’s philosophy is to use only the best ingredients, this coupled with his insatiable creativity makes for a lunchtime menu that celebrates wineland’s cuisine. Feast on dishes such as; bacon wrapped springbok, butternut granola & sour fig, West coast mussels, Café de Paris butter, Brussel sprout, white onion & pancetta pizza and so much more.

Here you can learn from the masters, on offer are bread-baking and charcuterie making courses. There are plenty of unique products to take home too.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant,
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September special in The Living Room

Spring has sprung! And to celebrate, we’re running a special in The Living Room throughout the month of September.

Perfect for a catch up with a friend, a fun business date, or even some quiet couple time. Our spring special includes: a Grazing Board served with two G&Ts for R150.

spring special

The Grazing Board is a showcase of Neil Jewell’s chacuterie and sourdough as well as local cheese, along with our chef’s favourite bite of the day, which can be anything from bitterballen to terrine.

Now, we won’t pour you any ordinary G&T either. Served with clear, globe ice, we use premium Tanqueray Gin and Fitch & Leedes Tonic in specially crafted Tanqueray glasses.

Spring, it’s a G&T thing.

P.s We schooled you on how to make the perfect G&T too.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, The Living Room,
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Virtuoso Travel Week 2014

Virtuoso Travel Week 2014 took place in Las Vegas and saw 4,420 people attend from 92 countries: and our Susan Huxter was one of them.

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The annual travel event is one of the biggest networking programmes in the industry. Travel agents, hoteliers, experts, media and more came out to talk, mingle and promote their destinations.

LV

We caught up Susan to find out more about her trip.

How was your flight up – we hear you tried out business class, anything to report?
I did happen to go first class Emirates! It’s the way travel should be; from the service to the caviar to the comfort, as well as the shower on-board! We were allowed five minutes per shower, I thought it would be a bit strange  if there was any turbulence! The treatment continues on arrival too: with  an airport bus that had leather armchairs to the first class lounge in Dubai—all very special. I feel spoilt for life!

What travel insights have you brought home?
Travel from the USA is booming: people want experiences—and not just hotels. They are excited by new destinations and South Africa is right up there on the to-do list.

The strangest thing you saw in Vegas?
So many things… The brides at the slot machines in their white dresses, Elvis impersonators, and every vehicle you can imagine has been made into a stretch limo…

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What was the highlight of the trip?
The Cirque du Soleil show featuring Michael Jackson music—it’s incredible, the most amazing special effects, dancing and acrobatics.

And did you get to try Gordon Ramsay’s burger restaurant?
Great burgers, lots of beers on tap, décor not so great…

Anything else you’d like to add?
It was exhausting, exhilarating and intriguing. If aliens landed in Las Vegas they would be so scared and horrified at the sights, sounds and people—I think they would take off again immediately!

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How to mix the perfect G&T

Good news folks, we’ve started using local brand, Fitch & Leedes’s  Indian Tonic and Soda Water in our bar.

We already use a local gin too from Inverroche Distillery in Stilbaai; come and try a perfectly mixed (locavore) G&T in The Living Room. Or, make it yourself at home using these tips:

fitch and leedes

How to mix the perfect G&T
Chill highballs in the freezer (nothing worse than a tepid G&T…)
When you’re ready for your G&T, remove glasses from the freezer and pack with ice, two fingers from the rim (the more ice there is, the less it will melt and dilute the flavours of the drink).
Add two shots of local, Inverroche Gin
Run a lemon or lime around the rim of the glass, give a gentle squeeze and drop it in
Serve Fitch & Leedes  Indian Tonic on the side,  so the drinker can be in control of the drink

Enjoy!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bar, Ingredients, The Living Room,
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Bread & Wine is looking for a chef de partie!

Attention foodies! Bread &Wine is looking for a chef de partie to join our kitchen team.
Want to work alongside the Charcuterie King of South Africa, Neil Jewell? This is your chance!
“Our highly talented chef Neil Jewell and his team create fantastic food as well as charcuterie. We have a small team of hard working chefs and would like to strengthen this. If you are hardworking and humorous, able to offer creative flair & imagination for our seasonally influenced a la carte menu, specials and function menus. Capable of running your own section, maintaining standards and implementing suggestions or ideas. Open daily for lunches, including weekends and some evenings.”
Please email Tina at breadandwine@moreson.co.za, with your CV as well as a short motivation letter. Applicants must have a passion for charcuterie.

Attention foodies! Bread &Wine is looking for a chef de partie to join our kitchen team.

Want to work alongside the Charcuterie King of South Africa, Neil Jewell? This is your chance!

chef de partie

“Our highly talented chef Neil Jewell and his team create fantastic food as well as charcuterie. We have a small team of hard working chefs and would like to strengthen this. If you are hardworking and humorous, able to offer creative flair & imagination for our seasonally influenced a la carte menu, specials and function menus. Capable of running your own section, maintaining standards and implementing suggestions or ideas. Open daily for lunches, including weekends and some evenings.”

Please email Tina at breadandwine@moreson.co.za, with your CV as well as a short motivation letter. Applicants must have a passion for charcuterie.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Chefs,
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Margot Janse explores tasty Tanzania

Recently our executive chef, Margot Janse went on a culinary field trip to Tanzania with two small farm cooperatives supported by a Dutch bank. Margot explored Tanzania’s cooking culture with visits to a dairy farm, picking coffee with the local experts, bike rides through endless fields and she even joined in on a rural Tanzanian cooking class followed by lunch – all this and so much more. Here are some snapshots from the trip.

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margot 3

margot 5

margot 2

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Margot Janse, Travel,
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Flour power with Tina Jewell

“Stretch, stretch and pull,” says Tina Jewell. What sounds like directions in a gym class, are actually instructions for kneading dough. A group has gathered around a large wooden table, furiously working balls of sour dough. White flour floats in the air like fine mist
On arrival, eager bakers were given their own Bread & Wine aprons (to take home) and bread you ingredients. First up was the focaccia dough, now the sticky sour dough is being pulled and stretched till malleable. Once ready the dough placed into baskets to prove. While this is happening, the focaccia dough we made earlier comes out to be shaped and dressed. One we simply top with herbs (olive oil and coarse salt will be added just before baking), the other we fill—with pesto, tomatoes that were dried in the kitchen and creamy Danish feta—and fold over.
Then a cloud floats into the room. Okay, a giant bowl of ciabbatta dough. But it may as well be a cloud it’s so pillowy soft. We shape hunks into small breads on a tray.
Our sour dough’s now ready to shape. We turn it out of our baskets and coil the dough like a snake, placing it back into its floury container (the weaving of the basket creates a pretty pattern on the bread once baked).
Then it’s time to go for a wine tasting of Moreson wines, followed by a delicious lunch at Bread & Wine, after all, making bread is hungry work.
Go here for more info about these classes.
Here for a focaccia recipe
And her for Tina’s top bread baking secrets.

“Stretch, stretch and pull,” says Tina Jewell. What sounds like directions in a gym class, are actually instructions for kneading dough. A group is gathered around a large wooden table in Bread & Wine, furiously working balls of sour dough. White flour floats in the air like fine mist.

bread baking class

On arrival, eager bakers were given their own Bread & Wine aprons (to take home) and bread ingredients. First up was the focaccia dough, now the sticky sour dough is being pulled and stretched till malleable. Once ready the dough placed into baskets to prove.

bread baking

While this is happening, the focaccia dough we made earlier comes out to be shaped and dressed. One we simply top with herbs (olive oil and coarse salt will be added just before baking), the other we fill—with pesto, tomatoes that were dried in the kitchen and creamy Danish feta—and folded over.

bread 12

bread 14

Then a cloud floats into the room. Okay, a giant bowl of ciabatta dough. But it may as well be a cloud it’s so pillowy soft. We shape hunks into small breads on a tray.

bread baking

Our sour dough’s now ready to shape. We turn it out of our baskets and coil the dough like a snake, placing it back into its floury container (the weaving of the basket creates a pretty pattern on the bread once baked).

Then it’s time to go for a wine tasting of Môreson wines, followed by a delicious lunch at Bread & Wine, after all, making bread is hungry work.

bread baking

Go here for more info about these classes. Here for a focaccia recipe. And here for Tina’s top bread baking secrets.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Cooking Classes, Tina Jewell,
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Ardmore’s fabulous fabric

Ardmore Ceramics, famed for their unique hand-painted and hand-sculpted South African ceramic artworks, have joined the textile game.

The story goes that in 2011, Ardmore created the Qalakabusha sofa and they partnered with Mavromac in an on-going limited release of the sofa. (Mavromac is a trade showroom brand housing ‘superb selections of high end furnishing fabrics and wall coverings for sale to the interior design trade, specifiers, architects and contractors’.)

The collaboration of the original sofa opened the avenue for the two brands to continue working together for the Ardmore Fabric Journal.

Pay us a visit in The Living Room—and keep an eye out for our special lampshade made with fabric from the range, entitled ‘Wonderboy Wisdom’. Isn’t it beautiful?

ardmore fabric

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Art, Le Quartier Français, The Living Room,
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