New Year’s Resolutions from our team
We have so much to be thankful for from 2014, not only have we garnered numerous awards and accolades for our restaurants and hotel experience, but we’ve also transformed our space, to include The Living Room, B.gorgeous as well as the brand new Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar adjacent to Bread & Wine. What an exciting year it’s been—and so true to our philosophy to keep evolving.
Here some of the members of the Le Quartier Français family share their New Year’s resolutions. Wishing all of our guests and friends a simply magical 2015.
“That every single one of our guests falls in love with our magical space we call home!”- Susan Huxter, owner
“I’m looking forward to the year ahead and playing & creating with my team in the kitchen. We’re in a constant evolution, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.” – Margot Janse, Executive Chef
“I want to keep on looking for new limitations and horizons and work to surpass them, readjusting my rules and breaking a few in the hope of progressing and improving, but still at the same time respecting tradition, staying humble while aiming for new heights.”- Gerald van der Walt, Head Chef
“I am looking forward to a positive year where the goals that we have set are met and hopefully exceeded. I am striving to teach each and every staff member to stay positive at all times – when things goes wrong, we should learn from it and turn it into a positive.” – Eleanor Kerwan, Culinary Manager
“Increase the amount of positive reviews and feedback that we get from our guests”- Roger Boonzaaier, Hotel Manager
Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français,
The Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar
The trendy new grazing spot is located in what was the ‘Farm Grocer’; and has been transformed into a light, airy space, with voluminous A-frame ceilings, wine bottle chandeliers and shelves full of delectable produce and quirky merchandise. Spacious seating is available throughout, which spills out onto a protected garden courtyard.
No reservations are necessary, and this makes for an ideal refuelling station in the heart of the Franschhoek Winelands. Open from 10h00 to 16h00, Neil Jewell’s renowned charcuterie is served in wooden boxes, accompanied by ever-changing accoutrements. The artisan breads are all freshly baked daily on premises, think sourdough, beetroot, ciabatta and more. Plus, so are the fabulous tarts and pastries.
Alongside the sensational charcuterie, there’s also a light menu with dishes that change daily, think sandwiches, gourmet pizzas and ‘our all day brekkie’: the egg ‘n bacon (egg mayonnaise and poached bacon pudding).
Miss Molly– a range of wines named after Môreson’s beloved Weimaraner – acts as the perfect pairing to Neil’s delicious food. All Miss Molly wines are available by the glass and bottle, as well as a selection of Môreson wines. We highly recommend the flight of Miss Molly Wines to go along with your box of handmade charcuterie—something for the foodie bucket list!
Not just a sit down experience, take home Neil’s beautifully packaged charcuterie, artisan bacon, tarts as well as the Miss Molly wines (available by the case) and so much more. The most important thing to remember though—is to have fun. Neil Jewell & Co certainly are, at The Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar.
Things are feeling rather jolly in our beautiful valley! Join us from 10 to 16 December for all the festive fun: wine farms, restaurants, and all kinds of stores will be joining in the merry-making with late night shopping, specials, wine tastings and more for Festive Franschhoek.
Skip the crowded malls and come do your shopping at LQF. Our reception has a variety of handmade, authentic South African goods.
B.gorgeous has a treasure trove of summer accessories. Making the women in your life smile has never been this easy.
Need to spoil the domestic god or goddess? Our Le Creuset pop-up shop will be open until 8pm until the 15th (Sunday they will close at 4pm). And, while they don’t have a special specifically for Festive Franschhoek, they are running some great ‘four for three’ specials!
Our next-door neighbours, The Bacon Pop-up Bar will be open for dinner (till 8pm) from Wednesday to Sunday! Go and try the latest Bacon of the Month, we hear it tastes a lot like Christmas…
And… our family farm, Môreson, will be hosting a tasting for Festive Franschhoek, more details to come soon.
Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek,
Letter from a guest
We received this wonderful letter from a guest who enjoyed their experience with us.
“We recently stayed with you October 22 to 25 and thought we would tell you about our visit. It was wonderful from beginning to end. Our room was very well set up and taken care of by the lovely staff. Breakfast had every option one could seek and cheerful presentation of the same each morning. We loved our dinner in The Tasting Room. It was fun and unusual.
But the best thing you did for us was to arrange two guided tours. The one of Franschhoek village with Siegfried Schafer was wonderful. He was full of knowledge about the places we looked at and about the history of the town, which he clearly loves. The second was an art tour with Ivan Le Kay and an artist, Kirvin Cupido. They were fun to be with as well as able to let us meet several artists in their studio-homes. We not only saw their work, but we learned about their art and their lives. Just a wonderful day. We ended up buying a work by Frank Ross in a township style and a landscape by Kirvin. You helped us by allowing us to put the price on our bill to you in order to pay him with credit. The painting just arrived today, and we couldn’t be happier with it. We would encourage you to support this new art touring that they are beginning. It adds so much to a trip to engage with the people whose work you are viewing and get their perspective on their own art. Thank you again very much.
Our fly new ride
We’re channeling the chic streets of Italy with our fly new ride. And… we’re doing our bit for the planet too. Our team is kept so busy zooming around Franschhoek running errands, we decided it would be more econimical and greener to get transport that’s lighter on fuel and road space.
Don’t forget to wave when you see us flying past!
Bombay Babe pops-up in The Living Room
While browsing the beautiful clothing, we’ll make sure you’re not dry-handed, by pouring complimentary Miss Molly bubbly!
Need to do your Christmas shopping for the gorgeous women in your life? Look no further. Or, there’s no time like the present to get a gift for yourself.
“The Bombay Babe is amorphous and unidentifiable. She wears a bag made in the largest slum of the world, Dharavi, and mixes it with a vintage watch or a designer garment. It’s irreverence and the juxtaposition of things – labels have become too sacred, and too easy a way to access glamour or style. Discretion is the real luxury.”
Tip: Do all your Christmas shopping in one go. Head to our Le Creuset pop-up for luxe kitchen items, and B. gorgeous for summer accessories, jewellery, sandals, hats, beauty products and more.
Cape Wine Auction 2015
The Cape Wine Auction 2014 was a smash success and raised a staggering R7.045 million for education in the winelands! The trustees ensure all funds raised through the auction lots are made available in their entirety for charitable purposes without offset or deduction. (See more about the trustees.)
Last year we interviewed one of the trustees, Mike Ratcliffe, in the lead up to the auction:
What is The Cape Wine Auction?
And now, without further ado… the sensational.. Môreson & Le Quartier Français Lot 2015
The Ultimate Party Weekend in Franschhoek
Forty two people will have the exclusive and private use of Le Quartier Français for a whole weekend of partying. The Friday night includes an exceptional dining experience at the world famous Tasting Room, with a specially prepared menu by Chef Margot Janse.
After breakfast at Le Quartier Français guests are invited to explore the charming Franschhoek village, and all transfers are included in Franschhoek.
On Saturday night the guests will take over the beautiful Môreson farm for a night of revelry, with food prepared by Chef Neil Jewell, a Bombay bar and a mixologist to ensure a night of decadent fun.
Guests will finish off this amazing weekend with a final breakfast at Le Quartier Français before leaving the beautiful Franschhoek valley. The winning bidder will take home a barrel of Môreson’s superb Mercator Premium Chardonnay.
Please note three dates will be put forward. The winning bidders will need to select their weekend from these three dates.
Bread & Wine at The Magic of Bubbles 2014
Are you coming to this year’s Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’? Taking over taking place over the weekend of 29 and 30 November 2014, it Franschhoek’s most glamorous wine festival.
Expect a host of premium local MCC producers, including our family farm Môreson, as well as a number of French Champagne houses on the day.
Neil Jewell will be presenting his masterful and delicious charcuterie—worth the ticket price alone!—along with artisan, sourdough bread.
Tickets for Saturday are SOLD OUT! There are still tickets availible for the Sunday. Pre-book tickets online at www.webtickets.co.za or buy at the door. Remember your MasterCard card to receive 10% discount on the ticket price. Tickets cost R200 per person and include access to the festival, which is open daily between 12pm and 5pm, a complimentary tasting glass and tasting coupons.
Present wrapping for the children of Isabelo
Spotted! Busy elves in Chef Margot Janse’s office!
The busy present wrappers had quite a haul to get through for our upcoming annual Isabelo Christmas party!
Taking place on 3 December, each child in our feeding scheme will receive a present from Santa Claus himself. And, there will be cupcakes, many, many delicious cupcakes. We can’t wait!
What is the Isabelo Feeding Scheme?
We have been able to serve a very nutritious lunch every school day to 120 children across 3 play schools. The meals are prepared by our Le Quartier Francais team, who selflessly donate their time and expertise so that every cent donated is spent on food for the children.
We have also been able to financially support an extra 160 000 meals for the children in two Franschhoek schools through also the Kusasa Breakfast Club. This started with porridge every week day morning and we were able to increase the nutritional value by adding an egg to their porridge 4 days of the week.
We strive to continue and grow this initiative. With continued support, have no doubt that it will change the lives of more children than we ever imagined possible!
Uber & The Magic of Bubbles
This coming weekend heralds one of our favourite wine and food festivals! The Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’.
Want to arrive and depart in style and safety? Uber has literally come to the party with this special offer:
The festival has partnered with Uber to offer new users a free ride up to R200. Set up your Uber account using the code: MCCFEST. Already use Uber? Sign up a friend and ride along with them to enjoy the discount too!
The theme for this year’s festival is black and white, with the emphasis on parasols and panama hats, and in keeping with a tradition that is now as much a part of the festival as is the bubbly, a prize will be awarded to the best dressed couple on both Saturday and Sunday!
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