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Hot deal: Blessing of the Harvest 2015

It’s soon time for our family farm’s annual harvest party on 7 February 2015!

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Don’t miss this day of fun: making wine the traditional way, tasting (and drinking) Môreson’s award wining wines—and feasting at famous farm restaurant, Bread & Wine.

We’re offering a special hot deal for our last three large tables! Book for 10 people, and only pay for 8!

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More info:
Come and join us and delight in making wine the old fashioned way. Handpick your own basket of grapes and then press them using your feet, which are, incidentally, the oldest wine making tools in the business.

As you’ll soon discover wine making is a tiring job. This is why we insist that you join us for a special feast at Bread & Wine, our famous farm restaurant, to finish off a day of Blessing the Harvest. If you’re looking for inspiration, or you’d like to get an idea of what you have to look forward to with your own wine, try some of our award winning wines. They are all guaranteed to quench the thirst you’ve no doubt worked up.

Over lunch, while you’re enjoying your food and relaxing with your wine, give the Blessing of the Harvest label design competition a whirl. Who knows it could be your label design that is selected to adorn the 2015 Blessing of the Harvest bottles.

Most people have such a blast that they come back a year later to partake in another Blessing of the Harvest. They also use this return visit to pick up the wine that they made the previous year, if they haven’t already collected it.

Cost per person R520pp ; children between 5-14, R225 each .

Confirmation of booking by pre-payment only. Should you require further information, or be interested in attending, please contact Tina, at tel. no. 021-876 3692/4004 or by email breadandwine@moreson.co.za.

Regrettably no pets.

7th FEBRUARY 2015 BLESSING OF THE HARVEST PROGRAMME

10h30 – 11h00 a glass of sparkling wine on arrival
11h00 – 11h45 Hand picking
12h00 – 12h30 Foot stomping
13h00 Label design competition and lunch
17h00 End of day

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Franschhoek, Môreson,
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Like a virgin

Our mixologists have taken the same amount of care with our non-alcoholic cocktails as they have with the rest. You won’t find any watered down virgin mojitos or sickly-sweet virgin strawberry daiquiris.

No, instead expect cooling artisan drinks made from local ingredients, incorporating homemade sodas and infusions.

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Strawberry & baobab solice: a refreshing fruit trio

Cool down with these summer sippers too

Passion pop
Sparkling, tangy granadilla

Homemade lemonade
Zesty & savorous

Kapokbos soda
Earthy & lemony

Homemade Gingerbeer
Fresh with a spicy kick

Want to know more? Take a look at The Living Room’s beverage menu.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, The Living Room,
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In the pink!

In The Living Room our team has got a brand-new-look. And, yes, of course it’s pink! Let us know what you think in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!

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What is The Living Room? Three spaces for all day grazing. Think artisan cocktails and sharing plates in The Lounge Bar, sumptuous breakfasts in the idyllic Garden Room – and a laid-back atmosphere for coffee in the Reading Room. Whatever you’re looking for; there’s a spot for you in our Living Room.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, The Living Room,
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LQF in National Geographic Traveler South America

Journalist, Silvina Pini came to visit South Africa just over a year ago; and enjoyed a beautiful stay with us too. Her trip has been featured in National Geographic Traveler South America, published in the October 2014 issue.

Please see the article below—and yes it’s in Spanish, so the excerpt where we are mentioned has been Google translated–excuse the slightly clumsy conversion.

‘A 140 kilometers of Grootbos; north, is the most French of all the villages of the wine route: Franschhoek. More than three centuries ago, elephants roamed the valleys Southwestern South Africa, behind the mountain range to which belongs Table Mountain, one of the new Seven Natural  Wonders, so the Dutch called it Oliphantshoek, elephants corner in Dutch. in 1685 expelled from France arrived Huguenots and its name changed to Franschhoek, today the epicenter of the Wine Route andgourmet capital of South Africa. The main street, Huguenot, just 10 blocks, concentrates many of the nearly 40 restaurants.The charming village of French architecture is dedi cate to fine dining. Besides the variety of restaurants offering everything from sushi to contemporary South African cuisine, There bazaars selling wine accessories and utensils. In Le Quartier Francais, a relay & Charming chateaux, surrounded by gardens and backyard gardens, sell the famous iron pots and teach classes Le Creuset Kitchen. The hotel is also the restaurant The Tasting Room, the multi awarded chef Margot Janse, which prepares a menu of several stages with touches of molecular cuisine and African exotic ingredients such as the baobab. They take reservations three months in advance.’

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
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Blessing of the Harvest 2015 at Môreson

It’s time for our family farm’s annual harvest party!

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At Môreson we believe that wine is about 3 things; passion, love and magic. It’s what we put into everything we do, into every bottle of wine we make and it’s what makes our annual Blessing of the Harvest an event not to be missed.

In 2015, come and join us and delight in making wine the old fashioned way. Handpick your own basket of grapes and then press them using your feet, which are, incidentally, the oldest wine making tools in the business.

As you’ll soon discover wine making is a tiring job. This is why we insist that you join us for a special feast at Bread & Wine, our famous farm restaurant, to finish off a day of Blessing the Harvest. If you’re looking for inspiration, or you’d like to get an idea of what you have to look forward to with your own wine, try some of our award winning wines. They are all guaranteed to quench the thirst you’ve no doubt worked up.

Over lunch, while you’re enjoying your food and relaxing with your wine, give the Blessing of the Harvest label design competition a whirl. Who knows it could be your label design that is selected to adorn the 2015 Blessing of the Harvest bottles.

Most people have such a blast that they come back a year later to partake in another Blessing of the Harvest. They also use this return visit to pick up the wine that they made the previous year, if they haven’t already collected it.

Go here to see pics from last year’s event.

Cost per person R520pp ; children between 5-14, R225 each .

Confirmation of booking by pre-payment only. Should you require further information, or be interested in attending, please contact Tina, at tel. no. 021-876 3692/4004 or by email breadandwine@moreson.co.za.

Regrettably no pets.

7th FEBRUARY 2015 BLESSING OF THE HARVEST PROGRAMME

10h30 – 11h00 a glass of sparkling wine on arrival
11h00 – 11h45 Hand picking
12h00 – 12h30 Foot stomping
13h00 Label design competition and lunch
17h00 End of day

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Franschhoek, Môreson,
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Le Quaf’s Private Guides

Do you balk at the thought of a tour group? Do you want more than a standard set of sights to see when travelling? Yes, we thought so, that’s why we’ve created Le Quaf’s Private Guides.

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Ansie du Toit and Steven Andrews have joined the LQF family and will be available exclusively to our guests for bespoke experiences of our renowned valley and beyond…

Get to know our Private Guides:

Ansie du Toit

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“Having grown up in some of the most renowned national parks of South Africa (think of the dusty plains of the Kruger Park with herds of zebra stalked by majestic lions, then The Tsitsikamma Forest of the Addo Elephant Park, with its citrus scented air and monarchical elephants) a lifetime of travelling and eventually being part of creating memories of our amazing country for others was inevitable”.

“My passion to impart knowledge and memorable experiences has never dwindled”.

Steven Andrews

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“I grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era, the accounts of my youth and the phenomenal changes I have witnessed over the past two decades are tales that astound and intrigue visitors and locals alike”.

Steven does naturally gravitate to more active forms of travel and thus has been extensively involved in walking and bicycle trips (making him a great bicycle mechanic!).

“I have an eagerness and selfless dedication to ensuring guests have the best experience of our beautiful country”.

For more info hop on over to our website.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français, Trends,
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Margot Janse Gastkok at RIJKS® Restaurant

What a way to start the year… by introducing unique African flavours and ingredients to a willing, and hungry culinary audience in Amsterdam.

For just one week, our Executive Chef Margot Janse is a Gastkok aka guest chef  at the the newly opened RIJKS® Restaurant at the world-renowned cultural icon, The Rijksmuseum. For more info go here.

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Here’s the one-of-a-kind-menu; from the heartlands of South Africa, to no doubt, the hearts of Holland.

Sweetcorn veloute, milk cloud, madagascan pepper maize meal, sesame

Haring,  vetkoek, oyster braaioli, lemon and champagne chutney

Afrikaanse gruttenpap, buchu, chicken, pumpkin in a wonderbag (Barley, millet, sorghum, lentils)

Boeren opleg custard, grapes, walnuts, wild rice, fynbos bread sticks, Grape jelly and salted dried grapes

Baobab hangop, coconut sorbet, macadamia, salted honeybush caramel

* ‘Braaioili’ is a smoked Aoili and ‘The Afrikaans Grutenpap’ is a combination of  Beluga Lentils ( Black Lentils), Millet,  Barley, Sorghum (once prepared a spinach and onion puree is stirred through it before serving).

Founder, owner and head of the Le Quartier Français Family, Susan Huxter was on the field, or at the table as it were, and delivered these behind the scenes snaps for us.

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Sweetcorn veloute, milk cloud, madagascan pepper maize meal, sesame

Sweetcorn veloute, milk cloud, madagascan pepper maize meal, sesame

Haring, vetkoek, oyster braaioli, lemon and champagne chutney

Haring, vetkoek, oyster braaioli, lemon and champagne chutney

Afrikaanse gruttenpap, buchu, chicken, pumpkin in a wonderbag (Barley, millet, sorghum, lentils)

Afrikaanse gruttenpap, buchu, chicken, pumpkin in a wonderbag (Barley, millet, sorghum, lentils)

Cheese course cheese custard salted dried grapes and sticks  with fynbos and inspired by floris van dyk

Boeren opleg custard, grapes, walnuts, wild rice, fynbos bread sticks, Grape jelly and salted dried grapes

Boeren opleg custard, grapes, walnuts, wild rice, fynbos bread sticks, Grape jelly and salted dried grapes

Baobab hangop, coconut sorbet, macadamia, salted honeybush caramel

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Chefs, Ingredients, Le Quartier Français, Margot Janse, Travel,
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Jewell & Co

Starting out 2015 with a bang, Neil Jewell’s famed charcuterie is now being packaged and sold under new label, Jewell & Co, complete with tasting notes and ingredients.

The beautiful new label coincides with the opening our the Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar, where not only can you buy the charcuterie to take home, but also sit down in the newly renovated space to enjoy a box of cured meats and accoutrements as well as a range of light dishes, pastries and more.

What do you think of the new look?

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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.

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“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,
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The Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar

Situated on the family wine estate, Môreson, next to Bread & Wine Restaurant, The Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar is an exciting addition to the Le Quartier Français Family, and to the home of Miss Molly.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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!

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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.



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