African Soul at Is Art
You’re invited to an incredible black and white photography exhibition entitled ‘African Soul’ by Anthony Lucas on 18 May 2014. Plus the exhibition will be opened by our very own Susan Huxter! See the invite below as well as some examples of the work.
Intrigued? We’ll see you there.
Posted by: Le Quartier Français
Posted in: Is Art,
Recipe: Egg Custard Tart
Want to make mom smile this Mother’s Day? Well of course you do. The folks at Bread & Wine have decided to help you in the smile department with this easy-to-make yet delicious dessert, with free range eggs supplied by good friend Farmer Angus.
While still hot dust with ground nutmeg. Cool to room temperature before trimming the extra pastry edge and serving.
Serve with vanilla ice cream and poached fruit.
Companion Fare at The Tasting Room
We have some exciting news. Our culinary team have decided to offer our fabulous Companion Fare at The Tasting Room for a few nights before our approaching annual closure.
What is the Companion Fare?
To enquire about reservations and what dates are available please call +27 21 876 2151 or email: email@example.com
Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: The Tasting Room,
Mother’s Day at Le Quartier Français
“No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.” — Edwin Hubbell Chapin
Bring your star to Le Quartier Français on Mother’s Day, 12 May 2014, and treat her like the queen she is.
Enjoy breakfast or tapas in The Garden Room followed by a treatment in our beautiful day spa B.gorgeous [enquire about our Long Tea Table for an inventively delicious high tea]. Then head to our exquisite Lounge Bar for fabulous craft cocktails and bar bites. Plus, take mom on a spur of the moment shopping spree in our Le Creuset pop-up shop!
Fun, fabulous and all under one roof – bring mom to LQF for an amazing Mother’s Day experience!
The Franschhoek Literary Festival – drink, eat, play and read!
There’s just under two weeks to go until The Franschhoek Literary Festival. There’s so much to see and do, other than the incredible talks; from markets and live performances to gourmet dining and drinking.
We’re also incredibly excited to have Phil Howard hosting his one and only dinner while he’s in the country in The Tasting Room! The invite-only affair is being organised by Exclusive Books and promises to be a show-stopper. Here’s more about Phil, and more about his cookbook.
Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek Literary Festival,
To a delicious winter ahead
Please note that Bread & Wine, will be closing for two days a week,
Tuesday & Wednesday, starting 13th May until and including 30th July.
We shall be open for lunches Thursday – Monday, kitchen hours between 12h00 -15h00.
The following workshops have been scheduled for the next three months –
5th May (mini class);
17th May, 7th June
Charcuterie workshops –
22nd & 23rd May;
12th & 13th June;
7th & 8th August;
Thank you for your continued support over the past season.
It’s been a sensational summer. It really, really has. And our long, languid lunches at Bread & Wine will continue on through the winter months, with just one exception: we’ll be closing for two days a week, Tuesday & Wednesday, starting 13th May until/ and including 30th July.
We will be open for lunches from Thursday to Monday between 12h00 -15h00, for delicious wines and food. Follow us on Twitter to keep updated with changes to our menu – we have some exciting cooking in-store for you this winter!
“Thank you for your continued support over the past season!” – Tina Jewell
Plus our incredible hands-on workshops are back!
Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant,
The Tasting Room ranks on S.Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurants!
The World’s 50/100 Best Restaurants were announced last night in London’s Guildhall in a dazzling ceremony fit for the culinary elite.
The Tasting Room was honoured with position 72.
“We’re delighted to be featured once again on this prestigious list,” said Susan Huxter, owner of Le Quartier Français. “It’s wonderful recognition and it reflects the dedication of Chef Margot and her entire team.”
Executive Chef Margot Janse has consistently shown she can compete with the very best in the gourmet gauntlet. Chef Margot has maintained a spot on this celebrated list since 2002; in 2010 she was notably the only female chef to achieve a place in the World Top 50.
The Tasting Room has been a recurrent competitor on the world-renowned list. In 2011, The Tasting Room took the 36th spot as well as the title of Best Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East. In 2012, the trend continued with 56th position and in 2013, 53rd .
By now the knowledge that The Tasting Room is one of the world’s best restaurants comes as no surprise, yet the innovative cuisine doesn’t play by the same rules.
Surprise and nostalgia take centre stage at the fine dining restaurant in Franschhoek. Diners embark on a journey of taste, guided by culinary story-tellers in the most beautiful and whimsical of settings.
Surprise: an emotion that occurs when something breaks our habitual pattern.
The Winter Sculpture Fair 2014!
Franschhoek is off to Joburg again for The Winter Sculpture Fair 2014! The annual food and art extravaganza will dazzle festival-goers over the weekend of 10 and 11 May 2014. Presented by MasterCard, it will once again take place in at the NIROX Sculpture Park near the Cradle of Humankind.
And, both Bread & Wine and Bacon of the Month Club will be heading to the City of Gold: “Artlogic have partnered with Franschhoek to bring the town’s top chefs and wine producers to Johannesburg, thus creating an unmatched culinary experience in Gauteng. Expect a day of top-end exclusive meals, charcuterie, and wine and bubbly by the glass.”
It’s said that: ‘There is currently no single event in South Africa that focuses on sculpture, although the phenomenon is gaining momentum internationally with events such as Frieze Sculpture Park in New York.’
At this fair you will be able to walk through and experience the ‘NIROX SCULPTURE | WINTER 14’ exhibition (with a glass of bubbles in-hand naturally).
Tip: Look out for the unveiling of a sculpture that was commissioned last year.
Up, up and up! Our new management team
We announced earlier this month that Linda Coltart our extraordinary general manager of 16 years will be saying goodbye to us in the middle of June.
Linda is leaving big shoes to fill. We have decided to transform roles and promote within—and together as a family we’ll step forward in these new shoes and into the future of hospitality management.
We caught up with three of our team to talk about their new roles.
Roger Boonzaaier, Hotel Manager
In your opinion what experiences in Franschhoek are not-to-be-missed?
What is the strangest request you have had from a guest?
Eleanor Kerwan, Culinary Manager
What do you love about working at LQF?
What cocktail would you recommended in the Lounge Bar?
Louise du Valle, Reservations Manager
Can you share your favourite guest memory?
Which is your favourite room and why?
Red Balloon Revolution Celebration
After a wonderful day of cupcakes, laughter and presents, we caught up with Margot Janse to ask her about the experience.
“It was really amazing to see to the expression on the children’s faces as they were all made to feel special. That a little attention and a small gift is so appreciated, and goes such a long way; it puts things into perspective for me and makes me realise what it’s all about. The responsibility we have to share and engage ourselves with everything around us is huge. Especially in this country.”
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