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Bombay Babe pops-up in The Living Room

Whatever your Friday plans are—cancel them. This Friday in The Living Room, a stunning resort wear collection, Bombay Babe will be on sale.

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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.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Le Creuset Pop-up Store, The Living Room,
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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?
Our annual charity wine auction. An anxiously awaited must-attend social event. The glamorous epicenter of the wine-lands. A showcase. A gastronomic banquet celebrating all that is great about our wine industry. An event to unite the industry around a common cause. A global branding opportunity for South African wine. A memorable party. Read the rest of the interview here.

And now, without further ado… the sensational.. Môreson & Le Quartier Français Lot 2015

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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.

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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.

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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.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Margot Janse, Môreson, Neil Jewell, The Cape Wine Auction, The Tasting Room,
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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.

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Neil Jewell will be presenting his masterful and delicious charcuterie—worth the ticket price alone!—along with artisan, sourdough bread.

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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.

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Present wrapping for the children of Isabelo

Spotted! Busy elves in Chef Margot Janse’s office!

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The busy present wrappers had quite a haul to get through for our upcoming annual Isabelo Christmas party!

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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!

Please go here for more information.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Charity, Isabelo, Kids,
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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’.

Our family farm Môreson will be there pouring their fabulous MCC, while restaurant Bread & Wine will be serving up delicious things to eat too.

Want to arrive and depart in style and safety? Uber has literally come to the party with this special offer:

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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!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, French Champagnes, Magic of Bubbles, Môreson,
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In a good light

We’re constantly evolving at LQF—from our décor, to our food and service. We enjoy shining the light on all aspects of our destination to make the experience as magical as possible for our guests.

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We’ve recently installed three new special orb lights, to add extra colour and light texture to our pool area and garden path just outside The Living Room.

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And… in true LQF style—we can change the colour of the light. Blue is our favourite at the moment!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Decor, Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français,
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Travel & Leisure’s World Best Awards 2015 – Voting!

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.

20 years! The time before our digital age was so encompassing. And fittingly, The 2015 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards survey will be conducted online from now until to March 2, 2015 at tlworldsbest.com.

Have you enjoyed the experience at Le Quartier Français? Then, please show your support by voting for us. Thank you in advance!

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Awards, Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français,
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Margot Janse heads to RIJKS

Our Executive Chef Margot Janse was recently in Amsterdam to visit the newly opened RIJKS® restaurant at the world-renowned cultural icon, The Rijksmuseum.

Margot with the team!

Margot with the team!

And, even more excitingly, Margot will be back in January as a guest chef to create new dishes together with the team of top chefs led by the famed Joris Bijdendijk.

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The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week and the menu features dishes that celebrate Dutch produce. Also part of the concept is a sharing theme, and ‘to taste as much as possible of the colourful cuisine, cold and hot dishes are on the menu, which are served to be shared. As an equivalent of the multi-course dinner there is theRijks table, a table full of small dishes. Naturally one can also order à la carte.’

The General Director of Rijksmuseum, Wim Pijbes said: ‘The Rijksmuseum tells the story of the Netherlands. Influences from countries far and near can be seen here as well. We continue this trend at RIJKS®: quality, authenticity, uniqueness, translated to the cuisine, the chefs, the interior and the location. RIJKS® is the Rijksmuseum on your plate.”

See you in Amsterdam!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Chefs, Margot Janse, Travel,
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The Tasting Room excels in the Eat Out Top Ten!

We’re thrilled at the announcement that our world-renowned dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, came third overall in the 2014 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, and also won the Grolsch Service Excellence Award!

Dubbed the ‘Foodie Oscars’, the glittering gala was held on Sunday 16 November 2014 at Thunder City at the Cape Town International Airport.

“It’s fantastic!” says Executive Chef Margot Janse of the award. “I’m very grateful for the recognition and incredibly proud of my team. I work with amazing chefs, in the most inspiring of settings.”

“I am so proud!” says Susan Huxter, owner of Le Quartier Français. “Service is so important to us and this passionate team embodies the Le Quartier spirit in everything they do.”

The annual ceremony and resulting magazine, awards the country’s top restaurants and chefs, and is a celebration of the burgeoning restaurant industry in South Africa.

“The Tasting Room celebrated its tenth anniversary this year,” says Margot. “Plus, Gerald van der Walt [previously of The Greenhouse] has joined our team as Head Chef and together we are rethinking, playing, creating….”

This will be the thirteenth year; The Tasting Room has made it onto the Top 10, in the sixteen years that this award has existed.

“Great front-of-house skills are matched with bold personalities” says Judge, Abigail Donnelly, of the Grolsch Service award and “consistently genius food dazzles and thrills with a magical element of surprise” of The Tasting Room.

Judge Reuben Riffel remarked, “Margot Janse is at the top of her game & is clearly having a lot of fun.”

We are also so elated that our lunch time restaurant, Bread & Wine, was nominated for The Eat Out Top 10 and Head Chef Neil Jewell served up a scrumptious course of his award winning charcuterie for this star studded event.

Click here to see all the other winners – congratulations to you all!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
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The Tasting Room is featured in Black Ink: the Centurion Guide

The Tasting Room has been ranked among the World’s Best Restaurants by Black Ink!

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See the write-up below

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Congratulations to all our fellow South African restaurants who were also featured!

Alongside the international editions of Departures and Centurion, American Express Publishing develops US focused counterparts for the North American market. Departures is a global showcase for leading luxury brands, spanning every relevant luxury segment, including Travel, Fashion, Art & Design, Food, Lifestyle Sport, Shopping and Wine & Spirits.  The notorious Black Card, and by extension Black Ink, is only available by invitation to the highest echelon of American Express cardholders. Each issue focuses on a single topic, such as the worlds best restaurants or holiday destinations and seeks to explore it in a way that is relevant and beneficial to the lifestyle of the discriminating, ultra-high-net-worth individual.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
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