Roses smell fine Candy tastes sweet But a romantic repast Is a much better treat
Romantic celebrations are a tradition at L’Auberge Chez François, you might even say that they are our raison d’etre. Our philosophy is that life’s memorable moments are not complete without a festive meal. Many couples return to L’Auberge year after year to renew and reaffirm the romance in their lives. We supply the cuisine, ambience, service, and wine: you bring your own romantic magic. February is, of course, the month for romance and we’re hosting several special events that will help you celebrate that special someone in your life. On the menu will be Champagne, aphrodisiacs, passionfruit and passion itself. Come enjoy a delicious meal and a little romance at our slice of France, right here in Great Falls, Virginia.
Joyeux Noël from our entire family at L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie.
We wish you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous, healthy, and happy new year. This was a momentous year for us at L’Auberge Chez François and we have our loyal customers to thank for our ongoing success. We celebrated forty years in Great Falls, Virginia and we opened for brunch at Jacques’ Brasserie on Saturdays and Sundays. Christmas came early for us this year as we were awarded OpenTable’s Best Restaurants in America for 2016, for the fourth year in a row, and Jacques’ Brasserie and L’Auberge Chez François were named top restaurants for Foodies in America. These honors were among many we received this year, including Restaurant of the Year by the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association. We are thankful for the support of all our patrons in 2016 and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.
We’re excited for the holidays here at L’Auberge Chez Franҫois. The holiday decorations are going up, our favorite seasonal dishes are on the menu, and we have some of our most popular and decadent special events on the schedule for the coming months. Our first holiday singalong will be held on December 4, and there will be a Champagne cooking demonstration on December 9. The upcoming holidays also mean a rush for reservations in November and December, so I’ve posted our holiday schedule on our website. We will begin accepting Christmas Eve reservations on November 12. We’ll also be open on the last three Mondays in December to accommodate everyone who wants to celebrate the season here with us. Click here to see our holiday hours.
It is hard to believe that the season is upon us, but we’re getting ready for the holidays at L’Auberge Chez François and at Jacques’ Brasserie. Decorations are going up and holiday favorites like our apple tart, pumpkin mousse cake, and savory game dishes are back on the menu. The upcoming holidays also mean a rush for reservations in November and December, so I’ve posted our holiday schedule on our site and listed some of the key dates below. We’re already taking reservations for Thanksgiving Day and we’ll be open the last three Mondays in December to accommodate everyone who wants to celebrate the season here with us.
We are very proud to announce that L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie have been named in OpenTable’s 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America 2016. We’re happy to bring the experience of classic, Alsatian cooking to the foodies who visit our sliver of the French countryside in Virginia.
As we approach fall, our on-site gardens are still going strong. Tomatoes, cabbages, and all manners of salad greens are being harvested each morning before making an appearance on your plate in the afternoons and evenings.
Looking ahead, October is Virginia Wine Month and we’re celebrating with our own Virginia Wine Festival and a Best of Virginia Wine Dinner. Also in October will be a tasting of Maison Louis Jadot Burgundy Wines and a brunch-themed cooking demonstration hosted by yours truly, Chef Jacques. Details on all of our special events are below and we hope to see you this fall.
Summer and the gardens at L’Auberge Chez François are in full bloom. We kicked off August and the new weekend brunch in Jacques’ Brasserie with some twists on brunch favorites, including my favorite Tartes Flambées Benedicts; and a delectable Bloody Mary made with freshly juiced, vine-ripened tomatoes.
All of the tomatoes in our salads are coming directly from the garden; and we never harvest the tomatoes more than a few hours before they arrive on your table. I’ve been asked by several diners about my secret for growing such vigorous plants. Here are two tips: First, mix your coffee grounds into the soil. The coffee grounds add minerals and acidity to the soil, which tomatoes love, and the grounds attract beneficial earth worms to aerate the soil and create nutritious compost. Second, when you first put your seedlings into the ground, put ½ teaspoon of Epsom salts around the base of the plant. The salts also add minerals and discourage fungal growth.
We’re very happy to be introducing our new Brasserie Brunch that will be served at Jacques’ Brasserie on Saturdays beginning at 11:30am and Sundays starting at noon. Our Brunch includes Sauders’ Lancaster Organic Farm Fresh Omelettes, Jacques’ Alsatian Tarte Flambées Benedict, and our version of Crêpes Suzette. We take reservations for brunch, as well as walk-ins, and the regular Brasserie menu options will also be available. Don’t forget our Brasserie Brunch “Pick me Ups” including our Chez Francois tasty Mimosa, L’Aperitif du Patron, and a nice glass of Cremant d’Alsace! We hope you’ll come in to sample an Alsatian-style brunch one weekend soon.
We’ve waited long enough – the weather is finally nice enough for outdoor dining on our terraces. You can eat outdoors at L’Auberge or downstairs at Jacques’ Brasserie, as long as weather and space permit. Our organic, kitchen gardens are an easy stroll from either terrace, if you’d like to see where the salad greens for the entire restaurant are being grown. You’ll also see that the tomatoes are coming in and we’re just a month away from fresh, tomato salads from the garden.
April was a special month for us since we celebrated L’Auberge Chez François’ 40th anniversary. I want to thank everyone who came to one of our special anniversary events in April. It was wonderful for me to see so many of our long-time patrons and friends. We were especially honored to have a few guests attend our anniversary celebration who also dined with us on our very first night in April of 1976.
Almost all the herbs used at the restaurant will come directly from our gardens. We’ll be growing basil, chervil, shiso, thyme and mint, to name a few. I’ll be adding our fresh herbs to salads and, of course, flavoring our sauces and main dishes with them. And, I’ll be faced with the very exciting task of working with our head sommelier to come up with ways to use our fresh herbs in our signature cocktails. Please come by to take a tour of the gardens and enjoy an herbaceous cocktail on the terrace.
Don’t forget the gift of good food and wine for birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries. We have a full calendar of cooking demonstrations and wine dinners scheduled for this spring and summer.
This month we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary of L’Auberge Chez François in Great Falls and we’re gearing up for the week of April 18-24 with numerous special events, starting with our Champagne Taittinger Celebration Dinner. We continue the week with a Parisian dinner with music, a cooking demonstration and luncheon, a dinner featuring Chef Jacques favorite dishes and culminating in a dinner on Sunday that is a tribute to Papa Haeringer.
For all diners during this week, we feature a Special Wine List with superb value pricing to enjoy with your meal, or to purchase and enjoy at home. Jacques and Company, here from France, will be entertaining all our guests on our actual anniversary on the evening of April 20th, along with a favorite Cremant toast for to honor of my Father and Mother, “pioneers” to Great Falls and our loving founders.
It was April 20,1976 that we served our first dinner in Great Falls. The plan on opening night was to serve seventy-five people. My father and I planned to do all the cooking while my mother would prepare the pastries. Always generous with his customers, Dad could not say no to the loyal patrons who wanted to be there for the opening and the restaurant ended up way overbooked. After the first seating, there was no food left to serve. Prepared to go out and tell his customers that we were out of almost everything, Dad was saved when a sudden thunderstorm knocked out the power. How could the restaurant serve dinner with no electricity? No one had to know that there was also no food left in the kitchen.
Since that stormy night in 1976, we’ve served thousands of customers and I’ve endeavored to continue my father’s dream of a traditional auberge with delicious food and warm service. Thank you to all of our patrons who have made memories with us over the years. It has been a pleasure serving you and here’s to many more celebrations with our family at L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie.