Cooking Demonstrations & Wine Dinners

Chef Jacques Cooking DemoJoin Chef Jacques Haeringer at the award-winning L’Auberge Chez François for one of our lively and entertaining cooking demonstrations combined with a delightful meal.  At each event, Jacques will share his passion for classic and contemporary French cuisine by teaching expert cooking techniques and tricks of the trade, and sharing these recipes for the home chef, while guests sip specially chosen wine. 

After the demo, our guests will then enjoy their “just demonstrated” five-course luncheon in our garden room, paired with wines selected by our sommelier.  Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase these wines at a special “trade” price. Bon Appetit, merci beaucoup et à bientôt.

As always, we will be able to accommodate dietary concerns, given advanced notice.  Please email me at chezlauberge@aol.com with any special requests. 

Prices include the demonstration, luncheon/dinner with fine wines, written recipes for the home chef, and all taxes and gratuities.

Valentine's Wine Festival and Luncheon

Date: February 25, 2017

The next installment of our ever-popular Wine Festival and Luncheon will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Please join us as we sample twelve wines from France, Spain, Australia, Washington State and California.

Arrive anytime between 11:30 and 1:00pm for a walk-around tasting of these fine wines paired with Chef Jacques’ canapés. Our sommeliers will be on-hand to guide you through the tasting and answer questions. Following the tasting, sit down and enjoy a complete luncheon of your choice from our four-course menu, paired with another glass of wine.

All wines sampled will be available for purchase at a special discount for our customers. Merci beaucoup and see you there.

$77.00
excluding taxes and gratuity; for a total of $98.00 

We are happy to accommodate guests' dietary concerns so all may join the festivities. Please email chezlauberge@aol.com with special requests.

We are sorry but this event has reached the maximum number of attendees!

Bounty of Bordeaux Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon

Date: March 3, 2017

Bounty of Bordeaux Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon 
featuring the Wines of Joel and Sandrine Duffau
Friday, March 3 at 11:00am

Join Chef Jacques Haeringer for a very special Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon with Bordeaux winemakers Joel and Sandrine Duffau.

Joel Duffau follows the tradition of nine generations of winegrowers in his family and has inherited their passion for making superior wines. He grow grapes organically at both Château La Mothe du Barry and Château les Arromans in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers region, between Bordeaux and Saint-Émilion.  Joel and Sandrine have created around their vines in a bucolic setting in which to make great wines.

Chef Jacques will be demonstrating a delicious menu to complement the wines' elegance. The main course is the Navarin d'Agneau which showcases the season's first crop of vegetables and the delicate flavor of lamb, while the demonstration concludes with Île Flottante, a classic French dessert of meringue floating on a sea of crème anglaise. 

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To Sip During Chef Jacques’ Cooking Demonstration
Château La Mothe du Barry Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc 2015

Norwegian Salmon Poached in Bordeaux Wine, Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Château Haut Lartenac Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge 2014

Organic Mesclun Salad, Vinaigrette Maison

Seasonal Sorbet

Navarin d'Agneau: Ragout of Lamb, Fresh Vegetables
Château La Mothe du Barry Cuvée “Design”, Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge 2014
Château La Mothe du Barry “Le Barry”, Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge 2012

Île Floutant: Meringue with Crème Anglaise

Gillette’s Locally-roasted Coffee, Selection of Harney & Sons Fine Teas 

$98.00
excluding tax and gratuity; for a total of a total of $125.00

We are happy to adjust the menu to accommodate guests' dietary restrictions, please email chezlauberge@aol.com with special requests. Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase these wines at a discounted price.

 

Musique et Cuisine Dinner featuring BlueHouse Project

Date: March 10, 2017

Musique et Cuisine Dinner featuring BlueHouse Project
Friday, March 10 at 7:00pm

Please join Chef Jacques for a night of intoxicating music and delectable food as we welcome the rocking BlueHouse Project for the next installment of our Musique et Cuisine Dinner series.

Washington, D.C. area based BlueHouse Project shines with excitement, energy and the history of the Georgetown-era bands. These old friends recently reunited for a special sold-out concert honoring the celebrated Bayou Nightclub. BlueHouse Project brings their version of Soulful, Singer Songwriter Blues to every performance. Their debut CD was released in October 2016.

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Seasonal Amuse Bouche
Simonnet-Febrve Crémant de Bourgogne

House-made Caramelized Onion Ravioli, Soubise Sauce
Domaine Léon Boesch Sylvaner d'Alsace 2014 

Organic Mesclun Salad, Vinaigrette Maison

Seasonal Sorbet

American Red Snapper, Shrimp and Tomato Beurre Blanc, Shiitake Mushroom, Potato Galette
Bramito Chardonnay 2015

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Classic Vol-au-Vent
Poached Murray Farms Chicken Breast and White Mushrooms in Puff Pastry
Bramito Chardonnay 2015

Alsatian Kirsch Napoléon with Brandied Cherries

Gillette’s Locally-roasted Coffee, Selection of Harney & Sons Fine Teas

$118.00
excluding tax and gratuity; for a total of $150.00

We are happy to adjust the menu to accommodate guests' dietary restrictions, please email chezlauberge@aol.com with special requests. Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase these wines at a discounted price.

Spring Fling Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon

Date: March 18, 2017

Spring Fling Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon
Saturday, March 18 at 11:00am

Say goodbye to the cold and hello to spring! Join us for a Spring Fling Cooking demonstration where Chef Jacques will show you how to use fresh, spring ingredients to prepare a delicious meal that celebrates the season. You’ll sip on Crémant de Bourgogne while you learn the secrets to making classic quenelles de brochet, the perfect asparagus salad, and other dishes that showcase the bounty of the spring season in Virginia. The demonstration is followed by a five-course luncheon with wine pairings, to make for the perfect springtime afternoon.

To Sip During Chef Jacques’ Cooking Demonstration
Charles Duret Crémant de Bourgogne

Quenelles de Brochet: Rockfish Dumplings, Lobster Mousseline Sauce
Réserve de Rochers Macon-Chaintré 2014 

Roasted Asparagus and Fresh Fennel Salad 

Seasonal Sorbet

Quatre Fromage Crusted Norfolk Sea Bass, Roasted Asparagus, Velouté Sauce
Domaine Vatan Pouilly-Fumé 2014

Espresso Cheesecake, Mocha Valrhona Chocolate Sauce

Gillette’s Locally-roasted Coffee, Selection of Harney & Sons Fine Teas

$100.00
excluding tax and gratuity; for a total of $127.00

We are happy to adjust the menu to accommodate guests' dietary restrictions, please email chezlauberge@aol.com with special requests. Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase these wines at a discounted price.

Musical Brunch featuring Guitarist Jarrett Laskey

Date: March 19, 2017

Musical Brunch featuring Guitarist Jarrett Laskey
Sunday, March 19 at 11:00am

Please join us for a Musical Brunch as we welcome back classical guitarist Jarrett Laskey. Jarrett is a classically trained musician who performs a large repertoire of Spanish and Latin guitar music, well-loved  standards, and contemporary arrangements.  This will be his second visit to L’Auberge Chez Franҫois, after a sold out performance here last year. 

Chef Jacques has created a superb Sunday brunch menu for you to enjoy, accompanied by special brunch cocktails as you enjoy the afternoon’s music. Why not spend your Sunday with us, by the fireplace, listening to beautiful music over brunch? 

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Assorted Breads, Croissants, Local Butter
House-made Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and Crémant d’Alsace 

Quatre Fromage Spinach and Garden Herb Quiche

Chef Pascal’s Fresh Fruit Salad 

ENTRÉES

Choice of One:

Tarte Flambée Benedict
Traditional Alsatian Pizzas served with Two Organic Eggs, Hollandaise Sauce
Topped with choice of:
Caramelized Onions and Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon
Wild Mushroom Medley – Shiitake, Oyster & White Mushrooms

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Poached Maine Lobster and Crab Savory Crêpe 

Papa Haeringer’s Petits Pots de Crème au Chocolat

Gillette’s Locally-roasted Coffee, Selection of Harney & Sons Fine Teas

$60.00
excluding taxes and gratuity; for a total of $76.00

We are happy to adjust the menu to accommodate guests' dietary restrictions, please email chezlauberge@aol.com with special requests. Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase these wines at a discounted price.

Domaine Carneros Wine Dinner with Winemaker Eileen Crane

Date: March 23, 2017

Domaine Carneros Wine Dinner with Eileen Crane, CEO and Founding Winemaker
Thursday, March 23 at 6:30pm

Please join us on Thursday, March 23rd for a very special evening with Eileen Crane, founding winemaker and CEO of Domaine Carneros. Domaine Carneros specializes in great, handcrafted pinot noirs and elegant sparkling wines.

In 1987, Claude Taittinger, president of Champagne Taittinger, selected a beautiful parcel of land in California’s wine country to be the site of his future winery, Domaine Carneros. He chose Eileen Crane to be the property’s first and only winemaker. And the rest, as they say, is history. Known as America’s Doyenne of Sparkling Wine, Eileen has amassed a wealth of experience in thirty years of solidifying the winery’s excellent reputation in the sparkling wine industry.

Our special evening begins at 6:30 in the garden room with our seasonal canapés and Domaine Carneros, Brut Vintage Cuvée.  Feast on Chef Jacques’ five-course dinner featuring the sparkling wines and Pinot Noir wines of Domaine Carneros, including the limited-release luxury Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs, repeatedly rated the “Best Sparkling Wine in America.”

Le Menu

Seasonal Canapés
Brut Vintage Cuvée

Signature wine of Domaine Carneros. It encompasses the widest range of estate clones and vineyard blocks of the winery’s collection. The tapestry of flavors that result, married with the inherent finesse of the cool Carneros fruit, create wines of depth and complexity that are enhanced by a minimum of three years of bottle age sur lie in the cellar before release.

Poached Arctic Char, Smoked Salmon Caviar Beurre Blanc, Roasted Beet Purée
2008 Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs

Le Rêve is a classic tête de cuvée - the winery’s finest sparkling wine and frequently named America’s Best Sparkling. French for “the dream,” Le Rêve is crafted from 100% estate-grown Chardonnay, making it a pure expression of Domaine Carneros.

Pinot Noir Braised Beef Short Ribs, Galette de Pomme de Terre with Shiitake Mushrooms
Estate Pinot Noir

The grapes for the Estate Pinot Noir are chosen from up to 12 clonal selections in the winery’s five green certified estate vineyards in Carneros. After an early-morning harvest, while the grapes are still cool, the handpicked fruit is gently destemmed and cold soaked. Fermentation takes place in small, open-topped vats with punch-downs, resulting in heightened color and complex flavors

La Matelote de Poissons et Crustaçés
Maine Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops, Crabmeat, White Lobster Sauce, Wilted Greenleaf Lettuce
Brut Rosé Cuvée de la Pompadour

More than 250 years ago, Louis XV's great paramour, Madame de la Pompadour, famously introduced sparkling wine to the court at Versailles. She declared it “the only wine that a woman can drink and remain beautiful,” and today Domaine Carneros’ Pompadour Brut Rosé is named in her honor. Domaine Carneros harvests estate-grown, green certified Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from its vineyards in Carneros to craft small quantities of this beautifully balanced Brut Rosé. 

Classic Vanilla Profiteroles, Mirabelle Custard Sauce

Gillette’s Locally-roasted Coffee, Selection of Harney & Sons Fine Teas

$138.00
excluding taxes and gratuity; for a total of $175.00 

We are happy to adjust the menu to accommodate guests' dietary restrictions, please email chezlauberge@aol.com with special requests. Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase these wines at a discounted price.

Spring Wine Festival and Luncheon

Date: March 25, 2017

Spring Wine Festival and Luncheon
March 25, 2017 

The next installment of our ever-popular Wine Festival and Luncheon will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Please join us as we sample twelve wines from France, Germany, California, Oregon and New Zealand.  Arrive anytime between 11:30 and 1:00pm for a walk-around tasting of these fine wines paired with Chef Jacques’ seasonal canapés. Our sommeliers will be on-hand to guide you through the tasting and answer questions. Following the tasting, sit down and enjoy a complete luncheon of your choice from our four-course menu, paired with yet another glass of wine.

All wines sampled will be available for purchase at a special price that day. Merci beaucoup and see you there!

$77.00
excluding taxes and gratuity; for a total of $98.00

We are happy to adjust the menu to accommodate guests' dietary restrictions, please email chezlauberge@aol.com with special requests. Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase these wines at a discounted price.