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 with any special requests. 

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

Musique et Cuisine Series featuring Wolf Trap Opera Filene Young Artists

Date: July 10, 2016

Musique et Cuisine Series with “Another Evening at the Opera” featuring Wolf Trap Opera's Filene Young Artists
Sunday, July 10 at 6:30pm

We are honored to host our special Musique et Cuisine series with our talented neighbors at Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center. We are reminded that Catherine Filene Shouse, Wolf Trap’s visionary founder and gourmand, was a frequent guest who dined with Papa Haeringer at L’Auberge almost every Sunday afternoons for many years.

Wolf Trap Opera’s Filene Young Artists have performed on some of the country’s premiere operatic stages, including Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera and The Metropolitan Opera. They bring some of the brightest vocal talent to Wolf Trap's stages every summer, and now, to L’Auberge Chez François! They will provide an evening of popular standards, light opera arias, and Broadway tunes, in addition to Chef Jacques’ six-course garden inspired menu paired with three fine Sommelier chosen wine pairings.

~ Menu ~

Classic French Canapés
Assorted House Made Patés, Norwegian Smoked Salmon, Parmesan Puff Pastry Straws
Mumm Napa Brut Prestige

Chef Jacques’ Garden Fresh Cucumber Vichyssoise
Boedecker Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2013

Citrus Sorbet

L’Auberge Chez François’ Organic Mesclun Salad with House-made Vinaigrette 

Sesame Crusted Wild Alaskan Salmon with Sauce Verte with “Just Picked” Garden Slaw
Walt Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2012

Classic French Layered Opera Cake

Gillette's Locally Roasted Coffee, Selection of Harney & Sons Premium Tea

excluding tax and gratuity; for a total of 150.00

We are happy to accommodate guests’ dietary concerns. Please email with special requests. Patrons will have an opportunity to purchase these wines at a very special price.

Bastille Day Celebration featuring Maison Louis Latour Wines

Date: July 14, 2016

Bastille Day - “La Fête Nationale” Celebration featuring Maison Louis Latour Wines & Our Waiter’s Race
Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 6:30pm

What better way to celebrate Bastille Day then at L’Auberge Chez François with Chef Jacques and team and the highly regarded wines of Maison Louis Latour!  In honor of La Fête Nationale, sip Simonnet Febvre Bourgogne Brut Rose or a Fresh Garden Inspired Cocktail and enjoy our seasonal canapes (weather permitting) on the Terrace while cheering on the L’Auberge Chez François Wait Staff competing in our very own exciting Bastille Day Waiters Race (inspired by the famous footrace in Paris) around the gardens and grounds.

Continue the celebration with a six-course menu de degustation created by Chef Jacques in honor of this Bastille Day Celebration.  Our menu will feature “just picked” produce directly from our on-site gardens. Charles Ducker, of Maison Louis Latour, will introduce and present these exceptional wines.

Vive la France! Viva Maison Louis Latour! Happy Bastille Day - Come celebrate with us!

Classic Canapés

House-made Patés, Crabmeat, Norwegian Smoked Salmon, Parmesan Pastry Straws
Louis Latour Simonnet Febvre Bourgogne Brut Rose

Chef Jacques’ Garden Gazpacho with Poached Maine Lobster
Louis Latour Montagny 1er Cru "La Grande Roche" 2014

“Just Picked” Garden Tomato and Basil Salad with Herb Maison Vinaigrette

A Bastille Day Celebration Champagne Sorbet

Certified Angus Beef Filet Mignon with Spicy Onion Rings and Grilled Garden Vegetables
Louis Latour Beaune 1er Cru "Vignes Franches"

Classic Peach Melba with House-made Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream

Gillette’s Locally Roasted Coffee, Assortment of our Harney & Sons Fine Teas

excluding tax and gratuity; for a total of $160.00

We are happy to accommodate guests' dietary concerns so all may join the festivities. Please email with special requests. Patrons will have an opportunity to purchase these wines at a special price.


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Devils Backbone Craft Beer Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon

Date: July 23, 2016

Devils Backbone Craft Beer Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon
Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 11am

We are excited to announce the first in our series of 2016 Craft Beer Events, Virginia’s own award-winning Devils Backbone Brewing Company on tap to whet your appetite. DBB takes inspiration from the classic brewing traditions of Germany, England, and Belgium as well as from their peers with the craft brewing industry who bring vibrant new flavors and ideas to the world of beer.  This special event includes a cooking demonstration with Chef Jacques, followed by a five-course luncheon and very special craft beer pairings.

Aaron Reilly, Senior Brewer at “Basecamp”, and recent GOLD MEDAL winner at the 2016 World Beer Cup with his “Reilly’s Red, will be here to present and discuss Devils Backbone brewery and our beer pairings. Diners will have the opportunity to purchase the beer at a special “trade” price.

Welcome Beer/Demo Beer:

Chef Jacques’ Caramelized Onion Napoléon

Medley of Poached Chilled Seafood, Organic Mesclun Mixed Greens, Housemade Vinaigrette

Braised Cattywompus Sage Stuffed Roasted Neiman Ranch Pork, with Garden Herb Späetzles, Root Vegetable Puree
CATTYWOMPUS Belgian inspired IPA

Layered Valrhona Chocolate and Espresso Symphony Gateau

Gillette’s Locally Roasted Coffee, Selection of Harney and Sons Premium Teas

$99.00 Inclusive
Price includes Chef Jacques’ lively cooking demonstration, Four-course luncheon, Five paired craft beers, Recipes for the Home Chef, Devils Backbone Raffle Prizes, all Tax and Gratuity.  

As always, we are able to accommodate dietary concerns.  Please email chezlauberge@aol with any requests.

Neyers Vineyards Wine Dinner

Date: July 28, 2016

L’Auberge Chez François Presents Neyers Vineyards Wine Dinner
Tuesday, July 28, 2016 at 6:30pm

At L'Auberge Chez François, the marriage of French and American gustatory experience is central to what we do, so we are pleased to host a wine dinner that reflects a similar cultural meeting. Bruce and Barbara Neyers produce some of the most appealing wine in California, with a French sense of balance and place. This is understandable, since Bruce has served as national sales manager for legendary importer Kermit Lynch for over twenty years, and Barbara worked as chef and manager at Chez Panisse for a similar period. Please join us as Bruce comes to Great Falls to present some of their finest offerings, including a chardonnay that is rich yet fresh, without oak; a lively Rhône-style blend showing juicy red fruit and herbs; a zinfandel that delivers fully-ripe fruit without high alcohol; a silky, aromatic merlot; and a pure, dense cabernet sauvignon with a whiff of cigar-box that recalls Bordeaux.  We are thrilled to welcome both Bruce and Barbara for this very special dinner.

Chef Jacques’ Seasonal Canapés
Chardonnay "304" 2014

“Gazpacho” of Braised Beef and Garden Vegetables and Herbs
Sage Canyon Red 2014

Poached Monkfish Medallions, Zinfandel Reduction with Pureed Rosée
Zinfandel "Vista Luna" 2014

Creekstone Farms Natural Beef Tenderloin in Tomato Consommé
Merlot "Neyers Ranch" 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon "Neyers Ranch" 2010

Local Organic Blueberry and Custard Tart

Gillette's Locally Roasted Coffee, Selection of Harney & Sons Premium Tea

excluding tax and gratuity; for a total of $140.00

We are happy to accommodate guests’ dietary concerns. Please email with special requests. Patrons will have an opportunity to purchase these wines at a special price. 

Zephaniah Farm Vineyard and 8 Chains North Winery Tours

Date: July 31, 2016

“L’Auberge Chez François Goes to the Virginia Wine Country”
Zephaniah Farm Vineyard and 8 Chains North Winery
Sunday, July 31st at 9:30am

Please join Chef Jacques for our first in a series of “L’Auberge Chez François Goes to the Virginia Wine County” excursions. “Mais oui”, but of course, life is good, sipping and tasting some of the great wines these Virginia vineyards have to offer with Chef Jacques and Victoria on a summer day! 

Our day begins at 9:30am where we will gather at “The Chez” for coffee and croissants.  We then board our private luxury motor coach (leaving promptly at 10am) to experience a fun-filled tour of our selected local Virginia vineyards.  Our wine expert Victoria, will provide industry insights into these vineyards and their wines.  We will also view “Two for Tonight”, Jacques' award winning lively PBS cooking series, along the route to the vineyards.


Our first stop is Zephaniah Farms Vineyard, family of farmers established in Loudoun County since 1950, growing grapes and making wine.  They are well known for their spectacular location and award winning wines.  Our wine tasting will paired with our special Chef-chosen artisan cheese and fruit platter. 

The second stop will be 8 Chains North Winery, a small family-owned and operated farm winery located in the beautiful town of Waterford.  Local award winning chocolatier, Abby Rose Confections, will create artisan truffles, paired with wines especially chosen for our group by the winemaker at 8 Chains. 

We then return to L’Auberge Chez François at 3pm to round out our lovely afternoon in the Virginia Wine Country with a 4 course luncheon of Chef Jacques’ favorites.

L’Auberge Chez Francois Goes to Virginia Wine County Lunch 

First Course 
Chef Jacques’ Amuse Bouche 

Second Course
Choice of one:
Chive Crepe Stuffed with Duxelle of Wild Mushrooms
Caesar Salad 
Roquefort Cheese Salad 

Third Course
Choice of one:
Lobster Salad with House Made Vanilla Vinaigrette
Murray’s Grilled Organic Chicken with Papa’s Spaetzle
Creekstone Farms Natural Sirloin Steak, Bordelaise Sauce, and Pomme Frites 

Valrhona French Chocolate Tarte

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

excluding tax and gratuity; for a total of $225.00

Coffee, Croissants, Luxury Coach Transportation, all Wine Tastings, Cheeses, Fruit and Chocolate Truffles Pairings, L’Auberge Chez Francois 4 course luncheon