April 2016 Newsletter

Greetings from Chef Jacques
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.  

May is almost upon us. Outdoor dining is in full swing, and please see a new month of special events at L’Auberge Chez François, including a very special wine dinner featuring Ravenswood and winemaker Joel Peterson, a Mother’s day cooking demo and luncheon, “Let the Grilling Begin” cooking demo and luncheon, and a Musique and Cuisine event featuring our local favorites, The Difficult Run Strings Band. Please see details below.   

Chef Jacques, Paul, and the team of L’Auberge Chez François 

Vintage ’59 Importers Wine Dinner with Roy Cloud
In a piece on Roy Cloud and Vintage ’59 Importers, Michael Franz asked, “Who are the heroes who stem the tide of stultifying wine?… the most important person involved in getting you a great glass of something distinctive and compelling is the importer of artisan wines.” Roy brings in fine selections from domaines in every corner of France.“We are excited to have him join us to present five of his very best at our May 4 exceptional wine dinner”, says Chef Jacques. Wines will include a charming white Burgundy; a vibrant chenin blanc from the Loire Valley; a rich, dry Alsatian riesling; a fragrant pinot noir from Volnay; and a powerful malbec from Cahors, paired with Chef Jacques’ seasonal menu degustation for tonight’s event.
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Celebrating Mother’s Day Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon
Join Chef Jacques Haeringer and treat your Mom or your special someone to our lively culinary demonstration and luncheon on Friday, May 5th. Your day begins sipping a glass of Crémant while watching Chef Jacques demonstrate a selection his very special recipes “on set” that you and your guests will surely enjoy. Retreat to our beautiful Garden Room and continue our celebratory “Mom Day Demo” with Chef’s four course menu du jour, paired with delectable wines chosen by our sommelier.  This culinary demonstration hits the spot and makes the perfect gourmet gift. Come and join us and celebrate “Mother’s Day” at L’Auberge Chez François!
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Ravenswood Wine Dinner with Founder and Winemaker, Joel Peterson
Please join Chef Jacques on Thursday, May 12th at 6:30pm for a special evening of tasting the full-flavored wines of Ravenswood, the California winery that specializes in “down to early, elegantly rustic and robust” wines. Winemaker and founder of Ravenswood, Joel Peterson, known as the Godfather of Zin, will be there to discuss his wines. Chef Jacques has created a five-course menu to complement the evening’s wine selection. 
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“Let the Grilling Begin” Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon
Who doesn’t enjoy starting the summer off with grilling in mind? To kick off Chef Jacques’ favorite season, we offer you a very lively cooking demonstration hosted by Chef, followed by a three course grill-inspired luncheon, paired with 3 fine wines by our sommelier. Price includes the cooking demonstration while sipping our featured crémant, luncheon, specially paired wines, written recipes for the home chef, raffle prizes, and specially priced wines featured in our Grilling Demo for purchase at discount pricing. 
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Musique et Cuisine featuring The Difficult Run Strings Band
If old-time and traditional bluegrass is what you’re craving, look no further than the Difficult Run String Band. L’Auberge Chez François proudly welcomes our local favorite, the Difficult Run Strings Band to our continuing series of Musique et Cuisine.  Their music is a variety of vocals and Instruments. We welcome you to join us for an evening of great music with a special group of talented musicians. 
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Team Member of the Month
Willy Schmitt started with L’Auberge Chez François as the dining room manager and host in September 2002. He had a long tenure at Old Angler’s Inn in Potomac, Maryland and then crossed the river to Great Falls. Willy is a fellow Alsatian, so his knowledge and love for our traditions is shared. We thank Willy for his friendly and professional service he provides at the restaurant and for our guests. 
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L’Auberge Chez Francois to Celebrate 40th Anniversary on Patch.com
Bon Anniversaire Blog on OpenTable 
OpenTable Blog
Great Falls Connection Article
Great Falls Connection
Chef Jacques on TODAY Show


Monsieur François Compétition
Congratulations to Andrea G. of Alexandria, Virginia for winning the March Monsieur François’ Profile Embellishment Competition. Andrea will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François.

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Best Culinary Wishes,
Chef Jacques


L’Auberge Chez François
332 Springvale Rd Great Falls, VA 22066
Mail Us : chezlauberge@aol.com
Call Us : 703-759-3800

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