August 2018 Newsletter

Summer Greetings from Chef Jacques and Paul:
Summer and the gardens at L’Auberge Chez François are in full bloom.

Despite a rainy summer, the expanded gardens are producing bumper crops: haricots verts; several varieties of peppers including shishito, marconi and big bell; summer squash, orange
and green zucchini; several varieties of heirloom and red beefsteak tomatoes (served
in our popular tomato salads and delectable Fresh Garden Bloody Marys). Our climbing cucumbers are also plentiful.Green and purple basil, tarragon, chives, mint, sorrel, sage, lemon verbena and shiso round out the herb section.  All vegetables and herbs are harvested and served the same day.

New this year, we are growing two varieties of hops for an October brew, in
collaboration with our friends at Lost Rhino Brewing Company.

We will begin planting fall crops including kale, kohlrabi, rutabagas, cabbage, spinach
and several types of fall lettuces in the coming weeks.

Continuing a full slate of special events here at L’Auberge Chez François, look forward to
the next installments of the popular musical garden brunches, wine festival and
full moon garden dinner (be ready to howl). Additionally, L’Auberge Chez François will be hosting an Italian wine dinner as well as a Grand Burgundy wine tasting dinner.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and hope to see you soon!

Until next month,

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

Harvest Musical Brunch Featuring the Music of Alexander Barnett
Please join us on Sunday, September 9th, 2018 at 11:00 am for our ever popular musical brunch series at L’Auberge Chez
François. Local guitarist and composer
Alexander Barnett will be performing a broad range of music from classical to
modern and jazz. Since his first appearance at L’Auberge Chez François, Alex
has been captivating our guests on a regular basis with sold-out events and
performances. Feast on Chef Jacques’ three-course menu paired with sumptuous
brunch cocktails while Alex provides his soft acoustical music. Start your day
at L’Auberge Chez François and end your weekend on a high note!

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L’Auberge Chez François goes Italian: “A Taste of Italy” Wine Dinner
Please join us Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at 7:00 PM for a special wine dinner show casing the wines of Elvio Tintero from The Piemonte. In 1900 a Frenchman named Pierre Tintero set out for Piedmont. Pierre, called “Pietrin” by the locals, quickly became a vital part of the estate and fell in love with the widow, whom he married two years later. The couple continued to work the vines
together and bottled their own Dolcetto for the first time just as war fell in 1914. It was not until the 1980’s that Pierre’s grandson Elvio began experimenting with the challenging process of frizzante wine production. Now, in addition to more serious, traditional wines like Barbaresco and Arneis, the Tinteros make delightful, fresh, slightly spritzy wines from local grape varietals
that are a joy to drink. Elizabeth Van Wazer CSW of The Robins Cellars will be
on hand to present the wines, and Chef Jacques has designed a menu to showcase
both styles.
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September Wine Festival and Luncheon
Our popular Wine Festival and Luncheon returns on Saturday, September 15th, 2018. Please join us as we sample twelve wines from Argentina, California, France, New Zealand and Portugal.Arrive anytime between 11:30 and 1:00 pm 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 another glass of wine!
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A Musical Full Moon Rose Garden Party Featuring the Thomas Kitchen Jazz Trio
 Please join Chef Jacques and the team at L’Auberge Chez François on Sunday, September 23rd, at 6:00 pm for our popular full moon garden to table Rosé fête on our
beautiful outdoor terrace (weather permitting) featuring The Tritone Jazz Trio.Thomas Kitchen is a classical-trained jazz guitarist
who plays a wide range of musical styles and performs regularly in and around
the metropolitan area.The Tritone Jazz Trio grew out of a longstanding jazz
performance in Silver Spring, MD where keyboard player Peter Runk, bassist
Walter Heber, and guitarist Thomas Kitchen met. Since that time the Trio has
played in a variety of performances together and with other musicians throughout the DC metropolitan area.
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Grand Burgundy Wine Tasting and Dinner
Please join us Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 7:00 PM for a guided wine tasting and dinner featuring the wines of Burgundy. Fresh from a study trip to the region this past June, our head sommelier Alex Bardsley will present tastings of two flights of red Burgundies. The first flight will
feature three Premier Cru Volnays from the Côte de Beaune by Domaine Nicolas
Rossignol, from three different vintages. The second flight will showcase three wines from Nuits-Saint-Georges in the Côte de Nuits, by three different producers. Dinner will be accompanied by white and red wines from the village of Marsannay, at the northern tip of the Côtes de Nuits. Altogether, the event
will highlight both the significant differences in style between two villages such as Volnay and Nuits, which are only about fifteen miles apart, and the subtler differences between vintages and producers, that make the wines of Burgundy so fascinating.
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Musical Garden Brunch Featuring the Music of Guitarist Jarrett Laskey and Violinist Cristiana Tudor
Chef Jacques invites you to dine on our beautiful terrace (weather permitting) on Sunday, September 30th at 11:00 am as we feature a musical garden brunch with the beautiful tunes of Jarrett Laskey and Cristiana Tudor. Jarrett is a classically trained
professional musician performing a repertoire of Spanish and Latin guitar music, standard classical music favorites and contemporary arrangements. Jarrett is often named as the most requested guitarist in the Washington D.C. area on Wedding Wire and The Knot.Ms. Tudor was born in Bucharest, Romania and attended The National University of Music in Romania. She has performed with the European Royal Orchestra, Baroque Orchestra of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, at numerous recitals and concerts in Romania’s finest concert halls
and even performed with legendary pan flutist, Gheorghe Zamfir. Cristiana and
currently performs with Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and the McLean
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Team member of the Month
Manuel Puerto joined our team March 2007 as a dishwasher. Five years into his position he was moved to prep cook, where Manuel works hard to prepare soups, sauces, stocks, and the delicious garlic bread served at the beginning our your meals. Always willing to help out where necessary, Manuel takes pride in his work to assure that only the “best” is served. When arriving in the morning, everyone can expect a hearty “Good Morning”, which is always a great way to start our days. We thank you Manuel for all your commitment and hard work.
Monsieur François Competition



Congratulations to Do W. of Vienna, Virginia for winning the July Monsieur François Profile Embellishment Competition. Do 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
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