September will mark the 65th Anniversary of the founding of Chez François in Washington D.C. I don’t think that my father, François, could have ever imagined then that we would still be going strong 65 years later. Many of our loyal patrons followed us from DC when we moved the restaurant to Great Falls and became an auberge.
We’ve expanded and evolved with Jacques’ Brasserie, two on-site gardens, weddings, private parties, corporate events and more and more special events. I’m still honored and amazed at how often guests will stop to tell me their memories of eating with us in Washington D.C. and now in Great Falls, Virginia.
The painting above, gifted to my parents by Washington artist Lily Spandorf shows the sidewalk café tables of the original Chez François on Connecticut Avenue in the early 1960s.
To mark our 65th Anniversary, we’ve scheduled a full month of special culinary events in September, kicked-off by a Labor Day Musical Sunday Summer Supper. Next up, a 65th anniversary “Friday Night on the Terrace” Wine Festival, “It’s Almost Fall” Musical Brunch, and a very special 65th Anniversary Alsatian Wine Dinner with Peter Weygandt. Rounding out the celebrations are our wildly popular Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon and a lively Craft Beer Party featuring the award winning brews of our own Lost Rhino Brewing Company. Now that’s a month long fun- filled with culinary happenings and festivities to honor Papa and his 65 years in this restaurant business!
Cheers and a special toast to all our loyal patrons who have been celebrating life’s special moments with us all these years.
Chef Jacques, Paul and the family of L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie
Our 65th Anniversary and Labor Day Sunday Musical Supper
Please celebrate with us on our 65th Anniversary and Labor Day Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 5:30 PM, for another segment of our wildly popular Music and Cuisine series, with a “Musical Sunday Supper” featuring a delectable menu by Chef Jacques and team and the toe tapping and hand clapping music of Laura Van Duzer and The Chance Club Band. The Chance Club Band, featuring Laura Van Duzer (vocals, keys), Matthew Schleigh (vocals, guitar), and Jason Wilson (vocals, bass), combine strong harmonies and excellent playing, as they perform originals and covers from the 60’s thru today. Be sure to join us for a fun filled Labor Day weekend with a jamming Musical Summer Sunday Supper.
65th Anniversary and Friday Evening Outdoor Wine Tasting Soirée
Please join Chef Jacques and our team on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 7:00-9:00 PM, as we offer you a delightful way to kick off your weekend outdoors on our beautiful grounds of L’Auberge Chez François (weather permitting), overlooking our gardens, sipping fine wines while enjoying delectable cuisine, during our 65th anniversary month long celebrations. We will be featuring eight wines from importer Peter Weygandt, many of which are new to the Virginia market, selected to complement the transition from summer to fall. Peter Weygandt has been an importer of French wines since 1987, gaining a national and international reputation for the quality of his selections and his portfolio of top “boutique” French wines. In recent years, he has expanded his portfolio to include Italian, German, Austrian, Australian, and Spanish wines, representing more than 100 producers. To accompany the tasting, we will be serving our seasonal canapés, and delectable bites. Merci beaucoup and see you there!
“It’s Almost Fall” Musical Brunch Featuring the Music of Laura Van Duzer
Join us on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM for a festive Sunday Brunch, on our outdoor terrace (weather permitting) as we toast the fall season, and as we celebrate 65 years of the founding of Chez François. Today, we feature at L’Auberge Chez François, Laura Van Duzer for your listening pleasure to accompany our delectable brunch menu. Laura Van Duzer, a talented singer-songwriter, performer, pianist, and guitarist will be leading us today for all the fun. Laura holds the position of Music Director and Performing Arts Department Chair for the Academy of Holy Cross, in Maryland, and is the former Choral Director for Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA, as well as a performer in many dinner theaters and stages in plays and musicals, and lead keyboard and vocals for The Chance Club Band. Laura will be preforming a wide variety of music, including your favorite 60’s, 70’s and 80’s along with classic show tunes and more. Spend the afternoon with us at L’Auberge Chez François as the crisp weather arrives and enjoy the view of our lovely grounds. Vive la récolte!
A Very Special Alsatian Wine Dinner and 65th Anniversary Celebration with Peter Weygandt
Please join us Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM, as we present a wine tasting and dinner featuring the wines of three excellent Alsatian producers, Domaines Albert Mann, Henry Fuchs and Schoffit, all recent arrivals in the Virginia market. This month also marks the 65th Anniversary of the founding of Chez François in Washington D.C, by Papa Haeringer, a proud Alsatian indeed. Chef Jacques welcomes Peter Weygandt of Weygant-Metzler Importing, who will be joining our head sommelier, Alex Bardsley, to introduce these fine wines, from our Homeland of Alsace. The evening will begin with a brief reception and our seasonal canapés, followed by a tasting in two flights before the dinner, the first consisting of three diverse expressions of Riesling and the second of two opulent Gewurztraminers. Dinner will follow. Chef Jacques has crafted a special menu to showcase their charms.
Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon
Our popular Wine Festival and Luncheon returns on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Please join us as we greet the fall season in style and celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the founding of Chez François in Washington DC by François Haeringer, sampling twelve wines from the world’s best producing wine regions, including, but of course, France! Arrive anytime between 11:30 AM 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. Viva Fall and Viva François!
Autumnal Equinox Musical Brunch and 65th Anniversary Celebration featuring Classical Guitarist Alexander Barnett
Please join Chef Jacques on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 11:00 AM for our Musical Brunch on our outdoor terrace (weather permitting) as we toast the upcoming fall season, and our 65th Anniversary of Papa Haeringer’s founding of Chez François, featuring popular classical guitarist Alexander Barnett. A local guitarist and composer, Alex’s broad range of music ranges from classical to modern and jazz. Since his first appearance at L’Auberge Chez François, Alex continues to captivate our guests with his romantic-themed performances.Chef Jacques has created a superb Sunday brunch menu for you to enjoy, accompanied by special brunch cocktails, of course, as you enjoy the afternoon’s music. Why not spend your Sunday with us, listening to beautiful music over brunch and toast to the upcoming Autumnal Equinox and 65 years of L’Auberge Chez François and Chez Francois? Cheers!
Sunday Craft Beer Party and 65th Anniversary Celebration on the Terrace featuring Ashburn’s Lost Rhino Brewery and Live Music
Please join us Sunday September 29, 2019 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM for a lively Craft Beer Party featuring the award winning beers of our own Ashburn’s Lost Rhino Brewing Company. We will be featuring many of Lost Rhino’s line up, including our newest beer crafted by Lost Rhino, “Papa’s Pilsner” in honor of Papa Haeringer, our 65th anniversary and his love of beer. Enjoy specially paired seasonal canapés, appetizers, and bites as you stroll around the terrace and gardens listening to live music and sipping cold craft beer. Lost Rhino Brewers will be on-hand to guide you through the tastings of these delectable beers.
Rafael Cruz Ramirez joined our team in June 2012. Rafael is one of our daytime dishwashers but that is not all he does. From polishing our copper ware to maintaining clean dinning rooms, you can always count on him lend a helping hand with anything that needs to be done. Very quiet and extremely polite, Rafael always gets the job done with a smile on his face. Thank you Rafael, for all your hard work and dedication! Keep up the good job!
Monsieur François Competition
Congratulations to Kathryn Y. from McLean, Va for winning the July Monsieur François Profile Embellishment Competition. Kathryn will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François. Great work Kathryn!
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Best Culinary Wishes, Chef Jacques
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Summer is here! Our organic gardens are in full swing and the flowers are all in bloom. Now is the perfect time of year for dining al fresco on one of our outdoor terraces (including the Brasserie under our new quad umbrella, complete with lighting). While you’re here, take a tour of our beautiful gardens to see where our greens, vegetables and herbs are growing.
Did I mention that the garden is bursting with tomatoes right now? Our famous tomato salads are on the menu and it is included with the price of your meal at L’Auberge Chez François. You’ll also find our house-made Garden Bloody Mary’s on our weekend brunch menu, cold gazpacho soup, and warm tomato bisque.
We have a wonderful lineup of some very special summer events this month. Please join us for many fetes and soirées this August filled with Music and Cuisine Dinners; Musical Brunches; a very special Chef Jacques’ Garden to Table Cooking Demo, Luncheon and Garden Tour; an exciting Full Moon Garden Party; a Sinatra Classic Dinner and our Labor Day Weekend Night on the Terrace Wine Tasting and Musical Evening Under the Stars.
Come celebrate the summer at L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie with great food, drinks, and friends.
I hope to see you soon so you may enjoy the tastes and libations of summer here at L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie
See you soon!
Best culinary wishes; Chef Jacques and Paul Haeringer and the family of L’Auberge Chez François & Jacques’ Brasserie
Music and Cuisine Grand Musical Showcase Soirée featuring Prince Havely and Efi Tovia
They are BACK! Following numerous sold out performances on
“our stage” at L’Auberge Chez François, we are thrilled to present to you, on Friday,
August 2nd, 2019 at 7:30 PM, a return of “Music and Cuisine
Soirée in Great Falls”.
Join us center stage with
Prince & Efi performing the music of Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart, Fats
Waller, Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington. Dine on a classic French dinner
served with sommelier-selected wine pairings while you are entertained by this
lively duo. Get your dancing shoes on and join us at this special event!
A Sunday Musical Brunch featuring Classical Music Sounds of Jarrett Laskey
Back by popular demand,
acclaimed guitarist Jarrett Laskey is performing at our Musical Brunch at
L’Auberge Chez Franҫois on Sunday August 4th at 11:00 AM. 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 D.C. area on Wedding Wire and The Knot.
Chef Jacques has created a
superb menu for you to enjoy, accompanied by special cocktails, as you enjoy
the afternoon’s music. Sunday Funday at our Musical Brunch, indeed!
Chef Jacques’ Garden to Fork August Bounty Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon
Please join on Saturday August 10th,
2019 at 10:30 AM (Please note time) as we kick off our summer “Garden to
Fork” special event. We begin our day
with Chef Jacques’ leading our two on-site Garden tour, with a glass of bubbly,
but of course.
Retreat to our rooster room and join us for our delectable “August Bounty”
Garden to Table Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon. L’Auberge Chez François, Chef Jacques and
Stephanie, our lead gardener, are very proud of our two on-site gardens. They
are both happy to suggest nutritionally superior food to make for delightful
cuisine for this special afternoon’s special cooking demonstration. Most of all
our menu items today will include “just picked from our garden” ingredients,
and added to our menu for indeed a Garden to Fork delight.
L’Auberge Chez François Musical Brunch Featuring the Magical Music of Matvei Sigalov
Please Join Chef Jacques’ and Team on Sunday
August 11th at 11:00 AM for a very special musical brunch as we
give a warm welcome to Matvei Sigalov, violinist and guitarist extraordinaire!
Since his arrival to the U.S. 20 years
ago from Russia, Matvei Sigalov has been active on the East Coast music scene
and established himself as one of the premier improvising violinists. He has
shared the stage with a wide array of artists, covering many styles including
R&B, Gospel, Pop-Rock, Jazz , Brazilian and Fusion music.
Matvi has played for Patti LaBelle,
Isaac Hayes and James Ingram at the Kennedy Center in DC. He received a
standing ovation at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, while opening for
Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luke Ponty and Al DiMeola and has wowed an audience at the
Iridium in NYC with guitar legend Les Paul!
Why not spend your Sunday by listening to beautiful music
over a scrumptious brunch, by Chef Jacques with of course, Cremant d’Alsace,
Mimosas and Housemade Garden Bloody Marys?
See you here!
Please join Chef Jacques’ and his team on
Thursday, August 15th from 7pm-9pm for an exciting full moon
fête. Outdoors on our beautiful
L’Auberge Chez François terrace (weather permitting) we offer you a delightful
way to enjoy gazing at full moon in August, while sipping fine wines while
enjoying delectable cuisine. Does life
get any better than this?
Our sommeliers will be on-hand to guide
you through a delectable tasting of eight fine wines from some of the world’s
best producing wine regions, including, of course, France, accompanied by Chef’s passed Seasonal
canapés and tasty bites, as you delight in the music of Stephanie Ball.
A stroll, with your wine, of course, to
our two on-site vegetable and herb gardens is always encouraged!
All wines sampled will be available for
purchase at a very special “trade” discounts for our customers that evening
only. Merci beaucoup and see you there!
In the event of weather, we will retreat to our rooster room and enjoy
gazing at the moon from indoors.
popular Wine Festival and Luncheon returns on Saturday, August 24th,
2019. Please join us as we sample twelve fine wines from some of the
world’s notable wine growing regions.
anytime between 11:30 and 1:00 pm for a walk-around tasting of these
fine wines paired with Chef Jacques’ seasonal canapés.
sommeliers will be on-hand to guide you through the tastings and answer any
questions you may have on these delectable wines.
the tasting, sit down and enjoy a complete luncheon of your choice from our
four-course menu, plus another glass of wine!
the end of summer with us!
A Very Special Encore of Our Musical Sunday Supper Featuring My Way: Bob McDonald Sings Sinatra Classics
join us on Sunday, August 25th, 2019 at 5:30 PM for an encore
sold-out performance of a very
special Musical Sunday Supper featuring this talented trio, singing Sinatra
Classics, and enjoy a menu filled with of our classical favorites at L’Auberge
Bob McDonald, pianist Tony Nalker and instrumentalist Scott Silbert celebrate
the songs and life of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra with an evening of the
most memorable songs from the singer’s film and concert performances. The
program will be an evening of Sinatra classics worthy of any Rat Pack.
Bob McDonald is probably best known to the DC area as the National Anthem
singer for the Washington Capitals hockey team. He also enjoys a diverse career
across many artistic disciplines, including musical theater, opera, and the
concert stage, as well as his job as an active-duty baritone and announcer in
The United States Army Chorus. Bob has performed on most Washington DC area
stages, including The Kennedy Center, Signature Theater, Folger Theater and
others, and at various venues across the country. Bob received his BA and MA
from Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Nalker performs widely in the Washington, D.C. area, currently serving as jazz
pianist with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the National
Symphony Orchestra Pops. From 1989-2016 Tony was the pianist of the premiere
jazz ensemble of the U.S. Army, the Army Blues, and served as the group’s
enlisted leader. Tony received his undergraduate degree in music from
James Madison University and his M.A. in music from the University of Iowa.
Silbert, a multiple woodwind player and arranger, joined the Navy band jazz
ensemble “Commodores” in 1991 on baritone sax, and later the arranging staff (1999),
serving as the Navy Band’s chief arranger from 2002 until his retirement in
2017. Professionally, Scott has performed with or has written music for the
National Symphony Orchestra, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Rosemary
Clooney, Bob Hope, and Andy Williams, among many other luminaries. He is
currently an active musician and arranger with the prestigious Smithsonian Jazz
Masterworks Orchestra. An extraordinary fun filled evening, not to be missed!
Labor Day Weekend Night on The Terrace Wine Tasting & Musical Evening Under the Stars
join Chef Jacques’ and his team on Friday, August 30th, 2019 from
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM as we offer you a delightful way to kick off your
Labor Day Weekend, outdoors, under the
stars on our beautiful L’Auberge Chez François terrace (weather permitting),
sipping fine wines while enjoying Chef Jacques seasonable canapes and bites,
and listening to live music. Does life get any better than this?
sommeliers will be on-hand to guide you through a delectable tasting of eight
fine wines from some of the world’s notable wine growing regions. Why not stroll, with your wine, of course, to
our two on-site budding vegetable and herb gardens, and tap your toes to our
live music by Stephanie Ball
is a native of Reston, Virginia that has been performing music locally in bands
and duos for over 15 years. She is an
experienced lead singer, pianist and backing vocalist that delivers a fun and
dynamic performance. She performs
popular cover songs where there’s always something for everyone. Her diverse
set list includes artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Chris Isaak, Tom Petty, Norah
Jones and Elle King.
wines sampled will be available for purchase at a very special “trade”
discounts for our customers that evening only. Merci beaucoup and see you
there! Happy Labor Day Friday!
case of inclement weather, we will move the event to our Rooster Room, with the
This month we honor Sara Murcia who joined L’Auberge Chez François in May of 2014. Sara began working at the front desk answering the phones and taking reservations, but quickly learned about the operations of the front of the house while assisting the office with behind the scenes coordination. Sara provides the best customer service and in addition to organizing Private Events and her being office manager, her other duties include taking photos for social media, uploading content and maintaining our website. We can always rely on Sara to do anything that is asked and she will take it upon herself to go the extra mile. Congratulations for a job well done, Sara! We value all of your contributions and dedication to the restaurants.
Monsieur François Competition
Congratulations to Kelly H. of Bristow, Virginia for winning the June Monsieur François’ Profile Embellishment Competition. Kelly will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François. Great Job Kelly!
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Best Culinary Wishes, Chef Jacques
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