We are thrilled to announce that L’Auberge Chez François has once again been voted one of the 100 Best Restaurants in America and 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America by OpenTable diners. These awards are especially gratifying as they come directly from our customers’ reviews. We always strive to deliver the perfect blend of delicious food, fine libations, exceptional service, and elegant ambiance that create magical evenings for our patrons.The entire staff celebrated our win at an award ceremony at the restaurant. A special thank you to all of our diners for your continued patronage and support.
We are honored to be hosting many of your romantic celebrations this month. No matter where you spend Valentine’s Day, we wish you love, romance and delicious food.
Looking ahead, we have a full schedule of special events coming in March, including a musical brunch, our popular spring wine festival, and a cooking demonstration featuring fabulous Bordeaux wines. We are especially excited to welcome Eileen Crane, Founding Winemaker and CEO of Domaine Carneros for a special wine dinner on March 23. You will find more details on all of our upcoming events below.
Roses smell fine Candy tastes sweet But a romantic repast Is a much better treat
Romantic celebrations are a tradition at L’Auberge Chez François, you might even say that they are our raison d’etre. Our philosophy is that life’s memorable moments are not complete without a festive meal. Many couples return to L’Auberge year after year to renew and reaffirm the romance in their lives. We supply the cuisine, ambience, service, and wine: you bring your own romantic magic. February is, of course, the month for romance and we’re hosting several special events that will help you celebrate that special someone in your life. On the menu will be Champagne, aphrodisiacs, passionfruit and passion itself. Come enjoy a delicious meal and a little romance at our slice of France, right here in Great Falls, Virginia.
Joyeux Noël from our entire family at L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie.
We wish you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous, healthy, and happy new year. This was a momentous year for us at L’Auberge Chez François and we have our loyal customers to thank for our ongoing success. We celebrated forty years in Great Falls, Virginia and we opened for brunch at Jacques’ Brasserie on Saturdays and Sundays. Christmas came early for us this year as we were awarded OpenTable’s Best Restaurants in America for 2016, for the fourth year in a row, and Jacques’ Brasserie and L’Auberge Chez François were named top restaurants for Foodies in America. These honors were among many we received this year, including Restaurant of the Year by the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association. We are thankful for the support of all our patrons in 2016 and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.
We’re excited for the holidays here at L’Auberge Chez Franҫois. The holiday decorations are going up, our favorite seasonal dishes are on the menu, and we have some of our most popular and decadent special events on the schedule for the coming months. Our first holiday singalong will be held on December 4, and there will be a Champagne cooking demonstration on December 9. The upcoming holidays also mean a rush for reservations in November and December, so I’ve posted our holiday schedule on our website. We will begin accepting Christmas Eve reservations on November 12. We’ll also be open on the last three Mondays in December to accommodate everyone who wants to celebrate the season here with us. Click here to see our holiday hours.
It is hard to believe that the season is upon us, but we’re getting ready for the holidays at L’Auberge Chez François and at Jacques’ Brasserie. Decorations are going up and holiday favorites like our apple tart, pumpkin mousse cake, and savory game dishes are back on the menu. The upcoming holidays also mean a rush for reservations in November and December, so I’ve posted our holiday schedule on our site and listed some of the key dates below. We’re already taking reservations for Thanksgiving Day and we’ll be open the last three Mondays in December to accommodate everyone who wants to celebrate the season here with us.
We are very proud to announce that L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie have been named in OpenTable’s 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America 2016. We’re happy to bring the experience of classic, Alsatian cooking to the foodies who visit our sliver of the French countryside in Virginia.
As we approach fall, our on-site gardens are still going strong. Tomatoes, cabbages, and all manners of salad greens are being harvested each morning before making an appearance on your plate in the afternoons and evenings.
Looking ahead, October is Virginia Wine Month and we’re celebrating with our own Virginia Wine Festival and a Best of Virginia Wine Dinner. Also in October will be a tasting of Maison Louis Jadot Burgundy Wines and a brunch-themed cooking demonstration hosted by yours truly, Chef Jacques. Details on all of our special events are below and we hope to see you this fall.
Summer and the gardens at L’Auberge Chez François are in full bloom. We kicked off August and the new weekend brunch in Jacques’ Brasserie with some twists on brunch favorites, including my favorite Tartes Flambées Benedicts; and a delectable Bloody Mary made with freshly juiced, vine-ripened tomatoes.
All of the tomatoes in our salads are coming directly from the garden; and we never harvest the tomatoes more than a few hours before they arrive on your table. I’ve been asked by several diners about my secret for growing such vigorous plants. Here are two tips: First, mix your coffee grounds into the soil. The coffee grounds add minerals and acidity to the soil, which tomatoes love, and the grounds attract beneficial earth worms to aerate the soil and create nutritious compost. Second, when you first put your seedlings into the ground, put ½ teaspoon of Epsom salts around the base of the plant. The salts also add minerals and discourage fungal growth.
We’re very happy to be introducing our new Brasserie Brunch that will be served at Jacques’ Brasserie on Saturdays beginning at 11:30am and Sundays starting at noon. Our Brunch includes Sauders’ Lancaster Organic Farm Fresh Omelettes, Jacques’ Alsatian Tarte Flambées Benedict, and our version of Crêpes Suzette. We take reservations for brunch, as well as walk-ins, and the regular Brasserie menu options will also be available. Don’t forget our Brasserie Brunch “Pick me Ups” including our Chez Francois tasty Mimosa, L’Aperitif du Patron, and a nice glass of Cremant d’Alsace! We hope you’ll come in to sample an Alsatian-style brunch one weekend soon.
We’ve waited long enough – the weather is finally nice enough for outdoor dining on our terraces. You can eat outdoors at L’Auberge or downstairs at Jacques’ Brasserie, as long as weather and space permit. Our organic, kitchen gardens are an easy stroll from either terrace, if you’d like to see where the salad greens for the entire restaurant are being grown. You’ll also see that the tomatoes are coming in and we’re just a month away from fresh, tomato salads from the garden.
April was a special month for us since we celebrated L’Auberge Chez François’ 40th anniversary. I want to thank everyone who came to one of our special anniversary events in April. It was wonderful for me to see so many of our long-time patrons and friends. We were especially honored to have a few guests attend our anniversary celebration who also dined with us on our very first night in April of 1976.
Almost all the herbs used at the restaurant will come directly from our gardens. We’ll be growing basil, chervil, shiso, thyme and mint, to name a few. I’ll be adding our fresh herbs to salads and, of course, flavoring our sauces and main dishes with them. And, I’ll be faced with the very exciting task of working with our head sommelier to come up with ways to use our fresh herbs in our signature cocktails. Please come by to take a tour of the gardens and enjoy an herbaceous cocktail on the terrace.
Don’t forget the gift of good food and wine for birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries. We have a full calendar of cooking demonstrations and wine dinners scheduled for this spring and summer.