December 2015 Newsletter

Holiday Greetings from Chef Jacques and Paul
Happy holidays from all of us at L’Auberge Chef François and Jacques’ Brasserie. The Christmas lights are already up outside, marking our annual transformation into “Alsace Land,” and our much-loved Bûche de Noël is back on the menu.

We look forward to welcoming many of you during the holiday season – View Holiday Schedule. In order to accommodate as many of our patrons as possible this year, we’re opening on three Mondays in December (12/14, 12/22, and 12/24) for regular business hours. If you haven’t,made your holiday reservations, now is the time, and don’t forget that we’re happy to accommodate walk-ins at Jacques’ Brasserie on a first come, first seated basis.  

A cooking class or dinner at L’Auberge makes an excellent gift for the foodie in your life. I say give the gift of good food and wine this year. You can purchase gift certificates for L’Auberge Chez François and the Brasserie, as well as tickets to cooking demonstrations and wine dinners on our website. If you would like to order a Bûche de Noël or any other of our cakes for a holiday event, just email us at

I’m thankful to our loyal customers who come year after year and I hope to see many of you at L’Auberge or downstairs at Jacques’ Brasserie during the holidays.

Happy holidays to everyone and best wishes for 2016. 

“Winter in Papa’s Alsace” Cooking Demonstration & Luncheon
Please join us on Saturday, January 23rd at 11:00am for a cooking demonstration and luncheon featuring favorites from Papa’s beloved country, Alsace. The Alsatian feast entrée includes sauerkraut, sausages, pork, duck confit and foie gras. The dessert, Grandmama’s Favorite Kougelhopf en Neige, is a light and fluffy baked meringue with vanilla sauce. But of course, the meal is paired with three fine wines 
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“100 Best Restaurants in America for 2015” by OpenTable
For the third year in a row, L’Auberge Chez François has been voted “100 Best Restaurants in America” by OpenTable verified diners and you! Throughout the year, we have also been honored with receiving the monthly Diner’s Choice awards in categories such as Best Overall, Most Romantic, and French. We are humbled by the recognition and thank you for your continued loyalty and patronage. 
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Holiday Gift Ideas
Still have holiday gifts to purchase? Jacques’ Store has a variety of items available so that you can get your shopping completed. NEW items this year include Spiegelau glassware etched with the L’Auberge Chez François logo and a limited edition, custom designed 100% silk scarf. In addition, cookbooks, DVDs, handmade chocolate truffles, and personalized gift certificates are also available. 
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Team Member of the Month
George Torchio is the dining room manager, and started
working at L’Auberge Chez François on July 5, 2001. He previously worked at
Le Relais in Great Falls, after working at Maison Blanche in downtown DC for
over 20 years. When you first come into the restaurant, you will see George’s smiling face. You’ll see the same smile as you leave. He is dedicated to making each visit special. We thank George for his commitment to us, the restaurant, and all of the diners. His loyalty has not gone unnoticed, not only by his peers but also his happy guests.
Upcoming Events 
View Holiday Schedule – Open Mondays!
We have some fantastic upcoming events:
• New Year’s Eve Dinner and Celebration
• January 15th: Musique et Cuisine series with the Nancy Scimone Trio featuring “A Souvenir of Paris” 
• January 30th: Wine Fest and Luncheon
• February 6th: Seafood Lovers Valentine’s Celebration Cooking Demo and Luncheon
• February 12th: A Carnivore Lovers Valentine Celebration Cooking Demo and Luncheon 

Stay tuned for more information and registration.



Monsieur François Compétition
Congratulations to Steven A. of Oakton, Virginia for winning the November Monsieur François’ Profile Embellishment Competition. Steven will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François.

Be sure to follow L’Auberge Chez François on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for behind the scenes photos, specials, and more.

Now, I’ve got to get back to the kitchen. December is one of our busiest months.
As is my tradition, I leave you with my poem, “A Chef’s Christmas”…   

Chef Jacques

A Chef’s Christmas
T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the kitchen

Chefs scurried about while groaning and bitchin’.

The sauces were simmering and seasoned with care,
Because soon the reveling hordes all would be there.

The tables were set, and not a moment too soon;
Both waiters and hosts looked ready to swoon.
Will we ever be ready? It’s so hard to tell;

Our chances are as good as a snowball in hell.

The pressure was on. The geese were a-roasting,

As partiers began all their holiday toasting.

With bags full of presents, dressed in festive apparel.

Our guests made such a racket that drowned out the carols.

In the kitchen waiters shouted, while cooks swore through their teeth.

The scene was pure bedlam, not a moment of peace.

The chef, he bellowed, to the cooks on the line,

“Move your derrières, make those plates look sublime.” 

“I want everything hot, let us make haste,

Move onward you cooks, there’s no time to waste.”

The chef looked about, then said with a shrug,
“To all a good supper and a hearty bah humbug!” 

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L’Auberge Chez François
332 Springvale Rd Great Falls, VA 22066

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