December 2016 Newsletter

Greetings from Chef Jacques
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. 

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas. We leave you with Chef Jacques’ Christmas poem. 
Chef Jacques, Paul and the team at L’Auberge Chez Francois and Jacques’ Brasserie

A Chef’s Christmas Poem

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!”

Winter Wine Festival and Luncheon
Our ever-popular Wine Festival and Luncheon will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Please join us as we sample twelve wines from France, Italy, California, Chile, and Austria. Arrive anytime between 11:30am and 1:00pm for a walk-around tasting of these fine wines, paired with Chef Jacques’ canapés. Following your tasting, sit down and enjoy a complete luncheon of your choice from our four-course menu, paired with a glass of wine. All wines sampled will be available for purchase at a special discount for our customers. Merci beaucoup and see you there.
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A Musical Brunch featuring Alexander Barnett
Please join Chef Jacques at L’Auberge Chez François on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 11am for A Musical Brunch featuring classical guitarist Alexander Barnett. Alexander is a Baltimore-based guitarist who performs an extensive repertoire of music including classical and jazz pieces. Alex has entertained our guests at L’Auberge on numerous sold-out occasions. Chef Jacques has created a special brunch menu for the day and, bien sûr, there will be brunch cocktails. Why not spend your Sunday with us, by the fireplace, listening to beautiful music over brunch? 
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Musique et Cuisine featuring The Nancy Scimone Duo
We hope you join us on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7:00pm as we continue the Musique et Cuisine dinner series at L’Auberge Chez François when we welcome Nancy Scimone and her Jazz Duo performing a “Souvenir of Paris”. This delightful evening will feature French chanson and American music by composers who lived in France, accompanied by Chef Jacques’ Parisian-inspired menu and French wines selected by our sommeliers. A multi-talented and seasoned vocalist, Scimone has graced many stages around the country in a career that includes performances of opera, musical theater, and sacred music. 
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Winter in Alsace Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon
Please join us on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11:00am for an afternoon cooking demonstration featuring favorites from Papa Haeringer’s beloved Alsace. Sip on an Alsatian favorite, Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace, as Chef Jacques shows you how to prepare a delicious meal. The Alsatian feast entrée has been on our menu for over sixty-four years, and includes sauerkraut, sausages, pork, duck confit and foie gras. The dessert, brought to America by Papa Haeringer, is a light and fluffy baked meringue with vanilla sauce. The five-course luncheon that follows is paired with Alsatian wines. 
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RdV Sommelier Series Wine Dinner
Please join us for a very special evening on Friday, January 26, 2017 at 6:30pm when we will be joined by winemaker Joshua Grainer of RdV, Virginia’s world class winery. Thomas Jefferson, a native of Virginia, dreamed of creating a great American wine based on a French model. Today, Jefferson’s vision is a reality at RdV. Bordeaux grapes, planted on a rocky Virginia hillside, have produced world-class wines that marry the elegance of Bordeaux with the bold spirit of California. Chef Jacques created a sumptuous menu to complement these wines, which have been well-received in the Washington region’s dining scene. 
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Team Member of the Month
This month we recognized Denys “Alex” Amaya, who began working for L’Auberge Chez François in June 2005. He has been complimented on his attentiveness by both our customers and his peers. Alex has been supporting the kitchen and servers for the past eleven years. He is always reliable and ready to start the day. His motivation to learn has led to his success. We thank Alex for his positive attitude and contributions to the restaurants.


Monsieur François Compétition
Congratulations to Freya H. of Chevy Chase, Maryland for winning the November Monsieur François Profile Embellishment Contest. Freya 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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