December 2018 Newsletter

Holiday Greetings from Chef Jacques and Paul Haeringer
Happy holidays from all of us at L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie to you and
yours.  As we are now into high gear for our busiest season of the year, I am very thankful to have such an excellent team, whose hard work and dedication have allowed us to be a Washington-area institution graced with many accolades for over sixty years. Merci Beaucoup!

Many of our regular guests request a favorite server when they come in for lunch or dinner and
we’re always happy to oblige. But our guests only ever meet a fraction of the people who keep everything running in harmony during their meals. We have over ninety employees, many of whom are hard at work in the back of the 
house. Behind the copper doors that lead to la cuisine, an ensemble of pot washers, line cooks, chefs, and pastry chefs staff stations around our large kitchen to ensure that the french fries at Jacques’ Brasserie are pleasingly crispy
and the lobster upstairs at L’Auberge Chez François is sauced just right. Guests may view these goings on in the kitchen through a window adjacent to the main entrance of L’Auberge Chez François. If you’d like a closer look, feel free to ask your server for a tour of the kitchen.
We have team members in the kitchen who have been with us since we opened in 1976. And, of course, we have many loyal guests who have been dining with us for just as long, if not longer! A sincere thank you to all of you for your patronage in 2018 and we hope to see you here during the holidays and in the upcoming new year.

2019 promises an exciting and expanding line up of all our special events.  We will continue to offer lively and delectable soirées showcasing fine food, wine, craft beer, live music and our
two on site-gardens (in season).  From our lively Chef Jacques’ cooking demonstrations and luncheons, to our “howling at the full moon” parties and more, be sure to join us throughout the year.

We ring in the New Year with a very special tribute to my Papa Haeringer, as we toast and
celebrate our founder, on his 100th birthday, January 6th.  Dine on the “Classics” Menu of Papa’s very favorite dishes from his beloved Alsace, as we take a trip down “memory lane”,
with a very special video presentation of Papa, “in his own words”.  January also brings a variety of musical events, including brunches, with The Nancy Scimone Duo, “The Legends” as
performed by Prince Havely; and new to our stage at L’Auberge Chez François, Washington Area Music Association’s best jazz instrumentalist, Al Williams.
You won’t want to miss, “ A Francophile Friday Night Live” featuring the music of the very talented Lynn Veronneau Duo, and a special Michael Chapoutier Rhône wine dinner.

As is my tradition each year, I leave you with my poem, “A Chef’s Christmas,” written by yours

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!”

We wish you a Joyous Holiday season and a Prosperous, Healthy, and Happy New Year!

Jacques and Paul Haeringer and the team at L’Auberge Chez Francois


A Tribute to Papa François Ernest Haeringer 100th
Birthday Celebration
Please join Chef Jacques, Paul Haeringer and the entire team of L’Auberge Chez François on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 5:30 PM as we toast and celebrate our founder, Papa François Haeringer on his 100th birthday.  Dine on Papa’s very favorite dishes from his beloved Alsace and sing Happy Birthday to Papa, as we enjoy a five-course dinner, of course, paired with three fine wines from Alsace, where minerality and freshness aren’t just concepts, they are the story of the wines.During this very special
evening, you will view a moving video history, a true labor of love, spearheaded and produced by my cousin, and Papa’s nephew and namesake, François “Mano” Haubtmann. We are grateful to Mano for his steadfastness in getting the tape to its
final version as we hear our Centurion Papa Haeringer, in “his own words” tonight.
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Winter Wonderland
Wine Festival and Luncheon
Come get warm and toasty at our popular Winter Wine Festival and Luncheon on Saturday, January 12th, 2019. Arrive anytime between 11:30am and 1:00pm for a walk-around tasting of these fine wines.  Please join us as we sample twelve wines from Italy, California, Argentina, Washington State, and of course, France, paired with Chef Jacques’ seasonal canapés.  Following your tasting, sit down and enjoy a complete luncheon of your choice from our four-course menu, paired with another glass of red or white wine. All wines sampled will be available for purchase at a very special discount for our customers. Merci beaucoup and see you there.  Happy winter and enjoy. You deserve it!
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A Winter
Brunch featuring the Music of The Nancy Scimone Duo
Please join us Sunday, January 13th  at
11:00 AM
for a scrumptious Winter Brunch featuring Nancy Scimone and pianist Wade Beach.  This delightful afternoon will feature French, opera and classical music, inspirational music, and swing music from the 1940s Great American Songbook. Her fans use the words “elegance,” “grace” and “passion” to describe her singing and performance style. A multi-talented and seasoned vocalist, Scimone has graced many stages around the country in a career that includes performances of opera and musical theater.Why not warm up to the beautiful music of Nancy, and a full three course delectable Winter Brunch menu, of
course, with tasty brunch libations? Sunday Fun Day!
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Michael Chapoutier Rhône Wine Dinner
Please join us Thursday, January 17th at 7:00 PM for a very special wine dinner. The name Chapoutier has been present in the Rhône Valley since 1808. Seven generations later, we find Michel, with a real passion for the expression of soils, at the head of this exceptional vineyard firmly anchored in history and traditions. This young, determined man, opting for breakaway solutions, combines the past with daring and creativity.Joining us this evening, will be Brandon Hamlett, Chapoutier’s Wine Ambassador.  Brandon is well versed in the history, wines, farming practices and shares Michel Chapoutier’s passion for detail and
tradition in the Rhône Valley.Chef Jacques’ delectable Menu De degustation, along with the exquisite wine pairings of Chapoutier, will make for an evening not to miss as we partner with one of the top producers of Northern and Southern Rhône Wine Regions.
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“The Legends” Musical Brunch Featuring the Music
of Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte and Louis Armstrong
Please join
us Sunday, January 20th, 2019
at 11:00am
for our ever popular musical brunch featuring one of our
favorite entertainers, Prince Havely, performing “the Legends” music.  Prince has performed at numerous prestigious
venues, including the White House, the National Opera and with The Capitol
Steps, and of course, many repeat sold out performances at L’Auberge Chez François’
music and cuisine events. Accompanying Prince today for our musical brunch is by
SAW and Wammie award winning multi-instrumentalist and producer Ariel Francis.One of the most recognized vocal talents in the region, Prince will bring a level of elegance and style to our musical Brunch and his vast repertoire and charm
appeals to guests of all ages.  During
today’s brunch, Prince will feature the legendary music of Nat King Cole, Harry
Belafonte and Louis Armstrong. You won’t want to miss this one of a kind event!
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Music and Cuisine “Francophile
Friday Night Live” at L’Auberge Chez FrançoisFeaturing the Music of The
Lynn Veronneau Duo
Please join us Friday, January 25th
at 7:00 PM
for a musical filled evening with The Lynn Veronneau Duo. Based in Washington D.C., Veronneau has
performed across the D.C. region, Canada and the UK at Blues Alley, The Kennedy
Center, Strathmore AMP and DC Jazz Festival to name a few.Veronneau’s 2018 album Love & Surrender was in the top 5 of the US World Music chart for 4 months straight. Their releases Joie de Vivre and Jazz Samba Project were both featured in the US top 10 charts for World and Jazz
music, and have gone on to be successful internet radio hits. Just off successful holiday performances at Blues Alley, the Strathmore and sold out L’Auberge Chez Francois performances, we are thrilled to welcome this dynamic duo to our music and cuisine series.“The kind of thoughtful artistry one can
expect from masters.”- Mike West – Washington Post
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A Jazzy Winter Brunch, Featuring
the Smooth Tunes of Al Williams

Please join Chef Jacques’ and his team on Sunday, January 27th at 11:00 AM for a Jazzy Winter
Brunch, dining on great brunch classics, sipping tasty libations and listening
to the smooth standard and pop tunes of Washington Area Music Association’s
best Jazz Instrumentalist, Al Williams.

Multi-reed player Al Williams III has earned rave reviews from critics
and audiences alike for his graceful and melodic style on tenor, alto and
soprano saxophones, in addition to alto and C flutes.  Jazz Times has noted the “poetic beauty” of
his saxophone solos.  Dividing his time among his contemporary jazz band, Al
Williams and Friends, his jazz trio and session work, Al is one of the most
highly regarded musicians around.

Why not spend your Winter Sunday with us, by the
fireplace, listening to Al Williams’s beautiful music over brunch?

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Team Member of the Month
Milton Villatoro began working at L’Auberge Chez François in May 2010.  Over the years, Milton has worked his way through all the stations on the hot line, and in a moments notice, can jump in and assist where needed.  Always with a smile, Milton starts each day with warm greeting for all, and somehow manages to maintain his composure through many a stressful shift.  If extra hours are requested, Milton always has a “sure, no problem” response ready for us.  We thank you Milton for your many years of service.
Monsieur François Competition
Congratulations to Julia Y. of Potomac Maryland, Virginia for winning the November Monsieur François’ Profile Embellishment Competition. Julia will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François.
Please be sure to follow L’Auberge Chez François on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for behind the scenes photos, specials, and more.

Best Culinary Wishes,
Chef Jacques

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