4/5 – 70th Anniversary “Celebrating Chez François’ Classics” Four-Course Wine Luncheon Experience

  • Our 70th Anniversary “Celebrating Chez François’ Classics” Four Course Wine Luncheon Experience Featuring Original Selections from Chez François’ 1954 Menu
    April 5, 2024
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Please join us on Friday, April 5th as we kick off our month-long incredible celebration of our 70th year Anniversary.  And what a culinary journey it has been indeed.  From Chez François in 1954 downtown next to the White House to the rolling countryside of Great Falls in 1976, my parents, François and Marie Antoinette were indeed pioneers in the business.

Our 70th month long celebration begins today with cuisine featuring the popular classics directly from Papa’s Chez François downtown opening 1954 menu. Alsace has produced one of the world’s richest and most varied cuisines, and today’s menu will highlight several.

A Papa anecdote to enjoy:

In the early 50’s, most of our customers had not adopted the European tradition of drinking wine with dinner.  A patron might tell the waitress, “the girls will have Cokes and the boys will have coffee”.  To encourage people to order wine with their meals, Papa ordered table tents announcing a recommendation of particular wines. The table tents bore Papa’s profile.  People began to doodle on these profiles, and so he established a monthly contest for the most amusing caricature. To this day, seventy years later, we still honor this tradition of Papa’s, complete with a monthly prize of a generous gift card.

And, PS…there WILL be French wine today paired by our sommeliers as Papa would definitely have it no other way!


Celebrating Chez François’ Classics Menu

Chef’s Seasonal Canapes
Domaine Bott-Geyl, Crémant d’Alsace Extra Brut

Corbeille de Pain
Multi-Grain, Sourdough, Local Butter

Mama’s Shrimp Cocktail
“Old School” Classic Tomato Juice
Domaine Bernard Defaix, Saint-Bris 2022, Bourgogne

L’Auberge Chez François’ Organic Mesclun Salad with Papa’s Original House Made Vinaigrette

Seasonal Sorbet

Papa’s Original Coq au Vin à la Bourguignonne
Slow-Cooked Murray’s Chicken marinated in Burgundy wine, Mushroom Medley, Garden Vegetables
Gilles Coperet, Fleurie “Les Roches” 2020, Beaujolais

Le Baba au Rhum
Soft Gateau, soaked in Rhum, simple syrup, pastry cream, cherry
Julius Meinl Coffee, Selection of Harney & Sons Fine Teas

$98.00, excluding tax and gratuity for a total of $125.00


Tickets are non-refundable. We are happy to accommodate dietary reactions so all may join in on our culinary experiences. Please email chezlauberge@aol.com or call 703-759-3800 with special requests.

Please remember to sign up early, as seating for our grand 70th month events is limited. If we are sold out, please call to join our wait list. Merci! Patrons will have an opportunity to purchase these delectable wines at a very special price this afternoon.

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