February 2016 Newsletter

Greetings from Chef Jacques and Paul
As always, a reminder to the guys out there who just remembered that Valentine’s Day is soon: Don’t call me for a reservation! The restaurant has been booked for weeks for Valentine’s evening. Along with New Year’s Eve and Thanksgiving, Valentine’s is one of our busiest nights. If I may, I suggest making a reservation for a romantic dinner at L’Auberge Chez François or Jacques’ Brasserie on another night in February to make up for it. 

Now, for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone: The Pyramid Valley Vineyards Wine Dinner and the latest installments of our popular Musique et Cuisine dinner series. Give the gift of delicious food and wine to someone you love this year.

We’re very happy to have been shown some love by the food writers at Yahoo Food. L’Auberge Chez François was listed as one of twelve restaurants in the United States that is “totally worth the splurge.” We couldn’t agree more.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all. Remember, love begins in the kitchen.

Pyramid Valley Vineyards Wine Dinner
Please join us Friday, February 19th as our sommelier Alex Bardsley introduces us to the “astonishingly good, terroir-expressive wines” (Wine Advocate) of Pyramid Valley Vineyards. Located in North Canterbury in New Zealand, PVV’s biodynamically-grown, estate Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are “among the finest out-of-Burgundy experiences I’ve ever had”, according to Matt Kramer. PVV also sources fruit from other small growers around the country to produce vivid expressions of other varieties, such as Riesling and Cabernet Franc. Lisa Perrotti-Brown of the Wine Advocate simply calls Weersing and her winemaker husband Mike “wine geniuses”.
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Musique et Cuisine featuring Lena Seikaly and Steve Herbermann
Join us as we continue our Musique et Cuisine dinner series at L’Auberge Chez François on Friday, February 26th, 2016 at 7pm as we welcome jazz vocalist and area-native, Lena Seikaly, presenting jazz classics by American and French composers. This intimate musical evening will feature music from the swing era to French gypsy jazz – and much in between with Lena on vocals and the internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist, Steve Herberman. Both performers have three CDs to their credit and are highly regarded in the D.C. area, as well as among the jazz community.
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“Meet the Winemaker” Boedecker Cellars Wine Dinner
Join us on March 2nd for a very special wine dinner as we meet winemaker Stewart Boedecker. He and his wife, Athena are the creators of Boedecker Cellars and have crafted wines focused on quality, finesse and locality ever since. After having lived abroad in Europe for two years, Stewart and Athena returned home to startup Boedecker Cellars in Oregon’s revered Willamette Valley. After five years spent honing their craft at the Carlton Winemaker’s Studio in Carlton, Oregon, they built their winery in the heart of industrial Northwest Portland.
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“Winter in Papa’s Alsace” Cooking Demo and Luncheon
The snow storm got in the way for our original date for the cooking demonstration and luncheon featuring favorites from Papa’s beloved country, Alsace. We will entertained by Chef Jacques on Saturday, March 8th at 11:00am with his demo and rendition of Papa’s favorite menu. We will dine on an Alsatian feast entrée of sauerkraut, sausages, pork, duck confit and foie gras. For 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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Musique et Cuisine Series featuring Classical Guitarist, Alexander Barnett
Please join us for another evening in our Musique et Cuisine dinner series with classical guitarist, Alexander Barnett. Alex enjoys playing a range of music from Renaissance, Romance, Jazz, and Modern. He has captivated and entertained our guests at L’Auberge Chez Francois many times, each with sold-out crowds. You won’t want to miss this special evening with Chef Jacques’ six-course dinner menu and Alex Barnett’s performance!
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“Hopping into Spring” Wine Festival and Luncheon
Chef Jacques’ would like you to join him in welcoming Spring (officially on March 20th) at our our ever popular Wine Festival and Luncheon on Saturday, March 19th. We will sample twelve wines from France (but of course), California, Spain, Oregon and Virginia. A walk-around tasting of these wines, accompanied by Chef Jacques’ seasonal hors d’oeuvres, will be from 11:30 – 1:00pm. Following your tasting, sit down and enjoy a complete luncheon of your choice from our four-course menu, paired with yet another glass of vino.
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Recognition in 2016
We are honored to have received awards and recognition since the start of the new year. Among our monthly OpenTable Diners’ Choice awards, we have also won in some of Virginia Living magazine’s “Best of Virginia” categories. Yahoo Food recently featured us in “Restaurants That Are Totally Worth the Splurge“. Washingtonian magazine showed us the love two times – “Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Dayand “100 Very Best Restaurants“. Merci Beaucoup!
Team Member of the Month
Patricia Olivon has been with L’Auberge Chez François since August 15, 2000. She was hired by Papa as our Office Manager. If you have ever planned a private event or dinner with us, Patricia was probably the one who did the coordinating. We can always count on her for ensuring every last detail is covered and making sure that our guests’ have a memorable event. Thank you, Patricia, for over your fifteen years of service. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Monsieur François Compétition
Congratulations to Dilek B. of Herndon, Virginia for winning the February 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.

Best Culinary Wishes,
Chef Jacques

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L’Auberge Chez François
332 Springvale Rd Great Falls, VA 22066
Mail Us : chezlauberge@aol.com
Call Us : 703-759-3800
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