February 2019 Newsletter

Greetings from Chef Jacques and Paul
Romantic celebrations are a tradition at L’Auberge Chez François, you might even say that they are our raison d’etre. Our philosophy is that life’s memorable moments are not complete without a festive meal.  

Many couples return to L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie year after year to renew and reaffirm the romance in their lives.   We supply the cuisine, ambiance, service, and wine: you bring your own romantic magic! 

February is, of course, the month for romance.  L’Auberge Chez François is proud to be recognized as the number one most romantic restaurant in the DC Metro area and again, this year for  Top 100 Restaurants in America for Romance by OpenTable Diners.  A new accolade this year, The Most Romantic Restaurant in Virginia by Good Housekeeping. Now that’s a seal of approval!  

We celebrate spring with a fabulous line up of ten exciting events in March.  March brings delectable brunches and dinners with varied live entertainment featuring jazz, French music, Motown and country!    We are delighted to welcome back our former sommelier Klaus Wittauer as we team up to bring you a “Blue Danube River” cooking demonstration and luncheon featuring the wines of Austria.   Klaus will also be accompanying “moi” August 18, 2019 on the just announced Blue Danube River Reflections river cruise with our friends and partners at Tauck. Stay tuned for details. 

At Chef Jacques’ table this month, we host two terrific wineries, Larkmead Vineyards and Tablas Creek Vineyards.  

We invite you a “not to be missed” Sunday supper featuring The Classics Band performing sounds of the 60’s with moi sitting in on a few tunes on drums.    

In keeping with the Alsatian’s love of great beer, we are happy to host our own Virginia’s award winning Starr Hill Brewery and brewmaster Robbie O’Cain with a lively craft beer cooking demo and luncheon.   And rounding out this action-packed March is a Here’s to Heroes Wine & Craft Beer Festival Benefiting United Volleyball USA and The World Police and Fire Games   I am honored to be donating all proceeds to  these outstanding gentleman representing the USA in China this August  

We invite you to enjoy a romantic meal year round in the “French countryside” here in Great Falls, Virginia, and welcome you to usher in Spring at one of our special events.

Chef Jacques and Paul Haeringer and the Team at L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie

Jazzy Musical Brunch featuring the Music of Washington Premier Artists Al Williams and Mike Ault
Please join Chef Jacques’ and his team on Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 at 11:00 AM for a Jazzy Musical  Brunch, 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, Al is one of the most highly regarded musicians around.Joining Al today, will be Mike Ault, a talented Washington area guitarist with 25 years in the Nation’s Capital at weddings, events and cocktail hours.  His experience in guitar include jazz, rock, pop, Blues and R& B.Why not spend your Sunday by the listening to two great musicians, with beautiful music over brunch?
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Chef Jacques Table- A Wine Tasting and Dinner featuring the Wines of Larkmead Vineyards
Please join L’Auberge Chez François Thursday March 7th, 2019 at 7:00 PM, for an exceptional evening of fine food and delectable wines featuring Laurie Taboulet, National Sales Manager from Larkmead Vineyards, to talk about the history of Larkmead and, of course, share some delicious Larkmead wines.Larkmead is one of Napa Valley’s most historic estates and is recognized as one of the most exceptional vineyard sites of the region.The historic Larkmead estate is one of the oldest family-owned establishments in Napa Valley. Originally founded in 1895, Larkmead is now under the stewardship of proprietors Cam and Kate Solari, producing some of the most sought after wines in the world.During this unforgettable evening, you will have the opportunity to experience a guided tasting of three of Larkmead’s highly allocated wines, then sit down to “Chef Jacques’s Table” as you savor his three-course meal, paired with two additional Larkmead wines.
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Sunday Supper featuring Songs of the 60’s with The Classics Band and a Cameo Appearance by Chef Jacques on Drums
Please join us Sunday, March 10th, 2019 at 5:30 PM, for another segment of our popular Music and Cuisine series, with a delicious  “Sunday Supper” featuring The Classics Band performing Songs of the Sixties – entertaining music we all love from our youth.The Classics Band are a group of veteran DC musicians with decades of experience performing popular music of all genres. The group includes Tim Wynne, bass and vocals, Don Bruce, guitar, keyboards and vocals and versatile drummer Jim West. Join us for what promises to be a lively, fun filled evening that just may have you tapping your feet, clapping your hands and singing along (and a special Cameo appearance by Chef Jacques on the drums)!
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Music and Cuisine Dinner Series featuring Prince Havely and Ariel Frances performing the Tunes of Stevie Wonder and Lionel Ritchie
Please join us at L’Auberge Chez François on Friday March 15th, 2019 at 7:00 PM and get into the “spring” mood with a delectable dinner, délicieux wines and fan favorite’s and award winning Prince Havely and Ariel Frances performing the superb music and tunes of Stevie Wonder and Lionel Ritchie.  Since launching our music and cuisine series, it’s no secret why these entertaining events sell out at L’Auberge Chez François, with great area musicians.Pair the music and tunes with Chef Jacques’ four course menu and delightful wines, for an evening full of Music and Cuisine not to be missed!  A great way to kick off your weekend!

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Blue Danube River Reflections Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon featuring the Wines of Austria with Special Guest Klaus Wittauer
Please join Chef Jacques Haeringer and Klaus Wittauer, former sommelier of L’Auberge Chez François on Saturday March 16th, 2019 at 11:00 AM, for our “Blue Danube River Reflections” Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon.The afternoon will feature a luscious menu of seafood, Elysian Fields Lamb and the famous Salzburger dessert.  This afternoon, we will take a delectable tour of Austrian wine, as guided by Klaus.To start the day, you will sip chilled Gruner Veltliner from the beautiful Wachau region as Chef Jacques presents his cooking demonstration. As a special treat, Klaus will join in and show us how to prepare Salzburger Nockerl, an Austrian dessert soufflé. After the demonstration, retreat to our Garden Room where you will enjoy a four course luncheon, expertly paired with three Austrian wines.We hope you take a journey with us to Austria this summer and join us on our just announced Blue Danube cruise, with Chef Jacques Haeringer and co-host Klaus Wittauer aboard Tauck’s lovely M.S. Joy, August 14, 2019. 
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Starr Hill Craft Beer Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon featuring Special Guest Master Brewer Robbie O’Cain
We are excited to announce the continuation of our popular craft beer events on Saturday March 23rd, 2019 at 11:00 AM, with Virginia’s own award-winning Star Hill Brewery to whet your appetite. Born in a Charlottesville music hall in 1999, Starr Hill Brewery was founded out of a passion for great beer and live music.Among the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 22 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals. As the second oldest craft brewery in Virginia, Starr Hill has led the way as a pioneer in the industry, helping to lay the groundwork for the growing craft beer community in the region. Starr Hill Brewery still remains independent and locally owned.This special event includes a lively cooking demonstration with Chef Jacques, followed by a luncheon and the craft beer pairings of Starr Hill.Robbie O’Cain, Master Brewer at Starr Hill, who graduated at the top of his class at the World Brewing Academy Master Brewing program, will be here to present and discuss the Star Hill Brewery, its history, awards and of course, all our beer pairings this afternoon.  Our guests will have the opportunity to purchase these delectable craft beers at a very special trade price this day only, and a chance to win some fun Starr Hill swag!
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A Winter NOW Spring Rescheduled Musical Brunch featuring The Nancy Scimone Duo 
Please join us Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at 11:00 AM for a scrumptious Winter Now Spring Musical 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 1940’s 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 Spring Brunch menu, of course, with tasty brunch libations? Sunday Fun Day!  
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Chef Jacques’ Table Featuring the Wines of Tablas Creek Vineyard  with Special Guest Jason Haas
Please join us Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at  7:00 PM, as we welcome Jason Haas of Tablas Creek Vineyard, who will be presenting his wines along with wines from partner Château de Beaucastel.Tablas Creek is the realization of the combined efforts of two of the international wine community’s leading families: the Perrin family, proprietors of Château de Beaucastel, and the Haas family of Vineyard Brands. In 1989, they purchased a 120-acre parcel twelve miles from the Pacific Ocean in what is now the Adelaida District west of Paso Robles. They named it Tablas Creek Vineyard, after the small creek running through the property. We are excited not only to feature the Rhône-inspire wines of Tablas Creek, but to taste the Esprit de Tablas along with its inspiration, Château de Beaucastel from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. 
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Here’s to Heroes Wine & Craft Beer Festival Benefiting United Volleyball USA and The World Police and Fire Games
Join us as we give thanks to the First Responders and Local Heroes who serve our communities. We are proud to host our ‘Here’s to Heroes’ Fine Wine & Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, March 30th, 2019 from 11-1:00 PM. Chef Jacques and the family of L’Auberge Chez Francois and Jacques’ Brasserie are extremely honored to support the members of United Volleyball USA. This winning team is a a not-for-profit organization comprised of active and retired professional police officers, firefighters, and law enforcement representatives from across the country with elite athletic talent and a passion for giving back.Chef Jacques’ tasty seasonal canapés and appetizers. Our sommeliers and brewers will be on-hand to guide you through the tasting. Meet-and-greet members of the team, who will be representing the United States of America in an international competition in Chengdu, China in August, at the World Police and Fire Games, that brings in 10,000+ first responders from around the world. Enjoy a silent auction with great prizes donated by local businesses All proceeds will go towards supporting our heroes in their athletic ventures and to their initiatives to give back to our communities. Here’s to heroes – thank you for your service!
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Welcome Spring Musical Brunch featuring Shane Gamble
Please join us for our Welcome Spring Musical Brunch on Sunday, March 31st, 2019 at 11:00 AM as we feature the talented Shane Gamble with his third popular performance at L’Auberge Chez François.A Maryland native, Gamble embodies what it means to be a working musician. Shane attacks his guitar with passion and sings jangly songs about the good times with a distinctly American feel. Close your eyes and imagine if Tom Petty or Bruce Springsteen were to emerge now on Country radio, then added a modern twist… that’s Shane.Shane enjoyed the success of his debut album and the Top 10 single, “Turn My Way,” a pop/country tune that is equal parts punchy and poignant. Shane has been able to crash the party as an independent artist, garner new fans across the globe, and make a splash in the music industry crowd. We hope that you join us as we welcome the talented Shane Gamble, and enjoy a delectable brunch menu by Chef Jacques’ complete with brunch libations.  Here’s to our musical Sundays!Assorted Breads and Housemade Croissants, Local ButterCrémant d’Alsace, Housemade Bloody Marys, Mimosas
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Team Member of the Month
This month we honor Jose Adolfo Perez who joined L’Auberge Chez François in August 2010. Adolfo is one of our daytime dishwashers ,but like most of our employees, he is always ready to jump in to other tasks. If that means peeling vegetables, cleaning, moving furniture, or even helping in the our gardens he’s our guy! We can always count on him being so friendly and hardworking. We want to thank Adolfo for doing such a great job and for all his hard work.
Monsieur François Competition
Congratulations to Berkeley P. of Silver Spring, Maryland for winning the January Monsieur François’ Profile Embellishment Competition. Berkeley will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François. Great Job Berkeley! 

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Best Culinary Wishes,
Chef Jacques


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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