L'Auberge Chez François https://www.laubergechezfrancois.com Love Begins in The Kitchen Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:20:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.7 September 2019 Newsletter https://www.laubergechezfrancois.com/september-2019-newsletter/ Tue, 01 Oct 2019 16:05:55 +0000 https://www.laubergechezfrancois.com/?p=10622 Happy Early Fall!

We're full-speed ahead into fall and are embracing beautiful outdoor dining weather on our two terraces and wine and beer garden.

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Greetings from Chef Jacques and Paul:

Happy Early Fall!

We’re full-speed ahead into fall and are embracing beautiful outdoor dining weather on our two terraces and wine and beer garden.

The foliage around our terraces and gardens is simply breathtaking when the rays of sun illuminate the changing, glowing leaves at sunset.

Come for a walk and a glass of wine, a meal, or one of our delightful October events!  Not to mention, fire pit weather will soon be upon us as well.  It’s my favorite time of the year!

October is Virginia Wine Month, so we have a great emphasis on, you guessed it, wine!  We have several champagne and wine dinners featuring some of our favorites from various French regions, a Virginia wine festival, and some acoustic and Jazz delights as part of our Music and Cuisine series.

Thank you for all the kind wishes myself, my brother Paul and my team received during our 65th anniversary month in September. The Haeringer family, including my papa and mama, have all been proud of the opportunity to have served thousands of our guests over the course of 65 years and will look forward to serving you at our own little slice of France at our French “auberge” in Great Falls well into the future!  

Cheers and Best Culinary Wishes.

Chef Jacques, Paul and the Team of L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie



Boizel Champagne Dinner Hosted by Export Director, Gabriel Faye

For the Boizel family, Champagne is more than just a story, it’s a passion: Five generations, five eras and a single tradition.  Indulge in an exquisite evening of luxurious French opulence at L’Auberge Chez François on Friday, October 4th at 7:00 PM with Chef Jacques and his team. This very special evening will be hosted by Gabriel Fay, Export Director from Boizel.  Gabriel will share with us the secrets and background to one of the most exclusive champagnes in France and how to match champagnes and wines when choosing a menu.  Chef Jacques will present a luxurious and delectable five-course menu with Boizel champagne pairing for each course. A festive bubbly evening not to be missed!

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Bounty of Bordeaux Soirée and Wine Dinner

Discover Bordeaux with us on Thursday, October 10th, 2019 at 7:00 PM and learn about the traditions of one of the world’s most prominent wine regions.  With over 8,000 wineries, Bordeaux is the most famous wine area in the world. Chef Jacques and his talented team will take our guests through a five-course French feast paired with five perfectly matched Bordeaux wines. Be transported to the historical area of Bordeaux where we will travel the famous wine region with gastronomic finesse!  Viva la Bordeaux! Viva la France!
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“A Fall Frolic” Garden to Table Full Moon Harvest Dinner
The Garden to Table Dinner on Sunday, October 13th at 5:30 PM is a special chance for Chef Jacques to create a full menu featuring the very fresh items that come from our gardens while enjoying all the added healthful benefits.  Chef Jacques is still harvesting plenty of kale, lettuces, greens, haricots verts, cabbages, herbs and other produce from the garden. The full moon party begins with a reception, sipping North Gate Rhatsiteli and savoring seasonal canapés. We will toast the full moon’s fire, abundance, power and vitality, before sitting amid flowers and murmuring fountains to relish Chef Jacques’ garden-to-table inspired repast, from his two on-site gardens, accompanied by two more delectable wines. Those intrepid enough can join Chef Jacques in the gardens to conclude the evening by howling at the moon, the chef’s tradition to ensure an excellent harvest of vegetables and herbs throughout the season. You’ll find our garden produce proudly featured on our lunch, dinner and happy hour menus at L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie. Please join us for a “Fall Frolic” and the bonus of a full moon evening dining under the stars.
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Trimbach Wine Dinner with Special Host 13th Generation Jean Trimbach

Unquestionably one of the greatest names in Alsace, the Trimbach family, based in the picturesque town of Ribeauvillé, has been involved in making wine since 1626 and has, over 13 generations, built an enviable reputation for the quality of its entire range, a benchmark for Alsatian wines. Please join us on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 at 6:30 PM as we welcome our special guest and host, Jean Trimbach, representing the 13th generation of the Trimbach family.  We invite you to revel in the history of Papa’s Alsace, our homeland, and a beautiful wine region situated amongst the rolling hills and quaint medieval villages of northeastern France, for Chef Jacques’ and Jean Trimbach’s multi-course “dine and wine” experience, not to be missed.    The Trimbachs have a purist vision. Across generations, the family has always produced wines that are structured, long-lived, fruity, elegant and balanced: the celebrated Trimbach style. Bottles remain in the cellar for several years before reaching the marketplace, ensuring the wines are both ready to drink upon release but also hold great aging potential.  Merci and see you there!
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Virginia Wine Festival and Luncheon

Join us in celebrating Virginia Wine Month this October! This special event on Saturday, October 19th, 2019 is the perfect time for wine lovers to enjoy Virginia’s world-class wines while enjoying the fine dining of L’Auberge Chez François. Virginia Wine Month began in 1988 as a way to support the state’s young wine business – with just 40 wineries at the time – and promote travel to Virginia wine country. Today, Virginia ranks fifth in the number of wineries in the nation with more than 280 wineries and over 410 vineyards. Virginia wines have been featured recently in Forbes, The New York Times, Food & Wine, Wine Spectator, Decanter Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Bon Appétit, CNN, Financial Times, Bloomberg News, Conde Nast Traveler, Washington Post, and Washingtonian Magazine. Virginia ranked Top 10 in USA Today’s & Readers’ Choice: Best of America’s Wine Regions Chef Jacques Haeringer and the team at L’Auberge Chez François invite you to sample twelve wines from Virginia award winning wineries including Willowcroft Farms Vineyards, Gadino Cellars and Rappahannock Cellars. These winemakers and vineyard owners will be on hand as you enjoy a walk-around tasting of these fine wines paired with Chef Jacques’ seasonal canapés. Join us any time between 11:30 am and 1:00 PM for the tasting, followed by a four-course luncheon paired with a glass of delectable Virginia wine. Happy Virginia Wine Month! Come ‘Discover Your Local Crush’ with us!
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Tom Kitchen and The Tritone Jazz Trio Musical Brunch 

Please join Chef Jacques and the L’Auberge Chez François team on Sunday, October 20th, 2019 at 11:00 AM as we continue our popular Musical Brunch, featuring a scrumptious brunch menu crafted by Chef Jacques and team and music by Thomas Kitchen and The Tritone Jazz Trio The Tritone Jazz Trio is a group of enthusiastic jazz musicians who perform in and around the metropolitan area. The pianist is Len Mitchard,  bassist – Alex Petkoff and guitarist Tom Kitchen.  As jazz artists and aficionados, the Trio loves to swing.  It’s not uncommon to hear a sprinkling of Latin rhythms, or some tight BeBop phrases, but the trio always keeps it in the groove.  Round your weekend off with brunch cocktails and a delectable menu, while tapping your feet to The Tom Kitchen Tritone Jazz Trio!  Spend your musical Sunday with us!
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Friday Night Music and Cuisine Dinner Series featuring the Acoustic Guitar Music of John Sweet

Please join Chef Jacques and the L’Auberge Chez François team on Friday, October 25th at 7:00 PM as we continue our popular Music and Cuisine series. This evening, we will be featuring music by John Sweet. John Sweet arranges and performs popular music from the last several decades on acoustic guitar.  From Elvis, Sinatra and the Beetles to folk, pop, country and show tunes, John is sure to please most musical palates. Instead of singing, John lets the guitar carry the melody providing a pleasant background ambience suitable for fine dining and good conversation. Begin your weekend on the right foot, wining and dining and listening to the tunes of John Sweet!
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Team member of the Month

Mounir Belmourida joined our team in September 2015. He began working as a server -a  very quiet but friendly server who happened to be extremely tech-savvy. We can always count on him to help during power outages to get our tech systems back up and running. We slowly discovered his extensive background in private events and after bringing great new ideas to our special and private events department, he was named our Private Events Manager. Mounir always has a smile on his face and is always ready to lend a hand where needed. We thank him as he continues to ensure each  special and private event runs smoothly and leaves a memorable experience for our guests! Great job Mounir!
Monsieur François Competition


Congratulations to Katherine S. from Reston, Virginia for winning the August Monsieur François Profile Embellishment Competition. Katherine will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François. Great work Kathryn! 

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Best Culinary Wishes,
Chef Jacques

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Chef Jacques’ Table featuring the Wines of Domaine Weinbach

Chef Jacques’ Table featuring the Wines of Domaine Weinbach

Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon

Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon

Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon

Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon

Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon

Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon

Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon

Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon

Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon

Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon

Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon

Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon

Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon

Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon

Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon

Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon

Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon

Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon

Boizel Champagne Dinner Hosted by Export Director, Gabriel Faye

Boizel Champagne Dinner Hosted by Export Director, Gabriel Faye

Boizel Champagne Dinner Hosted by Export Director, Gabriel Faye

Boizel Champagne Dinner Hosted by Export Director, Gabriel Faye

Boizel Champagne Dinner Hosted by Export Director, Gabriel Faye

Boizel Champagne Dinner Hosted by Export Director, Gabriel Faye

Boizel Champagne Dinner Hosted by Export Director, Gabriel Faye

Boizel Champagne Dinner Hosted by Export Director, Gabriel Faye

Boizel Champagne Dinner Hosted by Export Director, Gabriel Faye

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August 2019 Newsletter https://www.laubergechezfrancois.com/august-2019-newsletter/ Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:07:43 +0000 https://www.laubergechezfrancois.com/?p=10424 September will mark the 65th Anniversary of the founding of Chez François in Washington D.C.
I don’t think that my father, François, could have ever imagined then that we would still be going strong 65 years later.

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Greetings from Chef Jacques and Paul:

September will mark the 65th Anniversary of the founding of Chez François in Washington D.C.
I don’t think that my father, François, could have ever imagined then that we would still be going strong 65 years later. Many of our loyal patrons followed us from DC when we moved the restaurant to Great Falls and became an auberge.

We’ve expanded and evolved with Jacques’ Brasserie, two on-site gardens, weddings, private parties, corporate events and more and more special events.  I’m still honored and amazed at how often guests will stop to tell me their memories of eating with us in Washington D.C. and now in Great Falls, Virginia.

The painting above, gifted to my parents by Washington artist Lily Spandorf shows the sidewalk café tables of the original Chez François on Connecticut Avenue in the early 1960s. 

To mark our 65th Anniversary, we’ve scheduled a full month of special culinary events in September, kicked-off by a Labor Day Musical Sunday Summer Supper. Next up, a 65th anniversary “Friday Night on the Terrace” Wine Festival, “It’s Almost Fall” Musical Brunch, and a very special 65th Anniversary Alsatian Wine Dinner with Peter Weygandt.  Rounding out the celebrations are our wildly popular Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon and a lively Craft Beer Party featuring the award winning brews of our own Lost Rhino Brewing Company.  Now that’s a month long fun- filled with culinary happenings and festivities to honor Papa and his 65 years in this restaurant business!  

Cheers and a special toast to all our loyal patrons who have been celebrating life’s special moments with us all these years.

Chef Jacques, Paul and the family of L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie



Our 65th Anniversary and Labor Day Sunday Musical Supper

Please celebrate with us on our 65th Anniversary and  Labor Day Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 5:30 PM, for another segment of our wildly popular Music and Cuisine series, with a “Musical Sunday Supper” featuring a delectable menu by Chef Jacques and team and the toe tapping and hand clapping music of Laura Van Duzer and The Chance Club Band. The Chance Club Band, featuring Laura Van Duzer (vocals, keys), Matthew Schleigh (vocals, guitar), and Jason Wilson (vocals, bass), combine strong harmonies and excellent playing, as they perform originals and covers from the 60’s thru today. Be sure to join us for a fun filled Labor Day weekend with a jamming Musical Summer Sunday Supper.
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65th Anniversary and Friday Evening Outdoor Wine Tasting Soirée

Please join Chef Jacques and our team on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 7:00-9:00 PM, as we offer you a delightful way to kick off your weekend outdoors on our beautiful grounds of L’Auberge Chez François (weather permitting), overlooking our gardens, sipping fine wines while enjoying delectable cuisine, during our 65th anniversary month long celebrations.  We will be featuring eight wines from importer Peter Weygandt, many of which are new to the Virginia market, selected to complement the transition from summer to fall.  Peter Weygandt has been an importer of French wines since 1987, gaining a national and international reputation for the quality of his selections and his portfolio of top “boutique” French wines. In recent years, he has expanded his portfolio to include Italian, German, Austrian, Australian, and Spanish wines, representing more than 100 producers. To accompany the tasting, we will be serving our seasonal canapés, and delectable bites. Merci beaucoup and see you there!
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“It’s Almost Fall” Musical Brunch
Featuring the Music of Laura Van Duzer
Join us on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM for a festive Sunday Brunch, on our outdoor terrace (weather permitting) as we toast the fall season, and as we celebrate 65 years of the founding of Chez François.  Today, we feature at L’Auberge Chez François, Laura Van Duzer for your listening pleasure to accompany our delectable brunch menu. Laura Van Duzer, a talented singer-songwriter, performer, pianist, and guitarist will be leading us today for all the fun.  Laura holds the position of Music Director and Performing Arts Department Chair for the Academy of Holy Cross, in Maryland, and is the former Choral Director for Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA, as well as a performer in many dinner theaters and stages in plays and musicals, and lead keyboard and vocals for The Chance Club Band. Laura will be preforming a wide variety of music, including your favorite 60’s, 70’s and 80’s along with classic show tunes and more. Spend the afternoon with us at L’Auberge Chez François as the crisp weather arrives and enjoy the view of our lovely grounds.  Vive la récolte!
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A Very Special Alsatian Wine Dinner and 65th Anniversary Celebration with Peter Weygandt

Please join us Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM, as we present a wine tasting and dinner featuring the wines of three excellent Alsatian producers, Domaines Albert Mann, Henry Fuchs and Schoffit, all recent arrivals in the Virginia market. This month also marks the 65th Anniversary of the founding of Chez François in Washington D.C, by Papa Haeringer, a proud Alsatian indeed.
Chef Jacques welcomes Peter Weygandt of Weygant-Metzler Importing, who will be joining our head sommelier, Alex Bardsley, to introduce these fine wines, from our Homeland of Alsace. The evening will begin with a brief reception and our seasonal canapés, followed by a tasting in two flights before the dinner, the first consisting of three diverse expressions of Riesling and the second of two opulent Gewurztraminers.  Dinner will follow. Chef Jacques has crafted a special menu to showcase their charms.
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Our Celebratory 65th Anniversary Fall Wine Festival and Luncheon 

Our popular Wine Festival and Luncheon returns on Saturday, September 21, 2019.  Please join us as we greet the fall season in style and celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the founding of Chez François in Washington DC by François Haeringer, sampling twelve wines from the world’s best producing wine regions, including, but of course, France!  Arrive anytime between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM for a walk-around tasting of these fine wines paired with Chef Jacques’ seasonal canapés.  Our sommeliers will be on-hand to guide you through the tasting and answer questions. Following the tasting, sit down and enjoy a complete luncheon of your choice from our four-course menu, paired with another glass of wine. Viva Fall and Viva François!
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Autumnal Equinox Musical Brunch and 65th Anniversary Celebration featuring Classical Guitarist Alexander Barnett 

Please join Chef Jacques on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 11:00 AM for our Musical Brunch on our outdoor terrace (weather permitting) as we toast the upcoming fall season, and our 65th Anniversary of Papa Haeringer’s founding of Chez François, featuring popular classical guitarist Alexander Barnett.  A local guitarist and composer, Alex’s broad range of music ranges from classical to modern and jazz. Since his first appearance at L’Auberge Chez François, Alex continues to captivate our guests with his romantic-themed performances.Chef Jacques has created a superb Sunday brunch menu for you to enjoy, accompanied by special brunch cocktails, of course, as you enjoy the afternoon’s music. Why not spend your Sunday with us, listening to beautiful music over brunch and toast to the upcoming Autumnal Equinox and 65 years of L’Auberge Chez François and Chez Francois?  Cheers!
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Sunday Craft Beer Party and 65th Anniversary Celebration on the Terrace featuring Ashburn’s Lost Rhino Brewery and Live Music

Please join us Sunday September 29, 2019 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM for a lively Craft Beer Party featuring the award winning beers of our own Ashburn’s Lost Rhino Brewing Company.  We will be featuring many of Lost Rhino’s line up, including our newest beer crafted by Lost Rhino, “Papa’s Pilsner” in honor of Papa Haeringer, our 65th anniversary and his love of beer. Enjoy specially paired seasonal canapés, appetizers, and bites as you stroll around the terrace and gardens listening to live music and sipping cold craft beer. Lost Rhino Brewers will be on-hand to guide you through the tastings of these delectable beers.
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Team member of the Month

Rafael Cruz Ramirez joined our team in June 2012. Rafael is one of our daytime dishwashers but that is not all he does. From polishing our copper ware to maintaining clean  dinning rooms, you can always count on him lend a helping hand with anything that needs to be done. Very quiet and extremely polite, Rafael always gets the job done with a smile on his face. Thank you Rafael, for all your hard work and dedication! Keep up the good job!
Monsieur François Competition


Congratulations to Kathryn Y. from McLean, Va for winning the July Monsieur François Profile Embellishment Competition. Kathryn will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François. Great work Kathryn!

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

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Greetings from Chef Jacques and Paul
Summer is here!  Our organic gardens are in full swing and the flowers are all in bloom. Now is the perfect time of year for dining al fresco on one of our outdoor terraces (including the Brasserie under our new quad umbrella, complete with lighting).  While you’re here, take a tour of our beautiful gardens to see where our greens, vegetables and herbs are growing.

Did I mention that the garden is bursting with tomatoes right now? Our famous tomato salads are on the menu and it is included with the price of your meal at L’Auberge Chez François. You’ll also find our house-made Garden Bloody Mary’s on our weekend brunch menu, cold gazpacho soup, and warm tomato bisque.

We have a wonderful lineup of some very special summer events this month.  Please join us for many fetes and soirées this August filled with Music and Cuisine Dinners; Musical Brunches; a very special Chef Jacques’ Garden to Table Cooking Demo, Luncheon and Garden Tour; an exciting Full Moon Garden Party; a Sinatra Classic Dinner and our Labor Day Weekend Night on the Terrace Wine Tasting and Musical Evening Under the Stars. 

Come celebrate the summer at L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie with great food, drinks, and friends.

I hope to see you soon so you may enjoy the tastes and libations of summer here at L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie

See you soon! 

Best culinary wishes;
Chef Jacques and Paul Haeringer and the family of  L’Auberge Chez François & Jacques’ Brasserie




Music and Cuisine Grand Musical Showcase Soirée featuring Prince Havely and Efi Tovia
They are BACK!  Following numerous sold out performances on “our stage” at L’Auberge Chez François, we are thrilled to present to you, on Friday, August 2nd, 2019 at 7:30 PM, a return of “Music and Cuisine Soirée in Great Falls”. Join us center stage with Prince & Efi performing the music of Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart, Fats Waller, Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington. Dine on a classic French dinner served with sommelier-selected wine pairings while you are entertained by this lively duo. Get your dancing shoes on and join us at this special event! 
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A Sunday Musical Brunch featuring Classical Music Sounds of Jarrett Laskey
Back by popular demand, acclaimed guitarist Jarrett Laskey is performing at our Musical Brunch at L’Auberge Chez Franҫois on Sunday August 4th at 11:00 AM.  Jarrett is a classically trained professional musician performing a repertoire of Spanish and Latin guitar music, standard classical music favorites, and contemporary arrangements. Jarrett is often named as the most requested guitarist in the D.C. area on Wedding Wire and The Knot. Chef Jacques has created a superb menu for you to enjoy, accompanied by special cocktails, as you enjoy the afternoon’s music.  Sunday Funday at our Musical Brunch, indeed!
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Chef Jacques’ Garden to Fork August Bounty Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon
Please join on Saturday August 10th, 2019 at 10:30 AM (Please note time) as we kick off our summer “Garden to Fork” special event.  We begin our day with Chef Jacques’ leading our two on-site Garden tour, with a glass of bubbly, but of course. Retreat to our rooster room and join us for our delectable “August Bounty” Garden to Table Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon.  L’Auberge Chez François, Chef Jacques and Stephanie, our lead gardener, are very proud of our two on-site gardens. They are both happy to suggest nutritionally superior food to make for delightful cuisine for this special afternoon’s special cooking demonstration. Most of all our menu items today will include “just picked from our garden” ingredients, and added to our menu for indeed a Garden to Fork delight.
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L’Auberge Chez François Musical Brunch  Featuring the Magical Music of Matvei Sigalov
Please Join Chef Jacques’ and Team on Sunday August 11th at 11:00 AM for a very special musical brunch as we give a warm welcome to Matvei Sigalov, violinist and guitarist extraordinaire! Since his arrival to the U.S. 20 years ago from Russia, Matvei Sigalov has been active on the East Coast music scene and established himself as one of the premier improvising violinists. He has shared the stage with a wide array of artists, covering many styles including R&B, Gospel, Pop-Rock, Jazz , Brazilian and Fusion music. Matvi has played for Patti LaBelle, Isaac Hayes and James Ingram at the Kennedy Center in DC. He received a standing ovation at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, while opening for Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luke Ponty and Al DiMeola and has wowed an audience at the Iridium in NYC with guitar legend Les Paul! Why not spend your Sunday by listening to beautiful music over a scrumptious brunch, by Chef Jacques with of course, Cremant d’Alsace, Mimosas and Housemade Garden Bloody Marys?  See you here!

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A Full Moon Musical Outdoor Garden Party
Please join Chef Jacques’ and his team on Thursday, August 15th from 7pm-9pm for an exciting full moon fête.  Outdoors on our beautiful L’Auberge Chez François terrace (weather permitting) we offer you a delightful way to enjoy gazing at full moon in August, while sipping fine wines while enjoying delectable cuisine.  Does life get any better than this? Our sommeliers will be on-hand to guide you through a delectable tasting of eight fine wines from some of the world’s best producing wine regions, including, of course, France,      accompanied by Chef’s passed Seasonal canapés and tasty bites, as you delight in the music of Stephanie Ball. A stroll, with your wine, of course, to our two on-site vegetable and herb gardens is always encouraged!  All wines sampled will be available for purchase at a very special “trade” discounts for our customers that evening only. Merci beaucoup and see you there!  In the event of weather, we will retreat to our rooster room and enjoy gazing at the moon from indoors.
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Summer Wine Festival and Luncheon
Our ever popular Wine Festival and Luncheon returns on Saturday, August 24th, 2019. Please join us as we sample twelve fine wines from some of the world’s notable wine growing regions. Arrive anytime between 11:30 and 1:00 pm for a walk-around tasting of these fine wines paired with Chef Jacques’ seasonal canapés.  Our sommeliers will be on-hand to guide you through the tastings and answer any questions you may have on these delectable wines.   Following the tasting, sit down and enjoy a complete luncheon of your choice from our four-course menu, plus another glass of wine!                               Celebrate the end of summer with us!
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A Very Special Encore of Our Musical Sunday Supper Featuring My Way: Bob McDonald Sings Sinatra Classics
Please join us on Sunday, August 25th, 2019 at 5:30 PM for an encore sold-out performance of a very special Musical Sunday Supper featuring this talented trio, singing Sinatra Classics, and enjoy a menu filled with of our classical favorites at L’Auberge Chez François.    Vocalist Bob McDonald, pianist Tony Nalker and instrumentalist Scott Silbert celebrate the songs and life of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra with an evening of the most memorable songs from the singer’s film and concert performances. The program will be an evening of Sinatra classics worthy of any Rat Pack.  Bob McDonald is probably best known to the DC area as the National Anthem singer for the Washington Capitals hockey team. He also enjoys a diverse career across many artistic disciplines, including musical theater, opera, and the concert stage, as well as his job as an active-duty baritone and announcer in The United States Army Chorus. Bob has performed on most Washington DC area stages, including The Kennedy Center, Signature Theater, Folger Theater and others, and at various venues across the country. Bob received his BA and MA from Oberlin Conservatory of Music.   Tony Nalker performs widely in the Washington, D.C. area, currently serving as jazz pianist with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra Pops. From 1989-2016 Tony was the pianist of the premiere jazz ensemble of the U.S. Army, the Army Blues, and served as the group’s enlisted leader.  Tony received his undergraduate degree in music from James Madison University and his M.A. in music from the University of Iowa.   Scott Silbert, a multiple woodwind player and arranger, joined the Navy band jazz ensemble “Commodores” in 1991 on baritone sax, and later the arranging staff (1999), serving as the Navy Band’s chief arranger from 2002 until his retirement in 2017. Professionally, Scott has performed with or has written music for the National Symphony Orchestra, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Bob Hope, and Andy Williams, among many other luminaries. He is currently an active musician and arranger with the prestigious Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. An extraordinary fun filled evening, not to be missed!
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Labor Day Weekend Night on The Terrace Wine Tasting & Musical Evening Under the Stars

Please join Chef Jacques’ and his team on Friday, August 30th, 2019 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM as we offer you a delightful way to kick off your Labor  Day Weekend, outdoors, under the stars on our beautiful L’Auberge Chez François terrace (weather permitting), sipping fine wines while enjoying Chef Jacques seasonable canapes and bites, and listening to live music. Does life get any better than this?   Our sommeliers will be on-hand to guide you through a delectable tasting of eight fine wines from some of the world’s notable wine growing regions.  Why not stroll, with your wine, of course, to our two on-site budding vegetable and herb gardens, and tap your toes to our live music by Stephanie Ball   Stephanie is a native of Reston, Virginia that has been performing music locally in bands and duos for over 15 years.   She is an experienced lead singer, pianist and backing vocalist that delivers a fun and dynamic performance.  She performs popular cover songs where there’s always something for everyone. Her diverse set list includes artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Chris Isaak, Tom Petty, Norah Jones and Elle King.   All wines sampled will be available for purchase at a very special “trade” discounts for our customers that evening only. Merci beaucoup and see you there! Happy Labor Day Friday!   In case of inclement weather, we will move the event to our Rooster Room, with the same festivities.
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Team Member of the Month
This month we honor Sara Murcia who joined L’Auberge Chez François in May of 2014. Sara began working at the front desk answering the phones and taking reservations, but quickly learned about the operations of the front of the house while assisting the office with behind the scenes coordination. Sara provides the best customer service and in addition to organizing Private Events and her being office manager, her other duties include taking photos for social media, uploading content and maintaining our website. We can always rely on Sara to do anything that is asked and she will take it upon herself to go the extra mile. Congratulations for a job well done, Sara! We value all of your contributions and dedication to the restaurants.

Monsieur François Competition
Congratulations to Kelly H. of Bristow, Virginia for winning the June Monsieur François’ Profile Embellishment Competition. Kelly will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François. Great Job Kelly! 

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Best Culinary Wishes,
Chef Jacques

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June 2019 Newsletter https://www.laubergechezfrancois.com/june-2019-newsletter/ Wed, 26 Jun 2019 14:56:27 +0000 https://www.laubergechezfrancois.com/?p=10229 With the month of July upon us shortly, we would like to wish everyone an early Happy 4th of July and Happy Bastille Day! Vive l'Amérique et Vive la France!

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Greetings from Chef Jacques and Paul:

With the month of July upon us shortly, we would like to wish everyone an early Happy 4th of July and Happy Bastille Day!  Vive l’Amérique et Vive la France!

May I suggest, the best cure for our area’s hot sultry days should include a chilled glass of rosé or one of our five craft draft beers, including our newest creation, Papa’s Pilsner, under our new large umbrella at the Brasserie.  Add a just-picked vegetable salad from our two on-site vegetable gardens, and “voila” the cure for the summertime blues.

Beginning July 13th, we roll into a full weekend of Bastille Day celebratory events–a “let them eat cake” cooking demo, hosted by “moi”, a Bastille day musical brunch with Nancy Scimone and Wade Beach, and on that very evening, a Grand Bastille Day Soirée featuring our infamous waiters’ race around our gardens, a French themed dinner with the delectable Boisset Family Wines, Napoléon himself, and the beautiful French music of the Lynn Veronneau Duo.  What a great way to round out a fun, and festive weekend.

We also can’t wait to celebrate that perfect summer beverage, rosé- with rosé wine themed special events, including a rosé musical brunch on the terrace, a delectable rosé wine dinner and our summertime  wine festival, featuring rosé wines.  Drink Pink!

We’ll close out the month with a bang at our rock-and-roll supper, with the band generously allowing me to play a few favorites on the drums (vs my pots and pans). 

Happy summertime, and be sure to come celebrate the season with us at L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques Brasserie. See you there!

Bon été and Best Culinary Wishes;

Chef Jacques and Paul Haeringer and our family of  L’Auberge Chez François & Jacques’ Brasserie.




Bastille Day Weekend “Let them Eat Gâteau” Celebratory Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon

Join L’Auberge Chez François to Celebrate “La Fête Nationale Française” Weekend on Saturday, July 13th at 11:00 AM as we kick off a fun filled weekend with our annual Bastille Day Classic French Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon, featuring the delectable wines of France.Sip on bubbly while Chef Jacques presents his lively cooking demonstration, and the oh-so famous French phrase “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” or better known as “Let them eat cake”.After Chef’s Bastille Day demo, retreat to our beautiful Garden Room where you will enjoy a delectable five course French inspired luncheon, “mais oui”, but of course, with specially paired French Wines by Paul Haeringer.  Chef Pascale, Chef David and our French team will lead the singing of the French National Anthem to cap off an afternoon of delicious food, wine and good fun.VIVA LA FRANCE!A special cooking demonstration and luncheon not to be missed!
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La Fête Nationale-Bastille Day Special Musical Brunch featuring the French Music of Nancy Scimone and Wade Beach

Join us Sunday July 14th at 11:00 AM, as we continue our celebratory Bastille Day Weekend at L’Auberge Chez François with a very special French musical brunch to start to your day featuring the beautiful French tunes of Nancy Simone, accompanied by the talented pianist Wade Beach.Vocalist Nancy Scimone and Pianist Wade Beach will celebrate and entertain you with romantic and glamorous French classics and favorite French chansons.  Nancy Scimone’s “winsome elegance” (The Washington Post) paired with the artistry of master jazz pianist Wade Beach promise a memorable and festive Bastille Day Brunch at L’Auberge Chez François.Celebrate the Francophile in you and toast with Chef Jacques to kick off Bastille Day with this Sunday brunch menu accompanied by Crémant d’Alsace, Crisp French Rosé and Bloody Mary’s as you enjoy this event accompanied with beautiful French music. Chef Jacques, and “The French Connection” at L’Auberge Chef François will sing, of course, their rendition of the French National Anthem.Vive la France, Happy La Fête Nationale et Bon Appétit!
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Celebrate Bastille Day-La Fête Nationale Française at L’Auberge Chez François’ Grand Soirée
Come celebrate our annual Bastille Day “La Fete Nationale Francaise” Grand Soirée on Sunday July 14th at 5:00 PM for an evening that promises to be packed with fun and merriment.Let’s kick off our celebration by cheering on the L’Auberge Chez François’ Wait Staff competing in our very own exciting Annual Bastille Day Waiters Race (inspired by the famous footrace in Paris) around our gardens and grounds.Come early (race begins promptly at 5pm) and enjoy a glass of Charles de Fère Réserve Blanc de Blancs Méthode Traditionnelle while cheering on your favorite server, as they race with trays filled with glasses and champagne bottles in a pre-selected route for the coveted Bastille Day Trophy and prizes, and, of course, serious bragging rights.Special guest Napoléon “Neil Ruane”, Export Manager for Boisset, (in full costume as Napoleon tonight), will kick off the race with the ancient art of sabering, along with Chef Jacques, Napoleon’s side kick and the popular DJ Prince as our MC for this exciting and challenging race.  A brief awards ceremony will follow.In honor of La Fête, we continue the lively soiree, and head to our lovely terrace (weather permitting) and sip and toast our homeland’s independence and enjoy our passed French canapés.Retreat to our lovely Garden Room, and continue the lively celebration with a Five-Course Bastille Day Menu de Degustation created by Chef Jacques that will feature produce harvested directly from our on-site gardens.The award winning Lynn Veronneau Trio will enhance this great French fête this evening with favorite French chansons and original arrangements.  Joining Lynn and Ken tonight will be violinist Dave Kline.“Napoleon” will introduce and present the menu’s paired Boisset Family French wines, and will lead in lively songs with the Lynn Veronneau Trio, singing together with Chef Pascale, Chef David and our French team, the French National Anthem.Celebrate the Francophile in you with us in this action packed “not to be missed” Bastille Day Soirée!  Reserve early, as we will sell out early this ever popular celebration!Vive la France, Happy Bastille Day et Bon Appétit!  
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Chef Jacques’ Table Presents A Rosé Wine Tasting and Dinner

Please join us Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 7:00 PM as L’Auberge Chez François presents a very special wine tasting and dinner featuring fine rosé wines from France, Spain and the United States.  While wine lovers have discovered that rosé doesn’t deserve the “inexpensive and sweet” reputation it got from Lancer’s, Mateus and white zinfandel, many consider it a perfect choice as a light, refreshing glass to enjoy on a summer patio, at the beach and for all your summer dinners.Our head sommelier, Alex Bardsley, will pour a variety of sumptuous rosés for a pre-dinner tasting as well as with the Chef’s multi course meal, commenting on their production methods, origins and styles.Though experimentation has delivered delicious new rosés, especially from the west coast,  we will be focusing on more classic styles, but ones that deserve to be better known.Chef Jacques will craft a sumptuous repast to bring out the best in the rosé wines for our evening’s soirée-Drink Pink this summer and see you there!
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Rosé Musical Summer Brunch With Alexander Barnett on Guitar

You are invited for a delightful rose musical brunch, Sunday, July 21st, 2019 at 11:00 AM on our outdoor terrace (weather permitting) featuring a patron favorite, guitarist and composer Alexander Barnett.Since his first appearance at L’Auberge Chez François, Alex has been captivating our guests on a regular basis with sold-out events and performances. He will be performing a broad range of music from classical, modern and jazz, against the backdrop of our lovely gardens.Feast on Chef Jacques’ four-course menu paired with crisp rosé wine, and of course, Cremant d’Alsace and Bloody Mary’s while Alex provides his soft acoustical music.Start your summer day at L’Auberge Chez François and end your weekend on a high note.A bientôt and see you there!
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Summer Wine Festival and Luncheon featuring Red Hot Rosés

L’Auberge Chez François and Chef Jacques invite you to our ever popular Summer Wine Festival and Luncheon on Saturday, July 27th, 2019. We begin the day sampling twelve different “Red Hot Rosés” and crisp summer wines from some of the world’s best producing wine regions, including, of course, France.Arrive anytime between 11:30 AM and 1:00pm for a walk-around tasting of these fine wines paired with Chef Jacques’  seasonal canapes.  Our sommeliers will be on hand to guide you through the tasting and answer any questions and pairing ideas on these summer inspired wines.  Following the tasting, sit down and enjoy a complete luncheon of your choice from our four course menu, paired with yet, “mais oui, bien sur”, another glass of delectable wine!
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Sunday Evening Rock and Roll Supper with The Classics Hot Town Summer in the City with Special Appearance by Chef Jacques’ on the Drums

Do you remember hearing “Summertime” for the first time?  How about “Summer In The City” or “Summertime Blues”?  The summer season is filled with fond memories including good friends, great food and some unforgettable summer songs.Come celebrate summer with the marvelous music of The Classics as you enjoy a special Sunday Supper.  You will be surprised how many songs you will remember about summer or with summer in the title!If you were at their last sold out show, you know The Classics will serve up your favorite songs, delivered masterfully with a good time vibe that will make you smile, clap or get up and dance!  This evening, Sunday July 28th at 5:30 PM,  we will feature an enticing menu of classic dishes, crisp and delectable wine pairings and an encore performance by Chef Jacques on drums! Early purchases of tickets are suggested, as the last three Classics performances were sold-out.
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Team member of the Month

Jose “Arnoldo” Cabrera joined our team June 2011 as line cook. Arnoldo’s easy going and friendly personality makes working with him pleasurable. Arnoldo is responsible for making sure our dishes are prepped and  plated properly and is well known in the kitchen for keeping an impeccably clean work station. Thank you Arnoldo, for all your hard work and dedication! Keep up the good job!
Monsieur François Competition


Congratulations to Jacques D. for winning the May Monsieur François Profile Embellishment Competition. Jacques will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François. Great work Jacques!

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Best Culinary Wishes,
Chef Jacques

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The gardens are now in full flush. We are serving the salads of the season made exclusively from greens grown right here on the property.

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Spring Greetings from Chef Jacques and Paul
The upcoming month promises to be delicious at L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie. 

The gardens are now in full flush. We are serving the salads of the season made exclusively from greens grown right here on the property.  You can’t beat the freshness and flavor of organically grown greens that have traveled only a few yards to reach your plate. Each year we refine the varieties of lettuces and greens that we grow to create the perfect salad. We hope you’ll come in and tell us what you think of this year’s selection of Bibb, arugula, and mesclun lettuces, as well as our spinach and kale. 

To kick off June and the upcoming summer, we are hosting our first Delectable Chocolate and Wine Festival, a journey to our homeland of Alsace and “Classic French Estates”  wine dinners, a very special snappy Sinatra Sunday supper, with Bob MacDonald; our ever-popular summer wine festival and luncheon and  a delightful Sunday sing-along brunch featuring everyone’s favorite music from the Sound of Music with our own Maria and Captain Von Trapp

Yes..they’re back!  From Broadway to our-way, “A Grand Night on Broadway” featuring broadway and international  fine artists Prince, Larry and Gay, performing here again after four sold out shows this past year!  We are also featuring a special salute to all the Dads out there with a Father’s Day Grill Fest Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon.

My brother Paul and I want to toast all the fathers and raise a glass to our Papa François. Everyone thought dad was crazy when he moved his restaurant from Washington D.C. to the “country” forty-three years ago. He was a pioneer and, if I may say so, a brilliant restaurateur who cared deeply about his customers. 
We’re happy to continue the traditions he started all of those years ago and happy that so many of you will be celebrating your own fathers with us this month at L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie. 

See you soon! 

Best culinary wishes;
Chef Jacques and Paul Haeringer and the family of  L’Auberge Chez Francois & Jacques’ Brasserie




A Wine Journey to Our Homeland of Alsace:  Sipp Mack Alsatian Wine Dinner
Please join us Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at 7:00 PM for a dinner showcasing the wines of Alsatian producer Sipp Mack, a ninth-generation family winery, currently run by Laura and Jacques Sipp with their daughter, Carolyn. The Sipp Mack winery was created in 1959 following the marriage of two winemaking families, François Sipp from Ribeauvillé and Marie Louise Mack from Hunawihr.  In 1983, following his viticulture and enology studies, business school and work experiences in American wineries for two years, their son, Jacques, returned to Alsace to join the family estate. He brought his wife, Laura, a Californian graduate from the University of California Davis wine program, back with him. Jacques and Laura brought new vision to the vineyard and winery operations. Their desire to make consistently high quality, pure wines that reflect their soils led them to combine Alsatian traditions with modern technology and production methods that protect the environment.  After years certified sustainable farming and integrated pest management, they converted the entire domain to certified organic farming. Sipp Mack’s importer, energetic French wine specialist Franck Agostini, will be on hand to present the wines, and Chef Jacques, of course, has created a menu to accompany the fruits of Alsace.
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L’Auberge Chez François’ Premier Chocolate and Wine Festival Featuring Leslie Hollander of Sugar Up, Sugar!
Did someone say Chocolate and Wine? Savor the world of wine and chocolate on a guided tour made for your taste buds. Please join us Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at 1:00 PM for our first luscious and enlightening Chocolate and Wine Tasting. Pastry Chef and Artisanal Confectioner Leslie Hollander of Sugar Up, Sugar! will be joining our head sommelier, Alex Bardsley, this afternoon to present three flights of wine and truffle pairings. Sugar Up,Sugar! is a small local pastry business originating in Great Falls Virginia. Leslie Hollander is the Pastry Specialist/Owner and known for her creative flavor combinations.  Leslie creates each chocolate from scratch, made from quality ingredients and chef tested recipes. Each wine flight will consist of two wines, and each wine will be paired with two truffles. (6 wines sampled and 6 different truffles). Alex will introduce each wine, and together he and Leslie will discuss how the chocolate confections and the wines play off each other. The tasting will be preceded by a meet reception with hors d’oeuvres and a glass of Crémant d’Alace. Beautiful boxes of Leslie’s delectable assorted truffles and Alex’s wines sampled today will be available for purchase at a very special price.
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A Very Special Musical Sunday Supper Featuring My Way: Bob McDonald Sings Sinatra Classics
Please join us on Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at 5:30 PM for what will be a very special Musical Sunday Supper featuring this talented trio, singing Sinatra Classics, and enjoy a menu filled with of our classical favorites at L’Auberge Chez François. Vocalist Bob McDonald, pianist Tony Nalker and instrumentalist Scott Silbert celebrate the songs and life of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra with an evening of the most memorable songs from the singer’s film and concert performances. An extraordinary fun filled evening, not to be missed!
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Let the Grilling Begin –  Father’s Day Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon
Please join Chef Jacques Haeringer on Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at 11:00 AM as we celebrate and honor dads everywhere at our Father’s Day cooking demonstration and luncheon. One of Chef Jacques’ favorite pastime is grilling and he’ll share his favorite secrets to making a decadent meal outdoors on the grill. The afternoon’s sure-to-please menu includes Grilled Carolina Shrimp and Charred Baby Vegetables, Grilled Bavette Steak and Potatoes, then rounded out with a delectable Strawberry Tarte with Housemade Vanilla Ice Cream, including three specially paired wines selected by Paul Haeringer.  The afternoon promises to be a truly great way to celebrate Father’s Day!  Grill forward!

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Rosenthal French Wine Dinner Featuring  “Classic French Estates”
Please join us Friday, June 21st, 2019 at 7:00 PM, for a wine dinner showcasing the delectable “Classic French Estates”  from the Rosenthal collection.  Robert MacFarlane of Potomac Selections, our very respected twenty year plus wine colleague, will be on hand to present these classic wines. Chef Jacques has created a wonderful tasting menu, including Maine Halibut, Seabass, Veal Scaloppini, and everyone’s favorite L’Auberge Chez François’ Grand Marnier Soufflé to complement the “Classic French Estates” this evening.
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Summer is Here Wine Festival and Luncheon
L’Auberge Chez François and Chef Jacques’ invite you to our ever popular Wine Festival and Luncheon on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019, to celebrate the arrival of summer.  We begin the day by sampling twelve different wines featuring wines from some of the world’s most notable viticultural regions, including red hot roses, perfect for your summer soirees. Arrive anytime between 11:30am and 1:00pm for a walk-around tasting of these wines, accompanied by Chef Jacques’ tasty seasonal hors d’oeuvres. 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.   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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Sing Along Musical Brunch featuring the Music from the “Sound of Music
Chef Jacques’ and the team at L’Auberge Chez François invites you to enjoy a delectable and fun musical Sunday brunch featuring “Maria”  – Laura Van Duzer and “Captain Von Trapp” -Prince Havely and the songs of the Sound of Music on Sunday June 23rd, 2019 at 11:00 AM.   Hum and sing along, of course with everyone’s favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes from their last stage musical, which includes songs from the Austrian countryside—“Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and, of course, the The Sound of Music. Captain Von Trapp, aka Prince Havely, sings with the Washington National Opera, and his regional stage credits include leads in Big River, Miss Saigon and Phantom of the Opera. He has appeared with Capital Steps and as the lead in the Ben Carson Story at Toby’s Dinner Theatre.  Prince has toured with the Gene Donati Orchestra and is a regular featured “sold-out” artist at our musical dinners and brunches at L’Auberge Chez François. Maria, aka Laura Van Duzer, a talented singer-songwriter, performer, pianist, and guitarist will be leading us today on all the fun.  Laura also holds the position of Music Director and Performing Arts Department Chair for the Academy of Holy Cross, in Maryland, and is the former Choral Director for Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School, Arlington, VA, as well as a performer in many dinner theaters and stages in plays and musicals, and lead keyboard and vocals for the Chance Band. The Hills are Alive at L’Auberge Chez François!  Come channel your inner Maria or Captain Von Trapp on June 23rd and enjoy a musical brunch not to be missed in Great Falls!
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An Evening on Broadway Musical Showcase Soirée featuring International and Broadway Veterans

They are BACK! From Broadway, to our way! Following four sold out performances on “our stage” at L’Auberge Chez François, we are thrilled to present to you, on Thursday, June 27th , 2019 at 7:30pm “A Grand Night on Broadway” Musical Showcase Soirée. This very special musical event will feature the talented Prince Havely – Tenor, Larry Friedman – Tenor and Gay Willis – Soprano, performing selections from Phantom of the Opera, The Music Man, Cats, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Miserables. Prince has toured with the Gene Donati Orchestra, performing for congressional dinners, Senators Balls, and Presidential Galas, including those of Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama  Larry Friedman is a native Washingtonian with extensive experience in live theater, film and television. Gay Willis is an award-winning soprano, performing world tours and on Broadway. She is known for her roles as Christine in Phantom of the Opera and as Magnolia in Showboat, along with other shows such as Into the Woods and West Side Story and sold out performances at Carnegie Hall. We are thrilled to host a return of these talented International and Broadway Veterans, who will take us on a celebratory journey of Broadway paired with Chef’s delectable five course menu and our sommelier-selected wines. Wish them a happy birthday this evening as all three celebrate milestone birthdays!  Truly a musical night on Broadway in Great Falls not to be missed!
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Team Member of the Month
This month we honor Sami Hanna who joined L’Auberge Chez François in April of 2014. Sami is one of our very popular servers, going above and beyond to make sure all of our guests have a delightful experience. With an extensive background in the hospitality field, Sami is very good at helping out with our private events and making sure birthdays, weddings, and special occasion celebrations run smoothly. We want to thank Sami for doing such a great job and for all his hard work!

Monsieur François Competition
Congratulations to Anthony D. of Leesburg, Virginia for winning the April Monsieur François’ Profile Embellishment Competition. Anthony will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François. Great Job Anthony! 

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Best Culinary Wishes,
Chef Jacques

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Springtime also brings our family of L’Auberge Chez Francois and Jacques’ Brasserie celebrating some very prestigious milestones and accolades this month.

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Greetings from Chef Jacques and Paul:

The terraces are blooming, the gardens are planted, the wisteria is beautiful and we welcome printemps in our countryside of France right here in Great Falls.  

Springtime also brings our family of L’Auberge Chez Francois and Jacques’ Brasserie celebrating some very prestigious milestones and accolades this month.

We toasted to our 43rd anniversary in Great Falls, Virginia location on April 20th, 2019.  Francois “Papa” Haeringer decided to fulfill his dream of opening an “auberge” – a family inn prevalent in his native Alsatian countryside.  After finding the perfect six acres of rolling green hills in Great Falls, L’Auberge Chez François opened in 1976, and became a family business. This year also marks an incredible milestone, as this year marks 65 years ago, Papa opened the original Chez François in the heart of Washington DC in 1954.

My Papa’s goal was to operate a restaurant with a nice ambiance and good honest food at affordable prices. The restaurant’s enduring popularity is a testimony to his success with this approach.  An incredible 65 years later, we still continue to operate L’Auberge Chez François with Papa’s spirit infusing every aspect of the restaurant, as well as his meticulously crafted meals.  Papa would have it no other way.  Merci beaucoup to all for your patronage and support throughout the years.

This month, L’Auberge Chez Francois was again honored for the 27th year, the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award at AAA’s awards ceremony in DC.  AAA began rolling out their diamond rating system in 1985 region wide and was completed in 1991. We received our first four diamond rating in 1992 and have continued thru the next 26 years to receive this distinguished accolade.  “Only 0.2 percent of the nearly 32,000 AAA-inspected and approved restaurants were included on the list”, AAA said in a release.  On behalf of our entire family of L’Auberge Chez Francois and Jacques’ Brasserie, thank you AAA for your four diamond award recognition. 

 We are excited to announce our May Events Lineup, and what a fun month it will be, packed with special culinary events including “A Mother’s Day Cooking Demo and Luncheon”, Chef Jacques Table Wine dinners, including Domaine Carneros, a repeat of our sold out Rock and Roll supper with moi playing a few tunes on the drums, and other outdoor events on our terrace with flowers in full-bloom! Check them out and reserve your spot!  See all our events here


Bon Printemps and Best Culinary Wishes;
Chef Jacques and Paul Haeringer and family of  L’Auberge Chez Francois & Jacques’ Brasserie




Chef Jacques’ Table Featuring Thelema Mountain Vineyards Dinner

Please join us on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 at 7:00 PM, as we welcome Thomas Webb, owner of Thelema Mountain Vineyards, a family owned and managed wine estate at the top of the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch, South Africa. It was a taste of some Burgundy Puligny-Montrachet that convinced Gyles Webb to lay down the calculator and abandon his accounting career in Durban to become a winemaker. Shortly after, he obtained a degree in Oenology at Stellenbosch University and after gaining some work experience abroad and in South Africa, Gyles and his wife’s family fell in love with a run-down old fruit farm called Thelema. Gyles has always given meticulous attention to the vineyards, believing that grape quality is the single most important factor in serious winemaking. This persistent precision has paid off in awards for the best vineyards in Stellenbosch. His winemaking policy is one of “benign neglect” or minimum interference, with finings and filtrations kept to an absolute minimum. Gyles also believes in the use of premium wood;  you will therefore find Thelema and Sutherland’s wines resting in quality French barrels.
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“Sunday Supper With The Classics Band”Playing Hit Songs Beloved by All (Cameo Appearance by Chef Jacques Haeringer on the Drums!)

Please join us for rocking evening Sunday, May 5th, 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 hit songs and entertaining music we all love from our youth. This delightful group returns  for a Sunday Supper on Cinco de Mayo, and yes,“Tequila” and “La Bamba” is on the list along with classic hits from the 50s to the 2010s. If you were at their last sold out show, you know The Classics will serve up your favorite songs, delivered masterfully with a good time vibe that will make you smile, clap or get up and dance! The Evening will feature an enticing menu and libations, and an encore performance by Chef Jacques on drums!
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A Very Special Domaine Carneros Wine Dinner with TJ Evans, Carneros Winemaker
Please join Chef Jacques and Team on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 at 7:00 PM for a very special evening with Pinot Noir Winemaker TJ Evans of Domaine Carneros. Domaine Carneros specializes in great, handcrafted pinot noirs and elegant sparkling wines. Prior to joining Domaine Carneros in 2008, TJ Evans spent 10 years in a variety of winemaking positions around the world, during which he developed not only winemaking knowledge, but a deep love of Pinot Noir and the decision to make it the focus of his professional life.  TJ worked harvest at New Zealand’s Villa Maria Estate, apprenticed at France’s 500 year-old Domaine Jean-Louis Chave and served internships with Mondavi Winery and Far Ninete. Our special evening begins at 7:00p (weather permitting) on our beautiful “in-bloom” terrace with Chef’s seasonal canapés paired with chilled Domaine Carneros, Brut Vintage Cuvée.  Feast on Chef Jacques’ five-course dinner featuring the delectable sparkling and Pinot Noir wines of the Grand-Dame, Domaine Carneros. 
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“Celebrating Mom’s” Mother’s Day Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon

Join Chef Jacques Haeringer and treat your mom or your special someone to a lively culinary demonstration and luncheon on Friday, May 10th, 2019 at 11:00 AM.  Your day begins sipping chilled Monmousseau Touraine Brut while watching Chef Jacques demonstrate a selection of his very special recipes “on set” that you will surely enjoy. Continue the Mother’s Day celebration with Chef Jacques’ five-course very special “Menu du Jour”, paired with fine wines chosen by our sommelier The pièce de résistance: our Valrhona Chocolate Soufflé to round out a celebratory day. This culinary demonstration hits the spot and makes the perfect gourmet gift.  Come and join us and celebrate Mom or your someone special this “Mother’s Day” at L’Auberge Chez François! We love Mom’s!
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Memorial Day Weekend “Friday Night On The Terrace” Wine Tasting featuring Live Music by Stephanie Ball

Please join Chef Jacques’ and his team on Friday, May 24th, 2019 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM as we offer you a delightful way to kick off your Memorial Day Weekend, outdoors, under the stars on our beautiful L’Auberge Chez François terrace (weather permitting), sipping fine wines while enjoying Chef Jacques seasonable canapes and bites, and listening to Stephanie Ball’s live music.  Does life get any better than this? Our sommeliers will be on-hand to guide you through a delectable tasting of eight fine wines from some of the world’s notable wine growing regions.  Why not stroll, with your wine, of course, to our two on-site budding vegetable and herb gardens, and tap your toes to our live music, selected for you, this evening. All wines sampled will be available for purchase at a very special “trade” discount for our customers that evening only. Merci beaucoup and see you there!  Happy Memorial Day Friday! In case of inclement weather, we will move the event to our Rooster Room, with the same festivities.
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“A Jazzy Memorial Day Weekend Sunday Supper” featuring Al Williams and Chris Fischer of American Idol

Why not Join Chef Jacques’ and his team on Memorial Day Weekend Sunday, May 26th, 2019 at 6:00 PM for a Jazzy Musical Supper, 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. “Al Williams has a genuine desire to reach people with his music. His music looks right at you and is open and forthright.”  Sabra Best – Entertainment Magazine Joining Al Williams tonight, will be the talented Chris Fischer, a native New Yorker, who relocated to the DC area 6 years ago.  Over the years, he has played with R& B legends such as Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Temptations, Jennifer Hudson and more.  Chris has produced several CD’s and holds the title of being a music and chart arranger for American Idol, 2013 Emmy Awards and BET’s Celebration of Gospel. Chef Jacques’ and team are thrilled to host this Memorial Day weekend finale with these two amazing artists.  Seating limited, so make your plans early!
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“Friday Night Two for Tonight Romantic Soirée”
Featuring the Romance Music of Alexander Barnett

Roses smell fine, candy tastes sweet, but a romantic repast is a much better treat! Please join Chef Jacques Haeringer on Friday, May 31st, 2019 at 7:00 PM as we continue our oh-so romantic celebrations at L’Auberge Chez Francois, with our “Two for Tonight” Soirée. A natural and wondrous relationship exists between love and food; between the heart and the palate.  No truly passionate life is complete without the pleasures that fine food provides. Imagine a quiet, candlelit room with the one you love, complete with the romantic music of Alexander Barnett.  Feast on Chef Jacques’ and his team’s five-course delectable romance themed dinner and sommelier paired wines. Cheers to romance, and we hope to see you and your special someone at our “Two for Tonight” Soirée, at L’Auberge Chez Francois, where romance is our Raison d’être!
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Team member of the Month

Tomas Santos Urbina joined our team June 2009 as a dishwasher. Tomas always has smile on his face and ready to jump in where he is needed. He is one of our quietest employees but he is extremely hard working and completes all extra tasks asked of him. Thank you Tomas, for all your hard work and dedication! Keep up the good job!
Monsieur François Competition


Congratulations to Antonio P. for winning the March Monsieur François Profile Embellishment Competition. Antonio will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François. Great work Antonio!

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Best Culinary Wishes,
Chef Jacques

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Greetings from Chef Jacques and Paul
 
 
Spring is finally here!  The L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie team and moi  are looking forward to alfresco dining, sipping chilled beverages in our wine and beer garden, and enjoying the bounty of our two on-site organic gardens.

 I have been happily leafing through the various organic seed catalogs, (remember the old Sears and Roebucks Holiday catalogue?) calculating how much to purchase to ensure a bountiful harvest for our guests. I have several varieties of heirloom tomatoes, green beans, French radishes, spinach, sorrel, squash and the list continues!  We also have six types of lettuces to combine into a special green salad that we will be serving in the spring.  Even with the ground still partially frozen, we’re conditioning the soil with organic compost and coffee grounds in anticipation of spring planting.  I can’t wait to get my hands “dirty”, with our lead gardener, Stephanie, again in the gardens!

We are thrilled to offer you in the month of April a wide variety of Culinary Experiences and Special Events for you and yours to enjoy at L’Auberge Chez François.  From Motown music and cuisine, everyone’s favorite musical brunches, Chef Jacques’ Table with delectable wines and visiting winemakers, a Broadway ‘music and cuisine’ performance, cooking demos and luncheons and a Spring wine festival and luncheon, next month is indeed one of our most action-packed months of the year! Vive le Printemps ! 

Looking forward to seeing you during this wondrous season, in our little slice of French Countryside in Great Falls.

Cheers!

Chef Jacques, Paul Haeringer and the team from L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie 



Motown and R & B Music et Cuisine Dinner Featuring Prince Havely, Mike Ault and Efi Tovia
 
Please join us Friday, April 5th, 2019 at 7:00 PM for one of our music et cuisine dinners featuring the tunes of Motown, R&B, and the sounds of the 70’s performed by the popular Prince Havely, Mike Ault and Efi Tovia.Prince, one of the most recognized vocal talents in the region, performs regularly to sold-out musical events at L’Auberge Chez François.  He is a featured entertainer at the White House and National Opera and performs regularly with the Capital Steps.Joining Prince will be Mike Ault, who has been playing solo guitar for 25 years in the nation’s capital at weddings, events, and cocktail hours. He studied guitar at NVCC with National Theater guitarist Bill Biesecker and played with the award winning  band Free Spirit.A L’Auberge favorite performer, Efi Tovia, began his career at age six, playing classical piano. Efi was a member of the Israeli Air Force Band, and has played regular gigs in New York, L.A., and Florida, now calling Washington D.C. his home.Why not spend a Friday night, listening to this dynamic trio, performing all your favorite Motown, R & B and 70’s tunes, while enjoying Chef Jacques’ four course menu and wine pairings, of course!  See you there!
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 “Printemps” Spring Wine Festival and Luncheon
 
Please join us on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 for our ever popular “Printemps” Spring Wine Festival and Luncheon.  Sample 12 delectable wines from the Loire and Rhone Valleys in France, Piemonte and Veneto in Italy, Oregon, California, Spain and Greece.  Arrive anytime between 11:30 and 1:00pm for a walk-around tasting of these fine wines paired with Chef Jacques’ seasonal canapes.  Our Sommeliers will be on hand to guide you through the tasting and answer any questions on these wines.  Following the tasting, sit down and enjoy a complete luncheon of your choice from our four course menu, paired with yet, mais oui, bien sur, another glass of delectable wine!  Merci beaucoup and see you there!  Hello Spring! 
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Musical Brunch featuring Mike Nelson performing Smooth Jazz Guitar
 
Please join us on Sunday, April 7th, at 11:00 AM as we welcome the very talented guitarist and singer, Mike Nelson.  Mike has over 20 years experience in the music industry and has played up and down the East Coast, Europe, Dubai and Australia. He has  toured extensively with Earth, Wind and Fire, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, and Commodores, to name a few!A Musical Event not to be missed, paired with a delectable brunch menu makes for a wonderful way to spend your Sunday with us!  Merci beaucoup!
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Chef Jacques’ Table featuring Vins d’Alsace Schoenheitz Dinner
 
Schoenheitz…a name whose Alsatian meaning is related to “beauty” and “a taste for good things”.  When history and nature join forces the only path to follow is that of EXCELLENCE.  Please join us Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 at 7:00 PM as we welcome Adrien Schoenheitz of Schoenheitz Winery, who will be presenting his family’s wines from the Munster Valley (famous for its cheese) in Alsace. Adrien studied viticulture and oenology in Alsace and has worked in other parts of France including Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia.The Shoenheitz family arrived in Alsace from Austria after the Thirty Years’ War in the 17th century, starting a wine business in the village of Wihr-au-Val in 1812. Most of the vineyards around the village were destroyed during the First World War, and the village itself was levelled during the Second World War. Adrian’s grandfather started replanting vines in the 1960s, and with Adrian’s parents, established the winery in 1980.The wines of Schoenheitz have only become available in Virginia in the last year, and we are pleased to be able to showcase them, with a delectable menu Chef Jacques designed to complement their qualities.

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Tom Kitchen and The Tritone Jazz Trio Music and Cuisine Dinner
 
Please join Chef Jacques and the L’Auberge Chez François team on Friday, April 12th, 2019 at 7:00 PM as we continue our popular Music and Cuisine series. This evening, we will be featuring music by Thomas Kitchen and The Tritone Jazz Trio, with Peter Runk and Zack Williams.Thomas Kitchen is a classical-trained jazz guitarist who plays a wide range of musical styles and performs regularly in and around the metropolitan area. The Tritone Jazz Trio grew out of a longstanding jazz performance in Silver Spring, MD, where keyboard player Peter Runk, bassist Walter Heber, and guitarist Thomas Kitchen met. Since that time, the Trio has played in a variety of performances together throughout the DC metropolitan area.Start the musical evening off with a Sparkling Riesling, and Chef Jacques’ seasonal canapes while tapping your foot to the Tom Kitchen Tritone Jazz Trio!
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A Spring Fling Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon
 
Please join us on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at 11:00 AM as we say goodbye to winter and hello to spring with our Spring Fling Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon. Chef Jacques will demonstrate how to use fresh, spring ingredients to prepare a delicious meal that celebrates the season. You’ll sip on Crémant Rose while you learn the secrets to making Maine Diver Scallops with Chef’s Garden Sorrel, Medallions of Veal with seasonal morel mushrooms, and other dishes that showcase the bounty of the spring season. The demonstration is followed by a four-course luncheon with wine pairings, to make for the perfect celebratory springtime afternoon.
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Musical Brunch featuring the Romantic Sounds of Classical Guitarist Alexander Barnett 
 
A British journalist coined the word “brunch” in 1895, describing it as a Sunday repast for Saturday night carousers. Please join Chef Jacques and the team at L’Auberge Chez François on Sunday, April 14th at 11:00 AM as we host our popular musical brunch featuring the music of classical guitarist Alexander Barnett.Alex is a Baltimore native who has quickly become a L’Auberge Chez François regular musician with sold-out events. His music style varies from the Romantic, Classical, and Renaissance eras. We look forward to having Alex return to entertain our guests with his jazz and classical guitar performance.Chef Jacques has created a special brunch menu, including our brunch favorite, Creekstone Farms Filet Mignon and Organic eggs or the choice of a delicious Avocado Brioche Toast and Eggs Benedict.  Oh yes, bien sûr, we’ll have plenty of brunch cocktails, including Crémant d’Alsace, Bloody Marys and mimosas. We hope you will spend a Sunday afternoon with us here in beautiful Great Falls, VA.
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Chef Jacques’ Table featuring the Wines of Freemark Abbey  Dinner with Special Guest Barry Dodds
 
Experience the pioneering legacy that has made Freemark Abbey one of the most sought after wines in Napa Valley at an exclusive Chef Jacques’ Table on Thursday April 18th, 2019 at 7:00 PM with special guest speaker Barry Dodds, Napa Valley Historian and Freemark Abbey Ambassador. Freemark Abbey’s winemaking legacy dates to 1886 when Josephine Tychson built the stone building that still serves as the winery’s home today. Over the last century-and-a-half, Freemark Abbey has pioneered the California wine industry and become a beacon of enduring quality and tradition. Timeless, trusted, and authentic – Freemark Abbey’s steadfast spirit and pedigreed approach to winemaking result in elegant, refined wines, crafted to withstand the test of time.  A trailblazer of Napa Valley winemaking, Freemark Abbey continues to evolve with their inward commitment to crafting classic Napa Valley wines of superior pedigree and quality. To accompany the delectable wines, Chef Jacques and his team has paired a menu with Freemark Abbey with the varietals of this classic Napa Vineyard for an unforgettable evening of wine and cuisine Vive La France and Vive Freemark Abbey!    
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An Evening at Broadway Music et Cuisine Dinner featuring Larry Friedman with Special Guest Gay Willis
We are thrilled to invite you to join us on Friday, April 19th, 2019 at 7:00 PM for a “Grand Night on Broadway” Musical Showcase Soirée at L’Auberge Chez François. We welcome back, with previous completely sold out performances, the extremely talented Larry Friedman – Tenor and Gay Willis – Soprano, performing your favorite selections from Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Godspell and more.Larry Friedman is a native Washingtonian with extensive experience in live theater, film and television. As a youth, he appeared as Fritz in The Nutcracker Suite and as a member of Young Columbian’s, he performed in prestigious locations, including The White House, Wolf Trap and The Kennedy Center. His stage credits comprise leading roles in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and as Pippin in Pippin.The incomparable Gay Willis, an award-winning soprano, has starred in Broadway’s Showboat, The Phantom of the Opera, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman and on PBS’s From Galway to Broadway.  She has performed to sold out houses all over the world and has been universally heralded by critics: “As Christine in the Phantom of the Opera, Willis’ voice has an almost ethereal quality…transporting the audience to unexpected heights emotionally as well as vocally.”Chef Jacques and his team are thrilled to host these talented artists for our continuing music and cuisine series, with a delectable five course menu and our sommelier-selected wines. Truly another Musical Night on Broadway in Great Falls not to be missed!
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April in Paris Musique et Cuisine Dinner featuring The Nancy Scimone Duo
We are happy to continue the Musique et Cuisine series at L’Auberge Chez François on Friday, April 26th, 2019 at 7:00 PM when we welcome Nancy Scimone and Wade Beach featuring an  “April in Paris” performance.Vocalist Nancy Scimone and Pianist Wade Beach will entertain and delight you with romantic and glamorous 1940s American classics, favorite French chansons, and beloved Broadway tunes.Nancy Scimone’s “winsome elegance” (The Washington Post) paired with the artistry of master jazz pianist Wade Beach promise a memorable and festive evening at L’Auberge Chez Francois.  Prepare to be enchanted!We hope you will be able to join us for this special “April in Paris” performance while dining on Chef Jacques’ special four-course Parisian-inspired menu and French wines selected by our sommeliers. “Vive la France”!
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An Opera Musical Brunch featuring Mesa Soprano Angela Knight
We are honored to welcome Angela Knight on Sunday, April 28th, 2019 at 11:00 AM.  Ms. Knight is an international performing soprano in her 15th season with the Washington National Opera where she performs regularly and has sung in over 300 performances. Recent roles include “Idomeno” – The Cretan Woman, “The Crucible” – Betty Paris, “Le Nozze Di Figaro” – Barbarina, and Second Lady in “Sly” for U.S. and Japanese audiences.With numerous awards, Angela has been featured as a guest artist to represent the Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center’s season opening, and has had solo appearances at the U.S. Capitol, The Lincoln Memorial, The Shakespeare Theater and The Sylvan Theatre in Washington D.C.  She was chosen to sing the National Anthem for President George W. Bush at a National Republican fundraiser in Washington D.C. and has sung the National Anthem numerous times for the Washington Redskins and Washington Nationals.Chef Jacques and his team are thrilled to host Angela Knight for our continuing music and cuisine series and musical brunches, with a delectable three course brunch menu complete with our brunch cocktails. Truly another musical day on “Opera in Great Falls” not to be missed!
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Team Member of the Month
 
This month we honor Salvador Hernandez, who joined L’Auberge Chez François in October 2015. Salvador can be seen assisting our guests, whether outside directing car parking, or in the main dining room bringing our bread selections to the tables, refilling waters and helping clear settings.  Salvador also helps deliver seamless service to diners at Jacques’ Brasserie, running food from the kitchen down to the Brasserie. We can always count on Salvador to help his coworkers, and on his flexibility in getting the “job” done right.  We want to thank Salvador for doing such a great job and for all his hard work.
 
 
 
Monsieur François Competition
 
Congratulations to Jacqueline F. of Arlington, Virginia for winning the February Monsieur François’ Profile Embellishment Competition. Jacqueline will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François. Great Job Jacqueline!
 
 
 

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Best Culinary Wishes,
Chef Jacques

 
 
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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

 
 
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