January 2019 Newsletter

Greetings from Chef Jacques and Paul
Roses smell fine,
Candy tastes sweet,
But a romantic repast
Is a much better treat!

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, ambience, 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 romantic
restaurant in the DC Metro area and Top 100 Restaurants in America by
Open Table Diners and USA Today for Romance.

To continue to share and expand these romantic experiences with you,
we’re hosting many unique “romance themed”  events
that will help you celebrate that special someone in your life. On the
menu will be Champagne and Wine(but of course), Aphrodisiacs,
Truffles, Chocolate and of course, passion itself.

Come enjoy a delicious meal and a little romance at our slice of France,
right here in Great Falls, Virginia.

Happy Valentine’s Day and Bon Appetit!

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

A Tour of Spain Wine Dinner
Please join us Friday, February 1st at 7:00 PM, for a Tour of Spain wine dinner. From Catalonia in the east to Valdeorras and Ribeira Sacra in the west, by way of Calatayud and Castilla y León, we shall try an assortment of wines representing the range of grape varieties and styles that make up Spanish wine. Mark Luna of Roanoke Wine Company will be on hand to guide the tour, and Chef Jacques has fashioned a tasting menu to best elicit the qualities of the wines.
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A Romantic Winter Musical Brunch featuring Alexander Barnett
Kick-Start your February off by joining us on Sunday February 3rd, 2019 at 11:00 AM for a lovely Sunday Musical Brunch at L’Auberge Chez François.  Local Guitarist and Composer, Alex Barnett, (just back from a whirlwind tour of Brazil), will be performing a wide range of musical  selections from classical and modern to jazz.   Feast on Chef Jacques’ scrumptious four course Brunch menu, paired with tasty brunch cocktails, while Alex provides his romance acoustical music.  Start your February off at L’Auberge Chez Francois and end your weekend on a high note!


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Carnivore Lovers’ Valentine’s Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon
Cupid is planning early at L’Auberge Chez François, and we are following his romantic lead!  Please join Chef Jacques on Friday, February 8th, 2019 at 11:00 AM for his ever popular and always sold-out Carnivore Lovers’ Valentine’s Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon.Preparing a repast for your special someone is an act of love and Chef Jacques will show you how to prepare a fabulous meal for that special person. The romantic menu features our Gruyère Cheese, Bacon and Virginia Ham Quiche Lorraine, Classic Beef Wellington with Foie Gras and Truffle Sauce, and a certain aphrodisiac – a decadent Valrhona Chocolate Truffle Soufflé. Did we mention bubbles? Oh la la! Love really does begin in the kitchen!
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Seafood Lovers’ Valentine’s Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon
The pleasures of the table, fine food and wine are an essential part of a passionate life. Please join us on Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at 11:00 AM for Chef Jacques’ Seafood Lovers Valentine’s Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon. Raymond Oliver, author of Gastronomy of France said, “The reason that bouillabaisse has a world reputation is because it is an aphrodisiac”. My Papa’s classic bouillabaisse features shellfish and julienned vegetables.Our main course includes a delectable dish of black truffled Maine lobster, surrounded by a lobster cognac bisque. Our “piece de la résistance” for dessert lovers – a white and dark chocolate symphony mousse cake. Romantic celebrations are a tradition at L’Auberge Chez François, and what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
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A  “Not to be Missed”  Broadway Musical Lovers Showcase Brunch
we are thrilled and honored to invite you to join us Sunday February 10th, 2019 at 10:30 AM (Change in time) for “ A Grand Sunday Broadway Musical Showcase Brunch” at L’Auberge Chez François. This amazing brunch will feature the world class-international singers and music of Prince Havely – Tenor, Larry Friedman – Tenor, Gay Willis – Soprano, performing selections from Phantom of the Opera, The Music Man, Cats, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Miserables. 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.Larry Friedman is a native Washingtonian with extensive experience in live theater, film and television, he performed in prestigious locations, including The White House.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. Chef Jacques and his team are thrilled to host these talented artists for our continuing musical brunches series, with a delectable four course brunch menu complete with our brunch cocktails. Truly a musical day on Broadway in Great Falls not to be missed!
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A Valentine’s Weekend Musical Dinner and Romantic Soirée
Please join us as we continue our Romantic events this month at L’Auberge Chez Francois with a very special “Valentine’s Day Weekend Musical Dinner and Romantic Soirée” on Sunday, February 17th, 2019 at 6:00 PM.For all the romantics at heart, returning to L’Auberge Chez François to dazzle and entertain you will be the dynamic duo of Prince Havely and Efi Tovia.  One of the most recognized talents in the region and it’s no secret why!This Sunday evening, Prince and Efi will be performing all your favorite love songs and music from broadways hit musicals.  Think Harold Arlen (The Wizard of Oz & Over the Rainbow) Cole Porter (Anything Goes, Kiss me Kate) Rodgers & Hart (Blue Moon, Wait till you see her) George Gershwin (Porgey and Bess, Someone to Watch Over Me) and more!  Prince and Efi will gladly take all personal requests for your favorite tunes.To round out this musical romantic evening, dine on a delectable menu created by Chef Jacques’ served with sommelier-selected wine pairings while you are entertained by this lively duo.  You won’t want to miss this one of a kind event!  We love romance at L’Auberge Chez François!
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Valentine’s Wine Festival and Luncheon
Our popular Wine Festival and Luncheon returns as we continue the month of romance on Saturday, February 23rd , 2019. Please join us as we sample twelve wines from Spain, California, Austria, New Zealand, and 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.
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A Mid-Winter Romantic Musical Brunch featuring Jarrett Laskey
Please join us Sunday February 24th, 2019 at 11:00 AM for a delightful Mid-Winter Brunch featuring the romantic music of guitarist Jarrett Laskey. Back by popular demand, 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 Washington D.C. area on Wedding Wire and The Knot.Chef Jacques has created a very special Sunday brunch menu for the day including some French Classics like Croque Madame, Oeufs En Meurette and, bien sûr, sparkling Crémant d’Alsace, Mimosas and our seasonal hot mulled wine.  Why not spend your Sunday with us?  Mid-Winter never looked, sounded or tasted so good!
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Team Member of the Month
This month we honor Alex Bardsley, who joined L’Auberge Chez François in 2013, with diplomas from the International Sommelier Guild and the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.  Alex, with his many years of experience in hospitality, performs a wide range of duties in the cellar and office as well as the dining rooms, to strengthen our beverage program and make our guests’ dining experience more pleasurable and more memorable.  “Curiosity”, Alex says, is the key to success in wine. It’s what makes you always want to open a new bottle or a new book, to visit a new winery or region, to keep learning.  Then, understanding hospitality, how to use what you’ve learned to enhance our guests’ experience, is what makes it all work.”  We thank Alex for his many years of service!
Monsieur François Competition
Congratulations to Alison H. of Arlington, Virginia for winning the December Monsieur François’ Profile Embellishment Competition. Alison will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François. Great Job Alison!
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Best Culinary Wishes,
Chef Jacques

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