July 2017 Newsletter

Greetings from Chef Jacques
Summer is well under way and we’re feeling the heat! This year our organic, on-site gardens have been expanded so that we can add even more fresh vegetables and herbs to your plate. You are always invited to take a stroll through the gardens to see first hand the fruits of our labor. We could not do this without our gardener Stephanie’s expertise and her team’s hard work.

Practically every vegetable you will be eating this season will be grown in our gardens (or supplied by local farmers). We are now serving everyone’s summer favorites featuring tomatoes: house-made Garden Bloody Marys and homegrown tomato salad with basil vinaigrette maison. On the horizon is cucumbers, squash, zucchini, haricots verts, lettuces, herbs, and peppers including shishito peppers, which are new for us this year. 

In the month of August, we will showcase our gardens’ bounty by pairing it with new wines, places, and special events. Travel to Groth Vineyards in Napa Valley, take a journey to Austria, sit outside on the terrace at our garden brunch, and watch Chef Jacques’ cooking demonstration while imbibing on local craft beer from Lost Rhino. We hope to see you soon!

Stay cool,
Chef Jacques, Paul, and the team at L’Auberge Chez François 

Chef Jacques’ Table featuring Groth Vineyards & Winery
Please join Chef Jacques and special guest Scott Pyles of Groth Vineyards & Winery from the Napa Valley on Tuesday, August 8th at 6:30pm. The vineyard was founded in 1982 with the aim of making great cabernet sauvignon. According to Mercury News “it didn’t take long before the winery was catapulted into prominence: the winery’s 1985 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon became the first California wine to receive 100 points from influential critic Robert M. Parker Jr. The reserve cab was so much in demand that for the next several years, people lined up at the winery to buy it when the new vintage was released”. Groth Vineyards & Winery has been long synonymous with exceptional Napa wines, and we are thrilled to welcome them to L’Auberge Chez François.
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Summer Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon with Anton Bauer Austrian Wines
Please join Chef Jacques Haeringer and Klaus Wittauer, former sommelier of L’Auberge Chez François, on Saturday, August 12th at 11:00am for our Summer Splendor Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon. The afternoon will feature the fine wines of Anton Bauer whom was recently named “Austrian Vintner of the Year and Winemaker of the Year”. To start the day, you will sip on Rosé wine while Chef Jacques presents his cooking demonstration. As a special treat, Klaus will join in and show us how to prepare Salzburger Nockerl, an Austrian sweet dessert soufflé. After the demonstration, retreat to the Garden Room where you will enjoy a luncheon paired with five Anton Bauer wines. We hope you take a trip to Austria with us.
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A Musical Rosé Garden Brunch featuring Classical Guitarist Alexander Barnett
Continue your summer celebration on Sunday, August 20th at 11:00am for A Musical Rosé Garden Brunch featuring the music of guitarist Alexander Barnett. We will be dining outside on our terrace (weather permitting) while Alex plays his collection of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Alex has performed at L’Auberge Chez François for numerous sold-out occasions and has quickly become a guest favorite. For this event, Chef Jacques has created a special menu and, bien sûr, brunch cocktails featuring crisp Provence Rosé wine and our house-made Garden Bloody Marys created with tomatoes from our own gardens. Summer never looked so good!
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Craft Beer Cooking Demonstration & Luncheon with Lost Rhino Brewing Company
Please join us on Saturday, August 26th at 11:00am as we host Lost Rhino Brewing Company for our summer craft beer cooking demonstration and luncheon featuring award-winning, innovative, and locally sourced brews. The brewmaster and founder of Lost Rhino Brewing Company will be on hand to speak about history and the beer pairings. Chef Jacques will pair a custom, multi-course menu with a selection of five of Lost Rhino’s seasonal brews, including light and refreshing summer options and exclusive brews from the Genius Loci series. Many of these drinks are one-offs, limited runs that are barrel aged and rare, so you will not want to miss this event.
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Team Member of the Month
Egardo Ruano began working at L’Auberge Chez François in June 2005. He is a prep cook who works at the salad and dessert stations. That amazing cottage cheese (Bibeleskäs) spread we have? Most likely made by Ruano. The tomato and basil salad you love? Yes, you got it! He is one of our most valued employees because of his strong work ethic, willingness to help, and can-do attitude. Thank you, Ruano, for your twelve years of outstanding service.
Monsieur François Competition
Congratulations to Emily M. of Richmond, Virginia for winning the June Monsieur François Profile Embellishment art contest. Emily will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François.

Be sure to follow L’Auberge Chez François on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for behind the scenes photos, specials, and more.

Best Culinary Wishes,
Chef Jacques


L’Auberge Chez François
332 Springvale Rd Great Falls, VA 22066

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