July 2018 Newsletter

Greetings from Chef Jacques and Paul
July has been full of celebrations!  We celebrated the Fourth of July with our family and
friends, which was closely followed with a special event featuring Wolf Trap Opera Filene Young Artists dinner- all gearing up for our Bastille Day weekend full of festivities!  Our Bastille Day Cooking Demo and luncheon with our very special guest Napoleon (Neil Ruane, export director, Boissett Wines) began the day, followed by our fifth annual  Waiters’ Race around our gardens.  We had thirteen runners this year, and it was quite the race, with a “photo finish” for  Edwin, Zach  and Jose.  Edwin was awarded the coveted trophy and honor of first  place winner.We ended the weekend with the lovely Lynn Veronneau Duo Bastille Day Brunch, and wrapped up with the amazing FRANCE WORLD CUP WIN!  Allez les bleus!  Congratulations France.  Well done!

July also brings inspiration for “moi” in the kitchen. We have squash, peppers, cucumbers, beans, and (finally) tomatoes coming out of our two on-site gardens. Fresh herbs are also in abundance and I’m prompted to come up with dishes that feature our home-grown produce in the most delicious ways. All of our dishes are garnished with our garden vegetables and herbs in season; and, the best part – whatever we make can be eaten outside, under the stars. We even added a Full Moon Dinner Under the Stars event on July 27th, with a garden-to-table menu!

Undoubtedly, there will be a few brutally hot summer days this month, but a chilled glass of Champagne or one of our draft craft beers with a freshly picked vegetable or tomato salad are a guaranteed antidote to the most withering summer days, especially in our brand new  wine and
beer garden- the perfect happy hour spot under the shade of our giant trees..

August is around the corner, and features five special events  for the hot summer months.  We
continue our musical brunch series, with guitarists Alex Barnett and Jarrett Laskey; a “Chef Jacques’ Gardens to Table” cooking demonstration and luncheon, our monthly wine festival and luncheon, and a new romantic dinner series, named after my romantic cookbook “Two for Tonight”.  Be sure and join in the fun.

Cheers to summer!

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

Summer Musical Garden Brunch on the Terrace featuring Jarrett Laskey
Join us on our beautiful terrace (weather permitting) on Sunday, August 5th at
11:00 AM
 for a musical garden brunch featuring the 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 garden based ingredients and, bien sûr, sparkling Crémant d’Alsace, Mimosas  and our house-made Garden Bloody Marys.  Why not spend your Sunday with us?  Summer never looked,sounded or tasted so good!
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“Two for Tonight” Romantic Soirée
Roses smell fine, candy tastes sweet,
but a romantic repast is a much better treat!Please join Chef Jacques Haeringer on
Friday, August 10th at 7:00 PM as we continue our romantic celebrations at L’Auberge Chez François, 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 selected wines. Cheers to romance, and we hope to see you and your special someone at our “Two For Tonight” soirée.
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Chef Jacques’ Gardens to Table Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon
Please join us on Saturday, August 18th at 11:00 AM and enjoy a special Chef Jacques’ gardens  to your table cooking demonstration and luncheon. Chef Jacques and Stephanie, our lead gardener, are very proud of our
two on-site gardens. They are happy to suggest nutritionally superior food to
make for delightful cuisine at today’s demonstration and luncheon and on all of
our daily offerings. Come celebrate our August Garden Bounty at L’Auberge Chez
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Summer Wine Festival and Luncheon
Our ever popular Wine Festival and Luncheon returns on Saturday, August 25th, 2018. Please join us as we sample twelve wines from Italy, Washington State, Chile, South Africa and of course, France! 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. Following the tasting, sit down and enjoy a complete luncheon of your choice from our four-course menu, plus another glass of wine!  All wines sampled will be available for purchase at a very special price for our guests that day. Merci beaucoup and see you there
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Late Summer Musical Brunch featuring Alexander Barnett
Continue your summer celebration on
Sunday August 26th at 11:00 AM, with a musical 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. Enjoy this late summer brunch while
dining on Chef Jacques’ specially created menu, featuring all the just-picked bounty from our gardens.   Not to be missed, our famous Garden Bloody Marys, Mimosas, or crisp and cool Crémant d’ Alsace. Sundays are made for brunch!
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Team Member of the Month
Victoria Dilg-Prater joined us in May 2013.  In addition to her sommelier responsibilities, Victoria also assists as a manager in the main dining rooms as well as Jacques’ Brasserie. Originally from  Monterey California, Victoria moved east 20 years ago, and besides her special interest in wines (currently working on her 2nd level sommelier certification), she loves to cook, hike and entertain.  Several employees can attest to her good cooking, since Victoria frequently brings in “pot luck” meals for all of us  to enjoy.  We thank Victoria for her years of dedicated service, friendliness and warmth with all of our guests and fellow workers.

Monsieur François Competition

Congratulations to Alexandre A. of Gordonsville, Virginia for winning the June Monsieur François Profile Embellishment Competition. Alexandre will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François.


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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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