June 2016 Newsletter

Greetings from Chef Jacques
We’ve waited long enough – the weather is finally nice enough for outdoor dining on our terraces. You can eat outdoors at LAuberge or downstairs at Jacques’ Brasserie, as long as weather and space permit. Our organic, kitchen gardens are an easy stroll from either terrace, if you’d like to see where the salad greens for the entire restaurant are being grown. You’ll also see that the tomatoes are coming in and we’re just a month away from fresh, tomato salads from the garden. 

We have some very special events this July, including my favorite, our Bastille Day Celebration featuring Louis Latour wines and the famous Waiters’ Race around the grounds; the return of fabulous Wolf Trap Young Filene Opera Singers; Devils Backbone Craft Beer Cooking Demo and Luncheon, Neyers Wine Dinner, and a first with Chef Jacques hosts a visit to Virginia Wineries and Luncheon. An action packed special event month, indeed!    

A quick note of gratitude to our patrons: one Saturday in May we set a record for the busiest night ever at Jacques’ Brasserie. Opening a casual brasserie at the restaurant was a long-held dream of mine that finally came to fruition in 2011. When I opened the Brasserie, I couldn’t have imagined the positive response and popularity that would follow. I’m grateful to all of the regulars who come in and make the brasserie the cozy, bustling place that it is. Watch for our new Brasserie Brunch being launched very soon on both Saturday and Sunday; think Crêpes Suzette, Tarte Flambées, Benedict and a variety of farm fresh and garden herb omelettes! Mais Oui Cheers and merci beaucoup. 

Chef Jacques, Paul, and the team of LAuberge Chez François 

Musique et Cuisine Series featuring Wolf Trap Opera Filene Young Artists
We are honored to host on Sunday, July 10th at 6:30apm the Wolf Trap Opera’s Filene Young Artists’ second performance at our Musique et Cuisine series. We are reminded that Catherine Filene Shouse, Wolf Trap’s visionary founder and gourmand, was a frequent guest who dined with Papa Haeringer at LAuberge almost every Sunday afternoons for many years.Wolf Trap Opera’s Filene Young Artists have performed on some of the country’s premiere operatic stages, including Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera and The Metropolitan Opera. They bring some of the brightest vocal talent to Wolf Trap’s stages every summer, and now, to LAuberge Chez François! They will provide an evening of popular standards, light opera arias, and Broadway tunes, in addition to Chef Jacques’ six-course garden inspired menu paired with three fine Sommelier chosen wine pairings.
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Bastille Day Celebration – La Fête Nationale featuring Maison Louis Latour Wines
What better way to celebrate Bastille Day on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 6:30pm than at LAuberge Chez François with Chef Jacques and team and the highly regarded wines of Maison Louis Latour! In honor of La Fête Nationale, sip Simonnet Febvre Bourgogne Brut Rose or a fresh garden-inspired cocktail. Enjoy our seasonal canapes on the terrace (weather permitting) while cheering on the LAuberge Chez François’ wait staff competing in our very own exciting Bastille Day Waiters’ Race (inspired by the famous footrace in Paris) around the gardens and grounds. Continue the celebration with a six-course menu de degustation created by Chef Jacques in honor of this Bastille Day Celebration. Our menu will feature “just picked” produce directly from our on-site gardens. Charles Ducker, of Maison Louis Latour, will introduce and present these exceptional wines.Vive la France! Viva Maison Louis Latour! Happy Bastille Day – Come celebrate with us! 
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Devils Backbone Craft Beer Cooking Demo and Luncheon
We are excited to announce the first in our series of 2016 Craft Beer Events on Saturday, July 23rd at 11am, Virginia’s own award-winning Devils Backbone Brewing Company on tap to whet your appetite. DBB takes inspiration from the classic brewing traditions of Germany, England, and Belgium as well as from their peers with the craft brewing industry who bring vibrant new flavors and ideas to the world of beer. This special event includes a cooking demonstration with Chef Jacques, followed by a five-course luncheon and craft beer pairings. Aaron Reilly, Senior Brewer at “Basecamp”, and recent GOLD MEDAL winner at the 2016 World Beer Cup with his “Reilly’s Red, will be here to present and discuss Devils Backbone brewery and our beer pairings. Diners will have the opportunity to purchase the beer at a discount.
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LAuberge Chez François Presents Neyers Wine Dinner
 At LAuberge Chez François, the marriage of French and American gustatory experience is central to what we do, so we are pleased to host a wine dinner on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 6:30pm that reflects a similar cultural meeting. Bruce and Barbara Neyers produce some of the most appealing wine in California, with a French sense of balance and place. Please join us as Bruce comes to Great Falls to present some of their finest offerings, including a chardonnay that is rich yet fresh, without oak; a lively Rhône-style blend showing juicy red fruit and herbs; a zinfandel that delivers fully-ripe fruit without high alcohol; a silky, aromatic merlot; and a pure, dense cabernet sauvignon with a whiff of cigar-box that recalls Bordeaux.  We are thrilled to welcome both Bruce and Barbara for this very special dinner.


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Zephaniah Farm Vineyard and 8 Chains North Winery Tour & Luncheon
Please join Chef Jacques on Sunday, July 31st 9:30am for our first in a series of “LAuberge Chez François Goes to the Virginia Wine County” excursions. “Mais oui”, but of course, life is good, sipping and tasting some of the great wines these Virginia vineyards have to offer with Chef Jacques and Victoria on a summer day! The day begins wih coffee and croissants at “The Chez”. We then board our private luxury motor coach  to experience a fun-filled tour of our selected local Virginia vineyards -Zephaniah Farms Vineyard and 8 Chains North Winery. The outing ends with a four-course luncheon of Chef Jacques’ favorites.
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Team Member of the Month
Hassan Oukhiar has been a valued employee for eleven years. He previously worked at Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown for over 24 years. Hassan has worked with many noted celebrities, politicians and royalty. He is one of our long time dining room managers whose eagle eye for small details is noticed and appreciated by our staff and customers alike. You can see Hassan leading most of our special events to the delight of all! Thanks for your leadership and commitment to LAuberge Chez François, Hassan!


Monsieur François Compétition
Congratulations to Chris L. of McLean, Virginia for winning the April Monsieur François’ Profile Embellishment Competition. Chris will receive a $200 gift certificate to LAuberge Chez François.

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Best Culinary Wishes,
Chef Jacques


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

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