June 2019 Newsletter

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


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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