March 2019 Newsletter

Greetings from Chef Jacques and Paul
Spring is finally here!  The L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie team and moi  are looking forward to alfresco dining, sipping chilled beverages in our wine and beer garden, and enjoying the bounty of our two on-site organic gardens.

 I have been happily leafing through the various organic seed catalogs, (remember the old Sears and Roebucks Holiday catalogue?) calculating how much to purchase to ensure a bountiful harvest for our guests. I have several varieties of heirloom tomatoes, green beans, French radishes, spinach, sorrel, squash and the list continues!  We also have six types of lettuces to combine into a special green salad that we will be serving in the spring.  Even with the ground still partially frozen, we’re conditioning the soil with organic compost and coffee grounds in anticipation of spring planting.  I can’t wait to get my hands “dirty”, with our lead gardener, Stephanie, again in the gardens!

We are thrilled to offer you in the month of April a wide variety of Culinary Experiences and Special Events for you and yours to enjoy at L’Auberge Chez François.  From Motown music and cuisine, everyone’s favorite musical brunches, Chef Jacques’ Table with delectable wines and visiting winemakers, a Broadway ‘music and cuisine’ performance, cooking demos and luncheons and a Spring wine festival and luncheon, next month is indeed one of our most action-packed months of the year! Vive le Printemps ! 

Looking forward to seeing you during this wondrous season, in our little slice of French Countryside in Great Falls.


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

Motown and R & B Music et Cuisine Dinner Featuring Prince Havely, Mike Ault and Efi Tovia
Please join us Friday, April 5th, 2019 at 7:00 PM for one of our music et cuisine dinners featuring the tunes of Motown, R&B, and the sounds of the 70’s performed by the popular Prince Havely, Mike Ault and Efi Tovia.Prince, one of the most recognized vocal talents in the region, performs regularly to sold-out musical events at L’Auberge Chez François.  He is a featured entertainer at the White House and National Opera and performs regularly with the Capital Steps.Joining Prince will be Mike Ault, who has been playing solo guitar for 25 years in the nation’s capital at weddings, events, and cocktail hours. He studied guitar at NVCC with National Theater guitarist Bill Biesecker and played with the award winning  band Free Spirit.A L’Auberge favorite performer, Efi Tovia, began his career at age six, playing classical piano. Efi was a member of the Israeli Air Force Band, and has played regular gigs in New York, L.A., and Florida, now calling Washington D.C. his home.Why not spend a Friday night, listening to this dynamic trio, performing all your favorite Motown, R & B and 70’s tunes, while enjoying Chef Jacques’ four course menu and wine pairings, of course!  See you there!
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 “Printemps” Spring Wine Festival and Luncheon
Please join us on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 for our ever popular “Printemps” Spring Wine Festival and Luncheon.  Sample 12 delectable wines from the Loire and Rhone Valleys in France, Piemonte and Veneto in Italy, Oregon, California, Spain and Greece.  Arrive anytime between 11:30 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 on these 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!  Merci beaucoup and see you there!  Hello Spring! 
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Musical Brunch featuring Mike Nelson performing Smooth Jazz Guitar
Please join us on Sunday, April 7th, at 11:00 AM as we welcome the very talented guitarist and singer, Mike Nelson.  Mike has over 20 years experience in the music industry and has played up and down the East Coast, Europe, Dubai and Australia. He has  toured extensively with Earth, Wind and Fire, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, and Commodores, to name a few!A Musical Event not to be missed, paired with a delectable brunch menu makes for a wonderful way to spend your Sunday with us!  Merci beaucoup!
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Chef Jacques’ Table featuring Vins d’Alsace Schoenheitz Dinner
Schoenheitz…a name whose Alsatian meaning is related to “beauty” and “a taste for good things”.  When history and nature join forces the only path to follow is that of EXCELLENCE.  Please join us Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 at 7:00 PM as we welcome Adrien Schoenheitz of Schoenheitz Winery, who will be presenting his family’s wines from the Munster Valley (famous for its cheese) in Alsace. Adrien studied viticulture and oenology in Alsace and has worked in other parts of France including Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia.The Shoenheitz family arrived in Alsace from Austria after the Thirty Years’ War in the 17th century, starting a wine business in the village of Wihr-au-Val in 1812. Most of the vineyards around the village were destroyed during the First World War, and the village itself was levelled during the Second World War. Adrian’s grandfather started replanting vines in the 1960s, and with Adrian’s parents, established the winery in 1980.The wines of Schoenheitz have only become available in Virginia in the last year, and we are pleased to be able to showcase them, with a delectable menu Chef Jacques designed to complement their qualities.

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Tom Kitchen and The Tritone Jazz Trio Music and Cuisine Dinner
Please join Chef Jacques and the L’Auberge Chez François team on Friday, April 12th, 2019 at 7:00 PM as we continue our popular Music and Cuisine series. This evening, we will be featuring music by Thomas Kitchen and The Tritone Jazz Trio, with Peter Runk and Zack Williams.Thomas Kitchen is a classical-trained jazz guitarist who plays a wide range of musical styles and performs regularly in and around the metropolitan area. The Tritone Jazz Trio grew out of a longstanding jazz performance in Silver Spring, MD, where keyboard player Peter Runk, bassist Walter Heber, and guitarist Thomas Kitchen met. Since that time, the Trio has played in a variety of performances together throughout the DC metropolitan area.Start the musical evening off with a Sparkling Riesling, and Chef Jacques’ seasonal canapes while tapping your foot to the Tom Kitchen Tritone Jazz Trio!
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A Spring Fling Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon
Please join us on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at 11:00 AM as we say goodbye to winter and hello to spring with our Spring Fling Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon. Chef Jacques will demonstrate how to use fresh, spring ingredients to prepare a delicious meal that celebrates the season. You’ll sip on Crémant Rose while you learn the secrets to making Maine Diver Scallops with Chef’s Garden Sorrel, Medallions of Veal with seasonal morel mushrooms, and other dishes that showcase the bounty of the spring season. The demonstration is followed by a four-course luncheon with wine pairings, to make for the perfect celebratory springtime afternoon.
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Musical Brunch featuring the Romantic Sounds of Classical Guitarist Alexander Barnett 
A British journalist coined the word “brunch” in 1895, describing it as a Sunday repast for Saturday night carousers. Please join Chef Jacques and the team at L’Auberge Chez François on Sunday, April 14th at 11:00 AM as we host our popular musical brunch featuring the music of classical guitarist Alexander Barnett.Alex is a Baltimore native who has quickly become a L’Auberge Chez François regular musician with sold-out events. His music style varies from the Romantic, Classical, and Renaissance eras. We look forward to having Alex return to entertain our guests with his jazz and classical guitar performance.Chef Jacques has created a special brunch menu, including our brunch favorite, Creekstone Farms Filet Mignon and Organic eggs or the choice of a delicious Avocado Brioche Toast and Eggs Benedict.  Oh yes, bien sûr, we’ll have plenty of brunch cocktails, including Crémant d’Alsace, Bloody Marys and mimosas. We hope you will spend a Sunday afternoon with us here in beautiful Great Falls, VA.
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Chef Jacques’ Table featuring the Wines of Freemark Abbey  Dinner with Special Guest Barry Dodds
Experience the pioneering legacy that has made Freemark Abbey one of the most sought after wines in Napa Valley at an exclusive Chef Jacques’ Table on Thursday April 18th, 2019 at 7:00 PM with special guest speaker Barry Dodds, Napa Valley Historian and Freemark Abbey Ambassador. Freemark Abbey’s winemaking legacy dates to 1886 when Josephine Tychson built the stone building that still serves as the winery’s home today. Over the last century-and-a-half, Freemark Abbey has pioneered the California wine industry and become a beacon of enduring quality and tradition. Timeless, trusted, and authentic – Freemark Abbey’s steadfast spirit and pedigreed approach to winemaking result in elegant, refined wines, crafted to withstand the test of time.  A trailblazer of Napa Valley winemaking, Freemark Abbey continues to evolve with their inward commitment to crafting classic Napa Valley wines of superior pedigree and quality. To accompany the delectable wines, Chef Jacques and his team has paired a menu with Freemark Abbey with the varietals of this classic Napa Vineyard for an unforgettable evening of wine and cuisine Vive La France and Vive Freemark Abbey!    
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An Evening at Broadway Music et Cuisine Dinner featuring Larry Friedman with Special Guest Gay Willis
We are thrilled to invite you to join us on Friday, April 19th, 2019 at 7:00 PM for a “Grand Night on Broadway” Musical Showcase Soirée at L’Auberge Chez François. We welcome back, with previous completely sold out performances, the extremely talented Larry Friedman – Tenor and Gay Willis – Soprano, performing your favorite selections from Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Godspell and more.Larry Friedman is a native Washingtonian with extensive experience in live theater, film and television. As a youth, he appeared as Fritz in The Nutcracker Suite and as a member of Young Columbian’s, he performed in prestigious locations, including The White House, Wolf Trap and The Kennedy Center. His stage credits comprise leading roles in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and as Pippin in Pippin.The incomparable Gay Willis, an award-winning soprano, has starred in Broadway’s Showboat, The Phantom of the Opera, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman and on PBS’s From Galway to Broadway.  She has performed to sold out houses all over the world and has been universally heralded by critics: “As Christine in the Phantom of the Opera, Willis’ voice has an almost ethereal quality…transporting the audience to unexpected heights emotionally as well as vocally.”Chef Jacques and his team are thrilled to host these talented artists for our continuing music and cuisine series, with a delectable five course menu and our sommelier-selected wines. Truly another Musical Night on Broadway in Great Falls not to be missed!
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April in Paris Musique et Cuisine Dinner featuring The Nancy Scimone Duo
We are happy to continue the Musique et Cuisine series at L’Auberge Chez François on Friday, April 26th, 2019 at 7:00 PM when we welcome Nancy Scimone and Wade Beach featuring an  “April in Paris” performance.Vocalist Nancy Scimone and Pianist Wade Beach will entertain and delight you with romantic and glamorous 1940s American classics, favorite French chansons, and beloved Broadway tunes.Nancy Scimone’s “winsome elegance” (The Washington Post) paired with the artistry of master jazz pianist Wade Beach promise a memorable and festive evening at L’Auberge Chez Francois.  Prepare to be enchanted!We hope you will be able to join us for this special “April in Paris” performance while dining on Chef Jacques’ special four-course Parisian-inspired menu and French wines selected by our sommeliers. “Vive la France”!
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An Opera Musical Brunch featuring Mesa Soprano Angela Knight
We are honored to welcome Angela Knight on Sunday, April 28th, 2019 at 11:00 AM.  Ms. Knight is an international performing soprano in her 15th season with the Washington National Opera where she performs regularly and has sung in over 300 performances. Recent roles include “Idomeno” – The Cretan Woman, “The Crucible” – Betty Paris, “Le Nozze Di Figaro” – Barbarina, and Second Lady in “Sly” for U.S. and Japanese audiences.With numerous awards, Angela has been featured as a guest artist to represent the Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center’s season opening, and has had solo appearances at the U.S. Capitol, The Lincoln Memorial, The Shakespeare Theater and The Sylvan Theatre in Washington D.C.  She was chosen to sing the National Anthem for President George W. Bush at a National Republican fundraiser in Washington D.C. and has sung the National Anthem numerous times for the Washington Redskins and Washington Nationals.Chef Jacques and his team are thrilled to host Angela Knight for our continuing music and cuisine series and musical brunches, with a delectable three course brunch menu complete with our brunch cocktails. Truly another musical day on “Opera in Great Falls” not to be missed!
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Team Member of the Month
This month we honor Salvador Hernandez, who joined L’Auberge Chez François in October 2015. Salvador can be seen assisting our guests, whether outside directing car parking, or in the main dining room bringing our bread selections to the tables, refilling waters and helping clear settings.  Salvador also helps deliver seamless service to diners at Jacques’ Brasserie, running food from the kitchen down to the Brasserie. We can always count on Salvador to help his coworkers, and on his flexibility in getting the “job” done right.  We want to thank Salvador for doing such a great job and for all his hard work.
Monsieur François Competition
Congratulations to Jacqueline F. of Arlington, Virginia for winning the February Monsieur François’ Profile Embellishment Competition. Jacqueline will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François. Great Job Jacqueline!

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Best Culinary Wishes,
Chef Jacques


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