May 2016 Newsletter

Greetings from Chef Jacques
April was a special month for us since we celebrated L’Auberge Chez François’ 40th anniversary. I want to thank everyone who came to one of our special anniversary events in April. It was wonderful for me to see so many of our long-time patrons and friends. We were especially honored to have a few guests attend our anniversary celebration who also dined with us on our very first night in April of 1976.

Almost all the herbs used at the restaurant will come directly from our gardens. We’ll be growing basil, chervil, shiso, thyme and mint, to name a few. I’ll be adding our fresh herbs to salads and, of course, flavoring our sauces and main dishes with them. And, I’ll be faced with the very exciting task of working with our head sommelier to come up with ways to use our fresh herbs in our signature cocktails. Please come by to take a tour of the gardens and enjoy an herbaceous cocktail on the terrace.  

Don’t forget the gift of good food and wine for birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries. We have a full calendar of cooking demonstrations and wine dinners scheduled for this spring and summer. 

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

“Homage to Catalonia” Wine Dinner
Please join us on Thursday, June 2nd at 6:30pm for the second in our series of wine dinners focusing on importers and their portfolios. When considering a bottle by an unfamiliar producer, the name of a reliable importer on the back label is one of the best clues to the quality of the wine. Since 1990, Eric Solomon’s European Cellars has specialized in wines from southern France and Spain, championing young, innovative winemakers and helping to bring lesser-known regions into the mainstream of the American market. The wines selected for this dinner all come from the region of Catalonia in eastern Spain, near Barcelona.
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Summer Wine Festival and Luncheon
L’Auberge Chez François and Chef Jacques’ invites you to our ever popular Wine Festival and Luncheon on Saturday, June 4th. We begin the day by sampling twelve different wines from France (but of course), California, Italy, Oregon and New Zealand. A walk-around tasting of these wines, accompanied by Chef Jacques’ tasty seasonal hors d’oeuvres, will be from 11:30 – 1:00pm. Following your tasting, sit down and enjoy a complete luncheon of your choice from our four-course menu, paired with yet another glass of vino. All wine sampled will be available for purchase at a special discount for our customers. Merci beaucoup and see you there!
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Musique et Cuisine Series featuring Wolf Trap Opera’s Filene Young Artists
We are honored to include to our Musique et Cuisine series our talented neighbors at Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center and present their Opera’s Filene Young Artists on Friday, June 17th at 7:00pm. They bring some of the brightest vocal talent to Wolf Trap’s stages every summer, and now, to L’Auberge Chez François! You will enjoy an evening of popular standards, light opera, and Broadway tunes; in addition to Chef Jacques’ six-course garden inspired menu paired with three fine wines.
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“A Hat’s Off to Father’s Day” Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon
Come and celebrate Dad on Saturday, June 18th at 11:00am with a lively cooking demonstration and luncheon by Chef Jacques in honor of Father’s Day. A sure to please Dad-inspired menu, complete with Chef Jacques’ new Burger, Spicy Onion Rings, Papa Haeringer’s favorite Alsatian Potato Salad and Cabernet Braised Short Ribs. A great way to celebrate the special guy on a special day!
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The Romantic Rhine with Chef Jacques Haeringer
We are excited to announce the next chapter in river boat cruising with Chef Jacques beginning on September 20, 2017! The voyage will begin in Amsterdam and then travel through the Dutch countryside to Germany. We will end the cruise in Papa’s beloved Alsace. Chef Jacques will host several special events, including a dinner at one of his favorite restaurants in Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace. We hope you will consider sailing with us, for new adventures along the Rhine, mais oui, but of course, with good friends, great meals and sipping vino along the way!
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Team Member of the Month
Baltazar Lopez started working at L’Auberge Chez François on May 3, 1999. He is a daytime sous chef and also assists in checking in the daily produce, seafood and other restaurant inventory. If you’ve ever been to a private party or event with us, chances are Baltazar helped to make the house hors d’oeuvres. We can always count on him to be reliable and pitch in whenever we need it. Thank you, Baltazar, for your years of service and dedication!
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Monsieur François Compétition
Congratulations to Victor B. of Rockville, Maryland for winning the April Monsieur François’ Profile Embellishment Competition. Victor 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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