May 2017 Newsletter

Greetings from Chef Jacques
This month we are celebrating Father’s Day and all the dads out there. We have a full line-up of special events, including my Father’s Day Cooking Demonstration on June 17, and our first-ever Full Moon Party on June 9, that promises to be an exciting night of fun in our beautiful gardens.

My brother Paul and I want to toast the fathers and raise a glass to our Papa Franҫois. Everyone thought dad was crazy when he moved his restaurant from Washington D.C. to the “country” forty-one years ago. He was a pioneer and, if I may say so, a brilliant restaurateur who cared deeply about his customers. We’re happy to continue the traditions he started all of those years ago and happy that so many of you will be celebrating your own fathers with us this month at L’Auberge Chez Franҫois and Jacques’ Brasserie. See you soon. 

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

L’Auberge Chez Franҫois’ Full Moon Garden Party
Please join Chef Jacques and the team at L’Auberge Chez Franҫois on Friday, June 9 at 7:00pm for our first full moon fête! The party begins with a celebratory reception on our outdoor terrace (weather permitting).  Sip a glass of bubbly or an herb-infused cocktail and dine on seasonal canapés as we toast the moon’s fire, abundance, power and vitality. Then, we will retreat to our lovely dining room and feast on Chef Jacques’ garden-to-table inspired repast, paired with wines selected by our head sommelier. Those intrepid enough can join Chef Jacques in the kitchen gardens to conclude the evening by howling at the moon, the chef’s tradition to ensure an excellent harvest of vegetables and herbs throughout the season.

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Musical Brunch featuring Guitarist Jarrett Laskey
Back by popular demand, acclaimed guitarist Jarrett Laskey is once again performing at a Musical Brunch at L’Auberge Chez Franҫois on Sunday, June 11 at 11:00am. 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 WeddingWire and The Knot. Before earning a BFA in Music Performance at Carnegie Mellon University, Jarrett was studying privately with local VA university professors Larry Snitzler, and Berta Rojas, and participating in Master classes with esteemed musicians Jesus Silva, Angel Romero, and Pepe Romero, to fine-tune his quality sound.
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Château de Beaucastel and Famille Perrin Sommelier Series Wine Dinner
Please join us on Thursday, June 15 at 6:30pm as we team up with Famille Perrin, the leading organic wine grower of the Southern Rhone Valley, and Olivier Lotterie, of Vineyard Brands, for an exclusive pairing dinner at L’Auberge Chez François. Château de Beaucastel produces what most people acknowledge to be the finest wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, including the rare white “Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc” paired with our first course.  The Perrin family has been an integral fixture of the region for well over 100 years. Today, the third and fourth generations of Perrins-François, Jean-Pierre and Jean-Pierre’s sons Pierre, Marc and Thomas, continue in the tradition of their father and grandfather.
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Let the Grilling Begin – Father’s Day Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon
Please join Chef Jacques Haeringer on Saturday, June 17 at 11:00am as we celebrate and honor dads everywhere at our Father’s Day cooking demonstration and luncheon. Chef Jacques’ favorite pastime is grilling and he’ll share his secrets to making a decadent meal outdoors on the grill. The afternoon’s sure-to-please menu includes Grilled Carolina Shrimp and Charred Baby Vegetables, Grilled Bavette Steak and Potatoes, then rounded out with a delectable Rhubarb Crème Brûlée, including three specially paired wines selected by Paul Haeringer. The afternoon promises to be a truly a great way to celebrate Father’s Day. We hope you will bring the patriarch in your life to grill and chill at this event.
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Wine Festival and Luncheon
Our ever-popular Wine Festival, Tasting and Luncheon will take place on Saturday, June 24. Please join us as we sample twelve wines from Australia, Slovenia, Italy, Washington, and of course, France. Arrive anytime between 11:30am and 1:00pm 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 tasting and answer questions. Following the tasting, sit down and enjoy a complete luncheon of your choice from our four-course menu, paired with yet another glass of wine. All wines sampled will be available for purchase at a discount price for our customers. 
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Sommelier Series Wine Dinner featuring Matthiasson Vineyards
Please join us on Thursday, June 29  at 6:30pm for a special dinner featuring the wines of Steve and Jill Matthiasson. The Matthiassons are farmers who raise a diversity of crops including fruit trees and olives, not to mention chickens, in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Steve has become one of Napa’s top viticultural consultants, working with clients that include Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Araujo Estate, Spottswoode and Hall. The Matthiassons make terrific, elegant Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, but are also know for championing less well-known varietals such as Ribolla Gialla. 
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Romantic Rhine River Cruise
JUST RELEASED! Limited final number of cabins available for Chef Jacques Haeringer’s Romantic Rhine 2017 Fall River Cruise. Imagine cruising the Rhine, dining, sipping wine, dancing, and enjoying old friends and new in a most relaxing environment aboard the beautiful MS Inspire…how much better can life get? Passengers joining Chef Jacques’ tour will enjoy and discover the heritage and beauty of the River Rhine on our 7-night river cruise from Amsterdam to Basel aboard one of Tauck’s intimate riverboats, while visiting the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Alsace & Strasbourg; Jacques’ family hometown in France. 
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Team Member of the Month
Jose “Elias” Rodriquez began working at L’Auberge Chez François in June 2005 as a line cook. Over the past twelve years, Elias has proven to be a dedicated team member. He knows how to prepare an array of cuisines, so his expertise transfers over into our restaurant’s dishes to bring new and brighter flavors to our traditional dishes. All of Elias’s peers agree that he is extremely easy to work with and creates a fun work environment. There is rarely a time that Elias is not smiling or laughing. This, in turn, motivates everyone and work is fun. Thank you, Elias, we look forward to many more years of working with you on the line!


Monsieur François Competition
Congratulations to Nina B. of Arlington, Virginia for winning the April Monsieur François Profile Embellishment art contest. Nina 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

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