May Newsletter

Spring Greetings from Chef Jacques and Paul
The upcoming month promises to be delicious at L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie. 

The gardens are now in full flush. We are serving the salads of the season made exclusively from greens grown right here on the property.  You can’t beat the freshness and flavor of organically grown greens that have traveled only a few yards to reach your plate. Each year we refine the varieties of lettuces and greens that we grow to create the perfect salad. We hope you’ll come in and tell us what you think of this year’s selection of Bibb, arugula, and mesclun lettuces, as well as our spinach and kale. 

To kick off June and the upcoming summer, we are hosting our first Delectable Chocolate and Wine Festival, a journey to our homeland of Alsace and “Classic French Estates”  wine dinners, a very special snappy Sinatra Sunday supper, with Bob MacDonald; our ever-popular summer wine festival and luncheon and  a delightful Sunday sing-along brunch featuring everyone’s favorite music from the Sound of Music with our own Maria and Captain Von Trapp

Yes..they’re back!  From Broadway to our-way, “A Grand Night on Broadway” featuring broadway and international  fine artists Prince, Larry and Gay, performing here again after four sold out shows this past year!  We are also featuring a special salute to all the Dads out there with a Father’s Day Grill Fest Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon.

My brother Paul and I want to toast all the fathers and raise a glass to our Papa François. Everyone thought dad was crazy when he moved his restaurant from Washington D.C. to the “country” forty-three 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 François and Jacques’ Brasserie. 

See you soon! 

Best culinary wishes;
Chef Jacques and Paul Haeringer and the family of  L’Auberge Chez Francois & Jacques’ Brasserie

A Wine Journey to Our Homeland of Alsace:  Sipp Mack Alsatian Wine Dinner
Please join us Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at 7:00 PM for a dinner showcasing the wines of Alsatian producer Sipp Mack, a ninth-generation family winery, currently run by Laura and Jacques Sipp with their daughter, Carolyn. The Sipp Mack winery was created in 1959 following the marriage of two winemaking families, François Sipp from Ribeauvillé and Marie Louise Mack from Hunawihr.  In 1983, following his viticulture and enology studies, business school and work experiences in American wineries for two years, their son, Jacques, returned to Alsace to join the family estate. He brought his wife, Laura, a Californian graduate from the University of California Davis wine program, back with him. Jacques and Laura brought new vision to the vineyard and winery operations. Their desire to make consistently high quality, pure wines that reflect their soils led them to combine Alsatian traditions with modern technology and production methods that protect the environment.  After years certified sustainable farming and integrated pest management, they converted the entire domain to certified organic farming. Sipp Mack’s importer, energetic French wine specialist Franck Agostini, will be on hand to present the wines, and Chef Jacques, of course, has created a menu to accompany the fruits of Alsace.
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L’Auberge Chez François’ Premier Chocolate and Wine Festival Featuring Leslie Hollander of Sugar Up, Sugar!
Did someone say Chocolate and Wine? Savor the world of wine and chocolate on a guided tour made for your taste buds. Please join us Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at 1:00 PM for our first luscious and enlightening Chocolate and Wine Tasting. Pastry Chef and Artisanal Confectioner Leslie Hollander of Sugar Up, Sugar! will be joining our head sommelier, Alex Bardsley, this afternoon to present three flights of wine and truffle pairings. Sugar Up,Sugar! is a small local pastry business originating in Great Falls Virginia. Leslie Hollander is the Pastry Specialist/Owner and known for her creative flavor combinations.  Leslie creates each chocolate from scratch, made from quality ingredients and chef tested recipes. Each wine flight will consist of two wines, and each wine will be paired with two truffles. (6 wines sampled and 6 different truffles). Alex will introduce each wine, and together he and Leslie will discuss how the chocolate confections and the wines play off each other. The tasting will be preceded by a meet reception with hors d’oeuvres and a glass of Crémant d’Alace. Beautiful boxes of Leslie’s delectable assorted truffles and Alex’s wines sampled today will be available for purchase at a very special price.
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A Very Special Musical Sunday Supper Featuring My Way: Bob McDonald Sings Sinatra Classics
Please join us on Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at 5:30 PM for what will be a very special Musical Sunday Supper featuring this talented trio, singing Sinatra Classics, and enjoy a menu filled with of our classical favorites at L’Auberge Chez François. Vocalist Bob McDonald, pianist Tony Nalker and instrumentalist Scott Silbert celebrate the songs and life of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra with an evening of the most memorable songs from the singer’s film and concert performances. An extraordinary fun filled evening, not to be missed!
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Let the Grilling Begin –  Father’s Day Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon
Please join Chef Jacques Haeringer on Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at 11:00 AM as we celebrate and honor dads everywhere at our Father’s Day cooking demonstration and luncheon. One of Chef Jacques’ favorite pastime is grilling and he’ll share his favorite 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 Strawberry Tarte with Housemade Vanilla Ice Cream, including three specially paired wines selected by Paul Haeringer.  The afternoon promises to be a truly great way to celebrate Father’s Day!  Grill forward!

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Rosenthal French Wine Dinner Featuring  “Classic French Estates”
Please join us Friday, June 21st, 2019 at 7:00 PM, for a wine dinner showcasing the delectable “Classic French Estates”  from the Rosenthal collection.  Robert MacFarlane of Potomac Selections, our very respected twenty year plus wine colleague, will be on hand to present these classic wines. Chef Jacques has created a wonderful tasting menu, including Maine Halibut, Seabass, Veal Scaloppini, and everyone’s favorite L’Auberge Chez François’ Grand Marnier Soufflé to complement the “Classic French Estates” this evening.
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Summer is Here Wine Festival and Luncheon
L’Auberge Chez François and Chef Jacques’ invite you to our ever popular Wine Festival and Luncheon on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019, to celebrate the arrival of summer.  We begin the day by sampling twelve different wines featuring wines from some of the world’s most notable viticultural regions, including red hot roses, perfect for your summer soirees. Arrive anytime between 11:30am and 1:00pm for a walk-around tasting of these wines, accompanied by Chef Jacques’ tasty seasonal hors d’oeuvres. 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 wines sampled will be available for purchase at a special discount for our customers. Merci beaucoup and see you there!
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Sing Along Musical Brunch featuring the Music from the “Sound of Music
Chef Jacques’ and the team at L’Auberge Chez François invites you to enjoy a delectable and fun musical Sunday brunch featuring “Maria”  – Laura Van Duzer and “Captain Von Trapp” -Prince Havely and the songs of the Sound of Music on Sunday June 23rd, 2019 at 11:00 AM.   Hum and sing along, of course with everyone’s favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes from their last stage musical, which includes songs from the Austrian countryside—“Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and, of course, the The Sound of Music. Captain Von Trapp, aka Prince Havely, sings with the Washington National Opera, and his regional stage credits include leads in Big River, Miss Saigon and Phantom of the Opera. He has appeared with Capital Steps and as the lead in the Ben Carson Story at Toby’s Dinner Theatre.  Prince has toured with the Gene Donati Orchestra and is a regular featured “sold-out” artist at our musical dinners and brunches at L’Auberge Chez François. Maria, aka Laura Van Duzer, a talented singer-songwriter, performer, pianist, and guitarist will be leading us today on all the fun.  Laura also holds the position of Music Director and Performing Arts Department Chair for the Academy of Holy Cross, in Maryland, and is the former Choral Director for Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School, Arlington, VA, as well as a performer in many dinner theaters and stages in plays and musicals, and lead keyboard and vocals for the Chance Band. The Hills are Alive at L’Auberge Chez François!  Come channel your inner Maria or Captain Von Trapp on June 23rd and enjoy a musical brunch not to be missed in Great Falls!
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An Evening on Broadway Musical Showcase Soirée featuring International and Broadway Veterans

They are BACK! From Broadway, to our way! Following four sold out performances on “our stage” at L’Auberge Chez François, we are thrilled to present to you, on Thursday, June 27th , 2019 at 7:30pm “A Grand Night on Broadway” Musical Showcase Soirée. This very special musical event will feature the talented Prince Havely – Tenor, Larry Friedman – Tenor and Gay Willis – Soprano, performing selections from Phantom of the Opera, The Music Man, Cats, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Miserables. Prince has toured with the Gene Donati Orchestra, performing for congressional dinners, Senators Balls, and Presidential Galas, including those of Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama  Larry Friedman is a native Washingtonian with extensive experience in live theater, film and television. Gay Willis is an award-winning soprano, performing world tours and on Broadway. She is known for her roles as Christine in Phantom of the Opera and as Magnolia in Showboat, along with other shows such as Into the Woods and West Side Story and sold out performances at Carnegie Hall. We are thrilled to host a return of these talented International and Broadway Veterans, who will take us on a celebratory journey of Broadway paired with Chef’s delectable five course menu and our sommelier-selected wines. Wish them a happy birthday this evening as all three celebrate milestone birthdays!  Truly a musical night on Broadway in Great Falls not to be missed!
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Team Member of the Month
This month we honor Sami Hanna who joined L’Auberge Chez François in April of 2014. Sami is one of our very popular servers, going above and beyond to make sure all of our guests have a delightful experience. With an extensive background in the hospitality field, Sami is very good at helping out with our private events and making sure birthdays, weddings, and special occasion celebrations run smoothly. We want to thank Sami for doing such a great job and for all his hard work!

Monsieur François Competition
Congratulations to Anthony D. of Leesburg, Virginia for winning the April Monsieur François’ Profile Embellishment Competition. Anthony will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François. Great Job Anthony! 

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Best Culinary Wishes,
Chef Jacques


L’Auberge Chez François
332 Springvale Rd Great Falls, VA 22066
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332 Springvale Road
Great Falls, VA 22066
P: (703) 759-3800
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