May 2014 Newsletter

Celebrating 60 Years
Jacques’ Greetings from the Garden
We’ve already harvested several bushels of spinach from the gardens here at L’Auberge Chez François, and many of the lettuces and greens we planted in early spring are almost ready for picking. After last year’s success at growing our own organic produce here at the restaurant, I’m doubling the size of the gardens once again. The greens and herbs are coming in nicely, and the tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, and peppers will all be planted in the next few weeks. 

My father started our on-site herb garden out of necessity, when he first opened L’Auberge in 1976. Finding very fresh herbs such as tarragon and chervil, standards in French cooking, was not always easy. Dad’s only recourse was to grow these essential ingredients himself. 

This summer almost all the herbs used at the restaurant will come directly from our gardens. We’ll be growing basil, tarragon, rosemary, chervil, mint and shiso to name a few. We’ll be serving them in our summer cocktails, adding them to salads, and of course flavoring our sauces and main dishes with them. Please come by and take a tour of the gardens and enjoy an herbaceous cocktail on the terrace. Summer is just around the corner, and at L’Auberge Chez François it is going to be absolutely delicious. 

Mas de Daumas Gassac 
Wine Dinner
Join us on Wednesday, May 7, at 6:30PM for a special evening of tasting wine from Mas de Daumas Gassac, a French wine producer from the noted Languedoc region. Virgile Rousseau, from Mas de Daumas Gassac, will talk about the wines you will be tasting and answer any questions about their terroir and production. Each wine will be paired with a course created by Chef Jacques. The evening’s menu includes a Rockfish Timbale with Crabmeat and a Bavette of Beef with Bordelaise Sauce. 
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Farm to Table Dinners
In celebration of our 60th Anniversary, we are launching a special Farm to Table Dinner series. The first dinner will be Monday, June 16, at 6:30PM and will feature music throughout the evening by the Lena Seikaly Trio. This monthly event, during our garden harvest season, will take place on our beautiful outdoor terrace, weather permitting, and will feature a five-course menu created by Chef Jacques using produce from our garden and paired with exceptional wines. Reserve now for June!
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2015 Rhône River Cruise
Chef Jacques is leading a special group of gourmands on a river cruise through the Rhône Valley. A Taste of France seven-night cruise begins September 22, 2015, and Chef Jacques will be aboard to host special events and wine tastings. The trip offers a private dinner for Chef Jacques’ group at a famed brasserie in Paris before we set sail on the MS Swiss Emerald. 
Cruise Information
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
If you’re looking for the perfect present for Mother’s Day, might I suggest tickets to a wine dinner, cooking demonstration or a summertime Farm to Table dinner?
Our handmade Chocolate Truffles are always sure to please! Cookbooks, DVD sets, and gift certificates are also available for purchase online and at the restaurant.  
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Jac & Co Duet
Join us on Wednesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 22 as we welcome French composer, accordionist Jacques Pellarin with his lifelong muse, singer Corinne Pellarin, as they provide music for your dining enjoyment. With just voice and accordion, Jac & Co captivate audiences and transport them to the sounds of Parisian cafés and the French countryside.
Recipe of the Month
A perfect way to showcase the herbs we’re growing in our gardens is this simple but delicious dish of Shrimp with Garlic & Herb Butter. If you’re growing herbs of your own or simply want to experiment with other flavors, you can add 1 tablespoon of almost any chopped, fresh herb to the butter.   
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Wine of the Month
A perfect wine pairing for this month’s recipe, Shrimp with Garlic & Herb Butter, is the 2011 Saxon Brown Cricket Creek Semillon. Grown in Alexander Valley in Sonoma County, this charming white wine offers delicate aromas of pear and white blossom, smooth texture, and flavors of lemon and fig. The next time you join us at L’Auberge Chez François or Jacques’ Brasserie, feel free to ask our sommelier about this wine or any of the many wines on our list. 
Saxon Brown
Weddings at L’Auberge
Every summer and fall we host weddings in our beautiful gardens. Voted Most Romantic Restaurant year after year by Washingtonian Magazine, Open Table and Northern Virginia Magazine, L’Auberge promises a perfect setting for your ceremony. Our events coordinator can assist with all aspects of planning and coordinating your cherished wedding celebration.  
Wedding Information



Monsieur François Compétition
I want to congratulate Armand C. of Warrenton, VA for winning the April Monsieur François’ Profile Embellishment Competition. Armand will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François.

Three new episodes of Two for Tonight are posted on Chef Jacques’ TV on our website’s homepage. Lover’s Feast, Love in the Afternoon and Anniversary Celebration are up and ready for viewing. Follow along as I demonstrate how you can cook up a little romance by preparing the recipes for that special someone.

Be sure to follow L’Auberge Chez François on Facebook and Twitter to get updates on our nightly specials, events and recipes!

To all the Moms out there, we hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day. We couldn’t have done it without you. Happy Mother’s Day!

Best Culinary Wishes,

Chef Jacques


L’Auberge Chez François
332 Springvale Rd Great Falls, VA 22066
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