October 2019 Newsletter

Greetings from Chef Jacques and Paul
We are très excited for the fall season and the upcoming November and December holidays here at L’Auberge Chez Franҫois – a magical time of the year, indeed!   

As the weather transitions to chilly temperatures, our three fireplaces will be roaring inside to keep you warm, and the firewood will be stocked for Jacques’ Brasserie firepit – a perfect spot to enjoy mulled wine or hot cider and good cheer.    

We are proud to share with you a full lineup of exciting November events, including two musical brunches, a Michael Shaps wine dinner, a delectable chocolate and wine festival, our holiday wine fest and luncheon, and for the first time – a “Hats off to Beaujolais” dinner.  Also, Chef Jacques’ will be presenting his classic Thanksgiving holiday cooking demo and luncheon, with a special emphasis on sauce preparations and roasting techniques.  Last but not least, a holiday Rock and Roll supper with “The Tunematics”, and moi, banging on the drums!   So many November events for everyone to enjoy!   Happy Fall!     

See you soon! 

Best culinary wishes,

Chef Jacques and Paul Haeringer and the family of  L’Auberge Chez François & Jacques’ Brasserie

An Indian Summer Musical Brunch Featuring the Music of Alexander Barnett
Please join us for our ever-popular musical brunch series at L’Auberge Chez François on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 at 11:00 AM.  Local guitarist and composer Alexander Barnett will be performing a broad range of music from classical to modern and jazz. Since his first appearance at L’Auberge Chez François, Alex has been captivating our guests on a regular basis with sold-out events and performances.Feast on Chef Jacques’ three-course menu paired with sumptuous brunch cocktails while Alex provides his soft acoustical music.  Start your day at L’Auberge Chez François and end your weekend on a high note!
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Burgundy Meets Virginia Dinner with the Wines of Maison Shaps and Michael Shaps Wineworks
Please join us for an extraordinary event on Friday, November 8th, 2019 at 7:00 PM, where France meets Virginia in the wines of Michael Shaps Wineworks and Maison Shaps. Known for his innovation and winemaking expertise, Michael Shaps has established himself at the forefront of the modern Virginia wine industry. Producing wines under the Michael Shaps label and for several prestigious wineries throughout the state–one winning the Governor’s Cup in 2017–his accolades and national recognition are beyond compare. Mr. Shaps also holds a degree in Enology and Viticulture from the Lycée Viticole de Beaune in Burgundy, and has been making wine in Burgundy since 2004. Both his French and Virginian wines are made in traditional, old-world style, with careful attention to detail but minimal intervention.

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A Harvest Musical Brunch featuring Guitarist Jarrett Laskey
Please join Chef Jacques on Sunday, November 10th, 2019 at 11:00 AM for our November Harvest Musical Brunch featuring popular classical guitarist Jarrett Laskey, back by popular demand. Jarrett is a classically trained professional musician performing a repertoire of Spanish/Latin guitar music, standard classical music favorites, and contemporary arrangements. The elegant sound of Jarrett’s classical guitar music has created the perfect ambiance in hundreds of events around the East Coast, and we are glad to invite him back again, to L’Auberge Chez François. Chef Jacques has created a superb Sunday brunch menu for you to enjoy, accompanied by special brunch cocktails as you enjoy the afternoon’s music.  Why not spend your Sunday with us, by the fireplace, listening to beautiful music over brunch?
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Premier Chocolate and Wine Festival  Featuring Leslie Hollander of Sugar Up, Sugar!
Please join us Sunday, November 10th 2019 at 3:00 PM for a 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 for your pleasure, 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 specially created truffles. (6 wines sampled and 12 unique truffles). Alex will introduce each wine, and together he and Leslie will discuss, to your delight, how the chocolate confections and the wines play off each other in an “oh so” decadent way! The tasting will be preceded by a meet and greet reception with Chef Jacques’ tasty hors  d’oeuvres and a glass of crisp Crémant d’Alsace. Beautiful boxes of Leslie’s delectable assorted truffles and Alex’s wines sampled today will be available for purchase at a very special price for all your home chocolate and wine parties.
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Holiday Celebration Wine Fest and Luncheon
Please join us for our Holiday Wine Fest Luncheon and Wine Tasting on Saturday, November 16th, 2019.  We will be tasting wines from Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux, California, Italy, and Spain. Come join us and stock up your wine cellar for your holiday celebrations! Join us any time between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm for a walk-around wine tasting of 12 wines with Chef Jacques’ seasonal canapés! Following the tasting, sit down and enjoy a complete  luncheon of your choice, ordering from the L’Auberge Chez François four-course luncheon menu, including yet another glass of wine!
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A “Hat’s Off to Beaujolais” Soirée and Dinner on National Beaujolais Nouveau Day
“BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU EST ARRIVEE !!!! – Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived and with it the promise of a wonderful new 2019 vintage. Join Chef Jacques and team on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM, and Boissett’s Export Director, Neil Ruane (aka Napoleon)  in our very first ever Beaujolais dinner and discover the region’s hidden treasures. Chef Jacques has prepared the perfect fall pairings – this experience could change your view of the gamay grape forever.  As always fun, informal and entertaining – stories, singing and above all great food and wine. All are encouraged to wear a hat in salute to the “Hat’s off to Beaujolais” Soirée.  Prizes for the best hats, included! Beaujolais Nouveau Day is a kickoff to the holiday season, happening just before Thanksgiving, giving you a perfect excuse to meet with friends and family and get into the holiday spirit. Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!” Translation: “The new Beaujolais has arrived!”  See you at our lively and delectable celebration!  Vive la France!
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Chef Jacques’ Classic L’Auberge Chez François Thanksgiving Holiday  Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon
Please join us on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at 11:00 AM for our first cooking demonstration and luncheon featuring L’Auberge Chez François Thanksgiving Holiday specialties, from our family’s recipes, passed down from Grandmama and Papa François Haeringer, as presented by Chef Jacques. A special emphasis, per your requests, will be on our sauce preparations and roasting techniques.  And, if you miss getting your reservation on Thanksgiving at L’Auberge, here is an excellent way to celebrate an early holiday, indeed.
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A Holiday Rock and Roll Sunday Supper Featuring  -The Tunematics- and an Encore Performance of Chef Jacques on the Drums

Be part of the celebration for a fantastic festive Sunday Supper on Sunday, November 24th, 2019 at 5:30 PM, with a wholesome serving of some of your favorite Rock and Roll songs from “The Tunematics”! This unique group is a combined powerhouse of three lead vocalist bandleaders, each from their own well established local band!  Their friendship brought them together to enjoy playing the songs they love and their performances have drawn accolades for their engaging delivery of good songs for good times! The Tunematics includes Scott Butler from Vienna’s Party Band, “Fat Chance”, Tim Wynne, from “The Odyssey Band” and “The Classics”, Michael Terpak from the “Mike Terpak Blues Explosion” and Drummer Mark Lucas, a founding member of “Cowboy Jazz” and the go-to drummer for artists such as The Dinettes, Darryl Davis, Cold Hard Cash and The Fabulettes. Join us as we serve up some of your favorite classic rock and roll songs to complement a scrumptious Thanksgiving Supper and an encore performance by Chef Jacques on drums! Early purchase of tickets is suggested since sell out is likely.  If you like great food paired with fine wine and vintage pop, rock and roll don’t miss this special Thanksgiving Rock and Roll Supper Show!
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Team Member of the Month
This month we honor Javier Chavez Portillo who joined joined L’Auberge Chez François in July of 2013. Javier started as a dishwasher and quickly moved up to one of our day time prep cooks. Part of his responsibilities include cooking delicious meals for our daily staff meals. Javier always has a smile on his face and is always ready to help with other tasks. Thank you so much Javier for the wonderful job that you do! 

Monsieur François Competition
Congratulations to Stephanie G. of Fairfax Station, Virginia for winning the September Monsieur François’ Profile Embellishment Competition. Stephanie will receive a $200 gift certificate to L’Auberge Chez François. Great Job Stephanie! 

Please 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
Mail Us : chezlauberge@aol.com
Call Us : 703-759-3800

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