Carrying on a three-decades-old tradition at Le Refuge

A Special Advertising Feature of the Alexandria Times

In the fast-paced, constantly evolving professional world, it has become rare for people to carry on the family business. But that is happening right in the heart of Old Town at popular French restaurant Le Refuge.

Anne Claire Chaufour Fegnan, daughter of founders Jean Francois and the late Francoise Chaufour, and her husband Hugh Fegnan have happily taken over the duties of cooking and running the 33-year-old eatery. This dynamic duo delights in bringing the best-loved French cuisine dishes, with seasonal and year-round specialties, to Alexandrians and tourists.

This family’s passion for offering great French cuisine in a lovely setting is apparent in the way the Fegnans carefully prepare and serve dishes that were created by Anne Claire’s father, Jean Francois Chaufour.

Some of the best-loved dishes include the French onion soup, beef Wellington, salmon en croute and frogs legs with garlic butter and tomatoes. Plus, the ever-popular fresh jumbo softshelled crabs with almond and garlic butter and are back on the menu for summer.

Hugh Fegnan, now the chef, consults with Francoise Chaufour, who personally trained him. Having grown up in the French restaurant business, he is well versed in the nuances of fine French food preparation.

Moreover, the family has a strong bond that goes back decades. Anne Claire and Hugh Fegnan have known each other for her entire life, since their families were close friends when she was born. The family even has a photo of a 10-yearold Hugh Fegnan holding Anne Claire as a baby. After years of friendship, they fell in love and got married in 2010. Today, they have a 4-year-old daughter Savanna, who will perhaps take over Le Refuge when she is older, and continue the family tradition.

Visit Le Refuge soon and savor the excellent French food, the warm, inviting atmosphere and experience the pride and joy that goes into continuing a longstanding, high quality tradition of offering superb French country dining. See firsthand why this restaurant is consistently listed as one of Trip Advisor’s best Alexandria dining spots.

Le Refuge is located at 127 N. Washington St. and is open Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5:30 to 10 p.m. for dinner. For more information, call 703-548-4661 or go to www.

A Special Advertising Feature of the Alexandria Times