This is another mouth-watering recipe by Chef Jacques Haeringer! The dried unripe berry of a tree grown in Jamaica and Indonesia, allspice has an aromatic flavor that blends cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, creating a unique flavor.


By Chef Jacques Haeringer


1/3 cup water

2 tablespoons evaporated cane juice or sugar

½ vanilla bean, split or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 whole clove

4 allspice berries, crushed

Pinch of nutmeg

1/3 cup sweet late harvest wine

1 pint fresh strawberries

Mint leaves


Place the water, evaporated cane juice, vanilla bean, clove, allspice, and nutmeg in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. If using vanilla extract, add it now.

Wash and cap the strawberries. Drain well and place in a small bowl.

Mix the sweet wine into the syrup, taste and adjust seasonings, and strain over the strawberries. Allow the strawberries to marinate 1 hour in the refrigerator before serving. Garnish with mint leaves before serving. Serves 2.

Copyright Chef Jacques Haeringer from Two for Tonight,

Bartleby Press; $26.95; ISBN: 0-910155-43-7

Chef Jacques is one of America’s most respected and innovative culinary personalities. Continuing in his father’s footsteps, Jacques loves to create and serve contemporary French fare at his restaurant, L’Auberge Chez François, in Great Falls, Virginia. His menus feature reinterpreted Alsatian and French cuisine for American palates. When he isn’t in the kitchen, he can be found teaching his popular gourmet cooking classes. Jacques is often asked to author magazine articles, cook up recipes at culinary events, and to be a guest on television and radio shows across the country.

Jacques is the author of Two for Tonight, a collection of recipes that inspire romance through food and togetherness, and the Chez François Cookbook, the bible of classic Alsatian cuisine featuring some of the restaurant’s most popular recipes. He lives in Northern Virginia and is currently working on a new cookbook and television show.

“Tradition Lives on at L’Auberge Chez Francois” – The Washington Post features L’Auberge Chez François in their Spring 2010 Dining Guide. And for a video visit of the restaurant, go to:

For more information on L’Auberge Chez François, Chef Jacques, and his books and cooking classes, visit him online at, Facebook @JacquesHaeringer, and Twitter @ChefJacquesH.