New to the menu at Le Pichet

Pork roulee Feb 2018

Rolled pork belly, oven roasted, served with a sauté of Corona beans, leeks and dandelion greens, and a creamy apple purée.

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Now on the menu at Le Pichet

LP NM Feb 2018 Legumes

Cold salad of roasted beets, Brussels sprouts, radicchio, grapefruit, yogurt-grapefruit-mustard seed vinaigrette and sheep’s cheese

LP NM Feb 2018 Salee

Frisée lettuce and spinach tossed with crispy corned pork shoulder, shoestring potatoes, red onion and a Dijon-Banyuls
vinaigrette
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Our thanks to PSG Fanclub Seattle

Maillots Jan 2018

On Saturday, during the French Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier HSC, Laurent Bourscheidt of PSG Fanclub Seattle presented Café Presse with  signed jerseys from the two clubs.  The PSG jersey had been signed by Brazilian former PSG man Maxwell, while the Montpellier jersey had been signed by the entire team.

Our thanks to Laurent and PSG Fanclub Seattle for this honor!  And see you all at Cafe Presse on February 14th for Real Madrid v PSG.

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Saint-Valentine’s Take-Home Dinner from Café Presse

Does a romantic dinner for two at home sound like fun this year?  Don’t want to fight the crowds for a Valentine’s Day table?  Let Café Presse take care of all the details!

Menu for two

Terrine au fromage bleu, salade aux betteraves marinées
Bleu cheese and leek terrine, serve with country bread and a salad of roasted beets, capers, tarragon, shallots, walnuts and a Dijon mustard vinaigrette
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Poulet rôti, pommes frites et mayonnaise
Whole Washington State natural free-range chicken, roasted to your order, with pommes frites and mayonnaise
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Tarte aux chocolat, cerises confites, crème moka
Chocolate ganache tart served with dried cherry compote and mocha whipped cream

Special Take-Home Menu for two:                                  $65.00
Menu + bottle of white, red or sparking wine             $83
.00

Wine choices:
                         Domaine Couet Coteaux du Giennois blanc 2015
                         Les Garrigues Vin de France rouge 2015
                        Domaine d’Orfeuilles Brut Rosé Touraine NV

Add a 10-piece bag of house-made salted butter caramels:  $6.75

Special dinner available for take-out only.
Pre-order required.   Call Café Presse at 206.709.7674 before 6pm on 2/13 to pre-order.
Your order will be ready to pickup any time you choose between 5 – 10pm 10pm on 2/14

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Half Way

half way

I like this photo from a hike we took in December 2017 for two reasons;  firstly because it shows the halfway point (almost) on the Chemin de Saint-Jacques between Vézelay in Burgundy and Santiago de Compostella in Spain. Secondarily because it gives the false impression that we actually hiked that entire way.

The spot, just outside Sauveterre de Béarn, is marked by a pretty little chapel dedicated to St.-Martin

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Winter Menu at Café Presse

Grilled boudin noir served on a salad of raw chiogga beets, braised cabbage, tarragon and pickled mustard seeds

Grilled boudin noir served on a salad of raw chiogga beets, braised cabbage, tarragon and pickled mustard seeds

Our winter menu 2018 started yesterday at Café Presse and we are really excited about it!   In addition to the dishes shown here, this change marked the return to our menu of two of our cold weather favorites:  Raclette Savoyarde and Axoa d’Espelette.

Here are some photos from the traditional staff menu tasting to whet your appetite!

Curried yam soup served with cilantro creme fraiche and toasted pecans

Curried yam soup served with cilantro creme fraiche and toasted pecans

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Corsican Cellars

raclette

If you love all the cheeses we use on our menu and cheese board at Le Pichet and Café Presse, you likely have Olivier Boye to thank for them.  We get most of our cheeses from him, including the raw milk raclette shown above and the raw-milk cave aged Comté that we use in omelettes, onion soup, croques and much more. Olivier is the owner of Mercer Island based Corsican Cellars, and when not delivering to restaurants. spends a big chunk of each year traveling in France, Italy and Spain, discovering new cheeses and other delicious artisan products like the jambon de Bayonne from Salaisons de l’Adour that we serve.  We love his deep knowledge about all things cheese and his passion for discovering family-owned dairies run by artisans who’s mission is to maintain the glorious tradition of raw-milk farmhouse cheese.

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Ring in 2018 at Le Pichet

New Years Eve 2017

Celebrate the New Year with us at Le Pichet!

Extended dinner hours from 5pm to 12 midnight

Hats –  Noisemakers –  Confetti – Midnight toast

Live dinner music beginning at 9:30pm

Festive dinner, dessert and champagne specials

Call Le Pichet at 206.256.1499 to reserve your table

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Mushroom hunting in les Landes

Purple

A particularly interesting find

Sitting in my warm apartment in Seattle, an early December mushroom outing in the SW of France seemed like a great idea.  So I contacted the Sociétié Mycologique du Béarn and invited myself along on their next outing, which happened to fall during our upcoming stay in France. What I failed to consider was how cold it could be on the French Atlantic coast at that time of year!

In truth, despite what would turn out to be temperatures in the 20’s as we set out in search of mushrooms, the event was a lot of fun, in equal parts because of the chance to meet some very nice fellow mushroom lovers,because of the beauty of the forested coastline and because of the large amount of mushrooms to be found, in spite of the lateness of the season.

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New Year’s Eve Take-out Dinner from Café Presse

Does a romantic New Year’s Eve at home
sound like a good idea this year?

Ring in 2018 chez vous, away from the crowds

Choose dinner only or with a bottle of sparkling wine

Includes party hats, noisemakers and confetti!

Take Home Dinner for Two Menu

Salade aux endives, au céleri et aux crevettes pochées
Salad of Belgian endive and celery root tossed with parsley and creamy horseradish dressing, topped with pomegranate seeds and cold poached wild-caught Gulf prawns

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Poulet rôti, pommes frites et mayonnaise
Whole Washington State free-range chicken, roasted to your order, with pommes frites and mayonnaise

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Marquise au chocolat, crème anglais au tapioca et au rhum
Dense chocolate mousse terrine with rum-scented tapioca custard

 

Special Take-Home Menu for two:   $65.00
Menu with a bottle Sparking Wine:  $82.00
(Martinolles Blanquette de Limoux NV sparkling)

Available for Take-out only.   Pre-order required.
Not available through any home delivery service.

Please call Café Presse at 206.709.7674 before
6pm on Friday December 29 to pre-order.

Your dinner will be ready to pick up at the time you choose New Year’s Eve between 5pm and 10pm

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