Café Presse is turning 10!

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On June 20, 2017, Café Presse will be 10 years old.  It has been a privilege to serve our neighborhood for the last 10 years. Help us celebrate by joining us for these special Café Presse Birthday Events in June:

*Every Tuesday from 11am to 10pm, we will feature   a prix fixe menu of classic Café Presse dishes at 2007 prices.  You can pick two courses for $15 or three courses for $20.

*Every Wednesday look for extended Vin Expresse Happy Hours from 3pm to 7pm.

*All month long, sample our special anniversary cocktail, la Liberté, and we will donate $5 to the ACLU for each one ordered.

*Join us Tuesday June 20th for a special 5 course family-style Chef’s Dinner composed of dishes from our very first menu!

Find more info about all these events at www.cafepresseseattle.com

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Domaine les Pentes de Barène

A few of the very limited supply of bottles from Domaine Les Pentes de Barene

A few of the very limited supply of bottles from Domaine Les Pentes de Barene

If these bottles look familiar to you, it may be because you have ordered one before at Le Pichet or Cafe Presse, where this white wine from the Tursan region in  southwest France is one of our favorites.  I have certainly drunk more than my fair share of this versatile, mouth filling wine recently.  Domaine les Pentes de Barène is a white that has dry acidity to pair well with seafood but also the body and richness to be a great match with a roasted chicken or even pork.

I recently had a chance to visit the Domaine les Pentes de Barène and was surprised to find out just how tiny it is.  At just over 1.5 hectares (about 3.7 acres), les Pentes de Barène is officially the smallest domaine in the Tursan AOC. Owners Daniel and Gaelle Vergnes are the entire staff and together produce about 5000 bottles a year, with nearly every step done by hand.  That includes hand harvesting in multiple passes through the vines to insure that only mature grape bundles are included, and even hand filling, corking and labeling every bottle. Continue reading

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Dog loves cheese (who doesn’t?)

Dog love cheese 2017

Seen in the Saturday market in Orthez:  a dog who really loves cheese.  Clearly a learned behavior, as,right after this photo was taken, he was rewarded with a bite of cheese by the vendor.

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Sunday Dinner in Orthez

Monfish 2 APr 2017

Monkfish filets from the Golfe de Gasogne, artichokes, peppers, garlic and spring onions.

A rainy Sunday in Orthez with plenty of time to prepare and enjoy a leisurely diner de dimancheSunday dinner in France, especially in the countryside, is a late lunch that serves as the main meal of the day.   The PM meal will usually be something simple, like soup and salad or an omelette.

Apero April 2017

L’heure d’apéro, in this case a glass of sweet wine from Jurançon, radishes and air-cured duck sausage.

Although fish is not traditional for Sunday dinner  (un rôti would be more common, roasted chicken, for example or a roast rack of pork), I make it a rule to follow my instincts when shopping…when I find an ingredient that grabs me, the menu de jour has to follow along.

Monkfish April 2017The finished main course:  Pan-roasted monk fish tail, artichokes, peppers and spring onions sauteed with white wine, and brown rice.

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New desserts for Spring at Café Presse

Dense chocolate cake square served with Earl Grey-lavender ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Dense chocolate cake square served with Earl Grey-lavender ice cream and chocolate sauce.

The new menu for Spring has started at Cafe Presse.  As promised, here are photos of the new desserts from the Staff Tasting…enjoy!

Frozen terrine with vanilla and lemon ice creams, served with rhubarb compote and crispy baked merengue.

Frozen terrine with vanilla and lemon ice creams, served with rhubarb compote and crispy baked meringue.

Vanilla scented tapioca mousse, with macerated Washington State strawberries and a langue de chat cookie

Vanilla scented tapioca mousse, with macerated Washington State strawberries and a langue de chat cookie

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Spring Menu starts at Cafe Presse

WA state asparagus with scallions, house-smoked arctic char, butter fried croutons and Basque cider vinaigrette

WA state asparagus with scallions, house-smoked arctic char, butter fried croutons and Basque cider vinaigrette

The new spring menu started today at Café Presse and it is filled with tastes of the season.  Here are some photos of the savory dishes from today’s staff tasting.  Look for photos of the new desserts soon.

And by the way, yes, Steak Tartare is back! Continue reading

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Really local radishes

Radishes March 2017

This bunch of radishes was grown super locally on an extremely small scale farmer…specifically it was grown in a pot in a SW facing window of our apartment on First Hill.  Next up: collards!

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New on the menu at Le Pichet

Socca april 2017

New for spring on the menu at Le Pichet!

Socca nissarda, Chickpea flour-olive oil pancake baked with melted leeks, topeed with green checkpeas, green chard and French sheep’s-milk feta cheese.

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New on the menu at Le Pichet, late March 2017

Millas March 2017

Now on the menu for both lunch and dinner:

Millas gascons au confit de porc, salade de cresson et oignons verts
Pan roasted cornmeal porridge cake with ground pork and pork confit, with grilled mushroom velouté and watercress-spring onion salad

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Bubbling Cassoulet

The recent Quarterly Chef’s Dinner at Café Presse that featured dishes and wines from the Midi-Pyrenees was a big success…we really enjoyed doing it and the fantastic feedback from guests was gratifying.  If you missed it, check out this link to video of the cassoulet coming out of oven:  Bubbling Cassoulet Video

And check below for a few photos of the event as well.  If you would like to receive info about upcoming events, watch our website or sign up for our newsletter.

Crispy spinach and Fourme d'Ambert croquettes

Crispy spinach and Fourme d’Ambert croquettes

Qut Dinner Feb 2017 trout

House smoked trout, apple-Napa cabbage salad and chestnut-duckfat puree served on grilled baguette

Qut Dinner Feb 2017 eggs

Eggs scrambled with confit of duck heart and gizzard, hedgehog mushrooms and foie gras fat and duck cracklings served on country bread dumplings

Houes smoked trout, apple-cabbage salad and chestnut-duckfat puree served on grilled baguette

Squid hoods stuffed with brown rice, nicoise olives and braised squid legs, served on green chard braised with saffron, pine nuts, white wine and lemon zest and persillade

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