During the tapas reception at dinner, live Spanish guitar was provided by Jon Yerby
The August 2018 Quarterly Dinner at Cafe Presse featured a celebration of the food and festivals of the region of the Languedoc-Roussillon. The dinner kicked off with a tapas and sangria reception featuring live Spanish guitar from local musician Jon Yerby. Tapas were followed by a 3 course menu of regional specialties. If you missed this sold-out event, check out some photos below:
Joanne’s special recipe for sangria, featuring rosé from the Languedoc, peaches, cherries and blackberries from her back yard!
Bethmale vache, a cow’s milk raw cheese from Pyrenees.
Fougasse, a country bread made with olives and rosemary
Grilled skewers of house smoked mussels and Italian plums marinated with sherry
Tielle, a specialty of the city of Sete is a two crusted pie filled with octopus and tomatoes.
The Tielle was served with a salad of bitter summer greens, raw zucchini and lemon-parsley vinaigrette
Bull from Old Chaser Farm on Vashon Island, simmered with red wine, orange peel and sweet peppers, served with brown rice
Rousquilles, cookies from the Roussillon flavored with fennel seeds and honey, served with melon sorbet and melon-lime-basil salad
Recently, a guest of Le Pichet asked me for advice for an upcoming trip to Paris. She is to stay on the Île de la Cité, and was hoping for recommendations on a simple Left Bank restaurant in the style of Le Pichet, a grand restaurant for a splurge, museums and some advice on tipping.
I am reprinting my reply here in the hope that they may be useful to others lucky enough to be heading to Paris soon. Note that these recommendations are not intended to be comprehensive, as Paris offers an endless palette of choices; these are just the things that answered her request. Enjoy!
“Restaurants: Honestly I have not spent a ton of time on the left Bank as we generally stay either near the Marché at Place Aligré (between the Place de Bastille and Place de Nation) or near the Place Batignolles in the 17th. That being said, I do know a few good places not far from the Cité. Continue reading
Feria en Languedoc-Roussillon Menu
Tuesday August 28, 2018, $60 per person
Buffet de tapas à la Feria
A selection of small bites from the Languedoc-Roussillon:
Anchovies stuffed with green olives
Fougasse, rustic bread made with olive oil, black olives and rosemary
Fromage du Languedoc
Boles de Picolet, pork-dried porcini meatballs simmered in spiced tomato sauce
Grilled mussel-baby artichoke skewers
La fameuse tielle à la sétoise et sa salade aux courgettes
Tourte filled with octopus-tomato ragoût, with a salad of bitter summer greens, raw summer squash and lemon-parsley vinaigrette
Gardianne de taureau au vin rouge
Shoulder of bull simmered with red wine, onions, sweet peppers and orange peel, served with brown rice
Sorbet de melon et ses rousquilles aux graines d’anis
Anise-scented cookies from Roussillon, melon sorbet and basil-melon salad
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Reservations by phone only at 206 709-7674
Ingredients subject to change due to seasonal availability
Feria en Languedoc-Roussillon!
In the south of France, Feria is the word used for the summer festivals that bring together everyone in town to celebrate the season, good food and the sweetness of being alive. The menu for our August 2018 Quarterly Chef’s Dinner is inspired by a traditional Feria from the region of the Languedoc-Roussillon, a land that stretches from Provence to Catalonia. Join us as we celebrate Feria!
What: Tapas reception followed by a 3-course family-style Feria dinner
When: Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 6:30pm sharp
Where: The back room at Café Presse
Cost: Dinner including beverage* $60
*your choice of paired wines or non-alcoholic beverages
Visit our website at www.cafepresseseattle.com for details and menu
For this special dinner, NO SUBSTITUTIONS please
For reservations, telephone Café Presse at 206.709.7674
If you missed your chance on Bastille Day to purchase our limited edition t-shirt celebrating the 16th anniversary of Le Pichet’s Fête de Quatorze Juillet, fret not…Yes they are still available!
The shirts are 100% cotton, made in America and are available in unisex sizes S to XL. The price is $20 and they are available at both Le Pichet and Café Presse while they last.
Come by or call to check size availability.
Day 1 of EPL and Ligue1
Settle in for the first day of European Football ’18-’19
Special food and drinks menu during all matches
12noon Manchester Utd v Leicester City
3pm Olympique de Marseille v Toulouse FC
7am Hudderfield Town v Chelsea
9am FC Nantes v AS Monaco
11am Newcastle Utd v Tottenham
8am Arsenal v Manchester City
10am Liverpool v West Ham Utd
12noon Paris Saint-Germain v Stade Malherbe de Caen
2pm Girondins de Bordeaux v RC Strasbourg Alsace
Check out our weekly event calendar at www.cafepresseseattle.com for complete match lineup
Our seasonal coupe with nectarine sorbet, crunchy meringue, rose syrup and summer berries.
Coupes Glacées are one of the specialties of French cooking that tend to be less known to the rest of the world. This relative obscurity may stem from the fact that the French didn’t invent ice cream (who did? You may well ask, as it is a topic of much debate. See Elizabeth David’s excellent Harvest of the cold months for what must surely be the definitive study of the question). But the fact remains that one finds Coupes Glacées or ice cream sundaes in small restaurants across France. Continue reading
Our special du jour yesterday at Café Presse was the Croque Provençal. Our version, which is meat free, features the same bread we use for our Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame (made by our friends at Grand Central Bakery) along with cave-aged Comté cheese, béchamel sauce, basil pistou and sliced tomatoes. Yummy!
But why bother showing you if it was yesterday’s special and you can’t order it today? Because it just might end up on our new Summer menu starting on July 12th, 2018