Poulet au vin jaune trial

Vin Jaune Trial 1

My version of Poulet au Vin Jaune.

Although I have cooked similar chicken dishes many times, I had until recently never actually cooked Poulet au Vin JauneIn fact, I had never even had the chance to tasted a real vin jaune from the Jura.  This may be explained by the fact that, although vin jaune has a big  reputation among French wine lovers, it is still not very well known in the U.S.

Well, time to remedy that situation…seemed like a trial run through on  Poulet au Vin jaune was in order in preparation for the upcoming  Jura Wine Dinner at Cafe Presse.

The vin jaune that I used for the trial was Champ Divin Cotes de Jura Chardonnay-Savagnin sous voile « Cuvée Pollux » 2009, which we will be using when cooking the chicken at the upcoming dinner, as well as serving to accompany one of the courses.

Here are some photos of the cooking process… I think it turned out pretty fabulous, if I do say so myself.  The wine was delicious as well.  I was especially impressed by how well it  paired with the dish….vin jaune, chicken and mushrooms is a sublime combination.  I am really looking forward to tasting the other wines individually and also paired with food.

Look for a post with the complete recipe later in the month.

In the meantime, if you would like to taste the Wines of the Jura and this dish for yourself, there are still a few seats left for the dinner on February 16 at Cafe Presse…full details and menu are available on the Cafe Presse website. Continue reading

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Jura Wine Dinner at Café Presse


Discover the unique and wonderful wines of the Jura, located in the foothills of the French Alps. Although little known in America, oenophiles consider the Vin Jaune de Jura one of the rare jewels of French wine making.

Dieter Klippstein of Cavatappi Distribuzione  will introduce you to the varied palette of Jura wines through six selections from two highly respected bio-dynamic wine making teams,
Valérie & Fabrice Closset of Champ Divin and Bénédicte & Stéphane Tissot.

Chef Jim Drohman has designed a six-course dinner composed of traditional dishes from the region, including its most famous dish, Poulet en Vin Jaune.

What: 6-course dinner featuring the wines of the Jura
When: Tuesday February 16, 2016, 6:30pm
Where: Café Presse
Cost:  Dinner including wine, $110 per person

 Places are limited for this very special event. Reservations 206.709.7674
Visit our website for complete menu and paired wines

Vin Jaune label, Tissot

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Jura Wine Dinner Menu

Café Presse and Cavatappi Distributione invite you to discover
The wines of the Jura

Tuesday February 16, 2016, 6:30pm

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Have dinner “Chez Vous” on Valentine’s Day

Does a romantic dinner for two at home sound like a good idea this year?
Don’t want to fight the crowds for a Valentine’s Day table?

Café Presse St.-Valentine’s day Take Home Dinner for Two

Sardines grillées et sa rémoulade au cèleri et au chou kale
Grilled Spanish sardines served on celery, celery root, kale and satsumas tossed with creamy remoulade dressing
Poulet rôti, pommes frites et mayonnaise
Whole Washington State free-range chicken, roasted to your order, with pommes frites and mayonnaise
Gâteau au chocolat et sa crème anglais au café
Dense chocolate cake with coffee bean crème anglais and dried cherry compote

Special Take-Home Menu for two:   $59.00

Menu and a bottle of White, Red or Sparking Win$73.00

Wine choices:
*Wine choices:  Parraud « Selection des Cognettes » Muscadet 2014 blanc
or Domaine Montrose Côtes-de-Thongue 2013 rouge
  or Martinolles Blanquette de Limoux NV pétillant

Add a 10-piece bag of house-made salted butter caramels: $6.00

Special dinner available for take-out only.

Pre-order required.   Please call Cafe Presse at 206.709.7674
before 6pm on Saturday February 13 to pre-order.

Your dinner will be ready for pickup at the time you choose
between 5pm and 10pm on Sunday February 14thCorner Table Winter 2012 E-mail Promotion

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We’re open regular hours on MLK Day

Both Café Presse and Le Pichet will be open regular hours on Martin Luther King Jr Day, Monday January 18th.

Café Presse    7am to 2am everyday
Le Pichet        8am to Midnight everyday

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Get your Game Day snacks at Café Presse

This Sunday, set your Game Day table with food to-go from Café Presse.

Frites, croques, roasted chickens, charcuterie plates, desserts and more are all available for take-out to be enjoyed chez vous during the game.  And you can even pick up a bottle of wine from our in-house wine shop to compliment your snacks.

For take out, check out Café Presse’s menu then give us a call at 206 709-7674 to place your order.

Roasted Chicken sound good?  Here is our chicken to-go menu.

Prefer to have your snacks delivered to you? Café Presse in now on Caviar, for quick home delivery.

We take advance orders…beat the rush.

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Winter menu starts at Café Presse

CP NM Jan 2016 brandade

Brandade – puree of salt cod, cream, olive oil and potatoes with garlic, lemon, thyme and nutmeg, served with marinated olives and grilled bread

On Thursday January 7th, Café Presse chef de cuisine Pat MacWhorter unveiled the Winter menu for 2016.  Check out all the new dishes on our website or come by and try them for yourself.

Here are a few photos to whet your appetite: Continue reading

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Peace Partout

Peaach Partout

Le Panier, Marseille, December 2015

All of us at Le Pichet and Cafe Presse wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season!

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Café Presse open New Year’s Day

Café Presse will be open on New Year’s Day, Friday January 1, 2016, from 10am to 2am.  Come in and see us…we have things that will make that hangover go away.

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Le Pichet closed on New Year’s Day

Le Pichet will be closed all day on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2016.  We will reopen on January 2nd for our regular hours from 8am to midnight.

If your looking for a place to eat on New Year’s Day, Cafe Presse will be open from 10am to 2am…check out their menu here.

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