Summer Menu 2016

CP new menu July 2016  mackerel

House smoked mackerel, grilled and served on a salad of heirloom tomatoes, basil, shallots and orange-picholine olive vinaigrette.

The new summer menu at Cafe Presse started this morning, Thursday July 07, 2016.  We are very proud of our new dishes and hope that you will enjoy them as well.

Check out the new menu here.

Here are some photos from the Staff Tasting:

Butter milk fried chicken livers on a salad of green beans, snow peas, peas and roasted shallot dressing

Butter milk fried chicken livers on a salad of green beans, snow peas, peas and roasted shallot dressing

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Tour de France 2016

The 2016 edition of the Tour de France kicks off from Mont Saint-Michel on Saturday July 2nd and finishes on the Champs Elysée on Sunday July 24th.

Café Presse will be showing every stage on the big screen over the bar beginning at 7am when we open.  Check our out Weekly Event Calendar for full schedule.

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France v Ireland this Sunday!

Café Presse invites you to get up early for the EURO 2016 Round of 16 Match


Sunday June 26, 2016 6AM

*Morning Drink Specials
*Special Casse-Croute de Champion
(cheese, sausage, country bread)

No cover charge  No reservations  Everyone welcome

1117 12th AVE  206.709.7674

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Bastille Day Fête at Le Pichet

Bastille Day 2016 at Le Pichet

Join us at Le Pichet as we celebrate the 227th year of the Révolution!

Everyone is welcome! No reservations and no cover charge.

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Spring Dinner 2016 photos

Spring Dinner 2016 asparagus

Grilled Yakima asparagus with house-smoked trout, hazelnuts and tarragon-fennel pollen vinaigrette.

Our Spring Dinner at Café Presse on May 24th was a big success, our thanks to everyone who attended.  The dinner, which featured lamb, asparagus and rosé wine, was the second of our 2016 seasonal dinners, following the Jura Wine Dinner in February that featured the cuisine and wines of this lesser known alpine region of France (including Poulet aux Vin Jaune...check out my recipe).

These seasonal dinners are a ton of fun for us in the kitchen.  They allow us to use what I call “micro-seasonal” ingredients, things that won’t be in season long enough to find a place on the regular menu.  They also let us work with products that might be a little to pricey for the regular menu.

Anyway, we thought everything turned out great and hope that our guests agreed.  If you would like to attend one of our Seasonal Dinners, watch our website or sign up for our newsletter to get the latest info.  The next dinner will be in late August.

In the meantime, here are some pics of last Tuesday’s dinner. Continue reading

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Watch the 2016 UEFA Euro Championships at Café Presse

Euro 2016 at Cafe Presse

Catch every match of the 2016 UEFA Euros at Café Presse!
We will be showing every minute of every match as France hosts the second most important tournament in the world.

Please join us for a special Kickoff Celebration on Friday June 10, 2016 from 11am to 2pm as host France takes on Romania.  In addition to our regular menu, we will be offering a special menu of stadium snacks, as well as wine, beer and cocktails specials,  Look for free drawings for fun door prizes.  Wear the colors of your favorite national team for $1 off frites.


Check out our weekly match calendar for schedule info or come by Café Presse to pick up a complimentary Euro 2016 Match Cheat Sheet.

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Menu for Spring Lamb & Asparagus Fête

Café Presse and Le Pichet invite you to celebrate Spring!

Spring Lamb & Asparagus Fête Menu

Tuesday May 24, 2016, 6:30pm

 Dinner including five paired wines  $75

Les hors d’œuvres
Asparagus tart with chèvre and smoked lamb lardons
Warm asparagus-potato-leek soup raw milk Fourme d’Ambert
Lamb loin tartare with radishes and watercress mayonnaise, on sliced baguette

Asperges grillées à la truite fumée, vinagrette à l’estragon et noisettes torréfiés
Grilled asparagus, house smoked trout, creamy tarragon-fennel pollen vinaigrette and toasted hazelnuts

Brochette et crepinette d’agneau, sauté aux haricots blancs
Grilled lamb leg brochette and pan roasted lamb crepinette, white beans sautéed with spring morels, green garlic, spring onion and ramps and morel-lamb jus

Ossau Iraty vallée d’Aspe et sa confiture à la rhubarbe et au Lillet rosé
Sheep’s milk cheese from the French Basque countries served with rhubarb-Lillet rosé jam

Madeleine aux pistache, frais de nos régions et glace au laurier et a l’orange
Warm pistachio madeleine served with honey-macerated strawberries and bay leaf-orange ice cream

Space is limited;  please call Cafe Presse for reservations 206.709,7674

Note that menu may change slightly due to availability of spring produce

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Spring Lamb & Asparagus Fête at Café Presse

It’s Spring in the Northwest! What more reason do we need to celebrate? How about
local asparagus and spring lamb? Café Presse and Le Pichet Executive chef Jim Drohman and Café Presse chef de cuisine Patrick MacWhorter are teaming up to prepare a 5 course menu to celebrate the season and these spring favorites. Wine director Joanne Herron has selected her favorite bottles from the newly arrived French rosés.

What:    5-course family-style dinner featuring lamb,asparagus and rosé
When:   Tuesday May 24, 2016, 6:30pm
Where: The back room at Café Presse
Cost:     Dinner including wine $75

Visit our website for complete menu and wines to be served.
Places are limited for this special event. Reservations 206.709.7674

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Raw Milk Cheese Apprection Day Line Up


As mentioned in an earlier post, Cafe Presse and Le Pichet are celebrating Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day with a special All Raw Milk selection of cheeses this Friday. Saturday and Sunday.

Here’s a list of the cheeses that will be include in our Raw Milk selection:


Comté AOC, 7 mois, Terroir de France Sélections
From the Jura region of France, made with 100% raw cow’s milk and cave aged for at least 7 months.  We use this delicious cheese in the preparation of many of the dishes on our menu.

Ossau Iraty Vallée d’Aspe AOC, Les Fermiers Basco-Bearnais
This farmstead cheese from the Vallée d’Aspe in the French Basque Pyrenees, is made with raw milk from the cheesemaker’s own herds.  Aged at least 6 months

Torta de cabra, Finca Don Mariano
Made from 100% raw goats milk in the region of the Fregenal de la Sierra (Extremadura), this Spanish farmstead cheese is aged in earthenware pots, resulting in a pungent rind and a flavorful interior.

 Le Ramier Roux, Le Ferme Ramier
Produced on a family owned and operated farm in the Tarn and Garonne region north of Toulouse, France.  This wash rind raw cow’s milk farmstead cheese is aged about 3 months, during which time the rind is washed daily with salt water.

 Forme d’Ambert AOC « l’Or des Domes », La Société Fromagère du Livradois
100% raw cow’s milk bleu cheese from the area around the town of Ambert in the region of the Auvergne in France. Aged at least 3 months, rich, creamy interior.

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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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