2015 Dates for the French Conversation Table at Café Presse:
January 2015: 07, 22 July 2015: 08, 22
February 2015: 04, 18 August 2015: 05, 19
March 2015: 04, 18 September 2015: 02, 16, 30
April 2015: 01, 15, 29 October 2015: 14, 28
May 2015: 13, 27 November 2015: 11 (no meeting on 11/25)
June 2015: 10, 24 December 2015: 09 (no meeting on 12/23)
Every second Wednessday from 4pm to 6pm, please join us for French conversation in the back room at Cafe Presse. At each meeting, a French speaking facilitator will be on hand to get the discussion rolling. The Conversation Table is free and open to French speakers of all levels. Hope to see you there.
And don’t forget that every day from 4pm to 6pm (including during the French Conversation Table) you can enjoy our VinExpresse Happy Hour, when all in-house bottles of wine are available for take-out prices as well as special prices no wine-friendly snacks.
From all of us at Café Presse and Le Pichet,
We wish you a very Happy Holiday Season!
Special at Cafe Presse today: Garbure Béarnaise
One of the iconic dishes of the cooking of southwestern France, a garbure is, at its base, a peasant stew of white beans and winter vegetables. Regional variations abound (Landaise? Gasconne?) but in the Béarn, garbure is enriched with duck fat, duck and pork confits, panchetta (ventreche de porc in French) and the ends of air cured ham.
We are currently making plans to feature Garbure Bearnaise on our Winter 2015 menu beginning Thursday January 8. In the meantime, today we finished our first batch of the season, and it is rich with duck leg and gizzard, pork shoulder, cabbage, turnips and carrots. We serve it with grilled country bread and persillade, the classic Béarnais condiment of garlic, parsley, duck fat and olive oil.
Hurry by and try it while the supply lasts.
There are still tables available. Call now at 206 256-2499 to reserve yours.
Now at Café Presse and Le Pichet…our house made Vin Chaud. Vin chaud is the hot mulled wine of France, traditionally served during the Holidays and any time that its cold and damp out. I worked under a chef in Paris who would grab onto the slightest sneeze or sniffle from anyone in the kitchen as an excuse to make up a batch.
More famously, vin chaud is the beverage of choice for warming hands and spirits at annual Marchés de Noël, or traditional Christmas markets that pop up across France every year during the month of December.
Vin chaud at the Marché de Noël in Bordeaux.
Our version is made with red wine, brandy, lemon, orange, cinnamon, cloves, mace, bay leaf and allspice and a touch of honey, served hot with a twist of orange. Enjoy it now and until the end of the year.
Both Le Pichet and Cafe Presse for the Holidays, we are wrapping up our famous salted butter caramels for you to enjoy or to give. Made with only honey, heavy cream, butter and sea salt, each box holds 10 caramels and are $5 while the supply lasts.
Here at Le Pichet for the Holidays, we are wrapping up gift boxes of our famous salted butter caramels for you to enjoy or to give. Made with only organic honey, heavy cream, butter and sea salt, each box holds 10 caramels and are $5 while the supply lasts.
Le Pichet’s Fête de Beaujolais Nouveau kicks off tonight at 6pm. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there.
But if parties are not your style, you can still drop by Cafe Presse to sample the first new wine of 2014, where we will be serving it by the glass, pichet or bottle beginning today as well.
What: Le Pichet’s 15th annual Fête de Beaujolais Nouveau
When: Thursday November 20, 2014, from 6pm until late
Where: Le Pichet, 1933 1st Avenue
Le Pichet’s celebration of the first new wine of the year, which will mark its 15th edition on November 20, has become a highlight of our year and a party not to be missed. Don’t expect a solemn wine tasting event (spoiler alert: the new Beaujolais will be light bodied and fun to drink), but instead, a Cafe-style celebration of wine, food and friends.
Live music featuring: 7pm La Foule 10pm The Djangomatics
No reservations or cover charge, we will make room for everyone!
More info at 206 256-1499
MARDI PRIX FIXE MENU AVAILABLE
SUNDAY TO THURSDAY
DURING SEATTLE RESTAURANT WEEK
What: A fixed price menu with your choice of 2 or 3 courses at a great price
When: Normally, only on Tuesday, but between October 19 and30, available Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 10pm
Where: Café Presse of course!
Mardi Prix Fixe is Café Presse’s fixed price menu that lets YOU pick the number of courses you would like. YOU make your choices from a special selection of seasonal dishes, then WE do the rest, all at a great price.
Normally only offered on Tuesdays from 11am to 10pm, during Seattle Restaurant Week, October 19 to 30, 2014, Mardi Prix Fixe will be available from Sunday to Thursday.
2 courses (starter + main course or main course + dessert) $18
3 courses (starter + main course + dessert) $23
PLUS: Come in between 4pm and 6pm and also take advantage of Vin Expresse, when all bottles of wine are available in-house at our low take-out prices: $9 to $15
For further information and reservations, call Café Presse at 206.709.7674