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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New Year’s Eve at Le Pichet


If its New Year’s Eve at Le Pichet, there just has to be foie gras!  This year it is Terrine of whole Hudson Valley duck foie gras, with Sauternes-vanilla poaced quince and grilled brioche.

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New to the menu at Le Pichet


Pork liver terrine served with warm Yukon potato salad with shallots, fines herbes, diced cornichons and grain mustard vinaigrette.

Sign me up with a glass of Beaujolais!

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Autumn on the rue Saint-Antoine, Paris France


Thanks to our good friend Stanley Purdue for this great photo, taken on the terrace of the the Café des Mousquetaires, near the Bastille.  Wish that I was there.

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Making Presskopf for Alsace Dinner


Pig’s heads marinating overnight in white wine with carrots, onions, celery, herbs and spices.

Here at Cafe Presse, we are busily making preparations for the upcoming Alsace Dinner on Tuesday November 29th, 2016.  One of the traditional dishes we are making is Presskopf,  an Alsatian take on pig’s head terrine.

Here are a few photos of the process.


The next day, the heads are simmered in the marinade and water until falling-apart tender.


The cooked heads are ready to be trimmed, sorted and pressed into a terrine, along with an aspic made head-cooking broth.

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