Tag Archives: Pays Basque

The adventure in the Pays Basque comes to an end. Wherein Pat goes to the Fête de Bayonne

In addition to his visits to see artisan cheese maker, production of salt at Salies de Bearn and traditional methods of making jambon de Bayonne in Hagetmau, Café Presse chef de cuisine Patrick MacWhorter finished his trip to France at … Continue reading

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Summer Chef’s Dinner photos

The Summer 2016 Chef’s Dinner at Café Presse was last Tuesday and we had a great time! The theme for the dinner was “Summer in the Pays Basque” and the menu took its inspiration from the recent trip to the … Continue reading

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Menu for August Chef’s Dinner at Cafe Presse

Café Presse and Le Pichet invite you to fete Summer in the Pays Basque Tuesday August 30, 2016 6:30pm Dinner including wine $75 per person Les hors d’œuvres Croquettas with spinach and Oussa Iraty cheese Vinegar-cured anchovy filet, nectarine-basil tartare, … Continue reading

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A chef in the Pays Basque

For 5 days in July, Café Presse Chef de Cuisine Patrick MacWhorter visited the French Basque countries as the guest of Société Agour,  a producer of traditional Basque cheeses and jambon de Bayonne.  During this time, Pat had the opportunity … Continue reading

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Chef’s Dinner August 2016 – Summer in the Pays Basque

Cafe Presse invites you to celebrate Summer in the Pays Basque! Recently, our Chef de Cuisine Patrick MacWhorter had the opportunity to visit the French Basque Countries for the first time.  While there, he toured the workshops of artisan cheese … Continue reading

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Poule au pot

Here is a photo of a very simple dinner we recently enjoyed:  poule au pot.  Not only is this one of the archetypical dishes of the southwest (remember the story of King Henry who promised “a chicken in every pot”?  … Continue reading

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Axoa d’Espelette

This version of the classic veal and beef based specialty of the Basque countries is named for the town of  Espelette, which produces the famous ground chile powder that is one of the trademarks of Basque cooking.  In Espelette, the … Continue reading

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In the vineyards of Irouleguy

The tiny Basque town of  Irouleguy and its red roofed church are perched in the foothills of the Atlantic Pyrenees almost within sight of the Bay of Biscay.  The vineyards that make up the AOC encircle the town, lining the … Continue reading

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