Saint-Valentine’s Take-Home Dinner from Café Presse

Does a romantic dinner for two at home sound like fun this year?  Don’t want to fight the crowds for a Valentine’s Day table?  Let Café Presse take care of all the details!

Menu for two

Terrine au fromage bleu, salade aux betteraves marinées
Bleu cheese and leek terrine, serve with country bread and a salad of roasted beets, capers, tarragon, shallots, walnuts and a Dijon mustard vinaigrette
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Poulet rôti, pommes frites et mayonnaise
Whole Washington State natural free-range chicken, roasted to your order, with pommes frites and mayonnaise
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Tarte aux chocolat, cerises confites, crème moka
Chocolate ganache tart served with dried cherry compote and mocha whipped cream

Special Take-Home Menu for two:                                  $65.00
Menu + bottle of white, red or sparking wine             $83
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Wine choices:
                         Domaine Couet Coteaux du Giennois blanc 2015
                         Les Garrigues Vin de France rouge 2015
                        Domaine d’Orfeuilles Brut Rosé Touraine NV

Add a 10-piece bag of house-made salted butter caramels:  $6.75

Special dinner available for take-out only.
Pre-order required.   Call Café Presse at 206.709.7674 before 6pm on 2/13 to pre-order.
Your order will be ready to pickup any time you choose between 5 – 10pm 10pm on 2/14

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Half Way

half way

I like this photo from a hike we took in December 2017 for two reasons;  firstly because it shows the halfway point (almost) on the Chemin de Saint-Jacques between Vézelay in Burgundy and Santiago de Compostella in Spain. Secondarily because it gives the false impression that we actually hiked that entire way.

The spot, just outside Sauveterre de Béarn, is marked by a pretty little chapel dedicated to St.-Martin

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Winter Menu at Café Presse

Grilled boudin noir served on a salad of raw chiogga beets, braised cabbage, tarragon and pickled mustard seeds

Grilled boudin noir served on a salad of raw chiogga beets, braised cabbage, tarragon and pickled mustard seeds

Our winter menu 2018 started yesterday at Café Presse and we are really excited about it!   In addition to the dishes shown here, this change marked the return to our menu of two of our cold weather favorites:  Raclette Savoyarde and Axoa d’Espelette.

Here are some photos from the traditional staff menu tasting to whet your appetite!

Curried yam soup served with cilantro creme fraiche and toasted pecans

Curried yam soup served with cilantro creme fraiche and toasted pecans

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Corsican Cellars

raclette

If you love all the cheeses we use on our menu and cheese board at Le Pichet and Café Presse, you likely have Olivier Boye to thank for them.  We get most of our cheeses from him, including the raw milk raclette shown above and the raw-milk cave aged Comté that we use in omelettes, onion soup, croques and much more. Olivier is the owner of Mercer Island based Corsican Cellars, and when not delivering to restaurants. spends a big chunk of each year traveling in France, Italy and Spain, discovering new cheeses and other delicious artisan products like the jambon de Bayonne from Salaisons de l’Adour that we serve.  We love his deep knowledge about all things cheese and his passion for discovering family-owned dairies run by artisans who’s mission is to maintain the glorious tradition of raw-milk farmhouse cheese.

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Ring in 2018 at Le Pichet

New Years Eve 2017

Celebrate the New Year with us at Le Pichet!

Extended dinner hours from 5pm to 12 midnight

Hats –  Noisemakers –  Confetti – Midnight toast

Live dinner music beginning at 9:30pm

Festive dinner, dessert and champagne specials

Call Le Pichet at 206.256.1499 to reserve your table

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Mushroom hunting in les Landes

Purple

A particularly interesting find

Sitting in my warm apartment in Seattle, an early December mushroom outing in the SW of France seemed like a great idea.  So I contacted the Sociétié Mycologique du Béarn and invited myself along on their next outing, which happened to fall during our upcoming stay in France. What I failed to consider was how cold it could be on the French Atlantic coast at that time of year!

In truth, despite what would turn out to be temperatures in the 20’s as we set out in search of mushrooms, the event was a lot of fun, in equal parts because of the chance to meet some very nice fellow mushroom lovers,because of the beauty of the forested coastline and because of the large amount of mushrooms to be found, in spite of the lateness of the season.

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New Year’s Eve Take-out Dinner from Café Presse

Does a romantic New Year’s Eve at home
sound like a good idea this year?

Ring in 2018 chez vous, away from the crowds

Choose dinner only or with a bottle of sparkling wine

Includes party hats, noisemakers and confetti!

Take Home Dinner for Two Menu

Salade aux endives, au céleri et aux crevettes pochées
Salad of Belgian endive and celery root tossed with parsley and creamy horseradish dressing, topped with pomegranate seeds and cold poached wild-caught Gulf prawns

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Poulet rôti, pommes frites et mayonnaise
Whole Washington State free-range chicken, roasted to your order, with pommes frites and mayonnaise

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Marquise au chocolat, crème anglais au tapioca et au rhum
Dense chocolate mousse terrine with rum-scented tapioca custard

 

Special Take-Home Menu for two:   $65.00
Menu with a bottle Sparking Wine:  $82.00
(Martinolles Blanquette de Limoux NV sparkling)

Available for Take-out only.   Pre-order required.
Not available through any home delivery service.

Please call Café Presse at 206.709.7674 before
6pm on Friday December 29 to pre-order.

Your dinner will be ready to pick up at the time you choose New Year’s Eve between 5pm and 10pm

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Supper in Orthez

fish and reisling

Light supper in Orthez…Merlu de ligne from Saint-Jean de Luz pan sautéed with a compote of fennel and leeks from the garden and sauteed spinach.

On arrival in late November, found the garden still held a few winter veggies…some sad looking Brussels sprout, a fine row of leeks, one or two gigantic cabbages and a whole bed of black radishes fully 2 inches around and nearly a foot long. The radishes we have planted under a sheet of spring mulch mainly for their ability to break up our clay-heavy soil.  Despite their size, the radishes were still firm and peppery.  Had the greens sauteed with garlic the first night with a nice confit de canard and the radishes in green salad ever since.

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Holy Mackerel, check out Café Presse in the Washington Post!

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Here is a link to a Washington Post article entitled “If you can only eat three meals in Seattle, make sure they’re here”.  Spoiler alert, Café Presse is one of them!

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November 2017 Chef’s Dinner

Camembert aged 20 days in Normandy cider, served wit caramelized onion-pork cracklin' brioche

Camembert aged 20 days in Normandy cider, served wit caramelized onion-pork cracklin’ brioche

The November 2017 version of our Chef’s Dinner took place last Wednesday and welcomed a sold out crowd to the back room at Café Presse.  The theme for the dinner was Tout est bon dans le cochon (every part of the pig is good) and the menu for the event was designed to highlight the different possibilities in taste, texture and experience possible using the humble hog.  We hope everyone who attended enjoyed the experience.

Here are a few photos of the different dishes for your enjoyment…and look for info about upcoming chef dinners  on this blog or on the Café Presse website!

Terrine de tete de porc served with house-made dark rye bread and mustard creme fraiche

Terrine de tête de porc served with house-made dark rye bread and mustard creme fraîche

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