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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Menu for February 2017 Chef’s Dinner at Café Presse

Café Presse and Le Pichet invite you to a winter

Cassoulet Dinner

Tuesday February 28, 2017, 6:30pm

Les hors d’œuvres
Crispy fritters filled with Fourme d’Ambert cheese, herbed butter and spinach
House-smoked trout, cabbage-apple salad, chestnut purée, baguette slice
Eggs scrambled with duck gizzards, heart and wild mushrooms, on bread dumpling slice

Petit toast au foie gras mi-cuit de canard, confiture aux figues
Just a bite of duck foie gras terrine on grilled country bread with fig confiture

Calamar farci sur lit de blettes, persillade
Calamari hoods stuffed with their braised legs, onions, garlic, thyme and brown rice, grilled and served on green chard simmered with pine nuts and the leg braising liquid, parsley-garlic-lemon zest olive oil

Cassoulet toulousain
White beans simmered with pork shoulder, cured pork belly, saucisse de Toulouse and duck confit, then baked with herbed bread crumbs

Gâteau aux noix, glace aux prunes et vin de noix maison
Warm walnut cake splashed with house-made walnut wine, served with prune-Armagnac ice cream

Dinner with paired wines $85    Dinner only $65
(price does not include tax or gratuity)

Reservations are limited and available only by telephone 206.709.7674

Menu subject to change to accommodate product seasonality
Sorry, no substitutions for this special event



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Cassoulet Dinner at Café Presse

Le Pichet and Café Presse invite you to a winter


When Le Pichet and Café Presse executive chef Jim Drohman left  Campagne restaurant back in 2000 (has it really been that long?), he stopped making cassoulet. The tiny kitchen at Le Pichet was just too small for preparing this classic from the southwest of France that is best made in big batches.  Now, for the first time in 17 years, Chef Drohman is dusting off his recipe and making cassoulet, as part of a menu featuring dishes from the region of the Midi-Pyrénées.

What: 4-course family-style dinner featuring dishes inspired by the cuisine of the Midi-Pyrénées, centered around a traditional Cassoulet Toulousain and complemented by the country wines of the region
WhenTuesday February 28, at 6:30pm sharp
Where: The back room at Café Presse
Cost: Dinner including wine $85 Dinner only $65

Visit our website for complete menu (coming soon)
The Fall 2016 Quarterly dinner sold out fast so reserve your table now.
Reservations by telephone only at 206.709.7674

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Roasted parsnip soup, red wine braised beef shank, Fourme d’Ambert

This was the dish we served at the 2017 Bailey Boushay House Chef’s Dinner.  A good choices for either a warm, filling first course or, with a green salad, a light but satisfying supper during the cold winter months.

Serves 8

Roasted parsnip soup, red wine braised beef shank and Fourme d’Ambert



  • 1lb parsnips
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 leek
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 6oz yellow potatoes
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 cups heavey cream
  • 2oz unsalted butter (cold)


  • 1lb boneless beef shank
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup cognac
  • red wine
  • 1 sprig thyme


  • 8oz Fourme d'Amber bleu cheese


1. Cut the beef into 2" pieces. Peel the onion, garlic, carrot and chop roughly. In a bowl, combine the beef, vegetables, bay, cloves, cinnamon, cognac, and enough red wine to just cover. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
2. The next day, draining the beef, saving the marinade. Pat the pieces of beef dry with a paper towel. In a stew pot, sear off the pieces in a little vegetable oil, until colored well on all sides. Add the vegetables, herbs and spices and saute briefly. Add the marinade and, if necessary extra water, to just cover. Bring to a boil, skim well, reduce heat, cover, then simmer very slowly until the meat is tender, about 2-3 hours.
3. Strain the cooking liquid into a smaller pot. Skim off the fat, then reduce to a light sauce consistency. During this reduction, shred the beef, discarding any fat or gristle. If you like, dice finely the vegetables and add to the beef. Season well with salt and pepper.
4. Add the reduced cooking liquid to the beef and stir well.
5. Peel the parsnips, onions, potatoes, and garlic. Remove and discard the hard upper leaves of the leek, then split and wash well. Wash and trim the celery. Chop all the vegetables roughly. Toss all the vegetables except the potatos with a little vegetable oil, spread on a baking sheet and roast in a 350 degree overn until tender and beginning to take color.
6. Transfer all the vegetables to a soup pot. Add the potatoes, wine, cider and enough water to just cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer slowly until all the vegetables are very tender. Add the cream and return to a boil. Puree the soup in a blender until smooth. Pass though a medium strainer. Season with salt and pepper.
7. Reheat the braised shank and hold hot. Reheat the soup, then add the cold butter and stir until it is completely incorporated. Ladle the hot soup into individual warm soup bowls, add a large dollop of the braised beef to the middle of each bowl and garnish the top with slices of Fourme d'Ambert.
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Valentine’s Dinner Chez Vous

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?
Cafe Presse has the solution!

Café Presse St.-Valentine’s Take-Home Dinner for 2

Salade aux deux endives, au bleu, aux noix et aux graines de grenade
Salad of Belgian and curly endives, walnuts, pomegranate seeds, cow’s milk Bleu des Causse cheese and Dijon vinaigrette
Poulet rôti, pommes frites et mayonnaise
Whole Washington State free-range chicken, roasted to your order, with pommes frites and mayonnaise
Marquis au chocolat, sauce caramel au cognac
Dense chocolate mousse terrine, served with whipped cream and brandy caramel sauce

Special Take-Home Menu for two:                                 $63.00
Menu + a bottle* of white, red or sparking win         $80


*Wine choices:  Domaine Pépière Sèvre et Maine sur Lie Muscadet 2015
Domaine de Berane « Les Agapes » Côtes du Ventoux 2015
Martinolles Blanquette de Limoux NV

Add a 10-piece bag of house-made salted butter caramels:         $6.50

Special dinner available for take-out only.
Pre-order required.   Please call Cafe Presse at 206.709.7674 before 6pm on February 13 to pre-order.
Your dinner will be ready for pickup at the time you choose between 5pm and 10pm on February 14th

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Today’s special at Cafe Presse: Axoa d’Espelette

Jan 2017 Axoa

It’s not easy to do justice to Axoa in a photo.  Regardless of its humble looks, this traditional Basque dish have become a favorite of guests at Cafe Presse and is one of our most requested menu offerings.

Traditionally in the  Basque countries, Axoa is made with either veal, pork or beef, slowly simmered with peppers, tomatoes, onions and garlic and served with steamed or fried potatoes. Our version, which takes it queue from the French town of Espelette, is made with a combination of range veal and grass fed beef, finished with the famous dried piment d’Espelette and paired with pommes frites,

Special today and for a limited time, come try our Axoa d’Espelette.

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