Poule au pot trial

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In preparation for the upcoming June Chef’s Dinner at Cafe Presse, I recently put together  a Poule au Pot trial run using a chicken from Hungry Hollow Farms.

Here are some photos of the process:

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Here is the chicken as received from Hungry Hollow Farms and delivered by owner/farmer Grant Jones.  GMO free, pasture raised and left free to hunt lots of bugs and worms, these birds develop a different body shape than intensively farmed chickens:  the breast is smaller, the legs larger and firmer and overall there is less fat.  The smell and flavor of the flesh is much earthier, slightly gamey, just plain more chicken-y. They remind me quite a lot of poulet fermier that we buy at the weekly farmer’s market in Orthez. Continue reading

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Hungry Hollow Farms at Café Presse Quarterly Dinner

Hungry Hollow Farm

For our June 2018 Quarterly Chef’s Dinnner at Café Presse, we will be preparing a traditional Poule au pot, featuring free-range, pasture raised farm chickens from Hungry Hollow Farms near Shelton WA.

Grant Jones

THIS JUST IN:  Artisan farmer/owner of Hungry Hollow Farms Grant Jones will be on hand to talk about how he works and to answer your questions.  Says Grant of how he farms:  “We’re putting animals back on the grass where they belong. When we raise animals outside on grass, they forage for greens and bugs. This natural diet produces meat and eggs with richer flavor and a superior nutritional profile.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of the local heroes who are working to put healthy food on our tables.

There are only a few remaining seats for this event.
Rerservations by telephone only 206.709.7674

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We’re open on Memorial Day!

Café Presse and Le Pichet will both be open regular hours on Memorial day, Monday May 28, 2018.

Café Presse open 7am to 2am

Le Pichet open 8am to midnight

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Café Presse Celebrates World Cup 2018

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Join us from June 14 to July 15

Thursday June 14 – Fête de la Coupe

What: A World Cup kickoff party!
  7am to 10am,  Kick-off match at 8am, host team Russia v Saudi Arabia

Start the World Cup right with breakfast & libations starting at 7am
Croques, frites, omelette, cocktail specials, free World Cup cake and more
Free Raffle to win a reservation for 6 at the World Cup Final including breakfast chosen by our chef.

Saturday June 16 – Fête Bleue

What: France’s first match followed by back to back matches until 4pm
  Saturday June 16 from 7:00am until 4:00 pm

A full day of matches starting at 7am with France v Australia
Breakfast tartine, pissaladiere, cocktails specials and more
Free Raffle to win a reservation for 6 at the World Cup Final including breakfast chosen by our chef.

Plus throughout the Tournament:

During all French team matches:
$14 bottles of white, red or rosé $10 cheese & charcuterie plate

During all afternoon replays:
$1.00 off Kronenbourg during all afternoon match replays

Special World Cup cocktail to benefit Fare Start (www.farestart.org)


Showing all matches starting at 7am.   Afternoon rebroadcast of big matches

For up-to-date match info visit our weekly event calendar

Ask your server for a free World Cup match schedule


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Menu for June Chef’s Dinner at Café Presse

June 2018 Chef’s Dinner at Café Presse

Poule au pot Henri IV

Wednesday June 6, 2018


Poireaux vinaigrette aux coques et aux croutons
Penn Cove clams marinated with spring garlic and thyme, served cold with poached leeks, shellfish vinaigrette and butter fried croutons

Bouillon de poule, pâtes fraiches et beurre aux foies de volaille
Chicken-poaching bouillon served as a soup course with fava beans, peas, fresh noodles, tarragon and chicken liver butter

 La vraie poule au pot façon Henri Quatre
Farm chicken with bread-pork sausage-spinach stuffing poached in bouillon, served with sauce verte

 Fromage de brebis de vallée d’Aspe et sa salade aux cerises noires
Sheep’s milk tome from the Vallee d’Aspe, salad of bitter greens, Bing cherries and piment d’Espelette vinaigrette

Pastis landais et ses fraises de notre région
Orange scented yeasted cake from the region of les Landes, served with local strawberries and Armagnac crème anglais


Dinner including beverage* $75
*paired wines or non-alcoholic beverage

For this special event, No Substitutions Please.
Reservations by phone only at 206.709.7674
Price does not include Service Charge and WA State tax

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June 2018 Chef’s Dinner at Café Presse

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Poule au pot Henri IV

Nearly everyone has heard the famous story of King Henri IV who promised “a chicken in every pot. What most people don’t know is that Henri IV came from the Bèarn and that his name is still attached to one of the region’s most famous dishes. Join us for a special chef’s dinner centered around a traditional Poule au pot Henri IV, celebrating the local farm produce of early summer.

What:     5-course family-style dinner
When:   Wednesday June 6, 2018 6:30pm sharp
Where:  The back room at Café Presse
Cost:      Dinner including  beverage* $75                

*your choice of paired wines or non-alcoholic beverages

Visit our website for complete menu
Reservations by telephone only at 206.709.7674
For this special event, NO SUBSTITUTIONS PLEASE
Price does not include service charge and WA State tax

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Vote for us!

Seattle magazine

Café Presse and Le Pichet have both been nominated for awards in the Seattle Magazine Best Restaurants Readers Poll 2018.  Both are nominated in the Best French Restaurant  category and Café Presse is also nominated for Best Late-Night Dining. If you agree, Vote Early and Vote Often using the link above!


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CP NM April 2018 asparagus

Local asparagus with Dijon cream, chives and crispy jambon

New spring desserts at Café Presse

Dense rhubarb custard cake served warm with whipped cream

Dense rhubarb custard cake served warm with whipped cream

As promised, here are some photos of the new desserts created by pastry chef Allyson Lanter and featured on the Spring 2018 menu at Café Presse.  Enjoy!

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Spring Menu starts at Café Presse

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Warm Yakima aspargus served with Dijon mustard cream, chives and cripy country ham

Cafe Presse chef de cuisine James O’Hern unveiled his new menu for Spring 2018 today with the traditional staff tasting.  The staff tasting is sort of a cross between a dinner party and a training class on all the details of the new menu; food, friends and lots of talk about the dishes.

Here are some photos to whet your appetite. Hope you will come by Cafe Presse soon to try the new dishes for yourself.

And watch this space for photos of the new dessert menu coming soon! Continue reading

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