Menu for February 2017 Chef’s Dinner at Café Presse

Café Presse and Le Pichet invite you to a winter


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 coings
Just a bite of duck foie gras terrine on grilled country bread with quince 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



Cassoulet Dinner at Café Presse


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

Winter Menu starts today at Café Presse

Pork-white chard sausage roasted in a skillet with chestnuts, mushrooms, sunchokes and hazelnut butter

Pork-white chard sausage roasted in a skillet with chestnuts, mushrooms, sunchokes and hazelnut butter

The Winter 2017 menu started this morning at 9am at Café Presse.  As always, the first day of the new menu was kicked off by a all staff tasting before service this morning.

Here are photos of some of  the new dishes (there are lots more in addition to these!).  You can check out the entire menu on our website or just come by and try it for yourself!

And stay tuned for photos of the new dessert offerings from pastry chef Allyson Lanter.

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Let us do the cooking!


Whole natural Washington chicken for 2, roasted to your order at Cafe Presse or to take home.

No time to cook?  Let us cook a chicken for you, to enjoy either here at Café Presse or to take  “chez vous”.  You can choose a cold half-chicken served with mayonnaise and salad  or a whole chicken roasted to order for you, with or without pommes frites.

Stop by our in-house wine shop to grab a bottle to complete your meal!

Check out our menus for full details.

Two-sided totes now available

Two-sided totes, featuring Le Pichet and Cafe Presse logos, are 100% cotton canvas and made in America.

Two-sided totes, featuring Le Pichet and Cafe Presse logos, are 100% cotton canvas and made in America…lookin’ pretty stylish.

Just in at Cafe Presse and Le Pichet:  our two-sided cotton canvas totes featuring both the Le Pichet Cafe Presse logos.  Sized as a generous book or grocery bag, these totes are made of 100% natural cotton and are 100% made in America.  You can pick them up at Le Pichet or Cafe Presse for only $16 while supplies last.

Cafe Presse Does Private Events

Looking for a place to host a wedding dinner?  Special birthday party?  Family reunion? A brunch with co-workers?  A private party? 
The back room at Café Presse is available for  your private events throughout the day, all year long, any day of the week. 
We can seat up to 45 guests, and our Executive Chef will work with you to design the perfect menu, whether it be cocktails and hors d’œuvres, a casual buffet,  a family style supper, or a multi-course dinner.  Choose from our full selection of French country wines, beers and cocktails to accompany your  meal.

For information or to reserve the back room, please email us  at

Join us for French Conversation in 2017

2017 Dates for the French Conversation Table at Café Presse:

January:           04, 18                  July:              05, 19
February:         01, 15                  August:         02, 16, 30
March:             01,15,29              September:   13, 27
April:                12, 26                  October:        11, 25
May:                10, 24                   November:    08  (no meeting on 11/22)
June:               07, 21                   December:    06, 20

Every second Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm, please join us for French conversation in the back room at Café Presse.   At each meeting, a French speaking facilitator will be on hand  to get the discussion rolling.  The Conversation Table is free and open to French speakers of all levels.  Hope to see you there.

And don’t forget that every day from 4pm to 6pm (including during the French Conversation Table) you can enjoy our VinExpresse Happy Hour, when all in-house bottles of wine are available for take-out prices as well as special prices on wine-friendly snacks.

Mardi Prix Fixe every Tuesday

Café Presse is proud to announce


Every Tuesday from 11am to 10pm

What:  A fixed price menu with your choice of 2 or 3 courses at a great price
When: Every Tuesday from 11am to 10pm, beginning October 7, 2014
Where:  Café Presse of course!

Café Presse now offers a fixed price menu every Tuesday that lets YOU pick the number of courses you would like.  YOU make your choices from a special selection of seasonal dishes, then WE do the rest, all at a great price.

2 courses (starter + main course  or  main course + dessert)   $18
3 courses (starter + main course + dessert)                                    $23

PLUS:  Come in between 4pm and 6pm and also take advantage of Vin Expresse, when all bottles of wine are available in-house at our low take-out prices:  $9 to $15

For further information and reservations, call Café Presse at 206.709.7674

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Vin Expresse and After Hours – Two Great Happy Hours


Cafe Presse now has two great Happy Hours

Vin Expresse: Everyday from 4pm to 6pm
Our Paris-style wine happy hour
-All in-house bottles of wine available at Take-Out prices; all bottles from $9 and $15.
-Menu of wine-friendly snacks at special low prices.

Presse After Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11pm to 1:30am
Our late night happy hour
-Late night specials on Wine, Beer and Cocktails
-Great prices on croques, frites and more

For more information and menus, visit our website at