C’est la Vie

Friday Night Meltdown at C’est la vie

What could possibly be better than an evening centered around cheese? The specific type of cheese being tasted and celebrated at C’est la vie French café and crêperie on Friday, Nov. 3, is raclette—a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese originating from the Swiss Alps. “Raclette” is from the French word “racier,” meaning “to scrape,” and this is why: the big wheels of raclette cheese are traditionally cut into quarters, melted on one side, and then the melty bits are scraped onto a pile of roasted potatoes. At the moment I can’t think of a single thing I’d rather be eating.

Raclette parties are all the rage at the moment—just search for it on Pinterest, and you’ll see what we mean—but the raclette party at Soirée is a perfect way to get familiar with this popular European dish. In addition to the delicious, delicious cheese and roasted potatoes, Soirée will provide bread, arugula salad, prosciutto, cornichons, and pearl onions. The plate of goodies is brought to your table, and then you take your plates up to the “cheese lady” when you are ready, and she will scrape the melted cheese onto your plate. (Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Yes! I want to be the cheese lady!) Wine, beer, and dessert will be available. The cost is $15 per person, and reservations are recommended for parties of six or more. The first seating begins at 4 p.m. and the last seating begins at 7 p.m.

C’est la vie (which doubles as Soirée Supper Club) is located at 1307 N.E. 78th St., Suite 10, in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver. For reservations, call 360-258-1403 or 360-553-5836.

Friday Night Meltdown at C’est la vie

What could possibly be better than an evening centered around cheese? The specific type of cheese being tasted and celebrated at C’est la vie French café and crêperie on Friday, Nov. 3, is raclette—a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese originating from the Swiss Alps. “Raclette” is from the French word “racier,” meaning “to scrape,” and this is why: the big wheels of raclette cheese are traditionally cut into quarters, melted on one side, and then the melty bits are scraped onto a pile of roasted potatoes. At the moment I can’t think of a single thing I’d rather be eating.

Raclette parties are all the rage at the moment—just search for it on Pinterest, and you’ll see what we mean—but the raclette party at Soirée is a perfect way to get familiar with this popular European dish. In addition to the delicious, delicious cheese and roasted potatoes, Soirée will provide bread, arugula salad, prosciutto, cornichons, and pearl onions. The plate of goodies is brought to your table, and then you take your plates up to the “cheese lady” when you are ready, and she will scrape the melted cheese onto your plate. (Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Yes! I want to be the cheese lady!) Wine, beer, and dessert will be available. The cost is $15 per person, and reservations are recommended for parties of six or more. The first seating begins at 4 p.m. and the last seating begins at 7 p.m.

C’est la vie (which doubles as Soirée Supper Club) is located at 1307 N.E. 78th St., Suite 10, in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver. For reservations, call 360-258-1403 or 360-553-5836.

Love at First Crepe Book Signing at C’est la vie

Drop in to C’est la vie French Café & Crêperie any time from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, for a book signing with local author Heidi Renee Mason. She is celebrating the release of her latest mystery novel, “Love at First Crepe.” Life becomes complicated for the main character, an easygoing chef, when she mashes up falling in love with foiling murder plots. The Amazon best-selling Mason cleverly combines crepes, kung fu, unexpected passion, and madcap mayhem in this humorous romantic mystery.

So order up some freshly made, seasonally inspired crêpes, a big café au lait, and chat with Mason about her books and her writing inspiration—and maybe find out what she might have planned for future novels! She is the author of “Investigating the Heart,” “Goodnight, Sweetheart,” “Steadfast Heart,” and “Always Hope”—and she’s always got another book in the works. You can also enter to win a copy of “Love at First Crepe.” To learn more about Mason, visit her website at www.heidireneemason.com.

C’est la vie is located at 1307 N.E. 78th St. #10 in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver, and shares a location with owner Chef Keri Buhman’s sister business, Soirée Supper Club and Catering, which hosts monthly/seasonal multi-course, prix fixe dinners. Visit www.soireesupperclub.com/events/ to see what’s happening next, or, better yet, to sign up for Soirée’s newsletter.

Above image: one of C’est la vie’s delicious raspberry-and-lemon-curd crêpes. Editor’s note: I can personally attest to the fact that these crêpes are mind-blowingly delicious.

Wine & Cheese Pairing Class

Chef Keri Buhman, owner of C’est la Vie French Café and Crêperie, invites you to sip, nibble, and learn a little more about why wine and cheese go so deliciously together at its Wine and Cheese Pairing Class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 29.

C’est la Vie is located at 1307 N.E. 78th St. #10 in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver, and shares a location with Buhman’s sister business, Soirée Supper Club and Catering, which hosts monthly/seasonal multi-course, prix fixe dinners. (Visit www.soireesupperclub.com/events/ to see what’s happening next, or, better yet, to sign up for Soirée’s newsletter.)

Attendees at the Wine and Cheese Pairing Class will learn about some fantastic wines, some scrumptious cheeses, and which flavors complement each other. The class includes five wines and five cheeses, as well as some additional goodies to savor. The cost is $50 per person. To reserve your spot, call 360-553-5836 or email Buhman at keri@cestlaviebistro.com.

Wine & Cheese Class at C’est la Vie

Chef Keri Buhman, owner of C’est la Vie French Café and Crêperie, invites you to sip, nibble, and learn a little more about why wine and cheese go so deliciously together at its Wine and Cheese Pairing Class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 29.

C’est la Vie is located at 1307 N.E. 78th St. #10 in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver, and shares a location with Buhman’s sister business, Soirée Supper Club and Catering, which hosts monthly/seasonal multi-course, prix fixe dinners. (Visit www.soireesupperclub.com/events/ to see what’s happening next, or, better yet, to sign up for Soirée’s newsletter.)

Attendees at the Wine and Cheese Pairing Class will learn about some fantastic wines, some scrumptious cheeses, and which flavors complement each other. The class includes five wines and five cheeses, as well as some additional goodies to savor. The cost is $50 per person. To reserve your spot, call 360-553-5836 or email Buhman at keri@cestlaviebistro.com.

Spring Brunch at C’est la Vie

Tickets for Soirée Supper Club & Catering‘s monthly supper clubs sell like hotcakes—but this month, chef/owner Keri Buhman is shaking things up (deliciously, of course) with a Spring Brunch from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at C’est la Vie French Café and Crêperie, also owned by Buhman and located at the same address. The scrumptious three-course meal celebrates the arrival of spring with a bevy of classic brunch selections. To whet your appetite, here is a peek at the menu:

  • First course: French croissants and house made scones with fresh fruit and Devonshire cream
  • Second course: Choice of a brunch crêpe, Monte Cristo crêpe, or Frenchie crêpe; French toast bread pudding with Battle Ground produce bacon; frittata with black forest ham, Gruyere and Dijon crème; or fritatta with asparagus, roasted tomato, and goat cheese
  • Third course: Choice of chocolate mousse with salted caramel; lemon curd and berry tart; or two artisan cheeses with accompaniments

The cost is $30 per person with coffee or juice, or $35 with a classic mimosa. The price doesn’t include tax and gratuity. To reserve your spot, call 360-553-5836 or email Buhman at keri@cestlaviebistro.com. C’est la Vie French Café and Crêperie / Soirée Supper Club is located at 1307 N.E. 78th St., Suite 10, in the Hazel Dell are of Vancouver.

Spring Brunch at C’est La Vie

Tickets for Soirée Supper Club & Catering‘s monthly supper clubs sell like hotcakes—but this month, chef/owner Keri Buhman is shaking things up (deliciously, of course) with a Spring Brunch on Saturday, April 29, at C’est la Vie French Café and Crêperie, also owned by Buhman and located at the same address. The scrumptious three-course meal celebrates the arrival of spring with a bevy of classic brunch selections. To whet your appetite, here is a peek at the menu:

  • First course: French croissants and house made scones with fresh fruit and Devonshire cream
  • Second course: Choice of a brunch crêpe, Monte Cristo crêpe, or Frenchie crêpe; French toast bread pudding with Battle Ground produce bacon; frittata with black forest ham, Gruyere and Dijon crème; or fritatta with asparagus, roasted tomato, and goat cheese
  • Third course: Choice of chocolate mousse with salted caramel; lemon curd and berry tart; or two artisan cheeses with accompaniments

The cost is $30 per person with coffee or juice, or $35 with a classic mimosa. The price doesn’t include tax and gratuity. To reserve your spot, call 360-553-5836 or email Buhman at keri@cestlaviebistro.com. C’est la Vie French Café and Crêperie / Soirée Supper Club is located at 1307 N.E. 78th St., Suite 10, in the Hazel Dell are of Vancouver.

Above image: French toast bread pudding

C’est la Vie Five-Year Anniversary Celebration

C’est la Vie French Café and Crêperie is celebrating its fifth birthday this month! Five years ago, on March 17, 2012, Chef Keri Buhman—who also owns Soirée Supper Club & Catering at the same location—set up her tent at the Vancouver Farmer’s Market (also making its seasonal debut this weekend) and the rest is delicious, delicious history. C’est la Vie graduated from a tent to a brick-and-mortar store, and then a couple years ago she expanded at her Hazel Dell location and opened Soirée Supper Club, which hosts monthly prix fixe, limited seating, RSVP-only dinners. Most recently, Buhman has opened a small marketplace next door to C’est la Vie, where customers can purchase high-quality, super-yummy French wines, cured meats, cheeses, baguettes and other goodies.

So now it’s time to celebrate! Drop by C’est la Vie any time from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 17, when all food, desserts, glasses of wine and mimosas will be $5. C’est la Vie and Soirée Supper Club are located at 1307 N.E. 78th St., Suite 10, in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver. For more information, visit www.cestlaviebistro.com or www.soireesupperclub.com. You can also call 360-553-5836 or e-mail Buhman directly at keri@soireesupperclub.com.

Happy Birthday, C’est la Vie!

C’est la Vie French Café and Crêperie is celebrating its fifth birthday this month! Five years ago, on March 17, 2012, Chef Keri Buhman—who also owns Soirée Supper Club & Catering at the same location—set up her tent at the Vancouver Farmer’s Market (also making its seasonal debut this weekend) and the rest is delicious, delicious history. C’est la Vie graduated from a tent to a brick-and-mortar store, and then a couple years ago she expanded at her Hazel Dell location and opened Soirée Supper Club, which hosts monthly prix fixe, limited seating, RSVP-only dinners. Most recently, Buhman has opened a small marketplace next door to C’est la Vie, where customers can purchase high-quality, super-yummy French wines, cured meats, cheeses, baguettes and other goodies.

So now it’s time to celebrate! Drop by C’est la Vie any time from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 17, when all food, desserts, glasses of wine and mimosas will be $5. C’est la Vie and Soirée Supper Club are located at 1307 N.E. 78th St., Suite 10, in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver. For more information, visit www.cestlaviebistro.com or www.soireesupperclub.com. You can also call 360-553-5836 or e-mail Buhman directly at keri@soireesupperclub.com.

Above image: fresh raspberry crêpes with crème fraîche and lemon curd at C’est la Vie. Photo courtesy of www.foodcouverusa.com.

Celebrate Julia Child’s Birthday at Soirée Supper Club

Celebrate Julia Child’s birthday at Soirée Supper Club with a six-course meal and seven wines (including a delicious sparkling wine served upon your arrival) this Saturday, Jan. 14. “But Julia Child’s birthday is Aug. 15,” you say, and you’re quite right. However, Chef Keri Buhman—owner of Soirée Supper Club and C’est la Vie French café and créperie in Hazel Dell—was just a bit too pregnant then to cook a full-on, Julia Child-inspired meal. And then the baby was born…and then the holidays happened…and here we are at the snowy beginning of 2017! What better time to celebrate?

The meal, which is $100 per person, will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. The menu features a lot of delicious French things. You might not know how to pronounce them, but that will not stop you from eating them. Just in case you speak French—or Foodie—here’s a sneak peek at the menu:

  • Potage parmentier (potato and leek soup)
  • French bistro salade (butter lettuce with green onions, Dijon mustard, and lemon)
  • Sole Meunière (pan-fried sole with brown butter sauce)
  • Boeuf Bourguignon (beef cooked in Burgundy wine with garlic, onions and mushrooms)
  • Cheese trolley (mmmm…cheese!)
  • Reine de Saba “Queen of Sheba” (chocolate cake with coffee, almonds and sometimes rum)

The price doesn’t include tax and gratuity, but who’s counting? There’s limited seating available so make your reservations soon by calling C’est la Vie at 360-553-5836 or emailing Keri directly at keri@soireesupperclub.com. Soirée Supper Club is located at 1307 N.E. 78th St., Suite 10, in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver.

Celebrate Julia Child’s Birthday with Supper at Soirée

Celebrate Julia Child’s birthday at Soirée Supper Club with a six-course meal and seven wines (including a delicious sparkling wine served upon your arrival) this Saturday, Jan. 14. “But Julia Child’s birthday is Aug. 15,” you say, and you’re quite right. However, Chef Keri Buhman—owner of Soirée Supper Club and C’est la Vie French café and créperie in Hazel Dell—was just a bit too pregnant then to cook a full-on, Julia Child-inspired meal. And then the baby was born…and then the holidays happened…and here we are at the snowy beginning of 2017! What better time to celebrate?

The meal, which is $100 per person, will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. The menu features a lot of delicious French things. You might not know how to pronounce them, but that will not stop you from eating them. Just in case you speak French—or Foodie—here’s a sneak peek at the menu:

  • Potage parmentier (potato and leek soup)
  • French bistro salade (butter lettuce with green onions, Dijon mustard, and lemon)
  • Sole Meunière (pan-fried sole with brown butter sauce)
  • Boeuf Bourguignon (beef cooked in Burgundy wine with garlic, onions and mushrooms)
  • Cheese trolley (mmmm…cheese!)
  • Reine de Saba “Queen of Sheba” (chocolate cake with coffee, almonds and sometimes rum)

The price doesn’t include tax and gratuity, but who’s counting? There’s limited seating available so make your reservations soon by calling C’est la Vie at 360-553-5836 or emailing Keri directly at keri@soireesupperclub.com. Soirée Supper Club is located at 1307 N.E. 78th St., Suite 10, in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver.

Free Christmas Party with C’est la Vie, Riverside Performing Arts

Soirée Supper Club/C’est la Vie and Riverside Performing Arts are partnering to throw one delicious, entertaining community Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 17. Drop by any time from 1 to 4 p.m. for dance classes, cookie decorating, wine and cheese tasting, pictures with Santa, musical performances by Riverside’s Youth Dance Company and Theatre Troup, Christmas crafts, and an ugly sweater contest.

The party—which is free and open to the public—will be held at 1307 N.E. 78th St. in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver, where Riverside Performing Arts and the C’est la Vie French bistro and creperie are both located, with free parking on-site. Here’s the schedule of events:

  • 1 to 1:15 p.m.: opening performance by Youth Dance Company, Theatre Troupe & Preschool
  • 1:30 to 3:30:  free pictures with Santa
  • 1:30 to 3:50: free dance and drama classes for ages two to 8+ (tap shoes available)
  • 1 to 3:45 p.m.: ugly Christmas sweater contest
  • 1:30 to 3:50 p.m.: Christmas crafts
  • 3:30 to 3:55: closing performance by Youth Dance Company, Theatre Troupe & Preschool

Soirée Supper Club & Catering was started by Keri Buhman in 2015 (and if you’ve been to C’est la Vie, then you’ve already got a taste of Buhman’s offerings). C’est la Vie is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and also includes a shop with hard-to-find French culinary items. Buhman, a native Couvie, is an experienced and well-traveled sommelier who trained (and later taught) in New Zealand and has served as head sommelier at a five-star resort in the Maldives.

Christmas Party with C’est la Vie & Riverside

Soirée Supper Club/C’est la Vie and Riverside Performing Arts are partnering to throw one delicious, entertaining community Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 17. Drop by any time from 1 to 4 p.m. for dance classes, cookie decorating, wine and cheese tasting, pictures with Santa, musical performances by Riverside’s Youth Dance Company and Theatre Troup, Christmas crafts, and an ugly sweater contest.

The party—which is free and open to the public—will be held at 1307 N.E. 78th St. in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver, where Riverside Performing Arts and the C’est la Vie French bistro and creperie are both located, with free parking on-site. Here’s the schedule of events:

  • 1 to 1:15 p.m.: opening performance by Youth Dance Company, Theatre Troupe & Preschool
  • 1:30 to 3:30:  free pictures with Santa
  • 1:30 to 3:50: free dance and drama classes for ages two to 8+ (tap shoes available)
  • 1 to 3:45 p.m.: ugly Christmas sweater contest
  • 1:30 to 3:50 p.m.: Christmas crafts
  • 3:30 to 3:55: closing performance by Youth Dance Company, Theatre Troupe & Preschool

Soirée Supper Club & Catering was started by Keri Buhman in 2015 (and if you’ve been to C’est la Vie, then you’ve already got a taste of Buhman’s offerings). C’est la Vie is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and also includes a shop with hard-to-find French culinary items. Buhman, a native Couvie, is an experienced and well-traveled sommelier who trained (and later taught) in New Zealand and has served as head sommelier at a five-star resort in the Maldives.

July Supper Club at Soirée

Seats are selling for Soirée Supper Club & Catering‘s seasonal supper clubs even before the dates are announced! Luckily, Soirée owner/chef Keri Buhman has responded to demand and is offering additional seats for its Summer Solstice Supper Club at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. The sumptuous meal celebrates cuisine from the South of France and features six courses paired with seven French wines (including—mais oui!—a sparkling wine). The cost is $100 per person, not including tax and gratuity; email keri@soireesupperclub.com to reserve your space. In the meantime, here’s a peek at the menu:

  • Salade Lyonnaise
  • Bouillabaisse
  • Duck confit
  • Roasted chicken Provençal
  • French cheese trolley
  • Apricot frangipane tarte with lavender crème

If you’ve been to C’est la Vie French café and crêperie, then you’ve already had a taste of Buhman’s offerings; C’est la Vie is located with Soirée at 1307 N.E. 78th St., Suite 10, in Hazel Dell. The little French bistro has been so successful that Buhman is closing C’est la vie from July 11-15 to expand and add a retail space. If you’re at the supper club on July 16, you’ll be one of the very first people to see the new space before it opens on Monday, July 18. The new store will sell wine, beer, cheese, chocolate, charcuterie, preserves, and some of the C’est la Vie favorites, like salted caramel and rosemary dressing.

Spanish Night at Cellar 55

Cellar 55 Tasting Room is hosting "Spanish Night" featuring live music with Kevien Evansen serenading sippers with Spanish and Flamenco guitar. Guests will be among the first to taste new releases from Gordon Estate winery, including its 2008 Tempranillo—which is guaranteed to pair perfectly with the $10 Spanish tapas plate from C'est la Vie Bistro: Jamon-wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese, spiced roasted chickpeas, patatas bravas, aged Manchego cheese with quince paste, chorizo sausage, and a baguette. Arrive early to get a table; Evanson usually packs the house. Tapas plates will be available beginning at 5 p.m.

Spanish Night at Cellar55

Do you ever wish, after a few sips of wine, that you could transport yourself to the land where it was grown—to savor the sultry Mediterranean breeze on your face, to hear Medieval church bells ring in the square, to feel the rough and ancient cobblestones beneath your feet, to really taste the terroir? Well, we can't help you with that. But we can let you know that Cellar 55 Tasting Room is hosting "Spanish Night" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28.
 
The evening will feature live music with Kevien Evansen serenading sippers with Spanish and Flamenco guitar. Guests will be among the first to taste new releases from Gordon Estate winery, including its 2008 Tempranillo—which is guaranteed to pair perfectly with the $10 Spanish tapas plate from C'est la Vie Bistro: Jamon-wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese, spiced roasted chickpeas, patatas bravas, aged Manchego cheese with quince paste, chorizo sausage, and a baguette.
 
See? You're practically already in Spain. Except you'll have to arrive early to get a table; Evanson usually packs the house. Tapas plates will be available beginning at 5 p.m. Cellar 55 is located at 1812 Washington St. in downtown Vancouver.