Annual Christmas Eve Potluck at Carmen’s Café Monday, December 24, from 5-10
As the Potlatch tradition of the Northwest Native Americans was explained to Carmen:
When you have a good year, you naturally want to share it with your neighbors. You might invite them over for a celebration, and give them gifts like blankets to show your friendship.
Maybe the next year is great for them, so now they invite you over. They feed you, then give YOU blankets— the ones you gave them, plus some other new ones. By the tradition, their blankets are just as powerful a gift as yours, but the ones they give back to you are extra special— they have been given before, so have twice as much love woven into them. This can grow to hundreds of blankets, given back and forth year by year, a symbolic expression of a cherished relationship.
Carmen’s Café is Cuban-American, not from the Northwest, but they love the idea of Potlatch, that the spirit and intention of goodwill is more important than monetary value. They invite one and all to their annual Holiday Potluck on December 24 from 5-10. Carmen will lay out a basic spread— rice and beans, with picadillo, salad, plantains and yucca, with flan for dessert and sangria and spiced cider to refresh. Bring your own addition to share with all— drinks and desserts, main dishes and sides. Enjoy the spirit of giving and say a holiday hello to your neighbors.
served with garlic-nutmeg mashed potatoes in a demi glace
with orange-ginger glaze
in a sherry cream sauce
with beurre blanc
Our last Breakfast Buffet was New Year’s Day. We’ve expanded the menu and brought it back
this Saturday & Sunday, the 16th & 17th,
because you like it so much!
Scrambled Eggs with Chorizo
Blueberry Multigrain Pancakes with Pure Maple Syrup
Fruit Platter with Homemade Yoghurt Dip
Rice & Beans
Coffee, Tea and Juice
Cost is $12 Adults, $7 for kids under 12 Next Week:
Acoustic Rock Covers and Originals
Carmen & Jim
Fine Cuban American Cuisine
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Next Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17, we are trying something different. Every once in a while we have a Breakfast Buffet instead of our usual cook-to-order. It’s a good time to try something different, to fill your hunger both for the new and different and for the tried and true. Menu:
Chorizo Scrambled Eggs
Flamenca (Chorizo Stew, eaten with eggs)
Blueberry Multigrain Pancakes
Fruit Platter w. Yoghurt Dip
Price is $12 for adults, $7 for children under 12.
If you like it we’ll do it more often, so let us know, even if you can’t come in this weekend.