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PETIT BOUCHON

Mon - Fri | Lunch 11:50 am - 2:30 pm  |  Dinner - Available for private parties of 15 – 42 people

Le Petit Bouchon offers you and your guests a custom-tailored, gourmet, fine dining experience that showcases classic and artistic French culinary traditions.

All Guests are required to present their Frequent Membership Card and Identification at the entrance to the French Embassy.

Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Email all reservation requests to reservations@lecafedescartes.com

Please include the first and last name of each guest in your party.

Host your next private dining experience or event at Le Petit Bouchon!

Our restaurant is open in the evening for you and your guests with a minimum reservation of 15.

Contact us at (202) 944-6075 or by emailing reservations@lecafedescartes.com

 
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DESCARTES CATERING

Le Café Descartes proudly offers catering services for your next luncheon, party, or event.

 

For more information, please email info@lecafedescartes.com or call (202) 944-6075 or visit

https://franceintheus.org

 
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DESCARTES COFFEE BAR

Mon - Fri  |  8:30am - 3:30pm

Proudly Serving warm beverages By:

Dammann Frères Teas & Julius Meinl Coffee

 
 
 
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QUATRE SAISONS

CAFÉTÉRIA

Mon - Fri 11:30am - 2:45pm

Created by our Chef de Cuisine with special attention to detail and French culinary traditions, our menu is seasonal and offers a wide variety of selection to appeal to every palete.

 
 
 
Le Café Descartes is located within The Embassy of France, in Washington, D.C.
ALL GUESTS ARE REQUIRED TO PRESENT IDENTIFICATION AT THE EMBASSY ENTRANCE GATE.
 
 
 
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Amandine Pastry

From the classic Paris-Brest to Chocolate Mousse

All of our pastries uphold French culinary traditions and gourmet artistry.

All specialty pastry orders must be placed 72 hours in advance by emailing info@lecafedescartes.com.

Contact us at (202) 944-6075 for more information.

ALL GUESTS ARE REQUIRED TO PRESENT IDENTIFICATION AT THE EMBASSY ENTRANCE GATE.

 
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OUR MISSION

Le Café Descartes’s mission is to create a memorable French culinary experience for everyone that walks through our doors. Le Café Descartes, at our core, provides homemade, gourmet meals for the distinguished palate which are executed with meticulous attention to detail and bolstered by first-class customer service. Our goal is to provide an unforgettable made-to-order experience that transports you to France!

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EXECUTIVE CHEF

Chef Mark Courseille’s passion for the culinary arts started at a a young age. Before he was old enough to vote, his heart and mind had decided that a chef's coat was truly his calling, which is reflected in the passion he brings to his food today.

Originally a native of Bordeaux, in Southwest France, Chef Courseille graduated from the Culinary High School of Talence. Chef Courseille continued his culinary journey in the kitchens of many high profile restaurants, including Washington DC's Citronelle by Michel Richard, Le Paradou by Yannick Cam, and Le Saint-James (Relais & Chateaux) in Bouliac, France.

Chef Courseille has earned recognition and artistic respect of the world’s leading chefs, restaurateurs, and culinary experts.

GENERAL MANAGER

Max Jacquet has a passion for French wine and food, and is known for his excellence in managing every detail for large and small events at the Embassy and building solid and lasting relationships with clients.

Mr. Jacquet started as a baker at age 14 in Les Sables d’Olonne, France before he came to the US in 2010. He has built a reputation for his dedication to precision in events. He has managed every detail of the staff and catering side of the Embassy since 2015, and has overseen hundreds of events from exclusive wine pairing dinners with top French wine makers, to galas for thousands for local hospitals, corporations and charities. He looks forward to working with you to plan the perfect event for your needs.


 
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SOUS-CHEF

Brice Georges is from Beaune, France. He started his passion for cooking at the age of 16 years old at Maison Millière in Dijon, France and then went to Marco Polo Restaurant in Dijon.

When he arrived in the US, in 2011, he started at La Bergerie Restaurant in Alexandria, VA as a Sous-Chef. For a few years after that, he worked in different places all around France and Switzerland, one of them being Hotel Le Beau Site in Adelboden, Switzerland.He then moved back to the US to the well known Belgium Restaurant Et Voilà! as a Sous-Chef. It's a privilege to have him in our team as his talent and passion for food can be seen, felt and tasted in each dish. As Brice always says, "My goal is to put smiles on people's faces and share a piece of my passion everyday with each of the client!"


 

Hidden inside Washington’s embassies: A world of fun (and free) stuff to do

LE CAFE DESCARTES ON THE WASHINGTON POST BY FRITZ HAHN, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2018

 
Chef Mark Courseille prepares lunch at Le Café Descartes in the French Embassy. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

Chef Mark Courseille prepares lunch at Le Café Descartes in the French Embassy. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

The French Embassy hosts a variety of activities in its event space, La Maison Française, in Georgetown. It’s best known for regular, free screenings of French films; other programming includes concerts, wine tastings and, last summer, packed World Cup viewing parties that ended in a champagne-drenched celebration.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the embassy, though, is Le Café Descartes, a cafeteria and restaurant open to anyone who fills out a form on its website. The kitchen is run by Mark Courseille, a native of Bordeaux who served as pastry chef at Citronelle and Et Voila! The most popular order, says general manager Max Jacquet, is the three-course, $30 menu du jour, which might include butternut squash soup and sauteed sea scallops. And although fine dining is a draw, don’t overlook the cafeteria, where daily specials, such as duck confit or a haddock filet in sancerre sauce, cost $10. Both are open for lunch daily; the bar hosts Friday happy hours from May through September. 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW.



 

FOODIE AND THE BEAST

NOVEMBER 18TH ON FOODIE AND THE BEAST WE’RE GETTING READY FOR THE WINTER SEASON WITH NYCCI AND DAVID NELLIS!

Nycci Nellis is everyone's "go to" food journalist for insights and in depth info about everything happening across the food/wine/spirits/brews/restaurant scenes in the Mid-Atlantic and across the U.S. Her husband, David, is a beer and burgers guy. On radio since 2009, they host celebrity guest interviews with famous and up-and-coming chefs, winemakers, distillers, oyster-men, farmers, marine biologists and more. Get the foodie info you need to know and won't find anywhere else; enjoy irreverent repartee; pick up great recipe tips for cooking to cocktails and ... have fun! .. with Nycci and David Nellis on the one and only, Foodie and the Beast.

 
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“AN INTERVIEW WITH chef MARK COURSEILLE”

BY CALVERT WOODLEY 2018 FALL SALE CATALOG

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“THE DISTRICT CAPITAL CUISINE”

LET’S EAT OUT!

AUTUMN HAS ARRIVED AND IT’S THE PERFECT TIME TO GET TOGETHER WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

FOR A PLEASANT SUNDAY BRUNCH, MID-DAY BREAK, OR FUN-FILLED EVENING. THESE DC-AREA

RESTAURANTS HAVE PUT OUT THE WELCOME MAT FOR YOU! BON APPETIT!

BY THE WASHINGTON POST MAGAZINE, FALL 2018 / OCTOBER 14, 2018

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RENAISSANCE GALA DINNER AND BALL

On March 22, 2018, under the patronage of Ambassador of France Gérard Araud, the Embassy of France hosted The Renaissance Dinner and Ball to celebrate Goût de France/Good France, an annual event organized by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and held worldwide to celebrate French gourmet cooking. Exclusive 6 course dinner prepared by no less than 12 talented and prominent Washington-area chefs to showcase French-American friendship and our shared culture of fine cuisine.

TABLE RENAISSANCE GALA DINNER

 

 

celebrating the "french open" with CHEF MARK COURSEILLE OF LE CAFÉ DESCARTES

by good morning washington (NBC7)