Communal dinner series springing up at Cafe Estelle

Beginning tomorrow at 7am, Cafe Estelle (444 N. Fourth St.) will open up reservations for a series of Monday-night, communal-table tasting dinners kicking off on the first day of spring, March 21.

The seven-course Monday dinners, reoccuring on April 18 and May 23, will give chef/owner Marshall Green a chance to flex the fine-dining muscles he earned working in kitchens like Aimee Olexy and Bryan Sikora's groundbreaking Django.  Though Cafe Estelle's hours end at 4 pm, the house-smoked salmon and bacon, locally sourced produce, lovingly fashioned scrapple and house-baked bread and pastries all attest to Green's culinary life beyond breakfast.

Hit the jump to see the menu for Cafe Estelle's first communal-table tasting dinner on March 21.  Reservations can be made by calling 215-925-5080 starting Tues., Feb. 22 at 7 am; the price is $70 per person before tax and tip. Guests are encouraged to BYO.


Amuse Bouche

Slow-roasted Spanish Mackerel

Fennel, blood orange, Meyer lemon


A Tasting of Artichokes

Crispy fried with anchovy aioli; shaved with lemon;

grilled with salt cod barigoule, olives and caper berries


Poached breast of Chicken

Saffron risotto, black trumpet mushrooms, chicken jus


Corned Duck and Cabbage

Smoked duck pastrami, Brussels sprouts, fingerlings, mustard duck jus



Green apple sorbet, romaine salad


French Triple Creme

Potato and celery root latke, apple butter


Honey cake

Creme fraiche ice cream, toasted pine nuts, aged balsamic and olive oil