Monday, March 29, 2010

Caffe Boa planning rabbit-based Easter menu

Caffe Boa, long noted for its creative use of local, organic and fresh ingredients, will celebrate Easter with a special brunch, as well as a six-course, prix-fixe, rabbit-based dinner.

The Easter Bunny better steer clear.

Both locations - the original in Tempe, and the Caffe Boa Bistro in Mesa - will offer an a la carte brunch of rabbit loin "Canadian bacon" eggs Benedict, brioche French toast and garlic scrambled eggs with salmon and warm cream cheese, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The brunch is a la carte (with dishes ranging from about $9 to $12). Bottomless mimosas are an additional $19.95.

Caffe Boa executive chef Payton Curry, inspired by the tales of Alice in Wonderland, is preparing a six-course dinner based primarily on rabbit, which is appearing on the menus of more and more restaurants. Dinner is available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and costs $65.

The dinners will consist of:

• Carrot soup with carrot soup with crispy rabbit confit.

• Rabbit-liver mousse crostini, fines herbes salad, quince mostarda, horseradish crème fraiche.

• Rabbit terrine with black truffle, celery root and parsnip slaw, black pepper buttermilk vinaigrette, brioche.

• Ravioli of rabbit, local beet pasta, arugula-walnut pesto, local radish slaw.

• Prosciutto-wrapped rabbit leg, white truffle omelet, braised black eyed peas.

• And, for dessert, carrot cake.

There is an alternative menu available for children. Reservations are required.

For a full list of Easter dining options, go to

Details: Brunch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. April 4. Caffe Boa, 398 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe. Caffe Boa Bistro, 2837 N. Power Road, Mesa. Brunch a la carte. Dinner, $65. 480-968-9112, (Tempe); 480-981-2000, (Mesa).

Oh please, hardy souls out there, please call this 'restaurant'. and post a comment.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sadly, another example of both animal and holiday exploitation. If Cafe Boa is moving toward Holiday Themed Menus are black cats on Halloween next? Or can we expect human hearts next Valentine's Day? It would be nice to have a humane Easter menu during a time of year when PEACE is front and center. If this is the way Cafe Boa celebrates the Easter Bunny, I'll take my dining dollars elsewhere.