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 dining.azcentral.com.
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, cafeboa.com (Tempe); 480-981-2000, boabistro.com (Mesa).
Oh please, hardy souls out there, please call this 'restaurant'. and post a comment.