The Epicurean Cafe
The Epicurean Cafe
825 Oak Street
Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When you walk into Marco and Rebecca Pauvert’s restaurant and deli, you are immediately transported to a quaint, peaceful cafe. It’s a good place to lose yourself in a bowl delicious soup, a variety of which Rebecca makes daily, or a slice of deliciously rich pumpkin cheesecake.
“We think it’s important to enjoy where you work, which is why we try to pass this relaxing warm ambience onto our customers,” Rebecca Pauvert said.
The Epicurean Cafe celebrated its one-year anniversary Dec. 2, a milestone the Pauverts were happy to celebrate.
“Over the last year, I think people were amazed to come in and see that we do everything from appetizers and hors d’oeuvrs to desserts and everything in between,” she said.
A saying above the dining area defines an epicurean as someone who imparts knowledge of fine food and wine. The description has applied to the Pauverts since they were children.
Rebecca Pauvert, an award-winning chef, said she and Marco, a master butcher who has been studying his trade since 13, work to prepare scrumptious, reasonably priced meals and take-out entrees that people can cook at home.
They also sell a variety of exotic cheeses and meats from the around world, including products many Steamboat Springs residents and visitors have never tasted such as partridge and pheasant and Testum, Machego and Italian brie cheeses.
“I am proud to say we get our cheeses from around the world,” Marco Pauvert said.
In addition to selling cheeses and meats, the Pauverts provide a daily lunch menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that includes soups like lobster bisque, French onion, and fresh salads made with fresh dressings, a variety of stews and chili and a slew of sandwiches featuring house roasted sirloin, roasted French ham, roasted leg of lamb, turkey, ahi tuna and more.
The cafe also boasts an impressive line up of specialty prepared foods that can be taken home and cooked, like a $6.99 chicken cordon blue that takes 35 to 40 minutes to bake.
“Our menu items are very reasonably priced,” Rebecca Pauvert said.
“When you think about it, after you go out, purchase ingredients, prepare the food and cook it, it would be cheaper and easier to have just taken something home.”
Convenience is one of the main things she and Marco strive to deliver to their customers. “We prepare good, healthy foods for our customers that are unique, as well,” she said.
Daily menus often include ethnic foods from France, Marco Pauvert’s birthplace, the Middle East, Asia and some regional American foods.
“What we try to do is select gourmet items and products that I feel other businesses don’t carry, that I think people would enjoy,” Rebecca Pauvert said.
The Pauverts also focus on providing good service to their customers, which is why they have decided to keep their restaurant small.
“When people come in, it’s like we’re visiting friends,” Marco Pauvert said.
“They come and like to talk about sports. It’s why we live in Steamboat.
“It all centers around the food.”
The Pauverts also do catering for any occasion and are very flexible with their menus.
“People love our soups, they love our salmon medallions (layered with sun-dried tomatoes, shallots and spinach). Those are so good and so beautiful,” Rebecca Pauvert said.
Marco Pauvert describes many of the dishes Rebecca makes as art because they are so beautiful.
“She is like the conductor of a symphony with her food. She puts all of the ideas and flavors together,” he said.
“It is a creative outlet,” Rebecca Pauvert said. “When you’re able to do what you love every single day, it just drives you to be better and better. I love to be the best,” she said.
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