Announcing Café Paris


I’m back!  Last week was a doozy for me, I put myself through hell and it ended up being for naught.  I was having some serious life sucks feelings these past few days.  To be respective of all parties concerned I won’t be sharing the details. But I’m not one to dwell on decisions made that don’t work out like you believe they should.  It’s time to look forward.  And I have much to look forward to, something both exciting and terrifying!

I’m opening a café!  Yes, really!  It’s called Café Paris.  The café is located in our Modern Art Museum, affectionately  known as The Square (it’s full name is Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art). The Building was built in 1896.  The café is outfitted with a beautiful dining room and not so beautiful kitchen.  As a matter of fact the commercial kitchen is really just a regular kitchen with a four top stove, 3 ovens, and a kick ass dishwasher (it washes dishes in 6 minutes).  At my house you have to kick ass to get the dishes done…All my plates and bowls were hand potted by ceramic artists….how cool is that!

Because the café is really a home kitchen I’m thinking of making the tag line/theme Home style cooking with an international flair’ what do you think?

It’s been a long time since the café has been open, the board and director decided it was time to open it again. Initially the plan is to open two days a week, Wednesday and Thursday.  There will be two lunch services one at 11:30 and the other at 12:30.  It will be reservation only.  Each week will be a new menu.

I plan on a soft opening the end of January, it’ll be an invite only affair with people who know and love me and will be patient with our bumps in the process.  The idea is to get feedback on what we need to do to improve without unrealistic expectations.  My experience is so many food places open balls to the walls and people judge their first experience (first impressions are lasting impressions) and when it takes too long to get food, etc. they make an eternal judgment and then tell everyone they know how disappointed they were.  I hope to minimize the growing pains with my soft opening.  If all goes well I hope to open more days and to offer pre-order to go lunches.  My first service will be Vietnamese Beef Pho with a shrimp spring roll and coconut cream cake.

For February the menu will be:

Week 1: Macaroni and Cheese made with cheddar, gruyere and fontina cheese, garden salad and chocolate sheet cake

Week 2: It’s Amore!  Italian Wedding Soup, Crostini Fromaggio, and Tiramisu *lemonade special* Pink Lemonade

Week 3: Beouf Bourguignon (Beef Burgundy), Company Mashed Potatoes, Pear Tartin *Lemonade special* Lavender Lemonade

Week 4: Taco Soup with Cheese Quesadilla wedges, chips and salsa and Biscochitos *Lemonade special* Limeade…okay, I guess I really can’t call it a lemonade special….I think I need to change this to *drink special*.

There will always be ice water, coffee, tea, iced tea and lemonade to drink.  Lunches should run between $10 and $15.

If you are interested in booking a lunch contact The Square at 406.727.8255. If you have any special dietary needs please let The Square know so I can contact you, I may be able to adapt/make substitutions.

PGS Winter

Photo Courtesy of The Great Falls Tribune

The turret part on the main floor is where the dining area of the café is located. 100 years ago this was the high school, it’s such an amazing space and I feel fortunate to have been asked to run the café!

While you’re there make sure to check out the museum, the admission is free!  Also check out the gift shop, it’s filled with one of a kind artisan gifts.

Because I never have enough to do I am also doing cooking demonstrations at the best kitchen store in Montana (not kidding here…it is the best).  I’ll be doing two demonstrations on Tuesday Jan 14th.  I’ll be demonstrating sushi rolls a Bacon Philadelphia Roll and a Spicy Krab Roll.  This is a great deal, for $10 you get the sushi rolls, an Asian slaw and ginger tea poached pears.  Plus you get to watch me in action!  Well they may not be the best part of lunch but for $10 bucks why not!  Seating is limited to 10 people, I’ll be doing a demo at 11:30 and another at 12:30.  Did I mention that you get a recipe handout also?  If you are local and want to come call Pizazz at 406.452.6724.

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21 Responses to Announcing Café Paris

  1. Karen January 13, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    Wow… that’s great and how fun that will be!! Good luck, Rhonda!

    • Giggles January 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

      Karen, Hope you can make your way down from Havre sometime and try it out.

  2. Julie Nice January 13, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    Good Luck, Rhonda! Very excited to try the menus!

    • Giggles January 13, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

      Julie, I’ll be looking for you!

  3. Charlie Bulla January 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Congrats!!! This sounds exciting!!!


    • Giggles January 13, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

      Thanks Charlie, it’s an exciting adventure. I love that it is blending my love of food and art.

  4. Betty January 13, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    Congratulations!! We’ve needed a great place for lunch for so long. Can’t wait to try it. 🙂

    • Giggles January 13, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

      Betty, I’m so excited. I can’t wait to serve Great Falls!

      • Betty January 13, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

        Do Colleen and Mel from Borrie’s know? I will have to pass this on if not!

  5. McGyver January 13, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

    A group of men walk into a restaurant – the group consists of a Frenchman, a German, a Scotsman, an Italian, a Brazilian, a man from Hong Kong, an Englishman, and an American, a Japanese, an Indian, a Kenyan, an Irishman, a Welshman, an Icelander, an Australian and a Belgique.

    The Hostess says ‘Sorry gents, you can’t come in here without a Thai’. (rimshot)

    Thank you, Thank You. I’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to tip your waitstaff.

    McGyver, out

    • Giggles January 16, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

      You are so silly but I love you.

  6. Debra January 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    What an adventure. I want to make a reservation and make the outrageously long drive to Montana to eat here. Lovely building. I bet this goes gang-busters. I know you will keep us posted, right?

    • Giggles January 16, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

      Debra, adventure is exactly right. Seems like I keep running into snafus here and there, hopefully all will get worked out in time!

  7. Janice January 15, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    What a beautiful building. And the turret no less for the cafe. Am looking forward to your pictures for those of us a little too far away to come for lunch. Wishing you and McGyver all the best in your new adventure

    • Giggles January 16, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

      Janice, I will definitely be taking photos! There is still so much to do…

  8. Kitchen Butterfly January 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    How awesome Rhonda – congratulations! I am sooooooo pleased for you. Well done.

    I like your ‘tagline’. I like ‘Home style cooking with international flair’

    Stay well and very best wishes.

    BTW, love the name too!

    • Giggles January 16, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

      Thanks Oz, I’m running into a few bumps but that is normal! I’m glad you like the tag line, I think it’s a good representation of the style and type of food I’ll be serving. I’ll be sharing photos once it’s in better shape.

  9. Veronica January 29, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    I am so excited you are opening the cafe! I live in Great a Falls and just discovered your blog, thanks to KRTV! Your recipes look awesome and your photography looks incredible! What a breath of fresh air and such a nice surprise to stumble upon The Kitchen Witch! Looking forward to lunch!

    • Giggles January 29, 2014 at 9:39 pm #


      Thanks for you kind words! I’m so happy about the cafe reopening hope to see you there. Rhonda

  10. Lynn in Hawaii March 2, 2014 at 12:51 am #

    So wonderful that you’re opening a cafe! And your blog is awesome

    • Giggles March 2, 2014 at 7:57 am #

      Thanks Lynn! The cafe is going great, so glad you like the blog.