The morning ritual of breakfast mirrors the elegant cosmic dance of dawn, when the sun awakes to crack and scramble comets and then drink the Milky Way straight from the carton. Similarly rise and shine with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two breakfast entrees, two drinks, and one pastry at Jacquie’s Café & Gourmet Catering in Carmel (up to a $31.90 value).
Chef Jacqueline Bois unleashes her culinary talent to craft an eclectic menu of delectable breakfasts and gourmet pastries within the cozy walls of Jacquie’s Café. The house-made granola parfait ($6.50) incorporates tangy greek yogurt and fresh berries wrapped in golden honey and infused with the intoxicating aroma of Mount Olympus fog. The fried-egg sandwich ($8.50) recruits cheddar cheese and two Indiana free-range eggs to nestle succulent ham, crispy bacon, or juicy sausage between slices of toasted bread, and a three-egg omelet ($9.50) combines up to a trio of fillings, including smoked salmon, brie cheese, and asparagus. Delectate croissants slip into an egg-based transmutation contraption and emerge as buttery french toast ($7.99) dusted with powdered sugar and pecans and swimming through a river of warm maple syrup. Fresh-squeezed orange and grapefruit juice ($2.50), homemade lemonade ($2), or bottled San Pellegrino ($2.50) wash down main-course remnants and prepare palates for a sweet pastry to share, such as coffee cake or a butter croissant smothered with strawberry preserves ($2).
Bright green walls adorned with oil paintings and photographs lend Jacquie’s Café an intimate, neighborhood feel. Behind shimmering glass, a display of fresh baked goods tempts eyes to bug out of their sockets like an American plug in a European outlet.
Jacquie’s Café & Gourmet Catering
After graduating from England's Southampton University, Jacqueline Bols began her culinary career in the French and Italian rivieras, serving her creations on private yachts in Cannes, Monaco, and Saint-Tropez. Later, she catered American events, earning the Charles Heidsieck Award for Culinary Excellence and serving her feasts to such famed diners as Oprah Winfrey, Sean Connery, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kevin Costner.
In 2001, Jacqueline opened Jacquie’s Café & Gourmet Catering, drawing on modern French cuisine and local and organic ingredients to craft in-house breakfasts and lunches as well as catered meals. In quarters ornamented with photographs and oil paintings, guests can dine on handcrafted yogurt parfaits, homemade soups, or smoked turkey, brie, and apple sandwiches. The catering arm of the outfit fashions hors d'oeuvres, à la carte items, and boxed lunches for private events, as well as corporate breakfast and lunch dishes, which distract employees from the daily grind of prank faxing competitor companies.