Simple elegance found at C’est La Vie French Café & Crêperie

 Monte Cristo grilled sandwich and Caprese crêpe at C'est la Vie Café. Courtesy of Viki Eierdam

Monte Cristo grilled sandwich and Caprese crêpe at C'est la Vie Café. Courtesy of Viki Eierdam

C’est La Vie French Café & Crêperie is the sum of its owner’s experiences. Keri Buhman, who holds a diploma from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and worked as a sommelier in the Maldives, fell in love with crêpes and mimosas during her time spent in New Zealand and Australia.

When the 2011 Christchurch earthquake literally leveled all that she had, Buhman returned to the Pacific Northwest and set about rebuilding her life. Out of the rubble was born C’est La Vie, which has morphed from its farmers market origins and Battle Ground brick-and-mortar establishment to its current Hazel Dell location (Read more in The Messenger).