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July 7, 2010

March 2005

We are off for France! John & I were invited by our friends of the Hospice du Rhone to participate in the Rhone Descouvertes in the Rhone region in France. We will be cooking a multi-course meal paired with John Alban & Mat Garettson’s wines on the 18th for the “Who’s Who” of the French wine industry. As excited as we are, we are extremely intimidated and have no idea what we will be preparing. We will just go with the flow and see what happens. I can visualize a “market menu” – whatever we can find that is fresh that day is what we will prepare! I am going to try to smuggle some California cheese into the country. The day after the meal, the Descouvertes will begin and basically it is a five day wine festival that travels from the North of the Rhone down to the South. We will be tasting Condrieu in Condrieu and Hermitage in Hermitage – This is hard work, but I am willing to tough it out!

In the meantime, the girl & the fig staff will be participating in the Rhone Rangers in San Francisco at Fort Mason on the 19th. Even though we will be miles apart, we will all be focussed on the same thing – DRINKING RHONE!

At the end of March brings the Cinema Epicuria Film Festival, which means great films, great food & yummy food. For the film festival weekend, we will have the “Willy Wonka” dessert sampler. Three lucky winners finding gold in their desserts will win free meals.

February 2005

It is already mid February and I have so much to tell you about!

For some reason I didn’t realize how romantic our company really is. We have four employees that are expecting babies, and one that just got engaged and one that just got married! Love is in the air at the fig. And to further endorse this, the February issue of Bon Appetit features “A Romantic Dinner for Two” from the girl & the fig, including recipes for Baby Beet Soup with Crème Fraiche, Roasted Dungeness Crab with Blood Oranges and Chocolate Orange Pot de Crème on page.

We quietly opened for Brunch in Glen Ellen at the fig café on Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 9:30 am to 2 pm. The menu is currently on the fig café menu page, but should soon have a page of its own soon. Your kids will be happy to know that they can have pizza for breakfast! And the hot cocoa is delicious too.

This year was the first time we had our own booth at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. We had a great response, which in turn has brought us a large amount of new business for our Gourmet Pantry Line – “Fig Food” of jams, vinaigrettes, salts and other goodies. Our products can be found at various specialty markets all across the country. In the next few months we will have a new area on the website to let you know where you can find it in your area.

The renovations in Sonoma were a success! Our new floors look fantastic and we have a new coffee area that is much more efficient. We fanatically cleaned and painted our kitchen and replaced some of the floor tiles.

Our planter boxes in Glen Ellen and Sonoma have never looked better! Ann & Andy Deseran have a new company called MiniBlooms. They designed and maintain all of our window boxes and are working on a fantastic look the Sonoma patio for this Spring.

Happy New Year!

January 2005

Well, the festive holidays are just about over and I can only hope that all of our friends, family & neighbors had happy and healthy celebrations.

Though this month is usually a quiet time after a busy holiday schedule, our January is filled to the brim! We will be attending the San Francisco Fancy Food Show January 23 – 25th. If you will be attending the show we are at booth #3611. We are excited to release 5 new products in our product line including our new Sonoma Mustard Vinaigrette!

Because I wasn’t busy enough I have taken on the role as a RADIO HOST. Every Friday from 4 – 4:30, I host a radio show called “The Sonoma Kitchen”. Each week I talk to chefs about what they are cooking in their kitchens including some helpful hints and chefs’ secrets. You can listen on KSVY at 91.3 FM in the Sonoma area or on-line at If you are a chef and want to be a guest on the show call me at 866-420-FIGS(toll free).

We are truly saddened by the events in Southeast Asia. It is impossible to imagine the tragedy and devastation that is happening on the other side of the world. Along with many other Sonoma County restaurants we will be donating $1.00 for every bottle of wine sold during the month of January to the Red Cross.

The Sonoma restaurant will however be closed from January 17th – the 31st for repair and cleaning. Glen Ellen will be closed on January 18th and from the 27th – 31st. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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