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July 7, 2010
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Hospice du Rhone at Blackberry Farm


What an experience!  Sondra and John had the privilege of joining our friends with Hospice du Rhône on a once in a lifetime journey to Tennessee’s beautiful Blackberry Farm for an unforgettable weekend in March centered around Rhône wine.

Seminars throughout the weekend included the wines of Domaine les Cailloux, Domaine de Pegau, Torrin Wines, John Alban, Chris Ringland, and Paul Lato, and there were plenty of opportunities to taste some great food and wine pairings courtesy of the talented chefs at Blackberry Farm.  Of course, Sondra and John represented the girl & the fig with their own cooking demonstration and Gala Dinner, which also featured the wines of the attending vintners.

Take a look at the menu:

Baby Arugula and MANO FORMATE Lardo Salad
Shaved and Roasted Baby Fennel, Blackberry Farm Honey-Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
André Brunel · Les Cailloux · Châteauneuf-du-Pape · Blanc · 2009

Seared Black Cod
Romanesca Cauliflower Cream, Fava Bean Pistou, Carrot Vinaigrette
Alban Vineyards · Estate · Viognier · Edna Valley · 2007

Braised MANO FORMATE Bacon Au Jus
Blackberry Farm Greens, Spring Onion and Green Garlic Purée
André Brunel · Les Cailloux · Châteauneuf-du-Pape · Cuvée Centenaire · 2000

Foraged Wild Mushroom Risotto
Blackberry Farm Singing Brook Cheese
Domaine du Pegau · Cuvée Laurence · Châteauneuf-du-Pape · 1998

Pan Seared Venison Loin with Shiraz Reduction
Spring Herb Spaetzle, Miniature Root Vegetable Chips
Chris Ringland · Shiraz · Barossa Ranges · 2003

Blackberry Farm Trefoil Cheese
Black Mission Fig-Raisin Mostarda, Fig-Nut Cake
Torrin · Akasha · Syrah · Paso Robles · 2007

Duo of Custards
Burnt Chocolate Pot de Crème, Lavender Crème Brûlée

Like what you see on the menu?  Keep an eye out for some recipes from the event to be published soon, and keep reading for more information on our soon to be released FIG FOOD products, like the Black Mission Fig-Raisin Mostarda used for the first time on the menu.

A HUGE thank you to the staff and chefs at Blackberry Farm, Hospice du Rhône and the attending vintners and guests for making this weekend absolutely unforgettable!

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Our Rhone Season Continues…

Blackberry Farm was a blast, but we still have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks!  If you missed us in Tennessee or at the Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting in San Francisco last month, we’d love to see you at Hospice du Rhone in Paso Robles for another Rhône filled weekend.

This three day event is full of unique seminars, tastings, food and wine pairings, and other Rhône events.  On the list of things definitely not to be missed is a unique seminar featuring six South African producers: Boekenhoutskloof, De Trafford, Mullineux Family Wines, Sadie Family, Stellenzicht, and Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards.

the girl & the fig is proudly the Featured Restaurant of this year’s Hospice du Rhone, and we will be preparing Rhône-inspired cuisine for many of the weekend’s events to pair with your favorite varietals.

Don’t miss out!  Buy your passes soon and spend the weekend with us at one of our favorite events of the year!

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Featured Retailer: Creekside Cellars

by Julie Kantor, fig food Sales Manager

Brenda and Dennis McLaughlin opened Creekside Cellars in July 1998, with the goal of providing the Chico, California, area with a good source of wine and specialty foods.  Brenda’s family established a ranch in Durham, south of Chico, in the 1950’s, and Dennis moved to the area in the 1980’s.  Both had been involved in public service for many years when they decided to combine their professional talents and their passions (good wine and foods to match) in their own retail business. They chose a charming location in downtown Chico about 2 blocks from the university.  After attending classes at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Brenda was encouraged to open with a wine bar/bistro in addition to the retail store.

Following seven successful years in business, they doubled their size (now about 2200 square feet), adding a cheese department and outdoor seating.  Brenda writes, “We are very proud to sell and serve the wonderful foods from the girl & the fig and enjoyed meeting Sondra several years ago at the Fancy Food Show, which inspired us to bring in the items.  Especially popular is the girl & the fig apricot fig chutney served with Vella Dry Jack during our “Sonoma Showcase” featured tasting!  Because we’re a short 3-hour drive from Sonoma, we suggest to customers they visit the girl & the fig for a wonderful dining experience when they’re doing a wine tasting tour of the Valley.  We’ve had many return to thank us for the suggestion!”

Thank you, Brenda and Dennis, and we hope we can send some travelers your way to check out the beautiful scenery in the Chico area.  Our figbits readers may be interested to know that the California Nut Festival (yes, part of our reputation as the land of fruits and nuts) takes place at the historic Patrick Ranch near Chico on April 17.

Shop Fig Food / Find Retailers Near You

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Happy fig Anniversary!

A big Happy Anniversary to two of our employees who will have been with us for 8 years this month!  Julie Kantor, Accounting and Fig Food Manager, and Mark O’Donnell, Bartender at the girl & the fig, have given us some great years and great memories, and we hope to have many more.

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Our Newest FIG FOOD Additions


the girl & the fig has produced two new unique FIG FOOD products, that are each a delicious blend of fruits and filled with Wine Country flavor.  Look for our new Golden Raisin & Dried Fig Mostarda to be released later this month, along with the tasty result of a partnership with our friends at Nana Mae’s Organics, our Nana Mae’s Gravenstein Apple & Raisin-Fig Mostarda.  We are anxious to have you try pairing both with your favorite meats and cheeses!

Want to bring FIG FOOD closer to home?  Let your favorite area specialty food store know about our products or suggest a store to us!

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