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July 7, 2010
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It’s Our 12 Year Anniversary, and We’re Giving Stuff Away!

This August 22nd marks 12 years that the girl & the fig has been in business.  The time sure has flown!  As a thank you for the immense support that we’ve received over the years, we’re giving back!

Here’s the scoop:

1. For 12 days, starting on August 22nd and ending on September 2nd,

the girl & the fig will donate 5% of its daily sales to a different charity each day. For more information including a list of our 12 charities and donation schedule, please click here.

2. 12 lucky figbits subscribers will win a gift box of fig related items valued at $75.00.*

3. 12 of our lucky Facebook© fans will win a gift card valued at $100.00 that can be used at the girl & the fig or the fig café. If you’re not a fan yet, find us on Facebook© to add us. You must be a fan by August 24th to be eligible.*

Keep an eye out for the September issue of figbits for a formal announcement of the winners and an update on our donated sales.  A big thank you to our customers, employees and community for the making the past 12 years possible!

*The Fine Print:  Winners will be chosen by random draw and contacted no later than August 24, 2009.  Winners must respond to our notification with their current mailing address no later than September 7, 2009 in order to receive prizes.  Individuals who have worked for the girl & the fig, LLC or Sonoma Hospitality Management, LLC within the last five years and their immediate family members are not eligible to receive prizes.  The names of the contest winners will be published in the September issue of figbits and on our Facebook© page.

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In the News

We are thrilled to have had some mentions in a few different publications last month!  Here’s what was written:

Southern Bride

The Wine Country in Northern California has long been a favorite location for the perfect destination wedding, romantic getaway or group adventure.  Suzanne Scharff’s article at Southern Bride.com, “California’s Wine Country – A Matter of Taste,” provides some great commentary and recommendation on what to do and where to go while you’re visiting.  We are excited to be one of three Wine Country restaurants to be recommended, and love that the girl & the fig is described as “lusty as the apple in the Garden of Eden”!

FriendsEAT.com

FriendsEat.com featured interviews last month with three of our favorite chefs: Chef Bryan Jones of the fig cafe & winebarChef Chris Jones of the girl & the fig and ESTATE, and Chef John Toulze also of the girl & the fig and ESTATE.

Check out their interviews for some great insight on each of their beginnings as a chef, past experiences and current kitchen favorites.  They also each included a recipe, so you can try out your favorites from our restaurants at home.

New York Times Travel

Laura M. Holson’s article in the New York Times, “Not Just the Wine is Purple: Lavender Wafts Across Sonoma,” is a great look at the local lavender farms and the lesser known purple crop that is harvested locally.  the girl & the fig has used lavender for years as an ingredient in many of our signature dishes and drink recipes.  We’re happy to have been mentioned as a place to check out after touring Sonoma’s lavender fields for some tasty lavender infused selections!

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Thank you to our fans and BiteClub for including us in the  Top 25 Restaurants in Sonoma County!

Click here to see the results of the poll.

the girl & the fig was also listed as a Top 25 Destination-Worthy Restaurant for California Wine Country Cuisine!

Thank you to everyone who gave us your votes!   We appreciate your support!

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Wine News

Sip and Savor Rosé in the Summer of ‘09
by Amy Gerber, Wine Buyer at the girl & the fig

Summertime in Sonoma has crept in slowly, but now that it’s here in full swing, embrace it with a bottle of Rosé on the patio at the girl & the fig or on the porch at ESTATE.  Our Rosé selection playfully walks the line between light and whimsical to rich and elegant.  The Rosé producers on our list take their wine seriously, crafting them to pair well with food and, in the case of Domaine Tempier of Bandol and Bedrock and JC Cellars here in Sonoma, to age with grace.

The days of sweet Rosé are over…

Historically, roses made in Europe were dry and robust, meant for consumption with food.  In the United States, Rosé developed quite a reputation when sweeter White Zinfandel was introduced into the market in the 1970’s.   The high demand for white wines and an insufficient amount of white grapes to meet the demand led California winemakers to use red grapes, bleed off the juice after the first press, and Voila! California Rosé is born.

Then, in 1976, Bob Trinchero of Sutter Home found himself in a jam with a stuck fermentation, where the yeasts failed to convert all of the sugar to alcohol.  He went to taste the wine after two weeks and realized that he may have a market for this sweeter product after all.  The ladies in the South went crazy for it!

Fast forward to a new millennium of savvy wine drinkers around the globe and we find ourselves back to the drier, more complex wines that have versatility and grace.

Come relax and let us share with you our selection of summer Rosés!
View our wine lists at both the girl & the fig and ESTATE for our current Rosé selections!

Our 2007 Très Bonnes Années is Coming Soon!

Our 2007 Très Bonnes Années is on its way!  Bottled exclusively for the girl & the fig by Jeff Cohn of JC Cellars, this pure Rockpile Syrah is definitely something to look forward to.

From the winemaker’s notes, this wine has “a distinctive nose of gingerbread, roasted fennel, Tabasco with hints of lavender and roasted earth” and on the palate “is soft and elegant with a very lush texture.”  We cannot wait to have you taste this!

We’ll let you know when this has arrived on our wine list, but make plans to stop by sometime in September to taste this for yourself!

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August is Gravenstein Apple Month!

Gravenstein Apples have long been an important locally grown food here in Sonoma County, and we love to support our local farmers and growers.  In celebration of the Gravenstein Apple, all three of our restaurants will feature an item on their menu during the month of August that utilize this delicious local treasure.  Stop by to see us soon at the girl & the fig, the fig cafe and ESTATE to taste what we’ve created from this local commodity that Slow Food has identified as an endangered cultural tradition.

For more information on Slow Food, the Gravenstein Apple and other local Gravenstein related events in August, please visit the Slow Food Russian River website.

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FIG FOOD

BiteClub: Jellies, Jams & Condiments in Sonoma County

the girl & the fig’s Wine Country FIG FOOD was mentioned in a recent article on BiteClub about Jellies, Jams & Condiments in Sonoma County.  We are excited to be included among such tasty local products!

Featured Retailer: Venissimo Cheese Shop
by Julie Kantor, fig food Sales Manager

Since 1999, the girl & the fig has offered our guests the chance to take a memory of their dining experience home through our menu-inspired “wine country fig food” – a selection of apricot fig chutney, dried fig compote, black mission fig jam, red onion confit, fig balsamic vinegar, fig & port vinaigrette, and seasonings made with sea salt and herbs.  In 2003, our food line expanded to be sold locally and nationally in small retail shops and a few gourmet giants such as Dean & DeLuca, Sur la Table and Whole Foods.  (You can view Retailers Near You on our website.)

We thought it would be interesting to share the entrepreneurial stories of those who carry our fig food in their shops. This month we feature Venissimo Cheese, which started in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego in 2003.  Due to its large selection of unique cheeses and knowledgeable and friendly staff, Venissimo has since added two more shops in Del Mar and Belmont Shore/Long Beach and is planning its fourth opening in September in downtown San Diego.

Owner Gina “Cheese Wiz” Frieze said she finds a trend among her customers of more home entertaining and the desire to try exotic pairings like cheese and chocolate, and of course, cheese and figs!  One of their popular offerings is their “brienissimo,” a wheel of French brie, split in half with a layer of dried fig compote in the middle, wrapped in a puff pastry shell.  “Just bake, drool & enjoy.”  Venissimo features our dried fig compote with Prima Donna Gouda for the holidays, and loves to pair our red onion confit with cheddar.

You can sign up for Gina’s Cheese Chat newsletter on their website and be amused at the pairing of her employees’ names with their favorite cheeses!  Gina’s mission is to make “camembert as well-known as cappuccino”.  It seems she is well on her way!

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