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July 7, 2010

A Call for Entries from the girl & the fig

In celebration of our upcoming 13th anniversary in August, the girl & the fig is launching what we hope to be a long term collaboration with you – our customers, friends, fans, and fellow fig lovers!  fig leaflet: words and images (working title) is the first volume in what we hope to be an annual fig-related publication with 100% of the profit donated to charities.  And, we want you to be involved!

For the first volume, we are asking for your submissions of art, poetry, stories, photography, etc. Submissions must be G-rated, fig related and completely original works.  Please see our submission guidelines for complete details on how to submit your entries.

The best part?  Prizes! A jury panel will choose the top three entries by blind selection to receive a Grand Prize for first place and additional prizes for the first and second runners up.  We’ll also have a People’s Choice Award that will be decided by our fans on Facebook.  Even if you don’t win a prize, all entrants whose work is selected to be published will receive a free copy of the book.

We’re excited to see your entries, and we’d love for you to be a part of our latest project!

Submission Guidelines & Entry Form

Introducing Très Bonnes Années 2008

We are thrilled to announce the release of Très Bonnes Années 2008, which will be on our wine lists later this month!  Our fourth bottling, this wine has been specially made for us again by Jeff Cohn of JC Cellars using Syrah grapes from Rockpile Vineyard.

Winemaker’s Notes: Elegance, finesse and a laser beam pureness of Rockpile terrior best describes what this wine is all about, but that would not tell the whole picture.  One might say this wine is an outlier of what Rockpile is known for (wines of structure, intense fruit and layers upon layers of complexity), but they would be wrong.  Aromatically this wine has tons of black cherry, but also has a roasted earth component that makes it so intriguing to smell.  It draws you in to discover that minerality again, but layered with crème de cassis and that ever present French vanilla bean and freshly picked lavender.  A lush mouth feels that echo’s the aromatics, but shows the sensuous side of Rockpile.  Silky and alluring as one wine should be allowed!  A broad specturm of textures and flavors make this wine the perfect dance partner for all types of food.

If you would like more information on our new release click here: Tres Bonnes Annees 2008

Be sure to visit the girl & the fig or the fig cafe soon to taste for yourself.

You can also view our current wine list to plan your next visit!

Featured Recipe: Stone Fruit Clafouti

Serves 8
Yield = 9″ Circular Baking Pan / 1 Quart Gelato

For the Clafouti
7 oz flour
7 oz sugar
1 pinch of salt
20 oz milk
4½ oz melted butter
5 oz Armagnac, (ok to substitute brandy)
8 eggs
14 oz stone fruit halved (apricots, peaches, nectarines, cherries …)

For the Gelato:
1 cup lemon verbena leaves
1 cup milk
2 cups heavy cream
7 egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
Pinch salt

For the Clafouti
Preheat oven to 350’F.
Sift together flour, sugar & salt. Place flour mixture in a large bowl, form a well and using a fork mix in milk, melted butter, Armagnac & eggs.  Beat until smooth. Place stone fruit face down in a greased cake pan and cover with milk-egg mixture.
Bake clafouti in the oven for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.   Serve at room temperature

For the Gelato
In a sauce pot warm lemon verbena leaves with milk & cream.  Remove from heat and let steep to desired flavor intensity.Whisk together eggs and sugar until light pale, add salt. Strain milk mixture and slowly work it in egg mixture.
Place mixture in a thick bottomed sauce pan, and cook stirring continuously over medium flame until mixture reaches 175’F.   Immediately remove from heat and chill. Place in an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer instructions.

Chef John Toulze at CUESA’s Market to Table

Saturday, July 10th

If you’ll be in or around San Francisco on July 10th, be sure to stop by Ferry Plaza to see Executive Chef John Toulze at CUESA’S Market to Table demonstration, where Chef John will be showing us how to make the above recipe for Stone Fruit Clafouti

Small Bites

quick morsels of news

the girl & the fig is thrilled to have been named the Best Romantic Restaurant in Wine Country on SF Gate’s Best of the BayList for the second year in a row

Have you heard about the girl & the fig’s new iPhone application?

This is a free application that will keep you up to date with an insider’s view on what is happening at all of our locations, and is now available to Download on iTunes! If you’re having trouble finding us, just search for Outspring under applications in the iTunes Store.

Save the Date for Fig Fest 2010

What: Put on each year by the California Fig Advisory Board, Fig Fest is a celebration of all things FIG.  Come to see a variety of vendors and restaurants all celebrating our favorite fruit, and don’t miss out on the Fig Feast!  View more information on Fig Fest.

When: Saturday, August 7th, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Fresno State University

How: $6.00 Advance or $8.00 at the Gate.  Buy your tickets here.

Keep an eye out for the girl & the fig – we’ll be there, of course!

What’s New with The Farm Project

We’re getting excited about The Farm Project Dinners and hope you’ll join us for these unique upcoming events!  You’ll be able to visit the farm at Imagery Estate Winery, talk to Colby about biodynamic farming, sip on wines from Benziger Winery, and taste small bites from the girl & the fig.  Dinner will be served al fresco at ESTATE with specialty cocktails, wine, farm fresh produce and delicious recipes to create the perfect meal.

Shades of Green – Thursday, August 18th
The Small Plate Tomato Dinner
– Thursday, September 16th
Ode to Gravenstein – Thursday, October 7th

Please call us at ESTATE to make your reservations:  707.933.3663.
We hope to see you there!

upcoming events

CUESA Cooking Demo with Chef John Toulze
Saturday, July 10th
Ferry Building, San Francisco

Love of the Land
Thursday, July 15th
Richards Grove & Saralee’s Vineyard

Napa to Sonoma Marathon
Sunday, July 18th
Napa & Sonoma

Saturday, August 7th
Fresno State University

More Upcoming Events

The Farm Project: Blog

Stark Silver Creek: Foodie Trend Alert

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