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September 2010

September 10, 2010

TomatoesYou’re Invited to The Small Plate Tomato Dinner

What: This truly unique dinner will focus on our upcoming tomato harvest from our farms at Imagery Estate Winery, ESTATE and the girl & the fig. You’ll be able to visit the farm at Imagery and talk to Colby about biodynamic farming while sipping on wines from Benziger Winery and tasting small bites from the girl & the fig. Dinner will be served at ESTATE with specialty cocktails, wines from Benziger and Imagery and delicious recipes that utilize our farm fresh produce to create the perfect meal.

When: Thursday, September 16th

Where: Imagery Estate Winery & ESTATE

How: For reservations call us at 707.933.3663.

ESTATE / 400 W Spain St, Sonoma / 707.933.3663

The Farm Project: What’s Growing and What’s Cooking

We are excited about what we’ve been able to accomplish so far with The Farm Project, our new biodynamic farms at Imagery Estate Winery, the girl & the fig and ESTATE that have been supplying us with much of the organic produce that is used on our menus.

We have seen a lot of growth in August: cucumbers, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, berries, melons, peppers, potatoes, and a ton more! The plants are gorgeous, and it’s amazing to watch our tiny seeds grow all the way from sprout to fruit. Our staff, family and friends (even the young ones!) have been having loads of fun spending time in the gardens, tending to the plants and helping to harvest the just ripe fruits and vegetables.

Sonoma Valley SharecropperAugust has also seen the first batch of our Sonoma Valley Sharecropper’s products. These products are made from our garden’s fresh fruits and vegetables and are currently available by the jar at our restaurants. You’ll be able to try our Lemon Verbena Apricots, Dilly Beans, Oil & Vinegar Beans, Pickled Peppers, Brandied Plums, Sweet & Sour Squash, and our famous Bread & Butter Pickles that you have already enjoyed for years at the girl & the fig and the fig café.

Be sure to visit us soon to taste our harvest and take home a jar of your favorite flavor!

The Farm Project Blog / August Farm Photo Album

fig leaflet: Words & Images… Contest!

Sun-Kissed FigsIf you haven’t heard about fig leaflet yet, it’s our first annual anniversary publication with 100% of the profit donated to charities. We put a call out to all of our fellow fig-loving friends, family and fans for art, poetry and prose about the fig. We’ve seen some really creative entries so far, including our latest entry pictured at left, titled “Sun-Kissed Figs,” and we can’t wait to see what else you come up with!

Selected entries will be published, and contest winners will receive some really great prizes! Our Grand Prize is a 2 night stay at The Cottage Inn & Spa with 2 spa treatments, dinners at the girl & the fig and ESTATE, and lots of other fig-goodies. See our Submission Guidelines for a complete list of prizes and instructions on how to enter.

There are only a few weeks left to send in your submissions – our deadline is October 1st!

Featured Retailer: Gatewood Hall Gracious Home
by Julie Kantor, fig food Sales Manager

If you’ve ever travelled to the Blue Ridge Mountains, you know that the owners of Gatewood Hall Gracious Home have chosen an idyllic spot in which to settle and to offer their neighbors and visitors a unique selection of home décor and gift items without having to leave the rural tranquility of Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Corky Gatewood and Shawn Hall established their business in 2006 and recently expanded to a much larger space. Although they exist in a rural setting, they’ve achieved national attention. Their concept recently won them inclusion in the “50 Retail Stars of 2010”, chosen by the industry publication, Home Accent Today. Some of the criteria for selection are to “excel at innovative marketing and advertising efforts, head-turning in-store displays and out-of-the-box business ideas.”

Gatewood Hall is one of the newer retailers that the girl & the fig is happy to add to our list, especially since we have a very small fig food presence in Georgia. Of course, the addition of our fig food product line clearly exemplifies that innovative thinking that won them Star recognition! You can read about the shop and events happening in the area on Corky’s blog. (Some very gracious photos included.)

Corky recently taste-tested our newest product, Nana Mae’s Apple Fig Mostarda, and received some very creative feedback from his customers. Several said they wanted to add it to a peanut butter sandwich. Now that’s thinking beyond the cheese plate! If you have favorite ways in which you use our various condiments, we’d love to share them with our readers.

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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!

We’re in The Little Black Book!

Style Me Pretty's Little Black BookWe are super excited that the girl & the fig CATERS! is now included in Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book! Style Me Pretty is a must-see website and blog for the new bride-to-be and has everything from unique real wedding DIY inspiration to vendor guides for your area.

After you’ve checked out Style Me Pretty for some party planning inspiration, you should head over to the girl & the fig CATERS! website to start planning your menu! It’s never too early to start going over the details of your holiday party, family gathering, wedding, or corporate event, and we’d love to help you create an event to remember. Contact us soon!

Small Bites: quick morsels of news

* Our iPhone app has over 1000 users! Are you one of them? If not, you can download our free app on iTunes to get the insider’s view on what is happening at all of our locations. If you’re having trouble finding us, just search for Outspring under applications in the iTunes Store.

* Events Events Events! We’re certainly busy the next few months! If you’re going to be in the area on September 9th or 10th, be sure to make plans to see the Black Cat Cabaret, a benefit for our friends at Pets Lifeline. We’re also getting excited for the Napa Sonoma Food & Wine Festival, where we hope you’ll stop by to see us on October 16th!

* Have you heard about next year’s Mediterranean Silversea cruise? Join Sondra in Italy, Malta and Greece from May 16th to 24th aboard Silversea’s elegant Silver Wind. This is a once in a lifetime chance to experience great food and wine in a spectacular setting! For more information and reservations, contact Millennium Travel.

* Our newest product, Nana Mae’s Gravenstein apple, raisin, & fig mostarda, was recently featured alongside our housemade fig cake in Culture Magazine as a perfect cheese pairing! Both items are now available at our online figstore. And, if you’re an apple lover, be sure to save the date for our Ode to Gravenstein farm dinner on October 7th. Our friends at Nana Mae’s will be there, and our menu will be centered around the apple!

upcoming events

Pets Lifeline’s Black Cat Cabaret
Thursday, September 9th & Friday, September 10th
Field of Dreams, Sonoma

Heirloom Tomato Festival
Saturday, September 11th
Kendall Jackson Winery

Small Plate Tomato Dinner
Thursday, September 16th

Epcot Food & Wine Festival
Friday, October 1st to Sunday, November 14th
Walt Disney World, Florida

Sunday Supper
Sunday, October 3rd
CUESA, San Francisco

August’s Fig Memories

Captured Moments

August Farm Project

Cellar Raid Dinner

News Bites

The Vancouver Sun: A Tale of Two Lunches

The Art of Savouring: the girl & the fig

NY Times: 36 Hours in Sonoma

Culture Magazine: Dig the Fig

Contact Us!

the girl & the fig / 110 W Spain St, Sonoma CA 95476 / 707-938-3634 / web

the fig cafe & winebar / 13690 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen CA 95442 / 707-938-2130 / web

the girl & the fig CATERS! / 21800 Schellville Rd Ste C, Sonoma CA 95476 / 707-933-3667 / web

ESTATE / 400 W Spain St, Sonoma CA 95476 / 707-933-3663 / web

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