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January 2011

January 18, 2011








Good Food Month & Awards

We are very excited to have been nominated for the Good Food Awards for our MANO FORMATE Coppa and Pimenton Salami as well as our Sonoma Valley Sharecropper Sweet & Sour Squash.  The winners will be announced on January 14th, followed by the Good Food Marketplace on January 15th and Good Food Month from January 16th to February 20th.

In celebration of Good Food Month, be sure to stop by the girl & the fig and ESTATE from January 31st to February 6th to treat yourself to our award nominated Coppa!


Pictured above are Chefs John Toulze and Dustin Villa talking about our Coppa during one of our MANO FORMATE Workshops.

For more information about signing up for a Workshop, call us at 707.933.3667, and be sure to check out our recently released MANO FORMATE Workshop Handbook with recipes and resources from the girl & the fig.


Speaking of Good Food…

We have been very busy with working on the girl & the fig’s next cookbook, and have enlisted the help of our Facebook friends to test out our recipes.  We have received an overwhelming interest from fans wanting to volunteer and have already gotten some really great feedback!

How can you get in on the action?  You’ll have to ‘Like’ us on Facebook in order to keep up with us and check for the next call for volunteers.  We will have over 300 recipes to test and would definitely love your help!

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Featured Cocktail: The Chocolate Pig
Makes one drink with extra cream

½ cup cream
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon bacon fat
Pinch salt

1½ ounces Grappi chocolate Liqueur
½ ounce Tuaca
½ ounce Firelit Coffee Liqueur

Place the cream, sugar, bacon fat and salt in bowl and whisk to soft peaks.  Set aside.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all of the liquor.  Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass.  Place a spoonful of cream on top and garnish with bacon & black olive toffee or chocolate espresso nibs.


The Chocolate Pig was ESTATE’s entry in Martini Madness, along with the girl & the fig’s The FigOlive, which was made with an as-yet-to-be-released secret ingredient you should be able to get a taste of this Valentine’s Day weekend.

We still have a lot of the olive season left in the Sonoma Valley.  Here are other upcoming olive events that you’ll find us at:

Feast of the Olive
Friday, February 18th
The Lodge at Sonoma

Friday, February 18th
The Lodge at Sonoma










Trés Bonnes Annèes

We have been keeping busy with a lot of new projects this year, including being involved in making our next release of Trés Bonnes Annèes. The Blanc version of our signature wine from the girl & the fig is being made through CrushPad in Napa, and staff at our restaurants are welcome and encouraged to attend ‘field trips’ to the site to learn about the wine and have a hand in its production.  Pictured above is Manager Ryan Callahan of the girl & the fig checking out part of the crush process last Fall.

Trés Bonnes Annèes, Blanc, is a White Blend of Roussanne and Marsanne grapes from Saralee’s Vineyard in Sonoma County. It’s currently in the aging process, but we are planning to release it in late Spring or early Summer of this year.  Of course, you can expect to see another beautiful label by our resident artist, Julie Higgins.

We’ll keep you updated on the release date as we get closer.  We can’t wait to have you try it!


Featured Retailer
by Julie Kantor, Fig Food Sales Manager

We are very happy that a number of retail shops in states where we’ve never had an opportunity to sell our products joined our list of “retailers near you” in 2010.  We enjoy featuring the success stories of our individual customer-partners in figbits, and we look forward to bringing you more personal stories this year.  However, since there are only 12 months in the year and many more stories than that, we thought we’d use January to mention some of our newest customers so you can hopefully find a shop near your home and enjoy the girl & the fig products throughout the year!

Cheese Cave – Claremont, California
Comforts – San Anselmo, California
Cowgirl Creamery – Pt. Reyes Station, California
Dry Creek General Store – Healdsburg, California
Taste of Heaven – Lodi, California
The Market – Fresno, California
St. Kilian’s Cheese Shop – Denver, Colorado
Fairfield Cheese Company – Fairfield, Connecticut
Fromage Fine Foods – Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Bon! Gourmet – Ormond Beach, Florida
Worthy Florals and Gifts – Hammond, Indiana
The Vin Bin – Marlborough,Massachusetts
Art of the Table – Grand Rapids, Michigan
European Food Emporium – Reno, Nevada
Napa Sonoma Grocery – Reno, Nevada
Lucy’s Ravioli Kitchen – Princeton, New Jersey
Hurley Ridge Market – West Hurley, New York

Shop Now!

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!










Save the Date(s) for Sonoma County Restaurant Week!

What: Sonoma County Restaurant Week

Where: the girl & the fig, the fig café, ESTATE, and other participating restaurants in Sonoma County

When: February 21st to 27th

Details: The 2nd Annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week is a celebration of the county’s finest food and wine with over 50 area restaurants offering a special prix fixe menu at some amazing prices.  Stop in to the girl & the fig, the fig café or ESTATE during Restaurant Week for some amazing menus you won’t want to miss!


Upcoming Events

Good Food Marketplace
Saturday, January 15th
Ferry Building, San Francisco

Feast of the Olive
Saturday, January 22nd

Good Eats & Zinfandel Pairing
Thursday, January 27th
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Monday, January 31st to Sunday, February 6th
the girl & the fig / ESTATE

Wine & Wishes
Saturday, February 5th
San Francisco


December’s Fig Memories

News Bites

Style Me Pretty Real Wedding: Lynne & Tammy

Style Me Pretty Real Wedding: Emily & Morgan

7×7 Magazine: Good Food Award Winners…

Calgary Herald: Sunshine on a Plate


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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