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April 2011

April 19, 2011

Join us for Easter Bubbles & Brunch

April 24th, 10:00 to 3:00


polenta rolls – honey butter & fig conserva
house cured salumi platter
laura chenel cabecou – roasted fruits
mimosa or bellini or juice


eggs benedict – dungeness crab benedict – brunch pizza –
baked eggs en cocotte – artichoke frittata – meatball sliders


strawberry pannacotta – chocolate budino – biscotti

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For reservations, call us at 707.933.3663 x19

Can’t make it for Easter?  There’s always Mother’s Day!
Keep an eye out for our Mother’s Day Brunch menu, coming soon!

We’ll see you in Paso Robles, April 28th to 30th!
We love attending Hospice du Rhône every year and really can’t wait for the end of April when we’ll be heading down to Paso Robles to celebrate our favorite varietals with some of our greatest friends!

This year we’ll have the demonstration kitchen all to ourselves and plan to have you sample some great bites, including our cassoulet, duck salad, a variety of salumi, delicious fig kisses, and (of course) our Wine Country FIG FOOD.  We’ll also be giving some great cooking demonstrations, including our staple at the girl & the fig: duck confit!

Check out what else HDR has to offer, and be sure to stop by the demo kitchen to say hi to Sondra, John, Uriel, Ryan, and Justin!  We’d love to see you there!

Featured Retailer: Bi-Rite Market and Monterey Market
by Julie Kantor, FIG FOOD Sales Manager

Generally we introduce you to small gourmet food shops, but this month we’d like to remind customers in the Bay Area of Northern California that our products can be found in two markets that have been family owned and focused on local, healthfully-produced products for many decades.  They have the friendly character and values that you’d expect to find in a small shop, but I guess that’s probably how they started and what helped them prosper.

Bi-Rite Market at 18th & Guerrero in San Francisco has a long, sentimental history, having opened in 1940.  It has been owned and operated by the Mogannam family since 1964.  Sons Sam and Ralph took over from their father and uncle in 1997, and with Sam’s restaurant background, he expanded the market to include a wide selection of quality take-out food.  In order to appreciate all they do, including harvesting honey, making marshmallows, growing organic produce, and churning their famous ice cream, take a look at their website.  They plan to open a second location on Divisadero Street in 2011.

Monterey Market in Berkeley recently started carrying our products.  Founded in 1961 by Tom and Mary Fujimoto, the market was one in a long line of produce enterprises that Tom had been involved with.  They became known for the “exotic” produce desired by their multi-cultural community.  Today, sons Bill and Ken continue to run the business in the spirit and memory of their parents.  Their website  showcases other specialty vendors that share the Hopkins Street location with them and make it a very special shopping destination.

CORRECTION (address) – Please note that Cheese Central, mentioned in our last figbits, is now open for cooking classes and gourmet shopping.  The address is 11 North School Street in Lodi.

Shop Now!  Or, if you 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!

Small Bites
quick morsels of news

Christopher Butler, the artist whose dramatic images adorn the walls at ESTATE, has partnered with author Bob Oré to produce Prophets & Assassins.  This collaborative piece will be published as a book and released this month, and we are thrilled to be hosting a launch party in the coming weeks.  We’ll keep you posted on the details!

the girl & the fig CATERS! now has it’s own Facebook page!  Be sure to “like” us to get the latest news and updates on what’s happening with our special events!

* Are you looking to plan a trip to Wine Country soon?  Check out the Sonoma Valley Reserve Tours for some unique wine tasting adventures that will give you the opportunity to discover some “hidden gems” in the Sonoma Valley.  Tours are scheduled for May 14th and 15th, so be sure to make your reservation soon!  And it’s never too early to start planning for Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, coming up in September.

* Have we mentioned the Silversea cruise coming up in May?  Sondra has planned an exclusive winemakers lunch with our friends at Vini Biondi that will take place at the Modern Art Gallery in Palermo, which is located in a former monastery.  This is going to be a truly amazing experience!  If you haven’t booked your cabin yet, contact Millenium Travel for more details.

A Sneak Peek into our New Cookbook:
Asparagus Soup with Chervil Crème Fraiche

Serves 6

2½ tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small yellow onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 leek, white only, cleaned, chopped
2 shallots, chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 bunches green jumbo asparagus, peeled, cut in ¾” rounds, reserve tips for garnish
1½ quarts water
½ cup heavy cream
salt & white pepper

Chervil Crème Fraiche:

1 bunch chervil, picked, reserve 12 stems for garnish, chop the rest
½ cup crème fraîche
1 tablespoon heavy cream
salt & white pepper

For the soup: Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion, celery, leek, shallots and garlic and sauté until the vegetables are soft, (about 7 minutes). Stir the vegetables occasionally to prevent browning. Add the asparagus to the other vegetables and stir together. Add 1½ quarts of water and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook until the asparagus are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the heavy cream. Remove from the heat, and puree the mixture with a hand immersion blender, food processor or a blender. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a container over an ice bath.  Adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Mix the chopped chervil with the crème fraiche and the heavy cream. If it is too thick, adjust the consistency with a little more of the heavy cream (or water).

Garnish each soup with the chervil crème fraiche, asparagus tips and chervil leaves.

We are busy at work on our new cookbook, and have enlisted the help of our friends and fans to help us test out our recipes!  Take a look at what they’ve been been busy cooking up, and keep an eye out for updates on our release date over the next few months.

It’s Not too Late to Save the Date!

What:  The Art of Eating: A Tribute to MFK Fisher
When:  Saturday, May 14th

Where:  Bouverie Preserve, Glen Ellen

Details:  From the event website:Please join us for sustainable food and wine tastings inspired by the writings of MFK Fisher, coupled with a lively auction. Mary Frances was a close friend of David Bouverie and spent the last two decades of her life at the Bouverie Preserve.”

the girl & the fig is very excited be a food vendor at this event, and we hope you’ll stop by to say hi!

Upcoming Events

Hospice du Rhone
April 28th to 30th
Paso Robles, CA

Tailwags & Handbags
April 29th

Sonoma Valley Reserve
May 14th & 15th
Sonoma Valley

The Art of Eating: A Tribute to MFK Fisher
May 14th
Bouverie Preserve, Glen Ellen

March Memories

Captured Moments

fig patio construction

crushpad blending

signs of spring

News Bites

SF Gate: Jack London Had it Right

Citys Best: Eat, Drink, Sleep

Palate Press: The Very Best Wine iApps

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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