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September 2011

September 4, 2011

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You’re Invited!

What:  Harvest Dinner
When:  Saturday, October 8th at 6:30 pm
Where: ESTATE, 400 W Spain St, Sonoma
Details:  Please join us to celebrate the farm project’s bounty and meet our special guest, Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards. This moonlit, al fresco dinner will include farm inspired cocktails and a multi-course, family style menu created with ingredients fresh from our gardens and paired with wines from Bonny Doon.
Click for Menu  For Reservations: 707.933.3663
See what we’ve been growing! the farm project Blog


It’s Time to Preorder! 

the girl & the fig’s second cookbook is now available to preorder!
About the book: “Plats du Jour really is a journey through the seasons with over 125 full color photographs and over 100 wine country recipes. These are restaurant recipes that have been tailored for the home cook with easy ingredient substitutions, wine pairings and cheese platter suggestions and more.”  Our tentative release date is early December – just in time for the holidays!  Be sure to take advantage of the special advance sale price before October 31st. More Info / Preorder

Featured Retailer: Savour Wine and Cheese
by Julie Kantor

Kathleen Erickson opened Savour Wine and Cheese just in time for the 2011 Fourth of July celebration in the beautiful seaport town of Gloucester, Massachusetts. A certified sommelier, Kathleen brings her wide-ranging hospitality experience to the Cape Ann community. Her motto is “try before you buy.” There are twenty wines on wine machines for free tastings and a full-scale cheese counter offering samples of all cheeses.
“Cheese-Wiz” and chef, Krista Julian, interned at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, enabling her to assist customers in pairing their cheese and wine selections. Recently, Krista presented the girl & the fig’s Dried Fig Compote on a cheese plate she served for a five course wine and cheese dinner Savour coordinated at a local restaurant. Krista prefers our Dried Fig Compote because “the balance of sweet and savory accents the high quality of the fruit.”
Kathleen will be offering her next five-part wine education series starting the 20th of September, and stay tuned for her forthcoming book, “Monks, Missionaries, Martyrs and Wine.”  Best wishes to the new venture in Gloucester!

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!

Late Summer Farm Forum
We are very honored to be hosting the Late Summer Farm Forum at ESTATE on Tuesday, September 20th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. This forum is the third in a seasonal series that gives us the opportunity to discuss the future of food and farming in Sonoma County. The series also places special recognition on the legacy of Luther Burbank by looking closely at mixing modern farming technology with historical wisdom.

We’d love to see you at the forum! Our own Chef John Toulze will be on the speaking panel, as well as many other key individuals in the Sonoma County food and farm world. Donations of $15 (cash or check only, please) at the door will include nibbles and sips. All proceeds from the forums go directly to help fund various farm projects throughout Sonoma County, including the planting of a Luther Burbank orchard at a local Sonoma Valley school.
Please RSVP to

Hope to see you there!

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Catch us on KQED’s Check, Please!

the girl & the fig will be featured on KQED’s Check, Please!, a “hit series featuring ordinary diners reviewing local restaurants” throughout the Bay Area. We had a great time filming with them, and can’t wait to see how it turned out.
Don’t miss us! Tune in to KQED on September 15th at 7:30!


It’s Not too Late to Save the Date!

What:  Harvest Lunches at Michel Schlumberger
When:  Friday, September 30th & Saturday, October 1st
Where: Michel Schlumberger
Details:  Join us once again at Michel Schlumberger during the harvest season for an amazing afternoon including a behind the scenes harvest tour followed by a Harvest Lunch made from local, organic ingredients by the girl & the fig in a gorgeous setting with breathtaking views of the hillside vineyards. Space is limited, so be sure to get your seat soon!

Upcoming Events

The National Heirloom Exposition
September 13th to 15th
Sonoma County Fairgrounds

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction
September 15th
Palace Hotel, San Francisco

Art for Life
September 17th
Mary Agatha Furth Center, Windsor

Harvest Lunches at Michel Schlumberger
September 30th & October 1st
Michel Schlumberger

Harvest Dinner
October 8th

August Memories

Captured Moments

KQED’s Check Please
Emily & John’s Wedding

News Bites

Meg Sexton Photography: Lauren & Dmitriy
Sonoma Flying Adventure
AZ-Lifestyle: Sonoma Wine Country Lauren Benward & Steven Krause

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