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May 2012

May 1, 2012

Join us to create a new place in Sonoma

We are always ready to have a party. A sweet opportunity just presented itself to us — 2000 square feet of open warehouse space waiting for something to happen, so what’s a girl to do but go for it! Right?  Well, why not?We are opening the door to suite d, creating an unlikely place for uniquely fun times and culinary inspiration.

Now just feels like the right time for us to reach further out to the community and encourage innovative ways for all of us to connect through food and wine and gather around our tables together.

This is the “cooking” phase of the project and we invite friends and neighbors to join us as we create a new place in Sonoma. The space is flexible and we imagine great times here. But we need a little “kickstart” to get it going, which is where you come in. We really do need your support and involvement to make this dream a reality.  

Only 18 days left for us to reach our goal!
Take a sneak peek and then join in

Follow the evolution of suite d on Facebook.

Bigger space for cooking classes … A cool spot for a winemaker dinner … how about movie night with popcorn? Did we mention Ping Pong socials? Fashion shows … meeting venue … pickling party for the bounty you pick at the farm or buy at the Farmer’s Market … art gallery … fundraising events … bachelorette parties and wedding rehearsal dinners … Saturday night dance party …. And did we mention Ping Pong socials?

We’ve got lots of ideas for how to use suite d.
Maybe you have some too. Help us make it happen, become an insider as we create the space and events.

Sondra is full of vision and plans.
You can see some of them on her boards at Pinterest.

What’s going on at ESTATE

The new “Tuesday To-Do” is Negroni & Nibbles! 

Every Tuesday from 5:00 pm, in the bar or on the porch, all Negroni cocktails are $6 each and the Chef sends out a complimentary antipasti with your first Negroni. Enjoy Negroni Classico – gin, campari, dubonnet; Negroni Sbagliato – prosecco, punt e mes, campari; Aperol Negroni – gin, aperol, carpano antica; or Cin Cyn – gin, cynar, sweet vermouth. Add some other nibbles to the complimentary Chef’s antipasti –Italian olives, shaved pecorino, spicy chickpeas, fried boguerones, mixed green salad, sauteed broccolni, wood-roasted brussels sprouts & Pancetta, Italian cheese sampler, house-cured salumi platter, bruschetta of chicken liver, pickled pear, arugula, or meatballs, roasted red pepper arancini, or pizza for a mini-feast.

And a perfect Sunday at ESTATE is May 13 – Mother’s Day.

Sunday Bubbles & Brunch
is always a lovely way to conclude the week, but Mother’s Day is a special Sunday.
Join us for a 3-course prix fixe Brunch created by our Chefs to celebrate Mom.

Last Month in New YorkA successful trip …
3 EVENTS, 18 TAXIS, 5 MEALS in 1 DAY, 2 HOTELS, 200 BLT gougères, 6 JEFF COHN WINES, 1 GOTTA-GO TRIP TO KATZ DELI, A LOT OF REAL NY BAGELS, COUNTLESS REUNIONS with old friends and families–New York was a whirlwind trip for us, lots of good food and fun and we were thrilled to bring a bit of Sonoma to those New Yorkers….and now, happy to be back in Sonoma.
(James Beard dinner photos by Phil Gross)


May 18
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Cooking for Solutions


June 3
Bouverie Preserve
The Art of Eating


June 16
CUESA, SF Ferry Building
Market to Table Demo
June 30
Union Square, SF store
Plats du Jour
Book signing & Demo
July 4
BBQ, buffet, music
& the best view of
Sonoma Fireworks
Details to come, but
It’s party season!
Think about figCATERS!

From a big blow-out
event to an intimate
dinner, let us make it
special for you.

NEW at the FIGstore:

Sonoma Valley Sharecropper
Pickling Spices

Sonoma Valley Sharecropper Pickling Spices, the same exclusive blend of pickling spices used by our Chefs are now available.

Three varieties with tips from the Chef, these blends are easy to use and take only 30 minutes hands-on time and 24 hours in the fridge. So, go ahead and indulge at the Farmers Market or plant your home garden and don’t worry about running out of ways to use zucchini!
You can purchase Sonoma Valley Sharecropper Pickling Spices at any of our restaurants, online at the FIGstore or at the Tuesday night Farmer’s Market in Sonoma.

For tips on how to pickle vegetables, watch John’s demo on ABC TV.
And, follow our farm blog for updates on what vegetables we are growing and what John might pickle next!

Also now available at the FIGstorePlats du Jour as an e-book! Easy to use while cooking with click-throughs to resources and tips. At $16.99 it’s a great companion to the hardcover version.

Remember, the FIGstore is always open.

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