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June Greetings from Sonoma

June 1, 2013

Have you met Chef Jeremy?

Chef Jeremy just had his one year anniversary at the girl & the fig last month. He and John have been collaborating on some really wonderful menu items, including the chicken livers on toast, soft shell crabs served with pancetta aioli and his personal favorite of the moment, the Pork Belly Sandwich. (Yes, it is almost possible to gain weight just by reading this!) However, it is the seasonal ingredients and the farm that are still the driving the inspiration for the menu.

Here is a sneak peek behind the Chef — When he is not cooking for himself, he is a sucker for a cheap BUT GOOD burger (we’re not talking about fast food here): a thin patty, seared and topped with 1000 Island Dressing, Tabasco Sauce, iceberg lettuce, tomato, and (of course) BACON! However lowbrow his burger cravings may be, his beverages of choice are varied from dark beers to smooth rye whiskies and red Rhone blends. When he is not working, you can find Jeremy riding his motorcycle or snowboarding while listening to Pink Floyd and Bad Religion.We are lucky to have such a talented Chef on our team. The smile you see in the picture above is something I get to see all of the time!  Say hi to Chef Jeremy the next time you visit us!


Some of you may remember one of our past General Managers, Gary Saperstein, who worked with us for over 10 years. He has done an incredible job with his partner Mark Vogler in creating Out in the Vineyard. Their signature weekend event is coming up on June 14th and is almost sold out. Visit their website for a full list of activities and an opportunity to purchase tickets while they still last.

With the first day of summer and the last day of school quickly approaching, my thoughts have been a bit less on the present and more on the months ahead, and I’m finding it takes just a little more effort to pin them to the tasks at hand.  Summer has that effect sometimes.  It’s a busy time of year for most people in our little part of the world; whether summer to you means the heaviest of workloads or freedom and adventure, it’s certain that the coming season is filled with activity.The most interesting and challenging of my activities here at the fig head-quarters this month has been in exploring our smartphone app. (Did you know we have one?)  If you’re like me and have been dragged kicking and screaming into the world of constant technological contact, then plumbing the inner workings of a smartphone application sounds slightly less-than-appealing.  Not so!

One particularly fun and useful feature I found is this: Say your summer plans include enjoying a lovely glass of wine at the fig. Those from this area and afar might be interested in finding which of our wines were cultivated, tended, and brought to be within moments of where you’re sitting.  If you wanted to know just how quickly you’d be able jaunt up the road to its source to acquire the most delicious of souvenirs, nestled within the wine list app is a map to (nearly) all of the local wineries as well as a link to their tasting room pages.  Very handy!

For me, it can be at times overwhelming to consider the amount of information tech-nology makes available to us at every second, and I often wonder whether this is adding or taking from our ability to enjoy or be in the present moment. But then I think of the ways that this information can be used to enhance your enjoyment of the time at hand, and am amazed. And if it can be used to prolong those fleeting summer moments, so much the better.Cheers!

This summer, we are bringing you some of the best Rosé wines we can find. We are off to a good start (see below), and expect a few more additional selections as the heat rises.  You will also soon be able to order a Rosé wine flight at the girl & the fig.
Generally, Rosé wines are the perfect blend of a light, refreshing and delicate white wine with the tart berry flavors of a red. Rosé wines have the best of both worlds with a balanced mix of qualities of both red and white wines. The presence of low to mild tannins and a low acidity level and alcohol content allows for pairings with both the heavier, high protein dishes that would commonly be paired with reds and the lighter more delicate dishes that would be paired with whites. This summertime wine is frequently paired with meats and vegetables just off the grill, and is also a great accompaniment to salads and greens, poultry, seafood, and spicy dishes. Served chilled, Rosé is truly versatile and can be perfectly paired with almost anything.
Delicate, flavorfully sweet and beautifully balanced, rosé wines are a budding favorite among wine drinkers, and are becoming increasingly more recognized as a wine worthy of drinking regularly. With a  sophisticated range of flavors, intricate means of production and versatile potential, rosé wines present an exciting alternative to the wine drinker as a subtle, refreshing and innovative wine.

Schramsberg, 2008 Brut Rosé, North Coast.

Tavosa, 2012 Grenache Rosé, Sonoma County

Domaine de Nizas, 2012 Languedoc

Cochon, 2012 Old Vine Rosé, California

Campovida, 2012 Grenache Rosé, Mendocino County

Kivelstadt Cellars, 2012 Twice Removed, Loevitt Vineyard.

Envolve, 2012 Dragonsleaf, Sonoma Mountain

Artist Julie HigginsJulie has been a member of the FIG FAMILY for over ten years. She started showing her artwork in the revolving shows in Glen Ellen during the time when the girl & the fig was there. When we moved to Sonoma, she graciously came along with us.

Her imaginary, colorful, original art still graces our restaurant walls in both of our locations. Her original art and giclees are all for sale, and we can even make arrangements to ship the art to you.

Her artwork is also on the FIGfood labels and our Tres Bonnes Annees wine label. If you are visiting the Mendocino area this summer you may want to contact Julie for a Studio visit.

Studio Sale

Pastels, Paintings, Prints, and Notecards
Schedule a Studio Visit through August 2013.
Call Julie now to schedule a visit!
Mendocino,CA 95460″Bella Fig” will find its place on the new vintage of Tres Bonnes Annees Rockpile Syrah which should be released in August.


If you were one of the lucky ones to get to see Broadway Under the Stars last summer at Jack London State Park, you already know that this is the hottest ticket in Wine Country and by now you probably already have your tickets!If not, make your reservations today because I have no doubt that each night will be a sell out!

The season starts  June 28 – 30, July 5 – 6 with “Fly Me To the Moon”. The second performance is the “Fantastical Family Night” on July 19 – 20. Additional shows run all the way through August 31st.

We are excited to partner with Transcendence Theater Company on their first weekend this year at Jack London State Park. We will bring our Wood-Fired Oven to prepare Toasty Meatball Sandwiches, Fire Roasted Half Chickens, Corn on the Cob. There will be more food options as well as some of our favorite wineries pouring their wine.

Sonoma Starlight
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
the girl & the fig CATERS!

Taste of Sonoma
MacMurray Ranch
FOOD – WINE – EDUCATION – DEMOS – MARKETPLACENamed one of the “10 Best Wine and Food Events in the United States”

 via CityEats on our website
We keep our Public Event Calendar current with new events as they are confirmed. Check the calendar or our Facebook page to keep up with us and get in our 2013 Sonoma groove!
The Toy Box
One of Sondra’s latest finds … 
What did I do with my favorite pictures from my recent trip to Vietnam? I found Artifact Uprising, a lovely company that is committed to detail with their calenders and books! Beautiful work, great prices and perfect for personal gifts.
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