from the kitchen: Fig-Braised Beef Short Ribs

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Fig Braised Beef Short Ribs
Serves 6

For the Marinade:

  • 6 short ribs (10 oz. each, boneless)
  • 2 tablespoons sliced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped thyme
  • ½ cup red wine
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Mix together garlic, salt, pepper, herbs, ½ cup red wine, ½ cup oil, tamari and Worcestershire.  Pour over ribs and marinate for at least 12 hours.

For the Sauce:

  • salt & pepper
  • 4 tablespoons blended oil
  • 3 celery stalks, medium dice
  • 1 carrot, peeled, medium dice
  • 2 medium onions, medium dice
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, rough chop
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 8 cups veal stock
  • 2 cups diced black mission figs
  • 1 bouquet garni

Remove ribs from marinade, scrape excess items off and pat dry.  Season with salt & pepper.Heat a large sauté pan over high heat, sear short ribs on all sides until heavily browned.  Remove from pan and place in a braising pot.

Add carrots, onions, celery to pan used for searing ribs, and cook over medium heat until vegetables are caramelized.  Add tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes.  Deglaze with red wine and reduce by half.  Add to braising pan with 8 cups of veal stock and bring to a simmer.  Add figs, and bouquet garni, cover and place pan in oven and roast for 4 hours, or until ribs are fork tender.  Remove ribs from oven, and let them cool to room temperature.  Remove ribs from sauce, strain sauce, before returning to pan over medium heat.  Reduce sauce by half and add ribs back to heat through.

Wine Wednesday: Kivelstadt Cellars 2014 Red Blend, Father’s Watch

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As you may know, since the very beginning the girl & the fig has boasted an exclusively Rhône-alone” wine list.

We’ve always loved that featuring unique Rhône wines gives us an opportunity to begin a conversation with our guests, perhaps introduce them to something new, as well as to present talented and innovative producers we believe in.


In honor of “Wine Wednesday,” a little about one of our beloved Rhône producers –

This week: Kivelstadt Cellars 2014 Red Blend, Father’s Watch

About the winemaker: Jordan Kivelstadt

As Founder and Head Winemaker at Kivelstadt Cellars, Jordan seeks to create wines that stand out. His passion for food and wine permeates everything he does. By day he is the Founder and CEO of Free Flow Wines, a wine on tap company focused on improving the quality and sustainability of the wine we drink in restaurants. He initially cut his teeth in wine working harvests in California, Argentina, Chile and Australia. Kivelstadt Cellars is Jordan’s creative outlet and brings balance to his daily responsibilities at Free Flow. He pours all of those experiences into innovating in the wine industry and improving our wines at Kivelstadt Cellars vintage after vintage.

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Tasting Notes:

Our most versatile red wine, Father’s Watch is a Rhone style blend made from 50% Syrah from our estate vineyard, 25% Grenache, and 25% Carignane from Venturi Vineyard. The Carignane and Grenache bring high tone fruit, approachability and energy to balance out the darker, earthier Syrah in the blend. The wine sees 10% new french oak for 16 months and is our most popular red wine.

Pairings:

At the girl & the fig we’d recommend pairing Kivelstadt Cellars 2014 Red Blend, Father’s Watch with duck confit (french green lentils, braised greens, brandied cherry-duck jus), sonoma mountain beef burger (grilled onions, house-made pickles, frites) and hard cheese. 

At home try grilled pork chop with broccolini, and apple mostarda.

Cheers!


(Thirsty? Book your next reservation at the girl & the fig!)

“sip & slide” Thursdays with the girl & the fig AND Roche!

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“Sip & Slide” Thursdays ON CLEAR DAYS!

Brought to you by Roche Winery & Vineyards AND the girl & the fig!

Roche Winery and the girl & the fig invite you to join us Thursday evenings, through November, fireside on the Roche patio.  Enjoy extraordinary sips by Roche (offered by the taste, flight, glass or bottle), alongside raw or barbecued local oysters, lobster rolls & chowder crafted for you by
the girl & the fig!

WHEN: Thursdays,  THANKSGIVING WEEK WED – 23rd
Dec. 1st, Dec. 8th, Dec. 15th, Dec. 22nd, Dec.29th
3:30 – 6:30

WHERE: Roche Patio, 122 West Spain Street (right next door to the girl & the fig!)

MENU

Chef Creek BBQ Oysters
roasted garlic & herb butter.
15 per half dozen

Walker Creek Oysters
traditional mignonette or green apple mignonette,
cocktail sauce, lemon.
15 per half dozen

Lobster Roll
Maine lobster, butter, chives, lemon, bun. 8

Clam Chowder
leeks, fennel, potato, vadouvan,
cream, grilled bread. 9

Shaved Brussels Salad
cheddar, toasted almonds, green apples,
bacon vinaigrette. 6

No reservations required!

RAIN WILL CANCEL!

Venue Highlight: Triple S Ranch

Wedding of Christine Chiu and Eddie Lam at Triple S Ranch in Calistoga, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. Photos by Alison Yin/Alison Yin Photography

Triple S Ranch Napa was once part of an original Mexican Land Grant for thousands of acres. When owner Derek Webb purchased the property, he renovated this beautiful property into an spectacular destination wedding spot for couples all over the world.

Triple S Ranch Napa is located 3 miles west of historic Calistoga, in the Napa Valley. It is 12 acres of completely private and serene vistas and offers expansive views, open spaces, a grove of mature walnut trees, massive Redwoods, Sequoias, Oaks, Douglas Firs, & (our favorite!) fig trees.

Wedding of Christine Chiu and Eddie Lam at Triple S Ranch in Calistoga, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. Photos by Alison Yin/Alison Yin Photography

On the property there is an original 1867 Grand Victorian house, one of the oldest in the Napa Valley. It is 2,400 square feet and is conjoined by two buildings, to make one large house. The oldest section was built in 1854 and the newest section, known as, “high Victorian”, was built in 1869.

Highlights of the Grand Victorian include

  • Large rooms
  • High ceilings
  • Intricate details
  • Fully decorated with Victorian pieces
  • A library filled with hundreds of books
  • The house is surrounded with gardens and beautiful vistas

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There are also 10 cottages, perfect for families and wedding guests. Many families come from all over California to stay at Triple S Ranch Napa to horseback ride, swim, hike, eat and relax.

Wedding of Christine Chiu and Eddie Lam at Triple S Ranch in Calistoga, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. Photos by Alison Yin/Alison Yin Photography

Wedding of Christine Chiu and Eddie Lam at Triple S Ranch in Calistoga, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. Photos by Alison Yin/Alison Yin Photography

Also on the property is an original 1860’s dairy barn, turned winery, turned restaurant/roadhouse. The dairy barn features…

  • 25′ ceilings with exposed beams
  • Massive French doors from Argentina
  • Stone fireplace
  • Barn wood floors and paneling

There is a massive 175 year old Black Walnut tree with a 50 diameter canopy. The tree offers an idyllic gathering spot under the cool shade canopy with spectacular views pf the mountains to the west and the setting sun.

Triple S Ranch Napa is a charming and rustic venue that will make your wedding a memorable event that you and your guest will be taking about for years to come.

Why we love catering at Triple S Ranch Napa:

  • Exclusive use of lovely cottages and Victorian house
  • Vineyard, organic gardens, valley views
  • Dairy Barn/restaurant roadhouse
  • Outdoor pizza oven
  • Swimming pool
  • Huge redwoods, grove of mature walnut trees

Many thanks to Alison Yin Photography for the beautiful photos featured in this post!
Location:  Triple S Ranch Napa
Caterer: the girl & the fig CATERS! team.

All about Triple S Ranch…

Capacity
Max Indoor Ceremony: 200 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 200 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 150 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 200 guests

Location Uses
Ceremonies

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners
On-Site Accommodations

Site Views
Grand Victorian house
Hills

Gardens
Mountains
Vineyards
Barn

Wine Wednesday: Maclaren 2013 Syrah, Samanthas Vineyard

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As you may know, since the very beginning the girl & the fig has boasted an exclusively Rhône-alone” wine list.

We’ve always loved that featuring unique Rhône wines gives us an opportunity to begin a conversation with our guests, perhaps introduce them to something new, as well as to present talented and innovative producers we believe in.


In honor of “Wine Wednesday,” a little about one of our beloved Rhône producers –

This week: Maclaren 2013 Syrah, Samanthas Vineyard

About the winemaker: Steve Law

Steve’s winemaking style is heavily influenced by his love of French wines.  This influences his selection of vineyards, which he finds in cooler locations, and results in his pursuit of elegant, balanced, food friendly wines. Steve also has other influences, in addition to the Northern Rhone, and has recently started making Sauvignon Blanc for his mum, Pinot Noir for his wife and Rosé for his god daughter.  Don’t worry, they are all willing to share!

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Tasting Notes:

The initial nose draws you in with spicy red fruits and the signature blueberry. The spices reveal themselves over time, showing bay leaf, fennel and a little ginger. Floral notes keep the wine feeling lighter, with lavender, violet and a hint of new leather. In the mouth the mouth feel is creamy but never heavy as it remains fresh and mouthwatering. The fruits are upfront with blackberry, blueberry and sweet strawberry and a nice licorice finish.

Pairings:

At the girl & the fig we’d recommend pairing Maclaren 2013 Syrahwith duck confit (french green lentils, braised greens, brandied cherry-duck jus), steak frites (6-ounce flat iron steak, frites, roasted garlic & herb butter), sonoma mountain beef burger (grilled onions, house-made pickles, frites).

At home try grilled pork chop with sweet potato puree, beef stew or prime rib with natural jus.

Cheers!


(Thirsty? Book your next reservation at the girl & the fig!)