vendredi vocab: peperonata

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Vendredi means “Friday” in French. Each week we add something new to our culinary vocabulary by delving into a word from our menu.

This week the word is: peperonata

Common in Italian cooking, this food item consists of sweet peppers sauteed in olive oil. The Italian Sweet Pepper is a common pepper to use for making this food dish, but any variety of sweet pepper can be served. Typically, the Peperonata may include ingredients such as sweet peppers, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and herbs (basil), capers, and olives. After being prepared, the Peperonata may be served hot or cold. As a hot food, it is often served like a condiment for use as a meat, pizza or pasta topping. When served cold, it can be used as a stuffing for omelets or simply served as an antipasto. [source]

Peperonata adds a wonderful sweet flavor to your favorite dishes and pairs beautifully with meat, pasta or polenta. This fall at the girl & the fig, we featured peperonata in our amazing polenta cake with peperonata, broccolini, fried garlic & chili oil.

How would you use peperonata?


Vendredi means “Friday” in French. Each week we add something new to our culinary vocabulary by delving into a word from our menu. We love food, we love words, and we love to learn something new. We also love Fridays.

Happy Vendredi, everyone!

Wine Wednesday: Alain Graillot 2012 Syrocco Syrah, Morocco

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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: Alain Graillot 2012 Syrocco SyrahMorocco

About the winemaker: Alain Graillot

Northern Rhône native, Alain Graillot, is recognized by his passion for Syrah. Prior to starting his own domaine, Alain worked in Burgundy, where he received guidance from the reputable Jacques Seysses of Domaine Dujac. In 1985, Alain founded Domaine Alain Graillot just outside the village of Pont de l’Isère, about 6 km south of Tain-l’Hermitage. He is now considered one of the most highly sought-after producers in the Northern Rhône due to his exuberant, robust and impeccably made Syrah-based wines.

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Tasting Notes:

Alain crafts this as a fruit-forward Moroccan red, yet it is made in an Old- World style with moderate extraction, excellent balance, and complex aromatics: plenty of ripe purple black fruits and dried red cherry followed by hints of sandalwood, herbs, and spice. The finish is dry, long, and similar to classic Syrah.

Pairings:

At the girl & the fig we’d recommend pairing Alain Graillot 2012 Syrocco Syrah, Morocco, with 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 it with curry dishes, lamb stew or grilled lamb with hummus.

Cheers!


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

Upcoming Events with the girl & the fig

Don’t miss us at these upcoming events!

Thirsty Thursdays – October 13th, 20th, 27th @ 5:30 PM

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Thirsty Thursdays have come to the fig cafe!!

Join us and some of our favorite local winemakers for incredible pours on Thursday evenings from 5:30 ’til the tastes run out! Winemakers will provide complimentary tastings of their limited edition, Sonoma-centric creations for you to enjoy – and you’ll be able to chat with the makers in person! No reservations required. Complimentary Tasting. See you at the fig cafe!


Sunday Supper Club at Suite D – October 9th & 16th

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Suite D is making Sunday the new Saturday with a relaxing Sunday supper. Remember when Sunday dinner was the best night of the week – when you put everything aside to sit down to really savor a meal with your loved ones? Come gather around the table at Suite D for a leisurely meal with family and friends. Kick back, relax, and leave the cooking to us. You deserve it!

October 9th –  Sunday Supper
October 16th – Sunday Supper


WCR: Women Chefs and Restaurateurs October 17th

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WCR’s upcoming NorCal Regional Event will be held on Monday, October 17th, from 3pm to 7pm at the beautiful Cornerstone Sonoma, which is also the home of the Sunset Outdoor Kitchen and Sunset Test Gardens.

Chef Demos:
5:30 pm – the girl & the fig, Sonoma CA
Ramen, Kimchee and Fermentation Sondra Bernstein and John Toulze (executive chef & managing partner) 


Idle Cellars Winemaker Dinner @ Suite D October 21st

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Experience an Idle moment with the girl & the fig and Idle Cellars on October 21st. We will be hosting winemakers Ari Heavner and Ben Larks for an intimate dinner at Suite D. Join us for an inspired pairing menu, featuring the best the season has to offer including vegetables from the farm project, as well as captivating surprises from the chef!

Menu and tickets at www.figsuited.com!!


Catch the fig rig @ Boys & Girls Club “Pinot on the River” October 23rd

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Benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County, Pinot On The River is a fun-filled weekend of Pinot Noir in the beautiful Russian River Valley town of Healdsburg, California. Sit with the winemakers and other Pinot-loving consumers as we focus on limited production West Coast Pinot Noirs.

Join us for Sunday’s Pinot Noir Grand Tasting with over 100 wineries plus guest Artisan Food Vendors all on the downtown Healdsburg Plaza Square.

It’s a Sonoma County wine weekend you won’t want to miss.


Ramen Nights return to Suite D! November 2nd

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!

Join us for RAMEN on Wednesday nights (beginning November 2nd) from 5 – 7:30 or until we run out!

For just $20 the menu includes your choice of a cucumber or mung bean sprout salad, a bowl of one of our four ramens, and a dessert from Donny.

Beer, Wine & Sake Available for $5
Corkage $5 (comp for Suite D members)


Sonoma Extra Virgin Festival November 4th

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Celebrate Sonoma’s olive harvest at BR Cohn Winery this Fall where multiple olive oil and olive food producers will gather to share their wares.

The weekend-long celebration will kick off with a hand harvest of the winery’s 160-year old heritage trees and a blessing of the olives on Saturday at 11:00 am.

Olive oil producers, educators and cook book authors will join to explain the wonders of this ancient fruit. Food trucks, cooking demonstrations, music and wine will round out the weekend’s entertainment.

Tickets: $15, which includes a delicious glass of wine

**Find the fig rig on Saturday from 11 – 4!**

More info at www.brcohn.com


VinoCadre – Indulge – Discover – Celebrate @ Suite D November 6th

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Indulge in the girl & the fig farm to table creations paired with cutting edge, micro-artisan wineries from the collection of VinoCadre. On hand, vintner principals from twelve estates that showcase undiscovered wine country gems, each winery hand selected by VinoCadre Wine Alliance Sommelier Team. DISCOVER TERROIR DRIVEN estates that push the limits of artisan winemaking.

All estates offer high risk, high reward wines, grown in extreme Napa-Sonoma locations. All exclusive VinoCadre wine partners and not normally found in the market.


Talisman Winery – ADASTRA VINEYARD Vertical Wine Dinner at Suite D November 11th

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We’re so excited to have the Talisman team back to Suite D for an Adastra Vineyard Discovery Dinner. This is an incredible opportunity to taste 9 wonderful Pinots from the Adastra Vineyard – starting with the 2006 vintage. Not only will this be an educational, in-depth wine exploration, but Chef John Toulze has designed a menu to highlight the nuances of these wines while celebrating the flavors of the fall season.


Happy Thanksgiving!! November 24th

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Thanksgiving Dinner @ the fig cafe & winebar November 24th – We will be open from 1 pm – 6 pm –
Call Kelly at 707-933-3000 x 13 for reservations.

Thanksgiving Dinner @ the girl & the fig – 12 – 8 pm – $57 per person, four course menu – for the girl & the fig reservations call 707.938.3634

Thanksgiving @ Suite D  – 2 seatings 1 PM & 4:30 PM – for Suite D reservations call 707.933.3667 ext.13

Celebrate Thanksgiving with the girl & the fig

The holidays are just around the corner, and we’re preparing some fabulous feasts for you to enjoy with family and friends!


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Thanksgiving Dinner at the girl & the fig on the Plaza~

12 – 8 pm
Reservations highly recommended.

Four incredible courses of seasonal delicacies:

AMUSE
goat cheese turnover
fig preserves

STARTERS
sausage, kale & lentil soup
Say What ? Counoise 2015
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roasted sweet potato soup
pomegranate molasses
Zaca Mesa Z Blanc 2012

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fall squash salad
maple crema, salted pistachios, arugula, persimmon vinaigrette
Imagery Viognier 2015

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butter lettuce
pears, pickled onions, bacon, blue cheese dressing
Domaine L’Ostal Cazes, 2015 

ENTREES
turkey
brioche & roasted onion stuffing,
charred brussels sprouts, cranberry relish, gravy
Onesta Cinsault 2012

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grilled rib eye
root vegetable gratin, creamy leeks & spinach, fresh horseradish
Highway 12 Reserve Syrah 2013

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sautéed flounder
potato purée, spinach, brown butter caper sauce
Truchard Roussanne 2015

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white corn polenta
butternut squash caponata, cipollini onions, roasted cauliflower, sage pesto
Sixteen600 Viognier 2013

DESSERTS
sweet potato pie
candied pecans, spiced whipped cream, caramel sauce
Blandys 5 yr Madeira

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pear tart
vanilla ice cream, port-cherry sauce
Domaine Durban Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2014

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flourless chocolate torte
rum bananas
Ramos Pinto Ruby Port

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profiteroles
tahitian vanilla bean ice cream-filled cream puffs, bittersweet chocolate sauce
Noval LBV Porto 2008

$57 per person, four course menu
with wine pairing add $18

$20 per child (10 and under)
(beverages, tax & gratuity not included)

Reservations available HERE or by calling 707-938-3634


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Thanksgiving Dinner at the fig cafe in Glen Ellen~

1 – 6 pm
Reservations highly recommended.

Three sumptuous courses of seasonal delights:

STARTERS

café fig & arugula salad
pancetta, laura chenel goat cheese, toasted pecans,
fig & port vinaigrette
Wellington Marsanne 2013

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shaved Brussels sprouts salad
black pepper vinaigrette, dried cranberries, pine nuts
Kivelstadt Rose 2015

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butternut squash soup
saba & crispy sage
Imagery Viognier 2015

THE MAIN COURSE
roasted turkey
turkey leg confit, cranberry relish,
caramelized brussels sprouts, pan jus
Sixteen600 Grenache 2013

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house ham
orange-clove glaze, whipped sweet potatoes,
braised cabbage
Tavosa Table 6 2012

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pan-seared flounder
leeks, sautéed spinach, potato purée,
meyer lemon beurre blanc
Zaca Mesa Z Blanc 2012

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mushroom risotto
chicories, black truffle crema, meyer lemon
Highway 12 Reserve Syrah 2013

DESSERTS
brownie sundae
bittersweet chocolate, candied pumpkin seeds, 
brandied apples
Loxton Syrah Port 2013

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pumpkin cheesecake
spiced crème fraîche, candied pumpkin seeds
Domaine Durban Beaumes de Venise 2013

$45 per person, three course menu
with wine pairing add $15

$20 per child (10 and under)
(beverages, tax & gratuity not included)

Call Kelly at 707-933-3000 x 13 for reservations.


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Thanksgiving Dinner at Suite D in Sonoma~

Seatings at 1 & 4:30 pm
Reservations Required

Second Annual Thanksgiving Buffet at Suite D!

TO START
cheese, salumi & charcuterie
pickled vegetables, condiments

THE MAIN COURSE
mushroom soup
made to order

romaine & pear salad
blue cheese, candied pecans

roasted fall squash
honey, oregano, ricotta salata

roasted brussels sprouts
pomegranate vinaigrette

green bean casserole
roasted mushrooms, house-made pancetta

glazed carrots
cumin vinaigrette

whipped horseradish potatoes

cornbread stuffing
fennel sausage, celery, mushrooms

parker rolls
fennel seed & olive oil

Carved to Order
Thanksgiving Turkey
thyme gravy

roast beef
horseradish cream, rosemary jus

Desserts
Assorted Miniatures

COMPLIMENTARY CORKAGE
Wine & Beer Available for Sale

$65 for Adults
$25 for Children (under 13)

More details & reservations HERE.


We hope that you can celebrate Thanksgiving with us!  We anticipate a full house, so please make your reservations early!

Wine Wednesday: Daniel, 2012 Soberanes Syrah, Santa Lucia Highlands

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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: Daniel, 2012 Soberanes Syrah, Santa Lucia Highlands

About the winemaker: Daniel Fitgerald

Brack Mountain’s founding Winemaker, Dan Fitzgerald is committed to making elegant, age-worthy wines that reflect the specific site, season and source of their origin. Dan’s deep appreciation for fine craftsmanship and attention to detail, coupled with a life-long love of open spaces, are the root of his attraction to both vineyard and cellar. An artist by nature, Dan’s innate curiosity drives his passion for winemaking, which is fueled by his fierce work ethic.

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Tasting Notes:

DANIEL Fitzgerald is the name, strong and spicy Syrah is his game. Fruit’s from the sunny, windy, moderate climate Santa Lucia Highlands region, where Syrah comes out deep and “wild.” Smell and taste blueberry liqueur, black pepper, espresso, smoked NY strip steak, black currants, cocoa, black olive.

Pairings:

At the girl & the fig we’d recommend pairing Daniel, 2012 Soberanes Syrah, with steak frites (6-ounce flat iron steak, frites, roasted garlic & herb butter), Sonoma mountain beef burger (grilled onions, house-made pickles, frites), soft cheeses.

At home try it with smoked prime rib, whipped potatoes with gravy, and sauteed green beans.

Cheers!


(Thirsty? Shop Daniel, 2012 Soberanes Syrah, here, or book your next reservation at the girl & the fig!)