Find the Fig Rig: Upcoming Events

The fig rig is rolling this summer! Don’t miss us at these events!


August 2nd & August 9th

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Roche Winery
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Stop in and say hello at Roche Winery on Tuesday night!  We’ll be serving beginning at 5 pm, and Roche is pouring their delicious wines on the patio!


August 3

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MARGO PRICE Gundlach Bundschu & the fig rig
Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm
“Country’s Next Star, Margo Price”

“I’ve always loved country music. It’s the songs and stories of the workin’ man. There’s more focus on the lyrics, which I think is the backbone of any good song. I started out playing country and folk music in my early teens, so it’s like coming home for me.”


 August 5th, 6th, 12th, 19th
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Starts at 5pm

Join us for the award-winning series that brings unique musical revues and concerts to Sonoma County’s majestic outdoors.

Featuring top talent on one of the most beautiful stages around, along with the best of local wine and picnicking alongside sprawling vineyards, Broadway Under the Stars in Jack London State Historic Park is a transformative experience for both longtime Broadway fans and anyone new to musical theatre.

the fig rig will be one of the food trucks serving food on-site starting at 5pm!


 August 11th

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starts at 5pm

On Thursday, August 11th the fig rig will be parked outside of Suite D (beginning at 5 pm) ready for you to relax after work and have a bite and a glass of wine with WALT Wines!

No tickets needed. Just come! Wine is welcome, too! $5 corkage.
(COMP CORKAGE FOR SOCIAL CLUB MEMBERS)


 August 21st

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Spend a lazy afternoon of summer fun and tasty foods with is at “The Cheese Factory.” Come stroll around, enjoy  local food and drink from vendors and food trucks. Details at www.marinfrenchcheese.com!

September 9th

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Starts at 5pm

Don’t miss this fast-selling, end of season celebration packed full of powerhouse performances, community tributes, sentimental reflections and more. We invite you to come close out the summer with us, Transcendence style.

the fig rig will be serving pre-show picnic goodness on-site starting at 5pm!


September 16th
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Starts at 6:30

Join some of your favorite winemakers at Suite D as they pour their Grenache in all colors!

In a walkabout format, this will be a true GRENACHE celebration of great wine, food and friends. This is a once a year celebration that you do not want to miss!!!


 

Campovida’s Third Annual Winemaker Dinner at Suite D

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“Out beyond the ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field…I’ll meet you there.”  ~Rumi

Experience Campovida.  Known for their handcrafted, sustainably produced wines, the historic Hopland ranch turned vineyard and organic farm has become, in its most recent incarnation, an epicenter of art, food, and community.

On August 4th, we’re thrilled to partner with the Campovida team, Proprietors Gary & Anna and Winemaker Sebastian Donoso, for their Third Annual Winemaker Dinner at Suite D. If you’re not familiar with the all the goings-on at Campovida, we encourage you to plan a visit to their stunning property!

We look forward to hosting this talented group (and enjoying their delicious wines!) and hope you’ll join us August 4th for an exceptional food & wine experience.

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DINNER MENU

Hors d’oeuvres: 2015 Rose di Grenache
Lavender honey toast
Smoked salmon crepe, dill, crispy capers
Watermelon skewer, feta, mint

2014 Viognier
Grilled stone fruit, purslane, parmesan, toasted almonds, bacon salt

2014 Campo di Blanca – 43% Roussanne, 33% Marsanne, 24% Viognier
Saffron corn consommé, summer corn panna cotta, flower petals, corn shoots

2013 Grenache
Smoked salmon, fresh horseradish, squash blossoms, summer tomatoes

2013 Syrah
Crispy pork confit, seared heirloom peppers, black pepper jus

2014 Innamorarsi (Late Harvest Viognier)
Roasted figs, house mascarpone, pine nut biscotti


Purchase tickets at www.figsuited.com!

Venue Highlight: Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

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Jacuzzi Family Vineyard is the perfect destination for anyone who is looking to escape and be transported to two of the most beautiful locations in the world – Sonoma Valley and Italy. Modeled after buildings that you would actually see during a visit to Italy, you’ll find beautiful stonework and statuary with gardens and portico. In the gardens, blooming flowers and a fountain overlooking the vineyards and beautiful vistas of Sonoma Valley.

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In 2007 Jacuzzi Family Vineyards had it’s grand opening in Sonoma. This building represents Fred Cline’s admiration and love for his grandfather, Valeriano Jacuzzi. In 1907 Valeriano and Franesco Jacuzzi immigrated to America to help work on the railroads in Washington. After working in Washington, the Jacuzzi brothers missed warmer climates and moved to Southern California.

In the years to come they were joined by their four other brothers and their father, who was a skilled wood worker and vineyard farmer. After a tragic crash of a monoplane in 1921, Giocondo Jacuzzi lost his life and the family stopped working in aviation. They bought a 161 acre farm in Contra Costa County, Northern California, and in 1936 they started their Jacuzzi family winery journey.

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards farms using the “Green String” method, meaning they use no pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers, or herbicides.  Instead they have created healthy vineyards through practices including eco-friendly sheep “weeding” and “compost tea.”

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For wedding ceremonies, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards has three gorgeous sites available. The first is the Grand Piazza, with amazing vineyard views through arched windows and Italian stone work.

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A second option is the Vineyard Vista, an outdoor venue overlooking their eastern vineyards and wetland preserve; it’s the perfect spot for a summer wedding!

The final option is in their romantic Barrel Room. Perfect for an elegant seated dinner, with plenty of room for dancing the night away. No matter which option you choose, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported an Italian Villa for your special day.
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Jacuzzi Family Vineyard offers the perfect Wine Country experience for those seeking a gorgeous venue with amazing views and elegant detail.

Why we love catering at Jacuzzi:

  • Amazing stone work and stunning detail
  • Exclusive use of gorgeous vineyards for your event
  • Charming bridal suite
  • Vineyard, gardens, olive press, valley views

Many thanks to Jerry Yoon Photographers for the beautiful photos featured in this post!
Location:  Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
Caterer: the girl & the fig CATERS! team.

All about Jacuzzi…

Capacity

Ceremony

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 150
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 150

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 150
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 150
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 150
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 150

Location Uses

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

Site Views

Hills
Mountains
Vineyards

Cruising Sonoma: Festival Season & other summer happenings

Festival season has hit Sonoma County!  There’s never a shortage of excuses to get out celebrate all the great eats, gorgeous scenery, and passion and talent of our local artisans & musicians.

Here is a listing of a few not-to-miss events of the season!


Petaluma Farmers’ Market

June 15 – Aug 26

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Visitors to the Petaluma Farmers’ Markets will enjoy the bounty of Sonoma County produce and find a wealth of fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, plants, fresh baked goods, cheeses, Indian foods, and hot food to enjoy. In addition to the bountiful food and produce, every market day also features live musical entertainment, face painting, a balloon artist, a jumping house, and pony rides.

There is a great selection of unusual and interesting handmade arts and crafts available at each market. The Farmers’ Markets are great places to have a fun family outing. Wednesdays, 4:30-8:00 p.m. in the Theater District.


Transcendence Theatre Company’s Broadway Under The Stars in Jack London State Park

June 17 – Sept 11

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Transcendence Theatre’s “Broadway Under the Stars” in Jack London State Park, winner of the “2013 Broadway World San Francisco Theater of the Year,” is a series of concerts featuring incredible talent from Broadway and Hollywood stages and screen.

Join them for the award-winning series that brings unique musical revues and concerts to Sonoma County’s majestic outdoors.

Featuring top talent on one of the most beautiful stages around, along with the best of local wine and picnicking alongside sprawling vineyards, Broadway Under the Stars in Jack London State Historic Park is a transformative experience for both longtime Broadway fans and anyone new to musical theatre.

Each evening begins at 5:00 p.m. with pre-show picnicking on the great lawn, alongside the park’s sprawling vineyards. Enjoy local pours from numerous Sonoma wineries, food from local vendors, and pre-show music.


Thirsty Thursdays & the fig rig at Suite D

July 21
August 11

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the fig rig will be parked outside of Suite D ready for you to relax after work and have a bite and a beer!

Hang with friends and play a game of ping-pong, enjoy indoor and outdoor patio dining with menu items ranging from $3 – $10. Belly up for a plate and a pint, meet the fig rig and unwind!

Thirsty Thursdays & the fig rig at Suite D Schedule


Thirsty Thursdays at the fig cafe

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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 this summer 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!

Thirsty Thursday Schedule:


Rivertown Revival

July 16

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This local, arts-based, community festival highlights the Petaluma River and all of the amazing artists who call Sonoma County home. The event includes an art boat race and parade, floating art barges and an all-day festival which features local music, art, food and drink and over 40 fabulous local vendors. The Rivertown Revival is sure to be the summer’s most unique and creative festival!


Sonoma County Fair

July 22 – Aug 7

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Was that a pig racing down the red carpet? A Hitchcock movie-inspired floral exhibit? With this year’s theme – “Lights, Camera, Fair!” – the Sonoma County Fair gets a healthy dose of movie magic and promises to delight all ages with 15 days of entertainment and family fun, July 22 – August 7 (closed Mondays).

This year’s Hall of Flowers, the Fair’s flagship exhibit, celebrates iconic films shot in Sonoma County, which showcase the region’s rugged coast, scenic vineyards and picturesque towns. A new Community Concert Series takes center stage with several exciting acts, FREE with Fair admission.


Gravenstein Apple Fair

Aug 13 – 14

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The 43rd annual Gravenstein Apple Fair will be held on August 13 and 14 under the shade of majestic oaks in Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. Enjoy a weekend of old-fashioned fun! There’s something for everyone with live music on two stages, arts & crafts vendors, contests and activities, and excellent local food, craft beer, cider, & wine. There will be numerous engaging venues, including the Children’s Corner, Chef’s Tent, Artisan Tasting Lounge, Do-It-Yourself Arena, and Life on the Farm. Of course, Sebastopol’s famous heirloom Gravenstein apples will be celebrated and available in many forms. They’re the best for pie- grab a slice before they sell out, or take some apples home with you for future baking and canning.


Taste of Petaluma

Aug 20

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Embark on a culinary walking journey of Petaluma’s finest restaurants, galleries, shops, wineries, breweries, and food purveyors. At Taste of Petaluma you’ll sample Petaluma’s upscale culinary and art scene in one afternoon, strolling through historic downtown. Various entertainers will be performing at multiple venues, as well. Buy tickets and receive your map and menu showing 50 different participants to choose from, ready to tempt you with great food and wines. Benefits Cinnabar Theater.


Wine Country Weekend & Taste of Sonoma 

September 2 – 4 

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Nestled among the rolling hills and towering redwoods of the Russian River Valley, MacMurray Estate Vineyards provides a stunning backdrop for an event where Sonoma County’s top chefs, growers and winemakers come together to celebrate the region’s finest wine and food. At Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Estate Vineyards you’ll taste your way through a microcosm of Sonoma County’s most incredible flavors.

Over 200 wineries pour literally thousands of wines. Over 60 local chefs concoct their most perfect pairings. Plus, you’re invited to experience seminars and demonstrations that cover a wide range of topics from terroir to technique, as well as chef’s tips and tricks.

Taste of Sonoma is THE wine event of the year, and it promises a day of fabulous wine, food and fun.


What’s your favorite Summertime in Sonoma event?  Leave us a comment!

Cruise Recaps – part 2 – food highlights … long post …

Cruise Recaps – part 2 – food highlights

There are a few things that should be very obvious even before I write this recap;

– there is no shortage of good food in Europe
– I know how to source great food no matter where I am – one of my special talents
– I would not sail on a ship with bad food

There is no way I can describe my 14 days of food experiences with you in a timely manner, but I will give you my standouts in chronological order.

LONDON –

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1. Poppies Fish and Chips – delish first night; traditional.
2. Brick Lane is where our Airbnb was located – interesting neighborhood.
3. Latte from our local coffee house, “Nude Espresso.”
4-5. Food Trucks in the neighborhood.
6. Borough Market – not to be missed if you are going to London!
7. Doughnuts are really yummy in London – they definitely have it figured out.
8. Scottish Egg that John & Claudia ate – much braver than I was.
9. Prosecco Spritzers for breakfast! Lovely!
10-12. Neal’s Yard Dairy, more below …
13-15. Harrods – a small indulgence of caviar, oysters and salmon. The food hall is stunning.
16-19. St. John – read below for more …
20. POP Brixton – a container-food truck-retail-music-barber shop – funky-hipster corner in BRIXTON (ramen, pizza, vegetarian …)
21. Brixton Village – cool sidewalks lined with cafes, retro vintage shops – could have spent the day here.
22. Chutney Mary – nice Indian Food restaurant, beautiful interior – first night to meet most of the group – excellent food.
23. Brick Lane on Sunday opens to an Open Air Market, no cars, food vendors and everything imaginable, including this adorable Black Cab Coffee Co.
24-25. More Donuts – this time at Spitalfields Market – again could have spent a few hours here instead of a quick jaunt.

Neal’s Yard Dairy
I have had the good fortune of tasting these cheeses and even offering them on occasion at the restaurant. However, to be able to taste and purchase the cheeses near Borough Market in London was a real treat (much less expensive in London, and you can’t say that about too many things). We tasted at least ten cheeses, comparing and contrasting them before making out selections. This was a deliciously smelly place to be.
If you have time – here is a great 7 minute video about what Neal’s Yard Dairy is about.

St. John
When I asked John where he wanted to eat in London, he only had one place and that was St. John’s. St. John is know for its extreme Head to Tail eating experience. Indeed it was. The dining room, as you can see, is as stark as it can be – simple and rustic. The food presentation matches the decor, but the flavors are intense and deep and rich in flavor. And that is why you go to St. John.

ANTWERP – The Jane

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This meal was absolutely stunning! If you find yourself in Antwerp for any reason, I would definitely recommend going to The Jane. I can say that I loved every single course and I did not want this meal to end. You absolutely must make reservations in advance. They have an upstairs and a downstairs, giving you two different options on menus and pricing.

Everywhere Else …

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1. Bill’s birthday cake on the ship.
2. Prawns in the Crystal Dining Room
3. Special Chocolates at The Chocolate Line in Antwerp.
4-5. Menu Items from our Winemaker Dinner in the Lido on the Crystal Symphony.
6-7. At the FESKEKÔRKA, having a fish smorgasbord in Goteborg.
8-9. At Stora Saluhallen picking up cheese, (also had a Swedish meatball that I forgot to take a picture of) in Goteborg.
10. Outside of Cafe Husaren having pastries in Goteborg.
11. Food trucks in the Haga District in Goteborg
12-17. Copenhagen Street Food on Paper Island
18. Another outstanding food hall; Torvehallerne in Copenhagen.
19-22. Stedsans farm to table street cuisine
23-24. Lovely, organic, continental breakfast buffet at Avenue Hotel in Copenhagen
25. Tiles at South American restaurant Llama in Copenhagen.

noma – Copenhagen

I had the extreme pleasure of dining with Cindi, Marie and Erich at Noma the last night we were in Copenhagen. I can imagine for most chefs, farmers, foodies…this is one restaurant that is on the bucket list – it certainly was on mine. It was an AMAZING experience, food that I have never experienced, creativity that I will never comprehend and flavors that came from the earth and brought back childhood memories of summer camp and hiking in the forest.

As I will always say, a meal is really only as good as those you share it with, and the company at the table made this dinner a very special evening – one that I will not forget soon if ever. #gratitude

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If you want to visit noma before you can actually visit the restaurant in Copenhagen, watch the film, noma, my perfect storm; it is available on Netflix.