Sonoma Valley People’s Choice Awards 2016

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We are so honored and thrilled that the girl & the fig has won for Sonoma Valley’s Best Chef John/Toulze, Best Caterer and Best Wine List by the 2016 People’s Choice Awards sponsored by the Sonoma Index-Tribune.  We also received Honorable Mentions for Best Bar, Best Brunch, and Best Hamburger.  

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Thank you to our whole team for working so hard to have earned this recognition. Thank you to all of our loyal guests, friends and fans that voted for us and support us every year. We couldn’t do it without you!


We are so grateful just be nominated alongside all of the amazing businesses and our neighbors in Sonoma Valley. Congratulations to all of the businesses that were nominated and awarded this year!

In reality, Sonoma is the big winner – we have a community of great businesses and people that love what they do!

To see all the winners of the People’s Choice awards click here.



Red Thread™ | Sonoma Series: Sondra Bernstein | the girl & the fig – Paperblog

Did you miss Sondra’s interview on Red Thread?  Find out what “the girl” has learned in her culinary career, why “Rhone-alone,” and just what makes Sonoma so special to her…

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Instagram and #figchronicles


The approval response has been incredible from our “fig-photographers” over the past few weeks. It is really exciting to know that the book will really be a sum of so many parts. Here is just a sneak peek at a few of the photos that we have loved (the folder is growing)!

If you were at the girl & the fig a while ago and want to participate, you can always go back and upload your photo through instagram now and just tag it #figchronicles. If you are visiting us soon, you can do it right on the spot! All of these photographs will that are tagged with stream on the website

If you would like to sign up for book updates
(including recipe testing, pre-order pricing, release date, book launch, parties and more …) click here.

No matter what, we will ask your permission, before using your photograph and of course let you know if we use your picture.


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Other ways you can contribute would be —

Did you get engaged at the girl & the fig? or
Did you propose at the girl & the fig?   Is there a special story that you want to share?

Did anyone eat something at the girl & the fig that induced labor within the next 24 hours?  What were you eating?  What is the child’s name?

Do you have a great memory that is book worthy that we should know about? Please email me at



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I wanted you to know that as part of our fig family and certainly those that round out our daily chronicles – the third book is well under way.

The past two decades have been a whirlwind. When I think back to remember where the time has gone in our business, I find myself recreating my memories through photographs, articles and menus. In today’s world of instant, and social captures we have ways of creating memories that will last forever and the new dilemma is how to sort through and organize all of them.

I am always so excited to see new photographs that pop up on facebook, instagram, twitter, pinterest … and though some restaurant owners and chefs discourage photographs – I encourage you to keep clicking – I love it!  Our food, wine flights, Ken & Barbie, figs, duck confit … have been photographed by our friends and family, guests and visitors from all over the world, many times over. I would like to share your images in our third Cookbook, called the girl & the fig Chronicles, (with your consent and credit of course!)

If you don’t mind having your Instagram photographs shared, please tag your pictures with #figchronicles and I will know to contact you for further permission and give you a heads up that it will be included. If you have friends that are visiting the restaurant – let them know too! This process will go on for at least the next six months.

I see my third book as not just a cookbook, but also as a wonderful scrapbook of stories and photographs, from the people that we love to share what we love to do every day!

I guess it just might be a #figlovefest!  xoxo Sondra

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Visit to see your pictures on our instapix stream!