make this now: 20 uses for apricot fig chutney


Our figfood line of condiments came to life as a way for our restaurant guests to take home a little of the “fig love” from our kitchens.

For years, visitors from all over would ask for these recipes to recreate a dish at home that they’d been introduced to at the girl & the fig or the fig cafe.

Now a complete assortment of goodies ranging from house-made shrubs to confits and chutneys are available outside our little sphere; and frequently, recipients of gifted “figfood” items will write and ask what to do with it.

If you received a holiday gift of Apricot Fig Chutney, here is a collection of recipes and serving suggestions to enjoy!

  1. Our first, go-to serving suggestion in on an earthy, crisp cracker.  The combination of sweetness, spice and crunch is always a winner.
  2. As a simple and flavorful braise, such as on a seared pork tenderloin with apricot chutney.
  3. Topping grilled chicken breasts for a quick weeknight supper.
  4. On a warm, grilled sandwich like turkey with brie.
  5. Tossed in a vinaigrette for a flavorful dressing, like this spinach salad with chutney dressing.
  6. To accompany bacon-wrapped scallops!
  7. An indulgent but healthy snack – on homemade dosas.
  8. Moroccan spiced lamb burgers with apricot chutney and pistachio feta pesto.  Yes, this is as wonderful as it sounds!
  9. Vegetarian lunch: toasted flatbread with grilled aubergines and zucchini, and pan-fried holloumi cheese.
  10. To liven up a quesadilla or cheese crisp.
  11. On a bagel with cream cheese.
  12. Whisked into yogurt as a creamy topping to these Mumbai meatballs.
  13. Blended into a deliciously complex dressing in a curried rice salad with melon, raisins, and peanuts.
  14. On a dressed up tuna melt canapé.
  15. Alongside terrine, potted meats, or other charcuterie.
  16. In a hearty, hot breakfast of savory oatmeal with chutney.
  17. Over caramel or vanilla ice cream.
  18. As a filling to baked goods such as this “Nut-jammer cookie” recipe.
  19. On seafood dishes like Almond Crusted Cod.
  20. Baked in puff pastry with brie cheese for an eye-catching hors d’oeuvre.


What is your favorite way to serve fruit chutneys?


Planning a Wine Country Wedding: Favorite Trends

There are so many fun ideas that I’ve come across for special ways to make your wedding celebration unique. I wish I could do them all!

Here are some of the favorite trends I’ve discovered over the last few months:

Favors from Local Artisans
You are sharing Wine Country with your guests, why not have them bring a piece of it home with them? An added bonus is that you are supporting local artisans and merchants who, undoubtedly, put lots of Wine Country heart in their products.

I really love the idea of infused regional flavors, like Wine Country Chocolate’s amazing wine truffles. The truffles come in four flavors (Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Port, and Champagne), and they offer a two piece truffle box perfect for unique and delicious favors. You can visit them online or at one of their local tasting rooms.

Another delicious commodity from Wine Country is olive oil. Check out Sonoma-based The Olive Press for options and ideas for unique flavors that you’ll want to share with your guests.

And, of course, I can’t go without mentioning our own amazingly delicious figFOOD products. Check out our online store for your favorite fig flavors, like our Black Mission Fig Jam and Fig Caramel.


Late Night Snacks
After all the drinking, dancing, and partying, who wouldn’t be hungry? Many couples extend the celebration by offering another round of food once the party is coming to a close.

One of my favorite ideas is a milk and cookie bar. Who doesn’t love milk and cookies? And think of all the flavor options, not only for the cookies but the milk as well: Regular, Chocolate, Strawberry. If Nutella is an option, I’m definitely on board. Check out some great cookie bar inspiration on Pinterest.

Another fun option is to hire a food truck for the after-party. There are so many different food options to choose from, and everyone loves a food truck! Some of our Bay Area favorites to check out are The Waffle Roost, El Sur, and the Lobsta Truck.

Photo by Jessamyn Harris

Photo by Jessamyn Harris

The Post Wedding Brunch
A fun conclusion to your wedding weekend is to have a post wedding brunch to say goodbye to your friends and family. I hosted a post wedding brunch for a friend last year; her only request was that there was a post wedding brunch in place of a wedding shower. It was a great ending to a memorable weekend, and it gave her and her groom a chance to spend time with their out of town guests once the stress from their actual wedding day was over.

If you don’t have a friend or family member who’s able to host a brunch for you, there are plenty of other options. Check with your wedding venue and caterer for suggestions as well as looking at local restaurants or event spaces. We think that Suite D is the perfect place to host a post wedding brunch; you can check out our unique space online.


Have any favorite wedding trends? Let us know in the comments below, and share your ideas for a fun and unique celebration.

Happy Planning!

Next post: Registries

Image Credits for this post:

Megan Steffen of Untapped Media Co.
Megan Clouse 
Nathan Larimer Photography


make this now: 20 uses for red onion confit


For our second installment, the red onion confit!

Our figfood line of condiments came to life as a way for our restaurant guests to take home a little of the “fig love” from our kitchens.

For years, visitors from all over would ask for these recipes to recreate a dish at home that they’d been introduced to at the girl & the fig or the fig cafe.

Now a complete assortment of goodies ranging from house-made shrubs to confits and chutneys are available outside our little sphere; and frequently, recipients of gifted “figfood” items will write and ask what to do with it.

Without further ado, a collection of recipes and serving suggestions for red onion confit!

  1. Grilled Gruyère with Red Onion Confit Panini a la Venissimo Cheese via Panini Happy.  Melty, savory goodness.Grilled-Gruyere-Red-Onion-Confit-whole-490
  2. On top of your next pork chop.
  3. In a turkey sandwich for layers of flavor and a surprising zing.
  4. Vegetarian weeknight supper of white bean stew with confit and crusty french bread.
  5. For 3-ingredient Alsatian Onion Tart (I will always keep puff pastry and creme fraiche around from now on!)
  6. On a grilled burger for over-the-top flavor.
  7. On freshly baked crackers with a ripe, soft cheese.MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA
  8. For a simple but elegant h’ordeuvre such as Onion Confit on Garlic Toast.
  9. The ultimate winter comfort meal: Creamy Polenta with Onion Confit and a Poached Egg. (Side note: I am making this immediately!!)
  10. On a cheese and charcuterie display, of course!Steffen_TGTF_fig-food_Jan2015_AI9A1529_hi
  11. To jazz up potatoes as in Potato Gnocchi with Onion Confit and Asiago Cheese.
  12. More savory bites, such as Gorgonzola Quichettes with Red Onion Confit.
  13. Turn leftover steak into something divine, like a steak, arugula, and onion confit sandwich (inspiration here).
  14. As a topping on Carbonara Pizza (fresh mozzarella, baked eggs, pancetta, mmmmmm…)
  15. The MOST DELICIOUS grilled cheese ever: Smoked Gouda, aged Gouda, onion confit, rye bread.
    (Image Credit: Flickr user Kelly Bone.) grilled cheese onion confit
  16. Wonderfully flavored cheese and onion soup – Panade with Gruyere and Onion Confit.
  17. Sauteed Lamb Livers, Warm Salad of Pears and Onions, Amlou and Onion Confit.
  18. On fall greens, such as the Autumn Panzanella Salad.
  19. For a hearty vegetable side or vegetarian entree, such as Roasted Root Vegetables with Onion Confit.
  20. As the base of a warm salad dressing, a la Dandelion Salad with Garlic Confit Dressing.

Have you discovered other delicious uses for onion confit?  Leave us a comment!

the girl & the fig’s new online shop!

With Halloween come and gone and winter weather on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about the holidays.  It seems to come more and more quickly each year!  But the fig elves have been hard at work on our new web store, and have put together thoughtful gift sets for your fig-loving friends and loved ones.  Do you have impossible-to-shop-for people on your list? Worry not – we’ve got you covered!

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You’ll find luxurious spa products, quality clothing and household items, and figFOOD spices and condiments to share the taste of wine country with friends afar!

There is truly something for every food lover in your life.  Take a peek!  (Open all night for your shopping pleasure…)

Come on in…

Photographer: Megan Steffen of Untapped Media Co.

Summer Sips: Blackberry-mint Shrub


Summer is slipping away, and while it’s here I can’t think of many better ways to enjoy it than sipping a sparkling shrub on the patio of the girl & the fig.  Or, a close second, on the patio of your choosing – which is why we’re sharing this today.

A little history – shrubs originated as a food preservation technique that dates back to the days before refrigeration.  To prolong the life of ripe fruits, adding them to a crock with a good amount of sugar would transform them within a few weeks to vinegar.  This vinegar, though, has the bright, fragrant fruit flavors and could be better described as a vinegar “syrup.”  As Serious Eats better puts it, “a proper shrub has a flavor that’s both tart and sweet, so it stimulates the appetite while quenching thirst.”

Without further ado, the blackberry-mint shrub:

Glass of ice
1.5 ounces blackberry shrub
Mint leaves
Soda water

Combine all.  Sip. Be happy.


You can purchase our brand new shrubs at our online store here: Blackberry Shrub   Mission Fig Shrub or in the restaurants.


We have added a few more recipes for you to try on the shrub labels, so when you get them home, you will know just what to do!!


If you’re feeling very ambitious, here’s a great read on making your own shrub.


(For more inspirations on summer shrubs, read Rachel’s post here.)