The Magic Transcends

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It wouldn’t be summer in wine country without the magic of Transcendence Theatre Company‘s Broadway Under the Stars.

This series of performances is one of the true gems of summer.  Full of joyful exuberance and unparalleled musical talent, the concerts are held under soaring skies in the in the majestic open-air winery ruins of Sonoma’s Jack London State Historic Park.

This year’s season includes Broadway performers from The Book Of Mormon, Wicked, Les Miserables, 42nd Street, Hairspray, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia and more.
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.


JUNE 17 – JULY 3

A thrilling celebration of life with tantalizing vocals and harmonies! Sing and dance to the magic of each moment with that eclectic Transcendence mix of classic Broadway songs mixed with popular music. This night will no doubt leave you ready to enjoy every second of life.


JULY 15-16

Join us for everyone’s favorite annual night of magic and fun. This inspirational evening of dream-living will be filled with Broadway, Disney and everything in between. Featuring special performances by the kids of Transcendence Kids Camp, pre-show adventures, and more.



Weave your way through those show stopping numbers from tap to Fosse and everything in between! Packed with powerful vocals to round it off, this show will have you on your feet dancing the night away.



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.

This three night event also serves as a fundraiser for future seasons, and includes a silent auction, raffle, and more!

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About the Event

Each evening begins with pre-show picnicking on the great lawn, alongside the vineyards of the park (with multiple wineries pouring and food and wine available for purchase), and concludes with an evening of inspirational entertainment.

Don’t miss the fig rig on the following dates!

  • June 17th
  • June 24th
  • July 2nd
  • August 5th
  • August 6th
  • August 12th
  • August 19th
  • September 9th

Reserve tickets now at: or call 877.424.1414!!

Spring Happenings in Sonoma; May Edition

What an absolutely stunning spring it’s been in wine country!!

Here’s a line-up of some of the foodie events to celebrate the season in the coming weeks.  With all the gorgeous weather we’re having, It’s the absolute perfect time to get out and taste wine country.

Passport to Dry Creek Valley
April 23rd – April 24th

“Over one weekend, Passport guests are welcomed into 45+ wineries throughout Dry Creek Valley, each offering a unique pairing of premium wine, gourmet food and entertainment. Take a vineyard tour for a grape-to-glass look at Dry Creek Valley wine. Sample exclusive vintages, rarely available to taste. Meet winemakers and grapegrowers – the generations of people behind the wine and magical ‘Dry Creek Valley spirit’.”


Come out and enjoy a wine-filled weekend where you’ll be able to learn more about the wine-making process, tasting, and pairings!

Opening Day of Sonoma Plaza Farmer’s Market!
May 3rd

UM_TGTF-Sonoma_AI9A1744_loThis first Tuesday of the month is the start of the weekly Tuesday night farmers market! Come and grab your favorite local goodies, say hello to all of your friendly local farmers and neighborhood friends!  You won’t want to miss it!

Mother’s Day
May 8th

UM_TGTF_patio_2015_AI9A6486_loReservations are filling up quickly here at the girl & the fig! Be sure to reserve a table soon!

Sunset Celebration Weekend
May 14th – May 15th

“Save the date! Sunset is hosting their 2016 Celebration Weekend at Cornerstone Sonoma, where the pages of Sunset Magazine will come alive. Eat, drink, and love the West with us. Tour the debut of Sunset’s Test Gardens and new Outdoor Test Kitchen; mingle with writers and celebrity chefs; attend seminars on home, travel, food, and garden; enjoy fine food, wine, and shopping.”


This weekend will allow you to experience Sunset’s magazines new Cornerstone Gardens & new designs from the finest landscape architects!

Startup Grind Hosts Sondra Bernstein at Suite D
May 26th

What is Startup Grind? Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 215,000 founders in over 185 cities. They nurture startup ecosystems in 70 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. The cornerstone of the global community is a monthly event series featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

We’re thrilled to have Startup Grind join us next month; and the guest speaker will be none-other than our fearless leader, Sondra Bernstein!


Join Startup Grind at Suite D to hear Sondra’s story about how she got started, to where she is now!


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Today marks our little blog’s 2 year anniversary – and we’ve loved sharing news and inspiration with you, hearing from our readers what they’ve enjoyed: that our recipes have made it to your own tables, or that you’ve had successes in your gardens based on our trials (and errors!) at the “farm project.”

So today – the best of the blog:  a round-up of our 20(ish) most popular ever recipes and posts.  Thank you to everyone who’s followed along!!

Best of FOOD & DRINK

The term was first used in medieval times and applied to fruits cooked and preserved in sugar.

Vendredi Vocab: Confit

It’s interesting that, while the small buds on broccoli rabe, also commonly called “rapini,” resemble broccoli, the vegetable is actually more closely related to the turnip.

Vendredi vocab: Broccoli Rabe

At the girl & the fig we love farro for it’s nutty flavor, delicate chew, and versatility.

Vendredi Vocab: Farro

A good Negroni should be available at any respectable bar, as the classic cocktail contains standard items (namely, gin, vermouth, and Campari).

Negroni Cocktails for Summer

The history of this elixir stretches back over hundreds of years through turbulent history and troubled times.

Chartreuse, Carthusian Monks, and “the fig”

Sparkling wine, like many of the great things in life, was invented by mistake.

Don’t fight the fizz –  A History of Sparkling Wine

Best of the FARM PROJECT

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from the farm: stalks fronds and flowers

There is so much to love about winter vegetables.  If spring decides to sleep just a few weeks longer, I suppose I can live with it.022-1024x684
from the fam: rise & shine

I always feel fortunate to live in a county where winter produce can be every bit as gorgeous, fresh, and flavorful (if slightly less plentiful) in winter as in summer.040-560x374
from the farm: winter prep in the garden

The purple shades indicate a sweeter flavor than in warmer months.

from the farm: the color purple


What to do on a beautiful Sunday in Sonoma?

Sunday drive

Here are a few local spots that you perhaps haven’t heard of if you’re passing through for a weekend.o
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We always love to visit the wineries from on our wine list…today: ANABA!

Anaba Vineyards & Winery

The one-hundred acre farmstead and vineyard, family owned for generations, released its first cheese in the spring of 2012.

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Meet the Maker: Pennyroyal Farm


One of the most requested recipes from the girl & the fig’s menu!

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Quiche Lorraine

When summer squash transitions to winter squash, soup always comes to mind…

Butternut Squash Soup, Balsamic Reduction, and Fried Sage Recipe

Since we have put this dessert on the menu, two things have happened – 1) we can’t take it off the menu and 2) profiteroles are no longer the number one dessert. I guess this will be true until we come up with something that trumps the trifle!

from the kitchen: Chocolate & Salted Fig Caramel Trifle Recipe

Make sure to try Sondra’s all time favorite entree…

Pan-Seared Calves Liver 

In the mood for a Fall soup? Definitely try this one…

from the kitchen: cauliflower and gruyere soup


Now that a venue has been chosen and a date has been set, the real planning begins!

Planning a Wine Country Wedding: Setting a Timeline

For the hostess in your life….  

People magazine and us!


When it all started, our founder, Sondra, was a girl on a budget. As a way to cut costs, she decided to utilize all the thrift shops we have in Sonoma to furnish the restaurant.

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The fig cafe gets a make-over!  Thank you to our faithful friends who’ve been ever-so patient with us, our crackerjack staff, and the wonderfully talented design team, Alan & Ryan Barr of grey matters, who’ve helped bring a fun, fresh face to our beloved cafe!

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the fig cafe then and now!

Meet Anne-Charlotte! She is one of the most enthusiastic women I have ever met in the wine business. She is genuine, and warm, and has learned her business from the ground up.

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Thanks for reading along with us!!

As always, if there’s a tip, recipe, food or wine that you’re curious about – leave us a note.  We’d love to hear from you!

Root 101 Tasting experience at WALT Wines

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WALT only produces the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. They allow their wines to naturally and honestly express the character of the vineyards in which they are grown by use of minimalist intervention in the growing process.

Winemaking begins through thoughtful viticulture. By remaining careful stewards of the grapes throughout the winemaking process, we preserve the texture, personality, and soul of our wines.” – Walt Wines

You’re invited to explore Pinot Noir terroir, WALT style.

This premiere Pinot Noir tasting is dedicated to showcasing distinct vineyard voices that demonstrate defined character and personality, from land to table.  This experience will offer guests an unparalleled, educational opportunity to isolate the quality and variety of distinct wines from various Pinot Noir appellations all along the Highway 101 corridor from Willamette Valley to Santa Barbara.  The tasting flight includes single vineyard wines sourced from five appellations, each paired with a selection of seasonal, Pinot-centric small bites prepared by chefs of the girl & the fig CATERS!

WALT’s Featured Tastings May Include:

  • 2014 Sangiacomo Chardonnay
  • 2013 WALT “Shea” Pinot Noir
  • 2013 WALT “The Corners” Pinot Noir
  • 2013 WALT “Gap’s Crown” Pinot Noir
  • 2013 WALT “Sierra Mar” Pinot Noir
  • 2013 WALT “Rita’s Crown” Pinot Noir

Food Pairings: (prepared by chefs at the girl & the fig CATERS!)

  • Hot-smoked salmon with crème fraiche and chives
  • Chicken liver mousse crostini with Pinot-pickled shallots
  • Terrine with pistachios and whole grain mustard
  • Mushroom flan with smoked Shitake mushrooms
  • Comte with cured beets
  • Truffled Pecorino
  • Fig and Thyme Crisp

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WALT’S Terroir Tasting Experience is by reservation only** and is offered daily at 11 am & 2 pm.  It lasts approximately 60 minutes.

(**To reserve this experience, please call Thrace Bromberger at (707) 933-4440 ext 3102 or email  Visit for more details.)