Green Things

collage1If you’ve ever visited any of our three locations, (the girl & the fig, the fig café, or Suite D), you may have noticed that each location is decorated with an assortment of green pottery.

Why exclusively green pottery, you ask? It just so happens that collecting various pieces of green pottery is one of Sondra Bernstein’s passions and hobbies.

Sondra calls them her “green things.” For over thirty-five years she has been collecting them from flea markets, garage sales, antique shops; she has received them fondly as gifts and has been known to do a late night binge on Etsy or Ebay. You might call this an addiction, so much so that in the early 2000’s, she self-imposed a $12.00 limited per piece spending. (Whether or not she still abides by that is a secret unknown!)

Green pottery primarily originates from China but is also valued in Korea, Thailand, and Japan. Green pottery derives its color from a green ceramic glaze called Celadon. Celadon dates back to around 206-220 AD and was first used on stoneware.

The creation of these wares entailed first applying liquefied clay, (that contained high levels of iron), to the stoneware prior to glazing. Due to the iron’s interaction with the glaze during firing, it produced an assortment of unique shades of green. The colors of Celadon pottery typically range from a pale, sea-foam green, to a dark, avocado-like green; often resembling shades of Jade.

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Fun Fact: In the 14th century many people believed a superstition that suggested Celadon dishware would change color if the food or liquid in it had been poisoned.

During the late 1800’s many U.S. pottery companies began to produce Celadon pottery. A few of the more well-known companies were The Hull Pottery Company, McCoy Pottery Company, and lastly The Haeger Potteries. Due to the decline in pottery’s popularity these businesses discontinued the production of Celadon pottery.

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Today, Celadon pottery is a lot less common than any other type of colored pottery. The rarity of Celadon pottery truly makes Sondra’s collection an exceedingly special accomplishment, and (we think) adds to the unique charm and personality of the restaurants.  Next time you visit us, have a closer look!

we’re hiring!

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We are always looking for great individuals to join our team!

If you’d like to work with us or know of someone who might, we are always accepting applications and resumes for any of our open positions. Right now, we are looking for great candidates for the following positions:

Servers
Bartenders
Bussers & Food Runners
Line Cooks & Dishwashers
Event Service Staff (on-call)
Event Cooks (on-call)

Please visit our website or connect with us on LinkedIn for more information and updates on what positions we have open. Apply directly online or send your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to fighr@thegirlandthefig.com. Be sure to specify what position you are applying for.

Not looking for a job but know someone who might love to work with us? Please share this post with them and send them our way!

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It’s here, friends!  the girl & the fig’s 2014 Central Coast Grenache Rosè.

The blend:  Santa Barbara Cinsault & Counoise with San Luis Opispo Grenache.

The experience:  Watermelon Jolly Rancher on the nose, tight strawberry flavors on the palate, refreshing acidity, and a long, lingering finish.

And that beautiful blush of pink:  Perfect.

As our own wine aficionado Brian Casey tells me, “This rosè goes with everything.”  In particular, its light acidity would pair nicely with the rich flavors and luxurious mouth feel of pate, smoked fish, pan-roasted meats, or an herbaceous broth.

On the girl & the fig’s menu, we might suggest our Chicken Thighs parsnips, grilled chard, house ricotta, Potted Smoked Trout crème fraîche, red onions, fennel, house mustard, seared brioche, Crispy Chicken Liver Sandwich black pepper rémoulade, pickled fennel, arugula, brioche bun, simple salad, or Pastis-Scented Steamed Mussels & Frites garlic, leeks, herbs, grilled bread.

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But we think the best pairing advice is always to choose what you love and enjoy!

Join us on the patio sometime very soon to soak up the beautiful weather we’re having, and taste what is sure to be your new favorite pink!

Cheers!

 

Happy New Year!!

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.

~Rainer Maria Rilke
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It’s been an exciting and busy year for us at the girl & the fig!

Some of the highlights for us ~ our catering team was honored to be a part of the joyous day of couples from all over the country; we’ve had the opportunity to feature Sonoma County’s thriving food and wine scene, and support Sonoma Valley charities, through events like Sonoma Starlight and Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction; we’ve made new friends and great memories at Suite D’s whimsical “pop up” dinner parties; continued to showcase like-minded crafters, growers, cheese & wine makers on our menus; and hand-dipped and served our friends and guests more than 16,000 fig kisses!   We do it for you!!

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We’re looking with excitement toward the new year, and with gratitude to the year behind us.

And we’re thankful that you’ve allowed us to continue doing what we love to do – to share our passion and craft with you, feed you really good food, and be a small part of the memories you make with family and friends.

Cheers to 2015!!