Kathleen Hill: Restaurant reopenings and other food updates
Restaurant reopenings and other food updates
Girl & the Fig Phase 3
Reopening the Girl & the Fig slowly, owners Sondra Bernstein and John Toulze have opened the Fig’s back patio now with a shortened menu. They are making a big effort to provide codes for people who don’t want to touch physical menus and contact-less pay method options.
The Fig is also working with the City of Sonoma and Public Works Department to get a “parklet” in three parking spaces on the First Street West side of the restaurant. This is being done in other Bay Area cities with great popularity, and even at Glen Ellen Star. The Fig Café in Glen Ellen is still open for takeout food and groceries, and the Fig Rig continues daily service on Broadway in front of Sonoma Valley High School.
Elaine Bell Catering
Elaine Bell’s BBQ Boxes at Sigh champagne lounge proved to be so popular a weekend ago that they will now offer them every weekend from now on. But you have to order by Wednesday at 2 p.m. and pick up Friday or Saturday between 1 and 6:30 p.m., just pick your time to drop by.
The BBQ Boxes come sized for either four or two people and all contain love-rubbed barbecued St. Louis ribs, blackberry barbecue sauce, Applewood smoked chicken thighs, apple cider slaw, summer corn pudding, fluffy buttermilk biscuits, and mixed berry cobbler in a mason jar. All are ready for you to re-heat. $90 for meal for four, $55 for meal for two. Flour & Bloom cakes and desserts available extra. Pick up at Sigh, 120 W. Napa St., Sonoma. 815-4000.
Reel & Brand
After reopening the Reel & Brand deck and patio, Kevin Kress just added a new Prime Rib Thursday to his weekly menu. The dinner will include prime rib, twice-baked potato, and creamed spinach for $36. I think this has been absent from Sonoma menus since Saddles Steakhouse closed, and there it was a la carte. Now you have to wait until next Thursday to try it, but Kress says they have 120 properly spaced seats outside. Reel & Brand has also relaunched its happy hour, Wednesday through Friday, 3 to 5:30 p.m. featuring specific house cocktails at $5, and appetizers such as street corn, sliders including pulled pork, a burger and a cheese burger, oysters, chicken wings and fries ($2 to 10). 401 Grove St., Sonoma. 938-7204.
Epicurean Connection owner Sheana Davis has added some interesting items to her food delivery menu to include entrées such as Bud’s Meats chorizo and chicken paella ($25 per quart), chilled jumbo Meyer lemon prawns (10 for $20), roasted organic chicken salad with aioli and Kicking Bull Farms greens with a bag of Costeaux Bakery’s sourdough crostini ($20), and a macaroni salad with olives and parsley aioli ($15 per quart). Many other items are still available such as cheese boards with or without charcuterie.
They now deliver on Wednesday afternoons from “Carneros to Kenwood” with $30 minimum purchase. To order email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 235-9530
Food news from Mexico
The U.S. Department of Labor apparently found “child labor practices in the production of green beans, coffee, cucumbers, eggplants, melons, onions, poppies, pornography, sugar cane, and tobacco. The agency also discovered forced child labor used in the production of chili peppers and tomatoes, Mexico’s two largest export crops to the United States,” according to mexiconewsdaily.com.
Read labels carefully, if there are any.
Transcendence Theatre partners with Girl & the Fig and Sonoma Mission Inn
Transcendence Theatre Company has partnered with longtime Transcendence supporter Sondra Bernstein and her Girl & the Fig to prepare dinner boxes fans can purchase while watching online performances of past season’s shows.
All of this is because of the coronavirus pandemic that prevents us from gathering in crowds or for large groups to perform on stage with an audience.
Many Transcendence attendees have indulged in the Fig Rig foods at the group’s Jack London State Historic Park performances, and Bernstein has bought out an evening each year to treat all of her employees to dinner and a show, which always turns out to be a joy to many families.
The shows for which you can order dinner boxes include “Don’t Stop Believin” (July 10 to 12 and 17 to 19; “Fantastical Family Night” July 24 to 25; “I Hope You Dance,” Aug. 14 to 16 and 21 to 23; and Transcendence’s “Gala Celebration” (Sept. 11 to 13).
Girl & the Fig offers several menu selections for each performance, always including a vegetarian selection and in boxes for one or two or two to four people. ($18 to $85). Click on the performance that interests you and then order at figpicnics.com. No admission to the videos. Transcendencetheatre,org.