As the the girl & the fig restaurant has always been a Bridebound favorite for weekend jaunts up to Sonoma, it’s natural that we’d insist on blogging about the girl & the fig CATERS! We connected with the fabulous Andrea Koweek, Director of Catering, and we had a slew of newlyweds-to-be common questions for her about their catering services. She tells us their catering offering was a natural progression of the girl & the fig brand. For years guests like us had been asking them to create the girl & the fig experience at offsite locations and so they simply did! Andrea tells us their catering menus are an extension of their restaurant cooking philosophy; seasonal, local and country food with a French passion. Their ultimate goal is to deliver the same warm hospitality in any location that guests receive at the restaurants. Um yeah, we’re hooked.
As for weddings, Andrea says, “We are so lucky to work with people on the happiest days of their life. Whether it is a wedding, anniversary, birthday, graduation or reunion we love helping people celebrate with food and wine in a way that suits them. The best part for us is that most of our clients have already had the girl & the fig experience at one of our restaurants and they truly want what we have to offer. We love when clients have new ideas that we can incorporate into our menus so they can feel a personal connection to the food.” One of the girl & the fig CATERS! favorite trends is tasting menus at weddings. This past year Andrea tells us she saw a lot of small and large weddings where the focus was on the guests sitting down to enjoy a multi-course meal paired with wines. Clients today have had these great experiences in restaurants and want to re-create that for their special occasions. So it’s really a perfect fit with the wine country locations and it’s a lot of fun for them to work on these types of creative menus with the couples. We so dig it.
If you haven’t been up to the girl & the fig restaurant you’re probably wondering what you’ll experience. Andrea tells us that Sonoma inspires her staff – they continue to expand on the products that they’re making in-house and picking from their very own gardens. Their house made charcuterie, vinegars and the produce they grow all encourage them to think creatively about how to incorporate these into new dishes and make existing menu items better. The vineyards that they partner with us also inspire them to figure out new and interesting dishes that complement their wines.
You can expect to have a great experience from start to finish when you begin the process with the girl & the fig CATERS! “Many people are hiring a caterer for the first time and don’t realize how much beyond food we do,” Andrea tells us. “We assist with venue selection, vendor recommendations, design, timelines, rentals, wine pairing selections and rehearsal dinners for those who need or want those services from us. Most importantly, we listen to our clients and help them create a beautiful day that reflects them as a couple.” Well said, from one of our absolute favorite vendors in all of the Bay Area.