Sondra is the proprietor of the girl & the fig in Sonoma, the fig café & winebar in Glen Ellen, and a unique event space in Sonoma known as Suite D. Full-service catering along with a food truck, dubbed “the fig rig,”, the girl & the fig Farm and her newest endeavor, The Bite Goes On, a weekly podcast discussing all aspects of the food world, round out her fig empire. She is the author of the the girl & the fig Cookbook, Plats du Jour: the girl & the fig’s Journey through the Seasons in Wine and her newspaper called Fig Chronicles that comes out several times per year. Her gourmet food product line is available nationwide under the girl & the fig label and her curated house wines are only available at the restaurants or online. In addition to these businesses, The Sonoma FIG Foundation Fund was established in December of 2016. The Fund offers grants to nonprofit organizations that help startup entrepreneurs with funding in food, farming, food media, wine and spirits, restaurants, artisanal food production or new projects for existing businesses.
Merrilee Olson is the Founder of Preserve Farm Kitchens. Merrilee created this company because she was shocked that unsold product from the farmers market was being uneaten and she was determined to find a way to help farmers create another revenue stream and not waste their produce that they spent so much time and care procuring. Merrilee’s commitment to the farmers is to be commended and she is determined to create recipes that make their produce shine. [EP74] Trying to make this a viable business is another story. She has been persistent in exploring all of the ways to move Preserve Farm Kitchens forward. Her food manufacturing company not only creates recipes and products for farmers, but also works with specialty food companies to develop and co-pack their branded product, offers in house products for Private Label and has a collection of products under the Preserve Farm Kitchens labels. You can find more information at and even order products on line. Instagram @preservefarmkitchens The post The Bite Goes On – Merrilee Olson, Preserve Farm Kitchens appeared first on Radio Misfits.
The “shelter-in-place” order has been given by our California Governor Gavin Newsom. We are working from home this week. We joined forces with our brother podcast The Wine Makers and decided to practice “social distancing” by trying out the Zoom app and continue recording shows for our listeners. Sondra talks about the state of the food and wine industry going forward. Her restaurants and catering business have closed with no projected opening dates.Our Wine Maker friends are in a holding pattern. It’s getting weird out there !!! [EP73] We will continue to do our shows, bring some information and hopefully spread a little joy. Once we get familiar with our different app options and sound quality, we will continue bringing guests onto the show. We hope that by continuing to record our podcasts we can bring some sense of normalcy into your lives. Enjoy the show. The post The Bite Goes On – State of Sonoma appeared first on Radio Misfits.
We have a new friend and what a fun episode to record. Michael is engaging and enthusiastic and is a brilliant business owner. We spend time talking about Guerneville (his town), BISCUITS (yes in capital letters) he brought us some and they were divine!! Oprah named his biscuits as one of her favorite things and that was fun to hear how that happened. He is working on his second cookbook and has a line of house wines made by his friends in the business. [EP72] He is currently doing Facebook live at everyday at 3pm while we are sheltered in during COVID19 – these videos will give you so much insight into this amazing man. Follow him @big_bottom_market @fabtasticsweetie and shop online at The post The Bite Goes On – Michael Volpatt, Big Bottom Market appeared first on Radio Misfits.
Alycia is the Executive Director of the California Restaurant Association Foundation (CRAF). Alycia’s enthusiasm in indicative of why this Foundation is able to raise money and succeed to help so many people. The Foundation is the helping hand that empowers California’s restaurant workforce through education, scholarships, and emergency assistance. The Foundation has a few programs including Scholarships, Restaurants Care and Pro Start. In 2019, $90,000 in scholarships were given to 30 students. Since its inception in 1981, CRAF has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships and grants. Restaurants Care provides one-time financial support to restaurant employees facing an unforeseen hardship. ProStart is a two-year high school culinary arts and restaurant management program. In California, the CRA Foundation runs the ProStart program in 140 public high schools – reaching 13,500 students. Many of the schools that they serve are under-resourced and are in disadvantaged communities. The CRAF was founded in 1981 and is doing an incredible service to the hospitality industry.  [EP71] To learn more about the CRAF visit or on Facebook at and Instagram at @crafoundation The post The Bite Goes On – Alycia Harshfield, CRAF appeared first on Radio Misfits.
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Sonoma, California, United States of America
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