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Tasting Panel October 2010

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...Sondra photos by Peter Griffith CA venture, ESTATE. At ESTATE, Bernstein’s enthusiasm inspires her to create delicious dishes that reinvent familiar classics using rustic appeal into what she refers to as “country food with an Italian accent.” In addition to ESTATE, Bernstein is the proprietor of Sonoma landmark restaurant the girl & the fig and the fig café & wine bar in nearby Glen Ellen. She is also the author of the girl & the fig Cookbook, has a gourmet food product line, Fig Food, available nationwide under the girl & the fig label, and oversees the girl & the fig Caters!, a full-service catering company. W ith more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Sondra Bernstein’s passion for food and wine shines in her newest Sonoma, 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Bernstein THE “15”liST Each month, our new series takes a peek at our sub- ject’s Top Ten Favorites—and Five Pet Peeves—as they relate to the hospitality industry. Sondra’s Top Ten Favorites 1 Going to farmer’s markets when I’m on vacation Grilled figs with prosciutto or pancetta St-Germain elderflower liqueur with sparkling Junipero gin on the rocks Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage The McCarthy Chopped Salad at the Beverly Hills Hotel Graffeo coffee Hotels with extra-large bath towels The Inn at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee The cheese cart at Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco Tea service at the Georges V Hotel in Paris Sondra’s Five Pet Peeves Unreasonable Yelp reviews Servers announcing their name 1 2 3 4 5 Sonoma restaurateur Sondra Bernstein at her latest on-premise venture, ESTATE. 94 / the tasting panel / october 2010 White wines served too cold, red wines served too hot Lack of eye contact Lack of care, enthusiasm and genuineness in service Taking inventory with

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