Sondra Bernstein and Chef John Toulze of the girl and the fig fame, rocked the house last evening at Homeward Bound Marin celebrity chef dinner. A perfect pairing, the “Comic and the Chef” as Bernstein referred to the duo during their introduction, flavored the evening with rosemary, lavender, stories and quips.
Business partners for the past 17 years, Bernstein and Toulze are the force behind a Northern California culinary conglomerate continuing to attract lines of guests nightly. The flagship property, the girl and the fig in Sonoma, Ca. is the town’s hottest restaurant with the only nightly two-deep bar in town.
Over in Glen Ellen, Bernstein has managed to plant a seed that is quickly growing into a Westside Yountville as GE grows into what Yountville was decades ago. The fig café – known for its food, ambiance, and no corkage fee, is the center of a destination culinary hotspot. Suite D, Bernstein’s latest culinary endeavor is a work in progress that she continues to fine tune to perfection.
Aside from a few restaurants, a two-acre plot at Imagery Winery that serves as the “farm to table” acreage where they grow produce for their operation, when not real busy Bernstein whips up the occasional cookbook – three so far – plans culinary cruises and adventures with customers and dabbles, daily, in social media.
The Fresh Start evening at Homeward Bound Marin is always memorable. But, last evening, Toulze and Bernstein raised the bar during their cooking demonstration as they laced the conversation it with great cooking tips – Toulze is a chef of many layer – and fabulous funnies that kept the entire audience chuckling as owner and chef lightly let us into their daily routine.
The menu of Chilled Asparagus Soup, Braised Pork Shoulder with Spring Onion Ragout, and Lavender Crème Brulee was devoured by the 88 plus guests.
Homeward Bound’s Culinary Program is largely supported by Celebrity Chef Night Dinners. Under the direction of Steve Cohen, the culinary program offers a monthly cooking demonstration by a local celeb chef.
The next event, on July 31 features Marisa Churchill, Cookbook Author, Top Chef and Food Network star.
Tickets are still available, but act fast. Bernstein and Toulze sold out early. Book Churchill today.