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Sondra Bernstein, owner of “the girl & the fig” restaurant in Sonoma, hosts this weekly podcast along with her friend Brian Casey, veteran of the Hospitality industry for over 30 years. They discuss all aspects of the food world, from seeds and beans to fries and foie gras. “If you can eat it, we want to talk about it”. Guests include famous chefs, food critics, local farmers, cheese makers and mushroom foragers. No subject is “off the table”. Sometimes controversial but always delicious.

The Bite Goes On – Radio Misfits Sondra Bernstein, Brian Casey, Radio Misfits

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Sondra Bernstein, owner of “the girl & the fig” restaurant in Sonoma, hosts this weekly podcast along with her friend Brian Casey, veteran of the Hospitality industry for over 30 years. They discuss all aspects of the food world, from seeds and beans to fries and foie gras. “If you can eat it, we want to talk about it”. Guests include famous chefs, food critics, local farmers, cheese makers and mushroom foragers. No subject is “off the table”. Sometimes controversial but always delicious.

    The Bite Goes On – Jon Sebastiani, Sonoma Brands

    The Bite Goes On – Jon Sebastiani, Sonoma Brands

    This episode with Jon Sebastiani could have gone on for 5 hours — there was just so much to talk about. We bounce around from what it was like growing up in a family wine business, creating and selling KRAVE jerky (to Hershey’s), running marathons, starting a new business (Sonoma Brands), being a father and more.

    Sonoma Brands is company that incubates and invests — currently at 14 different brands today. Some of these brands include SmashMallow, Dang, Guayaki Yerba Mate, Peckish and most recently Milk Bar. This number could grow quickly as he discovers new opportunities that align with their company’s ethos. It will be fun to see what other ideas are hatched through Sonoma Brands.

    Sondra has a long history with Jon as she worked for/with him 1995 – 1197 at Viansa Winery before she left to open her first restaurant. With Jon back as the managing partner at Viansa, Sondra and her business partner John Toulze they have come full service with a partnership that provides food for the winery.

    To check out more about Sonoma Brands – visit www.sonomabrands.com or on instagram @sonomabrands.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Bite Goes On – Regina and Josh Silvers, Jackson’s Bar and Oven

    The Bite Goes On – Regina and Josh Silvers, Jackson’s Bar and Oven

    Jackson’s Bar and Oven has one of the most popular restaurants in Santa Rosa. After the birth of his son Jackson, chef and owner Josh Silvers began looking for a family-friendly yet hip place in downtown Santa Rosa where he could get some of his favorite comfort foods. And when he didn’t find it, he decided to create it. Josh and his wife Regina opened Jackson’s Bar and Oven in 2009.

    In 1999 they created their first restaurants called Syrah Bistro, morphed into Petite Syrah and then to Three Squares Cafe, they have moved the focus completely on Jackson’s Bar and Oven as a place that wasn’t just a special event restaurant, a place that folks could come for lunch and dinner or drinks every day. They expanded a few years ago as they could not accommodate all of the guests that wanted to come.

    Josh and Regina have proven that with boundaries, a husband and wife team can be successful in both business and love. It makes sense that this first airs on Valentines Day.

    You can find seasonal, local products and creative cocktails at Jackson’s at 135 Fourth Street in Santa Rosa. They are open everyday from 11:30 and also offer catering.

    Follow them on Facebook and Instagram

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Bite Goes On – Amy’s Wicked Slush

    The Bite Goes On – Amy’s Wicked Slush

    Amy Covin is the North End of Bawstin (Boston as we would say). How did this CPA end up making Boston Slush in Wine Country. When passion calls, you figure it out.

    That is what Amy Covin did in 2016. In late 2016, she took a trip back to Boston, she introduced her kids to their first taste of Slush and confirmed her desire to introduce Wine Country to SLUSH. With no prior restaurant experience, health department or county experience, she foraged ahead and actually figured it out and opened in May 2016. Her first slush shop was opened in Healdsburg in an old Kayak and Canoe rental property across from Russian River. From there, she opened a second shop, has two more franchise possibilities on the way. If it is up to her SLUSH will be all over the West Coast.

    This conversation follows her path working with the powers that be to get the place open. She loves mentoring the kids that work for her and is a strong advocate for her community. Amy could be a stand up comic, she is funny, insightful and can get you salivating within minutes with her description of slush, soft serve and splits.

    If you are in the Sonoma County area, you can find this SLUSH in Healdsburg at 13840 Healdsburg Ave or in Petaluma at 122 American Alley, Suite B. You can find daily menu updates on their facebook page and be dazzled on instagram @wickedslush [EP66]

    Visit the website at www.wickedslush.com

    • 1 hr 24 min
    The Bite Goes On – Deb Rock, Sonoma Hot Sauce

    The Bite Goes On – Deb Rock, Sonoma Hot Sauce

    We learned about Deb Rock and Sonoma Hot Sauce on a previous episode with Eileen Gordon of Barnraiser and wanted to learn more about the journey of a woman who likes it hot – really hot. Deb Rock grew up with hot sauce and it was an important part of seasoning the meal as well as the conversation. After 20 years of giving her special recipe to friends and family she was determined to create a business around her passion and share her version of Tabasco 2.0 with the rest of us. Deb explains why Sonoma Hot Sauce is as good as it is and with just a few distinguishing methods that separate her sauce from the commercial versions; the peppers spend a minimum of 100 days on the vines, it takes at least a year from seed to bottle, and there are easily one pound of peppers per 5 fluid ounce jar. With her 4 ingredient sauce, her enthusiasm about being an agripreneur and her seed saving process, her field blend Sonoma Hot Sauce is a winner. [EP65]

    Follow Deb and Sonoma Hot Sauce on Instagram @sonomahot

    You can purchase hot sauce on her website at www.sonomahotsauce.com

    • 1 hr 31 min
    The Bite Goes On – Flora Coffee

    The Bite Goes On – Flora Coffee

    Emily Reber and Jeff Alona share their passion for everything coffee. They spend their free time driving miles to find new coffee shops anywhere they can find them and revisit some of their favorites. They have learned about coffee shop culture by asking a lot of questions, listening, watching videos, classes and drinking coffee. Their coffee of choice and what they use for Flora Coffee is Dune Coffee Roasters out of Santa Barbara. They loved it so much, they want to share this with Sonoma Valley and visitors to the area. If you are in Sonoma Valley you can taste their pour over coffee at the roadside Flatbed Farm produce stand on Saturdays from 10 – 12 in Glen Ellen. Not only will you have a good cuppa but you will enjoy these two and their enthusiasm for their craft. Emily and Jeff are grass root business owners figuring it out as they go. Such a fun listen to hear these two share their vision. [EP64]

    Follow their Instagram feed @floracoffee_sonoma

    • 1 hr 16 min
    The Bite Goes On – Mexico City Recap

    The Bite Goes On – Mexico City Recap

    Follow along the conversation while looking at photographs from Sondra’s recent trip to Mexico City (www.thebitegoeson.com/copy-of-gallery). Get ready to book your trip to Mexico City just from hearing about the food. Sondra talks about her taco tour, neighborhood markets including the Jamiaca Mercado and Pujol (the #12 of the 50 Best Restaurants in the world), a special meal with a friend from Mexico City, mezcal and more. [EP63]

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

Figgirl ,

So fun!

Love learning about all of these folks.

Coler_77 ,

Interesting takes on the goings on around Sonoma.

I really enjoy the podcast, keep up the good work. We look forward to our next visit, especially since you have given us a lot of new ideas to experience!

madrebs ,

A wealth of foodie knowledge!

I am delighted with how I absorb and enjoy this podcast. I feel more connected to the wine country through the info presented here-which is helpful as I recently moved to Sonoma. Thank you and keep up to great work!

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