Bernstein and Toulze over the top at Jack London

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The cheer pyramid was one of the scavenger hunt requirements at the girl and the fig staff party.
The cheer pyramid was one of the scavenger hunt requirements at the girl and the fig staff party.

There’s something to be said about the call of the wild. Sondra Bernstein and John Toulze of the girl and the fig empire fame, went wild last night, in a great way, and pushed it over the top as the culinary duo hosted their staff party at Broadway Under the Stars at Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen. Mr. London would have been proud.

With three restaurants, a catering company, a garden that most would consider a farm, along with I am convinced, a secret -idea – think – tank room with designs on the next projects, it stymies the senses on how these two premier culinarians have any time to host a staff party for over 350 people.

Bravo, Baby, Bravo.

Bernstein could have easily celebrated her 17th year anniversary with a toast, a congrats to all, and a rah-rah speech about excellent

Executive Chef John Toulze manned the Pizza oven making the evening a tremendous success
Executive Chef John Toulze manned the Pizza oven making the evening a tremendous success

service.

Bernstein and Toulze don’t do things in a small way. That may be the key to their successes.

The line at the buffet table never seemed to end. And the guests certainly didn’t want it to. Toulze’s creation of Souve ribs, perfectly prepared, moist, fall of the bone ribs that had a flavor and texture never before experienced by this rib fanatic, were addictive. The accompanying salads and selections of sides, grilled corn, watermelon, phenomenal fried chicken, cookies and ice cream was an edible brochure for the talent in the kitchen.

To see Toulze hovering over the pizza oven hearth while his crew enjoyed the evening as guests at the party is one of the reasons the team prospers. Everyone assumed the artwork on the buffet was the highlight of the evening: Culinarily speaking, it was. But, the dessert course was incredible.

Ice Cream bars, handed out by Ms. Bernstein, while in your seats waiting with freeze head and baited breathe for the show to begin. But not before a quick rendition by the hostess of “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”  Simon Cowell was not in the audience.

I had never been to Broadway Under the Stars before. However, everyone has suggested we attend. And now I know why.

The Jack London State Park setting is the perfect stage for the Transcendense Theater Company’s array of performances.  If you have not heard, or have not enjoyed the event, it is a must see.

Bernstein treated her staff to an evening of Dress Rehearsal Theater as the Broadway Actors ran through the performance of Fantastical Family Night which premieres tonight at Jack London.

If you have the opportunity, take it in. You will not be disappoint

 

John Foley is Publisher of foodiedaily.com

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