It's Christmas Eve Eve! And you guys asked for it, so we are delivering- Jaime and I have answered the questions we dished out below :-) 

I cannot enough thank all the beautiful souls who supported our #fillourtable Christmas Party invitation. We absolutely adored getting to know this brilliant collection of people that little bit better, and we cannot wait for more with each of them in the year to come.

We here at Figbar wish all of you an incredibly happy and merry holiday season filled with good food, good friends & family, and lots of love. We are so grateful to you all for allowing us to sweeten your days and hearts with our treats. You sweeten ours more than you could imagine! 

We close tonight (December 23rd, 2017) at 10pm and reopen again in the New Year on Tuesday, January 9th. We cannot wait to see you all again soon for a good catch up and smile! Wishing you all so much joy and love!

xoxo

Steph & Jaime

So here we are, the last two to sit down at the sharing table. We have so loved having everyone here to help #fillourtable and cannot wait for another party next year! 

Name: Stephanie Garbutt

What you do: co-own Figbar and CakebyFigbar with my gorgeous hubby Jaime
A bit more about Steph: My family is from the USA, and I moved to Norwich 10 years ago to complete my MA in Creative Writing at the UEA. During this time, I met Jaime, and the rest is history! We have two beautiful daughters (the 'little figs' Ella & Ariele) and a lovely little dog named Figgy Pudding. 

(Side note- Check out my poetry collection that I wrote based on my MA thesis. It's called Metrophobia - then buy a copy or two. It makes a great present!).

#fillourtable

1. You are at our Christmas dinner party, aside from the fab guests you already invited, who would you have at your ideal table and why?

I LOVE a huge dinner party with a strong mix of characters. I would love to chat to Coco Chanel, Giovanni Boccaccio (he wrote my fav book The Decameron), Walt Disney, Bing Crosby, Audrey Hepburn, and Richard Branson.

2. What foods are you most thankful for? 

All of them. But seriously, all foods from our garden because it's magic watching things grow. In that same regard, I love all home cooked foods (breads, roasts, cakes, etc) because the energy and commitment that goes into creating a meal is beautiful. I am incredibly thankful for Jaime's focaccia bread, stout mocha cake, and porridge (because he makes this every morning for our daughters and that means I don't have to cook breakfast!).

3. What is your most cherished family tradition regarding food?

Thanksgiving. I love every part of the tradition it contains (particularly my grandmother's vintage plates with turkeys on them). I also love a tradition that my parents started for my siblings and my birthdays- we were allowed to choose any meal that we wanted to eat and the rest of the family would make it for the birthday kid. Through this, my three siblings and I learned so much about food and its preparation. One birthday it would be lobster, the next kale with lemon, sometimes chicken parm. It's such a charming collection of our eating habits and how we changed and grew into adults. 

4. What act of kindness has made the biggest/greatest difference to your life?

I am forever grateful to my parents for instilling in me the value of an education and a love of reading. So while it is an ongoing act and not a single one, the act of kindness that has made the biggest difference is my parents encouragement, support, and demand for my best. Thanks, Mom and Dad! I hope I can be as awesome as you at this parenting thing!   

5. What is the best compliment you have ever received?

Definitely when Jaime asked me to marry him (in Iceland under the Northern Lights!)- what better compliment than someone saying they like you enough to be with you forever? 


6. If you had a dollar/pound to give to anyone in the world, who would you give it to and why?

I would use it to buy a tired and stressed out mum a cup of coffee or a chocolate bar the next time I was in a coffee shop to say "you're doing a great job!". I love the idea of paying it forward and making someone's day in an unexpected way. It's really hard being a mum and, especially when it's new, it's overwhelming. Often, many of us feel like breaking down frequently or like we're only just holding it together (another shout out to We Got This! (sometimes)!). So even without my dollar to buy you the coffee, please hear me when I say: "Hey mama who may be reading this right now- YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB!!!" 

 

 

Name: Jaime Garbutt

What you do: co-own Figbar and CakebyFigbar with Steph
A bit more about Jaime: I love to travel, to eat, and to explore. I love my wife, my kids, my dog, and good food. 

#fillourtable

1. You are at our Christmas dinner party, aside from the fab guests you already invited, who would you have at your ideal table and why?

Aside from Family I think it would be exciting to share the table with chefs I admire: Pierre Koffman, Thomas Keller, Jordi Roca, and Fergus Henderson are currently at the forefront.

2. What foods are you most thankful for? 

Working with pastry and sugar all day means in my down time, salty and savoury is the name of the game. Bacon is definitely up there, but also potatoes, the classic english roast, and curry. 

3. What is your most cherished family tradition regarding food?

With a new family it's a chance to start creating traditions of your own. Making pancakes for my girls on Sunday mornings is something we've been doing for over a year now, so it's pretty special.  

4. What act of kindness has made the biggest/greatest difference to your life?

My wife, my family, my friends, my staff and my kids, putting up with me as well as helping us through, without question or hesitation, through all the crazy challenges the last 10 years has thrown at us.

5. What is the best compliment you have ever received?

Winning EDP best new comer was a honour.

6. If you had a dollar/pound to give to anyone in the world, who would you give it to and why?

I'd give it AREDS, an Indian NGO who I worked with for many years and who are like a surrogate family to me. Samy and Christi's work, dedication, personal sacrifice, and total unquestioning support of the people they work with and help to protect is, unfortunately, a rarity in this day and age. I love them dearly. 

 

Thank you all again so much for joining us at our sharing table this Christmas to #fillourtable!! We feel so lucky to have gotten to know everyone!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!