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Sweetening the Deal on Chocolates

Sweet Weeks are here!  Now through Wed. Dec. 15th, a purchase of 6 or more of any chocolate or confection item will be 10% off. Our wall of chocolate has never been sweeter, whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers or gifts for friends and co-workers–or treat yourself, we won’t tell!

Here are some of the highlights from our chocolate section (which is better than it’s ever been); we’ve sure come a long way from the chocolate bars our parents ate. Don’t forget to ask your cashier for a gift bag–we have several sizes–with tissue and ribbon, and you’re on your way to the party… (more…)

Our 9 Stars from Food & Wine’s “40 Big Food Thinkers”

Food & Wine Magazine just came out with their complete list of “40 Big Food Thinkers;” people in the food and beverage industry who are changing the way Americans eat, drink, and think. While you can check out their full article here I’ll highlight the nine people and products carried at Bi-Rite that made their cut!

#6 & #7: Brett Beach and Tim McCollum: Bean to Bar Chocolate Makers:

Brett and Tim started Madécasse in 2008 after doing years of Peace Core work in Madagascar. Their chocolate products are not only incredible, but also responsible. Did you know that although 85% of the world’s cocoa is grown in Africa, less than 1% of the world’s chocolate is made there? Brett and Tim are determined to change that!

#11 & #12: Michael Kirban & Ira Liran: Coconut Water Popularizers:

Michael and Ira are the founders of Vita Coco, one of our top selling coconut waters in the market. Nothing perks me up after a long night of celebrating like delicious, chilled coconut water! I never thought I’d be a convert, but there’s something addictive about the sweet, clean taste that I can’t get enough of.

#17: Matthew Cain: Eco-Wine Importer:

Carbon footprint that’s half that of the average wine bottle? Check. Organic wine? Check. Reduced packaging with a Tetra Pak container? Check. Totally legal (well, kind of) for the park? Check! (more…)


Wine Blitz Preview Tasting @ 18 Reasons

We hope everyone is enjoying their leftover turkey and diligently finishing off their cases of wine from the November Blitz. Bi-Rite Market’s final Wine Blitz of the holiday season is almost upon us! Starting Thursday, December 9th and ending Sunday, December 12th, your purchase of any 12 or more bottles of wine will be 20% off. We even offer free delivery anywhere in San Francisco for a case or $150 worth of wine. This is your last opportunity to stock up on wine for your holiday parties, New Year’s Eve bubbly, and gifts for all the wine lovers in your life. Our next big sale isn’t until May 2011, so don’t miss out! (more…)

Holiday 2010 Catering Menu Specials

Place your holiday party catering order early– the calendar is filling up fast!

Savory Tartlets with Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onions, Apples, Pt. Reyes Blue Cheese and Sage (30 pieces) $55

New Potato Cups with Cauliflower Puree and Chives (30 pieces) $60

House-smoked Salmon and Tobiko Caviar on Anna’s Daughter’s Rye with Caper Cream Cheese and Fresh Dill (30 pieces)  $70

Endive Spears with Crab Salad, Winter Citrus, Parsley and Chervil (30 pieces) $75

Truffle-Infused Frittata with Mushrooms, Potato and Chives (36 bite-sized pieces) $50

Marin Sun Farms Filet Mignon – Served with Horseradish Sour Cream Sauce (serves 12-15)  $135

Baby Lamb Chops- Grilled to Medium-rare and Served with Romesco Sauce (24 pieces) $90


All Cupcakes are Available in Full Size ($30 per dozen) or Mini ($20 per dozen)

  • Pumpkin Cupcakes with Macadamia Crunch Buttercream
  • Chocolate Midnight Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream and Crushed Candy Canes
  • Sour Cream Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Peanut Brittle Buttercream
  • Spice Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream

Holiday Cookie Box: a selection including Gingerbread Cutouts, Linzer Cookies, Hazelnut Thumbprints, Mexican Wedding Cookies and more! (2 dozen) $40

Double Chocolate Tartlettes: Mini Chocolate Pastry Shells filled with Rich and Creamy Chocolate Ganache (30 pieces) $45

Classic Cream Puffs Filled with Hazelnut Cream (1 dozen)  $20

18 Reasons hosts a Tiny Holiday Bazaar and a Big Art Opening: Dec 1st, 6-9PM

Get a head start on your holiday shopping, support local producers, and celebrate a fabulous artist all in one night!

For the aspiring DIY crafter,  get a home cheese making kit. For the tidy cook, select some beautiful handmade kitchen towels, and for the the entertainer with an eye for style, find a live edge wood cutting board. We will also have jams, cards, and much more – all from only 9 vendors:  Maria Schoettler, INNA Jam, FarmCurious, Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it., Slow Jams, MRCW, Sweet Pea & Rose, Ambatalia, and Pie Bird Press.  18 Reasons will also be selling our brand new memberships and t-shirts.

Maria Schoettler’s gorgeous calendar of seasonal, local, fruits and vegetables was the inspiration for tonight, so it is only fitting that her original artwork will be on the walls and for sale, along with her new 2011 calendar.

And since we don’t believe in shopping on an empty stomach, we will offer wine and homemade snacks to fuel your evening.

Welcome to our new site!

I’m excited that you’ve found your way to our new website– WELCOME! We worked hard to make this a real reflection of who we are today. Our old site was fine for finding basic info…but we wanted the site to be more– to feel like you’re walking into the Market on a given day (minus the great smells). There are a few new things I think you’re gonna love:

Our Blog

This is where we’ll have the chance to tell the full story behind all the great food we feature in the Market. It’s always a challenge for us to give the amazing products we love the attention they deserve on the floor. We want you to know how they got to our shelves– about the people who grew the vegetables or the winemakers who labor over the grapes for the wines we sell. Most of all, we want you to hear it from the perspective of our buyers who are making these decisions every day. (more…)

Hanukah Menu 2010

Available Tuesday 11/30 through Wednesday 12/8

  • Matzo Ball Soup $ 7.99 / quart
  • Chopped Chicken Liver with Caramelized Onions $3.99 / half pint
  • Potato Latkes $3.99 each (more…)

Great video for the kids!

Free Range Studios puts out awesome movies about our food system, and never fails to provide a balance between quality information and entertainment value. This video on fruits and veggies in grocery stores is one that my girls are always asking me to watch again and again with them. “May the Farm Be With You!”


What we look for in natural wine: the Bi-Rite Manifesto

In going after wines that compliment the flavors in food, we’re easily led towards an appreciation of  natural wines. The world of natural wines can be confusing to navigate, so we’ve written up our own “manifesto”:

Grapes are grown in a vineyard that is farmed organically or biodynamically. Herbicides are not used to control weeds, but the soil is plowed where possible, often with nitrogen-enhancing cover crops between the rows to encourage soil vitality, deep root growth and aeration.

Grapes are harvested by hand, bringing mature, clean fruit to the winery. Yield (grapes per acre) is controlled by pruning (limiting the number of buds per plant) and by retaining lower-yielding old vines.

Fermentation occurs using only indigenous yeasts naturally present in the vineyard and cellar, allowing the true flavors of the grapes and the terroir of the soil to be expressed. (Of course “stuck” fermentations or vintages with high levels of rot may require added yeasts.)

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) is not used, or is limited to as small a dose as possible. Wine-making without SO2 is difficult. In the opinion of most natural wine-makers, it requires that grapes are grown organically in vineyards with healthy wild yeast populations. In addition, it requires time, experience and careful work in the cellar from a wine-maker that is committed to making a wine that is a true expression of their vineyard. Low-sulfur wines can have beautifully complex flavors  and pure aromatics  with more “terroir” character.

Fall 2010 Menu

From our Deli Case

  • Special Sandwich: House Smoked BBQ Beef Brisket with Creamy Cole Slaw on an Acme Roll
  • Farfalle Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Preserved Meyer Lemon and Pistachios
  • Lentil and Spicy Roasted Yams with Capricho de Cabra goat cheese and Arugula
  • Roasted Green Beans with Wild Mushrooms, Roasted Chestnuts, Grilled Radicchio and   Housemade Heritage Pork Pancetta (more…)