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Announcing the Good Food Awards Finalists…Our PUBLIC Label Kohlrabi Kraut included!

Aren’t we fortunate? The Good Food Awards team announced this year’s finalists and not only does the list includes our own PUBLIC Label Kohlrabi Kraut, but we’re proud to stock about 15 of the other finalists on our shelves! Hmmm, now I’m thinking how cool it would be to gift a bag of all of these for the holidays….here’s the full list of finalists you can find on our shelves:

Pickles

Bi-Rite Market PUBLIC Label Kohlrabi Kraut

Emmy’s Pickles and Jams Bread n’ Butter

Charcuterie

La Quercia Borsellino Dry Sausage

Chocolate

Askinosie Chocolate Dark Milk Chocolate Bar + Fleur de Sel

Dandelion Chocolate Dominican Republic 70% & Madagascar 70% & Venezuela 70%

Lillie Belle Farms Most Awesome Chocolate Bar EVER

Rogue Chocolatier Hispaniola & Sambirano

Coffee

Sightglass Coffee Ethiopia – Yukro Gera

Preserves

INNA Jam Pretty Spicy Fresno Chili Jam

Sosu Srirachup

Cheese

Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, Petit Frere

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co., Bay Blue

Uplands Cheese Company, Pleasant Ridge Reserve

Beer

Bear Republic Brewery, Racer 5 IPA

View the full list of 2013 Good Food Awards Finalists here. 

Finalists are those entrants that rise to the top in the Blind Tasting and are also able to clearly articulate how they fit the Good Food Awards industry-specific criteria of environmental and social responsibility. Finalists attested to responsible production by detailing their efforts to eliminate or reduce pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers, source ingredients locally where possible, implement water and energy conservation, ensure traceability to the farm level, practice good animal husbandry and exercise fair and transparent treatment of workers and suppliers.

This year’s 182 Finalists were chosen from among 1,366 entries from 31 states in nine industries. In geographic trends this year, Washington, D.C. is emerging as a hub of Good Food, with 14 Finalists hailing from its food shed of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Colorado (10), Washington state (10), Wisconsin (9) and Texas (9) all had strong showings. California had the largest number of finalists (43), followed by Oregon (22) and New York (16).

The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. For a long time, certifications for responsible food production and awards for superior taste have remained distinct—one honors social and environmental responsibility, while the other celebrates flavor. The Good Food Awards recognize that truly good food—the kind that brings people together and builds strong, healthy communities—contains all of these ingredients.

The 100 winners will be announced in a 400-person ceremony at the Ferry Building on January 18, 2013, followed by a 15,000-person Good Food Awards Marketplace on January 19. Winners will sample and sell their winning products at the public Marketplace, which takes place alongside the renowned CUESA Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Tickets and details will be available at www.goodfoodawards.org in mid-December. See you there!


Kiko’s Food News: December 14, 2012

After decades of rising childhood obesity rates, several US cities are reporting their first declines; as of today, 17% of children under 20 have a body mass index at or above the 95th percentile, qualifying as obese: (New York Times)

But that still feels high–to further this progress, the USDA announced their first-ever Farm to School grants, which totaled more than $4.5 million for 68 different projects around the country: (Slow Food USA)

Remember being offered “ABC (already been chewed) gum” as a kid? What if you were offered “already been digested” coffee? An exotic new brew is made from beans eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from their dung: (San Francisco Chronicle)

While the number of Hispanic farmers grew by 14% over the past five years, Hispanic farmers comprise only 2.5% of all farm operators. The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) is giving farm workers, most of whom are first generation Latino immigrants, the chance to move up the job ladder, teaching them crop planning, marketing and distribution: (Huffington Post)

Remember my last week’s article about the dismal compensation for food workers across the country? Well this National Diner’s Guide to working conditions in US restaurants aims to involve consumers in pushing the conversation with industry management on fair pay and better working conditions: (Restaurant Opportunities Center)

An NRDC report on fresh produce losses at the farm and packing level revealed that up to 30% of fruit and vegetable fields aren’t harvested in some years, and up to 30% of some crops go unsold because they don’t meet cosmetic criteria: (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Most of the conversation surrounding climate change revolves around reducing emissions–not how to modify agriculture–but in the absence of a global treaty that provides incentives for farm adaptation (and with the world population expected to rise by another one billion people in 15 years), many governments are not waiting for an international consensus before taking action: (New York Times)


Shakirah

Calling All Local Santas: Our First 18th St. Holiday Joy Drive

Want to help bring some holiday cheer to Mission families this season? Join us and our fellow 18th Street elves for our first ever 18th Street Joy Drive! We’re collecting toys for Arriba Juntos’ “La Posada” Celebration on December 22, 2012. Arriba Juntos expects 1,500 families for the gifts, food, games, music and hourly piñata breaking this year – we need your support! If you’re down to be local Santa, we’re looking for new and unwrapped

Arriba Juntos staff with last year's gift collection

-toys (for kids 12 and under)
-books
-sports equipment (e.g. basketballs and soccer balls)
-art supplies

You can drop off these goodies in the barrel at the entrance of the Market from December 17th to December 20th, 9AM to 9PM. On the 19th from 4 to 7pm, I’ll be accepting donations in front of the store – swap a toy for some hot cider, Christmas cookies and a high-five!

We’re lucky to have so many great neighbors and we’re hoping to create a happier holiday for families in need. With your help, we’ll make it a bit easier on Santa and his elves this year.

Excited? Have questions? Email me!

La Posada 2011

 


Cooking in the Outdoor Classroom…with Kaiser’s Support!

One of the most pressing issues facing our children and communities today is the obesity epidemic.   In San Francisco, as in other areas throughout the country, the obesity epidemic disproportionately impacts low-income communities. Among low-income San Francisco youth ages 5-19, 43% are overweight or obese according to the San Francisco Childhood Obesity Task Force.  The city’s Latino and African American children have the highest rates of obesity, at 28.3% and 24.6% respectively. Furthermore, in San Francisco, only 25% of kids eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables each day, as reported by the 2009 California Health Interview Survey.

We believe that we can change these statistics, and with Kaiser’s support, we are going to put our beliefs into action.

18 Reasons is honored to be part of Education Outside’s Grounds for Healthy Kids Project, which just won a $20,000 grant from Kaiser Foundation Hospitals! Over the past year, we have developed a cooking and gardening curriculum together called Cooking the Common Core, which we can now fully implement in ten San Francisco Unified School District elementary schools , thanks to this support from KFH. We couldn’t be more excited!!

Launched in Spring 2012 in partnership with 18 Reasons, Cooking the Common Core is the first SFUSD teacher training series to promote garden-based cooking in order to inspire kids to prepare and eat healthy food.  This new garden-based cooking series, geared towards 4th and 5th grade teachers and outdoor educators, is focused on using the art and science of cooking to teach the new Common Core academic standards.  As we have discovered, cooking is a fun and creative way to bring subjects such as math to life for students and teachers in their green schoolyards, all while instilling a love for growing and preparing healthy food.

The Cooking the Common Core pilot workshops took place in Spring 2012 and were a huge hit among the 48 teacher participants, with 100% of participants reporting increased knowledge of outdoor classroom teaching techniques, ecological concepts, and confidence in implementing the Cooking the Common Core standards-based content.  One participant remarked, “This training was extraordinary!  Great content, inspiring, well-delivered, exceeded my expectations.  I will teach both lessons in the near future.”

In 2013, we look forward to offering three Cooking the Common Core workshops aligned with English language arts and math Common Core Standards, and expect to serve approximately
60 teachers in SFUSD.  We will be serving some of San Francisco’s most under-served children.  The initiative’s target population includes 4,000 students, 200 teachers, and 5,000 parents from the following San Francisco public schools: ER Taylor (Portola); Bret Harte (Bayview-Hunters Pt.); Fairmount (Bernal Heights); Buena Vista/Horace Mann K-8 (Mission); Hillcrest (Excelsior); Jefferson (Inner Sunset); Sanchez (Mission District); New Traditions (Western Addition); Alvarado (Noe Valley); and Sherman Elementary (Marina/Cow Hollow).

I’ll be leading the 2013 workshops along with Joyce Lin- Conrad and Rachel Pringle of Education Outside , who together have more than a decade of experience teaching and developing cooking-related garden programming for youth. Each stand-alone workshop will provide teachers with all of the skills, lesson plans, inspiration, and supplies needed to implement two basic cooking lessons with their students in the garden classroom. At the end of the workshops, each teacher or team of teachers will receive a cooking kit to bring back to their school. The kits will contain the majority of the equipment, tools, and non-perishable supplies needed to execute the outdoor cooking lessons with a class of 20 students. Equipment and tools include a portable stove, cutting boards, knives, vegetable peelers, graters, and mixing bowls.

Want to join in on all this fun? We could use more support for Cooking the Common Core and the rest of our youth programming including culinary career courses at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco,  career readiness mentorship with NextCourse and cooking and gardening summer camps at the Sanchez School.  To donate please click here and thank you!


Matt R.

Stock Up On Champagne At Our Holiday Wine Blitz!

Today marks the 79th anniversary of the signing of the 21st Amendment, which as you may know repealed the 18th Amendment, effectively ending Prohibition!! How are we going to celebrate? By officially kicking off our final 2012 Wine Blitz tomorrow!

This is the perfect chance to stock up on bubbly for New Years and gift bottles for all those wine lovers in your life. Whether it be wine for the seasoned wine collector, Champagne for a 2013 toast, or simply a host or hostess gift for a holiday party, we’ve got you covered. Grab these while you can:

2010 Cedric Bouchard Inflorescence Champagne  –  $64.99; Blitz Pricing  –  $51.99

What’s the difference between grower Champagne and a Champagne house? Well as the term suggests, grower Champagnes actually have their own vineyards and grow the grapes that go into their wines. While this may seem commonplace, it’s actually a rarity these days. Most large Champagne houses (Vueve Cliquot, Moët et Chandon, etc.) purchase their grapes from other growers. However, more and more growers are going independent and doing it really well! Cedric Bouchard’s name is now synonymous with some of the highest quality grower Champagne coming out of France. He’s known for going against the grain by not using any wood aging, not fining, not filtering, using no dosage, and bottling only single-vineyard, single-varietal Champagnes – all anomalies in Champagne. The Inflorescence is 100% Pinot Noir from a small 1.5 hectare plot and is immensely complex. Beautiful floral aromas give way to mouthwatering minerality and a soft yet crisp texture. This bottling could definitely be drunk now, but will only get better with age and is available in very limited quantities!

Perfect Pairing: Honey glazed beet and burrata crostini

2011 Arnot-Roberts Santa Cruz Chardonnay  –  $29.99; Blitz Pricing  –  $23.99

Winemaking duo Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts have quickly made a name for themselves as some of the best natural winemakers in California. Avid cyclists, they’ve biked all over California in search of the most unique vineyard sites, choosing smaller, cooler-climate, single-varietal lots. Nathan is a second generation cooper (barrel maker) and hand crafts all the Franch oak barrels they use for aging the wines. They have strong relationships with the farmers of their vineyard sites and are committed to organic farming, using native yeasts, and minimal additions of sulfur. The wines speak for themselves and this Chardonnay from a cool plot in the Santa Cruz Mountains could easily be mistaken for Chablis. Fermented in stainless steel and aged in neutral French oak, this wine has crisp lemon and lime notes with a long minerally finish. Drinkable now, but also suitable for a wine collector to lay down. Oh, and they only made 12 barrels of it!

Perfect Pairing: Fresh dungeness crab, frisée, and watermelon radish salad

 

2011 Marcel Lapierre Morgon  –  $29.99; Blitz Pricing  –  $23.99
I’ll give a gold star to anyone who knows exactly how many times I’ve mentioned Marcel Lapierre in a newsletter, as it’s probably been a lot! And for good reason – Marcel Lapierre was one of the most influential winemakers in Beaujolais in the last century. He’s responsible for mentoring and influencing the next generation of producers now on the forefront of natural winemaking in France. His methods, at the same time revolutionary and traditional, call for using only old vines farmed organically or biodynamically, rigorously sorting the grapes, and using minimal to no sulfur. Sadly, Marcel passed away at the end of the 2010 harvest, leaving the estate to his son Mathieu, whose been active in the family winemaking for a number of years now. This Morgon comes from 60 year old vines on granite soils. It’s had extended aging on the lees in old oak barrels. Bright floral and cherry aromas are followed flavors of cranberry, minerals, and a silky texture. Again – drinkable now or age-able!

Perfect Pairing: Herb crusted pork loin with cranberry chutney

 

Cheese of the Week: Redwood Hill Farm’s Cameo

Gift giving doesn’t only have to be about wine! Redwood Hill Farm’s Cameo is a soft ripened goat’s milk cheese in the style style of Camembert, artfully topped with peppercorns and lemon verbena. This small 8-ounce wheel is the perfect size to gift, and the creamy, oozy paste is pleasantly sweet with a touch of peppery and tangy flavors. We have it available in half or whole wheels. Come by and ask us for a taste!


Morgan

Christmas and New Years Menu 2012

Have you called us yet to order your Christmas, New Years, or Whatever-Holiday-Tradition-You-Choose dishes? We’re all ears, taking orders for our full menu at 415-241-9760; just make sure you call at least 48 hours before you’d like to pick up!

Printable Christmas and New Years Menu (pdf)

Make like you’re at In-N-Out Burger and order off the menu! We have a secret item to share with you: our Savory Bread Pudding with Wild Mushrooms and Gruyère ($14.99) serves 6.

We also have you covered on holiday meats like Five Dot Ranch’s pasture raised prime rib (their 100% Cali-born and bred cattle are never fed corn or soy!), Grimaud Farm’s fresh Whole Geese, and more–check out page 10 of our Holiday Guide.

And don’t forget to place your order for the Creamery’s fresh baked Christmas Stollen or Buche de Noel before it’s too late–more details on page 13 of our Holiday Guide.

 


Casey

18 Reasons Gallery Opening: From the Source

We’re celebrating our next 18 Reasons gallery exhibition this Friday, December 7th from 5-8 pm:

From the Source: A Visual Survey of Local Food
new works by Michael Lamotte

Food photographer Michael Lamotte’s black and white images of products from local purveyors, artisans and farmer’s markets will grace our gallery from December 7th thru January 25th. Treating food products as formal objects, Lamotte’s exquisite large format prints will be accompanied on opening night by tastings from several vendors featured in his work. The producers behind INNA Jam, Josey Baker, Dandelion Chocolate, and more are expected to be in attendance, highlighting the mutual support felt and shared between local food photographer and local food artisan.

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The Gallery at 18 Reasons
3674 18th St
18reasons.org


Raph

Sweet Gifts During Sweet Weeks

Sweet Weeks is upon us!  Today through December 16th we’re giving you 10% off any 6 or more confections or chocolates to make them that much more gift-able.  This includes any of the items in our tantalizing wall-o-chocolate (the gauntlet you walk by on your way to the registers).  The sale also includes chocolate and caramel sauces, drinking chocolate, marshmallows, and hard candies.

Here are a few of my absolute favorites made special for the holiday season–stock up on stocking stuffers and host gifts while we’re sweetening the deal!

Askinoise Peppermint Bark $29.99/300 g $14.99/150 g

Made from single-origin dark chocolate, layered with buttery white chocolate and topped off with crushed bits of natural peppermint, this bark is hand-crafted in small-batches and packaged in rustic boxes.

Michael Recchiuti Dragée Winter Sampler $29.99/12 oz

Toasted nuts and dried fruits are coated with custom blended chocolate, burnt caramel and fleur de sel in this box of Michael Recchiuti’s four most popular dragées: Burnt Caramel Almonds, Cherries Two Ways, Burnt Caramel Hazelnuts, and Peanut Butter Pearls – each in their own compartment within the box.  Made in San Francisco.

Pralus Barre Infernale $24.99/160 g

This chocolate bar contains handmade hazelnut cream, making it so smooth and creamy it immediately melts in your mouth. It’s such an addictive chocolate that it’s referred to as the “infernal” bar.  Available in LAIT with toasted hazelnuts or NOIR (75%) with toasted almonds.

Droga Gingerbread Chookies $16.99/4.5oz

Chookies (chocolate covered cookies) are made with soft, delicately spiced gingerbread covered with rich dark chocolate.  Dressed up in limited-edition, festive boxes with hand-drawn designs!


Kiko’s Food News: 12.30.12

Maybe San Francisco’s further from New York City than I thought: this article proposes that the seated dinner party is an endangered pastime, but I refuse to believe that cooking for others is a dying art! (New York Times)

I found this list of top over-used ingredients compiled by CookWithJames (one of our longtime regular guests) right on; enough boneless, skinless chicken breasts and sundried tomatoes, already! (Cook with James)

A study found that buying from locally owned businesses could mean four times as much money staying in the local economy; independent stores in Louisville recirculate 55% of revenues compared to 14% for big retailers, and local restaurants recirculate 67% vs. 30% for big chains: (Fast Company)

An analysis by Consumer Reports found that most store-bought pork tested contains a bacterium that causes food poisoning, plus the samples were often resistant to antibiotics–probably because many farm animals are routinely fed them: (Los Angeles Times)

Wal-Mart accounts for the largest share of groceries bought by U.S. shoppers, and its concentrated buying power allows it to drive down prices paid to suppliers, who therefore have to find ways to cut costs, denying their own workers fair wages and pressuring farmers to do the same: (Food First)

Even though the defeat of Prop 37 means that genetically engineered info won’t be added to labels yet, PLU codes (four digit numbers that identify types of produce) can be revealing; for example, a PLU prefix of 9 signifies an organic item, and 8 signifies that an item is genetically engineered: (Bay Area Bites)

The potential for drilling and fracking to contaminate our food is evidenced by reports from ranchers in heavily fracked regions showing that oil and gas wells introduce chemical compounds and radioactive material into the air, soil and water; secrecy shrouding the hydrofracking process prevents consumers from knowing if their food is safe: (The Nation)


Matt R.

Meet the Producer: Chris Brockway of Broc Cellars

- November Wine Blitz   ✓

- Thanksgiving                ✓

- December Wine Blitz  __

- Hanukkah                    __

- Christmas                    __

- New Years                   __

Man, the Holidays are moving by quickly! We hope everyone has recovered from Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday . . . did I miss any?? But thank goodness it’s Wine Newsletter Wednesday!

Just to remind you, the last of our three annual Wine Blitzes officially kicks off next Thursday, December 6th and runs through Sunday, December 9th, at which point we’ll take 20% off 12 or more bottles of wine mix-and-match with free delivery in San Francisco. If you anticipate going through at least 12 bottles of wine between now and May 2013 for holiday parties, New Years, gifts,and general consumption, this is your last chance to stock up with such a steep discount for a while!

And don’t miss our Wine Blitz Preview Tasting is this Friday, November 30th from 6PM – 8PM at 18 Reasons. We’ll be pouring plenty of new wines that we’re excited about for this final Wine Blitz. We’re also pleased to welcome Berkeley-based winemaker Chris Brockway to this Friday’s tasting event where he’ll be pouring five of his wines. Chris was named the SF Chronicle’s Winemaker to Watch in 2012, and this tasting is a great opportunity to stop by, meet Chris, chat about his wines, as well as explore many other exciting new wines for our December Wine Blitz!

2011 Broc Cellars Valdiguié  –  $19.99; Blitz Pricing  –  $15.99

Chris discovered a vineyard plot in Solano county growing a grape that is today known at Valdiguié. For a while, growers in Napa thought this grape was Gamay, the ubiquitous grape of the Beaujolais region. However, the clever researchers at UC Davis have since determined that this grape is unique and in fact a little known varietal native to the Languedoc, France. But, it’s understandable that growers in California confused this grape with Gamay for so long since it produces wines dark in color but low in alcohol, with very similar flavor profiles. Chris has even made this wine using carbonic maceration, an old, traditional Beaujolais winemaking technique that brings out brighter fruit qualities. This bottling is light on its feet with bright strawberry and cherry aromas. Light in body (and alcohol) this wine is too quaffable and makes a perfect bottle to sip by a cozy winter fire.

Perfect Pairing: Roasted butternut squash stuffed with wild mushrooms

 

2011 Broc Cellars Carbonic Carignan  –  $22.99; Blitz Pricing  –  $18.39

The grapes for this wine come from a very special vineyard site. Chris is proud to say that he saved this vineyard from “Cabernetification” by preventing the now 120 year old Carignan vines on the site from being ripped up. These are vines that are planted on their original root stock – a true rarity as the great majority of vines in the world today have been grafted. Carignan itself is an outsider in California these days, with very few plantings of this fun Spanish grape remaining. As the name, Carbonic Carignan suggests, Chris also makes this wine using carbonic maceration – allowing the whole fruit to ferment from the inside out before crushing them. The result is a light and fresh wine with bright red fruit aromas followed by a bit of spice and scents of wild herbs from those old vines.

Perfect Pairing: Smoked salmon and grilled chicory salad

 

2010 Broc Cellars Vine Starr Zinfandel  –  $24.99; Blitz Pricing  –  $19.99
This wine is named after Chris’s great-great-great-great-great-great-uncle born in 1801 in Norway – yes his name was Vine Starr Brockway. This is one of Chris’s original bottlings and is meant to be a lighter style version of the typically bold and spicy Sonoma Zinfandels. The blend varies slightly every vintage and this vintage is mostly Zinfandel, blended with a very small percentage of Syrah. It makes a great everyday red, with a medium body and plenty of dark fruit and spice qualities like black pepper, huckleberry, and cardamom.

Perfect Pairing: Spice rubbed spare ribs

  

Cheese of the Week: Cowgirl Creamery’s Devil’s Gulch

The latest seasonal release from Cowgirl Creamery is here! Their winter cheese is Devil’s Gulch, a creamy, bloomy rinded cheese made of Jersey cow’s milk from John Taverna’s dairy. Essentially the same cheese inside as their other seasonal cheeses (St. Pat, Chimney Rock, and Pierce Point), the dusting of toppings rotates seasonally. Devil’s Gulch is topped with blend of dried sweet and gently spicy peppers from All Star Organics Farm in Nicasio. The peppers are not at all overwhelmingly spicy and just add a pleasant sweet and mild kick to the rind. These mini wheels are just arriving in the store today, so swing by and ask us for a taste!

 


Morgan

Hanukkah Menu 2012

One week until the festival of lights begins! Our kitchen is planning to cook all of your favorites. We’re taking pre-orders for our Hanukkah Menu now–give us a call at 415-241-9760! Please place your order 48 hours in advance of when you’d like to pick it up–the menu is available December 6th – 16th.

Or come into the Market any day during Hanukkah–these dishes will be available in our deli and refrigerator section on a first come, first serve basis.

Printable Hanukkah Menu (pdf)

 

Our butchers are ready with all of your favorite cuts of meat for the holiday, including Marin Sun Farms Grass Fed Brisket and Pasture Raised Whole Chickens–check out page 10 of our Holiday Guide for our offerings!

The Creamery’s baking up Chocolate Babka, plus their fresh baked Challah and flourless macaroons for a sweet end to your feast.


Shakirah

Community Corner: November

Our November update on the Bi-Rite Family’s work to build community through food and service.

Wyatt carving turkey at the Medical Respite Center

Highlights:

  • Gobble, Gobble! We donated Diestel turkeys to the SF Homeless Prenatal Program, SF Free the Need, and the Medical Respite and Sobering Center, helping multiple Mission-based families have a happier holiday.
  • 50 residents + 16 Bi-Rite & 18 Reasons volunteers = one amazing, homemade Thanksgiving meal at the Medical Respite and Sobering Center. Big shout-out to Rosie, Faun, Wyatt, Judy, Katie, Jon, and Virginiafor your good deeds on Thanksgiving Day!

    Faun's deli training makes her a pro on the service line at Medical Respite Center on Thanksgiving day!

  • We donated our Thanksgiving goodies to 111 Minna Gallery, which served 200 meals to our city’s homeless.
  • We supported Family Services Agency’s Thanksgiving celebration, providing a hot meal and delicious pies to dozens of low-income seniors.
  • Through “Scoops for Sandy” sales of our Caramel Apple ice cream at the Creamery, we provided “sweet relief” to the devastated Added Value Urban Farm in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
  • We provided produce and groceries to CounterPULSE’s “Our Daily Bread” performance, helping feed over 400 audience members over 4 day period (hello vegan gumbo and jalapeno cornbread!). They wrote us and said “Our Daily Bread played to sold-out houses and standing ovations for four nights and we couldn’t have achieved such success without your support! Thank you for investing your time and energy into the performance and its message.  Partnering with Bi-Rite facilitated wider and deeper dialogue about sustainable eating, supporting local farmers, and valuing our natural resources. “
  • Lee’s, a corner store in the Bayview, is super proud of their new produce section and produce manager, Azmi, thanks to SEFA (Southeast Food Access) and Simon’s guidance!

    Azmi, the new produce manager at Lee's in the Bayview

  • Tiffany gave an excellent store tour our young friends at the SF Boys and Girls Club
  • We supported MESA’s (Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture) annual effort to host, train and feed dozens of farmers and sustainable food advocates from around the world.

Get Involved with Organizations We Support:

  • Cooking Matters needs your help teaching healthy cooking and nutrition classes to adults this December. Email Sarah (sarah@threesquaremeals.org) to sign up!

Who we’ve donated to this month:
Door Dog Music Productions
CounterPULSE
Cornucopia Institute
Free the Need
SFSU Stillwell Art Exhibition
SF Bike Coalition
San Francisco Coalition of Small Essential Schools
Golden Thread Productions
Sanchez Elementary School
Kiandanda Dance Theater
Mission High School/Pie Ranch Interns
18Reasons
Arts Ed Matters
Faces SF
San Francisco Friends School
SF Homeless Prenatal Program
Medical Respite and Sobering Center
Mentoring for Success
Supermarket Street Sweep for SF Food Bank
Presidio Graduate School
Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic
Streetside Stories
Heritage Radio Network
San Francisco Little League
Bay Area Breast Cancer Network
Mediate Art Group
Chibi Chan Preschool
Abada Capoeira Arts Center