Here’s proof that fast food chains can be profitable while paying workers $15 per hour: one burger group in Detroit expects all of its workers to be jacks-of-all-trades, which keeps them engaged enough to stay in their job and saves the company from losing money to employee turnover: (NPR)
Sam Kass, the White House chef and head of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, is leaving his post to follow his new wife to New York City; I’m curious what private company he’ll join up with to promote cooking and health next: (Wall Street Journal)
Although cooks of centuries past knew that foods change over time, today an ingredient’s life is thought to have ended once time has altered it in any way; this article celebrates uses for chips, bread, milk, and more that are past their prime: (New York Times)
An alliance of six of the largest U.S. school districts announced that its members want antibiotic-free chicken to serve in their cafeterias; if suppliers can’t meet the “no antibiotics ever” pledge, they’ll be required to write a plan for meeting the goal: (Natural Resources Defense Council)
Could American and European citizens’ individualism trace back to the wheat-based agrarian society of our forefathers, whereas Eastern cultural tendencies to think interdependently are rooted in a history of rice farming? (New York Times)
None of us want to consider that our parents could be malnourished, but a study found that 60% of patients age 65 and up were under-nourished when they checked into a hospital for other reasons; depression, immobility, and lack of income are factors that put the elderly at risk of not taking in adequate sustenance: (Next Avenue)
Our Winter Wine Blitz is here! Time to stock up for all your holiday and New Year’s entertaining and gift-giving; from Monday, December 8th through Sunday, December 14th, SAVE 20% on all wine purchases of 12 bottles or more–that includes holiday sparklers, celebratory magnums, and great party and meal wines for your seasonal entertaining.
We understand choosing the right wines for the holiday can be stressful. To help you make the perfect choice, our wine team has picked their favorites for friends and family! Wine always makes a great gift.
Claire at 18th recommends: Fekete Bela Harslevelu 2012
Claire says, “It’s exceedingly elegant, very au courant, and yet possibly from another planet. This wine will impress the Tilda Swinton in your life.”
Regular price $21.99 / Blitz price: $17.59
Kevin at 18th recommends: J. Lassalle Champagne
Kevin says, “If your Mom is like June Cleaver, she’ll love the J. Lassalle Champagne. Friendly and approachable, this sparkler is a crowd-pleaser. Served with hors d’oeuvres for the Beaver’s school fundraising gala or hosting one of Ward’s toughest business clients, this peach of a sparkler is every bit as elegant and pretty as June herself.” Regular price $39.99 / Blitz price: $31.99
John at Divis recommends: Brovia Barbera 2010
John says, “Queen B stands for Beyonce, but our Queen B is Brovia Barbera. It’s curvaceous and luscious, but also earthy and real–just like Beyonce!”
Regular price: $29.99 / Blitz price: $23.99
Trac, our Wine Buyer, recommends:
Olga Raffault Chinon “Les Picasses” 2006
Trac says, “If your Dad is like Robert Redford, he’ll love this Cab Franc from Olga Raffault. Rustic, leathery, with bright red fruits but classic and will get better with age.”
Regular price: $24.99 / Blitz Price: $19.99
‘Tis the season for our favorite holiday tradition – our Annual Bi-Rite Family Toy Drive!
Starting Monday, December 8th, we will collect everything from My Little Ponies to soccer balls to coloring books for low-income children and families living in the Mission and in the Western Addition.
Donations made at Bi-Rite Market Divisadero will go to the Western Addition Beacon Center (WABC), which supports local youth every day through arts and cultural programming, academic support, college prep and sports activities. All toys donated at Bi-Rite Market and Bi-Rite Creamery on 18thStreet will go to Arriba Juntos, a Mission-based community organization fostering self-sufficiency through occupational training and job opportunities for our neediest neighbors, for almost 50 years.
We need your support to ensure that our neighbors have a great holiday.
We’re looking for new and unwrapped:
*Toys (for kids 12 and under)
*Books (for kids 16 and under)
*Sports equipment (e.g. balls, bats, gloves, skateboards)
*Art supplies (unused)
From Monday, December 8th to Friday, December 19th, you can drop off goodies in the toy barrels at the entrances of:
Get your little ones in on the fun! Swap a delicious gingerbread cookie or pippin’ hot apple cider for a new toy donation at our Toys & Treats events. Find us at Bi-Rite Divis on Thursday, December 18th from 4-6pm in conjunction with the Divis Art Walk. Or swing by on Tuesday, December 16th from 4-6pm at Bi-Rite 18th; we will be joined by Christmas carolers from Little Mission Studio. Shakirah and Kelsey will be tabling outside, collecting toys from our neighbors and sharing warm beverages and creamery treats!
Last year, we collected over 300 toys via a generous outpouring from our staff, guests, local businesses and greater community. Help us do it again!
Excited? Have questions? Email Shakirah!
Don’t lose hope if your clan can’t often make it home for dinner together–families are making breakfast the new bonding meal: (Wall Street Journal)
Starting next November, menus in American restaurants, theaters and beyond will have to list calories; but whether menu labeling works for calorie reduction remains to be seen, partly because those who change their ordering behavior tend to be outside of the target population: (New York Times)
Since healthfulness isn’t typically a food donor’s top concern, food banks–increasingly focused on the nutrition they provide to those in need–are coaching the public on the kind of low sodium, low sugar, high fiber nonperishables they actually want: (NPR)
The Ebola crisis is exacerbating food shortages in Liberia, as a lack of labor hinders production; hungry rice farmers are eating the seeds they’d normally hold back for planting next season: (Bloomberg)
A group of employees at a popular SF Chinese restaurant joined Bay Area legal groups in announcing a historic $4 million dollar settlement with the restaurant’s owners; it involves back pay for 280 employees, as well as a 5% raise for non-tipped workers: (Civil Eats)
It’s a crazy point in a farm family’s life cycle when a professional “succession planner” needs to be called in, but that’s what’s happening at some of the roughly 30% of U.S. farms wrestling with parents reaching retirement: (Fast Company)
Friday night wine date at…Starbucks? Looks like they’re taking a cue from the great European-style coffee houses that transition seamlessly from morning to night as they aim to double food sales: (Wall Street Journal)
California is the land of the Hass avocado. For roughly 10 months of the year, we are bombarded with beautiful organically-grown Hass avocados at Bi-Rite Market. However, the quality of the Hass can drop off dramatically during the winter months, and a lot of Hass are imported from Chile and Mexico to fill the gap of California production. The past few years at Bi-Rite, we’ve been focusing our attention on other seasonal avocados that are harvested in the winter months before the Hass Avocado season kicks resumes. Many of these seasonal varieties might not have the same high-oil content and rich buttery texture, but are unique in their own ways and a pleasure to eat. But one winter variety that absolutely has the produce lovers at Bi-Rite super excited this time of year is the Sir Prize Avocado.
Our Sir Prize Avocados are grown by Tenalu, a 5th-generation family farm located in Porterville, CA, in the Sierra foothills. The Sir Prize avocado was created during the University of California open-pollinated breeding trial, and is considered the “Grandchild of the Hass.” Able to grow in colder and more northern climates than the Hass, they ripen up to 2 months before the Hass crops in California.
The Sir Prize is a thin skinned, pear-shaped avocado that turns black and gets very soft when it’s perfect to eat. They also have the most flesh to seed/skin ratio of any commercial avocado. The Sir Prize avocado has a nutty taste and high-oil texture that is great in guacamole or just sprinkled with a bit of salt and lemon. If you love to eat with the seasons, this is one you can’t miss, so come by one of the Markets and ask for a taste!
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