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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Flowers, Bubbly, and Heart-Shaped Cheese!

Need some ideas for a fun and romantic Valentine’s Day? We’ve got a selection of Champagnes, cheeses and flowers that are sure to bring a smile to the face of someone special. All of the offerings mentioned below are available at both our 18th Street and Divisadero Market locations.

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We’re highlighting two excellent Champagnes this week. Champagne Guiborat Brut Tradition NV, a great Champagne value, is produced by the Fouquet family, who have farmed a small vineyard in the Grand Cru village of Cramant since 1885. Now in the hands of 5th generation owners Richard Fouquet and his wife Karine, Tradition has a touch of brioche on the nose accompanied by notes of white flowers and green apple.

Champagne Guy Charlemagne Reserve Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs is from a small grower located in a Chardonnay-rich Grand Cru villages of Mesnil and Oger, known for their rich limestone soil. This 100% Chardonnay pleaser has a lightness and finesse with touches of lemon and fresh nuts and notes of warm bread. For the perfect Valentine’s pairing, try our special A Toast for Two Champagne and Cheese Combo, which places this lovely Champagne alongside Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam cheese; its decadent, buttery creaminess is complimented perfectly by the complex intensity and long finish of the Champagne Guy Charlemagne. Try them together for an unforgettable treat.

photo 3You can also pick up a heart-shaped wedge of the Cowgirl Creamery’s Heart’s Desire, which is available just once a year just for Valentine’s Day. This special cheese will arrive fresh at both Markets on Valentine’s Day! Don’t miss this annual treat! Try Heart’s Desire on its own, or try our other featured Valentine’s cheese, the Andante Heart-Shaped Rondo. Not much is sexier than this cheese, an elegant blend of rich Jersey milk and tangy goat’s milk and crafted by one of our most talented local cheesemakers. Adorned with dried herbs and peppercorns, the heart-shaped Rondo is as beautiful to behold as it is sensuous to share.

FlowerBouquetsAnd to complete the picture for Valentine’s Day, don’t forget the flowers. Come by on Friday, February 14th to get a custom bouquet or floral arrangement made by our in-house florists. Bouquets of sustainable, organic and local flowers start at $25 and locally-grown roses by the stem will be $3 each. On Valentine’s Day you can get your flowers hand-arranged out in front of both of our Markets; our florists will create something special while you pop into the Market to get some chocolate, cheese and Champagne. We’ll have your Valentine positively swooning!


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Unforgettable Valentine’s Day Sweets for your Sweetie

Valentine’s Day approaches! I really enjoy sourcing our chocolate selection here at Bi-Rite, with a goal of providing a range of sweets for every taste, and helping our guests to find something special to share with loved ones. Chocolate is a sure way to put a smile on someone’s face and make their day truly special.

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Valentine’s display at our 18th Street store

Chocolat Moderne is a producer I love to work with for special holidays, and they never disappoint. Their “Baby, you’re the one!” assortment has dark, white, and milk chocolate hearts with pink and red swirls that look like the unfolding petals of a rose. The flavors include passion fruit cardamom caramel, raspberry rendez-vous dark ganache, sea salted caramel, and a dark ganache laced with Tuthilltown Spirits Baby Bourbon. A truly stunning and unique collection!

You can always find chocolates on our shelves from renowned local chocolatier Neo Cocoa, named by Dessert Professional as one of the “Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America.” This February we’re excited about their Neo Cocoa Dark Raspberry Truffles, which combine bold, red raspberry with rich, dark chocolate for a classic pairing of Valentine’s flavors. Neo Cocoa are known for their luxuriously melt-in-your-mouth chocolate experience.

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Individually hand-made truffles from gâté comme des filles chocolatier Alexandra Whisnant

For a lovingly hand-crafted option that makes a truly special Valentine’s gift, we’re thrilled about one of the newest additions to our chocolate selections, gâté comme des filles. These exquisite truffles are made to order in small batches each week by master chocolatier Alexandra Whisnant, who trained for her patisserie degree in France before working for Berkeley’s world-renowned restaurant Chez Panisse. Each ganache is hand-whisked to create a filling both fluffy and rich, with flavors that peak within the first few days after production. This month our shelves will be graced with some surprise special Valentine’s flavors created by Alexandra for the holiday, so come by either of our Market locations to pick some up. These truly exceptional and special treats are meant to be savored.

We’ve got lots of other great chocolates on our shelves from exceptional producers such as our long-time friend Michael Mischer, Vosges, François Pralus, Fran’s, Michael Rechiutti, Poco Dolce, Kika’s Treats, Robert Lambert Everything you need to round out your Valentine’s Day celebration!


Kiko’s Food News, 2.7.14

Responding to legal challenges over their use of the word “natural,” Pepsi has quietly replaced that word with “simply” in products like Frito-Lay chips and Quaker Granola; the ingredients remain the same: (Huffington Post)

Corn and bean farmers in the midwest are beginning to replace those crops with produce veggies to get in on the rising local food market; it’s exciting to hear that more money can be made that way due to rising demand: (New York Times)

Camel milk, which apparently has a “pleasantly surprising nutty, smoky, slightly Bratwursty flavour”, is being sold for the first time with coffee in the UK, although it’s been served for a while in the United Arab Emirates: (BBC)

Now that Food Studies is an increasingly popular offering at universities, the academic audience for food blogs and food writing is expanding; will academia have an impact on the way that food blogs are written? (Huffington Post)


San Francisco Beer Week: Celebrate and Taste with us!

San Francisco Beer Week starts this week, and we have a whole slew of free tastings scheduled at Bi-Rite Market on Divisadero to highlight our favorite local beers. Plus, we’re proud to be part of events with our neighbors at Cervecería de MateVeza, and our friends and pioneers in San Francisco organic beermakingThirstyBear Brewing. Join us to celebrate and taste phenomenal brews from the most innovative California producers.

Final One Color Magnolia Growler 4x5 inch plate 2014Friday, February 7, 4-6pm at Bi-Rite Divis
Magnolia Brewing: Promised Land Imperial IPA Tasting
FREE Event: RSVP here!
Kicking of SF Beer Week, Ian from Magnolia Brewing will pour Promised Land Imperial IPA! Enjoy it with perfect cheese pairings, hand-selected by Bi-Rite Cheesemongers. A Bi-Rite Exclusive: Ordinarily only available on draft, we will have Promised Land Imperial IPA available for sale in growlers! Quantities are limited!

anchor_print_logoSunday, February 9, 4-6pm at Bi-Rite Divis
Anchor Brewing Co. Tasting
FREE Event! Drop-in
Jack from Anchor Brewing will pour tastes of new beers, including their Anchor IPA and the Zymaster Series No. 5: Harvest One American Pale Ale, along with some old favorites!

AndersonValleyMonday, February 10, 4-6pm at Bi-Rite Divis
Anderson Valley Brewing Tasting
FREE Event! Drop-in
Seth from Anderson Valley Brewing will pour some favorites, including Boont Amber Ale and Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout.

CerveceriaTuesday, February 11, 2014, 5-9pm at Cervecería de MateVeza
Bi-Rite Salted Caramel Ale Release
FREE Event: Get more info here!
Our neighbors at Cervecería have brewed “Salted Caramel Ale,” an homage to Bi-Rite Creamery‘s signature Salted Caramel ice cream. Come try the beer side by side with the ice cream to see how they did. They’ll also be serving ice cream floats featuring Bi-Rite’s delicious creations.

TBLogoThursday, February 13, 2014, 6-9pm at ThirstyBear Brewing
Organic Orgy 2014—An Organic Beer and Food Tasting Event
Ticketed Event: Register here!
Taste an orgy of organic beers from California’s certified organic breweries! San Francisco’s only certified organic brewery, ThirstyBear, will host Bison, Butte Creek, Eel River, MataVeza, Napa Smith, Santa Cruz Mountain, Sierra Nevada, and Uncommon Brewers. Organic food pairings will be provided by Bi-Rite Catering. Unlimited beer tastings.

AlmanacLogoThursday, February 13, 4-6pm at Bi-Rite Divis
Almanac Beer Co. Tasting
FREE Event: Drop-in
Chris from Almanac Beer Co. will pour beers new and familiar, plus special brews for SF Beer Week.

Thursday, February 13, 6-9pm at 18 Reasons
18th Hour Cafe Celebrates SF Beer Week!

21stAmendmentSaturday, February 15, 4-6pm at Bi-Rite Divis
21st Amendment Brewery Tasting
FREE Event: Drop-in

Todd from 21st Amendment will be pouring the Sneak Attack Saison, Brew Free or Die IPA, and Lower De Boom, a new barleywine–a Bi-Rite Exclusive!

We look forward to seeing you!