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Christine Mathias

Stunning Centerpieces For your table — and under your tree!

Every year we are all faced with the dilemma — how to make this holiday special? What to feed your loved ones that will create lasting memories? What to get for our friends, family, and Secret Santas that will delight and inspire? Let us help you create wonderful meals and gatherings this season. We’ll guide you to the right classic centerpieces for your Christmas and New Year’s Eve feasts, plus treats and gifts, lovingly crafted by artisans and hand-picked for you!

 

Prime Rib from Five Dot Ranch is our favorite way to celebrate. Grass-fed and grain-finished, this beautiful beef has just the right amount of marbling for the buttery mouth feel and juicy texture that only the finest California beef can provide.

Our Chefs compiled tips for cooking and carving your prime rib for the perfect presentation–just print them out for handy use in the kitchen.

Pre-order your Prime Rib for quick and easy pick-up at either Bi-Rite Market location from our special online Holiday Market on Instacart.com!

We search far and wide to bring you the finest classic holiday treats and delectable gifts. Lovingly crafted by artisans, often from traditional family recipes, these special items are sure to please.

June Taylor Christmas Cake

Legendary preserver June Taylor creates a rich, dark fruitcake with hand-made candied citrus peels, dried stone fruits, and succulent currants and raisins. Beautifully wrapped and ready to gift!

Rustichella d’Abruzzo Panettone
Panettone is originally from Milan, and has become the ultimate in Italian holiday cakes. The makers at Rustichella are masters. Available in gorgeously-wrapped Classic, Cherry, and Fig & Chocolate options.

LebkuchenLeckerlee Lebkuchen
A rich, spiced traditional German gingerbread treat; they’re a cross between a cookie and a cake. Hand made by founder Sandy Lee, and packaged in gorgeous decorative tins, ready for gifting! Available in Classic, Gluten-Free, and Assorted options.

apple brandyOccidental Gravenstein Apple Brandy
(A Bi-Rite Exclusive! Limited Availability!)
This limited-production apple brandy is the product of a wonderful partnership between Sebastopol apple grower Ann Hatch and Lance Winters of the Bay Area’s St. George Spirits. It’s handcrafted and can only be found at Bi-Rite Markets.

ArmagnacFrancisDarrozeDomaine2Francis Darroze Domaine au Durre Bas Armagnac 1993 — Saint Gein
The oldest type of brandy produced in France, this Darroze Armagnac is made from a single vintage and aged for 21 years. It’s hand-bottled and dated, then shipped directly to us right from the source!

Champagne Chartogne Taillet–Magnum bottle
As our Wine Buyer Trac says, “Champagne tastes better in bigger bottles!” Put a smile on everyone’s face when you walk in with a big bottle of exceptional French bubbly.

Michael Rechiutti Winter Dragee Sampler
Alternating layers of blended chocolate, burnt caramel, and fleur de sel enhance toasted nuts and dried fruits, featuring Michael’s most popular flavors. A truly decadent assortment, easily shared with family and friends.

 

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Hazelnut praline and sea salt caramel with caramelized rice crispy, all wrapped in 62% dark chocolate. Perfect fit for a stocking!

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It’s our take on a holiday classic, made with TCHO Dark Chocolate topped with a layer of crunchy peppermint pieces.

 

 

Bi-Rite Creamery Holiday Cookies
An assortment of a dozen bright and festive holiday cookies, including frosted Christmas and gingerbread cutouts, plus other seasonal faves!

Eat Good Food9781607741848Signed Copies of our Books
No kitchen is complete without these indispensable resources! Give author-signed copies Eat Good Food by Bi-Rite Market Owner, Sam Mogannam, and Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones by Bi-Rite Creamery Co-Owners, Anne Walker and Kris Hoogerhyde.

Any gift needs you may have, our warm and helpful staff is ready to assist you. Come by the markets and reinvigorate your holiday spirit! For more awesome last-minute Holiday Gifts, plus our house-made Holiday Menus, Wine Selection, and more, browse our Holiday Guide online! 

Want to pre-order EVERYTHING online for pick-up at Bi-Rite market? Follow these simple steps to order from our Holiday Market on Instacart.com!

  1. Create an Instacart account at Instacart.com (or log in to your existing Instacart account) and select the Bi-Rite Holiday Market to begin your order.
  2. Ordering from outside San Francisco? No problem! You can use Bi-Rite’s 94110 zip code to create your Instacart account since all our holiday orders are for in store pick-up.
  3. Need help? Our Thanksgiving hotline is live! Dial 415-241-9760 and select option 3 for Thanksgiving menu-planning and ordering questions. Our experts are here to make the process as smooth as possible!

 

Click here to get started!

 



 

Resolution Spirit: Build Your Bar and Make Classic (and Classy) Cocktails

We’ve pulled together our favorite spirits to help you build the ideal home bar.

 

Entertain friends for the holidays and New Year’s Eve with classic cocktails they’ll love. Santa’s Tip: These hand-selected craft spirits also make  great gifts and stocking stuffers!

 

Order these awesome bottles and everything you need to create the cocktail recipes below from our store on Instacart, for delivery in as little as an hour in San Francisco. Or just stop by and see us. Cheers! 

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Kiko’s Food News, 12.11.14

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)



 
Jason Rose

Christmas Dinner Made Simple: Our Complete Turkey Dinner Kit is Back

Back for the Christmas holiday by popular demand is our Traditional Turkey Dinner Kit. Historically, we have only offered this complete meal option for Thanksgiving, but the people have spoken and we have listened! Packed with enough beautiful, seasonal, house-made dishes to feed 8-10 of your loved ones, this kit provides an incredibly convenient option for those want to simplify their holiday entertaining while still offering a meal everyone at the table will love.

For Christmas we have changed up the sides to reflect this special time of year, adding our decadent Roasted Chestnut & Dried Apricot Bread Stuffing and amping up the flavor with our Horseradish & Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes and Wild Mushroom & Zinfandel Gravy.

TurkeyShot Stuffing brusselssprouts Potatoes

Each Bi-Rite Tradtional Turkey Dinner Kit contains:

  • A Pre-Roasted Whole Organic Turkey from Diestel Family Turkey Ranch (10-12 lbs)
  • Chestnut & Dried Apricot Stuffing
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Carrots with Bacon & Maple Syrup
  • Horseradish & Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
  • Wild Mushroom & Zinfandel Gravy
  • Cranberry-Tangerine Relish
  • One 9″ Bi-Rite Creamery Pumpkin Pie

Quantities of our Traditional Turkey Dinner Kit are limited! We recommend pre-ordering online from our Holiday Market on Instacart.com. Need extra sides? How about some succulent Prime Rib from 5 Dot Ranch? And add perfectly-paired wines and a cheese course–no problem! All of our specially-selected holiday goodies and gift items are there, too.

Browse our 2014 Holiday Guide online to plan your shopping list, then FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS TO PRE-ORDER FROM OUR MENUS & GIFT SELECTION!

  1. Create an Instacart account at Instacart.com (or log in to your existing Instacart account) and select the Bi-Rite Holiday Market to begin your order.
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  3. Ordering from outside San Francisco? No problem! You can use Bi-Rite’s 94110 zip code to create your Instacart account since all our holiday orders are for in store pick-up.

     

  4. Need help? Our Holiday Hotline is live! Dial 415-241-9760 and select option 3 for assistance with Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve menu-planning and ordering questions. Our experts are here to make the process as smooth as possible!

CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED!

 

 



 
Jason Rose

Happy Hanukkah! Our Menu is Here!

Happy Hanukkah! We are thrilled to offer complete menus for your celebrations. Our house-made dishes are prepared with love in our Kitchens by our team of expert Chefs. You can pre-order everything online from our special Holiday Market on Instacart for convenient pick up at either Bi-Rite Market location. Or stop by or call, we’re happy to help you plan your dinners–and don’t forget the dessert!

Matzoh  Brisket  SquashDish  Latkes

Hanukkah 2014 Menu
Available Monday, December 15
through Wednesday, December 24

Cooked Hanukkah Meats

Five Dot Ranch Braised Beef Brisket with Horseradish
$24.99 per pound

Roasted Leg of Lamb with Pomegranate & Preserved Meyer Lemon
$26.99 per pound

Hanukkah Menu

Citrus-Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Sumac, Pistachio, Dried Apricots,
Grilled 
Winter Chicories & HoneyNEW for 2014
$8.99 per pint Serves 2 to 3

Kale & Roasted Winter Squash Salad with Currants, Pumpkin Seeds,
Sage & Maple 
Cider VinaigretteNEW for 2014
$8.99 per pint Serves 2 to 3

Roasted Delicata Squash & Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Shallots
$7.99 per pint Serves 2 to 3

Matzo Ball Soup in a Rich Chicken Broth
$9.99 quart Serves 3 to 4

Bi-Rite’s Classic Potato Latkes
$4.99 each

Chopped Chicken Liver with Caramelized Onion & Egg
$4.99 per half pint Serves 3 to 4

 Pear and Buttermilk Noodle Kugel with Maple Syrup
$8.99 per pound Serves 3 to 4

Wine Pairing Recommendations for Hanukkah

Champagne Pierre Moncuit NV
Start off your celebration with a magnum—beautiful with our Potato Latkes
$119.99 1.5L (Magnum)

Copain Tous Ensemble Chardonnay
Bright and refreshing with citrus fruit and stony minerality.
Perfect with our House-Smoked Wild Salmon.
$19.99

Unti Petit Frere
Rich and full-bodied blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah grown on
Unti’s Dry Creek Valley estate. Dark fruits and savory spices
make this a perfect candidate for a juicy brisket.
$21.99

Unti Benchland Syrah
An elegant expression of Unti’s top Syrah vines, with aromas of violets and herbs
along with black pepper spice. Great with holiday Lamb or Beef Roasts.
$35.99

Hanukkah Desserts from Bi-Rite Creamery

Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons
$8.99 per gift box of 6

Braided Challah
$4.99 per loaf

Chocolate Babka
$8.99 per loaf

Challah     Babka   Macaroons

Note: Bi-Rite Market is not a certified Kosher establishment



 

Winter Wine Blitz is Here! Save 20% on Cases 12/8-12/14!

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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.

SomloiClaire 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

 

LasalleKevin 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

VolsRachel at 18th recommends:
Weingut Vols Riesling Auslese 2013
Rachel says, “This is for the Grace Kelly in your life. Beautiful and elegant with acid like a mouthful of stars. Tiara not included.”
Regular price: $39.99 / Blitz price: $31.99
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Steffan at 18th recommends:
Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Steffan says, “For the Meryl Streep in your life. Never the most glamorous or obvious, but when you taste it you’ll marvel at it’s precision. Also, it’s got more Academy Awards than anyone else.”
Regular price: $99.99 / Blitz price:$79.99
 
PaoloLiz at 18th St. recommends:
Paolo Bea San Valentino 2009
Liz says,”This wine is lethally delicious: savory olives with figs and blood. It’s what Joan Crawford would have served Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Serve it to your both your friends and enemies.”
Regular price: $44.99 / Blitz price: $35.99

 

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

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Shakirah

The Joy of Giving! Our Annual Toy Drive!

Toy‘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 Juntosa 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)

LadyFrom Monday, December 8th to Friday, December 19th, you can drop off goodies in the toy barrels at the entrances of:

Bi-Rite Market Divisadero:  9AM to 9PM
Bi-Rite Market 18th:  9AM to 9PM
Bi-Rite Creamery:  11AM to 9PM

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!

 



 

Kiko’s Food News, 12.5.14

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)



 
Simon

A Winter Sir Prize

SirPrizeCutCalifornia 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.

SirPrizeBunchThe 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!



 

Bring on the Cheer: Our Holiday Guide is Here!

Happy Holidays! I’m excited to share our extraordinary holiday offerings that are sure to wow your family and friends. Take a peek at our December Holiday Guide; we’re featuring 5 Dot Ranch‘s amazing California-raised Prime Rib, and all the goodies to go with it–our house-made menus, great wine and liquors, locally-grown produce, truffles from France and Italy, and unforgettable treats, all personally selected by our Grocery Buyer, my brother Raph. Our talented bakers at Bi-Rite Creamery are busy hand-making pies, festive cookies, and my all-time favorite Bûche de Noël, for an unforgettable sweet ending to any celebration.

Throuh our partnership with Instacart, you can now pre-order your holiday meals for pickup at either Bi-Rite Market location from our special online Holiday Market. Simply choose Bi-Rite at 3639 18th Street or 550 Divisadero Street as your pick-up location, and you’re all set.

As always, we’re here to help make your holiday entertaining a success. Come in and chat with us, or call us with any questions. We can’t wait to see you.

Joyous Holidays to All!