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Kiko’s Food News, 10.30.14

Californians may know a tri-tip steak cut like the back of their hands, but most Americans are confused by the names of cuts at the meat counter; a move to standardize labels on 350 cuts of beef and pork might help: (New York Times)

The new Meat Collective Alliance joins groups popping up around the country to connect local livestock and poultry farmers with consumers interested in bulk purchases of meat: (Modern Farmer)

Far too often, all isn’t solved once a struggling household gets something to eat; food comes at the expense of other basic needs that no one should have to live without: (Huffington Post)

The FDA is planning a revision of the current nutrition label; the new label would separate added sugars from naturally occurring, and highlight the number of calories in the amounts of food people actually consume at a sitting: (New York Times)

The Japanese government is trying an experiment to repopulate a farming town losing young residents to the cities; this means sayonara to small farms, as local authorities will consolidate abandoned land for use by private companies: (Washington Post)

 



 

Welcoming Thanksgiving: Our Guide to a Perfect Celebration

Thanksgiving is upon us! I love this time of year for the celebrations and wonderful food. From gorgeous seasonal produce, to amazing roasts and turkeys (including, of course, unforgettable heritage turkeys from BN Ranch), to ready-to-eat foods and complete dinner kits prepared in our Kitchens by our talented Chefs, we’re here to help reduce the stress of your holiday. I invite you to peruse our 2014 Thanksgiving Guide to see everything our Buyers and Chefs have created for you; you can view it online below, or pick up a printed copy at either Bi-Rite Market.

Partnering with Instacart is another way we can make your Thanksgiving more convenient. 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 Thanksgiving entertaining a success. Come in and chat with us, or call us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you. Happy Holidays to All!



 

Fall Wine Blitz! Coming November 3-9!

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The Bi-Rite’s Fall Wine Blitz is almost here! Starting on Monday, November 3rd through Sunday, November 9th you can get 20% off mixed cases of wine from our selection of more than 200 wines. Plus, get free delivery within San Francisco! This huge sale is available at both Bi-Rite Market locations!

It’s the perfect time to start stocking up for Thanksgiving dinners, family gatherings, or just to restock the wine fridge. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered with some old favorites as well as new, exciting wines from amazing producers and importers that are perfect for fall entertaining. 

Want to taste the wines yourself before you buy? Stop by the Fall Wine Blitz Pre-Tasting at 18Reasons on Thursday October 30th between 6pm-8pm to taste up to 30 wines. Here’s a preview of what we will be tasting.

2013 Leo Steen Chenin Blanc Saini Vineyard
$19.99; Wine Blitz Price just $15.99
Chenin Blanc was one of the most widely planted white varieties in California but have been ripped up in favor of more popular varieties like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Luckily, California Chenin Blanc is making a big revival lately, with producers working with amazing old vines Chenin Blanc that had survived. Leo Steen is one of the winemakers championing this varietal, which is on fitting because Steen is the South African word for Chenin Blanc. Sourced from 33 year old vines in Dry Creek, this Chenin Blanc is bone dry with notes chamomile and lemon verbena.

2012 Ojai Chardonnay Solomon Hill Vineyard
$29.99; Wine Blitz Price just $19.99
Ojai Vineyard winemaker Adam Tolmack, along with Jim Clendenon of Au Bon Climat and Bob Lindquist of Qupe, is considered one of the fathers of California Chardonnay. His Chardonnay from the cool Solomon Hill Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley has none of the California-style tropical fruitiness. It’s all lemon curd and piney with bright mineral freshness. It’s perfect foil with a roast chicken and cream sauce.

2011 Jean Tardy Hautes-Cotes de Nuits
$24.99; 
Wine Blitz Price just $19.99
Jean Tardy worked for Meo Camuzet, the famed Burgundy producer in Vosne-Romanee. He started his own domaine in 1981 and has grown the estate to several  holdings in the Cotes de Nuits including the Grand Cru vineyard, Echezeaux. With respect to Tardy’s winemaking talent, we’re so happy to offer one of his stunning Burgundys for under $25. This Pinot Noir has it all, aromatic and elegant with earthy spice notes. Amazing with a seared duck breast and caramelized quince.


2013 Lo-Fi Cabernet Franc
$24.99; Wine Blitz Price just $19.99
Lo-Fi is a brand new project from winemaker Mike Roth, formerly of Martian Ranch. Roth’s winemaking is raw, soulful, and natural, letting the wine shine without much technical influence from modern winemaking. His Cabernet Franc is California meets Bourgueil, fresh and bright with red fruits and herb notes. We like serving this slightly chilled to accentuates the wonderful California fruits.

WB22007 Copain Harrison Clarke Vineyard Syrah
$29.99; Wine Blitz Price just $23.99
This 2007 Syrah was the last vintage that winemaker Wells Guthrie worked with at Harrison Clarke Vineyard, located in the heart of Santa Ynez Valley. This vineyard is very reminiscent of the Northern Rhone, with limestone and clay soils; the perfect environment for Syrah. Wells’ deft hand with the varietal has created a wine that is elegant and powerful at the same time, with notes of olives and blackberries. We were able to secure a great deal for this wine, previously sold at over $40 a bottle, we were able to offer this wine for under $30 and with the Blitz sale, you can get it for only $23.99!


 

Kiko’s Food News, 10.16.14

At what point do we learn to act fancy around fancy food? Lucky for us, these kids haven’t gotten there yet: (New York Times)

San Franciscans will soon vote on whether to make their city the first to tax sugary beverages; the American Beverage Industry is on the defense with high-priced lobbyists and PR firms placing billboards and expensive ads on radio and TV stations in the area: (Mother Jones)

A new ingredient that looks like blood, has a metallic taste, and is derived from hemoglobin is being tried in veggie foods to make them appealing to meat eaters: (Wall Street Journal)

Brunch may seem like a harmless combo of eggs, mimosas and a hangover, but it has its haters too: (New York Times)

With hemp milk, cashew milk, rice milk and other non-dairy alternatives increasingly showing up at coffee bars, I found this chart comparing them to be helpful; goat milk packs a nutritional punch! (Huffington Post)



 
Jason Rose

Brand New Seasonal Salads for Fall

I’m thrilled to announce six new salads, highlighting the beautiful colors and flavors of fall. You can find these salads in our Deli Service case starting today at both Bi-Rite Market locations.

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Llano Seco Heirloom Bean Salad with Winter Squash, Roasted Fennel,
Toasted Coriander & Lemon Tahini Vinaigrette
$9.99/lb

Winter Squash Salad with Kale, Currants, Pumpkin Seeds,
Sage & Maple Cider Vinaigrette
$9.99/lb

Roasted Vietnamese Brussels Sprouts with Nuoc Mam Cham,
Spicy Chilies, Cilantro & Mint
$9.99/lb

Citrus-Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Sumac, Pistachios, Apricots,
Grilled Winter Chicories & Honey
$10.99/lb

Middle Eastern Rice Salad with Roasted Parsnips, Garbanzo Beans, Mint, Dill, Parsley
& Lemony Paprika Vinaigrette
$8.99/lb



 

Amaro Amore!

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It’s Amaro amore! We’re celebrating the regional diversity and flavor variations of this bitter-sweet Italian liqueur by featuring several different Amari varieties, all of which tell the story of the region where they’re created. For some fun ways to enjoy these aromatics, Rachel from our Wine & Spirits Team has pulled together a few of her favorite recipes for refreshing Amaro cocktails. You can also enjoy Amaro straight! There’s a profile to suit every palate.

Lucano Fizz

  • 2 oz Lucano Amaro
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • ½  oz simple syrup
  • ½ oz egg
  • 1 ½ oz seltzer
  • Orange peel

Combine ingredients (minus seltzer) in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously without ice for 5 seconds. Add a handful of ice and shake again. Add seltzer to serving glass and strain cocktail over seltzer. Cut orange peel, minimizing pith, and twist over drink.

Girovago
Girovago means ‘adventurer’ in Italian, a variation on the French Boulevardier, which is a negroni made with bourbon.

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth (we use Cocchi di Torino)
  • ½ oz Varnelli Sibilla Amaro
  • Lemon peel

Add spirits to a mixing glass, stir over ice. Strain over a large ice cube. Cut lemon peel, minimizing pith, twist over drink and serve.

Hoffman House
Ascoli-Piceno style

  • 1 ½ oz gin
  • ½ oz dry vermouth (we use Dolin Dry)
  • 1/3 oz Meletti Amaro
  • Dash orange bitters

Stir over ice, strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass.

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Kiko’s Food News, 10.10.14

We Americans may be stuck in a cereal rut, but children around the world eat some pretty colorful things for breakfast! Here’s some inspiration to try new flavors in the morning: (New York Times)

School lunch in America is a case study on the influence exerted by the USDA, Let’s Move, the School Nutrition Association, big food lobbies, and other players: (New York Times)

Farmers markets get a wholesome wrap, but it turns out many require oversight to prevent fraud by small producers who can be strapped for cash, or tempted to bring in produce they didn’t grow: (Modern Farmer)

Walmart announced an initiative to reduce the environmental impact of its food; is this just marketing speak, or will the country’s largest grocer actually use its clout to sway how much water is used to produce a crop, or to shorten the distance a load of strawberries is shipped? (New York Times)

Out of respect for food traditions and traceability, nearly a fourth of millennial Jews are keeping kosher–almost twice the rate of their baby-boomer parents: (NPR)

Should we reconsider eating octopus, considering its documented intelligence and the labor needed to make it tender and tasty? (The New Yorker)

 



 
Jason Rose

A Slew of New Sandwiches!

I’m so thrilled to introduce a new lineup of fresh sandwiches from our Deli. All of these sandwiches are the result of lots of testing and perfecting, and from our new Bi-Rite BLT to the classic Banh Mi, we know you’ll love them!

We serve sandwiches all day. Call us at (415) 241-9760 for 18th St. or (415) 551-7900 for Divisadero St. to place an order for pickup, or order from the Deli counter in the Markets. You can also sign up for Instacart and get your sandwiches delivered within San Francisco in as little as 1 hour!

Legend: (VEG)=Vegetarian, (V)=Vegan, (N)=Contains Nuts

Bi-Rite Market Divisadero Street Sandwiches

The Olympic—$10.99
Olympic Provisions Salami Cotto, Mortadella & Capicola with Provolone, Pepperoncini, Red Onion, Lettuce, Italian Dressing & Lemon Aioli on Semifreddi’s Ciabatta

The Vegan Hippy—$8.99
Avocado, Crispy Fried Sweet Potato, Pea Shoots and a Rum – Braised Green Onion Aioli on Toasted Josey Baker “Seed Feast” Bread

Vietnamese Tofu Banh Mi—$9.99—(VEG)
Lemongrass-Ginger Marinated Hodo Soy Tofu Topped with Scallions, Pickled Carrots, Cilantro, Jalapeño & Lemon Aioli on a French Roll

Salmon Burger—$11.99 (Served Hot–plus tax)
House-Made Salmon Burger with Capers, Fennel, Lemon, Herbed Greek Yogurt, Shaved Cucumber, Pickled Red Onion & Arugula on Bakers of Paris Brioche

large_2232ca03-da43-478b-8631-02d2383d1cb6Niçoise Tuna—$10.99 (Served Hot–plus tax)
Pan-Seared Tombo Tuna, sliced thin & served with Lemon Aioli, Olive Tapenade, Arugula & Tomato on Toasted Semifreddi’s Ciabatta Roll

Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Onions & Provolone—$9.99
Free-Range Grilled Chicken with Provolone, Balsamic Onions, Aioli & Arugula on Acme Focaccia

Diestel Ranch Turkey & Provolone—$9.99
Roasted Free-Range Turkey Breast, House-Made Aioli, Dijon, Lettuce, Tomato & Provolone on an Acme Roll

Bi-Rite BLT—$9.99
Benton’s Hickory Smoked Country Bacon, Heirloom Tomatoes, Lettuce & Black Pepper Aioli on Toasted Josey Baker “Seed Feast” Bread

large_d11eda03-2de7-49f1-8e59-922114690b90Mozzarella & Prosciutto—$10.99
Belfiore Mozzarella, La Quercia Prosciutto, Pepperonata, Basil & Arugula on Acme Rustic Baguette

Pulled Heritage Pork—$9.99
Braised Heritage pork shoulder, Cider Coleslaw, Lemon Aioli & Dijon Mustard with Pickled Jalapenos on a Toasted Acme Roll

Vietnamese Banh Mi with Roasted Heritage Pork—$9.99
Slow-Roasted Heritage Pork Shoulder Topped with Scallions, Pickled Carrots, Cilantro, Jalapeño & Lemon Aioli on a French Roll

Hot Ham Melt—$8.99 (Served Hot–plus tax)
Llano Seco Apple-Wood Smoked Ham with Gruyere Cheese, Béchamel & Dijon Mustard on Josey Baker Sliced Country Bread

large_58ff0ea9-24f4-402f-876f-81525d378dbaSlow-Roasted 5 Dot Ranch Beef & Cheddar—$10.99
California-Raised Beef Cooked Rare with Sweet Onion Jam, Cabot Vintage Cheddar, Arugula, Lemon Vinaigrette & Black Pepper Aioli on a Potato Rosemary Roll

Additions

  • Add 3 fat slices of Benton’s bacon for $3
  • Add Avocado for $2

Bi-Rite Market 18th Street Sandwiches

The Olympic—$10.99
Olympic Provisions Salami Cotto, Mortadella & Capicola with Provolone, Pepperoncini, Red Onion, Lettuce, Italian Dressing & Lemon Aioli on Semifreddi’s Ciabatta

The Vegan Hippy—$8.99
Avocado, Crispy Fried Sweet Potato, Pea Shoots & Rum-Braised Green Onion Aioli on Toasted Josey Baker “Seed Feast” Bread

large_68a535d1-e2ed-446d-b344-736fcb1add96Vietnamese Tofu Banh Mi—$9.99—(VEG)
Lemongrass-Ginger Marinated Hodo Soy Tofu Topped with Scallions, Pickled Carrots, Cilantro, Jalapeño & Lemon Aioli on a French Roll

Salmon Burger—$11.99 (Served Hot–plus tax)
House-Made Salmon Burger with Capers, Fennel, Lemon, Herbed Greek Yogurt, Shaved Cucumber, Pickled Red Onion & Arugula on Bakers of Paris Brioche

Niçoise Tuna—$10.99 (Served Hot–plus tax)
Pan-Seared Tombo Tuna, sliced thin, served with Lemon Aioli, Olive Tapenade, Arugula & Tomato on Toasted Semifreddi’s Ciabatta Roll

large_04ba199a-9592-402b-be8f-d582b7101433Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Onions & Provolone—$9.99
Free-Range Grilled Chicken with Provolone, Balsamic Onions, Aioli & Arugula on Acme Focaccia

Diestel Ranch Turkey & Provolone—$9.99
Roasted Free-Range Turkey Breast, House-Made Aioli, Dijon, Lettuce, Tomato & Provolone on an Acme Roll

Bi-Rite BLT—$9.99
Benton’s Hickory Smoked Country Bacon, Heirloom Tomatoes, Lettuce & Black Pepper Aioli on Toasted Josey Baker “Seed Feast” Bread

Mozzarella & Prosciutto—$10.99
Belfiore Mozzarella, La Quercia Prosciutto, Pepperonata, Basil & Arugula on Acme Rustic Baguette

Pulled Heritage Pork —$9.99
Braised Heritage pork shoulder, Cider Coleslaw, Lemon Aioli & Dijon Mustard with Pickled Jalapenos on a Toasted Acme Roll

Vietnamese Banh Mi with Roasted Heritage Pork—$9.99
Slow-Roasted Heritage Pork Shoulder Topped with Scallions, Pickled Carrots, Cilantro, Jalapeño & Lemon Aioli on a French Roll

Ham & Swiss—$8.99 (Served Hot–plus tax)
Llano Seco Smoked Ham with Aioli, Dijon, Tomato & Swiss Cheese on an Acme Sweet Baguette

Slow-Roasted 5 Dot Ranch Beef & Cheddar—$10.99
California-Raised Beef Cooked Rare with Sweet Onion Jam, Cabot Vintage Cheddar, Arugula, Lemon Vinaigrette & Black Pepper Aioli on a Potato Rosemary Roll

Additions

  • Add 3 fat slices of Benton’s bacon for $3
  • Add Avocado for $2

 

 



 
Christine Mathias

Bi-Rite Catering: New Peak-of-Season Harvest Menu

CateringFlowersWith the shorter days of fall comes an increased need to fill our bellies with serious comfort food! The air carries whiffs of cinnamon, foliage, and the richness of harvest time. Bi-Rite Catering has some amazing new ideas for your autumn celebrations – whether it’s for someone who passed the Bar Exam, a Halloween hootenanny, or a cocktail reception for your biggest client. You are so covered! Our new savory tartlet options are always eagerly anticipated, and the Harvest menu is introducing a great one. Our Savory Tartlets with Roasted Wild Mushrooms, Melted Leeks, Ricotta and Thyme are earthy and fantastic, with light pastry and a touch of herbs. cateringApplesAlso coming fresh from our ovens: a new Focaccia Flatbread with Caramelized Onions, Roasted Apples, Bacon, Goat Cheese and Chives. You’ll really get a sense of the flavors of fall with the Focaccia Finger Sandwich with PorchettaFall Fruit Mostarda, Parmigiano Reggiano and Aioli on Salted Focaccia. CateringPumpkinSeedsYou’re looking for amazing sides, too – no one can subsist on yummy bread products alone! (Although we can try, right?) For the gluten-free among you, the French Lentil and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Truffle Oil and Herbs is filling and aromatic and the Rancho Gordo Heirloom Bean and Quinoa Salad with Roasted Poblano Peppers, Cumin and Charred Tomato Vinaigrette is smoky and sublime. Add a leafy Salad of Local Chicories with Roasted Delicata Squash, Currants, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds with Sage, and Maple Cider Dressing and you can feed an army with little to no effort on your part. Check out the rest of our catering menu here for seasonal picks and our tried and true favorites. If you need delivery or you want to pick it up at either of our markets, it’s no problem! Now go jump in a pile of leaves or something! These new additions, as well as our complete Catering Menu, are available to order beginning Saturday, October 4 after 3pm, for events starting Monday, October 6 or after. Contact us for assistance with planning your fabulous fall event!



 

Kiko’s Food News, 10.3.14

Hope you’re hungry for food news, because today brings a double serving….

On-trend caffeine lovers are adding butter to their coffee–not only to enjoy an incredibly creamy cup, but because the high fat content slows the time it takes to metabolize the caffeine, decreasing the risk of slump later:  (Huffington Post)

Donut with that coffee? Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ have made new commitments to source palm oil for frying from suppliers who are not clear-cutting forests; their going deforestation-free signals a shift in the fast food industry: (NPR)

Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper said they’ll work to reduce the calories Americans get from beverages by 20% over the next decade by more aggressively marketing smaller sizes, bottled water, diet drinks, and vending machines printed with calorie counts: (Washington Post)

The Paleo diet has ballooned into a cave-man-inspired lifestyle offering Paleo action figures, beauty products, liquors, sleep masks and clothing: (New York Times)

Poultry companies–even the big guys like Perdue–are turning to probiotics as an alternative to antibiotics: (NPR)

But how should bacteria be kept in check after slaughter? American chicken processors use a cap of chlorine per gallon of water in a tank that chills the carcasses, whereas Europeans banned chlorine treatment in the 1990s: (NPR)

Unable to cope with falling prices for their products due to a Russian embargo, French vegetable farmers set fire to tax and insurance offices in Brittany: (BBC)

Mark Bittman postulates that any cooking project can be plotted along a continuum of time and work, and recommends cooking toward the extremes of that continuum: (New York Times)

Unprecedented demand for supply chain transparency is driving a new wave of tools that aim to boost traceability of ingredients: (Specialty Food)

After this big serving of food news, go take a walk! It’s apparently the “superfood of fitness”: (Reuters)


 
Jessie Rogers

Do-Si-Do! Come to the 18 Reasons Barn Dance September 27th!

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Join the Bi-Rite and Bi-Rite Creamery family for an old-fashioned Barn Dance, as we support 18 Reasons in celebration of their 6th anniversary! Put on your cowboy boots and head to Sonoma on Saturday, September 27th for food and fun with friends and family–all while supporting everyone’s favorite San Francisco community and food education non-profit.

The afternoon will begin with games and activities for adults and kids, including farm tours, lasso lessons, face painting, and a lively game of horseshoes. Enjoy a wonderful harvest dinner with dishes from Bi-Rite, and local friends Fatted Calf and Primavera Tamales. The picnic-style meal will be accompanied by fresh lemonade, beer, and wine from Casey Flat Vineyards. Hang out on a haybale and enjoy a beautiful late summer evening.

Dancing will begin in the barn at 7:00pm, led by professional caller Celia Ramsay and her bluegrass band. If you’ve never do-si-do’ed before, don’t worry; Celia will teach you everything you need to know.

Ticket prices include all activities, food, drinks, and dancing. Kids under 10 are free. Get your tickets and more info here! We’ll see you there!

 



 

Kiko’s Food News, 9.18.14

As I pen this, we’re waiting for the results of Scotland’s independence referendum to come in…will Scottish people pay more for food if they go it alone? (Vice)

A top Texas official had a cow this week over Meatless Mondays, accusing school districts that have scaled back on serving meat of succumbing to a “carefully orchestrated campaign” to force Americans to become vegetarians: (Grist)

We Americans, along with the Japanese, Australians and Scandinavians, may bathe and refrigerate our chicken eggs, but here’s why many other cultures don’t: (NPR)

Any of you penny-pinching beer lovers wonder why craft brews are more expensive than mass produced? (Huffington Post)

Suppose you could upload a photo of your fast-food receipts from the past year, and get the corresponding amount of free, healthy, ready-to-prepare food in exchange? (USA Today)