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Kiko’s Food News, 1.22.15

Deb Eschmeyer, whose FoodCorps today places 200 service members into schools nationwide to promote healthier eating, has replaced Sam Kass as executive director of Let’s Move! and senior policy adviser for nutrition policy: (Politico)

Chipotle suspended purchases from a pork producer that ran afoul of its animal welfare rules, an admirable stake in the ground that bolsters its reputation with diners but threatens sales and profits: (Reuters)

Despite what Paleo-heads may say, the microbiome’s ability to respond to our diet is why our bodies can adapt to so many different ways of eating–regardless of how long it might take for our genes themselves to change: (Huffington Post)

From policing deceptive labeling to protecting food workers, here’s a roundup of last year’s legal victories for food issues, in honor of my legally minded fiancé! (Eat Drink Politics)

Studies showed that students who ate lunch after recess consumed 54% more fruits and veggies than those who ate before–maybe because they weren’t rushing to playtime, or maybe because movement stoked their appetite for the healthy foods: (NPR)

Who else is thirsty for radlers (beers made with citrus juice) and Lambrucha (part lambic beer and part kombucha)? Guess I’m one of those health-conscious women to whom US beverage makers are targeting their new low-alcohol drinks: (New York Times)



 
Christine Mathias

Winter Brings Exciting New Catering Options!

butternutWhew! The holidays are finally over and we can all settle into our warm and cozies for a long nap, right? No way! What with the Super Bowl coming up and the Oscars right after that, there are tons of opportunities to throw a great party. Even if you’re looking to put on a smaller gathering of like-minded football or film lovers (or both!), Bi-Rite Catering’s new Peak-of-Season Menu is an easy choice to please every palate. And each platter and side dish serves around 12 to 15 people, so it’s easy to tailor quantities to your party size. It’s all local, delicious, and made to order!

goldenbeetWe are so excited to bring you handmade Mini Butternut Squash Risotto Cakes with Grilled Chicories — an item you can reheat in your home to serve piping hot to your guests. Our seasonal Focaccia Flatbread with Braised Kale, Ricotta, Calabrian Chili, and Pecorino Cheese arrives at your door crisp and ready to serve. We thought outside the box with our vegetarian Mini Baguette Sandwiches with Roasted Yams, Goat Cheese and Cilantro kalePesto for something truly unique. And pulling together several distinct flavors of the season in one dish, try the new Toasted Red Quinoa and Golden Beet Salad with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Caramelized Onion Vinaigrette. It’s just perfect! You can take a look at all the delicious options here. Now if you can only win your office Oscar pool…



 
Christine Mathias

Resolve to Eat Good Food This Year!

eat-good-food-coverAs the new year begins and we all decide how we want to improve ourselves or our lives, let’s consider the ritual of cooking. Food forms deep bonds, and making food for our family and friends with our own hands is a special kind of sharing; it’s a sharing of love, nourishment, and inspiration. Let’s all re-dedicate ourselves to the creation of simple, tasty, homemade food made with ingredients that are specialdelicious, local, and responsibly grown or made. Bi-Rite is here to help you make it happen! Following are six outstanding seasonal dishes from Eat Good Food, our go-to book written by Bi-Rite Family of Businesses Founder Sam Mogannam, that will motivate you to cook from the heart. Our Buyers each selected their favorite seasonal recipes, and to round out your meal, our Wine Buyer hand-picked a perfect wine to pair with each dish. Pick up copies of the recipes along with everything you need to create them at home. Happy New Year, happy cooking, and happy eating!

Our Meat Buyer, Chili, recommends:

  • Beef Stew with Peppers & Ale
    Wine pairing: Chateau Les Roches de Ferrand Fronsac Bordeaux, France 2007
  • Sumac-Roasted Chicken Du Monde
    Wine Pairing: Martincic Cvicek, Slovenia 2013    *give this wine a chill

Our Produce Buyer, Simon, recommends:

  • Fennel, Blood Orange & Avocado Salad
    Wine Pairing: Tatomer Gruner Veltliner Paragon, Santa Barbara 2013
  • Pan-Seared Broccolini 
    Wine Pairing: Farella Sauvignon Blanc Coombsville, Napa 2013

Our Grocery Buyer, Raph, recommends:

  • Bi-Rite Vinaigrette
  • Spaghetti with Tuna, Capers & Chile Flakes
    (Cheese Buyer Jon suggests topping it off with Fulvi Pecorino Romano!)
    Wine pairing: La Staffa Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico, Italy 2013

Our Cheese Buyer, Jon, recommends:

  • Grilled Manchego & Serrano Ham Sandwich with Membrillo
    Wine pairing: Luberri Orlegi Rioja, Spain 2013

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Kiko’s Food News, 1.8.15

In 2015, if you’re not into fat you’d better leave the kitchen. So next time you’re left with a chicken carcass or beef bones, consider making the food trend and health silver bullet du jour: bone broth, which is like stock but with a higher proportion of bones to meat: (New York Times)

Similarly, schmaltz has long served as the backbone of Jewish cooking, but is making a comeback with home cooks who realize that lard isn’t such a bad-for-you ingredient, after all: (Huffington Post)

How cool that a publisher exists to put out only children’s books about healthy eating? Its latest title is Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious: (Civil Eats)

We knew gut bacteria was necessary for physical health, but a new Oxford study suggests that its presence dictates our mental health, too; prebiotics may have an anti-anxiety effect, as they alter the way that people process emotional information: (Huffington Post)

Yes the economy is improving, but this means about 1 million people will lose SNAP (food stamps) in the coming year as states re-impose the three-month limit on benefits to unemployed adults who are not disabled or raising children: (CNN)

An increasing number of food nonprofits are relying on Walmart to fund their programs, but this author encourages them to consider how what is good for one organization may not be good for the food movement as a whole: (Civil Eats)



 

Introducing…The Bi-Rite Wine Club!

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As the Wine Buyer for Bi-Rite, I taste hundreds of wines to find the best wines available. I created the Bi-Rite Wine Club, a monthly wine subscription service, to share the most exciting and delicious new wines I encounter—wines that you’ll be proud to serve and have in your cellar—to provide them in convenient packages at a great value. If you struggle to decide which wines to buy, our Wine Club provides the perfect solution by letting us do the work for you. Our Wine Club is like having a sommelier in your home!

I developed our two Bi-Rite Wine Club subscription options to offer you these great benefits, among others:

  • DISCOVER new wines! You’ll receive a mix of local and international wines each month—never the same wines twice!
  • SAVE on ALL wine purchases. Members of our Wine Clubs will receive 10% off all wines purchased at Bi-Rite Market, any time, with no minimum purchase required.
  • ENJOY hand-selected wines we love—tasted and chosen by our staff of wine experts. Bi-Rite Wine Club Members will be the first to have access to new and limited-edition wines, before they’re available on our store shelves.

Click here for full details and to sign up for Bi-Rite Wine Club, or to give Wine Club membership as a gift!

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Kiko’s Food News, 12.27.14

While most of us had our eyes on the holiday prize, Senate cleared and Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill; tucked within it was a provision prohibiting the government from requiring less salt in school lunches and allowing schools to obtain exemptions from whole-grain requirements: (New York Times)

Last week at a friend’s dinner table, we noticed the wine label said “contains milk and eggs”; hard to understand, until I came across this article: (Civil Eats)

Tech advances in tuna catching are a boon for commercial fishing, but without more regulation, they could end up killing off the stock: (The Guardian)

A UC Berkeley study showed how methods like crop rotation and polyculture are much more productive than bare-bones organic farming, testament to the fact that simply eliminating pesticides does not make a farming system agroecological: (Civil Eats)

And research demonstrated that we feel less full when we think food has less calories; the hormonal response to this perception can sabotage diet attempts:(Forbes)



 
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.

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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.

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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!