Bi-Rite Blog


 
Sana Javeri Kadri

Everything you need to know about December Festivities

The December holidays are upon us! This year, you’re sweater can be ugly, but your food doesn’t have to be! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, the Winter Solstice, or simply hop from holiday party to holiday party, we want to make your holidays as convenient and easy as possible.  Read on for answers below to your most frequently asked questions and then some, from all the logistics including our complete meal solutions, holiday menus, gift ideas, how to give back to the community by supporting our fifth annual Toy Drive, and more.

When are you open?
Christmas: We’re open 9am to 9pm almost every day of December except Christmas Eve and Day. We’re open 9am to 5pm on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day. We’re open as usual at 9am on 12/26, the day after Christmas.

New Year: We’re open 9am to 9pm on New Year’s Eve and 10am to 6pm on New Year’s Day.

You can now pre-order via our convenient NEW e-commerce website for in-store pick-up. Since internet never sleeps, 3am Christmas dinner shopping just got a whole lot easier!

How do I place a Christmas or Hanukkah menu order without having a meltdown in the wine aisle?
Pre-orders open on our Holiday E-Commerce site on 11/27 for all December Holiday and Gift Ordering. Stay in your pajamas, grab that extra bowl of cereal, and peruse our market offerings from your own personal internet technology!

hp_slider_dec

What are the pick-up times for Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s orders?

  • Order pick-up dates for the Hanukkah Menu are Friday 12/23 – Monday 1/1
  • Web pre-ordering for the Hanukkah Menu ends Sunday 12/22 at 5pm
  • Order pick-up dates for Christmas are Friday 12/16 – Saturday 12/24 (We’re closed Christmas Day, we’re closed!)
  • Web pre-ordering for the Christmas Menu ends Friday 12/23 at 4pm
  • Orders for turkeys and geese are taken until we sell out – we will sell out of specific sizes and types, so get your orders in sooner rather than later!
  • A 24-hour pick-up window will apply for all orders (so keep in mind you can’t place an order on Friday 12/20 at 9pm for Saturday 12/21 10am pick-up).

How do I go about picking up my December Holiday order?
You can choose which Market (18th or Divisadero), and specify your pick-up date and time during the checkout process on shop.biritemarket.com or over the phone.

If I ordered something for Tuesday and can’t make it till Wednesday, is that ok? What do I need to do?
No problem! Simply log into your account on shop.biritemarket.com and update your preorder with the new date.

crabscape_verticalwebI want to feel like a real deal Californian this year, so can y’all help me get my crab game on point? Is California Dungeness Crab even safe to eat? I heard some rumblings about toxic sludge…
California Dungeness Crab season is here and gosh, they are beautiful! After a sad crab-less season last year, we’ve got sweet, succulent, and meaty crabs this time around and we’re so ready to make the most of it. Get ‘em whole or get ‘em cracked and cleaned so all you need to do is melt the butter, bring out the good bread and wine and you’ve got a proper feast.

What’s the deal with Prime Rib? I’m equal parts awed and terrified…
We’ve got your back, or rather your rib? We threw together a Black Tie Dinner Kit so you can pair your Prime Rib magnificence with a bright winter salad, some cheesy, truffle-y potatoes, the best confections this side of the Bay, and eat a fairly epic meal without pulling your hair out at 4pm on Christmas Eve.

primeribscape2_webCan you tell me more about this Prime Rib, where/what/how?
Each rib weights about 1.25-2lb and we usually recommend 1lb per person. The beef is hormone/antibiotic free, grass-fed for 18-24 months and then grain-finished. We made a pretty sweet video to walk you through cooking your holiday Prime Rib AND you can find detailed cooking instructions at the markets in handy postcard form, easy!

I want a really good, responsible bird for the holidays, you know? The kind I can take home to my parents and cleans up real nice for Christmas dinner, no argyle involved.
Our BN Ranch Heritage Turkey is the best turkey we know, with intensely flavorful meat and the highest standards of sustainable ranching to its credit. We also have BN Ranch Broad-Breasted Turkeys for folks that want the benefits of a BN Ranch bird but prefer more white meat. Lastly, we have a select number of Mary’s Organic and Free-Range Turkeys – a great, clean bird, at a more affordable price. All of our turkeys are always fresh and never frozen. If Turkeys aren’t your bird of choice, we have Muscovy and Liberty Ducks this year from some of California’s best poultry farmers too. Only responsible, tasty birds in our kitchens!

hannukkah3_webIs there anything better than Brisket? (i.e. can we talk about Brisket for a minute y’all)
There are a few things better than brisket. Namely, leftover breakfast brisket, the undying street cred of a well-made brisket, the memory of that amazing BN Ranch brisket, and tamales with brisket? Let us do the heavy lifting and slow cook that brisket to perfection for you, or you can put on your big kid pants and cook this beauty yourself. Either way, you can’t go wrong with our brisket, we’re not biased or anything.

champscav_webBefore I go on my annual New Year’s juice cleanse and sign myself up for pilates classes I’m destined to skip, I’d like to ring in the New Year like a real champ. Guide me towards tasty success?
What we’re really psyched about is farm-to-table American Caviar and some real good Champagne to wash it down with. Throw it back to the early 2000s with champs and cav! Plus, you know the Markets will be whipping up perfect party bites the week of to round out your meal.

What cheeses can I bring to ugly sweater parties? Trying to step up my cheese game this year to offset this heinous sweater…
For us, the holidays are about celebrating the seasonal Alpine cheeses that our Cheese Buyer works so hard to bring us. The incredibly unique, 250-pound wheel of Slow Food designated Gotthelf Emmentaler – an intense and nutty cheese that puts the industrially-produced emmethalers of the world to shame is a super special, seasonal staff favorite. But really, anything on our Cheese Course has been curated to pair beautifully with a holiday meal, with a fantastic origin story.

What wines do I take to my in-laws’ Christmukkah dinner?
We’ve curated our favorite holiday wines on our e-commerce site but what we’re *most* excited about is our #BiRitePicks wine service! You tell us what you like, what you’re trying to pair with, and we’ll customize a case of bottles that best fit your meal, mood, and maybe even your sun sign. A personal sommelier service, just for you #becauseyoureworthit.

creameryscape1_webI’ve got a sweet tooth and I’d like to spend the holidays giving everybody I love some really worthwhile cavities, what’ve you got for me?
Swanky Buche de Noel (complete with sugar plum fairies), nostalgic cookies, from-scratch confections in really cute tins, AND rumor has it we’ve got the best candy cane ice cream in all the land. We’re here to give you the sugar high of the year.

I like flowers, and wreaths, and centerpieces, and every time I check out Bi-Rite’s Instagram feed I am filled with floral envy. What’s your holiday floral situation?
We know, our Californian farm-direct flowers are pretty dreamy and have a rabid Instagram following of their own; we can take very little credit. However, you should gift your friends, family, and ugly sweater party hosts our flower bouquets, centerpieces or our gorgeous dried kitchen bouquets (and take all the credit). We’re here to make you look good, fear not.

gifty04webOkay so GIFTS. I have a lot of humans that I care about, and a lot of impressive gifts to give, but very few impressive gifting ideas. What do I do?
Luck you, we’re rather good at impressive gifting. Our Holiday Gift Guide is here to find the food gifts for everyone in your life and their aunties. Or visit the Markets, and our gifting experts will help you with everything from stocking stuffers to serious swag.

What about my boss? Or my coworkers? I work at a really cool non-profit/run a small business/hang out at the Googleplex and would like to win at the corporate gifting game this time around. No more gold embossed planners, please and thank you.
We’re with you and we’re all about winning at corporate gifting. Our Good Food gift boxes are a curated box of the very best of local, artisanal, craft foods, and a pretty fantastic way to show your appreciation to clients, coworkers, and bosses. Trust us.

toydrive02_webHow does Bi-Rite give back to the community during the holidays? How can we give joy and give back to our community this Holiday season?
Supporting our community is a year-round pillar of our business. Every time you shop with us, you are helping us make a difference by empowering our youth, strengthening the community, and creating resilience. This Holiday season, you can help us by donating new and unused toys, books, and art supplies to our fifth annual Toy Drive!

I have a lot more questions that this blogpost doesn’t even begin to cover, can we chat?
Of course! Contact us at shop.biritemarket.com/contact-us or call us at the markets!



 
Shakirah

Our 5th Annual Toy Drive is here!

toydrive_2016_logo_logoWe’ve got something to fill your heart with cheer – our 5th Annual Bi-Rite Holiday Toy Drive is here! Join us from Friday, December 2nd, to Wednesday, December 21st as we collect Legos and coloring books, board games and basketballs for low-income and homeless children and families living in the Mission and in the Western Addition. This year, we seek to double the impact of our Toy Drive by also accepting cash and credit card donations online and in-store.

toydrive82_webWe’re continuing our long-time support of community-based organizations to create a happier holiday for our neighbors in need. Donations from Bi-Rite Market Divisadero will go to the Western Addition Beacon Center, which supports local youth through cultural programming, academic support, and sports activities. All toys from Bi-Rite Market and Bi-Rite Creamery on 18thStreet will go to Arriba Juntosa Mission-based community organization fostering economic opportunities for vulnerable populations, for almost 50 years. Children’s Book Project will receive all book donations. Children’s Book Project supports Bay Area children who have few or no books in their homes and attend schools and childcare facilities where children’s books are desperately needed.

Once more, we’re collaborating with mission-driven merchants to spread the love. Paxton Gate Curiosities for Kids and Rare Device will collect donations and bring in high-quality, educational and interactive toys, games, and art projects. Our excellent neighbors, Dandelion Chocolate and The Mill/Four Barrel Coffee are joining the fun with our annual “Toys and Treats” parklet parties and lots of warm beverages.

We need your support to ensure that underserved kids in San Francisco have a wonderful holiday. Donate in-store with any Bi-Rite purchase or please give 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)

img_4306From Friday, December 2nd to Wednesday, December 21st, 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
PG Curiosities for Kids: 11AM to 8PM

Looking for extra neighborhood fun? Swing by our Toys for Treats events! Enjoy a delicious Bi-Rite Creamery Christmas cookie or artisan beverage in exchange for a new toy donation:

Sunday, December 11th, from 10AM to 2PM. Co-hosted by The Mill at their parklet, we’ll welcome all guests with hot Four Barrel coffee and a photo op with a Santa Dog! Rare Device will feature a holiday pop-up shop with kid-friendly art supplies, books and toys for purchase.

Saturday, December 17th, from 12PM to 4PM. Co-hosted by Dandelion Chocolate at their brand-spanking new parklet, we will welcome all generous souls with Dandelion cocoa nib cider and a special holiday performance by the Spice Queers! Paxton Gate will be on site with selected toys for purchase for all those who’d like to give on the spot.

Last year, we collected over 480 toys via the generous outpouring from our staff, guests, local businesses, and greater community. Help us increase our impact!

Excited? Have questions? Email Shakirah, Bi-Rite’s Community Programs Manager!

The 2016 Bi-Rite Holiday Toy Drive is in collaboration with these amazing partners:

COMMUNITY PARTNERS
static1-squarespace beaconinitiative

BUSINESS PARTNERS

dandelion-chocolate-logo 4b_burst_logo-1paxtongate  themill-black

 



 
Sana Javeri Kadri

Everything You Need to Know About Thanksgiving!

We know Thanksgiving can be a stressful time with family in town, holiday parties to attend and schedule, large meals to cook or host. This year, we’re bringing back the joy of Thanksgiving and taking away the stress, because we believe there should be less hassle, more holiday! In order to make navigating this Thanksgiving as convenient and easy as possible, we’ve got the answers below to your most frequently asked questions and then some, from all the logistics including how much turkey you need, our complete meal solutions, as well as how to give back and help others in need this Thanksgiving.

holiday_takeawaycard-nov

When are you open?
We’re open seven days a week 9am-9pm leading up to Thanksgiving Day, closed Thanksgiving Day, and back open at 9am on Friday, 11/25. Plan your trip in advance: you can now pre-order via our convenient NEW e-commerce website for in-store pick up because, you know, the internet never sleeps.

How do I place a turkey or holiday menu order without having a meltdown in the wine aisle?

  • Pre-order at your leisure on our fancy new e-commerce website shop.biritemarket.com! *(Deadline for pre-orders is Tuesday, 11/22 at 4pm)
  • On the phone: 18th Street – (415)-241-9760, Divisadero – (415)-551-7900, no elevator music, we promise!
  • In person at our 18th Street or Divisadero Markets during regular store hours.

captureI’m trying to prevent Thanksgiving from being a hassle, still please my in-laws, and impress my really cute downstairs neighbor. How do I preorder like a boss?
Our e-commerce website is live, and our complete Thanksgiving menu is ready for pre-orders from here on out, from Friendsgiving-in-a-box to host gifts, we’ve got you covered! Heritage turkey and wine are guaranteed to please the in-laws (you can even customize a case of wine according to their tastes!) and vegan wild mushroom stuffing for that cute downstairs neighbor.

Other “good-to-knows” to make sure your Thanksgiving order isn’t in shambles Wednesday night:

  • Order pick-up dates are Friday 11/18 – Saturday 11/26 (except Thanksgiving Day, 11/24). You will be able to choose your pick-up window.
  • We sell out of specific sizes and types more quickly than you’d imagine so order early! Online ordering for Thanksgiving ends on 11/22 at 4pm, better to not procrastinate!
  • A 24-hour pick-up preparation time will apply for all orders, i.e. you can’t place a pre-order on Saturday 11/21pm for Sunday 11/22 10am pick up. Give us the time and we’ll give you some truly Good Food.

How and where do I pick up my Thanksgiving preorder?
You can choose which Market (18th or Divisadero), and specify your pickup date and time during the checkout process on shop.biritemarket.com or over the phone.

If I ordered something for Tuesday and can’t make it till Wednesday, is that ok? What do I need to do?
No problem! Simply log into your account on shop.biritemarket.com and update your preorder with the new date.

I have a lot more questions that this blogpost doesn’t even begin to cover, can we chat?
Of course! Contact us at shop.biritemarket.com/contact-us or call us at the markets!

turkeyspread3webI’m envisioning a spread that is equal parts traditional, exciting and deeply delicious, like your hip cousin’s artisanal beer meets my great-aunt’s snickerdoodles, with no drama or burnt eyebrows involved, what do I do?
That’s what we’re here for! Our Complete Dinner Solutions (aptly titled Friendsgiving in a Box) come in three sizes, small, medium, and large. We’ll handle the turkey, stuffing, gravy and pie, you add on the fun stuff like salads, sides and ice cream! PS: we make a mean Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream (it’s what we’d recommend to the thrifty great-aunt AND the really hip older cousin).

I want a really good turkey, a responsible bird, you know? The kind I can take home to my parents.
Our BN Ranch Heritage Turkey is the best turkey we know, with intensely flavorful meat and the highest standards of sustainable ranching to its credit. We also have BN Ranch Broad-Breasted Turkeys for folks that want the benefits of a BN Ranch bird but prefer more white meat. Lastly, we have a select number of Mary’s Organic and Free-Range Turkeys – a great, clean bird, at a more affordable price. All of our turkeys are always fresh and never frozen. Only responsible, tasty birds in our kitchens!

Could you just cook the darn bird for me?turkeysolo_web
Our Whole Cooked Turkeys are available only as part of our Friendsgiving in a Box complete dinner solutions. However, we do sell our Braised Dark Meat and Oven Roasted Turkey Breast in our entrees section, as well as in the deli case at the Markets, come on over!

How many pounds of turkey do I need to buy per person?
Plan for 1 pound of meat for each guest. Plan for 1.5 pounds of meat if you want leftovers and/or have growing teenagers on hand.

I bought my turkey, now what?
We trust the New York Times’ simple Roasted Heritage Turkey recipe for a beautifully cooked bird, time after time. Please don’t fry your beautiful bird, or stuff it with bacon in a duck, in a chicken, in an octopus. #Turduckenpus Or, try our deconstructed heritage turkey recipe.

How about a simple recipe for gravy?
Here’s our go-to recipe!

holidaybaking-8I’m trying to make a pie crust to rival my grandmas, host a cookie party AND make this really special dessert for my three different friendsgivings, where do I even start?
We have all the baking supplies that you need. Either come in to the Markets and peruse the aisles at your convenience or have all your holiday baking supplies delivered to you via Instacart!

Do you have premade pie crusts?
Yes we do! We have two kinds of frozen pie crust and they’re both great and available at the markets or delivered to you via Instacart!

Speaking of which, are y’all any good at making pies?

Heck yeah, we make a darn good pumpkin, apple and pecan pie! Pro tip: pair them with our seasonal ice creams for an exceptionally festive dessert course!

How do you know when a popersimons_verticalmegranate is ready to eat?
Ripe pomegranates will be heavy for their size, and/or have cracked skin. They’re also very fragile fruits, so be gentle with them! Here’s our guide on how to deseed a pomegranate!

How do you pick a good persimmon? Do they get soft?
Fuyu’s (flat and stout) are delicious when firm and crunchy like apples. Hachiya’s (bigger and hefty) are ready to eat when soft and pulpy! Eat ’em with a spoon like pudding!

What cheeses can I bring to parties and friendsgivings? The pilgrims definitely weren’t pairing burrata wi
th their harvest turkey, right?
For us, the holidays are about celebrating the seasonal Alpine cheeses that our Cheese Buyer works so hard to bring us this time of year. The incredibly unique, 250-pound wheel of Slow Food designated Gotthelf Emmentaler – an intense and nutty cheese that puts the industrially-produced emmethatlers of the world to shame is special staff favorite. But really, anything on our Cheese Course has been curated to pair beautifully with your holiday meal.

What wines do you recommend? How do I pair wines with my Thanksgiving Meal?
We’ve curated a wonderful selection of wines on our e-commerce site but what we’re *most* excited about is our #BiRitePicks custom wine service! You tell us what you like, what you’re trying to pair with, and we’ll customize a case of bottles that best fit your tastes! A personal sommelier service, because you’re worth it!

Processed with VSCO with f2 preset

Do you do custom holiday arrangements?
Yes, we do! We use all California grown, sustainable, usually farm-direct flowers in our custom holiday bouquets and centerpieces!

What else do you have up your floral sleeves?
We’re so proud of all the Californian floral farmers we get to work with year-round, you can always stop by the Markets for beautiful bouquets to celebrate the season and make someone’s day with flowers!

4061a39f-cc70-40e2-9d7c-e6ca1cbe8dc4How does Bi-Rite give back to the community during the holidays? How can we be a part of community giving this Thanksgiving?
Supporting our community is a year-round pillar of our business. Every time you shop with us, you are helping us make a difference by empowering our youth, strengthening  the community and creating resilience. This Thanksgiving, you can help us donate nutritious meals to families in need through our online donation page, as part of your preorder.

 

Save

Save



 
Jon Fancey

Cheese Trek Travelogue: Pedrozo Dairy & Cheese, Sacramento Valley, CA

 

cheesetrek02October is American Cheese Month and we’re celebrating by featuring a California original for our 11th Bi-Rite Cheese Trek! Black Butte Reserve is the flagship cheese of Pedrozo Dairy & Cheese – a farmstead creamery in the Sacramento Valley.  Tim Pedrozo, a third generation dairy farmer, started making cheese after purchasing a farm & creamery in 1998.  After learning the craft of cheese making from the original owners, the Pedrozo Family developed their own style of farmstead cheese that showcases the great milk from their herd.  The Pedrozos herd grazes on pasture grasses all year long and they are never fed grains.  This practice leads to exceptional milk and delicious cheese.

cheesetrek06Black Butte Reserve is only made during the spring – when the grass in the pasture is exceptional. The wheels are matured for at least 6 months on the farm to make sure they develop rich & robust flavors that are sharp, grassy, and nutty.  It’s the perfect cheese for the season, pairing beautifully with local heirloom apples and stronger beers.  Black Butte melts perfectly too, so it’s perfect for grilled cheese or fondue.

Black Butte Reserve will be our Cheese Trek feature for the whole month of October. Our next stop in November will take us to Switzerland for a cheese that’s been recognized by the Slow Food Foundation as the most authentic example of one of Europe’s most ubiquitous cheeses. #cheeseyourownadventure!

 



 
Raph

Bi-Rite From-Scratch: Preserving Our Local Economy!

pljams03webpljams05webpljams04webpljams02web

Every time you open a jar of Bi-Rite jam, you become a part of our mission of “creating community through food.”

Our Producer Buyer, Simon works directly with our farmers to source the ripest peak season fruit, that is then delivered to our chefs within 24 hours of harvest. Our relationships with some of the most respected farmers in Northern California means that the fruit going into our preserves is always single-varietal, single-farm produce that we’re over-the-moon to be sharing with you all.

Beyond just preserving beautiful and beloved local fruit that would otherwise leave us much too soon in the fleeting days of summer, Bi-Rite Preserves are about elevating unique and flavorful varietals of fruit using our Chefs’ tried and tested recipes.

Our Peach Preserves from the Masumoto Family Farm  are a perfect example of that communion of fruit, farmer and chef. Made from some of the best peaches in the world and grown by a California farming family that cares about their community and the future of agriculture enough to write bestselling books on it and processed at peak ripeness by our Bi-Rite Chefs. All so that you can crack open a jar of summertime peach goodness, all the way into the foggier days of fall.

We know there’s nothing quite like biting into a perfect summer peach, but we’re hoping that diving into a jar of our preserves will come in a close second.

Our Preserves are made in very limited quantities and only available as long as supplies last, so stop by the Markets and snag your jar of single-varietal fruit goodness while you can! Or, just go ahead and have them delivered right to your doorstep via Instacart.

We also lined up a few recipes for you, in case swirling ’em into oatmeal and slathering ’em onto toast just isn’t gonna cut it these days…

  1. Jessica Koslow of Sqirl’s cult-classic, highly Instagram-ed Jam-Stuffed French Toast with our Blackberry Preserve is the perfect indulgent brunch (just in time for the launch of her new cookbook too!)
  2. This Grown-Up Grilled Cheese with perfectly melty Brie and our Strawberry Preserves is everything we want for every meal.
  3. Lucky Peach understands the importance of Morning Buns, and then they add Apricot Jam to the equation. We’re swooning and they know it.
  4. We’re adults and sometimes, we like a good cocktail. Peach Bourbon Cocktail with our Peach Preserve? Yes please.

pljams11web



 
Waverley

Shana Tova: Celebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

Shana Tova! While the weather may not reflect it, fall is here and it’s nearly time for Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur.  This year, we invite our guests to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and break fast on Yom Kippur with Bi-Rite! From honey to apples to brisket and more, we have what you need for however you’re cooking or marking the occasion.

wisesonschallah_webOur Grocery team is thrilled to announce some exciting new products this year, including Wise Son’s cult-classic Round Raisin Challah, as well as favorites like Lover’s Lane Farm Wildflower Honey.  Our Produce department is spotlighting local, organic apples while our Butchers are bringing the best of grass-fed  beef brisket from local rancher, Five Dot Ranch. And of course our wine team has something to suit every palatte, from Manischewitz to Côtes de Provence.

Too busy to cook? You can still celebrate the holiday meal from scratch with our chefs’ holiday menus, now available for pre-order by calling the Markets (for 18th Street: 415.241.9760, for Divisadero: 415.551.7900), or you can order online for delivery (prepared foods will be available online starting Friday, September 30).  Our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur menus will be available from Friday, September 30 through Wednesday, October 12. Don’t forget dessert! New this year, Bi-Rite Creamery has crafted a special fall flavor, Bourbon Cider Ice Cream with spiced apple cake and candied ginger.

High Holiday Menu



 
Jon Fancey

Cheese Trek Travelogue: Spicherahlde Alpkäse, Bavaria, Germany

spicheraldeThe tenth stop on the Bi-Rite Market Cheese Trek takes us high in the Allgäu Alps to a chalet on the border of Germany and Austria.  The chalet is the summer home of the Vogel Family.  Each May, the Vogels take their small herd of red and brown Holsteins to the chalet where the cows graze on Alpine pasture and their milk is used to make one of the best examples of alpkäse.

This cheese is very traditional – only two wheels are made each day using copper vats, homemade rennet, and century’s old cheese making techniques.  The large wheels are aged in a cellar under the chalet for a year or more.

The cheese is a true expression of the pastures surrounding the chalet. Delicate floral notes are balanced by an earthy nuttiness with lingering buttery finish.

spicheralde2The wheel available for the Bi-Rite Cheese Trek was made at the end of the 2015 cheese making season.  The wheel has an excellent smooth paste and notes of cream and hay.  Spicherhalde would be the perfect cheese to enjoy with any of the Oktoberfest beers currently available in the Markets, and would pair nicely with a Riesling too.

Just a quick note for all Cheese Trek participants – this is the tenth cheese and the first opportunity for ten passport punches!  Once you’ve purchased 10 cheeses and your card has been punched 10 times, please ask a cheesemonger for your exclusive Bi-Rite Cheese Trek tote.

The next stop on our cheese journey will be much closer to home since we’ll be celebrating American Cheese Month in October. Look forward to a great California cheese from a farm in the Sacramento Valley as you continue to #cheeseyourownadventure.



 
Trac

Whiskey – You Deserve It

Whiskey’s been rising to dizzying heights of popularity these days. Each year, we’re seeing more and more of our guests buying as much whiskey as we can stock our shelves with.

It’s not just here in San Francisco eithe; nationwide, demand has escalated so quickly that producers are struggling to keep up with the demand. Given the rise of pop culture like Mad Men, the resurgence of the high end artisanal distillery, and the plethora of mixologists across the country highlighting innovative whisky cocktails, it’s an exciting time to be (or become!) a whiskey lover! Today, every bar worth its salt in San Francisco will feature a handful of cocktails using whiskey as their base.

We’ve been wanted to dive headfirst into our favorite whiskeys for a while now, and this time of year, we all deserve a little whiskey boost. Our favorites at the market range from sweeter Bourbons to peaty Scotches to elegant Japanese whiskies, with so many incredibly options, we’re confident we can help you find the right whiskey to suit your style.

whiskey06

Scotch

Edradour 10 yr – Edradour is from the Scots Gaelic phrase Eadar Dhà Dhobhar, meaning “between two rivers.” This is an old distillery, rumored to be the the smallest in Scotland, producing only eighteen casks per week (whilst this may sound like a lot, trust us, it really isn’t). They also claim to have the smallest stills and keeping with tradition, employ just three men.The vast majority of their Scotch are of limited release and rarer than a hot day in the Richmond District. This 10 year has aromas of sherry and marzipan with flavors of butterscotch and a sweet, grassy finish.

Irish

Green Spot Irish Whiskey – Originally produced specifically for Mitchell & Son of Dublin by Irish Distillers- it is finally available outside of Ireland! A wonderful single pot still whiskey that is aged 7 to 10 years in bourbon and sherry casks. Loaded with flavor and aromas of unripe banana, light honey, and grains.

Japanese

Hibiki Harmony – Hibiki Japanese Harmony is made with malt whiskies from the Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries, as well as grain whisky from the Chita distillery. The whiskies are drawn from 5 different types of cask, including American white oak casks, Sherry casks and Mizunara oak casks. The blend itself was crafted by the Suntory Whisky blending team, led by Master Blender Shingo Torii. An elegant expression, with wafts of honey, orange, a herbaceous touch or two and light oak.

American

Buffalo Trace Bi-Rite Single Barrel– Made from the finest corn, rye and barley malt, this whiskey ages in new oak barrels for years in the famed century old warehouses until it reaches peak maturity. The taste is rich and complex= with hints of vanilla, toffee, and candied fruit.

Noah’s Mill Bourbon – A small batch bourbon bottled in Bardstown, KY as part of the Willet family of bourbons. It’s aged 15 years and is a great value for a bourbon aged this long. Aromas of toffee, coffee, and caramel with flavors of vanilla and cream. This is a top notch, classic American bourbon.

whiskey16

Because late-summer is synonymous with porch sitting and dusky sunset drinking, we asked our resident bartender, Kitty Galisia, to create a whiskey cocktail to help us celebrate, hard-earned whiskey in hand.  A seasoned bar veteran and mixologist, Kitty learned the art of mixology at the hands of local cocktail legends like Thad Vogler, Erik Adkins, and the team at NOPA (where Kitty tended bar for nearly a decade). Kitty’s cocktail philosophy is to make each drink its own, so that every sip takes you to a special time and place. Visit our recipes page to learn how to make yourself an Eastern Nectar, a honeyed concoction of Hibiki Harmony whisky, subtle Rooibos and citrus on the rocks.

 



 
Trac

Oktoberfest! Beer! Sausages! Prost!

Oktoberfest, which originated in Munich in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of the Crown Prince of Bavaria, has transformed over the years into a month long celebration of German food and drink. This year Bi-Rite will be joining in on the Oktoberfest festivities by putting some shine on our German inspired sausages and traditional beers.

sausagefest16

The Germans are serious about their beers, going so far as to passing a “Beer Purity Law” called Reinheitsgebot to regulate the ingredients that can be used in beer making to only water, hops, and barley. Of course, this law is 500 years old and clearly dated but it did lead to brewers in Germany creating some of the best tasting purist beer in the world. We will be offering a number of German beers, including Paulaner Oktoberfest, the original beer brewed for Oktoberfest in Munich. If you’re a fan of Kölsch, try Riessdorf, a cult producer from Cologne, the birthplace of the Kölsch-style beer. If you’re a fan of Berliner Weiss, currently one of the trendiest beers in the US currently, we love the Prof. Briem “1809”. It’s complex lactic tartness and fruitiness is the benchmark for this style.

In addition to the awesome assortment of sausages that our butchers regularly craft in house we have also added three new links to the mix: a frӓnkische, a currywurst, and a chicken bockwurst. The frӓnkische is a traditional Franconian pork sausage flavored with marjoram.  The currywurst is a tasty spin on a classic bratwurst with added zing from an aromatic blend of curry spices.  Finally the bockwurst takes an Oktoberfest favorite and substitutes the traditional veal and replaces it with chicken which makes a great canvas for its subtle spice mix.

Grab some beer, a pack or three of sausages, and a jar of mustard and join the Oktoberfest party! If cooking sausages intimidates you, we’ve got you covered! The path to sausage success is as simple as simmer, sear and eat!

Prost! 

– Trac Le (Alcohol Buyer) & Chili Montes (Meat & Seafood Buyer)



 
Chili

California Beef, “The Time is Now!”

Ask any cattle rancher about producing great beef and they will tell you that it starts with the grass.  As summer comes to a close we should take the time to celebrate California beef at its best, whether 100% grass-fed or grain finished the most pleasurable eating experience is going to come from cattle that got fat from grazing on lush pasture.

We are lucky enough to work with a number of top notch beef producers, but today we’re shining a spotlight on Richards Grass-fed Beef and Five Dot Ranch whose programs both exclusively feature California born and raised cattle.

richardsbeef2

Richards Grass-Fed Beef:

A fourth generation cattle ranch located along the Yuba River about 70 miles North East of Sacramento.  By only harvesting 10 head of cattle every two weeks, the Richards are committed to focusing on quality over quantity resulting in extremely limited availability of their amazing 100% grass-fed beef, all born and raised entirely on the ranch! The genetics of the cattle are mix of the well-known Black Angus and the Australian Murray Grey.  The Richards have found that the addition of the Murray Grey genetics resulted in animals that excel at converting lush pasture to tender, great tasting beef.

fivedotranch

Five Dot Ranch:

The Swickard Family has been raising livestock for over seven generations.  In 2006 the family started Five Dot Ranch in Susanville, CA and today, the ranch is the largest public lands grazing permittee in California.  They raise Angus herds that are on pasture from the Napa Valley to the High Sierras grazing in wide-open spaces. Their cattle are 95% grass-fed and then finished on a short grain ration to achieve a consistently delicious product. They practice holistic land management, believe in low stress handling and exceptional quality care, which all result in excellent tasting premium quality beef. Bi-Rite was one of Five Dot Ranch’s very first customers and it has been since into a relationship we’re incredibly proud to have had ever since.

richardsbeef1

So come visit us in the markets, meet our butchers and take advantage of the opportunity to taste beef at its peak, or have it delivered to you via Instacart.

How to enjoy all this best of season California beef? Sicilian Meatballs with Fresh Basil Marinara from Eat Good Food.

These baseball-size meatballs are the mainstay of the market’s deli case. They’re flavorful and tender and stay good for several days after they’re made. If you have leftovers, they make an incredible meatball sandwich; just slice them up, reheat in the sauce, and put them in the middle of a good crusty roll. Then top with mozzarella or provolone if you have it!

Makes 6 large meatballs

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, more for sprinkling
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • Sugar, as needed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Directions:

sicilianmeatballs

Put a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 375F. Line a large rimmed baking pan with parchment or a nonstick liner and set aside.

Put the breadcrumbs and milk in a large mixing bowl, stir to blend, and set aside for 5 minutes. With your hands, squeeze and mash the breadcrumbs so that they make a smooth paste. Add the egg and whisk, then add the Parmigiano, ketchup and parsley, oregano, thyme, half the onion, half the garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Stir to blend.

With your hands, break the beef into small chunks and add to the bowl. Mix gently but thoroughly; overmixing with make the meatballs tough and dry. When all the ingredients are evenly combined, shape the mixture into 6 balls and arrange on the baking sheet.

Bake until an instant-read thermometer reads 165F at the center of a meatball, 40-45 minutes.

While the meatballs are baking, make the sauce. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining half onion and 1 teaspoon salt and increase the heat to medium-high. Stirring frequently, cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining half garlic and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, bring to a boil, and lower the heat to maintain a vigorous simmer. Stirring occasionally, cook until reduced to a thick sauce, 10 to 15 minutes. Taste the sauce and add a pinch or two of sugar if it seems too tangy, and season with more salt if necessary. Stir in the basil and keep warm until the meatballs come out of the oven.

Spoon the sauce generously over the meatballs and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes to blend the flavors. Garnish with a sprinkling of Parmigiano. #EatGoodFood!