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Pixie Tangerines, Citrus Sunrise, & a Creamery Surprise!

Since the new year we’ve been crazy about citrus throughout the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses.  There are still over 20 varieties of citrus on the shelves at the Markets and some great surprises yet to come, but the season will start to wind down as we head into March. One of the most exciting parts of the California Citrus Experience celebration at Bi-Rite is that it comes to an end with one of the best-tasting varieties of the entire season: the Pixie Tangerine, a small, seedless tangerine with wonderful juice and super sweet flavor!


Pixie Tangerines

Led by Jim Churchill “The Tangerine Man,” a group of dedicated small farmers work collaboratively to get these sugar bombs to markets throughout California. Located in the mountains of Ojai, California, these 40 farms (some as small as just a handful of trees) harvest their fruit when it’s at peak flavor. We’ve been lucky enough to build a solid, farm-direct relationship with Churchill Orchard that allows us to get freshly-picked organic Pixies delivered straight to the markets. You would think that a piece of fruit that tastes so good would be sold all over the place, but this variety has its limitations, which turns off a lot of commercial growers. The trees take at least 4 years to produce fruit after planting, and closer to 8 years before they produce really healthy crops. Plus the Pixie is an “alternating bearing” crop, which means it has a heavy harvest one year and a light harvest the next. But the harvest is just starting this year, so we’ll have fruit in both Markets through March!


Citrus Sunrise Platter

The rest of the Family of Businesses have been loving the California Citrus Experience, too. From baked goods, to ice cream, to cocktails recipes, we’ve had a blast bringing you new and exciting ways to look at this quintessential California crop. Bi-Rite Catering has introduced a new, beautiful Citrus Sunrise platter as part of their Peak of Season Menu for your breakfast meetings and brunches. With an eye-catching spread of four types of citrus — Navel Orange, Cara Cara Orange, Blood Orange, and Mandarins — sliced perfectly for your guests, it is pure, mouthwatering Vitamin C!

Tangerine Dream Ice Cream

Tangerine Dream Ice Cream

Bi-Rite Creamery has been in on the Citrus fun since day one, and now that the season is winding down we want to make sure you get your fill of the creamy, tart, wonderful Tangerine Dream Ice Cream before the last of it is scooped. Our Vanilla Ice Cream with a fresh Tangerine Swirl, it’s fresh and bright and rich at the same time. Plus! We’ve got one last citrusy surprise for you on Friday, March 4th, when we introduce a new flavor for the month. Head to the Creamery’s Twitter feed to discover our #NewFlavorFriday, where we’ll be revealing a new seasonal flavor on the first Friday of each month!  Stop by the Markets and Creamery, or order from our online Market for convenient delivery to make the California Citrus Experience your own!


Red Carpet Hits for Oscar Sunday

Hollywood-Movies-01We’ve got a complete round-up of red carpet-worthy Oscar looks, perfect for your star-studded shindig or “Who wore it best?” get together with friends.

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The Classic Beauty
This perennial guest-favorite Kale Salad with Chickpeas, Radish, Sunflower Seeds & Lemon Tahini Dressing is clean, fresh, and never goes out of style!

The Risk Taker
Take a chance and wow your guests with an over-the-top charcuterie platter. Create your own or let Bi-Rite Catering do it for you (deadline to order for Sunday is 3pm Friday).

The Sparkler
Toast the winners with J. Lassalle ‘Cachet D’Or’ Premier Cru Brut, and celebrate with bright notes of pear, anise, and ginger.

The Sweetheart
Charm your guests (and the paparazzi) with this picture-perfect Sour Cream Lemon Pie with Graham Crust, and indulge in desserts from Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop.

Order the full collection of Oscars food and drink for convenient delivery from our online Market.



Your Super Bowl Sunday Good Food Game Plan


Whether you’re a die-hard fan or only in it for the seven layer dip and the commercials, Super Bowl 50 is here! Even if your team didn’t make it to Levi’s Stadium, we’ve got everything you need to take your game day festivities to the next level.

It wouldn’t be a Super Bowl party without chips, dips, and pork rinds.  Visit our online Super Bowl aisle via Instacart to stock up on all the snacks, sides, and celebratory beverages you need, delivered to your door within an hour.

Go all the way with sweet treats from Bi-Rite Creamery, like our new Sour Cream Lemon Pie with Graham Crust, or fan favorites like Chocolate Pot de Creme and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Crust.

The weather is going to be beautiful for Super Bowl weekend!  If you’re firing up the grill for game day, grab some House-Made Bratwursts ($10.99/lb), BN Ranch New York Strip Steaks($19.99/lb starting 2/5, down from $24.99/lb), Mary’s Chicken Wings ($3.99/lb), Niman Ranch St. Louis Ribs ($6.99/lb), or Five Dot Ranch Ground Beef ($8.99/lb).

It’s time to go big or go home, because your favorite Bi-Rite Market sandwiches are available by the foot for Super Bowl weekend!


To place your order before Saturday, February 6, please call the Deli at either Market (415-551-7900 for Divisadero, 415-241-9760 for 18th Street). Visit the Markets this weekend to pick up everything you need to score big with your guests.


Cheese Experience

Looking for a spin on the game day classics? There’s still time to have Bi-Rite Catering do the heavy lifting for you!  Our newest West Coast Craft: Beer & Cheese Tasting showcases some of California’s finest artisan cheeses paired with unique craft beverages from the West Coast and beyond. Included in the package are 12 Ball jar tasting glasses and a charcuterie platter to round out the experience, as well as tasting and pairing notes for each guest. Super Bowl order deadline is Friday, February 5 at 3pm.

Jon Fancey

Bi-Rite & Essex Street Cheese Invest in the Future

Bi-Rite Catering Cheese Platter featuring Essex Street Cheeses

Bi-Rite Catering Cheese Platter featuring Essex Street Cheeses

Many of our guest’s taste buds are familiar with Essex Street Cheese Company’s selection of imported cheeses. Two of the most popular cheeses in our Markets are Marcel Petite Essex Comte and L’Amuse Signature Gouda.  These beautiful wheels are masterfully matured for incomparable flavors in Europe, then hand-selected for our Markets by the fine folks at Essex Street. Essex Comte and L’Amuse Signature Gouda are truly the best of their bunch.

IMG_7880These well-rounded and distinctive flavor profiles are the legacy of the late Daphne Zepos – one of America’s most beloved cheese advocates.  Daphne was an educator and importer with a palate and spirit that inspired many of today’s top cheese professionals.  She even taught our very own Sam Mogannam how to taste cheese with all five senses, and a deep respect for the work that a truly skilled farmer, cheesemaker, and affineur put into the process of creating stunning cheeses.  Daphne’s appreciation of fine cheese lives on in the Essex Street Cheese selections, and her legacy of education led to the creation of the Daphne Zepos Teaching Award.  The DZTA is an educational fund that grants an award to a cheese professional every year.  The winner is tasked with travelling to Europe to study cheese craft. The winner must then commit themselves to educating other budding cheese professionals upon their return.  Those who’ve been granted the opportunity thus far have studied Basque sheep herding and cheese making traditions, styles of cheese affinage across Europe, and native cheese cultures used in cheese making.

Marcel Petit Essex Comte

Marcel Petit Essex Comte

Bi-Rite Market is a proud sponsor of the DZTA! Over the past three years we have provided $15,000 in support of DZTA and Daphen’s quest for continued education and learning.  While we feature Essex Street Cheeses during December and January, we will be donating 25% of the profits from sales of Marcel Petite Essex Street Comte and L’Amuse Signature Gouda directly to the award foundation.  Not only can you grab a wedge of these incredible cheeses while shopping in the Markets, they’re also available in our Instacart Holiday Market and on the amazing Holiday Cheese Platter offered by Bi-Rite Catering.   The next time you’re in the Market, be sure to ask one of our mongers for a taste of their favorite Essex Street cheese.  Happy Holidays!


Enjoying the Peak of Tomato Season

IMG_5651One of the most exciting times of year in the Bay Area is when the local farms start harvesting tomatoes in early June. By the time September rolls around, the local tomato season has hit its peak. All the local farmers from the Pescadero Coast to the Sierra foothills have vine-ripened tomatoes that offer different flavors depending on the growing practices and climate. Throughout September in at both Bi-Rite Markets, we are celebrating the Tomato Triple Play, which highlights three different tomato crops— Heirloom, Cherry, and Dry-Farmed Early Girls. All of the tomatoes we sell during the season come straight off the field to our shelves, allowing our growers to let them stay on the plant a little longer and develop that perfect flavor before picking. Be sure to check out our recommended pairings to make the most of your tomatoes–just visit our store on Instacart.com for a shopping list, and  even order everything you need online for delivery in San Francisco in under an hour!

Heirloom Tomatoes are an open-pollinated variety that have been circulating among farmers and backyard gardeners for more than 50 years—and many of the varieties were introduced before 1940! Heirlooms are not only important because they offer us so many different shapes and sizes to cook with, but they allow us to maintain genetic diversity in the agricultural world. The Cherokee Purple Tomato is one of the most popular. With its thin skin and meaty texture, the juicy, acidic flesh offers a rich, old-fashioned sweet flavor. They take BLTs and Caprese salads to the next level of enjoyment.

Cherokee Purple Heirlooms

Cherokee Purple Heirlooms

We are currently getting Cherokee Purples from Bluehouse Farm in Pescadero and Mariquita Farm in Watsonville. Another popular heirloom is the Brandywine Tomato.  Farmers love them because they get huge on the plants and the meaty flesh doesn’t break down easily when ripe.  Don’t let the large size fool you! These are one of the sweetest tomatoes out there. The Green Zebra Tomato is a small variety that starts out green but turns yellow with green stripes when it’s ripe. The sweet/tart flavor works really well with salsas and salads.

Our guests really get excited about tomatoes when the Dry-farm Early Girls hit our shelves! About 10 years ago we started selling these tomatoes from Two Dog Farm in Davenport. They’re the first farm in Northern California to grow these Early Girls, and over the past 5 years more farms have made the effort. Dry-farming is a farming technique used in a lot of climates where there’s not much rain. The roots of the plants can tap into moisture in the soil and go through the entire growing season with no irrigation. Two Dog Farm grows on the coast, getting moisture from the fog and the high water table in the soil allowing them to never water. The resulting tomatoes are usually smaller and lower in yield, but they pack pleasantly intense flavor and a dense, firm texture. 


Dry-farm Early Girls

Unfortunately, Two Dog Farm lost a majority of its crop this season due to the heat wave that hit the Bay Area. Crops grown on the cool coast can’t handle the heat! But we’ll have plenty of the tasty Dry-farm Early Girls from Live Earth Farm, Bluehouse Farm, and Tomatero Farm for the rest of the season.

When Heirlooms and Dry-farm Tomatoes are in full swing the Cherry Tomato varieties just don’t get the same amount of love. Cherry Tomatoes might be one of the easiest plants to grow, but keeping up with the daily harvesting and their delicate nature can make them a challenging crop for farmers. Similar to Heirlooms, there are a ton of different varieties but only a handful of them make sense for the retail marketplace. The Sweet 100 Tomato is one of the most popular for farmers to grow because they are a classic red tomato, extra sweet, and keep producing large clusters of fruit for most of the season. The Sun Gold Cherry Tomato is the most popular non-red tomato out there, with their sweet-but-tart flavor that explodes in your mouth.

Mixed Cherry Tomatoes

Mixed Cherry Tomatoes

The Yellow Pear Cherry Tomato is a teardrop-shaped tomato with tangy flavor and low acidity. You can get them along with our Sweet 100 and Sun Golds combined in a mixed baskets. Cherry Tomatoes are not only a perfect snack for kids, but they can add a flare to pasta dishes and almost any salad. They’re especially wonderful in cucumber salads!

One of the best parts of having all these local tomatoes at the Bi-Rite is that we get use them throughout the Family of Businesses—from the world-famous Gazpacho in the Deli to the Mozzarella and Cherry Tomato Skewers on the Bi-Rite Catering Summer menu. We also have an endless number of grocery items that enhance the tomato experience like the Public Label Tuscan Style Olive oil, Pt. Reyes Mozzarella, and Josey Baker’s Breads.  Do you know which tomato variety is your favorite? If not, this is the perfect time to swing by one of the Markets and ask for some tomato samples so you’re better prepared for tomato season next year. Enjoy!

Lina Shatara

Our Early Summer Menu has Arrived

We couldn’t resist telling you about our new Early Summer Menu that we’ve just launched!  Our chefs are taking advantage of the plethora of seasonal goodies such as corn, peaches, tomatoes and creating some amazing catering dishes including:

Savory Tartlets with Summer Corn, Goat Cheese, Piquillo Peppers and Fresh Marjoram

Focaccia Flatbread with Honey Roasted Peaches, Bacon, Goat Cheese and Fresh Thyme

Mozzarella Bocconcini and Cherry Tomato Skewers with Basil Dip

To get the full list, click HERE and see what other treats we have in store.

Don’t know what to choose? No worries.  Our experienced catering team has the answers. Whether it’s about quantities, ingredients or if you just need someone to help create your menu, we are here to help. Give us a ring at (415) 321-8070 x 1 or email us catering@biritemarket.com

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Our catering experts weigh in on the perfect seasonal dish for your summer event!

Pool Party:  Mozzarella Bocconcini and Cherry Tomato Skewers with Basil Dip.

Picnic: Acme Baguette Finger Sandwiches with Grilled BN Ranch New York Strip Loin, Roasted Red Peppers, Grilled Onions, Chimichurri Sauce & Mixed Greens.

Cocktail Party: Eggplant Caponata Cucumber Cups with Tomato, Peppers, Celery, Capers and Balsamic Vinegar.

Graduation Party: Summer Corn and Tomato Salad with Mediterranean Cucumbers, Peppers, Red Onions, Cilantro and Parsley.

*Farms used on this menu include: Llano Seco, Belifiore, BN Ranch, Acme, Creminelli, Aedan Food, Laura Chanel

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To place an order, contact us at www.biritecatering.com

Phone:  (415) 321-8070 x1  Email: catering@biritemarket.com

At Bi-Rite Catering, we combine the delicious locally-sourced, fresh, organic ingredients we sell at Bi-Rite Market with sweets from Bi-Rite Creamery, and produce from Bi-Rite Farms  to create our menus. For any of your parties, from large to small, corporate or private, at a rented venue or in your home, we pride ourselves on serving really delicious food, simply presented, that will nourish your guests while supporting our local community.

Lina Shatara

Congrats to the Grads!

Congratulations to all the grads who’ve worked hard over the years and to the families who have supported them! You have your futures ahead of you but before you jump into the new job, internship, or whatever other adventures you have in store, it’s time to celebrate, Bi-Rite style! We’ve got you covered with full service, party platters, main dishes and more! To find out what goodies we have lined up, click here.

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Where are you having your grad celebration? Whether it’s at home or your favorite venue, you’re in good hands with our catering experts. Check out some of our menu suggestions below.

At Home: Guests will be relaxed and ready to chow down, so why not offer a selection of Peppered Beef Sirloin (grilled medium rare and served with chimichurri sauce – also great for sandwiches), Mujadarrah (with curried rice, lentils and caramelized onions) and some of our other heartier dishes.

In the Park: Family and friends will be enjoying the nature, playing games and ready to eat some of Bi-Rite’s delicious Focaccia Finger Sandwiches including our choices of Roasted Free-Range Turkey and Swiss with Dijon Mustard, Aioli and Greens, or Achiote Marinated Free-Range Chicken Breast with Provolone cheese, Chipotle-Lime Aioli and Greens, or check out the full list of sandwiches here.

In a Bar:  If celebrating with your favorite cocktail is a must, we have just the thing to make your party a hit. Try our Savory Tartlets – we have two great options for Spring: Fava Bean Spread, Olives, Lemon and Pecorino, or Grilled Asparagus with Potato, Goat Cheese and Chives. Want more appetizers ideas; jump over to the site to see the full list

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Don’t know what to choose? No worries? Our experienced catering team has the answers. Whether it’s about quantities, ingredients or if you just need someone to help with creating your menu, we are here to help.

Give us a ring at (415) 321-8070 x 1, Monday-Sunday 9am-5pm or email us: catering@biritemarket.com

At Bi-Rite Catering, we combine the delicious locally-sourced, fresh, organic ingredients we sell at Bi-Rite Market with sweets from Bi-Rite Creamery, and produce from Bi-Rite Farms to create our menus. For any of your parties, from large to small, corporate or private, at a rented venue or in your home, we pride ourselves on serving really delicious food, simply presented, that will nourish your guests while supporting our local community.

Jason Rose

New Catering Menu: Celebrating Spring’s Bounty

IMG_1605The birds are chirping, the grass is greener and the flowers are blooming; this means one thing. Spring is in the air and it’s time to celebrate! At Bi-Rite Catering we like to celebrate these moments with delicious food and great company, and we have some exciting announcements to make.

First, our new seasonal menu is here and truly mouthwatering. Fresh peak of season ingredients such as asparagus are used to create our delicious Savory Tartlets with Potato, Asparagus, Goat Cheese & Chive, and our Mini Baguette Sandwiches with Grilled Asparagus, Fromage Blanc, Roasted Mushrooms & Lemon Herb Pesto.  See our full new peak of season menu, which is available now, here.



table_hopper_wineblitz_135x100We are also excited to announce that Bi-Rite Catering is joining Bi-Rite Market’s Spring Wine Blitz, and offering a 20% discount on cases of wine with your catering order from Monday April 27th to May 3rd.  This is the perfect opportunity to stock up for your upcoming graduation parties, wedding celebrations, or your next cocktail party.

Here are some of our favorite wines to pair with our new seasonal menu.

  • Try Ultraviolet Cabernet Sauvignon with our Sumac & Smoked Paprika Lamb Skewers.
  • Rustichella Orzo Pasta Salad with Grilled Asparagus, English Peas, Artichokes, Spring Garlic Confit & Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette pairs perfectly with Teira Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Enjoy our Hodo Soy Grilled Tofu & Black Rice Salad with Pea Sprouts, Bi-Rite Farm Pickled Spicy Peppers, Edamame and Ginger-Rice Wine Vinaigrette with the Tierra Divina “REDS” Zinfandel blend.


To place a Catering order, or to consult with us about your event, contact us at www.biritecatering.com

Phone:  (415) 321-8070 x1  Email: catering@biritemarket.com

At Bi-Rite Catering, we combine the delicious locally-sourced, fresh, organic ingredients we sell at Bi-Rite Market with sweets from Bi-Rite Creamery, and produce from Bi-Rite Farms to create our menus. For all your parties, large to small, corporate or private, at a rented venue or in your home, we pride ourselves on serving really delicious food, simply presented, that will nourish your guests while supporting our local community.

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

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!