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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!

Ritual Coffee Roasters and Mighty Leaf Tea – Exclusive Suppliers for Bi-Rite Catering

In addition to our two Markets, our Creamery and our work with our non-profit partner 18 Reasons, Bi-Rite also offers the best catering service available in the city of San Francisco. With our mission of “Creating Community Through Food,” we treat every catering order from start to finish as if we’re serving guests in our own home.


So naturally the items we serve your catered events are the those we love ourselves, are proud to serve, and want to share with you and your guests. With those goals in mind, we are pleased to be working with two new exclusive beverage suppliers, Ritual Coffee Roasters and Mighty Leaf Tea.

Ritual Coffee Roasters is a San Francisco favorite. Their Mission location is around the corner from our Bi-Rite Market 18th Street and is a favored hangout for our staff and guests. The Ritual gang are known for the care and attention they lavish on every step of their production process, and we love that they work with producers who, as Ritual says, care for their trees as they would their children.

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Mighty Leaf Tea is a San Francisco-based tea company that globally sources the finest ingredients available for their handcrafted teas. They encourage sustainable farming and production methods for tea-growing regions worldwide, through their partnerships and sourcing practices. We love their tea because of its variety and delicious taste, and we love that their mission includes sustainability and fair trade.

These two new exclusive relationships enable us to offer hot beverages at your next catered event that are guaranteed to be crowd-pleasers. You can learn more about our Bi-Rite Catering services and browse our other offerings on our website. Call or email us today to set up your event!

Christine Mathias

Celebrate Summer! Our New Seasonal Catering Menu

ApricotsPrettyI know, I know, summer in San Francisco isn’t necessarily “summer,” really, but c’mon! We still get all the amazing tomatoes, stone fruit, vegetables, and good vibes that summer brings to everyone outside the fog bank. The days are luxuriously long, BBQs can last well into the wee hours, and with the solstice and 4th of July just around the corner, there’s no better time of year to slather on the sunscreen and invite everyone you know over for a little sun (or not-sun) worship.

Bi-Rite Catering is gearing up for a great season using many of the fantastic seasonal fruits and veggies that are carried by our markets! There are so many new veggie options on the menu, in fact, that by the time you get to the Focaccia Flatbread with Peaches, Bacon, Goat Cheese, Fresh Thyme and Rooftop Honey Drizzle and the brand new Ciabatta Finger Sandwiches with Estancia Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Red Peppers, Grilled Onions, Chimichurri Sauce and Mixed Greens, you’ll have to figure out how to make room. And you’ll do it, too.

CornYou’ll have to! Otherwise how else are you going to figure out your favorite new salad dish? It’s going to be tough to choose between Summer Corn and Tomato Salad with Mediterranean Cucumbers, Peppers, Red Onions, Cilantro, and Parsley and something like our Fresh Summer Bean and New Potato Salad with Parsley and Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette. You know what? Don’t choose. Get them both! And if you absolutely must have some sort of food on a stick (who doesn’t?), we are all really excited about the Mozzarella Bocconcini and Cherry Tomato Skewers with Basil Dip. So simple yet so, so delicious.

So if it’s a 4th of July party, an office cocktail reception, or Aunt Dorothy’s family reunion in Golden Gate Park, we have your food desires covered. Now go chase some sun!


Christine Mathias

Graduation = Celebration!


You did it. You’re done! You’ve run the gauntlet, slain the dragon, put in your hard time. You’re graduating! Or, your kid is graduating! It’s the season of accomplishment, of literal and metaphorical books closing. The work is done, and it’s time to sit back, relax, celebrate, and, oh yeah, EAT!

HatsFlyingBi-Rite Catering can make the eating part of your celebration delicious and easy. We can deliver pretty platters and baskets of food directly to your door – not the usual catering fare, either. We’re talking hand-prepared savory tartlets on light-as-air, buttery pastry. Crispy flatbreads with seasonal ingredients. Entrees of slow-roasted salmon and peppered beef sirloin. And organic kale! Our farro and kale salad has bright flavors. We also offer a wide selection of wine and beer for the of-age crowd. For the high schools grads among you we can deliver soft drinks, tea, and all manner of bubbly and un-bubbly water.

If you want to throw a big ol’ shindig, with servers passing around trays, a bartender mixing drinks, and a lot less work for you, we have that covered as well. Full Service events are something we rock at–and you get to play around with the menu a little more, too. Bi-Rite Catering can supply you with anything you need for your graduation season hoedown. You can peruse the menu, fill out an inquiry form, and the ball will be officially rolling! Good work and congratulations!

Catering for Community: Celebrate The Holidays & Your Local School!


This December, make your holiday entertaining even more meaningful with Bi-Rite Catering!

CateringPlatterNourish your guests and your local community through our Catering for Community Program. From December 1st to 31st 2013, we’ll donate 10% of your catering order directly to your favorite San Francisco elementary or secondary school. Just mention your school’s name when you order – any event or order is eligible. At the end of the promotion, we will tally up the credits for each school, and cut them a check. It’s that simple!

Kick off your season for giving and good cheer with our new 2013 Peak of the Season Holiday Menu. Starting Monday, December 2nd we’ll offer these seasonal, savory party platters for a limited time only. Early ordering is encouraged!      

2013 Peak of the Season Holiday Menu       

Savory Tartlets with Truffle, Cauliflower, Ricotta, Parmesan and Chives

House-Smoked Salmon with Tobiko Caviar on Anna’s Daughter’s Rye with Caper Cream Cheese and Fresh Dill

Focaccia Flatbread with Pears, Bacon and Goat Cheese

Mini Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli

Beef Tenderloin Skewers with Horseradish-Chive Sour Cream Sauce

Mini Empanadas with Butternut Squash, Wild Mushrooms, Mascarpone, Rosemary and Chile Flakes

Spanish Tortilla with Spinach, House-Made Chorizo and Manchego Cheese, served with Romesco sauce 

CateringDessertAt Bi-Rite Catering, we combine the delicious locally-sourced fresh 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 holiday 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.

Contact Bi-Rite Catering:  

Tina Guenther or Michael Aldridge
Phone: (415) 241 9760 x 1
Email: catering@biritemarket.com or tina@biritemarket.com