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Help us end food waste! Support AB2725

IMG_5874Today, Bi-Rite Divisadero hosted Assemblymember David Chiu as he announced new legislation, AB2725, aimed at reducing food waste by creating statewide guidelines for food date labels that relate directly to freshness and safety.

Chiu was joined by members of Californians Against Waste, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and our founder, Sam Mogannam, to describe the confusing state of date labels today (various forms include “sell by,” “use by,” “best before,” and “enjoy by”), none of which are federally regulated.

Sam described the importance of this legislation to fight food waste, stating, “Creating community through food means not wasting it, which is at the core of our company values and daily operations. Grocers have a tremendous social responsibility to reduce food waste due to the sheer amount of food that moves through our businesses. We are the direct connection to two ends of the food waste spectrum – producers and consumers. Food manufacturers and retailers cannot afford to waste food; treating food waste as the cost of doing business will cost you your business.”

At Bi-Rite, less than 1% of the food we purchase is wasted, and 40% of the product in our Markets is house-made and accurately date labeled.


“In a state where 6 million families are food insecure, a startling amount of food is being wasted every single day because of these arbitrary date labels,” said Assemblymember Chiu. “We as consumers want to know what our labels mean and whether or not our food is safe to eat. This bill will clean up these confusing dates and reduce unnecessary food waste.”

Read more about food waste and Assemblymember Chiu’s legislation from the SF Chronicle, or stop by the Markets and ask what you can do to help fight food waste.


Good Food & Gratitude in the New Year

Who can resist an end-of-the-year listicle? Not us! We are incredibly grateful for our guests, staff, producers, and neighbors in 2015. Here are 5 reasons we thank you for your support of Bi-Rite and our Family of Businesses this year:

  1. You ensured a happier holiday for those in need. From Jedi light sabers, to jazzy paint sets, and Winne-the-Pooh books, the 2015 Bi-Rite Holiday Toy Drive supported 485 low-income and homeless familiesin San Francisco this December. Your generosity didn’t stop there. For our annual Holiday Food Box Giveaway with Collective Impact and Kaiser Permanente, our Divisadero neighbors received 1,200 lbs. of free, organic produce (e.g. fresh greens, potatoes, onions, carrots, cranberries, and satsumas, courtesy of some of our favorite farmers), recipes, and a free-range turkey! In total, nearly 1,000 residents of low-income housing developments had a happier, healthier holiday table.

  3.  You made our monthly Divisadero Scoop Shop Campaign a sweet cause. We’re super grateful for all the ice cream eaters in our ‘hood. At the end of December, our Scoop Shop donations totaled $13,509 to 11 SF-based non-profit organizations. Through this program in 2015, you supported under-served LGBT youth, the beautification of San Francisco with new trees, and getting necessary care to domestic violence survivors, to name a few.

  5.  You provided good, fair food (and opportunity) for all. Your support allowed us to double the purchasing power of low-income shoppers at farmers’ markets and provide extra income for family farmers through our EBT Farmers’ Market Match program. With increased cash incentives from Bi-Rite, the Mission Community Market and the Heart of the City/Civic Center Farmers’ Market saw an increase in produce purchases by CalFresh customers and farmer sales. Your purchases also helped us train 5 corner-store owners in East and West Oakland to source, merchandise and sell healthier options in food deserts, via our Healthy Retail Program with HOPE Collaborative.

  7. You supported a more vibrant, healthy San Francisco: From breakfast at SF Bike to Work Day to produce games at Sunday Streets, to harvest days at Mission High School, we believe that supporting our community goes beyond our four walls. In 2015, over 400 schools and non-profits received in-kind donations from Bi-Rite. Given our rapidly changing city, it is imperative that we all give. We could not support our San Francisco community without YOU.

  9. You’re creating a stronger, sustainable good food movement. Your grocery basket empowers hundreds of farmers, cheesemongers, ranchers, winemakers and producers to feed us delicious, responsible, good food. Thank you for voting with your fork and dollar.

We look forward to continuing this good food work with you in 2016!

Warm Wishes for a Happy New Year!

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It’s all smiles for Tamara, Sarah, Faun, Shak and Sean at our annual Western Addition Holiday Food Box Giveaway!






Give Joy: Our Holiday Toy Drive is Here!

Toy Drive OrnamentThe air is crisp and the holiday cheer is here – our 4th Annual Bi-Rite Holiday Toy Drive is near! From Friday, December 4th, to Friday, December 18th, we will collect everything from Mr. Potato Heads to paintbrush sets to board games to soccer balls for low-income and homeless children and families living in the Mission and in the Western Addition.

We’re proud to continue our long-time support of community-based organizations to create a happier holiday for our neighbors. Donations from Bi-Rite Market Divisadero will go to the Western Addition Beacon Center, which supports local youth every day through arts and cultural programming, academic support, college prep, 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 self-sufficiency through occupational training and job opportunities for our neediest neighbors, for almost 50 years.


Sam’s love of Legos lives on.

This year, we’ve made new friends to double the impact of our Toy Drive. We’re teaming up with fellow mission-driven business and Valencia corridor staple Paxton Gate and their toy store, Curiosities for Kids. Paxton Gate will collect donations and bring in high-quality, educational and interactive toys, games, and projects for kids in need in the Mission. We will also partner with Children’s Book Project for 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.

We need your support to ensure that underserved kids in San Francisco have a wonderful holiday. We have four ways for you to #BeASanta and spread joy this holiday season:

  1. Donate in-store! 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)

From Friday, December 4th to Friday, December 18th, 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
Paxton Gate: 11AM to 7PM
PG Curiosities for Kids: 11AM to 8PM

  1. Party at a Parklet! Looking for extra fun? Enjoy a delicious Bi-Rite Creamery Christmas cookie or piping hot Dandelion European drinking chocolate in exchange for a new toy donation at our “Toys & Treats” event on Wednesday, December 16th, from 4:30PM to 6:30PM. Co-hosted by Dandelion Chocolate at their brand-spanking new parklet, we will welcome all generous souls with a free holiday photo booth, Four Barrel coffee and more treats! Paxton Gate will be on site with selected toys for purchase for all those who’d like to give on the spot.


    Last year’s SF MOMA donation was amazing!

  2. Swap Toys for a Treat! Find the Bi-Rite Community Team at Bi-Rite Divisadero on Wednesday, December 9th from 4 to 6PM. Shakirah and Sarah will be tabling outside, collecting toys from our neighbors, and sharing warm beverages and Creamery treats.
  3. #BeASanta with our Instagram Contest! Are you ready to spread some serious holiday cheer? Tag us (@BiRiteSF) in a photo/selfie on Instagram with your toy donation at our Bi-Rite barrel with the hashtags #BeASanta #BiRiteToyDrive. The most liked photo on Instagram by December 18th, 2015 at 12PM will receive a $50 Bi-Rite Market and Creamery gift card! #winning

Last year, we collected over 450 toys via the generous outpouring from our staff, guests, local businesses, and greater community. We want to double that number – help us do it again!

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

The 2015 Bi-Rite Holiday Toy Drive is in collaboration with these amazing partners:




Christine Mathias

The 18 Reasons Barn Dance is Coming to the City!

BarnDancePoster-2Yeehaw, indeed! The annual 18 Reasons Barn Dance is almost here! Saturday, September 12th is the big day for this yearly fundraiser, of which we are proud to once again be a supporter and sponsor. And, for the first time, the Barn Dance is being held in San Francisco; the San Francisco County Fair Building is playing host to an entire day of family fun and education, in fact.

The Barn Dance festivities begin at 4pm with a free Pie Happy Hour. We would love everyone who comes to bring a pie to share—show up with a pie in hand, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for fabulous kitchen equipment! If you can’t bring a pie, you can still enjoy, as Three Babes Bakeshop, Black Jet Baking, and others will be providing pies of their own. After that it’s on to grilled sausages, plus veggies and salads from Bi-Rite Farm in Sonoma, and wonderful tamales from Donna’s Tamales. Enjoy lemonade, Anchor Steam beer, and wine throughout the evening too—all included in the price of your ticket!

MixedBerrySquareAfter we’ve stuffed you full of awesome food, get ready to dance! Square Dancing is fun, and perfect for kids, pros, and beginners alike! KC and the Moonshine Band will be making beautiful music and caller Mike Lewinski will guide you and your family through the promenades. It’s going to be a fantastic family event.

If you want to spend the whole day in Golden Gate Park, our friends at the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and their Urban Ag Academy are holding an entire day’s worth of FREE events in the San Francisco County Fair Building before the Pie Happy Hour! Their Grow it, Preserve it, Love it series of workshops starts at 11:30am and runs right through 5pm. They’ll be covering everything from Building a Raised Bed with Garden for the Environment to Fruit Syrup Creation with Master Food Preservers. Yay knowledge!

All your Barn Dance ticket and information needs can be met right here. We can’t wait to see you on September 12th!


Bi-Rite and Bike Month in Full Swing!


PUBLIC Bikes + Bi-Rite Ice Cream = Righteous!

It’s Bike Month in San Francisco, and we’re celebrating with the things that we, our cyclist friends, and San Franciscans love—safe cycling, helping our neighbors, and ice cream (of course!).

We’re co-hosting our second-annual Bike to Ice Cream Day fundraiser with PUBLIC Bikes to raise money for Pedal Revolution, an amazing non-profit bike shop that, through their partnership with New Door Ventures, has provided local youth with job training and opportunities for 15 years. Bike to Ice Cream Day will take place at the Bi-Rite Divisadero Scoop Shop at 550 Divisadero on Wednesday, May 20th from 5pm to 8pm. You can RSVP to this Facebook event and invite your friends!


Ivy from Divis shows off the This Little Piggy Rode to Market Sundae!

The event will feature a special limited-edition sundae, called “This Little Piggy Rode to Market,” featuring Chunky Pig Bacon Caramel Popcorn with Bi-Rite Creamery Brown Sugar with Ginger Caramel Swirl and Vanilla Ice Creams, and our house-made Fudge Sauce. Folks who come with their bike helmet with get $1.50 off their sundae! We’ll also have a raffle featuring sweet prizes from Bi-Rite and PUBLIC Bikes—tickets are just a buck! This event and the special sundae will be at the Divisadero Bi-Rite Market location ONLY, and are not to be missed!

If you can’t make it to the fundraiser, any donation you make in May at the Scoop Shop at Bi-Rite Market on Divisadero will go directly to Pedal Revolution. It’s one of only a few bicycle shops in the United States providing employment, job training, and hope to young people.

Bike To Work Day Energizer Station

Bike To Work Day Energizer Station

And it wouldn’t be Bike Month without Bay Area Bike to Work Day! On May 14th, we proudly sponsored the Energizer Station at 17th and Valencia Streets. Anyone who rode by on their way to work got a perfect fair-trade banana or a cup of Bi-Rite Creamery Granola. We were so happy to be part of such a wonderful day and meet all the happy cyclists!

And that’s what Bike Month is all about, really — love of our City, love of cycling, love of the planet. Thanks for supporting Bike Month!





The team at Pedal Revolution ROCKS!


The Joy of Giving! Our Annual Toy Drive!

Toy‘Tis the season for our favorite holiday tradition – our Annual Bi-Rite Family Toy Drive!

Starting Monday, December 8th, we will collect everything from My Little Ponies to soccer balls to coloring books for low-income children and families living in the Mission and in the Western Addition.

Donations made at Bi-Rite Market Divisadero will go to the Western Addition Beacon Center (WABC), which supports local youth every day through arts and cultural programming, academic support, college prep and sports activities. All toys donated at Bi-Rite Market and Bi-Rite Creamery on 18thStreet will go to Arriba Juntosa Mission-based community organization fostering self-sufficiency through occupational training and job opportunities for our neediest neighbors, for almost 50 years.

We need your support to ensure that our neighbors have a great holiday.

We’re looking for 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)

LadyFrom Monday, December 8th to Friday, December 19th, you can 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

Get your little ones in on the fun! Swap a delicious gingerbread cookie or pippin’ hot apple cider for a new toy donation at our Toys & Treats events.  Find us at Bi-Rite Divis on Thursday, December 18th from 4-6pm in conjunction with the Divis Art Walk. Or swing by on Tuesday, December 16th from 4-6pm at Bi-Rite 18th; we will be joined by Christmas carolers from Little Mission Studio. Shakirah and Kelsey will be tabling outside, collecting toys from our neighbors and sharing warm beverages and creamery treats!

Last year, we collected over 300 toys via a generous outpouring from our staff, guests, local businesses and greater community. Help us do it again!

Excited? Have questions? Email Shakirah!


New! Get Your Bi-Rite Favorites Delivered with Instacart!

Instacart-Logo-ResizeIt is my pleasure to announce that beginning today, we are making a large selection of Bi-Rite Market products available for delivery in San Francisco through our new partner, Instacart. Many of you have spoken to me personally about your requests for delivery options, and we are thrilled to provide a flexible and convenient way to access the Bi-Rite foods you love.

PreparedFoods1We partnered with Instacart because, like us, they value personal connections and are committed to great service. And rest assured, we are always here to respond to any special requests, answer questions, provide recommendations, and share recipes.

We hope you enjoy the selection we have created for you in our Instacart store. You’ll find Bi-Rite classics and favorites, including:

  • IceCream1Bi-Rite Creamery Ice Cream
  • House-made Prepared Foods
  • Organic, Local & Farm-Direct Produce
  • Cheeses
  • Sustainable Meats & Seafood
  • Wine & Spirits
  • Groceries & SnacksMeat1
  • Deli Items
  • And much more!

Click here to visit Bi-Rite on Instacart and start shopping!

Open a new account on www.Instacart.com, and get free delivery on your first order of $35 or more.

We hope you enjoy your experience with the website, service, and food. As we fine-tune this new offering, we would love to hear your feedback. Email us at info@biritemarket.com, call (415) 241-9760 extension 0 and speak to a manager, or visit us in person. We look forward to seeing you.

Many thanks,

Sam and The Bi-Rite Family


Sharing in LGBT Pride


The 2014 San Francisco Pride Celebration is coming up this weekend, June 28th and 29th. It’s one of our favorite times of the year because we get to join in the fun and festivities, watch the inspiring Dyke March pass through our neighborhood, and express our love and support for the LGBT Community.Our 18th Street Market is the place to be on Saturday; we’ve got everything you need to stay fed, hydrated and in good spirits for what promises to be a day of beautiful weather and celebration.

Here’s some special stuff we’re preparing just for Saturday! All of these great sandwiches, drinks and snacks will be available right out in front of our 18th Street Market! Just stop by our table outside, grab what you need and go show your pride.


Caprese Sandwich     $6
Belfiore Mozzarella, Heirloom Tomatoes, Picked Basil, Olive Oil, Balsamic, Maldon Sea Salt on Acme Rustic Baguette

Rainbow LGBLT     $10
House-Made Bacon, Lettuce & Heirloom Tomato with Pickled Carrots, Coleslaw & Aioli on Bakers of Paris Sweet Roll

Bangin’ Weiner     $6
BN Ranch All-Beef Hot Dog, House-Made Kraut & House-Smoked Ketchup on an Acme Hot Dog Bun


Waters & Munchies
C2O Coconut Water                    $3
Renewal Water                           $2
Kettle Chips                               $1.50
Organic Fresh Watermelon Slice  $1

Beer (Cans)     $4
21st Amendment IPA
21st Amendment Seasonal
New Belgium Shift Lager

Tallboys     $5


Celebrating SF Made – Part II!

booze displayyyyyyyyyyyyyWith the Fancy Food Show in town, Raph took some time to tell you about some of the fantastic local, artisanal food products that he’s highlighting at our Markets. To accompany them, we’ve also got a wide selection of great spirits and beer that are proudly crafted right here in San Francisco. Here are a few that I’m particularly excited about this season.


Sutton Cellars Vermouth – A thicker-bodied, grapey vermouth that tastes beautiful all on its own over ice. Crafted from a base of Sonoma white wine and infused with botanicals, including rosemary from the bush near the winery.

No. 209 is a San Francisco gin distillery owned by the Rudd family (owners of Rudd Oakville Estate Winery and Dean & DeLuca). They pride No. 209 on being a “handcrafted, unique and intriguing spirit that is truly artisanal in quality”.

Junipero Gin, which was given the “Best Gin in Show” award at the 2012 NY World Wine and Spirits show, is made by hand  in a small distillery in the Potrero Hill section of San Francisco. Anchor Distilling Company, which produces Junipero Gin, also produces Anchor 18th Century Spirit Whiskey, hand-crafting from a mash of 100% rye malt.

Legendary San Francisco brewer Anchor Brewing, an affiliate of Anchor Distilling Company, produces Anchor Bock Beer, a fine seasonal offering that’s dark, strong, refreshing and perfect for the onset of spring in San Francisco.


Speakeasy Betrayal is a seasonal release from this San Francisco brewer. It’s an Imperial Red Ale with flavors of caramel and malt and hints of tropical fruits. With its rich mouthfeel and full body, it pairs well with stew steak.

Almanac Biere de Chocolat is a collaboration between nomadic farm-to-barrel San Francisco brewers Almanac and our friends at the phenomenal San Francisco chocolatier Dandelion Chocolate. The result is this rich, decadent, dark and smoky beer.

You can find all of these local products in our Made in SF display at Bi-Rite Market on Divisadero, and just ask for them at 18th Street and we’ll be happy to help you out. We hope you enjoy these products from our friends and neighbors as much as we do!


Celebrating SF Made!


Display 1It’s that time of year! The Fancy Food Show is back in our beloved city by the Bay. As food-lovers, we consider ourselves fortunate that this premier event for specialty food makers comes to San Francisco every year. And as the Grocery Buyer for Bi-Rite, it’s always a thrill to try new products from outstanding food artisans, and to welcome them to our stores to meet our staff and peruse our shelves.

Those shelves are stocked full of delicious foods from great local producers, and to celebrate all the visitors from near and far to the Fancy Food Show, we are highlighting some of our local favorites this month. Visit the displays marked “SF Made” and you’ll see why!

Boozely'sBoozely’s Pickles are made by Brad Boozely, one of our neighbors on 18th Street. Brad comes from a long line of picklers and his love for the art shows in the crisp, tasty crunch of his pickles. He supports local farmers with his selection of produce.

We Love Jam is a two-person operation where literally everything, from recipe development to cooking to graphic and web design, is done in-house. The owners have forty years of combined experience experimenting in the kitchen, and work directly with local family farms to source the best fruit possible for their amazing jams.

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Hey Boo Coconut Jam, one of our most popular “SF Made” products! Coconut jam, also known as Srikaya in Indonesia, has been consumed for hundreds of years in Southeast Asia. Hey Boo’s San Francisco version is slow-cooked in in small batches using high-quality natural ingredients. It has a silky smooth texture with a golden color and a rich creaminess that is achieved by cooking the ingredients according to traditional Srikaya-making techniques.

Dandelion Chocolate are neighbors and great friends to Bi-Rite Market, and are a favorite among our guests and staff. From their location in the Mission District, they operate a bean-to-bar chocolate factory where temper small batches of beans and then mold and package each bar by hand. They have close relationships with their cacao growers and have prioritized sustainability since opening in 2010. Stop by for a visit while you’re in the neighborhood!

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Kika’s Treats, another neighbor, was founded in 2006 by Cristina Arantes, who produces pure chocolate-covered confections using a variety of alternative sweeteners and is committed to using the finest locally-sourced ingredients to make her delicious treats. She also gives back to the community through in-kind donations to local non-profits by donating 5% of net profits to La Cocina, a non-profit food incubator in San Francisco that helps low-income entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.

All of these products will be highlighted at both of our Market locations, so stop by for a look, chat and taste. We look forward to sharing these products from our friends and neighbors with you!