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The Best Chocolates I’ve Ever Tasted

GCDF2We stock a  wide assortment of excellent local artisanal chocolates at Bi-Rite, and as grocery buyer it’s my privilege to taste dozens of varieties in order to select the finest options for our stores. This year I was blown away by the chocolates crafted by gâté comme des filles. They’re something special, and I’m truly thrilled to bring them to our guests. The exquisite offerings from this small Oakland-based company will grace the shelves of both of our Market locations just in time for the holidays and are, quite simply, the best chocolates I’ve ever tasted.

GCDF1They are designed and crafted by chocolatier Alexandra Whisnant, who trained for her patisserie degree in France before working for Berkeley’s world-renowned restaurant Chez Panisse. She founded gâté comme des filles just this year and the company is in full swing, lovingly crafting the freshest chocolates you’ll ever taste.

Alexandra’s chocolates are a feast for the eyes as much as for the palate. Before you luxuriate in their rich  filling and to-die-for texture, take some time to appreciate their aesthetic beauty. Each design is bright and expressive, each piece glittery and unique. They’re so easy to covet, you might forget that their ultimate purpose is to be enjoyed for their sublime taste! But don’t wait too GCDF5long, for these marvelous chocolates, created by this master of the field, need to be eaten fresh in order to be optimally enjoyed; Alexandra’s recommendation is that they be eaten within five days of production. Without the constraint of prolonged shelf life, Alexandra is able to freely express the full potential of her ingredients, leading to the creation of vibrant flavors and pleasing textures not normally available in store-bought confections. As a result, they will not always be available to purchase and pre-orders are highly recommended. They make for a holiday gift like no other, but are meant to be promptly and thoroughly enjoyed, and we recommend that you encourage anyone fortunate to receive them as a gift to do just that.

To indulge in gâté comme des filles this holiday season, keep the following delivery dates in mind:

Friday, November 22ndGCDF3

Friday, November 29th

Friday, December 6th

Friday, December 13th

Sunday, December 22nd

Saturday, December 28th

This weekend, Alexandra will be spending time at both of our market locations, where you can taste and discuss her chocolates with her. She’ll be at our Divisadero store from 2-5pm on Saturday, November 23rd and at our 18th Street store from 2-5pm on Sunday, November 24th. If you miss out on these tastings, don’t despair – the chocolates will be available on our shelves throughout the holiday season, and we’ll be offering several more chances to try them during Christmastime. I promise you this is one you don’t want to miss out on. We’ll see you at the Market.


Matt R.

November Wine Blitz at Bi-Rite 18th Street!

wine blitzWe can’t believe it’s already time for our November Wine Blitz at 18th Street! We’ve been doing a fair bit of wine-hoarding and are stoked with the selection we have in store for the two upcoming Holiday Wine Blitzes. The first Blitz kicks off on Monday, November 11th and runs through Sunday, November 17th. If you’ve never participated in one of our Wine Blitzes before, here’s how it works: at our 18th St. location only, during the above-mentioned dates, you’ll get 20% off any 12 or more bottles of wine, mixed and matched however you like! Worried about carrying that wine home? We’re also offering free deliveries within San Francisco for Wine Blitz purchases. We’ve timed this sale perfectly to allow you to stock up on everything you’ll need for the approaching Holiday Season – especially Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.

Can’t make it during that week? Worried about crowds? We love pre-orders! Come by the store, shoot us an email or give us a ring before Wine Blitz starts and let us know what you’re looking for. We’re happy to pick out wines for you, apply the 20% discount during the week of Blitz, and set them aside for pick-up or delivery. And don’t forget to come to the Preview Tasting tomorrow, November 7th from 6 to 8 PM at 18 Reasons, where you can sample 30+ wines and get started writing your own Blitz Wish List. 

The wines below are just a few of many that we’re excited to feature for the November Wine Blitz. They’re all reds that are perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner. And yes, the classic pairing for turkey is Pinot Noir, but we like to think outside the bottle and pair our poultry with something different. All of these are limited and probably won’t be available much past our November Blitz, so be sure to add them to your Blitz List!

madeleine2011 Madeleine ‘Maddie’ Vin de Table  –  $16.99

Damien Georis discovered his passion for wines when he was a young boy living in Belgium and an old family friend, Madeleine, gave him his first sip of wine. This sip inspired Damien’s career as winemaker, and he later went on to study enology at Bordeaux University. He found additional inspiration in the Loire Valley and its signature grape, Cabernet Franc. Damien moved to California in 2005, determined to create a wine that would best express this elegant and refined varietal. ‘Maddie’ is his entry-level, everyday sipping wine, named for his wine muse. A blend of 75% Cabernet Franc and 25% Syrah, this wine is fresh, vibrant, juicy and filled with aromas of herbs and pepper.

2012 Franz Gojer St. Magdalener Classico  –  $22.99gojer

Franz Gojer is a master of Shiava and Lagrein, two native grapes of the Alto Adige. His Glogglhof vineyard at the heart of St. Magdalener produces some of the top wines from Alto Adige. The St. Magdalener Classico is blend of 95% Shiava and 5% Lagrein and is the perfect balance between elegance and power. We get aromas of violets and cherries along with a soft, velvety texture and round tannins. We love this with a traditional speck from this region of northern Italy, but it’s also a perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving meal.

dupasuier2010 Domaine Dupasquier Gamay  –  $19.99

It’s no secret we love Gamay at Bi-Rite! It’s our alternative to pricey Pinot Noir and is a very versatile and food-friendly grape! We’re always trying to source Gamay from different regions, especially since the grape can be very transparent and expresses terroir extremely well. One of our favorite Gamay producers is David Dupasquier. He has dramatic and picturesque vineyards in Savoie, high up near the Alps. Dupasquier’s Gamay is clean, high-toned, and minerally; it speaks of both the place and varietal from whence it comces. This is one of those limited wines that sells out fast, so don’t get caught buying just one bottle!

Upcoming Events:

November Wine Blitz!! – Monday, November 11 to Sunday, November 17

*18th St. Location Only*

December Wine Blitz!! – Monday, December 9 to Sunday, December 15

*18th St. Location Only*

Upcoming Tastings:

18th Hour Cafe – Every Thursday, 6-9PM, Drop-In

November Wine Blitz Preview Tasting – Thursday, November 7, 6-8PM, Drop-In

Sancerre Tasting with Pamela Busch – Wednesday, November 13, 7:00-9:00PM, Ticketed

December Wine Blitz Preview Tasting – Friday, December 6, 6-8PM, Drop-In

Tasting Seminar: Champagne and Sparkling Wine – Monday, December 9, 7-9PM, Ticketed

Don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or special requests (415.241.9760 for 18th St. or 415.551.7900 for Divis) or email wine@biritemarket.com.


Jessie Rogers

Film Night: “My Name is Inigo Montoya…Prepare to Dine!”

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Heading to Film Night at Dolores Park to see The Princess Bride tonight? We’ve got great recommendations for park-perfect snacking! Swing by and grab some easy-open PUBLIC Label Barbera wine! Pair it with locally-made Summer cheeses, salami, and rustic baguettes for the perfect movie meal. Complete the picture with salty favorites like Chunky Pig Candied Bacon Caramel Corn and Rusty’s Surf City Chips. And stop by the Deli counter for tonight’s complete house-made Dinner menu!

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Matt R.

Wine Blitz Weekend: Spritzy Summer Whites!

Blitz! Blitz! Blitz! Our Spring Wine Blitz is in its final days! Now through Sunday, May 19th, we’re offering 20% off purchases of 12 or more bottles of wine, with free delivery with San Francisco! This year’s Blitz is happening only at our 18th St. location, but we’re happy to take orders by phone (415-241-9760) or email if you can’t make it to 18th St. in person.

Here’s the final installment of our Wine Blitz Picks – wines we’re excited to have in stock for our spring sale. This weekend, we’re all about putting a little spritz in your summer! All of these wines have a little bit of natural effervescence making them all no-brainers for refreshing summer wines.

2010 Bengoetxe Getariako Txakolina  –  $17.99; Blitz Price  –  $14.39Bengoetxe Getariako Txakolina

Txakoli (say ‘chok-o-lee’) is the go-to wine for the people of Basque country Spain. With a long tradition, this style of wine has been made and drunk in copious amounts since the mid-1800s. It’s always light, crisp, refreshing, and bottled just before fermentation finishes resulting in a little bit of residual carbon-dioxide in the wine. The Basque people drink it by the gallon and with anything from local fresh fish to meat; and you should too! Bengoetxe is one of the only organic Txakoli producers in Basque country and is known for holding their wines back before release. The result is a slightly richer style of Txakoli with just a hint of effervescence. Crisp, tart lime flavors and a salty minerality make this very mouth-watering.

 

ameztoi2012 Ameztoi Rubentis  –  $21.99; Blitz Price  –  $17.59

Ameztoi is one of the best Txakoli producers in the area, with a picturesque location that overlooks the Bay of Biscay. They’re also one of the few Txakoli producers dedicated to staying traditional while other less-reputable wineries around them falsify the typical spritzy-ness of Txakoli by artificially adding CO2. They’ve experimented in bottling a rosé Txakoli, and we have to say it’s one of our favorite rosés every year! Light raspberry aromas and followed by flavors of tart blood orange, minerals, sea salt, and bracing acidity. We certainly understand why the Basque people drink this stuff by the gallon.

 

2011 Casebianche La Matta  –  $19.99; Blitz Price  –  $15.99la matta

Casebianche is a newer winery in Campania, Italy; it was founded by Betty and Pasquale Mitrano in 2000. They’re dedicated to organic viticulture, naturally made wines, and have produced some great terroir-driven wines from their small vineyard. This Spumante Integrale, is bottled unfiltered and unfined just before fermentation ends, trapping some residual CO2. Made from Fiano, typical to Campania, it has aromas of fresh pear, quince, and Meyer lemon. Just lightly bubbly, it’s medium-bodied with a dry-finish and flavors reminiscent of a tart, dry, cider. It’s very limited – grab some while you can!

Beat the crowds! Place an order via e-mail or give us a call at 415-241-9760 by Sunday to order your case. You can choose 12 bottles of your fave vino or mix and match! 


Casey

Next in our 18 Reasons Gallery: ROOTS

18ReasonsLogo beerWe’re pleased to announce our next art exhibit at 18 Reasons:

ROOTS: a solo exhibition by Laura Parker
April 13 through May 30, 2013
Opening Friday April 5, 6-9 pmNieuil

Laura is a San Francisco-based conceptual artist whose work often focuses on agriculture, the environment and social structure. As an interdisciplinary artist she works in drawing, painting, artists books, and installation. Her 2001 work, “How far are you from the farm? A mile or a generation?” invited library patrons to fill a wall with memories and experiences of the land. Parker’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Copia Center for Food, Wine & the Arts; Triton Museum of Art; Sonoma County Museum; Falkirk Cultural Center; San Francisco Public Library’s Jewett Gallery; Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum in Cologne, Germany; MR Gallerie and the Chateau de Nieuil, France.

NiortHere’s what Laura has to say about her upcoming exhibit in our 18 Reasons space:

RootOne-DTom Willey, who farms 80 acres in Madera, leaned across his dinner table and extended his open palm toward me. He said, “If my hand were filled with soil, there would be more microorganisms here there than the number of people on this planet.” The diversity of microbes associated with plant roots is enormous, in the order of tens of thousands of species. Yes, I knew there were a lot of microorganisms but somehow this image presented the information in a very different context to me.

Since that time I have been fascinated with the hidden world of the soil, from seeing if my senses could detect the transference from soil to plant and vice verse to imagining the hidden world of that landscape. Like most people, when I think of landscape I think of trees, plants and sky. But what of the world below—the one I can’t see? Everything we see is dependent on what we do not see: the soil, the roots, and the microorganisms. Our world, and that includes us, could not exist without the soil. We walk on it, we eat it, we build with it, we breathe it.

Did you know that some roots of native perennial grasses can provide up to 80% of the organic matter that regenerates rich prairie soil? And that some of these grasses develop roots reaching 12 to 15 feet deep?

We hope you’ll join us to dig into some of these marvels at Laura’s show.

 


Bi-Rite Divis is Open!

b-man with divisadero lineThought I’d never say this….but we’re open on Divisadero Street! Please come visit us 9 am – 9 pm today and every day. Store location, hours and parking info (yes, we do have one hour parking for our guests!) is here.

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Salty Ginger Sundae, Divis contest winner!

We’ve spent about three years working towards this moment, so today is all about celebrating the long, winding path that brought us here. And what better way to do so than by treating ourselves to the newest additions to our Divis menu: the winners of our Divis Sandwich and Sundae contest!

The Giuseppe: Fra’ Mani salami and mortadella, provolone, lettuce, red onion, tomato, dijon mustard, pepperoncini, and lemon aioli on an Acme Rustic Baguette (congrats to Joseph Slattery!)

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Opening is so sweet!

The Salty Ginger: Ginger ice cream, ginger snaps, sea salt, chocolate fudge, and whipped cream (congrats to Zoe Byl!)

Now that the construction is complete, it’s time to start the important work of building relationships with our guests. Our 60 Divis staff members are eager to meet and feed you. Plus, a bunch of our passionate food makers are joining us to give out tastes of their cheese, jams and more: check out the Divis events on our calendar here.

See you soon! And now more than ever, please let us know how we can better serve you.

P.S. You’ve gotta check out this video of neighborhood pup Trotter on his first visit to the store!

 

 

 


Tickets are On Sale for our San Francisco Food & Farm Film Festival

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We’re only 48 days away from the launch of San Francisco’s first Food & Farm Film Fest! We’re showing some incredible films (like this one), have lined up our favorite restaurants (Delfina, are you ready for your closeup?) to provide food pairings, and have found inspiring food and agriculture nonprofits to partner with, like the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT).

We reached our Kickstarter goal this week, raising $3,000 to help launch the fest. Thank you to all our supporters! Now we’re moving on to selling tickets, which will get you access to the full festival program or individual movie screenings. We’re showing documentaries, narrative films, and even our favorite animated food movie.

The festival pass is just $95, and includes the Friday, March 29th opening screening and after party at Four Barrel coffee with bites from Jardiniere, Wise Sons, Pica Pica and more.  Or choose to buy a ticket for an individual screening: $15 gets you a movie paired with a tasty bite from a local chef (our Creamery team will be scooping maple ice cream for all ticket holders at Betting the Farm on Sunday 3/31)!

Please help us spread the word, and make sure to get your tickets early. And if you want to be more involved with the fun, we’d also love to have you as a volunteer. Thanks!


Good Food Education: Visit our 18 Reasons Table at the Good Food Awards Marketplace!

18ReasonsLogoWe are thrilled to be spearheading the first ever Good Food Education component of the Good Food Awards. In planning their event for this weekend, the organizers of the Awards asked us to bring our experience in food education to the Good Food Marketplace at the Ferry Building!

Come find our table on Saturday, January 19th to test your knowledge of all things artisanal. We’ll challenge you to trivia about what it means for makers of chocolate, coffee, charcuterie, beer and other foods to produce in a socially and environmentally responsible way (while aiming for maximum tastiness).

1gfaWe will be giving away great prizes like a copy of Bi-Rite’s Eat Good Food, Good Food Awards t-shirts and 18 Reason’s memberships to whoever can answer trivia stumpers about how Good Food is produced. Find us near the Beer & Spirits Garden!

Here are some teasers to get you warmed up for the kind of questions we’ll be asking:

Q. Fill in the blank: All chocolate entries for a Good Food Award must be made from _____ to bar or _____to bar.

A. Bean, Liquor

Q. What type of resource conservation must Good Food Award Finalist breweries practice?

A. Water


Shakirah

Calling All Local Santas: Our First 18th St. Holiday Joy Drive

Want to help bring some holiday cheer to Mission families this season? Join us and our fellow 18th Street elves for our first ever 18th Street Joy Drive! We’re collecting toys for Arriba Juntos’ “La Posada” Celebration on December 22, 2012. Arriba Juntos expects 1,500 families for the gifts, food, games, music and hourly piñata breaking this year – we need your support! If you’re down to be local Santa, we’re looking for new and unwrapped

Arriba Juntos staff with last year's gift collection

-toys (for kids 12 and under)
-books
-sports equipment (e.g. basketballs and soccer balls)
-art supplies

You can drop off these goodies in the barrel at the entrance of the Market from December 17th to December 20th, 9AM to 9PM. On the 19th from 4 to 7pm, I’ll be accepting donations in front of the store – swap a toy for some hot cider, Christmas cookies and a high-five!

We’re lucky to have so many great neighbors and we’re hoping to create a happier holiday for families in need. With your help, we’ll make it a bit easier on Santa and his elves this year.

Excited? Have questions? Email me!

La Posada 2011

 


Chili

Do the Turkey Tango: Pre-Order Yours Today!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is just two weeks and two days away!? Are you ready to cook your bird and dig into some cozy fall dishes?

Come by the Market today from 4-7 to taste our roasted BN Ranch Heritage Turkey, along with favorite side dishes on our Thanksgiving Menu (including several veggie-friendly), available for pre-order now. And don’t forget the Creamery’s famous Pumpkin Bundt Cake and pies!

Have you ordered your turkey yet? We have five fresh turkey options available for pre-order–check them out on page nine of our Holiday Guide!

We’re here to help, 9 am – 9 pm every day (call us at 415-241-9760).

And while you still have a couple weeks to plot your course, check out our authoritative guide to making your bird and side dishes shine!