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Enjoy our Easter Menu!

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Our array of special Easter offerings from the Bi-Rite Kitchens, Bi-Rite Creamery, and our Butcher Departments will be available at both of our Market locations from Saturday, April 12th to Tuesday, April 22nd. We’re here to help you select the perfect ham, spring lamb, and seasonal side dishes to make your celebrations complete.

Our Floral Team will be out in front of our 18th Street Market from 9am to 9pm on Saturday, April 19th and from 9am to 5pm on Sunday, April 20th to meet all of your custom flower needs for Easter Sunday.

From Our Kitchen

Local Asparagus with Sieved Egg, Capers, Fines Herbs & Dijon  $12.99/lb

Citrus-Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Sumac, Pistachio, Apricot, Radicchio, Mizuna & Honey  $10.99/lb

Spring Frittata with Pasture-Raised Farm Egg, Asparagus, Ricotta,
Bi-Rite Farms Spring Onion, Tarragon & Lemon 
$6.99/slice

Grilled Coho Salmon with Lemony Spring Pea Hummus &
Shaved Bi-Rite Farms d’Avignon Radish 
$10.99/each

Fennel & Garlic-Crusted Slow-Roasted Grass-Fed Lamb with Raisin, Meyer Lemon
& Horseradish Salsa Verde  
$24.99/lb

Red Wine-Braised 5-Dot Ranch Brisket  $19.99/lb

From Our Butcher

Locally-Produced Small-Batch Artisan Hams from Llano Seco
Llano Seco honors historic traditions in the production of their products, leading to deep, richly-flavored meats. Their hams are made from humanely-raised pork on a historic California Rancho; hogs and are fed GMO-free, vegetarian grains and legumes.
All animals are confinement-free for 100% of their lives, and are never fed antibiotics or growth hormones.
Bone-In ½ Hams (5-6 lbs. each) $7.99 / lb  ▪  Petite Hams (2-3 lbs. each) $11.99 / lb

 Niman Ranch Spiral Cut ½ Hams (7-8 lbs. each) $7.49 / lb

Pasture-Raised Grass Fed Spring Lamb from Anderson Ranch:

Bone-In Leg of Lamb  $11.99 / lb ▪  Boneless Leg of Lamb  $13.99 / lb

House-Smoked Wild Alaskan Salmon, sliced to order  $34.99 / lb

House-Smoked McFarland Springs Trout Fillets  $23.99 / lb

From Bi-Rite Creamery

Chocolate Salted Caramel Cake   $30.00

Lemon Sour Cream Pie    $12.99/small  $24.99 large

Hot Cross Buns (4-pack)*   $6.99
*Available Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20 only

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An Interview with Eleanor Gerber-Siff, Head Florist for Bi-Rite Market

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If you’ve ever passed by the front of Bi-Rite Market and wondered who is behind all of the incredible flowers, bouquets, branches, and seasonal greenery we offer, the answer is Eleanor Gerber-Siff. I sat down with Eleanor to talk about her approach and learn about the producers behind the movement toward local, organic, and sustainable floral.

 

Eleanor, who are you and what do you do?

I work for Bi-Rite Market as the Head Florist and Floral Buyer for Bi-Rite, covering both our 18th Street and Divisadero Street Markets.

Is that what you’ve always done for Bi-Rite? What is your background in flowers?

I’ve been working in flowers for about six years and I’ve been with Bi-Rite for about a year and a half. Before Bi-Rite, I worked in different flower shops and did some freelance work, including floral arrangements for weddings and events. For about a year and a half before I started at Bi-Rite, I worked with Rebekah Northway, also known as The Petaler, an incredibly talented local floral designer.  My work with her was focused on large-scale arrangements for her restaurant accounts.

Before I started working for Bi-Rite, the flowers we sold here were coming in through the Produce Department. There was no full-time staff devoted just to flowers. The Department just wasn’t up to par, and it didn’t make sense, considering how beautifully displayed everything else in the store is. I saw that there was an opportunity for Bi-Rite to make use of a full-time florist, and I convinced our Produce Buyer Simon and Sam Mogannam to let me be that florist. I haven’t looked back since!

How do you source the flowers we sell at Bi-Rite?

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I go to the San Francisco Flower Mart every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and order directly from vendors. Going to the market is a huge part of maintaining relationships with those vendors, and it helps me trust that they know their product and that I can rely on them. Because I maintain close relationships with them, I’m often able to get good deals on great flowers.

Plus, seeing the same people three times a week is fun!  The Flower Mart is a whole micro-community that operates for the most part before most people are even awake!  The market is housed in a big cement building at 6th and Brannan Streets in San Francisco, which takes up almost a whole city block. It doesn’t look good from the outside, but once you get inside, it’s filled with the most beautiful and unusual flowers and greens.

Having a market where I can pick things out personally is important because the good product varies from day to day. I work with what’s available and looks great, rather than sticking to a set list of specific flowers I’m going to buy.

I also work with several farms that grow flowers and also sell us lots of other kinds of produce. That’s a special thing about working for Bi-Rite; I have access to these great local farms and the amazing flowers they grow. The Flower Mart doesn’t source those flowers, so I feel fortunate that I can get them for our guests. These farms are organic and use sustainable growing practices, so their flowers are better across the board – better for the people that grow them, better for me and my flower crew, and better for our guests. They’re creating a new flower economy based on principles of sustainability, and it shows in the flowers! They tend to be happier and more beautiful. An organic flower looks better than one that’s been sprayed with chemicals, and you don’t have to worry about sticking your nose right in there. I get to communicate with our flower farmer vendors several times a week, and that’s a good way to feel connected to something that’s growing – to stay close to the person who’s growing it.

There are three farms from which I get the biggest volume of flowers. Thomas Farm, in Aptos– they’re Certified Organic and grow mostly flowers.  Full Belly Farm–also Certified Organic; Bi-Rite gets lots of produce from them and they’re super awesome people. And Oak Hill Farm in Sonoma. They’re not certified organic but they use organic growing practices.

We work with some smaller farms as well – Blue House Farm and Fifth Crow Farm in Pescadero and Little City Gardens, which is actually in San Francisco – it’s a two-acre organic farm right here in the city. These farms grow some really unique fresh flowers.  Last year, Fifth Crow Farm had some Chinese Forget-Me-Nots that blew my mind.

How do you select the flowers you stock?

flowers1I’ve found I have a “Spidey Sense” about flowers. That’s part of what I bring to this job. I follow my intuition and in a room full of flowers, I pick out what I feel our guests will be most excited about.

My job is exciting because I also get to work directly with a bunch of local flower farms – our guests are cool and they respond to that. That’s something I want to educate more people about, because most of us aren’t necessarily thinking about farm-direct or organic flowers.  Many Bay Area folks think and care deeply about where their food comes from and how it’s produced.  I’d like to increase awareness about the benefits of local, organic flowers to ourselves and our community.  Organic, sustainably grown flowers promote the health and well-being of the people that are growing the flowers and of everyone who comes into contact with them.  What’s the first thing you do when someone hands you a bouquet of flowers?  You stick your nose in it and take a big whiff!  You don’t want gross chemicals in your lungs or in your home. Because they are not food, there is far less regulation on the chemicals people use on flowers than on produce, and this is especially true of flowers shipped in from countries outside the U.S.

What kinds of flowers do you personally like, and how do you prefer to arrange them?

My favorite flowers are ones that have a wild look to them.  Things that are slightly weird, too…or off, or crooked, or have a weird seed pod – I just like things that are unusual! I love that nature makes strange stuff and I like things that are a little bit ugly as much as I like things that are pretty.  Right now I’m really excited about all of the insane Ranunculus we’ve been getting in, especially the ones we get from Full Belly Farm in Guinda, California.

Every day that I work, there’s always one single flower that’s the best of the day. My Instagram is full of those “one best flowers.” I admit I’m a flower nerd…I care about them, so I think about them all the time.

My arranging style is a hodgepodge of ideas and techniques I’ve gathered from different places I’ve worked, but also from just experimenting on my own. I know what I like and let that guide me. I know it when I see it.

What floral services does Bi-Rite offer? Do you have anything special planned for Easter?

We offer custom floral work for any occasion – weddings, parties, events, and gifts. This week I’m doing

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flowers for a wedding as well as a dinner for 18 Reasons. We’re looking to do more stuff like that.  I love working with a client to create a beautiful event filled with flowers.

For Easter, we’ll have a table out in front of Bi-Rite Market 18th Street all day on Saturday, April 19th from 9am to 9pm. On Easter Sunday, we’ll be out there from 9am to 5pm. We’ll be doing custom floral arrangements in whatever way you need for your Easter celebration, so stop by and say hi to us.

We also make bouquets, pre-made and custom, and we have a wide variety of flowers for sale by the bunch and by the stem. Every single day you can see a beautiful array of flowers out in front of our 18th Street Market, and you can usually find me around there tending to the flowers and making floral arrangements.

I’m always available to work with our guests on anything related to flowers. And you can call either of our Markets to ask questions, place an order or try to track me down. Talking about flowers is what I love to do!


Jason Rose

Our Special Menu for Valentine’s Day!

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In addition to the exquisite chocolatesdelectable cheese and sparkling wines that are par for the course on a Bi-Rite Valentine’s Day, we’ve prepared a special menu for you to share with your loved one this weekend. Stop by our Markets on Friday or Saturday for a taste!

House-Poached Prawns with Almond Romesco

Prawns, bay leaf, black peppercorn, sherry vinegar, salt, lemon, red bell pepper, tomato, onion, chili de arbol, garlic, Almonds, olive oil, salt, pepper

$28.99/ lb

Dungeness Crab Cakes with Saffron Aioli

Dungeness crab, eggs, lemon, cayenne, onion, celery, salt, pepper, panko, rice bran oil, Dijon, pure oil, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, saffron

$7.99/ea

Seared Fennel-Crusted Tombo Tuna with Castelvetrano Olives, Pistachio & Meyer Lemon Pesto

Tombo tuna, salt, pepper, fennel, castelvetrano olives, pistachio, preserved Meyer lemon, capers, chili flakes, extra virgin olive oil, parsley

$11.99/ea 

Grilled Coho Salmon with White Miso, Winter Citrus & Sesame Seeds

Salmon, miso paste, sake, mirin, sugar, soy, orange, lemon, sesame, scallion, salt, chili flakes

$10.99/ea

Fresh Dungeness Crab Meat

$34.99/lb

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This is a selection of some key menu items; we’ll have other special offerings available as well from our Deli Service Counters such as oysters, sustainable caviar. This menu is available starting on Friday (Valentine’s Day) until closing time on Saturday, February 15th.

Be sure to adorn your Valentine’s table with custom bouquets of sustainable, organic, and local flowers, starting at $25, plus locally-grown roses by the stem at $3 each. We’ll see you this weekend. Happy Valentine’s Day!

 


Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Flowers, Bubbly, and Heart-Shaped Cheese!

Need some ideas for a fun and romantic Valentine’s Day? We’ve got a selection of Champagnes, cheeses and flowers that are sure to bring a smile to the face of someone special. All of the offerings mentioned below are available at both our 18th Street and Divisadero Market locations.

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We’re highlighting two excellent Champagnes this week. Champagne Guiborat Brut Tradition NV, a great Champagne value, is produced by the Fouquet family, who have farmed a small vineyard in the Grand Cru village of Cramant since 1885. Now in the hands of 5th generation owners Richard Fouquet and his wife Karine, Tradition has a touch of brioche on the nose accompanied by notes of white flowers and green apple.

Champagne Guy Charlemagne Reserve Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs is from a small grower located in a Chardonnay-rich Grand Cru villages of Mesnil and Oger, known for their rich limestone soil. This 100% Chardonnay pleaser has a lightness and finesse with touches of lemon and fresh nuts and notes of warm bread. For the perfect Valentine’s pairing, try our special A Toast for Two Champagne and Cheese Combo, which places this lovely Champagne alongside Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam cheese; its decadent, buttery creaminess is complimented perfectly by the complex intensity and long finish of the Champagne Guy Charlemagne. Try them together for an unforgettable treat.

photo 3You can also pick up a heart-shaped wedge of the Cowgirl Creamery’s Heart’s Desire, which is available just once a year just for Valentine’s Day. This special cheese will arrive fresh at both Markets on Valentine’s Day! Don’t miss this annual treat! Try Heart’s Desire on its own, or try our other featured Valentine’s cheese, the Andante Heart-Shaped Rondo. Not much is sexier than this cheese, an elegant blend of rich Jersey milk and tangy goat’s milk and crafted by one of our most talented local cheesemakers. Adorned with dried herbs and peppercorns, the heart-shaped Rondo is as beautiful to behold as it is sensuous to share.

FlowerBouquetsAnd to complete the picture for Valentine’s Day, don’t forget the flowers. Come by on Friday, February 14th to get a custom bouquet or floral arrangement made by our in-house florists. Bouquets of sustainable, organic and local flowers start at $25 and locally-grown roses by the stem will be $3 each. On Valentine’s Day you can get your flowers hand-arranged out in front of both of our Markets; our florists will create something special while you pop into the Market to get some chocolate, cheese and Champagne. We’ll have your Valentine positively swooning!


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Mum’s the Word: Custom Bouquets This Weekend!

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You choose, we’ll craft!

Mum’s the word – our flower crew is hard at work getting ready for Mother’s Day’s weekend! No surprise is complete without amazingly aromatic blooms, so swing by our bouquet crafting station at Bi-Rite 18th on Saturday, May 11th (9am to 9pm) or Sunday, May 12th (9am to 5pm). We’ll help you put together a beautiful, custom arrangement for mom, grandmom, and all the other mamas in your life.

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The garden roses smell amazing right now!

Spring is in full force! We have a huge variety of California-grown blooms — many of them grown within 100 miles of San Francisco.  This weekend, you’ll find lots of farm-direct, organic flowers from our friends at Thomas Farm, Full Belly Farm, and Oak Hill Farm.  Look out for beautiful organic sunflowers, cosmos, nigella, ranunculus, sweet peas, agrostemma and cornflower, all under $10 a bunch.

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Peonies are in full swing

Peony season is ramping up — be sure to grab a few stems. This late spring/early summer favorite  comes in a range of vibrant colors, from white to peach to pink to deep red.  We’ll also have the fleeting lily of the valley and lovely garden roses this week! Both are aromatic additions to any bouquet with their signature, intoxicating scent.

We can’t wait to help you make Mom’s Day blossom- see you on 18th!


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Easter Blooms from Bay Area Farms

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We’ll make a custom arrangement for your Easter table

Spring has come to the market in full force!  We’re super excited about the array of spring beauties we’ve been able to offer our guests in the last couple of weeks.  We are now carrying local and organic tulips, ranunculus, anemones, lilac, sweet williams, freesia, and irises. We’re thrilled to feature these flowers direct from Thomas, Full Belly, and Oak Hill Farms.

Also in season at the market are a wide variety of protea, grown by Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers in Fallbrook, CA.  These protea come in a wide range of shapes and colors, from spiky to soft, hot pink to orange and canary yellow.

DSC_4814We source our roses exclusively from local grower Neve Brothers in Petaluma, CA.  Unlike most imported florist roses, which are bred for longevity, these roses are bred for beauty and scent–the true essence of a rose!

Our flower team will be on hand this weekend to assist you in creating a beautiful custom arrangement for your or your host’s holiday table.  You can also pre-order a bouquet or vase arrangement by emailing our florist Eleanor.

HELLO SPRING!

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Thomas Farm’s amazing spread of ranunculus and tulips


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!