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Bi-Rite From-Scratch: Preserving Our Local Economy!


Every time you open a jar of Bi-Rite jam, you become a part of our mission of “creating community through food.”

Our Producer Buyer, Simon works directly with our farmers to source the ripest peak season fruit, that is then delivered to our chefs within 24 hours of harvest. Our relationships with some of the most respected farmers in Northern California means that the fruit going into our preserves is always single-varietal, single-farm produce that we’re over-the-moon to be sharing with you all.

Beyond just preserving beautiful and beloved local fruit that would otherwise leave us much too soon in the fleeting days of summer, Bi-Rite Preserves are about elevating unique and flavorful varietals of fruit using our Chefs’ tried and tested recipes.

Our Peach Preserves from the Masumoto Family Farm  are a perfect example of that communion of fruit, farmer and chef. Made from some of the best peaches in the world and grown by a California farming family that cares about their community and the future of agriculture enough to write bestselling books on it and processed at peak ripeness by our Bi-Rite Chefs. All so that you can crack open a jar of summertime peach goodness, all the way into the foggier days of fall.

We know there’s nothing quite like biting into a perfect summer peach, but we’re hoping that diving into a jar of our preserves will come in a close second.

Our Preserves are made in very limited quantities and only available as long as supplies last, so stop by the Markets and snag your jar of single-varietal fruit goodness while you can! Or, just go ahead and have them delivered right to your doorstep via Instacart.

We also lined up a few recipes for you, in case swirling ’em into oatmeal and slathering ’em onto toast just isn’t gonna cut it these days…

  1. Jessica Koslow of Sqirl’s cult-classic, highly Instagram-ed Jam-Stuffed French Toast with our Blackberry Preserve is the perfect indulgent brunch (just in time for the launch of her new cookbook too!)
  2. This Grown-Up Grilled Cheese with perfectly melty Brie and our Strawberry Preserves is everything we want for every meal.
  3. Lucky Peach understands the importance of Morning Buns, and then they add Apricot Jam to the equation. We’re swooning and they know it.
  4. We’re adults and sometimes, we like a good cocktail. Peach Bourbon Cocktail with our Peach Preserve? Yes please.



Shana Tova: Celebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

Shana Tova! While the weather may not reflect it, fall is here and it’s nearly time for Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur.  This year, we invite our guests to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and break fast on Yom Kippur with Bi-Rite! From honey to apples to brisket and more, we have what you need for however you’re cooking or marking the occasion.

wisesonschallah_webOur Grocery team is thrilled to announce some exciting new products this year, including Wise Son’s cult-classic Round Raisin Challah, as well as favorites like Lover’s Lane Farm Wildflower Honey.  Our Produce department is spotlighting local, organic apples while our Butchers are bringing the best of grass-fed  beef brisket from local rancher, Five Dot Ranch. And of course our wine team has something to suit every palatte, from Manischewitz to Côtes de Provence.

Too busy to cook? You can still celebrate the holiday meal from scratch with our chefs’ holiday menus, now available for pre-order by calling the Markets (for 18th Street: 415.241.9760, for Divisadero: 415.551.7900), or you can order online for delivery (prepared foods will be available online starting Friday, September 30).  Our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur menus will be available from Friday, September 30 through Wednesday, October 12. Don’t forget dessert! New this year, Bi-Rite Creamery has crafted a special fall flavor, Bourbon Cider Ice Cream with spiced apple cake and candied ginger.

High Holiday Menu


Go 4th & Celebrate with Good Food!

It’s that time of year when the grills are hot, the beer is cold! 4th of July is just around the corner and whether you’re traveling afar or celebrating at home, our Markets and Creamery have what you need to fete the 4th with ease.

Fire up your grill because we have a hot deal on Niman Ranch Baby Back Ribs ($7.49/lb, normally $8.99/lb) through July 4th. Smaller and leaner than traditional St. Louis ribs, these little guys pack a punch on the grill! Pro tip? Pair your meats with our incredible selection of marinades and condiments! Season your meats with local favorite SFQ, the original San Francisco-style bbq sauce and staff favorite Omnivore Salt.  Swing through the produce aisle for some sweet summer corn, mixed-berry three packs, watermelon, stone fruit, and more. Stop by the Markets for all of your snacks, dips, pickles, and accoutrements, or shop our Summer Favorites aisle on Instacart and have everything delivered!

For those SF-livers with no space for grilling, our chefs have pulled together the perfect combination of Americana classics and new favorites in our House-Made 4th of July menu. From fried chicken to cole slaw, cornbread to 7-layer dip, we’re cooking up the best of your favorite comfort foods, ready for all of your 4th festivities.

MixedBerrySquareIt wouldn’t be a patriotic meal without pie! Bi-Rite Creamery’s Strawberry & Blueberry Pie is the perfect partner for our seasonal ice cream flavors, like Balsamic Strawberry and classic Vanilla. Our bakers have also created a special Blueberry Buttermilk Cake for the occasion!

Our Alcohol Buyer, Trac, has selected some perfect summer sippers to round our your bbq.  If you’re mixing up cocktails, try a Moscow Mule with organic and non-GMO corn-based vodka from Dogwood Distilling. For those of you who love a cold brew, we’ve got a special on Firestone Walker Brewing Co.‘s “Easy Jack” 6-packs (only $9.99!). For the wine lovers, try our food-friendly featured Zinfandels.

Go 4th and celebrate with Good Food!


Bi-Rite’s Best in Show: 2016 Good Food Award Winners


We’re thrilled to be showcasing some of our favorite Good Food Award-winning products over the course of the next 7 weeks, giving our guests a chance to taste 24 winners that blew us away at this years Awards. In 2016, the Good Food Awards granted awards to outstanding American artisan producers in 13 categories ranging from pickles and preserves to coffee, spirits, and ciders. The Good Food Awards is an annual recognition program celebrating food that is “tasty, authentic, and responsibly-produced.” Bi-Rite has been a strong supporter since the beginning, as we share many of the same values and ingredient-sourcing criteria.

Now heading into its seventh year, Bi-Rite is proud to be the Good Food Awards’ premiere sponsor, joining the effort to nurture the next generation of Good Food producers, and foster a food system that is fair, just, and sustainable. Our staff lends their tasting expertise each year to the Good Food Awards’ annual Blind Tasting, where over 200 expert judges from around the country taste the nearly 2,000 products submitted each year. In addition, Bi-Rite is proud to be a member of the Good Food Retailers Collaborative, a group of like-minded, independent retailers from across the country with a shared vision for creating community through Good Food.

Be sure to visit the Markets early and often, as the featured winners will rotate throughout the 7 weeks, and you’ll want to enjoy tastes of truly exceptional products from makers who go above and beyond simple craft to excel in social and environmental responsibility across the country. Here’s a sneak peak of what to look out for:



*Photo credit: Kassie Borreson, courtesy of the Good Food Awards


The Incredible, Responsible Egg

With spring arriving at the Markets in the form of local strawberries, beautiful asparagus, and tasty artichokes, it’s easy to forget that products like eggs have a season too! As the days grow longer and lighter, birds begin to lay their eggs in spring. Perhaps this is why we see eggs appear in spring celebrations and holidays, with eggs symbolizing renewal and rebirth. Today, our industrial food system has largely eliminated the seasonality of eggs, keeping birds indoors under artificial light so they continue to lay year round.

At Bi-Rite, we want to offer our guests a range of responsibly-sourced eggs from humanely-raised and treated animals. Our eggs are never sourced from birds that are subject to forced-molting (the practice of artificially provoking a complete flock of hens to molt simultaneously to stimulate production) or wing clipping. Likewise, all of our eggs are cage-free and free of hormones, antibiotics, and other additives. Whether you like your eggs hard-boiled, fried, or scrambled, reference our egg chart when shopping at our Markets so you too can understand the incredible, responsible egg:

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Valentine’s Day Sweets, Treats & Eats, Made with Love


This Valentine’s Day, share the love with the special people in your life. Celebrate with sweets, treats, and eats, made with love by our chefs, farmers, ranchers, and crafters. 


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Show you care with farm direct, seasonal bouquets from our floral team, like assorted-color Thomas Farm Organic Tulips, California-Grown Ranunculus, and our Seasonal Mixed Bouquets.

Stop by the Markets on Saturday, February 13, or Sunday, February 14, between 9am and 7pm to have our florists create the perfect custom bouquet for your loved one.


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From our sustainably-harvested seafood to responsibly-raised meats, our butchers have everything you need for breakfast in bed or a romantic dinner.

Mix and match classic surf and turf combos like assorted Miyagi, Nasketucket, and Rumamoto oysters or lobster tails with Five Dot Ranch Porterhouse Steak or  BN Ranch New York Strip Steak (save $5/lb on BN Ranch New York Strip Steak, only $19.99/lb through February 15).


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Made with Love in our Kitchen

Wow in the kitchen, without the work! Our chefs have brought the passion this Valentine’s Day with our house-made menu:

Our House-Made Lobster Ravioli with Ricotta, Parmesan & Tarragon served with Meyer Lemon Cream Sauce are a luscious indulgence, while our Pan-Roasted Stuffed Chicken for Two with Herbed Truffle Mousse makes an exquisitely elegant dinner for two.

Our Valentine’s Day menu will be available Thursday, February 11, through Sunday, February 14 at both Markets and in our online market via Instacart.


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Make your valentine twinkle with Raventos “de Nit” Cava Rosado, a beautiful Spanish sparkler with red flowers on the nose, soft red fruit on the palate, and just enough minerality and acid to provide a sturdy backbone.

Bring the heat with our special Red Hot Chili Collins cocktail recipe, created for us by Josh Harris of The Bon Vivants.


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Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop is celebrating Valentine’s Day until Monday, February 15!  Stop by for a taste of our newly-released Rose Ice Cream.

Or, share one of our special sundaes with your special someone, like the Made with Love Sundae featuring Tangerine Dream and Tcho Chocolate ice creams with caramel sauce, Marcona almonds, and house-made whipped cream, garnished with a chocolate heart!


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Choose joy and give the gift of chocolate. For your sweet-toothed sweetheart, we have a complete selection of bean-to-bar chocolates, handcrafted truffles, and small batch caramels and confections.

Try some of our favorites, like Tiny B Chocolate Brigadeiros Valentine’s Day Box, delectable Brazilian truffles made by hand in San Francisco, or Gate Comme des Filles 9-Piece Box featuring flavors like white chocolate cardamom, Amarena cherry, and Meyer lemon.



Simply sign up for a free account and visit the Bi-Rite Market store to shop hundreds of our products for convenient delivery.

Christine Mathias

Turkey Tips & our Fave Holiday Recipes

The Centerpiece of your Thanksgiving Table

It’s just a week Thanksgiving! We are proud to offer the tastiest, freshest Thanksgiving Turkeys, including Heritage and Broad-Breasted Turkeys from BN Ranch, and more. All our Turkeys are NOW AVAILABLE for Online Pre-Order from our Instacart Holiday Market for easy pick-up at either Bi-Rite Market location. Order yours today!


If you’re new to Instacart, you can save $5 on your first order of $35 or more from our special Holiday Market. Just create a new account, and enter the code BIRITETHANKSGIVING at check-out, after you select a pick-up date for your order at either Bi-Rite Market location.


 Our online pre-order deadline

for Turkeys and Thanksgiving Menu Items is

Tuesday, November 24 at 5pm


Turkey Cooking Tips & our Favorite Holiday Recipes

If you love to cook, or need to bring a special dish to a family event, our Chefs have assembled their favorite recipes from Eat Good Food, as well as are Cooking Tips for preparing your Thanksgiving turkey to perfection. Get them all here!

An easy and hearty side like our Roasted Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Caper Butter is a seasonal dish that is comforting and flavorful, and can be made with just a handful of ingredients. The Potato, Parsnip, and Celery Root Soup turns veggies into a creamy, rich dish that vegetarians and omnivores alike will love. And for a sweet treat, try Mom’s Pear Skillet CakeDownload the recipes and shop them online for delivery here, or ask for a copy when you visit Bi-Rite Market!


 Easy Steps for Thanksgiving Pre-Orders

  • All orders from Bi-Rite’s Instacart Holiday Market are for in-store pick-up only, at either Bi-Rite Market location. (If ordering from outside San Francisco, please use Bi-Rite’s 94110 zip code to create an account.)
  • Need help? No problem! A Bi-Rite Thanksgiving Hotline is available at (415) 241-9760; select option 3 for Thanksgiving menu-planning and ordering assistance. Menus can also be ordered in person with Bi-Rite Market staff at either market location, or by phone.


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!

Jason Rose

High Holy Days House-Made Menu: 9/11-9/23

We are excited to share our house-made menu for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, available Friday, September 11 through Wednesday, September 23.  In addition, we have an array of house-made, traditional baked goods from Bi-Rite Creamery, as well as assorted grocery items and Kosher wine.

The menu will be available for pre-order from both Markets (please allow 48 hours before pick up to place your order), or you can visit our online store at Instacart.com to shop all of your High Holy Days needs in our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur aisles.


In addition to honeys, we have beautiful, assorted farm direct, heirloom apples (up to $2.99/pound), Streit’s Matzo Ball Mix and Streit’s Matzo Ball and Soup Mix (both $3.99), as well as Mrs. Adler’s Gefilte Fish ($8.99) and Rokeach Memorial Candles ($1.99 each).

We are also featuring an assortment of beverages including Bunan Cotes de Provence Kosher Wine ($24.99), Bi-Rite Public Label Pinot Noir ($21.99), Devoto 1976 Cider ($12.99), Heidrun Hawaiian Macadamia Sparkling Mead ($24.99), and Kedem Grape Juice ($4.99 / 22 oz.). L’Shana Tovah!


Celebrating New Public Label Arrivals

Summer is here at Bi-Rite Market and we’re pleased as punch to announce the return of our Public Label Olive Oils, and a fantastic new collaboration with Poe Wines that created our Public Label Pinot Noir.  You may know that each Public Label bottle and jar contains ingredients sourced from our favorite farmers – we tell you who grew the ingredient, where it was grown, and how it turned into the final product you hold in your hand.  What you might not know is that Public Label is a whole lot more than a house brand.

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Pinot Noir grapes at the Olcese Vineyard

Public Label is one of the many ways we “create community through food,” bringing our community together through incredible ingredients from fantastic farmers, invaluable expertise from our buyers and staff, inspiring craft and skill from our producers, all of which culminate in these incredible, high-quality products.  Our Public Label collaborations develop out of relationships with producers we admire most; just as we seek the finest sustainably-grown produce, responsibly-raised meats, and the best-tasting ingredients for our Markets, we constantly push ourselves to create new and unique Public Label products that are expertly crafted with flavors that stand out from the pack.

This year’s Public Label Olive Oils are as versatile as they are delicious, from salads to dipping to finishing.  In a marketplace that is saturated with olive oils (and we’ve tasted our fair share), we’ve hand-selected two outstanding olive oils that are exemplars in their category.  For our Public Label Pinot Noir, we’ve partnered exclusively with Poe Wines’ winemaker, Samantha Sheehan, to create a beautiful and versatile wine with some incredibly special Pinot Noir grapes.

Public Label Mission Extra Virgin Olive Oil$19.99 500ml
For our new “Everyday” Extra Virgin Olive Oil, we’ve collaborated with Stella Cadente who is based in Butte County, CA. This Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made from fully ripened 100% Heritage Mission Olives, the only American olive cultivar and part of Slow Food’s Ark of Taste. The olives are hand-harvested and pressed within hours, then stored in stainless steel tanks and being bottled to order to ensure freshness and full flavor. The olives are harvested at peak ripeness and the olives yield olive oil that is perfect for everyday use. It’s a very well-balanced, mild-medium intensity olive oil with undertones of butter, green grass, hints of spice that lingers on the palate, and a finish that is everything you taste in a ripe olive. Use in everything from dipping to preparing your favorite salad dressing!BiRite-HOLIDAY-2015-Grocery-004

New Release of Public Label Tuscan Style Olive Oil$24.99 750ml
We have collaborated with Divisadero guests Ben Herrmann and Evan Loewy from The Other Brother Company to produce our 2015 Tuscan Style Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Evan and Ben’s family planted their initial estate orchard when they were kids; they grew up with the trees, gaining experience in small scale agriculture and olive oil production.  It wasn’t until after college that they decided to switch directions and follow their passion for food. Inspired by their childhood experiences, they started The Other Brother Company. The oil is a blend specially made for Bi-Rite that consists of five Tuscan olive varietals: Frantoio, Pendolino, Leccino, Maurino, and Ascolano. These olives are grown at the family orchards which are located in Templeton, CA and Monterey, CA. The olives are hand-picked and milled within hours after harvesting to yield an oil that is bright, bold, and buttery with notes of fresh garden herbs and tomatoes. It has a hearty, yet balanced, amount of pepper in the finish. Drizzle this oil on your favorite steak, it is especially delicious on rib-eye! Or use it as an oil for dipping.  Toss it with radicchio, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, greens, and roasted vegetables. Excellent in pasta and farro dishes, or as a finish on a bowl of soup. Marinate fresh goat cheese or feta in this buttery oil!BiRite-HOLIDAY-2015-hannakuh-235

Public Label Pinot Noir Sonoma County, CA 2014 | $21.99
Our Pinot Noir was sourced from the Olcese Vineyard, one of the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in Sonoma. This vineyard was planted in 1974 to Martini clone, a California heritage clone of Pinot Noir. With this special vineyard, we asked one of the best Pinot Noir winemakers in California, Samantha Sheehan of Poe Wines, to make us a phenomenal wine for under $25. The result is a beautifully aromatic wine, with cherry and raspberry fruit notes to go along with a savory, earthy spice. We love this with a variety of foods, from salmon to pork chops.