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Everything you need to know about December Festivities

The December holidays are upon us! This year, you’re sweater can be ugly, but your food doesn’t have to be! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, the Winter Solstice, or simply hop from holiday party to holiday party, we want to make your holidays as convenient and easy as possible.  Read on for answers below to your most frequently asked questions and then some, from all the logistics including our complete meal solutions, holiday menus, gift ideas, how to give back to the community by supporting our fifth annual Toy Drive, and more.

When are you open?
Christmas: We’re open 9am to 9pm almost every day of December except Christmas Eve and Day. We’re open 9am to 5pm on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day. We’re open as usual at 9am on 12/26, the day after Christmas.

New Year: We’re open 9am to 9pm on New Year’s Eve and 10am to 6pm on New Year’s Day.

You can now pre-order via our convenient NEW e-commerce website for in-store pick-up. Since internet never sleeps, 3am Christmas dinner shopping just got a whole lot easier!

How do I place a Christmas or Hanukkah menu order without having a meltdown in the wine aisle?
Pre-orders open on our Holiday E-Commerce site on 11/27 for all December Holiday and Gift Ordering. Stay in your pajamas, grab that extra bowl of cereal, and peruse our market offerings from your own personal internet technology!

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What are the pick-up times for Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s orders?

  • Order pick-up dates for the Hanukkah Menu are Friday 12/23 – Monday 1/1
  • Web pre-ordering for the Hanukkah Menu ends Sunday 12/22 at 5pm
  • Order pick-up dates for Christmas are Friday 12/16 – Saturday 12/24 (We’re closed Christmas Day, we’re closed!)
  • Web pre-ordering for the Christmas Menu ends Friday 12/23 at 4pm
  • Orders for turkeys and geese are taken until we sell out – we will sell out of specific sizes and types, so get your orders in sooner rather than later!
  • A 24-hour pick-up window will apply for all orders (so keep in mind you can’t place an order on Friday 12/20 at 9pm for Saturday 12/21 10am pick-up).

How do I go about picking up my December Holiday order?
You can choose which Market (18th or Divisadero), and specify your pick-up date and time during the checkout process on shop.biritemarket.com or over the phone.

If I ordered something for Tuesday and can’t make it till Wednesday, is that ok? What do I need to do?
No problem! Simply log into your account on shop.biritemarket.com and update your preorder with the new date.

crabscape_verticalwebI want to feel like a real deal Californian this year, so can y’all help me get my crab game on point? Is California Dungeness Crab even safe to eat? I heard some rumblings about toxic sludge…
California Dungeness Crab season is here and gosh, they are beautiful! After a sad crab-less season last year, we’ve got sweet, succulent, and meaty crabs this time around and we’re so ready to make the most of it. Get ‘em whole or get ‘em cracked and cleaned so all you need to do is melt the butter, bring out the good bread and wine and you’ve got a proper feast.

What’s the deal with Prime Rib? I’m equal parts awed and terrified…
We’ve got your back, or rather your rib? We threw together a Black Tie Dinner Kit so you can pair your Prime Rib magnificence with a bright winter salad, some cheesy, truffle-y potatoes, the best confections this side of the Bay, and eat a fairly epic meal without pulling your hair out at 4pm on Christmas Eve.

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Each rib weights about 1.25-2lb and we usually recommend 1lb per person. The beef is hormone/antibiotic free, grass-fed for 18-24 months and then grain-finished. We made a pretty sweet video to walk you through cooking your holiday Prime Rib AND you can find detailed cooking instructions at the markets in handy postcard form, easy!

I want a really good, responsible bird for the holidays, you know? The kind I can take home to my parents and cleans up real nice for Christmas dinner, no argyle involved.
Our BN Ranch Heritage Turkey is the best turkey we know, with intensely flavorful meat and the highest standards of sustainable ranching to its credit. We also have BN Ranch Broad-Breasted Turkeys for folks that want the benefits of a BN Ranch bird but prefer more white meat. Lastly, we have a select number of Mary’s Organic and Free-Range Turkeys – a great, clean bird, at a more affordable price. All of our turkeys are always fresh and never frozen. If Turkeys aren’t your bird of choice, we have Muscovy and Liberty Ducks this year from some of California’s best poultry farmers too. Only responsible, tasty birds in our kitchens!

hannukkah3_webIs there anything better than Brisket? (i.e. can we talk about Brisket for a minute y’all)
There are a few things better than brisket. Namely, leftover breakfast brisket, the undying street cred of a well-made brisket, the memory of that amazing BN Ranch brisket, and tamales with brisket? Let us do the heavy lifting and slow cook that brisket to perfection for you, or you can put on your big kid pants and cook this beauty yourself. Either way, you can’t go wrong with our brisket, we’re not biased or anything.

champscav_webBefore I go on my annual New Year’s juice cleanse and sign myself up for pilates classes I’m destined to skip, I’d like to ring in the New Year like a real champ. Guide me towards tasty success?
What we’re really psyched about is farm-to-table American Caviar and some real good Champagne to wash it down with. Throw it back to the early 2000s with champs and cav! Plus, you know the Markets will be whipping up perfect party bites the week of to round out your meal.

What cheeses can I bring to ugly sweater parties? Trying to step up my cheese game this year to offset this heinous sweater…
For us, the holidays are about celebrating the seasonal Alpine cheeses that our Cheese Buyer works so hard to bring us. The incredibly unique, 250-pound wheel of Slow Food designated Gotthelf Emmentaler – an intense and nutty cheese that puts the industrially-produced emmethalers of the world to shame is a super special, seasonal staff favorite. But really, anything on our Cheese Course has been curated to pair beautifully with a holiday meal, with a fantastic origin story.

What wines do I take to my in-laws’ Christmukkah dinner?
We’ve curated our favorite holiday wines on our e-commerce site but what we’re *most* excited about is our #BiRitePicks wine service! You tell us what you like, what you’re trying to pair with, and we’ll customize a case of bottles that best fit your meal, mood, and maybe even your sun sign. A personal sommelier service, just for you #becauseyoureworthit.

creameryscape1_webI’ve got a sweet tooth and I’d like to spend the holidays giving everybody I love some really worthwhile cavities, what’ve you got for me?
Swanky Buche de Noel (complete with sugar plum fairies), nostalgic cookies, from-scratch confections in really cute tins, AND rumor has it we’ve got the best candy cane ice cream in all the land. We’re here to give you the sugar high of the year.

PS – Want to be mesmerized by our Buche de Noel elves? Watch the method behind the magic from start to finish, here.

I like flowers, and wreaths, and centerpieces, and every time I check out Bi-Rite’s Instagram feed I am filled with floral envy. What’s your holiday floral situation?
We know, our Californian farm-direct flowers are pretty dreamy and have a rabid Instagram following of their own; we can take very little credit. However, you should gift your friends, family, and ugly sweater party hosts our flower bouquets, centerpieces or our gorgeous dried kitchen bouquets (and take all the credit). We’re here to make you look good, fear not.

gifty04webOkay so GIFTS. I have a lot of humans that I care about, and a lot of impressive gifts to give, but very few impressive gifting ideas. What do I do?
Luck you, we’re rather good at impressive gifting. Our Holiday Gift Guide is here to find the food gifts for everyone in your life and their aunties. Or visit the Markets, and our gifting experts will help you with everything from stocking stuffers to serious swag.

What about my boss? Or my coworkers? I work at a really cool non-profit/run a small business/hang out at the Googleplex and would like to win at the corporate gifting game this time around. No more gold embossed planners, please and thank you.
We’re with you and we’re all about winning at corporate gifting. Our Good Food gift boxes are a curated box of the very best of local, artisanal, craft foods, and a pretty fantastic way to show your appreciation to clients, coworkers, and bosses. Trust us.

toydrive02_webHow does Bi-Rite give back to the community during the holidays? How can we give joy and give back to our community this Holiday season?
Supporting our community is a year-round pillar of our business. Every time you shop with us, you are helping us make a difference by empowering our youth, strengthening the community, and creating resilience. This Holiday season, you can help us by donating new and unused toys, books, and art supplies to our fifth annual Toy Drive!

I have a lot more questions that this blogpost doesn’t even begin to cover, can we chat?
Of course! Contact us at shop.biritemarket.com/contact-us or call us at the markets!


Raph

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

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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.

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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!


Raph

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

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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:

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


Raph

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

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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.

 

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


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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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!


Raph

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.


Raph

Let’s Be Honest, Jackson’s Honest Chips Are Fantastic!

We can’t get enough of Colorado-based Jackson’s Honest Chips – the perfect accompaniment to summer picnics in the park, barbecues, and road trips.  Founded by mother-of-four Megan Reamer seeking an alternative to manufactured potato chips fried in highly-processed vegetable oils, Jackson’s Honest Chips began with experiments in the Reamer’s home kitchen, frying potatoes in the healthiest cooking oil they could find: coconut oil.

Wowed by the rich, deep, aromatic, potato flavors that came through in those first chips, the Reamers were instant fans of this perfectly balanced, salty, sweet, crunchy snack.  Using their proprietary “low and slow” cooking methods, Jackson’s Honest Chips are cooked in small batches at low temperature, hand-stirred as they cook.

The Reamers take Wendell Berry’s proclamation “Eating is an agricultural act,” to heart, sourcing potatoes from small family farmers using biodynamic or organic practices, and the highest grade coconut oil (100% organic!) from companies that use traditional extraction techniques and treat their soil and workers fairly.

Always non-GMO and organic, if ever there was a potato chip that makes you feel good, it’s Jackson’s Honest Chips.  Do you prefer your potatoes purple, sweet, or classic with sea salt? Try them all and find your favorite:

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  •  OG Sea Salt $4.99:  Organic U.S. grown potatoes that can only be produced during the growing season are what make these chips very special.  They often go from ground to shelf in less than week.  A simple potato chip, sure to satisfy.
  • Sweet Potato $4.99:  These beautiful orange spuds’ subtle sweetness is accentuated by cooking low and slow in organic coconut oil, then paired with a dash of sea salt for brightness, you’ve got yourself a delightfully crispy chip.
  • Purple Heirloom $4.99:  Grown 8,000 years ago in the Andes Mountains, purple potatoes were once reserved for Inca Kings!  Coconut oil is the perfect partner to this potato, giving it an unrivaled depth and buttery-rich finish.
  • Salt & Vinegar $4.99:  Made with apple cider vinegar because its sweet undertones pair well with the depth of organic coconut oil.

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What Are You Cooking for 4th of July?

The weather (and the grills!) are heating up, which means the 4th of July is nearly here!  We’ve got everything you need to plan your epic independence feast, from meats and marinades to snacks and condiments – and don’t forget the BBQ friendly wines!  Whether you’re celebrating at home, picnicking with fireworks, or road tripping with friends, we’ve got your 4th
festivities covered.  Shop for everything you need in both Markets or order online for delivery from our special 4th of July Instacart.com!

Master the Grill, SF-Style

4th-of-July-Ribs-(2)Starting this Saturday, June 27th until Sunday, July 5th, get your Niman Ranch St. Louis Pork Ribs for only $4.99/lb. (normally $7.99/lb.)  Whether you prefer to dunk your ribs in sauce or braise them on the grill, San Francisco’s “signature barbecue sauce,” SFQ BBQ Sauce ($7.99) – with its spicy, smoky tang – is the perfect pair for ribs, grilled peaches or tofu too!  Try our all-weather St. Louis Ribs SF-Style recipe to get the party started:

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Chips, Dips and Condiments, Oh My!

primary_99e7a439-b1f3-4ec2-80e4-91ba6d017146 Because no barbecue is complete without the full roster of condiments, snacks, and seasonings, we’ve got some of our local favorites that are sure to liven up any party.  Spice things up with 4505 Chicharrones or go the classic route with Nopalito Tortilla Chips and three varieties of Papalote salsas – Roasted Tomato, Habanero or Serrano-Tomatillo.

primary_0ea2f938-d855-44f0-94e4-36ed550cd7ccFor your burgers, brats and buns, we’ve got some great twists on the classics.  Mix it up with sweet and spicy Sosu Srirachup and Mother In Law’s tangy umami-filled Garlic Chili Gochujang; or dress your burgers in the French tradition with KL Keller Dijon Mustard and Sir Kensington’s Mayonnaise.  For seasoning your ribs, burgers, and corn look no further than Omnivore Salt.  Top it all off with Cabot Vintage Cheddar and you’re sure to be the envy of every party!

primary_eb613a9d-7ba2-4e20-b110-03f92e39e55aWhether you like your pickles speared, sliced, or whole, on the bun or as a side, we’ve got what you need with our own Bi-Rite Market Public Label Dill Pickles, Boozely’s Pickles (spears), and Pacific Pickle Works’ Bread & Buddas.

 

Sweet Tastes of Summer

primary_3eafcc43-3f5c-4e39-abe7-af2bbdfc1bccOur Organic Sweet Corn is great for grilling!  It wouldn’t be a summer barbecue without the Watermelon and the best of summer’s berries with our Mixed Berry 3-Pack.

BBQ Friendly Wines

Dry-Farmed-WinesPerfectly paired with barbecue fare, these wines are dry-farmed and drought friendly, showcasing some wonderful California vineyards who are doing their part to conserve water while making delicious wines.

Bucklin “Bambino” Old Hill Ranch $21.99
This young vine field-blend contains several grape varieties, principally Zinfandel, but also Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouchet and Grenache.

Bucklin Rosé of Old Hill Ranch $19.99
Whole-cluster pressed and finished dry, this wine has beautiful floral aromas with a crisp finish.

Calder Wine Co. Charbono $24.99
This wine has vibrant aromas of cherry cola and ripe plums, backed by intense secondary flavors of forest floor, mustard flowers, dark chocolate, sour cherries and bee pollen.

Birichino Besson Vineyard Grenache $19.99
Modest and bright, with a bit more tannin than up-front fruit and a pleasant dried-herb aspect – perfect for a weeknight.