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New Nana Joe’s Chef’s Blend–Featuring Sam Mogannam!

Local granola producer Michelle Pusateri of Nana Joe’s is a great friends of ours, and she makes wonderful products that we really love and are huge favorites of our guests.  Based here in San Francisco, Michelle exemplifies the small, hands-on, community-oriented approach that we admire when producing her outstanding granola. We’ve been stocking Nana Joe’s since they first opened their doors, so we’re very excited to have collaborated with Michelle in a new way to produce a great new granola.

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Michelle of Nana Joe’s

Each month, Michelle collaborates with a San Francisco chef to create a special Chef’s Blend Granola. She’s already worked with some of the best chefs in San Francisco, and now we can add our very own Sam Mogannam to that list. Sam is not just the founder of Bi-Rite Market, he’s also my brother! He’s also a fixture in and passionate supporter of the local food community, and a mentor for budding food entrepreneurs. Before founding Bi-Rite, Sam was a chef at his own restaurant, and co-author of Eat Good Food, the grocery buyer’s guide that is available on the shelves at our Markets.

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Sam Mogannam

We’re honored to have Sam join the distinguished ranks of San Francisco chefs who have created granola recipes for Nana Joe’s Chef’s Blends. We’re thankful to count Michelle and the crew at Nana Joe’s as friends and grateful that we get to stock their granola on our shelves. Says Sam, “I wanted to work with Nana Joe’s because I know the quality and integrity of the final product is guaranteed to be GOOD. The ingredients I chose are an inspiration from my Mother and a blend of my favorite Mediterranean flavors. Enjoy!”

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Sam’s granola recipe includes certified gluten-free oats, along with the following organic ingredients: toasted almonds, Grade B maple syrup, extra virgin olive oil, dried apricots, Medjool dates, toasted sesame seeds, crystalized ginger, fennel pollen and Maldon Sea Salt.

Sam’s Chef’s Blend will only be available temporarily, so make sure to get some soon. You can pick it up at either of our Markets. It’s not to be missed!


Raph

Unforgettable Valentine’s Day Sweets for your Sweetie

Valentine’s Day approaches! I really enjoy sourcing our chocolate selection here at Bi-Rite, with a goal of providing a range of sweets for every taste, and helping our guests to find something special to share with loved ones. Chocolate is a sure way to put a smile on someone’s face and make their day truly special.

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Valentine’s display at our 18th Street store

Chocolat Moderne is a producer I love to work with for special holidays, and they never disappoint. Their “Baby, you’re the one!” assortment has dark, white, and milk chocolate hearts with pink and red swirls that look like the unfolding petals of a rose. The flavors include passion fruit cardamom caramel, raspberry rendez-vous dark ganache, sea salted caramel, and a dark ganache laced with Tuthilltown Spirits Baby Bourbon. A truly stunning and unique collection!

You can always find chocolates on our shelves from renowned local chocolatier Neo Cocoa, named by Dessert Professional as one of the “Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America.” This February we’re excited about their Neo Cocoa Dark Raspberry Truffles, which combine bold, red raspberry with rich, dark chocolate for a classic pairing of Valentine’s flavors. Neo Cocoa are known for their luxuriously melt-in-your-mouth chocolate experience.

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Individually hand-made truffles from gâté comme des filles chocolatier Alexandra Whisnant

For a lovingly hand-crafted option that makes a truly special Valentine’s gift, we’re thrilled about one of the newest additions to our chocolate selections, gâté comme des filles. These exquisite truffles are made to order in small batches each week by master chocolatier Alexandra Whisnant, who trained for her patisserie degree in France before working for Berkeley’s world-renowned restaurant Chez Panisse. Each ganache is hand-whisked to create a filling both fluffy and rich, with flavors that peak within the first few days after production. This month our shelves will be graced with some surprise special Valentine’s flavors created by Alexandra for the holiday, so come by either of our Market locations to pick some up. These truly exceptional and special treats are meant to be savored.

We’ve got lots of other great chocolates on our shelves from exceptional producers such as our long-time friend Michael Mischer, Vosges, François Pralus, Fran’s, Michael Rechiutti, Poco Dolce, Kika’s Treats, Robert Lambert Everything you need to round out your Valentine’s Day celebration!


Raph

Touchdown! Superbowl Noms!

Superbowl XLVIII is on Sunday! With all of the 49ers fans on our staff, we at Bi-Rite are still licking our wounds from the playoff loss to Seattle. But the game must go on and we want you to enjoy it, even if only for the company, good food, and the commercials. You bring your friends, the couch and the television. We got you covered for noms and beer.

Don’t miss these awesome shareable party foods from our pre-pack case:

  • 7-Layer Dip – $13.99
  • Organic Black Bean Chipotle Dip – $4.99/8oz
  • Spicy Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip – $9.99
  • Willie’s Chili Con Carne – $9.99/32oz

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In honor of the Denver Broncos, we recommend washing this great food down with the excellent IPA from Avery Brewing of Colorado. You can get six-packs of this hoppy, acidic ale from our cooler, right before you stop by the deli counter for sandwiches, or to try great meals prepared by our kitchen. These offerings include:

 

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  • Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings, $9.99/lb
  • Poached Wild Shrimp with Spicy Cocktail Sauce, $24.99/lb
  • Heritage Pork Ribs with House-Made Chipotle BBQ Sauce, $14.99/lb
  • Deviled Eggs with Pimento, Celery and Caviar, $2.00 each
  • Macaroni and Cheese, $12.99/lb
  • Potato Skins, $3.99 each
  • Pasta Salad, $9.99/lb
  • Chili, $5.99/pint

To fill your snack bowl, stop by one of our in-store displays to get some Primavera Tortilla Chips and local favorite Papalote Salsa.

bothFor dessert, Bi-Rite Creamery has created two brand new Superbowl SundAES. Seahawks fans will want to grab the “Every Day I’m Russelling,” featuring Coffee Toffee and Salted Caramel ice creams, fudge, roasted almonds, and whipped cream. For Broncos fans, we ask “What Is the Manning of This?” with seasonal Orange Cardamom and Earl Grey ice creams, caramel sauce, house-made graham cracker crumble, and whipped cream. We assure you these aren’t any given sundaes, but tasting is believing, so come load up before kickoff.

 


Raph

Celebrating SF Made!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Raph

Great Last-Minute Gifts: Holiday Sweets and Seasonal Treats!

Every year around holiday time, I get to pick out some excellent cakes and sweets for our shelves. There are some perennial favorites that are eagerly anticipated every winter, but I’m always on the lookout for interesting new finds. We have a few of each this Christmas, and they’re great for warming your hearth and home this holiday season.

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Although we sell wonderful locally made panforte by Napa Cakes (more on that below), we thought it would be fun to include more panforte from its birthplace in Tuscany, so we introduced Pasticceria Sinatti Panforte Margherita. Panforte is a specialty of the southern Tuscan city of Siena, where Italians have been making it since the 13th Century. It is a flat, dense, round cake made with honey, hazelnuts, almonds, candied citron, citrus peel, cocoa, and spices. It contains a very small amount of flour, just enough to hold the cake together. After baking, panforte becomes firm and chewy. Sinatti’s panforte is sold in slices in Sienese bakeries and coffee houses. The Panforte Margherita is a traditional panforte made with nuts and candied fruit.

While the Panforte Margherita is fantastic, there’s a reason that we’re still stocking the Panforte by Napa Cakes. This local spin on the classic is an artisanal panforte that is handmade to order by Marge Caldwell in Napa Valley. It’s densely rich and chewy, made with organic raisins, almonds and hazelnuts from California. It’s excellent when paired with dessert wines and perfect on a cheese plate.

LambertWhiteFruitcakeRobert Lambert is a local producer whose products we stock year round, but he also provides us with excellent cakes especially for the holiday season. He’ll tell you that his Robert Lambert Dark Fruit Cake & White Fruit Cake are the best of their kind, and while he might be a little biased, we happen to agree with him. Robert’s White Fruit Cake, a slight improvement over his grandmother’s recipe, is a lovely blend of fine Brazil nuts, local pecans and whole blanched toasted almonds. Deeply ripe oranges from DeSantis Farms are squeezed for juice just before being added. Robert uses his own candied young ginger along with candied bergamot, Rangpur lime, Meyer lemon and blood orange peels. Each cake is soaked in the finest French cognac, topped with a California bay leaf and candied white grapefruit peel star. His Dark Fruit Cake includes a blend of holiday spices, 10-year-old Ficklin port, local nuts, oranges from DeSantis Farms, dried fruits, black figs soaked in Pear William eau de vie, and Kadrawi dates from Flying Disc Ranch. Robert also includes his rare candied Texas lemon and Buddha’s hand citron, bergamot, blood orange and white grapefruit peels, and candied young ginger. Each cake is soaked in Jack Daniels bourbon whiskey, topped with California bay leaf and candied blood orange peel star.

Another great option for holiday sweets are the Lebkuchen by Lecker Lee. Sandy Lecker Lee makes traditional German rich spiced treats that are a cross between a cookie and a cake. Lebkucken is a traditional German gingerbread that dates back to the Middle Ages. The cookie is made of 40% almonds and hazelnuts, with Sandy adding honey, candied citron and orange peel. These classic tins contain cookies lightly brushed with powdered sugar glaze; packaged in beautiful, highly decorative tins, they make excellent gifts.

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For a more modestly apportioned treat, we’re very fond of Claire Keane’s San Francisco-made Claire Squares. Her Christmas offerings on our shelves include Brandy Butter, a wonderful Irish dessert topping traditionally eaten with bread pudding or fruit cake (like the Lambert cakes mentioned above. It’s made with just cognac, butter, sugar and salt. We’re also selling Claire’s Plum Pudding, a traditional Christmas treat made up of a medley of dried fruits soaked in Irish whiskey with spices, butter, and molasses and then aged for three months.

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And finally, for one last holiday treat, we’re stocking a traditional winter delicacy, Marrons Glaces. Chestnuts are candied in hot vanilla-flavored sugar syrup and then glazed. The ones on our shelves are from Corsiglia, the premier Marrons Glaces manufacturer in France.

Our shelves are packed full of these beautiful holiday treats, so please come by our Markets to take a look. You can also order lots of these and other exceptional gift items online for pickup. They’re a feast for the eyes and a treat for the palate, well worth a look and a taste. Wrap it all up in a reusable Bi-Rite tote bag, made from repurposed organic cotton.


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Bi-Rite’s 2013 Holiday Guide: Delicious Menus, Unforgettable Gifts, and More for a Perfect Season!

Welcome to the Bi-Rite 2013 Holiday Guide!

Our Chefs and Buyers have perfected our house-made menus and stocked our market shelves with the most exceptional locally-grown, sustainably raised, and artisan-produced products available. We look forward to helping you plan unforgettable meals and find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list.

Happy Holidays!


Raph

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:

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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.


Raph

PUBLIC Label Recipe: Sam’s Kimchi Fried Rice

kimchi shotCome taste our new PUBLIC Label Kimchi this Thursday April 25th at Bi-Rite Divis from 5-7pm!

Great news, fermentation fans! Inspired by an over-abundance of ‘couve tronchuda’ (Portuguese cabbage) at Mariquita Farm, we’ve created our favorite Korean condiment: Bi-Rite PUBLIC Label Kimchi! Farmer Andy at Mariquita is known for growing interesting and elusive European produce varietals; his enthusiasm piqued our interest in this rare and special cabbage. Couve tronchuda has tall, bright green leaves with thick, fleshy white ribs; it’s generally considered sweeter and more tender than your average cabbage. Although traditionally used in the Portuguese soup caldo verde, we decided to go the raw and fermented route.

Our recipe features organic daikon and carrots from Lakeside Farms, giving the kimchi a bit more heft and crunch. The Bi-Rite spin on this banchan classic is crisp and refreshing, with a tangy pop of fresh ginger and a hint of spice. For an easy weeknight meal, dollop atop hotdogs, fold into a spring frittata, or stir into your favorite hot noodle soup.

And for a super adaptable, comforting dish, try your hand at Sam’s Kimchi Fried Rice—makes a great meal by mixing in whatever meats or vegetables are sitting around the fridge!

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Portuguese Cabbage, one of Andy at Mariquita Farm’s unusual varietals

Sam’s PUBLIC Label Kimchi Fried Rice
Serves 2

Ingredients

2 cups white rice, cooked and cooled

1 cup broccoli florets, roughly chopped and steamed

1/2 cup PUBLIC Label Kimchi, coarsely chopped

2 eggs, beaten with 1 TBSP soy sauce

2 TBSP pure olive oil or other neutral oil

1 tsp sesame oil

Directions

  • Heat sesame oil and olive oil in a large skillet.
  • Add rice and fry until hot.
  • Add kimchi and broccoli, sauté until heated through.
  • Add soy sauce-egg mixture, sauté until eggs set, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately!

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From Your Yard to Our Shelves: PUBLIC Label Meyer Lemon Preserves

spreading meyer lemon preserveWe all know the old adage of when “life gives you lemons”, but when our guests enthusiastically answered our call for Meyer lemons, we went beyond the “lemonade” route. With a little help from our neighbors Kristy, Carolyn, Denise and OneTree.org, we’re proud to feature two new additions to our PUBLIC Label line: Backyard Meyer Lemon Preserve and Rooftop Honey Lemon Marmalade.

Over the course of two months, we received over 130 lbs. of beautifully fragrant, ripe Meyer lemons grown in the backyards of our guests. Even our friends in Berkeley got in on our social experiment; we received lemons from Michael Pollan and his wife, Judith Belzer. All were jazzed to support our ‘urban gleaning’ effort to tackle local fruit waste. As a professional preserver, I love the inherent community and connectivity in canning; my conversations with our gang of urban growers ranged from methods of preserving to maintaining lemon trees.shak eating jam

The preserves I created for this PUBLIC Label project will start your morning with a zing and add brightness to many a recipe. Our Rooftop Honey Lemon Marmalade is sweetened with honey from the beehives on the roof of our 18th Street Market. With lovely, honeyed ribbons of tender peel, this marmalade is sweet with serious, citrusy bite. The Backyard Meyer Lemon Preserve is a bit different than marmalade; it’s thicker and richer, well-balanced by the tang of the lemon peel and sweetness of organic cane sugar. This preserve only has two ingredients (lemons and sugar) and little goes a very long way.

Pair each of these delicious preserves with a nutty alpine cheese and crusty sourdough bread for the best grilled cheese EVER or baste on chicken halves for a lovely glaze. Or, try my favorite remedy for springtime sniffles – a spoonful in a piping cup of earl grey tea.

Now we’re excited about this radical way to connect folks to their food by functioning as a small scale retail outlet for urban agriculture—stay tuned for more like this in the future!

 


Easter Basket Alert: Peep These Chocolates!

Boy will we be lucky if this coming Easter Sunday is as beautiful as the day we’re having right now! It’s supposed to be, so we’ve stocked our shelves with heaps of adorable AND tasty Easter chocolate for your springy spread. Here are just a few to get the basket-making juices flowing:

easter1Vosges Goose’s Golden Eggs: Redefining bacon and eggs, five dark chocolate half-eggs nestle in a straw-filled pink gift box, each filled with soft bacon caramel.

easter3Vosges Alice’s Rabbit Lollipop: For those who love to imagine chasing their own white rabbit, this pop is available in either 45% dark milk chocolate with peanut butter and pink Himalayan Salt or 62% dark chocolate with caramelized puffed millet.

easter 4Fran’s Milk or Dark Chocolate Foil Bunny: In single-origin 65% Venezuelan solid dark chocolate or single-origin Venezuelan solid milk chocolate.

easter2Vosges Barcelona Floppy Eared Bunnies: This deep milk chocolate bunny will win you over at first bite with its exotic interior of hickory smoked almonds and grey sea salt, enrobed in a custom blend of milk chocolate with just a touch of dark to deepen the flavor.