Home Archive by category 'Producers Whose Food We Celebrate' (Page 2)

Archive for the ‘Producers Whose Food We Celebrate’ Category


Chili

Think Spring Lamb

Spring is a time of rebirth, renewal, and refreshment. The flavors of spring are a vibrant reminder of the harvests to come and the reward for a long winter’s wait.  In California, spring is very special to our Butcher Department as the harbinger of one of our favorite products, spring lamb.  This year in particularly, El Nino rains have given way to lush grasses, meaning the lambs will be at their tastiest – this is the season to think spring lamb!

If you celebrate spring holidays like Easter or Passover with lamb as your centerpiece, or you enjoy eating with the seasons, now is the peak season for the highest quality, best tasting lamb available:

SacDeltaBNRanchLambFor the traditionalists, our BN Ranch Pasture-Raised, Grass-Fed Lamb have the bolder, fuller flavor and larger legs typically associated with lamb.  Raised by a fourth generation sheep herder, John Cubiburu, in the Sacramento Delta, the BN Ranch lambs are weaned then graze on pasture in order to reach their larger weight.  These special lambs will be available in the Markets and on Instacart where you can order from our online Market for convenient delivery.

watson2For those seeking something excitingly off-beat and extremely limited, we are thrilled to announce that Don Watson Milk-Fed Spring Lamb is now available at our butcher counters. Born in the winter and harvested right before they’re weaned, Don Watson’s lambs are much smaller than your typical lambs, with an incredibly mild flavor and tender texture.  Don Watson’s Milk-Fed Spring Lambs grace the tables of restaurants like Chez Panisse and The French Laundry, and due their limited availability (typically only for the four weeks of April), are available for pre-order at the Markets.  These lambs arrive whole, and our butchers will be cutting to order for you. Fun fact:  Don Watson’s Napa Valley-based herd lives on the grounds of the Infineon Raceway, and from there are hired by many neighboring wineries to help keep their vineyards free of weeds without doing the damage to the terroir that mechanical weeders would do!

SpringLambSideIf you’re considering a lamb roast for beautiful spring meals, our butchers are turning tradition on its head with their Spring Lamb Roast recipe. Using the butcher’s cut front leg of Don Watson’s Milk-Fed Spring Lamb achieves an incredibly tender, mildly-flavored roast that pairs perfectly with an array of spring side dishes, from asparagus salads to artichokes to strawberry desserts and spring Rosés.

So whether you prefer the longstanding tradition of exceptional quality BN Ranch Pasture-Raised, Grass-Fed Lamb, or are looking to elevate your spring celebrations with a rare twist on the classic with Don Watson Milk-Fed Spring Lamb, now is the time to think spring lamb and enjoy it at its seasonal best.


Jason Rose

New Bi-Rite Sushi Bowls are here!

Sushi-Sticker-04Our House-Made Sushi line is expanding to include even more on-the-go meal options, made with the same locally-grown, great tasting produce with ethically-raised and harvested meats and seafood you know and trust. Founder Sam Mogannam and Culinary Director Jason Rose recently returned from a visit to Tokyo, Osaka, Sakai City, and Nara, Japan, and brought back with them techniques, preparations, and flavor inspirations that will be infusing our kitchens across the Family of Businesses.

FINALThreeBowls

Our three new sushi bowls begin with Lundberg Family Farms Organic California Sushi Rice seasoned lightly with togarashi and rice wine vinegar, topped with certified organic,  non-GMO edamame, pickled ginger from The Ginger People, green onions, and pickled carrot, and your choice of Miso-Braised Hodo Soy Tofu ($11.99), Teriyaki Chicken ($12.99), or Seared Ahi Tuna ($14.99). In addition, we’re offering a palate-cleansing Sunomono Salad ($6.99) featuring local Hikari Farms Japanese cucumbers and wakame with soy, mirin, and sesame.

Sushi bowls for dinner? Pair them perfectly with Sequoia Sake! Locally produced in San Francisco using the ancient art of Japanese sake making combined with Bay Area yeasts and California rice has created a new tradition of rich, new American micro-sake.

 


Trac

Que Sera Syrah?

que_sera_syrah_banner

Five years ago, there was an inside joke in the wine world: “What’s the difference between a case of Syrah and the flu? You can get rid of the flu.” That’s how sad the state of Syrah was. Consumers were confused about Syrah, from the rich, fruity, Australian Shiraz style to the savory, mineral-driven wines of the Northern Rhone. California Syrah winemakers were confused about which style to emulate, as they attempted to create wines that would score points with critics.

Luckily, much has changed in five years: California winemakers are more confident and are sourcing the grape from sites that are better-suited for Syrah. They look towards the Rhone Valley for inspiration, from elegant, floral Crozes-Hermitage to savory and powerful Côte-Rôtie. With this renewed, unified focus on Syrah, this is the best time to start exploring this beautiful grape from California to the Rhone Valley.

Visit the Markets and speak to our wine specialists, and start exploring the nuanced world of Syrah with a few of our favorites:

TousEnsemble

 

Copain “Tous Ensemble” Syrah | $19.99
With savory character and notes of black olives, this Syrah shows restraint instead of anything over top. Winemaker Wells Guthrie looks toward Northern Rhone with his elegant Syrah; the Tous Ensemble comes from three vineyards in Mendocino County.

MiseenBouche

 

Emmanuel Darnaud “Mise en Bouche” Crozes-Hermitage | $24.99
Bistro friendly and easy to quaff, this entry-level cuvée is made from a selection of younger vines with the trademark aromas of black fruits, violets, and olives. Emmanuel Darnaud is a rising star in Crozes-Hermitage and anyone who has tasted his remarkable Syrah understands.

Clusel-Roch

 

Clusel-Roch “Classique” Côte Rôtie | $61.99
Aromas of violets and blackberry with savory flavors of bacon and olives, this is a stunning wine from one of the best producers in Côte-Rôtie. Named after its owners, Gilbert Clusel and Brigitte Roch, Clusel-Roch is a biodynamic producer in the Northern Rhone – this is textbook Syrah from one of the best appellations for it.


Simon

Pixie Tangerines, Citrus Sunrise, & a Creamery Surprise!

Since the new year we’ve been crazy about citrus throughout the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses.  There are still over 20 varieties of citrus on the shelves at the Markets and some great surprises yet to come, but the season will start to wind down as we head into March. One of the most exciting parts of the California Citrus Experience celebration at Bi-Rite is that it comes to an end with one of the best-tasting varieties of the entire season: the Pixie Tangerine, a small, seedless tangerine with wonderful juice and super sweet flavor!

IMG_9884

Pixie Tangerines

Led by Jim Churchill “The Tangerine Man,” a group of dedicated small farmers work collaboratively to get these sugar bombs to markets throughout California. Located in the mountains of Ojai, California, these 40 farms (some as small as just a handful of trees) harvest their fruit when it’s at peak flavor. We’ve been lucky enough to build a solid, farm-direct relationship with Churchill Orchard that allows us to get freshly-picked organic Pixies delivered straight to the markets. You would think that a piece of fruit that tastes so good would be sold all over the place, but this variety has its limitations, which turns off a lot of commercial growers. The trees take at least 4 years to produce fruit after planting, and closer to 8 years before they produce really healthy crops. Plus the Pixie is an “alternating bearing” crop, which means it has a heavy harvest one year and a light harvest the next. But the harvest is just starting this year, so we’ll have fruit in both Markets through March!

citrus-sunrise

Citrus Sunrise Platter

The rest of the Family of Businesses have been loving the California Citrus Experience, too. From baked goods, to ice cream, to cocktails recipes, we’ve had a blast bringing you new and exciting ways to look at this quintessential California crop. Bi-Rite Catering has introduced a new, beautiful Citrus Sunrise platter as part of their Peak of Season Menu for your breakfast meetings and brunches. With an eye-catching spread of four types of citrus — Navel Orange, Cara Cara Orange, Blood Orange, and Mandarins — sliced perfectly for your guests, it is pure, mouthwatering Vitamin C!

Tangerine Dream Ice Cream

Tangerine Dream Ice Cream

Bi-Rite Creamery has been in on the Citrus fun since day one, and now that the season is winding down we want to make sure you get your fill of the creamy, tart, wonderful Tangerine Dream Ice Cream before the last of it is scooped. Our Vanilla Ice Cream with a fresh Tangerine Swirl, it’s fresh and bright and rich at the same time. Plus! We’ve got one last citrusy surprise for you on Friday, March 4th, when we introduce a new flavor for the month. Head to the Creamery’s Twitter feed to discover our #NewFlavorFriday, where we’ll be revealing a new seasonal flavor on the first Friday of each month!  Stop by the Markets and Creamery, or order from our online Market for convenient delivery to make the California Citrus Experience your own!


Jon Fancey

Eat Like a King With Parmigiano Reggiano

Parm_banner_web

IMG_9115

An 80-pound wheel of our Parmigiano-Reggiano

At a time when our food system is increasingly overrun with processed products and traceability is a growing concern, we’re shining the spotlight on one of the most traditionally crafted products at our Markets. Parmigiano Reggiano is called the King of Cheese for excellent reason — it’s been made in the same region for almost a thousand years! We work with one of the most reputable importers of Italian cheese to provide our guests with Parmigiano Reggiano that’s produced at one single farm in the heart of Emilia-Romagna. Daniele Caldera operates the farm, where he raises the cows and makes the cheese. He even lives above his small creamery, where he makes no more than six wheels a day by using time-honored techniques.

Parmigiano Reggiano is a staple of any Italian kitchen; it’s a cheese that’s perfect for anytime of the day. You can of course grate it over a bowl of fresh pasta, but we also love to be adventurous with it:

  • Slice it with pears for a satisfying breakfast
  • Grate it over soft scrambled eggs with chives for an easy brunch
  • Mix it with Medjool dates and Massa Organic’s almonds for a savory afternoon snack
  • Shave it into a farro salad with citrus vinaigrette and fresh herbs
  • Drizzle it with Bi-Rite Public Label Aged Balsamic Vinegar
Daniele Caldera's Farmstead

Daniele Caldera’s Farmstead

Remember that we crack wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano at each Market every week, so the pieces available are always fresh (follow us on Instagram @biritesf to see video of our cheesemongers cracking the wheel, and much more!). Our big 80-pound wheels are aged for a minimum of 24 months, though usually they are closer to 28 months. With a big wheel of this kind, a longer aging process allows for the development of deeper, more complex flavor. Daniele’s cheese is brothy and bright with notes of fruity pineapple, and the finish is long and deep. We also shred and package the cheese – our shredded Parmigiano Reggiano is the real deal, and so much better than anything that comes out of a green can.

Eat like a king and be sure to pick up a piece of Daniele Caldera’s farmstead Parmigiano Reggiano the next time you shop at the Markets or place an order on Instacart.

 


Waverley

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

market_site_banner

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. 

 

VDAyFlowersUnforgettable Flowers
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.

 

BiRite-HOLIDAY-2015-Meat-077Surf & Turf: A Perfect Pair
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).

 

rav#3Dinner for Two
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.

 

REdHotChiliCollins2Spice Things Up!
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.

 

RoseICDon’t Forget Dessert
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!

 

TinyBTruffles, Caramels & Chocolate, Oh My!
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.

 

Instacart-Logo-Resize

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


Trac

Bubbles & Bites to Ring in Your New Year!

New_Years_slide

New Year’s Eve conjures images of Champagne corks popping and bubbly flowing, as party goers sing “Auld Lang Syne” while the clock strikes midnight to ring new hope for all. While we advocate drinking Champagnes throughout the year (not just for celebratory purposes), we understand that New Year’s Eve is Champagne’s time to shine as the center of attention at many parties. Here are three Champagnes that are perfect to toast with and even better with food, especially caviar and beautiful cheeses. Visit our online Market for your one-stop-New-Year’s-shop delivered to you within one hour.  Or, visit our either Market on New Year’s Eve to pick up your Champagnes and a complete spread of assorted oysters, caviar, and chef-cooked New Year’s nibbles.

VeuveFourny1Veuve Fourny Champagne Vertus Brut “Grand Cuvee” 1er Cru n/v | $44.99
Located in the prestigious Côte des Blancs, in the premier cru village of Vertus, brothers Charles-Henry and Emmanuel Fourny craft beautiful Champagne from mostly Chardonnay grapes. This Grand Cuvee is a classic Côte des Blancs style, with a fine bead, rich, deep aromatics, and a complex minerality. It’s fantastic with cheeses like Brillant Savarin and Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam.

LassalleJ. Lassalle Champagne Brut Reserve “Cachet d’Or” 1er Cru | $39.99
The Bi-Rite workhorse Champagne from Kermit Lynch, the women of J. Lassalle (Olga and Chantal) simply make crowd-pleasing Champagne for everyone.  Crisp and bright with notes of pears, anise, and ginger this will complement any hors d’oeuvre thrown its way. It’s really good with La Quercia Speck Americano or Essex Street Comte Cheese.

HenriotHenriot Champagne Brut Souverain n/v | $49.99
Founded in 1808, Henriot is one of the last independent and family-owned houses in Champagne. For seven generations, the family has selected only the best vineyards for their cuvees. The Brut Souverain is soft with notes of yeasts, baked bread, with aromas of brioche and fresh apples.  Serve this with the Laura Chenel’s Chevre Black Truffle Goat Cheese.


Cheers and Happy New Year!

 


Maia Bull

Delicious Chicories — Bittersweet Perfection

FullSizeRender

Lusia Radicchio

It was the ancient Greek poet Sappho who first coined the term bittersweet. Sappho’s original word glukupikron is actually the inverse of bittersweet, but in the middle of winter, when Fifth Crow Farm’s baby head lettuces are replaced by radicchio and escarole, bitter is definitely what comes to mind. Thankfully the varieties of chicory we’re bringing into the Bi-Rite produce department this month hold sweetness and bitterness in perfect balance.

Taking chicories out of the box and putting them on display is one of the greatest pleasures of this time of year. Lusia Radicchio, with its shades of dusky lavender to pale green speckled with burgundy; Treviso Radicchio, so dark it can be almost black with elegant, skeletal lines of pure white extending thin arms up the long leaves from the base; Puntarelle like prehistoric creatures, with nobs and bumps poking out from the light colored center between thin leaves. We found an Escarole from Martin’s Farm this week that was the size of a small goose.  They also sent us a Pan di Zucchero that was over a foot long!

Escarole

Escarole

Over the last few years the number of farmers growing chicories has increased from only a few to over a dozen. Because chicories are best in the cold, wet months, almost all of the chicories we bring in will be grown locally and sourced directly from the farmer. The aforementioned Martin’s Farm in Salinas is our very own gallery of variation even among one kind of plant. It’s not uncommon to find a tiny finger of dark purple Treviso in a box with a foot long one with red leaves. County Line in Petaluma grows gorgeous Lusia Radicchio. In Sonoma, Oak Hill Farm is growing beautiful round frisée that fade from their dark outer leaves to almost yellow centers.

IMG_8087

Chiogga, Lusia, & Treviso Radicchio

Chicories express a whole range of flavor between sweet and bitter. Generally, the paler the leaves, the sweeter the chicory. This holds true for chicory such as Puntarelle that has both dark and light parts. The tender, blanched heart is sweetest, perfectly complimented by gently bitter green leaf tips. The play between bitterness and sweetness is part of the glory of these greens. The properties of different chicories can be pitted against one another to bring a dish into balance. Using escarole and the sweet Puntarelle hearts tame Chioggia. You can cut Treviso leaves into long, thin strips and use it almost like you might use coarsely ground black pepper. Roasting or braising is another beautiful way to prepare radicchio. Char adds depth of flavor and texture. Single chicories can also be used in multiple ways. I like braising or adding the dark outer leaves of escarole to stew and eating the blanched center leaves raw.

It is an honor to be able to bring such a winter abundance of greens from local farms to Bi-Rite guests. You may see a few varieties of chicory at the market through March, but the peak of the season is now. Every produce clerk will have their own way of savoring this bittersweet ingredient— make sure you chat with any of our helpful staff when you come in. We love introducing our guests to new and exciting food!


Trac

4 Boozy Gifts to Show You Care

boozeygifts-01

 

 

 

 

 


It’s the holidays, and on top of everything else, we stress about finding just the right gifts. Of course you want to give your loved ones something you know they’re really going to use. Holidays aren’t just about ornaments, or the ornamental. That’s when you get someone a bottle of booze, and not just any bottle of any tipple – one that will surprise and delight. Our staff selected the following unique beverages to gift, and if it’s special to us, it will be special for your loved ones. 

This is the 41st annual Christmas Ale bottling from San Francisco’s oldest brewery, Anchor Brewing Co. It’s only sold from early November to mid-January, and the recipe is unique every year, as is the tree on the label. The tree for the 2015 bottling is the Deodar Cedar, better known as the California Christmas Tree. This ale is meant to age, so the good folks at Anchor also bottled this beer in a 1.5L-sized bottle. While it’s tasty now, I’ve tasted through several older vintages of this beer and it just gets more complex the older its get. A great gift for your beer-geek friends.

Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge
Languedoc, France 2012 | $49.99BiRite-HOLIDAY-2015-Grocery-019
The Guibert family of Mas de Daumas Gassac has stood at the forefront of the quality revolution in the Languedoc region of Southern France. Once known only for its bulk wine production, this region now is now a hotspot for young producers, all of whom have Aimé Guibert to thank for their inspiration. Guibert championed biodynamic farming and started planting the appropriate varietals with respect to the region’s terroir, enabling the best possible expression for each grape. Now under the supervision of Aimé’s eldest son, Samuel, the winery Mas de Daumas Gassac continues to make world class wines from the Languedoc. Made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon, this classic red from the famed Mas de Daumas Gassac shows what exquisite farming and amazing terroir can contribute to producing world class wine.  With aromas of herbs and blackberry along with a rich, supple texture, it’s no surprise critics refer to this wine as the “Lafite of the Languedoc”.
L0051Occidental Road Gravenstein Apple Brandy | $49.99
Proprietor Ann Hatch asked St. George Spirits in Alameda to produce this stunning apple brandy made from her Gravenstein apples in Sonoma. Gravenstein apples are a local heirloom variety that was planted in Sonoma in the early 1800s. It’s now being threatened, as more orchards are being ripped up in favor of more profitable wine vineyards. Aged for 5 years in barrels, this brandy has notes of baked apples, caramel, and vanilla spices. This is a wonderful gift for any Calvados fan, plus you will be drinking to save our local Gravenstein apples from disappearing!

scotch
Signatory Vintage Imperial Scotch 1995 | $74.99
This special Scotch bottling is from the Imperial Distillery, located in Carron, Speyside. There have only ever been two official bottlings of Imperial, a 15-year-old from Allied and this 18-year-old bottling from Signatory. Unfortunately, the distillery was demolished in 2013, so this will be the only time we can taste this rare Scotch from a historic distillery. Exclusive to Bi-Rite, this rare Scotch has notes of fruit and licorice with hints of ginger, biscuits, and orange zest. A treat for any Scotch lover, and a stunner of a whiskey that will end any holiday meal in style!  Extremely limited!
Visit our Markets to shop these gifts and more!  Or, order from our online Holiday Market for in-store pick-up.

Jon Fancey

Bi-Rite & Essex Street Cheese Invest in the Future

Bi-Rite Catering Cheese Platter featuring Essex Street Cheeses

Bi-Rite Catering Cheese Platter featuring Essex Street Cheeses

Many of our guest’s taste buds are familiar with Essex Street Cheese Company’s selection of imported cheeses. Two of the most popular cheeses in our Markets are Marcel Petite Essex Comte and L’Amuse Signature Gouda.  These beautiful wheels are masterfully matured for incomparable flavors in Europe, then hand-selected for our Markets by the fine folks at Essex Street. Essex Comte and L’Amuse Signature Gouda are truly the best of their bunch.

IMG_7880These well-rounded and distinctive flavor profiles are the legacy of the late Daphne Zepos – one of America’s most beloved cheese advocates.  Daphne was an educator and importer with a palate and spirit that inspired many of today’s top cheese professionals.  She even taught our very own Sam Mogannam how to taste cheese with all five senses, and a deep respect for the work that a truly skilled farmer, cheesemaker, and affineur put into the process of creating stunning cheeses.  Daphne’s appreciation of fine cheese lives on in the Essex Street Cheese selections, and her legacy of education led to the creation of the Daphne Zepos Teaching Award.  The DZTA is an educational fund that grants an award to a cheese professional every year.  The winner is tasked with travelling to Europe to study cheese craft. The winner must then commit themselves to educating other budding cheese professionals upon their return.  Those who’ve been granted the opportunity thus far have studied Basque sheep herding and cheese making traditions, styles of cheese affinage across Europe, and native cheese cultures used in cheese making.

Marcel Petit Essex Comte

Marcel Petit Essex Comte

Bi-Rite Market is a proud sponsor of the DZTA! Over the past three years we have provided $15,000 in support of DZTA and Daphen’s quest for continued education and learning.  While we feature Essex Street Cheeses during December and January, we will be donating 25% of the profits from sales of Marcel Petite Essex Street Comte and L’Amuse Signature Gouda directly to the award foundation.  Not only can you grab a wedge of these incredible cheeses while shopping in the Markets, they’re also available in our Instacart Holiday Market and on the amazing Holiday Cheese Platter offered by Bi-Rite Catering.   The next time you’re in the Market, be sure to ask one of our mongers for a taste of their favorite Essex Street cheese.  Happy Holidays!