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Chili

California King Salmon Season Is Here!

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Long live the king!  Wild California King Salmon season is back, beginning in spring before the action really gets going during the summer months.   King Salmon season has always been a special time for me – as summers meant no school and ample free time, my grandfather had the task of keeping my sister and me occupied.  Luckily, he was never at a loss for things to do – some of my favorite memories were our adventures down the coast to find fishermen selling their salmon catch right off the boats.

During king salmon season, we work closely with our fishmongers (All Seas, TwoXSea and Monterey Fish Company) to secure incredible quality California King Salmon at a very competitive price.  As we enter the height of salmon season in the summer, we usually see the price dropping several dollars.  This year the season will run through September 31, with monitored quotas for California’s fishery to ensure sustainability.

The Smithsonian has called King Salmon the “soul food of the North Pacific,” and we’re thrilled to celebrate it in all its delicious forms.  Kick off king salmon season for yourself with our Slow Baked, Herb-Crusted King Salmon with Full Belly Farm’s New Potatoes recipe.  Baking the salmon slowly allows the butter, herbs and mustard to gently flavor the fish, while the breadcrumbs brown to give it a nice crunch.  Pair it with Idlewild’s 2014 The Flower, Flora, & Fauna Rosé ($22.99), whose blend of Piedmontese varietals (Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto) are bursting with citrus and minerals, with aromas of pine needles and wildflowers – a perfect complement for your salmon dinner for two!

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Cherish California Cherries!

In the world of fresh fruits and veggies, there are only a handful of crops that get everyone super-excited, and California Sweet Cherries is one of them! When the end of April rolls around in the Bay Area, it’s time for our local Northern California cherries. Just 5 years ago, Bi-Rite had relationships with several farmers that would harvest their cherries and deliver them to our door within 24 hours. From the foothills of the Sierra Nevada to the flatlands of Brentwood, each variety of cherry is unique, depending on how and where it was grown. Unfortunately, due to warm winters and drought conditions over the past few years, cherry growers throughout the state are struggling to produce healthy crops. One of the main reasons for the decrease in the California cherry crop is the insufficient chill hours from October through February that are necessary to regulate their growth. With the uncertain future of the Northern California cherry crop, we at Bi-Rite have decided to celebrate the farmers that are still providing wonderful cherries in spite of these difficulties, and to cherish this year’s cherries to the fullest.

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Warmer weather in the spring months also leads to cherry crops being harvested a week or two earlier than in typical years. Bi-Rite’s cherry selection always starts with the sweet Red Garnet Cherry from Ed George’s Peach Farm in Winters, California. Last year Ed had a complete crop failure on this variety and this year he only has 50 % of his crop. The one benefit of the smaller crops is that the cherries have more room on the tree to grow nice and big. There aren’t many crop varieties that produce the best fruit early in the season, but the Red Garnet is an exception. They are firm with a rich sweet flavor but are only around for 7-10 days.  The two other local farmers that bring their cherries to Bi-Rite are Frog Hollow Farm in Brentwood and Hidden Star Orchards in Linden.  Frog Hollow has almost had a complete crop failure the past couple years and only has enough fruit to bring to the Farmer’s Markets.  This leaves it up to Johann Smit at Hidden Star to be our main local cherry grower this season.  He usually starts us out with the Burlat Cherry, which is a softer variety with a very delicate sweet/tart flavor perfect to get the taste buds excited for cherry season.  The Burlat will be followed by some other sweet red varieties like the Bing, Brooks, Larian, and Red Lac Cherries. Johann also grows some beautiful yellow Rainier Cherries.

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As the local cherry crop winds down in the beginning of June, we will continue to source cherries from other parts of California and finish the cherry season off with the amazing fruit from the Northwest. If you love to eat local produce and support Northern California cherry growers, May is your month to cherish the local cherries at Bi-Rite!


Chili

BN Ranch Rib Eye Bonanza

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Butcher David showing off beautiful BN Ranch Rib Eye

The Cadillac of beef at the price of a Chevy: for one week only we’re hosting a BN Ranch Rib Eye Bonanza, showcasing Bill “The Beef Guru” Niman’s 100% grass fed beef

  • BN Ranch Bone-in Rib Eye: $15.99/lb (Regularly $22.99/lb)
  • BN Ranch Boneless Rib Eye: $19.99/lb (Regularly $26.99/lb)

This is grass-fed beef at its best, raised on lush, open pastures and harvested at maturity. Packed with distinct flavor, these rib eyes have the perfect amount of intermuscular fat you typically get with a grain-finished steak, without the guilt. A fantastic steak to pan roast or to throw on the grill before San Francisco summer descends, these BN Ranch rib eyes are available now at both Bi-Rite Market locations while supplies last.


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Easter Feasts the Bi-Rite Way

Easter is so close — a time for reflection, family, miracles, and gathering around incredible food. We’ve created a full 10887258_10153601980768298_1444448213708037230_omenu of dishes to make your holiday gathering special. Whether you’re hosting three people or 15, our lamb, ham, vegetable sides, and Bi-Rite Creamery desserts will cover all your needs. And if you’re in need of unique and beautiful Easter Basket additions, we have lovely seasonal offerings from some of our favorite artisan chocolate producers. Come in to see the entire selection, or order from our partner Instacart for San Francisco delivery in as little as an hour.

Bi-Rite Easter Menu 2015

Grilled Local Asparagus Salad with Fennel, Chickpeas, Sugar Snap Peas,
Spring Onion, Harissa & Lemon Tahini Dressing  
$12.99 / lb

Honey-Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Orange,
Thyme & Crushed Pistachios  $10.99 / lb

Spring Frittata with Egg, Asparagus, Ricotta, Spring Onion,
Tarragon & Lemon  
$5.99 / slice

Grilled Coho Salmon with Lemony Spring Pea Hummus
& Shaved Bi-Rite Farms Heirloom Radish  
$10.99 / ea

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Holiday Meats

Llano Seco Bone-In Half Ham
These succulent hams are lovingly produced in small batches by master craftsmen.
Fed on Certified Organic vegetarian diets in Chico, California.
Each 5 to 6 pound ham serves 8 to 10.
$10.49 / pound

Llano Seco Petite Ham
Single muscle ham. Each 2 to 3 pound ham serves 4 to 6.
$10.49 / pound

Niman Ranch Uncured Spiral-Cut Ham
Niman Ranch has an established tradition of creating exceptional hams from great pigs.
Never given antibiotics, hormones, or artificial growth promotants. Fed on all-vegetarian diets. Each half ham weighs approximately 8 to 10 pounds and serves 12 to 14.
$7.99 / lb

Don Watson’s Pasture-Raised, Milk-Fed Lamb
Limited Availability—call us or come by to pre-order!
Distinct tenderness and mildness of flavor.
Lambs are raised in the Napa Valley and harvested just after weaning.
Pair it with: Chante Perdrix St. Joseph “Empreinte” 2011, $24.99
Bone-In Leg of Lamb $12.99/lb
Boneless Leg of Lamb $15.99/LB

BN Ranch Pasture-Raised, Grass-Fed Lamb
A traditional, full-flavored lamb, rich in lamb flavor. Raised in the Sacramento Delta.
Pair it with: Donkey & Goat Syrah “Fenaughty Vineyard” 2012, $34.99
Bone-In Leg of lamb $9.99/lb
Boneless Leg of lamb $13.99/lb
Rack of Lamb $29.99/lb

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Easter Desserts from Bi-Rite Creamery

Classic Banana Cream Pie
6”- $12.99 / 9”-$24.99

Hot Cross Buns
$6.99 / each

Pots de Creme in jars
$5.99 / each

We will also have organic and exquisite tulips and ranunculus from the Bi-Rite Floral Team. Look for artisan chocolates from premier chocolatiers Fran’sMichael Recchiuti, Poco Dolce, and gâté commes des filles. We even have All-Natural Egg Dye! Our staff are looking forward to helping you find everything you need for a wonderful Easter!

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Chili

Spring Has Sprung, Time For Lamb!

Flowers blooming, bees hard at work, new life everywhere….it’s springtime! Easter and Passover are just around the corner, too, which means lamb season is in full swing. This year we have an amazing lamb program, featuring two exceptional California producers, designed to offer the finest selections for your table.

Sheep and Lambs at BN Ranch

Sheep and Lambs at BN Ranch

Don Watson‘s Milk-Fed, Pasture-Raised Lamb is very special–the animals are born in in the Napa Valley during the winter, fed for four months on mother’s milk, then harvested before weaning. The meat extremely tender, with a distinctly mild flavor. This lamb is very limited, so please visit the markets, or call us to pre-order for your Passover and Easter celebrations.

BN Ranch Grass-Fed Lamb is a traditional, rich, full-flavored lamb, born on farmland outside of Tracy, California. These lambs are raised by John Cubiburu, who comes from a family of Basque shepherds, and is committed to the BN Ranch philosophy of raising and harvesting animals. The lambs are grown and finished solely on grass, moving seasonally through open pastures. BN Ranch lamb is available now at both Markets, as well as from the Bi-Rite store on Instacart.com, our partner for grocery delivery in San Francisco.

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Shepherd John Cubiburu with his flock at BN Ranch

We are always committed to offering you the best, most humanely-produced food possible. With Don Watson and BN Ranch lambs you will get exactly that. Come in to either Market to speak with our butchers about which option is best for your needs. Whether you need boneless lamb or an entire rack, we can help.


Jason Rose

Why is this night different from all other nights?

The celebration of Passover is an ancient ritual, momentous and rich in tradition. We are happy to offer a special menu and wide range of grocery items to complete your Seder IMG_1295preparations, leaving you more time to spend with your family. Start off with our house-made Potato Latkes and Grilled Coho Salmon. For an unforgettable centerpiece, we are thrilled to offer the best spring lamb from California, including Milk-Fed, Pasture-Raised Lamb from Don Watson and Grass-Fed, Pasture-Raised Lamb from BN Ranch. We also have a wide selection of Matzos, including a gluten-free version, and the truly special Naga Bakehouse Vermatzah–handmade matzo crafted in limited batches and baked on an open fire. And Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop has special seasonal treats for a sweet bite to finish your meal. All of the special grocery items are in-stock now, and the full menu of fresh items from our kitchens will be available April 2 through April 11th. We look forward to seeing you and helping you plan a perfect Passover!

Bi-Rite Passover Menu 2015

Jewish-Style Artichokes: White Wine-Poached & Fried with
Lemon, Mint & Sea Salt
$4.99 / ea

Grilled Local Asparagus Salad with Fennel, Chickpeas, Sugar Snap Peas,
Spring Onion, Harissa & Lemon Tahini Dressing
$12.99 / lb

Honey-Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Orange, Thyme & Crushed Pistachios
$10.99 / lb

Dried Fruit & Almond Haroseth with Golden Raisins
$4.99 / ½ pt

Organic Potato Latkes
$4.99 / each

Spring Frittata with Egg, Asparagus, Ricotta, Spring Onion,
Tarragon & Lemon
$5.99 / slice

Grilled Coho Salmon with Lemony Spring Pea Hummus
& Shaved Bi-Rite Farms Heirloom Radish
$10.99 / ea

Matzo Ball Soup in Rich Chicken Broth
$9.99/ qt

House-Made Organic Apple Sauce
$2.99 / ½ pt

House-Made Free-Range Chicken Stock
$6.99 / qt

Chopped Chicken Liver with Caramelized Onion & Egg
$4.99 / ½ pt

Red Wine-Braised Estancia Grass-Fed Beef Brisket
$24.99 / lb

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Raw Meats

Don Watson’s Milk-Fed, Pasture-Raised Lamb
Distinct tenderness and mildness of flavor.
Lambs are raised in the Napa Valley and harvested just after weaning.
Pair it with Chante Perdrix St. Joseph “Empreinte” 2011, $24.99

Bone-In Leg of Lamb $12.99/lb
Boneless Leg of Lamb $15.99/lb

BN Ranch Grass-Fed, Pasture-Raised Lamb
A traditional, full-flavored lamb, rich in lamb flavor. Raised in the Sacramento Delta.
Pair it with Donkey & Goat Syrah “Fenaughty Vineyard” 2012, $34.99

Bone-In Leg of lamb $9.99/lb
Boneless Leg of lamb $13.99/lb
Rack of Lamb $29.99/lb

5 Dot Ranch Beef Brisket
Grass-fed, finished with Rice Bran and Barley. From Susanville, CA.
$8.99/lb

Passover Desserts from Bi-Rite Creamery

Flourless Cheesecake
$12.99 / 4” cake

TCHO Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons
$7.99/bag

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Special Products For Passover from our Grocery Department

Manischewitz Concord Grape Wine
$7.99

Kedem Organic Grape Juice
$7.99

Naga Bakehouse Vermatzah
Limited-Production Artisan Matzah from Vermont
Julie Sperling & Doug Frilich carry on a 5,000 year-old tradition of baking matzah on an open fire.
The matzah is hand-made in small batches from locally-sourced organic wheat and ancient emmer,
in their micro-bakery located on a small sustainable farm.

$19.99 / Box
$29.99 / Tin

Manischewitz Gluten-Free Matzo Crackers
$7.99

Streit’s Egg Matzos
$5.99

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$5.99

Osem Whole Wheat Matzos
$5.99

Streit’s Dark Chocolate Covered Egg Matzos
$6.99

Mrs. Adler’s Gefilte Fish
$9.99

Mrs. Adler’s Pike & Whitefish
 $8.99


Jason Rose

The Luck of the Irish is With You This Year

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Cardoon & Fingerling Potato Salad with Radicchio & vegan Charred Green Garlic Aioli

March 17th approaches, and with it the desire for cabbage, corned beef, great beer, and rousing renditions of Irish folk songs. Our Chefs have come up with a partly-traditional, partly-modern, all-Bi-Rite menu for your holiday needs. You can get the menu at either Bi-Rite Market location from March 14th-17th. While you’re here, pick up special items that the Bi-Rite Creamery bakers have created just for the occasion, and 4-packs of Guinness for $6.99.

Bi-Rite Market
St. Patrick’s Day Menu 2015

       BN Ranch 100% Grass-Fed Corned Beef
$17.99/lb

BN Ranch Lamb Pasties filled with Slow-Braised Lamb, Cabbage, Potatoes & Peas
$8.99/ea

Colcannon Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Butter-Braised Cabbage & Leeks
$7.99/lb

Guinness-Braised Beef Shepherd’s Pie
$10.99/lb

Cardoon & Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad with Radicchio & Green Garlic Dressing
$10.99/lb

Grilled Asparagus Salad with Fennel, Charred Red Onion, Dill & Dijon Citrus Vinaigrette
$12.99/lb

St. Patrick’s Day Desserts from Bi-Rite Creamery

Irish Soda Bread
$5.99/loaf

Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake
$12.99/4” cake

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Simon

Citrus For All!

California grows more varieties of citrus than any other state— from the large Valencia Orange orchards near the border of Mexico, to the small Satsuma Mandarin orchards in the foothills of the Sierra. There’s a flavor for everyone! At Bi-Rite we strive to have a wide selection of great tasting and sustainably grown citrus that can be eaten in a number of different ways.

Mandarin Mania
Mandarin season usually starts in California in the beginning of November with the easy-peeling, refreshing Satsuma Mandarin and ends with the seedless, candy-like Pixie Tangerine in April. There are a handful of other varieties that hit the Bi-Rite shelves in the interim. The little seedless Kishu Mandarin from the mountains of Ojai, California has everyone excited from neighborhood kindergarteners to world-class San Francisco Chefs. Toss it in a green salad or a fried rice dish to add a sweet and juicy flare. Some of the other mandarin varieties that are just making their way to the market: Gold Nuggets, Murcotts, Pages and Clementine. All of these exciting mandarin varieties also make for a fun time with the juicing machine.
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Orange Crush
There are three varieties of oranges right now that are so delicious it’s hard not to eat all three on a regular basis and spread the love. Cara Cara Oranges, aka the Pink Navels — from Tenalu Farm in Porterville, California — have been out of this world and their middle acid and sweet juicy flavor make them a perfect addition to a chicory salad. Tenalu also grows wonderful Heirloom Navel Oranges that have a little more acid than the Cara Cara but are also a bit sweeter. The Moro Blood Oranges are just getting started and with their nicely balanced sweet/tart flavor and berry-like tones they may be the most versatile piece of citrus in the kitchen. The Fennel, Blood Orange, Avocado Salad from our cook book Eat Good Food is great recipe if you’re looking for a quick and easy seasonal salad.
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Grapefruit Goodness
The days of cutting a Florida grapefruit in half and sprinkling sugar on it to cut the bitterness before gobbling it up with a spoon are over. The grapefruit scene has come a long way since the mid-80’s and the Bi-Rite produce crew is super excited about a few varieties that have become a big part of our citrus selection. For folks who just want an everyday grapefruit we always have a Star Ruby Grapefruit from Bernard Ranch in Riverside, California with its beautiful dark pink flesh and sweet/tart flavor. Bi-Rite staff have been rallying around the Pomelo from Tenalu Farm this year. This large piece of citrus is perfect for folks who want a mild sweetness and not an overwhelming amount of juice. The Cocktail Grapefruit from Cunningham Orchard in Fallbrook, California is a very unique piece of fruit. This cross between a Siamese Sweet Pomelo and Frua Mandarin produces the most amazing sub-acid sweet juice perfect for cocktails, syrups, sauces, and more.

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It’s OK to be Sour
Sour oranges are the most unique California citrus crop and call for some creativity in the kitchen. The Seville Orange with its thick bumpy skin smells like a regular orange but the flavor is tart and sour. Sevilles have very oily skin that is used for essential oils. The most common use for Seville Oranges is marmalade, but it also works well in syrups, vinaigrettes and cocktails. The Bergamot Orange is a cross between a sour orange and lemon, most commonly known for the oil from the skin that is used in Earl Grey tea. The zest is used to flavor cakes and cookies and the juice is used for syrups, cocktails, and jams.

California citrus season is a 5 to 6 month long tasting journey that offers so many marvelous flavors. At Bi-Rite we love to celebrate this time of year with the “Citrus Explosion” by offering over 20 varieties in our produce department at one time. If you would like to learn more about this incredible crop please make your way to one of our produce departments and ask for a sample of all the varieties we have in-house!


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Beautiful and Sweet Treats For Your Valentine

No matter whether you have a Valentine, you don’t have a Valentine, or YOU are your Valentine's ChocolatesValentine– everyone deserves to feel special! This year I’ve hand-picked amazing chocolates, Trac has chosen fantastic wines, and Eleanor and our Floral Team have sought out beautiful blooms to make your holiday lovely. Most of these great gifts can also be purchased online through our delivery partner, Instacart.com, for arrival straight to your door in as little as an hour, so no excuses!

If you’re a truffle person, I’ve selected a 6-piece box from Michael Mischer, along with Neo Cocoa Wild Cherry Dark Truffles. For a traditional chocolate assortment, we have a wide range of artisan and handmade confections. Everything from decadent and elaborate boxes from Chocolat Moderne, a producer we love to bring in for their exquisite and truly special holiday creations, to three options from famed chocolatier Michael Recchiuti, and a lovely assortment from San Francisco-based TinyB Chocolates. We are also proud to continue featuring Oakland’s gate commes des filles, lovingly and meticulously created by one of our favorite producers, Alexandra Whisnant, using local, seasonal ingredients she forages herself. These hand-enrobed chocolates are best when enjoyed at their freshest. It’s a perfect excuse to dive right in after you give the box to your Valentine!

Valentine's CaramelsIf you love caramel, Sweet Revolution’s 12-piece Maple Honey Love Caramels box is for you, or you can go with Fran’s 7-piece Gray Salt Caramels in a pretty little pink box. We also have handmade toffee from Keke’s Kitchen that comes in a pretty white box and a super-cool Askinosie Chocolate Tasting Kit for the true chocolate fanatic. If you’re looking for something lovely but a little less formal, the Alma Lovebird Pop and Fran’s Dark Caramel Heart are delicious, beautiful, and perfect for any budget.

We are focusing on three special wines for Valentine’s Day this year. For the perfect pairing with dark gate comme des filleschocolate, try Petite Sirah from Forlorn Hope Wines. In the bubbles department, we have a classic Champagne J. Lassalle to quench your thirst, or a fresh “brunch bubbly” option with the Raventos i Blanc de Nit Sparkling Rose Cava.

And don’t forget the flowers! Seriously, don’t forget. Our talented Floral Team will be set up outside the markets on the 13th and 14th to make custom bouquets. You can also pick up any of the pre-arranged masterpieces we have on hand, or have them delivered from our store on Instacart; choose from Organic Tulips, California-grown Roses, or Farm-Direct Mixed Bouquets. We’re right here to help you impress your darling, even if your darling is you!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Jason Rose

Super Bowl = Food, Food, and…FOOD!

IMG_0120Food, friends, beer, and bone-crushing football. Even if your team didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, it’s still a great opportunity to gather and enjoy each other’s company, the great commercials, incredible snacks, and festive food!

The Super Bowl Classic, of course, is chips and dip. We have house-made 7-Layer Dip, plus Bi-Rite Guacamole and Spicy Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip all made by our talented chefs. And we are so happy to now offer Nopalito salsas and chips, too, from one of our favorite neighboring businesses. There are also delicious salsa FullSizeRenderofferings from Santipapas and Papalote! And our chip options are killer: Casa Chicas, Primavera, Dosa Chips, and 4505 Chicharrones are all recommended for pleasing your crowd. We even have featured cheeses representing your preferred tea: Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar for the Seahawks fans, and Cabot Vintage Cheddar for you New England folks! Pair either with Rustic Bakery or Raincoast Crisp crackers for a perfect match.IMG_0118

And we’ve taken the hard work out of your heartier fare, too. Each Bi-Rite Market has a special menu of prepared items, perfect for a party, that are ready to pick up and take home.

                   Bi-Rite Market Divisadero Street Super Bowl Menu

                      Bi-Rite’s Barbecued St. Louis Ribs $13.99 per pound

Buttermilk Fried Chicken $12.99 per pound

Victory Chicken Wings with Sweet Chili Sauce,
Sesame, and Scallion
 $7.99 per pound

Pigs in a Blanket: BN Ranch Grass Fed Hot Dog
Wrapped in Puff Pastry 
$1.50 each

German Potato Salad $8.99 per pound

Pasta Salad with Seasonal Vegetables
& Red Wine Vinaigrette
 $7.99 per pound

Grilled Chicken Quesadillas $7.99 each

Bi-Rite Market 18th Street Super Bowl Menu

Bi-Rite’s Barbecued St. Louis Ribs $13.99 per pound

Buttermilk Fried Chicken $12.99 per pound

Victory Chicken Wings with Sweet Chili Sauce,
Sesame & Scallion
 $7.99 per pound

The Pig-Skin: Braised Pork Belly Sandwich
with Orange Mostarda & Chicory Slaw
 $10.99 each

German Potato Salad  $8.99 per pound

Winter Waldorf Salad  $10.99 per pound

Fried Falafel with Tahini  $5.99 for four

And don’t forget our amazing platters from Bi-Rite Catering! It’s not too late to get an order in for Sunday; you  have until Friday January 30 at 3pm to get it your Super Bowl yummies ordered and on their way.