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Jessie Rogers

Treat Mom Right! Mother’s Day Brunch, Flowers, Sweets & Gifts

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Mother’s Day is  Sunday, May 11th! We’ve got an array of great options to help make it special and memorable for your Mom. From the best local, artisan-made sweet treats and incredible sustainably-grown local flowers, to special sandwiches and Mom-worthy Brunch offerings, you can get it all at Bi-Rite Market. And why not spoil Mom with a bottle of bubbly?

 

Mothers Day Menu

The following items will be available all day Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11. 

House-Made Quiche with Roasted Wild Mushrooms,
Melted Leeks & 
Gruyère
$6.99/slice

Poached Prawns with Cocktail Sauce
$28.99/lb (3-4 servings/lb)

Happy Boy Farms Organic Sugar Snap Peas with Caramelized Organic Spring Cipollini Onions,
Fines Herbes & Toasted Almond
$13.99/lb

Brunch Specials

Available 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11
(or while supplies last)

Special Sandwich–only available at Bi-Rite Market 18th Street:
Smoked Trout Tartine with Fromage Blanc, Fried Egg & Shaved Asparagus
$9.99/each

Special Sandwich–only available at Bi-Rite Market Divisadero Street:
House-Made Buttermilk Biscuit with Ham, Egg & Cheese
$8.99/each

Strawberry Shortcake
Bi-Rite Creamery‘s House-Made Shortcake, Organic Local Strawberries & Vanilla Chantilly Cream
$6.99/each

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Don’t forget the Flowers!

We’ll have an amazing selection of flowers and will be on-hand to create custom bouquets and arrangements just for your Mom! Bouquets are arranged by our head florist Eleanor and her amazing team. This season Eleanor is especially excited about Canterbury Bells from Full Belly Farm, Sweet Peas and Sweet Williams from Devoto Gardens, Peonies, and Full Belly Farm‘s pre-arranged organic bouquets.

Celebrate Mom with Bubbles!

Trac recommends a couple of his current favorites as a sure way to let Mom know how much you care! And they both make great additions to our Mom’s Day Menu!

Raventos I Blanc “De Nit” Sparkling Rosado $24.99
Who needs Champagne when Cava can be as good as this? This Rosado has a touch of Mourvedre to give it a dry cherry note. A very pretty sparkler that is perfect for an elegant brunch or dinner!

Renardat-Fâche Bugey Cerdon $22.99
A delicious off-dry sparkler from a father and son team. It’s pairs lovingly with chocolate or strawberry and is wonderful coda to the perfect meal.

In our Grocery Department: Sweet Gifts for your Sweet Mom!

Gâté Comme des Filles Chocolates
16piecealexandraMom deserves the best and Gâté Comme des Filles is hands down the best chocolate we have ever tried! These locally-produced chocolates are made fresh to order using locally foraged ingredients.  The flavors peak within the first few days after production when the flavors in each box are expressed to their full potential. Each ganache is hand-whisked, creating a filling that is both fluffy and rich. Each box contains Meyer Lemon, Spearmint, Cherry, and Almond, and boxes are available in 4-piece, 9-piece, and 16-piece sizes. A truly special treat!

Poco Dolce Bittersweet Chocolate Tiles
Mom will love these handmade squares of bittersweet chocolate, each with its own unique inclusions.  Every Tile is crafted by hand here in San Francisco and finished with a pinch of Grey Sea Salt. Get them in 6-Piece or 8-Piece Assorted Tile packs, or 8-Piece Burnt Caramel Tiles size.

Neococoa Truffle Assortment Boxes
Excite Mom with Neococoa’s decadent handmade truffles.  These melt-in-your mouth ganache-based chocolate truffles come in 5 signature flavors:  almond butter with smoked sea salt, zested lime, mocha cinnamon, crushed cacao nib, and toasted coconut. In 5-piece and 10-piece Truffle Assortments!

Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate
Award-winning chocolate that uses the finest fair-trade cacao while performing all steps in-house to turn raw ingredients into one of our favorite chocolate bars. We know Mom will agree! In Fleur de Sel, Maple Coconut, and Belize Bar options.

Kusmi Tea
Mom will appreciate Kusmi Tea–they’ve been producing high quality tea for 140 years! Unique and hard to find, Kusmi Tea is a favorite among cosmopolitan tea lovers! Try the Russian Tins, One Moment Tins, or the Essentials Box!

Inna Jam
Brighten up your Mother’s Day Brunch with Inna Jam!  Inna makes fresh, seasonal jams from organic fruit sourced within 150 miles of their Emeryville kitchen.  Their single-varietal jams are crafted so that each fruit varietal’s unique essence shine through in bright flavors.

Rodney’s Granola
Add some crunch to your Mother’s Day Brunch! Rodney’s Granola is hand-made in small batches using the freshest ingredients. Made with lots of love at the Bi-Rite Creamery!

Robert Lambert Dark Fruit Cake
Surprise Mom with the best fruit cake she’ll ever try! Robert Lambert hand-picks all of his ingredients which are carefully sourced.   All of the candied fruit in each cake is hand-made by Robert and each cake is soaked in bourbon whiskey. Slice thinly while the cake is cool- we recommend serving it chilled.

 

 

 


Jason Rose

Special Dinner Menu for Cinco de Mayo

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This menu sprang to life after our amazing intern Gillian Caballero Chase came to me and asked if we could cook a fun, delicious meal for Cinco de Mayo. Gillian is a student in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality program at City College here in San Francisco, and chose the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses as the location for her internship. Her mole negro was inspired by a culinary study abroad program last summer to Oaxaca, Mexico and it’s at the heart of a new grab-and-go dinner entree she’s been working on for our Markets. PeppersHaving been exposed to many amazing examples of mole from my time at La Cocina in the Mission District, I’m a tough critic, but it turns out that Gillian’s mole is the real deal. With its deep, dark, smoky and fruity tones, mole negro, or mole poblano, Gillian’s is so good that we have made it the star of the show for our Cinco de Mayo menu.

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Gillian’s mole will soon be available as a pre-made entree.

To complement the mole, we have paired it up with dishes like ceviche, a crisp, crunchy jicama salad, rancho gordo beans, tomatillo-braised pork sopes, and lamb albondigas braised in a sweet, earthy apricot chile mulato sauce. We look forward to sharing this special menu with our many wonderful guests this Monday, May 5th. Buen Provecho!

 

 

 

Our special Cinco de Mayo Dinner Menu
will be available from 4pm to closing time
on Monday, May 5th

Chicken  Mole
Braised half-chicken with Mole Negro Oaxaqueño & Toasted Sesame Seeds

Grass-Fed Lamb Albondigas
Lamb Meatballs with Mint & cumin, braised in an Apricot-Chile Mulato Sauce

Ceviche
Citrus–cured Tilapia with Avocado, Cucumber, Onion & Shaved Jalapeño

Sopes with Tomatillo–Braised Llano Seco Pork Shoulder
Handmade Masa Cakes filled with Tomatillo–braised Llano Seco Pork Shoulder

Slow-Cooked Rancho Gordo Beans & Melted Onions
Slow-cooked Rancho Gordo Cranberry Beans with Melted Onions

Gratin of ‘Papas con Rajas’
Potato Gratin with Poblano Cream, Charred Peppers & Mexican Cheese

Jicama Salad
Jicama, Spring Lettuces, Peas, Shaved Radish & Grapefruit
tossed with a creamy Avocado Lime Vinaigrette

Cilantro Rice
Classic Mexican Rice tossed with Chopped Cilantro & Lime Juice

 


Christine Mathias

Graduation = Celebration!

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You did it. You’re done! You’ve run the gauntlet, slain the dragon, put in your hard time. You’re graduating! Or, your kid is graduating! It’s the season of accomplishment, of literal and metaphorical books closing. The work is done, and it’s time to sit back, relax, celebrate, and, oh yeah, EAT!

HatsFlyingBi-Rite Catering can make the eating part of your celebration delicious and easy. We can deliver pretty platters and baskets of food directly to your door – not the usual catering fare, either. We’re talking hand-prepared savory tartlets on light-as-air, buttery pastry. Crispy flatbreads with seasonal ingredients. Entrees of slow-roasted salmon and peppered beef sirloin. And organic kale! Our farro and kale salad has bright flavors. We also offer a wide selection of wine and beer for the of-age crowd. For the high schools grads among you we can deliver soft drinks, tea, and all manner of bubbly and un-bubbly water.

If you want to throw a big ol’ shindig, with servers passing around trays, a bartender mixing drinks, and a lot less work for you, we have that covered as well. Full Service events are something we rock at–and you get to play around with the menu a little more, too. Bi-Rite Catering can supply you with anything you need for your graduation season hoedown. You can peruse the menu, fill out an inquiry form, and the ball will be officially rolling! Good work and congratulations!


Bi-Rite’s Spring Wine Blitz is Here!

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Bi-Rite’s Spring Wine Blitz is here!
Save 20% on mix-and-match cases

Create your own cases from our entire selection of food-friendly wines.

One week only: April 28-May 4, 2014
at both Bi-Rite Market locations!

FREE delivery in San Francisco!

Call or email us to pre-order with a member of our Wine Team:

Email: wine@biritemarket.com

Bi-Rite Market: Western Addition
551 Divisadero Street (between Fell and Hayes Streets)
Phone: (415) 551-7900

Bi-Rite Market: Mission District
3639 18th Street (between Dolores and Guererro Streets)
Phone (415) 241-9760


Spring Cheeses! Celebrate the Season!

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In the world of cheese, spring is a very exciting time. It’s marked by a feeling of renewal and by the arrival on our local farms of green grass and lots and lots of baby animals! This makes it a very special time for young goat and sheep milk cheeses. The pastures are verdant and the kids (baby goats) and lambs that were born in March are running around the farm. With babies comes milk, and as cheese-lovers we benefit from this “freshening” in our own way: with an abundance of green grass and rich milk, we’re in fresh cheese heaven.

Bollie’s Mollies

 

 

We’re thrilled to welcome back with open arms a couple of cheeses that have been seasonally unavailable for the last few months. Lambs and kids are abundant at Pennyroyal Farmstead in Bonnville, and we’re celebrating the return of a couple of their cheeses. Early in the season, watch for Laychee, a beautiful fresh cheese with the silkiest of textures, made from a blend of goat’s milk and sheep’s milk and perfect for an array of applications. It’s delicate, pleasantly lactic and spreadable, great for brunch or as a base for a delicious crostini topped with preserves or sweet fresh fruit. Or you could just enjoy it with a simple drizzle of honey and a spoon!  Bollie’s Mollies, another delightful offering from Pennyroyal that’s aged for four weeks, is a denser, more toothsome option. It has a lovely light gray rind, thanks to penicillium album mold.

Kenne and Liwa

In other exciting news, Tomales Farmstead Creamery is milking their ewes for the first time! When we went for a visit in January, their herd manager was training the pregnant ewes to line up for milking in the milking parlor. Though we’ve had Tomales Farmstead’s Kenne on the counter for the last few months, it’s now being made with a blend of goat’s milk and the first of their sheep’s milk, which gives the cheese a richer, rounder finish with a hint of lanolin. Their farmstead-mixed milk is also being used to craft Liwa, a fresh, hand-ladled cheese that has a fudgy texture and more substance to it than some of our other fresh offerings. Cheeses from Tomales Farmstead Creamery are delivered directly to us from the farm each week.

I’m also excited to introduce you to our newest producer-direct relationship! Golden Valley Farm was started by Mario and Sandra Daccarett, who worked for twenty years as dairy nutrition and management consultants. As their children grew, they wanted a line of work that was more inclusive of the family, and are now the only sheep dairy in the San Joaquin Valley. From February to December they milk 340 ewes, and their son Mario Daccerett, Jr. transforms this milk into a number of different cheeses in a range of styles. The first cheese that we will feature is the Yosemite Blossom, a beautiful cheese with a snowy white coast that is aged for about four weeks. Expect a milky and creamy texture with a delicate flavor. It’s just begging for some fennel salami!

Come by and ask for a taste of our favorite spring offerings! And stay tuned: come June, we’ll start to see some of the first aged, raw milk cheeses made this spring!


Eat more artichokes!

ArtichokesItalians love artichokes and I know why! They’re healthy, surprisingly sweet, and easy to prepare at home.  They pair well with my favorite flavors and ingredients of Italy like lemons, garlic, olive oil, and fresh herbs like mint.  Artichokes are great in salads, risotto, pastas and even open-faced sandwiches–try one with a spread of fresh cream cheese and herbs!

I often see folks with looks of amazement and curiosity when they see a bountiful display of baby artichokes at Bi-Rite Market. They’re beautiful to look at, but some can be confounded about just how to approach enjoying them. Next time you find yourself pondering how to prepare and eat an artichoke, let us know and we’ll be happy to introduce you to this amazing flowering thistle with an incredible taste. They’re delicious and  ready to eat raw, but it seems like sometimes the biggest obstacle to enjoying artichokes is knowing how to peel and cut them properly. This can actually be done in a few simple steps; let me take you through it.

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First turn the artichokes in your hands, peeling down the pale leaves as you go.

topping stem

Next, peel and trim the stem…

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…taking off any woodiness or tough skin. Remove any of the tougher tips that are left.

halvin' the choke

Now you can half the artichoke…

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…by cutting down the middle.

quartering the choke

If you like, you can go another step and quarter it by cutting the halves.

You can also easily shave the artichoke into smaller pieces. If you do this over a salad with arugula or radicchio, the raw bits of artichoke will make a great topping that you can mix right into the salad as you would with shaved fennel. You’ll find that the baby artichoke tastes slightly bitter at first, but its sugars will quickly lead to a finish with a surprising sweetness.

Italy grows more than ten times the quantity of artichokes than we grow here in the United States. California provides nearly 100% of the U.S. crop, and about 80% of that is grown in Monterey County, close to our Markets.  Artichokes are generally green but many of my favorite farmers, like Bluehouse Farm in Pescadero, CA, grow purple chokes which have a stronger flavor–wilder with a more pronounced bitterness.

After I prep and trim up some baby artichokes, my favorite way to enjoy is to roast them in the oven, which really concentrates the flavor. Half the trimmed chokes and toss them with olive oil, chopped garlic, and herbs. Roast in a 400° F oven until tender and golden. Once they come out of the oven, season with a nice pinch of Maldon Sea Salt, a squeeze of lemon, and a bit more olive oil.  Enjoy!


Spring Wine Blitz: Pre-Sale Tasting Events!

Bi-Rite’s Spring Wine Blitz is nearly here! From Monday, April 28 to Sunday, May 4, save 20% on mix-and-match cases from our entire selection of food-friendly wines! Come to our preview tasting events, and pre-order your favorites to lock in Wine Blitz savings! Get free home delivery of your Wine Blitz cases in San Francisco!

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Thursday, April 17
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Bi-Rite Market Divisadero—Wine Section
Wine Tasting with Faith Armstrong from Onward Wines
Faith will pour her delicious new sparkly made from the Malvasia grape, a first in California! Plus, her new Hawkeye Ranch Pinot Noir!

Thursday, April 17
6:00pm to 10:00pm
18 Reasons
18th Hour Cafe, featuring Kenny Likitprakong of Hobo Wines and Abe Schoener of Scholium Wines
Winemakers Kenny Likitprakong and Abe Schoener will be in the house pouring some of their favorite wines.

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Friday, April 18
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Bi-Rite Market Divisadero—Wine Section
Tom Switzer Previews Spring Wine Blitz Wines
Our beloved Tom Switzer will be previewing wines from Charles Neal Imports and Oliver McCrum. The best of France and Italy in one place!
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Saturday, April 19
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Bi-Rite Market Divisadero—Wine Section
Preview Tasting of Spring Wine Blitz Wines
Jeff Vierra from Farm Wines will be pouring some lovely Wine Blitz preview wines
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Sunday, April 20
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Bi-Rite Market Divisadero—Wine Section
Wine Tasting with Alex Finberg from Terra Firma
Alex Finberg from Terra Firma will be pouring some Bi-Rite exclusive wines in preparation for the Spring Wine Blitz
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Thursday, April 24
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ticketed Event: $15 for 18 Reasons Members, $20 for non-Members–Purchase tickets here
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Bi-Rite Spring Wine Blitz Preview Tasting
Try more than 20 wines and place pre-orders to lock-in your Wine Blitz 20% Savings on mix-and-match cases!
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Friday, April 25
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Bi-Rite Market Divisadero—Wine Section
Wine Tasting with John Khayami from Sacred Thirst
John Khayami from Sacred Thirst will be pouring some lovely Wine Blitz preview wines.

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Monday, April 28 through Sunday, May 4: Spring Wine Blitz!
Visit the Markets, call, or email our Wine Team to pre-order or check availability!

Email: wine@biritemarket.com

Bi-Rite Market 18th Street: (415) 241-9760

Bi-Rite Market Divisadero Street: (415) 551-7900

 


Raph

Easter Treats! Artisan-Made Chocolates & Baked Goods

Easter is this weekend, and we’ve got a ton of basket-worthy treats to help you celebrate!

PaintedEggsChocolat Moderne is a producer whose incredible chocolates I always bring in for holidays. Their flair for the decorative and decadent in both their product and packaging make them ideal candidates for an Easter basket centerpiece. This year we are stocking Chocolat Moderne’s Hand-Painted Purple Rose Swirl Egg, a sea-salted caramel with Halen Mon Sea Salt from the pure ocean currents of the Welsh Coast. We also have their Hand-Painted Yellow Rose Swirl Egg, a dark chocolate ganache from 72% Venezualan Cacao, and the 3-Pack of Hand-Painted Rose Swirl Eggs, which includes one each of the purple and yellow rose swirl eggs, as well as a pink egg with creamy dark chocolate ganache with raspberries. They are so beautiful they almost resemble fine painted china.

Frans1For chocolate bunnies, your first stop in our chocolate aisle is Fran’s Chocolates. Fran’s Dark Chocolate Bunny, an exceptionally smooth dark chocolate that balances subtly toasty notes with dark berry fruitiness, creates a luscious, long-lasting experience that closes on a note of bright citrus. It’s made with 38% cacao from single origin Venezuelan milk chocolate and is creamy and chocolaty with quiet notes of honey and caramel. And Fran’s also makes Easter eggs! Their Filled Easter Eggs are a decadent foil-wrapped collection of two peanut butter eggs, one hazelnut crunch egg and one caramel egg.

OliveBunnyPoco Dolce is a phenomenal San Francisco-based chocolate company whose confections we stock year-round. They are also getting in on the rabbit game for Easter with their amazingly smooth, hand-made Peanut Butter Rabbit, blending organic peanut butter with bittersweet chocolate and a touch of sea salt, and their beautiful, hand-crafted Olive Oil Bunny, made with California olive oil and a bittersweet chocolate that is velvety, rich and has a decadent texture you’ll remember long after Easter and spring have both passed by.

Rounding out our selection of Easter eggs are two other favorite chocolate producers of ours, world-renowned Vosges Chocolate and Bay Area legend Michael Recchiuti. We have Vosge’s The Goose’s Golden Eggs and their organic Wink of the Rabbit Caramel Eggs; Vosge’s deep, rich milk chocolate touched with soft caramel. From Recchiuti we’ll have the Egg Hunt Box, wherein Recchiuti’s egg-hunt designs adorn eight pieces of his signature Burnt Caramel Truffles. Each confection is a blend of Recchiuti’s dark, smokey caramel with 70% dark chocolate ganache-enrobed in semisweet chocolate.

flowers2HotCrossBunsFor bakery treat options, try the Colomba di Pasqua from Starter Bakery. This traditional Italian Easter Cake is the springtime counterpart of the popular Christmas dessert panettone. Starter Bakery’s version is a sweet bread coated with marzipan and studded with candied orange peel, almonds and pearl sugar. It’s hearty, filling and delectable – an Easter treat to be shared. And from the Bi-Rite Creamery, we will have our beautiful and delicious take on the traditional Easter treat of Hot Cross Buns. Ours are made with a rich, buttery yeasted dough, crossed on top and finished with warm spices and raisins. Bi-Rite Creamery’s Hot Cross Buns will be available Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20 ONLY, so don’t miss these iconic holiday buns!

Don’t forget we also have a full Easter Menu available, and we’ll be selling incredible local, organic, and sustainably-grown flowers and bouquets in front of Bi-Rite Market on 18th Street on Saturday and Sunday!

Happy Easter!


Matt R.

Bi-Rite’s Spring Wine Blitz: Drink Pink!

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Spring has sprung! With the warm weather, the abundance of spring produce suddenly available, and the arrival of new fresh goat and sheep milk cheeses, we’ve definitely made the transition into springtime. And what better way to ease your wine drinking into spring than with the latest rosé releases!

Rosé Season, as we call it, is the time of year to celebrate the release of the wide range of rosés available this time of year. And we’ve got plenty of pink on our shelves right now and will throughout the spring and summer as we rotate through exciting and limited release rosés from our favorite producers.

And don’t forget, our Spring Wine Blitz is coming up very soon! From Monday, April 28th through Sunday, May 4th, you can get 20% off mixed cases of wine with free delivery within San Francisco – now at both Markets! So come by and try some of these rosés and start making your Spring Blitz wish list!

Wine12012 Chateau Coupes Roses Fremillant Rosé – $11.99; Blitz Price – $9.59
Chateau Coupes Roses is located in the small one-street village of La Caunette, just upstream from the townof Minerve in the Languedoc. Their vineyards are located on some of Frances more dramatic landscapes, planted on a rocky limestone plateau 1350 feet above sea level. It almost seems as though life shouldn’t exist on these high rocky plateaus surrounded by sheer cliffs, but their vines’ roots dig deep into the limestone to thrive. The rosé is a blend of mostly Mourvedre along with Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah. A beautiful ruby hue, the wine has notes of herbs, spice, and ripe strawberry with a dry and refreshing finish. A heartier rosé that will pair well with heartier spring fare!

Wine22013 Matthiasson Rosé – $24.99; Blitz Price – $19.99
The SF Chronicle’s Winemaker of the Year, Steve Matthiasson has released his latest rosé and it’s stunning! It’s a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Counoise, and Syrah from the Windmill vineyard in the Dunnigan Hills of Yolo County. Steve is all about preserving acidity in his wines and so his rosé is made in a lighter, fresher style. Notes of tart grapefruit and white peach lead to a minerally and mouthwatering palate. Great alongisde fresh pasta with spring veggies and goat cheese!

Wine32013 Copain Tous Ensemble Rosé – $19.99; Blitz Price – $15.99
Winemaker Wells Guthrie crafts some of the most elegant Pinot Noir and Syrah in the Anderson Valley. His Tous Ensemble Rosé is a blend of various vineyard sites in the Anderson Valley and is as elegant as Copain’s other wines. A rounded soft texture and lovely floral and red berry notes make this rosé an easy companion any warm spring or summer evening. No wonder it was on the SF Chronicle’s most recent list of Best 20 Wine Under $20!


Wine42013 Ameztoi Txakoli ‘Rubentis’ Rosé – $21.99; Blitz Price – $17.59
Ok, time to remember your Basque pronunciation skills! This Txakoli (say ‘chok-oh-lee’) rosé is a rare and special wine from Basque country Spain. Usually, Txakoli is made into white wine and is the everyday drink of the Basque people, with its typical tart acidity and light effervescence that pairs so well with the abundant seafood of the region. This rosé is a lovely expression of typical Txakoli, but pink! Tart blood orange and lemon notes lead to a crisp palate with that typical spritzy-ness that is too mouthwatering to only enjoy one glass of.

Wine52013 Birichino Vin Gris  -  $14.99; Blitz Price – $11.99
To us, this is what rosé season is all about! Fresh, light, quaffable, and affordable rosé all in a beautiful package! Made from Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Rolle (Vermentino) from vineyards both in the Sierra Foothills and Gilroy, this rosé gives some Provencal rosés a run for their money! Bone dry, with notes of cranberry, rose petal, and mouthwatering acidity. Drink it now!

Don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or special requests (415.241.9760 for 18th St. or 415.551.7900 for Divis) or email wine@biritemarket.com.

Upcoming Events:

Spring Wine Blitz! – Monday, April 28 through Sunday, May 4 – At Both Bi-Rite Markets!


Simon

Strawberries Galore! The Best Farm-Direct Berries from Organic Growers

StrawberriesChandlerWe’re pretty lucky to be living in the Bay Area considering we have access to farm-direct, organic, local strawberries for about half the year. The fun starts in the end of March to early April, and really gets going in late April. Most of the farms we work with at Bi-Rite grow in the coastal environments that are perfect for strawberries. We’ve found it really important to build relationships with numerous strawberry farms so we always have a locally-grown berry on our shelves to share with guests during the Spring and Summer months.

Here are some of the incredible farms we work with, and the strawberry varieties they’ll be providing us this year: 

Swanton Berry Farm—Davenport, CA (62 miles close to Bi-Rite)
CCOF Certified Organic, Union-Grown (United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO), and Food Justice Certified by the Agricultural Justice Project
Varieties:  Chandler, Seascape

StrawberriesSwantonYerena Farms—Watsonville, CA (90 miles close to Bi-Rite)

  • CCOF Certified Organic
  • Varieties: Albion, Seascape, Eclair

Live Earth Farm—Watsonville, CA (90 mi close to Bi-Rite)

  • Certified Organic
  • Varieties:  Albion, Seascape

Fifth Crow Farm—Pescadero, CA (46 miles close to Bi-Rite)

  • CCOF Certified Organic, Bee-Friendly Farm Certified
  • Varieties:  Albion, Chandler, Seascape

Blue House Farm—Pescadero, CA (46 miles close to Bi-Rite)

  • CCOF Certified
  • Varieties:  Albion, Seascape

Tomatero FarmWatsonville, CA (90 miles close to Bi-Rite)

  • CCOF Certified Organic
  • Varieties:  Albion, Seascape, Sweet Ann

StrawberriesJW2JW FarmsWatsonville, CA (90 miles close to Bi-Rite)

  • CCOF Certified Organic
  • Varieties:  Albion

Strawberry Varieties You’ll See at Bi-Rite Market

Albions are a dark colored red and have the most consistent sweetness. They are the most common commercial variety in California because of their flavor and yield. It’s pretty amazing how different they can taste from one grower to the next.

Chandlers are red, firm, juicy, sweet, and tangy berry. Not as common in the retail world because they are so juicy and delicate, and need to be handled with more care than the Albion. This is the main berry that Swanton Berry Farm works with and they are the master growers of this variety.

Seascapes are a longer, conically-shaped berry with a glossy finish. They’re a very delicate, dark-red berry with a complex and floral flavor. They usually aren’t as sweet as other varieties but are very juicy. Seascapes are not common in the retail world but when we get them in it’s time to celebrate!

Sweet Ann is a fairly new variety, created in 2005 to grow in the coastal climates like Santa Cruz County. Sweet Anns are usually big, conically-shaped berries with excellent sweet flavor. Tomatero is the only farm that we work with that is growing Sweet Ann right now and they are very limited.

Éclairs are medium-size berries and are very sweet and fragrant. We don’t see them often, but every once in a while Yerena Farms treats us to a handful of flats.

Mara des Bois (French variety) is a small, delicate variety with an incredible fragrance that resembles a wild strawberry. It is a gourmet strawberry that is most commonly grown in home gardens and not for commercial productions. The farms we work with don’t take the time to grow these berries because of their delicate nature and low yield which require a lot of precious labor. However, with the help of some friends who work with farms in the North Bay we were able to get our hands on some for the first time last season. Shelton Market Garden in Healdsburg sometime have a small bumper crop of Mara Des Bois and they make their way to the City.

Everyone’s Favorite, Bi-Rite Creamery Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream!
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This delicious seasonal flavor is the perfect combination of amazing local strawberries and extremely talented ice cream makers. Strawberry Balsamic is easily one of the most popular ice cream flavors the Bi-Rite Creamery makes and we always wait until our favorite farms have a steady supply of  extra-ripe berries to make it. The Creamery is making there test as we speak and it will be available at both Bi-Rite Markets, Bi-Rite Creamery, and the Scoop Shop at Bi-Rite on Divisadero on April 28th.


Jason Rose

Our Menu For Your Passover Celebrations

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We’re delighted to bring our 2014 Passover Menu to our Markets from Saturday, April 12 through Tuesday, April 22. The menu includes a variety of  our yearly favorite house-made dishes, plus an array of desserts from the Bi-Rite Creamery Bakeshop, traditional grocery items to stock your pantry, and more.

From Our Kitchen

Jewish-Style Artichokes – White Wine-poached, then fried
with Lemon, Mint & Sea Salt 
$3.99/ea

Local Asparagus with Sieved Egg, Capers, Fines Herbs & Dijon  $12.99/lb

Citrus-Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Sumac, Pistachio, Apricot, Radicchio,
Mizuna & Honey 
$10.99/lb

Red Wine-Braised 5-Dot Ranch Brisket  $19.99/lb

Spring Frittata with Pasture-Raised Farm Egg, Asparagus, Ricotta,
Bi-Rite Farms Spring Onion, Tarragon & Lemon 
$6.99/slice

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

Fennel & Garlic-Crusted Slow-Roasted Grass-Fed Lamb with Raisin,
Meyer Lemon & Horseradish Salsa Verde 
$24.99/lb

Whitefish Salad $6.99 / ½ pt

Homemade Organic Apple Sauce $2.99 / ½ pt

Chopped Chicken Liver with Caramelized Onion & Egg $3.99 /½ pt

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

Homemade Free-Range Chicken Stock  $6.99 / qt

Organic Potato Latkes  $4.99 / each

From Our Butcher

Pasture-Raised Grass Fed Spring Lamb from Anderson Ranch:
Bone-In Leg of Lamb  $11.99 / lb ▪  Boneless Leg of Lamb  $13.99 / lb

Pasture-Raised Beef Brisket from California’s Five Dot Ranch  $7.99 / lb

House-Smoked Wild Alaskan Salmon, sliced to order  $34.99 / lb

House-Smoked McFarland Springs Trout Fillets  $23.99 / lb

From Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop

Flourless Cheesecake  $12.99

Flourless Coconut Macaroons  $5.50

Chocolate-Covered Flourless Coconut Macaroons  $8.99

From Our Grocery Department

Manischewitz Concord Grape Juice  $6.99 750 ml

Bubbies Prepared Horseradish  $3.49 5 oz

Ba-Tampte Beet Horseradish  $4.99 8 oz

Mrs. Adlers Gefilte Fish  $8.99 24 oz

Osem Matzah Cake Meal  $4.99 16 oz

Streit’s Matzo Meal for Passover  $5.99 16 oz

Osem Passover Matzo Crackers  $4.99 16 oz

Osem Whole Wheat Matzo Crackers  $4.99 16 oz

Bazzini Dark Chocolate-Covered Matzo Crackers  $6.99 7 oz

From Our Wine Department

Domaine Bunan Côtes du Provence Rouge  $24.99 (Kosher)
Trac’s tasting notes: A big, rustic red made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
Rich and full bodied with flavors of black currants, thyme, and rosemary.

Galil Mountain Chardonnay  $19.99 (Kosher)
Trac’s tasting notes: Located in the Upper Galilee, a mountainous region in Israel,
this Kosher Chardonnay delivers flavors of citrus and tropical fruits with
hints of oak and butter.

 


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An Interview with Eleanor Gerber-Siff, Head Florist for Bi-Rite Market

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If you’ve ever passed by the front of Bi-Rite Market and wondered who is behind all of the incredible flowers, bouquets, branches, and seasonal greenery we offer, the answer is Eleanor Gerber-Siff. I sat down with Eleanor to talk about her approach and learn about the producers behind the movement toward local, organic, and sustainable floral.

 

Eleanor, who are you and what do you do?

I work for Bi-Rite Market as the Head Florist and Floral Buyer for Bi-Rite, covering both our 18th Street and Divisadero Street Markets.

Is that what you’ve always done for Bi-Rite? What is your background in flowers?

I’ve been working in flowers for about six years and I’ve been with Bi-Rite for about a year and a half. Before Bi-Rite, I worked in different flower shops and did some freelance work, including floral arrangements for weddings and events. For about a year and a half before I started at Bi-Rite, I worked with Rebekah Northway, also known as The Petaler, an incredibly talented local floral designer.  My work with her was focused on large-scale arrangements for her restaurant accounts.

Before I started working for Bi-Rite, the flowers we sold here were coming in through the Produce Department. There was no full-time staff devoted just to flowers. The Department just wasn’t up to par, and it didn’t make sense, considering how beautifully displayed everything else in the store is. I saw that there was an opportunity for Bi-Rite to make use of a full-time florist, and I convinced our Produce Buyer Simon and Sam Mogannam to let me be that florist. I haven’t looked back since!

How do you source the flowers we sell at Bi-Rite?

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I go to the San Francisco Flower Mart every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and order directly from vendors. Going to the market is a huge part of maintaining relationships with those vendors, and it helps me trust that they know their product and that I can rely on them. Because I maintain close relationships with them, I’m often able to get good deals on great flowers.

Plus, seeing the same people three times a week is fun!  The Flower Mart is a whole micro-community that operates for the most part before most people are even awake!  The market is housed in a big cement building at 6th and Brannan Streets in San Francisco, which takes up almost a whole city block. It doesn’t look good from the outside, but once you get inside, it’s filled with the most beautiful and unusual flowers and greens.

Having a market where I can pick things out personally is important because the good product varies from day to day. I work with what’s available and looks great, rather than sticking to a set list of specific flowers I’m going to buy.

I also work with several farms that grow flowers and also sell us lots of other kinds of produce. That’s a special thing about working for Bi-Rite; I have access to these great local farms and the amazing flowers they grow. The Flower Mart doesn’t source those flowers, so I feel fortunate that I can get them for our guests. These farms are organic and use sustainable growing practices, so their flowers are better across the board – better for the people that grow them, better for me and my flower crew, and better for our guests. They’re creating a new flower economy based on principles of sustainability, and it shows in the flowers! They tend to be happier and more beautiful. An organic flower looks better than one that’s been sprayed with chemicals, and you don’t have to worry about sticking your nose right in there. I get to communicate with our flower farmer vendors several times a week, and that’s a good way to feel connected to something that’s growing – to stay close to the person who’s growing it.

There are three farms from which I get the biggest volume of flowers. Thomas Farm, in Aptos– they’re Certified Organic and grow mostly flowers.  Full Belly Farm–also Certified Organic; Bi-Rite gets lots of produce from them and they’re super awesome people. And Oak Hill Farm in Sonoma. They’re not certified organic but they use organic growing practices.

We work with some smaller farms as well – Blue House Farm and Fifth Crow Farm in Pescadero and Little City Gardens, which is actually in San Francisco – it’s a two-acre organic farm right here in the city. These farms grow some really unique fresh flowers.  Last year, Fifth Crow Farm had some Chinese Forget-Me-Nots that blew my mind.

How do you select the flowers you stock?

flowers1I’ve found I have a “Spidey Sense” about flowers. That’s part of what I bring to this job. I follow my intuition and in a room full of flowers, I pick out what I feel our guests will be most excited about.

My job is exciting because I also get to work directly with a bunch of local flower farms – our guests are cool and they respond to that. That’s something I want to educate more people about, because most of us aren’t necessarily thinking about farm-direct or organic flowers.  Many Bay Area folks think and care deeply about where their food comes from and how it’s produced.  I’d like to increase awareness about the benefits of local, organic flowers to ourselves and our community.  Organic, sustainably grown flowers promote the health and well-being of the people that are growing the flowers and of everyone who comes into contact with them.  What’s the first thing you do when someone hands you a bouquet of flowers?  You stick your nose in it and take a big whiff!  You don’t want gross chemicals in your lungs or in your home. Because they are not food, there is far less regulation on the chemicals people use on flowers than on produce, and this is especially true of flowers shipped in from countries outside the U.S.

What kinds of flowers do you personally like, and how do you prefer to arrange them?

My favorite flowers are ones that have a wild look to them.  Things that are slightly weird, too…or off, or crooked, or have a weird seed pod – I just like things that are unusual! I love that nature makes strange stuff and I like things that are a little bit ugly as much as I like things that are pretty.  Right now I’m really excited about all of the insane Ranunculus we’ve been getting in, especially the ones we get from Full Belly Farm in Guinda, California.

Every day that I work, there’s always one single flower that’s the best of the day. My Instagram is full of those “one best flowers.” I admit I’m a flower nerd…I care about them, so I think about them all the time.

My arranging style is a hodgepodge of ideas and techniques I’ve gathered from different places I’ve worked, but also from just experimenting on my own. I know what I like and let that guide me. I know it when I see it.

What floral services does Bi-Rite offer? Do you have anything special planned for Easter?

We offer custom floral work for any occasion – weddings, parties, events, and gifts. This week I’m doing

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flowers for a wedding as well as a dinner for 18 Reasons. We’re looking to do more stuff like that.  I love working with a client to create a beautiful event filled with flowers.

For Easter, we’ll have a table out in front of Bi-Rite Market 18th Street all day on Saturday, April 19th from 9am to 9pm. On Easter Sunday, we’ll be out there from 9am to 5pm. We’ll be doing custom floral arrangements in whatever way you need for your Easter celebration, so stop by and say hi to us.

We also make bouquets, pre-made and custom, and we have a wide variety of flowers for sale by the bunch and by the stem. Every single day you can see a beautiful array of flowers out in front of our 18th Street Market, and you can usually find me around there tending to the flowers and making floral arrangements.

I’m always available to work with our guests on anything related to flowers. And you can call either of our Markets to ask questions, place an order or try to track me down. Talking about flowers is what I love to do!