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Shakirah

Good Food & Gratitude in the New Year

Who can resist an end-of-the-year listicle? Not us! We are incredibly grateful for our guests, staff, producers, and neighbors in 2015. Here are 5 reasons we thank you for your support of Bi-Rite and our Family of Businesses this year:

  1. You ensured a happier holiday for those in need. From Jedi light sabers, to jazzy paint sets, and Winne-the-Pooh books, the 2015 Bi-Rite Holiday Toy Drive supported 485 low-income and homeless familiesin San Francisco this December. Your generosity didn’t stop there. For our annual Holiday Food Box Giveaway with Collective Impact and Kaiser Permanente, our Divisadero neighbors received 1,200 lbs. of free, organic produce (e.g. fresh greens, potatoes, onions, carrots, cranberries, and satsumas, courtesy of some of our favorite farmers), recipes, and a free-range turkey! In total, nearly 1,000 residents of low-income housing developments had a happier, healthier holiday table.
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  3.  You made our monthly Divisadero Scoop Shop Campaign a sweet cause. We’re super grateful for all the ice cream eaters in our ‘hood. At the end of December, our Scoop Shop donations totaled $13,509 to 11 SF-based non-profit organizations. Through this program in 2015, you supported under-served LGBT youth, the beautification of San Francisco with new trees, and getting necessary care to domestic violence survivors, to name a few.
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  5.  You provided good, fair food (and opportunity) for all. Your support allowed us to double the purchasing power of low-income shoppers at farmers’ markets and provide extra income for family farmers through our EBT Farmers’ Market Match program. With increased cash incentives from Bi-Rite, the Mission Community Market and the Heart of the City/Civic Center Farmers’ Market saw an increase in produce purchases by CalFresh customers and farmer sales. Your purchases also helped us train 5 corner-store owners in East and West Oakland to source, merchandise and sell healthier options in food deserts, via our Healthy Retail Program with HOPE Collaborative.
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  7. You supported a more vibrant, healthy San Francisco: From breakfast at SF Bike to Work Day to produce games at Sunday Streets, to harvest days at Mission High School, we believe that supporting our community goes beyond our four walls. In 2015, over 400 schools and non-profits received in-kind donations from Bi-Rite. Given our rapidly changing city, it is imperative that we all give. We could not support our San Francisco community without YOU.
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  9. You’re creating a stronger, sustainable good food movement. Your grocery basket empowers hundreds of farmers, cheesemongers, ranchers, winemakers and producers to feed us delicious, responsible, good food. Thank you for voting with your fork and dollar.

We look forward to continuing this good food work with you in 2016!

Warm Wishes for a Happy New Year!

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It’s all smiles for Tamara, Sarah, Faun, Shak and Sean at our annual Western Addition Holiday Food Box Giveaway!

 

 

 

 


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Our Favorite Recipes for Your Holiday Table

It’s time to gather ’round the table!

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We are proud to offer Five Dot Ranch grass-fed, beautifully marbled Beef Brisket and Beef Prime Ribfor your holiday celebrations, NOW PrimeRibAVAILABLE for Online Pre-Orderfrom our Instacart Holiday Market for easy pick-up at either Bi-Rite Market location.Order yours today!

 

Planning your Prime Rib dinner? For ONE DAY ONLY save $3 per pound on our Five Dot Ranch Beef Prime Rib! Pre-Order your Prime Rib this Friday, December 11, from our Instacart Holiday Market for this special pricing of $15.99/lb (regularly $18.99/lb), for easy, in-store pick-up.

 

 

Tips for Brisket, Prime Rib, and our Favorite Holiday Recipes

Get our favorite seasonal recipes for Holiday side dishes and desserts, plus tips from our Chefs for cooking the perfect Prime Rib or Brisket.

Download recipes, shop them online for delivery,
or ask for a recipe card when you visit Bi-Rite Market!

 

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 Easy Steps for Holiday Pre-Orders

  • All orders from Bi-Rite’s Instacart Holiday Market are for in-store pick-up only, at either Bi-Rite Market location. (If ordering from outside San Francisco, please use Bi-Rite’s 94110 zip code to create an account.)
  • Need help? No problem! A Bi-Rite Holiday Hotline is available at(415) 241-9760; select option 3 for Holiday menu-planning and ordering assistance. Menus can also be ordered in person with Bi-Rite Market staff at either market location, or by phone.

Shakirah

Give Joy: Our Holiday Toy Drive is Here!

Toy Drive OrnamentThe air is crisp and the holiday cheer is here – our 4th Annual Bi-Rite Holiday Toy Drive is near! From Friday, December 4th, to Friday, December 18th, we will collect everything from Mr. Potato Heads to paintbrush sets to board games to soccer balls for low-income and homeless children and families living in the Mission and in the Western Addition.

We’re proud to continue our long-time support of community-based organizations to create a happier holiday for our neighbors. Donations from Bi-Rite Market Divisadero will go to the Western Addition Beacon Center, which supports local youth every day through arts and cultural programming, academic support, college prep, and sports activities. All toys from Bi-Rite Market and Bi-Rite Creamery on 18thStreet will go to Arriba Juntosa Mission-based community organization fostering self-sufficiency through occupational training and job opportunities for our neediest neighbors, for almost 50 years.

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Sam’s love of Legos lives on.

This year, we’ve made new friends to double the impact of our Toy Drive. We’re teaming up with fellow mission-driven business and Valencia corridor staple Paxton Gate and their toy store, Curiosities for Kids. Paxton Gate will collect donations and bring in high-quality, educational and interactive toys, games, and projects for kids in need in the Mission. We will also partner with Children’s Book Project for all book donations. Children’s Book Project supports Bay Area children who have few or no books in their homes and attend schools and childcare facilities where children’s books are desperately needed.

We need your support to ensure that underserved kids in San Francisco have a wonderful holiday. We have four ways for you to #BeASanta and spread joy this holiday season:

  1. Donate in-store! Please give new and unwrapped:
  • Toys (for kids 12 and under)
  • Books (for kids 16 and under)
  • Sports equipment (e.g. balls, bats, gloves, skateboards)
  • Art supplies (unused)

From Friday, December 4th to Friday, December 18th, drop off goodies in the toy barrels at the entrances of:

Bi-Rite Market Divisadero:  9AM to 9PM
Bi-Rite Market 18th:  9AM to 9PM
Bi-Rite Creamery:  11AM to 9PM
Paxton Gate: 11AM to 7PM
PG Curiosities for Kids: 11AM to 8PM

  1. Party at a Parklet! Looking for extra fun? Enjoy a delicious Bi-Rite Creamery Christmas cookie or piping hot Dandelion European drinking chocolate in exchange for a new toy donation at our “Toys & Treats” event on Wednesday, December 16th, from 4:30PM to 6:30PM. Co-hosted by Dandelion Chocolate at their brand-spanking new parklet, we will welcome all generous souls with a free holiday photo booth, Four Barrel coffee and more treats! Paxton Gate will be on site with selected toys for purchase for all those who’d like to give on the spot.

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    Last year’s SF MOMA donation was amazing!

  2. Swap Toys for a Treat! Find the Bi-Rite Community Team at Bi-Rite Divisadero on Wednesday, December 9th from 4 to 6PM. Shakirah and Sarah will be tabling outside, collecting toys from our neighbors, and sharing warm beverages and Creamery treats.
  3. #BeASanta with our Instagram Contest! Are you ready to spread some serious holiday cheer? Tag us (@BiRiteSF) in a photo/selfie on Instagram with your toy donation at our Bi-Rite barrel with the hashtags #BeASanta #BiRiteToyDrive. The most liked photo on Instagram by December 18th, 2015 at 12PM will receive a $50 Bi-Rite Market and Creamery gift card! #winning

Last year, we collected over 450 toys via the generous outpouring from our staff, guests, local businesses, and greater community. We want to double that number – help us do it again!

Excited? Have questions? Email Shakirah, Bi-Rite’s Community Programs Manager!

The 2015 Bi-Rite Holiday Toy Drive is in collaboration with these amazing partners:

COMMUNITY PARTNERS
ArribaJuntosBeaconInitiative

BUSINESS PARTNERS

Dandelion
PaxtonGate


Shakirah

Bi-Rite and Bike Month in Full Swing!

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PUBLIC Bikes + Bi-Rite Ice Cream = Righteous!

It’s Bike Month in San Francisco, and we’re celebrating with the things that we, our cyclist friends, and San Franciscans love—safe cycling, helping our neighbors, and ice cream (of course!).

We’re co-hosting our second-annual Bike to Ice Cream Day fundraiser with PUBLIC Bikes to raise money for Pedal Revolution, an amazing non-profit bike shop that, through their partnership with New Door Ventures, has provided local youth with job training and opportunities for 15 years. Bike to Ice Cream Day will take place at the Bi-Rite Divisadero Scoop Shop at 550 Divisadero on Wednesday, May 20th from 5pm to 8pm. You can RSVP to this Facebook event and invite your friends!

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Ivy from Divis shows off the This Little Piggy Rode to Market Sundae!

The event will feature a special limited-edition sundae, called “This Little Piggy Rode to Market,” featuring Chunky Pig Bacon Caramel Popcorn with Bi-Rite Creamery Brown Sugar with Ginger Caramel Swirl and Vanilla Ice Creams, and our house-made Fudge Sauce. Folks who come with their bike helmet with get $1.50 off their sundae! We’ll also have a raffle featuring sweet prizes from Bi-Rite and PUBLIC Bikes—tickets are just a buck! This event and the special sundae will be at the Divisadero Bi-Rite Market location ONLY, and are not to be missed!

If you can’t make it to the fundraiser, any donation you make in May at the Scoop Shop at Bi-Rite Market on Divisadero will go directly to Pedal Revolution. It’s one of only a few bicycle shops in the United States providing employment, job training, and hope to young people.

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And it wouldn’t be Bike Month without Bay Area Bike to Work Day! On May 14th, we proudly sponsored the Energizer Station at 17th and Valencia Streets. Anyone who rode by on their way to work got a perfect fair-trade banana or a cup of Bi-Rite Creamery Granola. We were so happy to be part of such a wonderful day and meet all the happy cyclists!

And that’s what Bike Month is all about, really — love of our City, love of cycling, love of the planet. Thanks for supporting Bike Month!

 

 

 

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The team at Pedal Revolution ROCKS!


Kiko’s Food News, 1.22.15

Deb Eschmeyer, whose FoodCorps today places 200 service members into schools nationwide to promote healthier eating, has replaced Sam Kass as executive director of Let’s Move! and senior policy adviser for nutrition policy: (Politico)

Chipotle suspended purchases from a pork producer that ran afoul of its animal welfare rules, an admirable stake in the ground that bolsters its reputation with diners but threatens sales and profits: (Reuters)

Despite what Paleo-heads may say, the microbiome’s ability to respond to our diet is why our bodies can adapt to so many different ways of eating–regardless of how long it might take for our genes themselves to change: (Huffington Post)

From policing deceptive labeling to protecting food workers, here’s a roundup of last year’s legal victories for food issues, in honor of my legally minded fiancé! (Eat Drink Politics)

Studies showed that students who ate lunch after recess consumed 54% more fruits and veggies than those who ate before–maybe because they weren’t rushing to playtime, or maybe because movement stoked their appetite for the healthy foods: (NPR)

Who else is thirsty for radlers (beers made with citrus juice) and Lambrucha (part lambic beer and part kombucha)? Guess I’m one of those health-conscious women to whom US beverage makers are targeting their new low-alcohol drinks: (New York Times)


Kiko’s Food News, 1.8.15

In 2015, if you’re not into fat you’d better leave the kitchen. So next time you’re left with a chicken carcass or beef bones, consider making the food trend and health silver bullet du jour: bone broth, which is like stock but with a higher proportion of bones to meat: (New York Times)

Similarly, schmaltz has long served as the backbone of Jewish cooking, but is making a comeback with home cooks who realize that lard isn’t such a bad-for-you ingredient, after all: (Huffington Post)

How cool that a publisher exists to put out only children’s books about healthy eating? Its latest title is Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious: (Civil Eats)

We knew gut bacteria was necessary for physical health, but a new Oxford study suggests that its presence dictates our mental health, too; prebiotics may have an anti-anxiety effect, as they alter the way that people process emotional information: (Huffington Post)

Yes the economy is improving, but this means about 1 million people will lose SNAP (food stamps) in the coming year as states re-impose the three-month limit on benefits to unemployed adults who are not disabled or raising children: (CNN)

An increasing number of food nonprofits are relying on Walmart to fund their programs, but this author encourages them to consider how what is good for one organization may not be good for the food movement as a whole: (Civil Eats)


Kiko’s Food News, 12.27.14

While most of us had our eyes on the holiday prize, Senate cleared and Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill; tucked within it was a provision prohibiting the government from requiring less salt in school lunches and allowing schools to obtain exemptions from whole-grain requirements: (New York Times)

Last week at a friend’s dinner table, we noticed the wine label said “contains milk and eggs”; hard to understand, until I came across this article: (Civil Eats)

Tech advances in tuna catching are a boon for commercial fishing, but without more regulation, they could end up killing off the stock: (The Guardian)

A UC Berkeley study showed how methods like crop rotation and polyculture are much more productive than bare-bones organic farming, testament to the fact that simply eliminating pesticides does not make a farming system agroecological: (Civil Eats)

And research demonstrated that we feel less full when we think food has less calories; the hormonal response to this perception can sabotage diet attempts:(Forbes)


Kiko’s Food News, 12.11.14

Here’s proof that fast food chains can be profitable while paying workers $15 per hour: one burger group in Detroit expects all of its workers to be jacks-of-all-trades, which keeps them engaged enough to stay in their job and saves the company from losing money to employee turnover: (NPR)

Sam Kass, the White House chef and head of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, is leaving his post to follow his new wife to New York City; I’m curious what private company he’ll join up with to promote cooking and health next: (Wall Street Journal)

Although cooks of centuries past knew that foods change over time, today an ingredient’s life is thought to have ended once time has altered it in any way; this article celebrates uses for chips, bread, milk, and more that are past their prime: (New York Times)

An alliance of six of the largest U.S. school districts announced that its members want antibiotic-free chicken to serve in their cafeterias; if suppliers can’t meet the “no antibiotics ever” pledge, they’ll be required to write a plan for meeting the goal: (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Could American and European citizens’ individualism trace back to the wheat-based agrarian society of our forefathers, whereas Eastern cultural tendencies to think interdependently are rooted in a history of rice farming? (New York Times)

None of us want to consider that our parents could be malnourished, but a study found that 60% of patients age 65 and up were under-nourished when they checked into a hospital for other reasons; depression, immobility, and lack of income are factors that put the elderly at risk of not taking in adequate sustenance: (Next Avenue)


Kiko’s Food News, 12.5.14

Don’t lose hope if your clan can’t often make it home for dinner together–families are making breakfast the new bonding meal: (Wall Street Journal)

Starting next November, menus in American restaurants, theaters and beyond will have to list calories; but whether menu labeling works for calorie reduction remains to be seen, partly because those who change their ordering behavior tend to be outside of the target population: (New York Times)

Since healthfulness isn’t typically a food donor’s top concern, food banks–increasingly focused on the nutrition they provide to those in need–are coaching the public on the kind of low sodium, low sugar, high fiber nonperishables they actually want: (NPR)

The Ebola crisis is exacerbating food shortages in Liberia, as a lack of labor hinders production; hungry rice farmers are eating the seeds they’d normally hold back for planting next season: (Bloomberg)

A group of employees at a popular SF Chinese restaurant joined Bay Area legal groups in announcing a historic $4 million dollar settlement with the restaurant’s owners; it involves back pay for 280 employees, as well as a 5% raise for non-tipped workers: (Civil Eats)

It’s a crazy point in a farm family’s life cycle when a professional “succession planner” needs to be called in, but that’s what’s happening at some of the roughly 30% of U.S. farms wrestling with parents reaching retirement: (Fast Company)

Friday night wine date at…Starbucks? Looks like they’re taking a cue from the great European-style coffee houses that transition seamlessly from morning to night as they aim to double food sales: (Wall Street Journal)


Kiko’s Food News, 11.14.14

Four food movement leaders argue that we need an official national food policy, since our national agricultural policy sacrifices public health by boosting the productivity of American farmers that churn out a surfeit of unhealthy calories: (Washington Post)

Talking about proactive public health policy, the landslide passage of a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Berkeley will encourage other cities to pursue similar initiatives—but not effortlessly, as a 2-cent tax was rejected across the bay in San Francisco on the same day: (USA Today)

And as soda gets out of the way, I’m stoked to see Hint Water—an unsweetened drink alternative—getting distribution in food service settings like universities and hospitals: (Fast Company)

I ate up Mark Bittman’s credo that the solution to hunger, which today takes the form of obesity and diabetes, is not to produce more food but to eliminate poverty: (New York Times)

Whole Foods has started issuing ratings for its fruit, veggies, and flowers—even those flown in from overseas—to measure the quality of farming practices; fresh food is color coded as “good,” “better,” and “best”: (Grist)

The student of innovative retail that I am, it was fun to read this story of how the great idea of doubling SNAP bucks to buy produce was carried all the way from farmers market activists to national legislators: (NPR)