Bi-Rite Events

April 2014

Dandelion Chocolate tasting

April 18 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Bi-Rite Market, 3639 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United StatesCody from Dandelion will be here sampling their small batch bean-to-bar chocolates. Dandelion works directly with grower to get the best beans and then roasts and processes at their Valencia St. factory. Their bars are a very pure expression of the beans themselves as the only added ingredient is cane sugar.

Koeze Peanut Butter tasting

April 18 from 3:30pm to 7:00pm
Bi-Rite Market, 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

Invo Coconut Water tasting

April 19 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Bi-Rite Market, 3639 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United StatesInvo coconut water is naturally refreshing, containing natural electrolytes which promote rapid hydration. They're also a good source of calcium, magnesium, potassium and other minerals. Plus they're naturally low in sugar and 99% fat-free. Come give it a try!

Vegetable Prints with Jennifer Kindell

April 19 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Vegetable Prints
Saturday, April 19, 1-4pm
Vegetable Prints

Tickets: $20 for members, $25 for the general public

Jennifer Kindell, whose large-scale vegetable prints currently adorn the walls of 18 Reasons, will lead a screen printing workshop featuring her images. Participants will learn about Jennifer's process, the farmers she works with, and how she selects and creates her images. Everyone will get the chance to try printing on cloth produce bags, and each participant will leave with three printed bags.

Snacks made from the same vegetables featured in the prints will be served.

SOLD OUT - Inexpensive and Incredible: How to Spot Great Value Wine

April 21 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
18 Reasons, 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United StatesInexpensive and Incredible: How to Spot Great Value Wine
Monday, April 21, 7:00-9:00pm
Tickets: $30 for 18 Reasons members; $40 for the general public

There is an incredible assortment of good wine at affordable prices. Unfortunately, navigating a retail shelf can be daunting and difficult. Vinny Eng, most recently the co-director of the wine program at Bar Tartine, wants to demystify the differences between cheap vs. good value and ease the selection process. In this 2-hour tasting seminar, he will guide you through the process of identifying a good value wine. As he share tricks of the trade, he will pour tastes of five of his favorite bottles, each of which retails for under $20.

SOLD OUT - The Power of Shio­Koji

April 22 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
18 Reasons, 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United StatesThe Power of Shio­Koji
w/ Kayoko Akabori + Yoko Kumano from Umami Mart
Tuesday, April 22, 6:30-9:00pm
Tickets: $35 for members, $45 for the general public

Koji, or Aspergillus oryzae, is a rice mold that has been used in Japan to produce sake, miso and shoyu for hundreds of years. Recently, shio­koji (koji mixed with salt) has been discovered as a miracle cooking ingredient that pumps up the umami factor of any dish, sauce or dressing. Due to this, shio­koji has quickly become Japan’s most popular condiment, as the powers of shio­koji is catching on like wildfire.

There are three main powers of shio­koji: the ability to give any dish a depth of flavor; the ability to quickly ferment and tenderize meats and vegetables; and the use as a salt substitute, as it cuts down salt content by 50%. It is also rich in enzymes, and incredibly beneficial for health and wellbeing.

Our friends at Umami Mart
have been talking about shio­koji a lot in the last few years, and we’re excited they're here to share their knowledge with the 18 Reasons community!



grilled mountain yam marinated in shio­koji

green beans in shio­koji­-sesame dressing

shio­koji marinated moist chicken breasts, yuzu kosho

shio­koji steamed farro

Marin Living Foods Almond Milk tasting

April 23 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Bi-Rite Market, 3639 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United StatesAlmond milk is one of the most nutritious milk substitutes available. Almond milk does not need to be fortified as almonds are naturally very nutritious, containing vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, selenium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, fiber, phosphorous, calcium and flavonoids.

Marin Living Foods' almond milk is prepared free of preservatives and is 100% healthy. The nut's soft texture, milk flavor, and light colouring makes for an efficient analog to dairy, and a soy-free choice for lactose intolerant people and vegans.

Marin Living Foods strives to be a 100% organic company, with that in mind the ingredients are of the highest quality in thier almond milk drink. Our almonds are in a raw and sprouted state before we make our almond milk drinks.

closed for private event

April 23 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Community Dinner: Vegetable Korma

April 23 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
18 Reasons, 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United StatesCommunity Dinner: Vegetable Korma
Wednesday, April 23, 6:00-8:00pm, Drop-In and RSVP
Tickets: $10 Plate
(Pay at the Door: $4 Wine; $3 Beer)

Simran and Stacie are two of our most popular instructors, and we are thrilled to having them cooking April's Community Dinner. They've managed to heist Simran's mom's korma recipe, a unique curry of braised vegetables, freshly ground spices and cream. The meal wouldn't be complete without steamed Basmati, pickled red onions, homemade raita and fresh coriander. This is not to be missed!

Drop by 18 Reasons anytime between 6:00-8:00pm. We're making enough for 40 people; if you RSVP we will be sure to have a plate for you. If you don't - we'll do our best! We want to feed the lot of you.

All of the proceeds from this Community Dinner help fund our Cooking Matters Program.

Simran Singh and Stacie Dong are San Francisco moms with a passion for cooking, eating and exploring the world through food. On their blog, A Little Yumminess (, they share recipes from around the world, favorite foodie destinations and ideas for bringing up adventurous eaters. They also teach around the world cooking classes for kids and adults at 18 Reasons and other venues, and are regular contributors to the San Jose Mercury News food section as well as parenting sites such as Savvy Source.

Kevita tasting

April 24 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Bi-Rite Market, 3639 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

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