Bi-Rite Events

December 2013

Four Barrel Coffee Tasting

December 2 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
in front of Bi-Rite Market 18th (3639 18th Street)

Vermouth Tasting with Carl Sutton

December 2 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
18 ReasonsVermouth Tasting with Carl Sutton
Monday, December 2, 2013, 6:00-7:30pm
Tickets: $40 for members, $50 for the general public

It is an exciting time for vermouth. Once an essential ingredient in over half the cocktails known, the classic aperitif and bartending staple is being reborn and new ways for its use invented. Yet so many of us are unsure of the origins, ingredients, and possibilities of this fortified wine.

Meet Carl Sutton, owner of Sutton Cellars. Carl is a self-taught winemaker and (we say!) vermouth master. His vermouth defies convention; it is a singular taste, subtly savory and herbal, barely sweet. During this 90 minute tasting seminar, Carl will discuss what makes vermouth truly unique, outline its history (so as to root it in the present), and answer your questions. He will guide you through a comparative tasting of six different vermouths as well as a component tasting of Sutton's blend.

Carl Sutton, a California native, started Sutton Cellars in the fall of 1996, crushing enough grapes to make 350 cases of wine for the first vintage. With six years of prior experience in the wine industry he had learned farming, production, and marketing. From those first vintages a reputation was made for the Carignane grape and a dry rosé, not exactly main- stream wines at the time.

In 2009 Sutton Cellars released the first vermouth in the US in a decade, thus reviving a stagnant yet traditional segment of California’s wine history. The vermouth is white wine based and deep yellow in color, with heavy influence from dried orange peel and chamomile with a hint of rosemary. This has been fol- lowed with a digestif wine, also fortified, flavored with green walnuts and spices. The future of the label will rely heavily on these botanical influenced wines.

Basic Knife Skills - SOLD OUT

December 3 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
18 ReasonsBasic Knife Skills
{The first Tuesday of every month.}
Tuesday, December 3, 6:00-8:00PM
$25 for 18 Reasons members; $35 for the general public

Join 18 Reasons instructor Michelle McKenzie for a class in the basics of using your chef's knife at home. We will discuss the ins and outs of knife use, care and safety. You will walk away knowing how to maintain a sharp edge and the best way to cut vegetables and herbs. This is a great class for beginners.

{Please bring an apron, knife, and peeler with you to this class. If you do not yet own a knife, you can contact us at, and we will find one for you.}

*The vegetables cut in this class will be used to create our favorite Vietnamese Salad; beer and bread will also be served.

DIY Holidays: Creative Cookies with Batter Bakery - SOLD OUT

December 4 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
18 ReasonsDIY Holidays: Creative Cookies with Batter Bakery
Wednesday, December 4, 6:30-9pm
Tickets: $40 for members, $50 for the general public

Join Jen Musty of Batter Bakery for an evening of hands-on holiday cookie baking, just in time for holiday gift-giving!

In this hands-on course, you will make three holiday cookies, from start to finish. You will learn professional mixing and measuring techniques, Jen's method for piping perfect sandwich cookies, and how to shape beautiful biscotti. We will send you home with festively-packed cookies, as well as some additional creative ideas for gift packaging your own handcrafted treats.

Snowballs (Almond Tea Cookies)
Gingerbread Biscotti
Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Jen Musty is the owner of Batter Bakery in San Francisco, CA. Batter was created out of a passion for baking; a unique creative energy; and a love for bringing people happiness through wonderful food. She is constantly recipe testing, exploring market-fresh ingredients, and baking up a storm. She looks forward to sharing her craft through classes at 18 Reasons!

Batter is a boutique bakery specializing in unique, handcrafted baked goods. All of Batter's sweets are made using premium ingredients and fresh, seasonal flavors. Baked in small batches, their sophisticated yet simple treats will satisfy everything from an afternoon sweet tooth to an elegant event.

Silk Road Tea Tasting

December 5 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
In front of BiRite 18th (3639 18th St)Silk Road Teas has been procuring single-source, handmade specialty teas in China since 1992. Through longstanding supplier relationships, they have access to some of China's finest and most unusual teas, offering a complete line of full-leaf varieties in white, green, oolong, black and Pu-erh teas.

18th Hour + 18 Reasons Retail Launch Party + Sasha Duerr Art Opening!

December 5 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
18 Reasons18th Hour
Drop-in and join us!
Every Thursday, 6:00-9:00PM

Every Thursday we open our doors to bring you delicious food and drink. 18th Hour Café offers a changing weekly menu of craft beer, amazing wine, cheese, charcuterie and Tartine bread; prices range from $3-$20. The café features a curated schedule of art exhibits, a growing cookbook library, and music.

The goal of 18th Hour is twofold: to create a great space in the Mission for people to enjoy, and to support 18 Reasons public programming and community collaborations. Proceeds from 18th Hour support our youth programming and volunteer work.


Sightglass Coffee tasting

December 6 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
In front of Bi-Rite Market 18th (3639 18th Street)Sightglass is an independent, sibling-owned, San Francisco-based coffee roaster. They practice small production methods that allow them to scrutinize and constantly improve the processes. Sightglass aims to operate with a clear line of sight of trace-ability and transparency. The love and labor of dozens of individuals goes into the picking, processing, milling, packing, shipping, roasting, and brewing of a single, beautiful cup of coffee.

Wine Blitz Preview Tasting

December 6 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
18 ReasonsWine Blitz Preview Tasting
Friday, December 6, 6:00-8:00pm
$20 for 18 Reasons members; $25 for the general public
Drop-in; Pay at the Door

The Bi-Rite Wine Blitz is coming soon!

This means 20% off their entire wine selection when you buy a case or more (mixed cases are okay!). Stop by 18 Reasons to preview over 25 different wines, and put together that perfect case for the holidays.

Don't miss out on the biggest wine sale of the year!

Mead's Maple Syrup

December 7 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Outside Bi-Rite Market 18th (3639 18th Street)Winter Mead is regarded as a master syrup maker. Mead’s Maple Syrup, too, is recognized throughout the country as one of the most respected, energetic, and innovative maple productions delighting maple syrup lovers around the world. Mead set a high standard of quality for his syrup when he first started and has maintained that same standard thirty years later. Mead’s Maple Syrup is a product to be proud of. It is nature’s most natural and finest sweetener!

Le Paste di Natale: Homemade Pasta for the Holiday Table - SOLD OUT

December 7 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
18 ReasonsLe Paste di Natale: Homemade Pasta for the Holiday Table
{A hands-on cooking class culminating in a four course meal with wine.}
Saturday, December 7, 11:00am-2:00pm
Tickets: $65 for members, $75 for the general public

The planning, making and eating of handmade pastas is an integral part of how Italians celebrate the winter holidays. Families gather around kitchen tables to knead, roll, fold and shape delights that have been part of their conversations for decades.

In this very special course, Viola Buitoni will share her recipes and techniques for homemade pasta, inspired by holidays spent with her family in her hometown of Perugia. She will finish the class with a decadent take on the classic tiramisù.

Chestnut Pappardelle with Mushrooms and Truffles

Chocolate Tagliatelle with Cream and Speck

Red Beet Tortelli with Poppy Seeds

Tiramisù di Natale al Panettone

Viola Buitoni, a member of Italy’s famed Buitoni pasta-making family, is a noted chef and expert on the history of Italian food. Learn more about Viola here:  

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