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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

IMG_1290Streit’s Matzo Meal
$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


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.

peeling

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

topping stem

Next, peel and trim the stem…

topping stem 2

…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…

halvin' the choke 2

…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!