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Jason Rose

Easter Feasts the Bi-Rite Way

Easter is so close — a time for reflection, family, miracles, and gathering around incredible food. We’ve created a full 10887258_10153601980768298_1444448213708037230_omenu of dishes to make your holiday gathering special. Whether you’re hosting three people or 15, our lamb, ham, vegetable sides, and Bi-Rite Creamery desserts will cover all your needs. And if you’re in need of unique and beautiful Easter Basket additions, we have lovely seasonal offerings from some of our favorite artisan chocolate producers. Come in to see the entire selection, or order from our partner Instacart for San Francisco delivery in as little as an hour.

Bi-Rite Easter Menu 2015

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

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


Holiday Meats

Llano Seco Bone-In Half Ham
These succulent hams are lovingly produced in small batches by master craftsmen.
Fed on Certified Organic vegetarian diets in Chico, California.
Each 5 to 6 pound ham serves 8 to 10.
$10.49 / pound

Llano Seco Petite Ham
Single muscle ham. Each 2 to 3 pound ham serves 4 to 6.
$10.49 / pound

Niman Ranch Uncured Spiral-Cut Ham
Niman Ranch has an established tradition of creating exceptional hams from great pigs.
Never given antibiotics, hormones, or artificial growth promotants. Fed on all-vegetarian diets. Each half ham weighs approximately 8 to 10 pounds and serves 12 to 14.
$7.99 / lb

Don Watson’s Pasture-Raised, Milk-Fed Lamb
Limited Availability—call us or come by to pre-order!
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 Pasture-Raised, Grass-Fed 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


Easter Desserts from Bi-Rite Creamery

Classic Banana Cream Pie
6”- $12.99 / 9”-$24.99

Hot Cross Buns
$6.99 / each

Pots de Creme in jars
$5.99 / each

We will also have organic and exquisite tulips and ranunculus from the Bi-Rite Floral Team. Look for artisan chocolates from premier chocolatiers Fran’sMichael Recchiuti, Poco Dolce, and gâté commes des filles. We even have All-Natural Egg Dye! Our staff are looking forward to helping you find everything you need for a wonderful Easter!



Beautiful and Sweet Treats For Your Valentine

No matter whether you have a Valentine, you don’t have a Valentine, or YOU are your Valentine's ChocolatesValentine– everyone deserves to feel special! This year I’ve hand-picked amazing chocolates, Trac has chosen fantastic wines, and Eleanor and our Floral Team have sought out beautiful blooms to make your holiday lovely. Most of these great gifts can also be purchased online through our delivery partner, Instacart.com, for arrival straight to your door in as little as an hour, so no excuses!

If you’re a truffle person, I’ve selected a 6-piece box from Michael Mischer, along with Neo Cocoa Wild Cherry Dark Truffles. For a traditional chocolate assortment, we have a wide range of artisan and handmade confections. Everything from decadent and elaborate boxes from Chocolat Moderne, a producer we love to bring in for their exquisite and truly special holiday creations, to three options from famed chocolatier Michael Recchiuti, and a lovely assortment from San Francisco-based TinyB Chocolates. We are also proud to continue featuring Oakland’s gate commes des filles, lovingly and meticulously created by one of our favorite producers, Alexandra Whisnant, using local, seasonal ingredients she forages herself. These hand-enrobed chocolates are best when enjoyed at their freshest. It’s a perfect excuse to dive right in after you give the box to your Valentine!

Valentine's CaramelsIf you love caramel, Sweet Revolution’s 12-piece Maple Honey Love Caramels box is for you, or you can go with Fran’s 7-piece Gray Salt Caramels in a pretty little pink box. We also have handmade toffee from Keke’s Kitchen that comes in a pretty white box and a super-cool Askinosie Chocolate Tasting Kit for the true chocolate fanatic. If you’re looking for something lovely but a little less formal, the Alma Lovebird Pop and Fran’s Dark Caramel Heart are delicious, beautiful, and perfect for any budget.

We are focusing on three special wines for Valentine’s Day this year. For the perfect pairing with dark gate comme des filleschocolate, try Petite Sirah from Forlorn Hope Wines. In the bubbles department, we have a classic Champagne J. Lassalle to quench your thirst, or a fresh “brunch bubbly” option with the Raventos i Blanc de Nit Sparkling Rose Cava.

And don’t forget the flowers! Seriously, don’t forget. Our talented Floral Team will be set up outside the markets on the 13th and 14th to make custom bouquets. You can also pick up any of the pre-arranged masterpieces we have on hand, or have them delivered from our store on Instacart; choose from Organic Tulips, California-grown Roses, or Farm-Direct Mixed Bouquets. We’re right here to help you impress your darling, even if your darling is you!

Happy Valentine’s Day!



Unforgettable Valentine’s Day Sweets for your Sweetie

Valentine’s Day approaches! I really enjoy sourcing our chocolate selection here at Bi-Rite, with a goal of providing a range of sweets for every taste, and helping our guests to find something special to share with loved ones. Chocolate is a sure way to put a smile on someone’s face and make their day truly special.


Valentine’s display at our 18th Street store

Chocolat Moderne is a producer I love to work with for special holidays, and they never disappoint. Their “Baby, you’re the one!” assortment has dark, white, and milk chocolate hearts with pink and red swirls that look like the unfolding petals of a rose. The flavors include passion fruit cardamom caramel, raspberry rendez-vous dark ganache, sea salted caramel, and a dark ganache laced with Tuthilltown Spirits Baby Bourbon. A truly stunning and unique collection!

You can always find chocolates on our shelves from renowned local chocolatier Neo Cocoa, named by Dessert Professional as one of the “Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America.” This February we’re excited about their Neo Cocoa Dark Raspberry Truffles, which combine bold, red raspberry with rich, dark chocolate for a classic pairing of Valentine’s flavors. Neo Cocoa are known for their luxuriously melt-in-your-mouth chocolate experience.


Individually hand-made truffles from gâté comme des filles chocolatier Alexandra Whisnant

For a lovingly hand-crafted option that makes a truly special Valentine’s gift, we’re thrilled about one of the newest additions to our chocolate selections, gâté comme des filles. These exquisite truffles are made to order in small batches each week by master chocolatier Alexandra Whisnant, who trained for her patisserie degree in France before working for Berkeley’s world-renowned restaurant Chez Panisse. Each ganache is hand-whisked to create a filling both fluffy and rich, with flavors that peak within the first few days after production. This month our shelves will be graced with some surprise special Valentine’s flavors created by Alexandra for the holiday, so come by either of our Market locations to pick some up. These truly exceptional and special treats are meant to be savored.

We’ve got lots of other great chocolates on our shelves from exceptional producers such as our long-time friend Michael Mischer, Vosges, François Pralus, Fran’s, Michael Rechiutti, Poco Dolce, Kika’s Treats, Robert Lambert Everything you need to round out your Valentine’s Day celebration!


The Best Chocolates I’ve Ever Tasted

GCDF2We stock a  wide assortment of excellent local artisanal chocolates at Bi-Rite, and as grocery buyer it’s my privilege to taste dozens of varieties in order to select the finest options for our stores. This year I was blown away by the chocolates crafted by gâté comme des filles. They’re something special, and I’m truly thrilled to bring them to our guests. The exquisite offerings from this small Oakland-based company will grace the shelves of both of our Market locations just in time for the holidays and are, quite simply, the best chocolates I’ve ever tasted.

GCDF1They are designed and crafted by chocolatier Alexandra Whisnant, who trained for her patisserie degree in France before working for Berkeley’s world-renowned restaurant Chez Panisse. She founded gâté comme des filles just this year and the company is in full swing, lovingly crafting the freshest chocolates you’ll ever taste.

Alexandra’s chocolates are a feast for the eyes as much as for the palate. Before you luxuriate in their rich  filling and to-die-for texture, take some time to appreciate their aesthetic beauty. Each design is bright and expressive, each piece glittery and unique. They’re so easy to covet, you might forget that their ultimate purpose is to be enjoyed for their sublime taste! But don’t wait too GCDF5long, for these marvelous chocolates, created by this master of the field, need to be eaten fresh in order to be optimally enjoyed; Alexandra’s recommendation is that they be eaten within five days of production. Without the constraint of prolonged shelf life, Alexandra is able to freely express the full potential of her ingredients, leading to the creation of vibrant flavors and pleasing textures not normally available in store-bought confections. As a result, they will not always be available to purchase and pre-orders are highly recommended. They make for a holiday gift like no other, but are meant to be promptly and thoroughly enjoyed, and we recommend that you encourage anyone fortunate to receive them as a gift to do just that.

To indulge in gâté comme des filles this holiday season, keep the following delivery dates in mind:

Friday, November 22ndGCDF3

Friday, November 29th

Friday, December 6th

Friday, December 13th

Sunday, December 22nd

Saturday, December 28th

This weekend, Alexandra will be spending time at both of our market locations, where you can taste and discuss her chocolates with her. She’ll be at our Divisadero store from 2-5pm on Saturday, November 23rd and at our 18th Street store from 2-5pm on Sunday, November 24th. If you miss out on these tastings, don’t despair – the chocolates will be available on our shelves throughout the holiday season, and we’ll be offering several more chances to try them during Christmastime. I promise you this is one you don’t want to miss out on. We’ll see you at the Market.