Of all the organizations Bi-Rite is a member of, there may be none that feels as close-knit as SFMade, a group of San Francisco businesses who bring locally produced products to fruition, banded together as champions of our city’s vibrant manufacturing sector. Just today I was talking to a caramel maker (and SFMade member) who works out of a shared kitchen in the Dogpatch; she proudly listed off other small food artisans who work around her and how thankful she is to be surrounded by their productive energy every day. Given the challenges of operating a successful small business that can compete with larger, national (or international) ones, I probably shouldn’t be surprised to witness the enthusiasm of fellow SFMade members for the support of organization.
We (the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses) and other SFMade member businesses will be celebrating annual SFMade Day on May 12th, and SFMade Week from May 7th-13th. The organizers are giving us so many ways to celebrate local products and the people who make them:
- Might I interest you in a cocktail party for 15, including appetizer platters and wine, catered by Bi-Rite Catering and delivered to your door? You can bid on that and more in SFMade’s Online Silent Auction.
- Party at Speakeasy Brewery for their Ramp it Up! Poured, Shaken and Stirred speakeasy themed celebration of local artisanal beverages.
- Take a tour of some of SF’s most well-known manufacturers–Ritual Coffee, Anchor Brewing, Timbuk2 and more.
- Meet local sweet makers–Cocoa, Kika’s Treats, and Barbary Brix–and taste the Mission’s newest brewery, Southern Pacific Brewing (I can’t keep away from their gorgeous space, you’ve gotta check it out!)
- Shop SFMadeDay: on May 12th, “keep your cash in the community” and shop with a local retailer selling SFMade products (here’s a map of participating businesses). We’re donating ten percent of our sales from that day (up to $500) to SFMade’s programs for local manufacturers.
The more SF Made businesses you’re able to support next week, the more you’ll be witness to our motto: “Yes, we still make things right here in San Francisco!”