This weekend’s weather is supposed to be sunny and clear. For those of you planning to run the Bay to Breakers, this is really good news!
After the race, you my be craving something refreshing. What better beverage to drink than Sufferfest!? After all, the athletes behind this awesome gluten removed craft beer, developed the recipe inspired by their own post run thirst!
And if you love wine, stop by the Annex after the run for our Grand Wine Tasting from 2-5 pm. More info here > Grand Wine Tasting Tickets
Looking to make your holiday spread memorable? When setting your holiday table don’t forget the cheese!
We may not have a artisanal cheese case, but that doesn’t mean your monger has forgotten about you, he’s selected something for everyone’s taste and budget.
Petit Vaccarinus, Switzerland, thermised, cow – 24.99 each.
This is the centerpiece for your cheese board, on so many levels, so don’t let the price tag scare you. This sought after cheese is really a not miss. Once made raw, it’s currently made using thermised milk and under strict control of the AOC (Appélation d’origine controlee) It’s versatile, decadent, woody with barnyardy tannin. This will pair well with just about any beefy brew (stouts, porters and dessert wines) you love on hand. Keep in mind It’s runny, which is why the fir band is kept around it throughout serving. It’s capable of serving up to 7-10 people who like to share, but why would we? This is a seasonal and limited release item so get them while their still in stock!
Harbison, Jasper Hill Creamery, Vermont, pasteurized, cow – 28.99/lb.
In my opinion a cheese board isn’t complete without a cheese from Jasper Hill Farm present. Harbison’ s rustic, vegetal, fruity and earthy notes really speak to the quality of milk used in its production and affinage. Pair this beautiful work of art with oaked whites and Belgian ales. It’s wonderful smeared on your turkey or a dollop on your mashed potatoes. These are ready to eat, so you will be cutting the tops off and dipping that crusty bread. Harbison also makes a wonderful mac & cheese for the fancy pants in us all!
Green Hill Camembert, Georgia, pasteurized, cow – 18.99/lb.
As a staunch camembert lover, I was pleasantly surprised in the delicate and subtle interpretation of a “camembert” Sweet Grass Dairy has attempted. Delicate in the fact that the pate is very creamy, almost double cream like, spreading easily. Subtle in that the vegetal notes are on the back end and there is definitely a sweet aftertaste that lets you know this was made from grass fed jersey milk. This cheese is a constant companion to sparklers, acidic whites and floral pinks. Try this with a scratch cranberry sauce and some turkey, nom nom nom!
Looking for that cheese to take to a party? Would really like to set it and forget it as you make your way to the food? These host gift worthy items will sure get you invited to the next feast!
St. Albans, Vermont, pasteurized, cow – $7.99 ea. Verified Non GMO!!
Allison has done it again, her interpretation of the classic French St. Marcellin. St. Albans is lactic, bready and gooey. It even comes in a lovely crock, so no cheese is left behind on the board! Goes great with a light bodied white, Belgian / Flemish whites.
St. Andre, France, pasteurized, cow – $7.99
Delightful triple cream, it’s perfect with fruit, pie or just on a nice crusty bread.
Le Pommier Camembert, France, pasteurized, cow- $8.99
Classic camembert, it’s not raw but boy does it eat as if it was! The traditional vegetal, woodsy, sweet cream, toast are all present in this cheese. This is ready to eat the moment you select it from the shelf. Do not miss out on this cheese. It’s my all-time favorite camembert. The left overs are great on the after turkey day quiche or sandwich. Gobble, gobble, gobble!
We had a blast visiting the McClelland’s Dairy Farm this past weekend. At an event sponsored by Organic Valley, they pulled out all the fun farm toys! We got to spend time with calfs, shake and make butter, drive mini tractors, play in corn pits and drink milk (lots of milk!). Check out the pictures for a diary of the day. It’s always wonderful to see where our food comes from. I couldn’t help but pick up a dozen of their eggs before heading back to the city. Their bird’s beaks never get clipped so they roam the fields and eat tons of bugs and grass…all the good flavor making ingredients that lead to yummy eggs.
Taste 30 small production wines at the ANNEX for just $10!
We are hosting our 5th bi-annual Grand Wine Tasting and Price Crush Wine Sale. On Sunday, October 9th from 2 to 5pm come to the Prepared Food Annex (10387 San Pablo Avenue) to taste 30 wines by artisan producers. The ticket price for the event is $10. This may be the most affordable wine tasting event in the Bay Area!
If you would like to read more about us and other natural wine shops in the East Bay, check out this article.