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Market Outlook - November 21, 2019

j. marchini farms

castel franco st 300x300J. Marchini Farms is owned and operated by the father-son team, Joe and Jeff Marchini. Growing up on his family farm, Joe Marchini enjoyed gardening from a young age, starting with tomatoes. In the ‘80s, Joe began experimenting with a lettuce seed from Italy called radicchio, making him the original radicchio grower in the U.S. The Marchini family now grows several varieties of Italian specialty vegetables, including multiple varieties of chicories. Chicories are a closely related group of leafy vegetables that exhibit a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and textures. Chicories are quite versatile and may be used in any manner of culinary techniques. They are excellent raw in salads, and have a sturdy texture that is great for both braising and grilling. We are pleased to offer the following varieties from J. Marchini Farms (LeGrand, CA):
Radicchio– Globe shaped, similar looking to a small head of red lettuce or cabbage with a distinctive bitter flavor. 12 count case or by the each.

(NEW) Bianco Radicchio– Similar to traditional red radicchio, Bianco has a green leaf and white stems. 12 count case only.

(NEW) Verona Radicchio– A traditionally red/purple radicchio with an elongated egg shape. 12 count case only.

Treviso Radicchio– A radicchio with romaine shaped heads of red and white. 12 count case only.

Castelfranco– Seasonal variety with the mildest flavor of all the chicories. Individual heads with attractive purple red flecked, creamy white leaves. 12 count case only.

Puntarelle– Puntarelle has an elongated shape, light green stems, and dandelion shaped leaves. It also has a pleasantly bitter taste, characteristic of chicories. 12 count case only.

Mixed Chicory– A “Toy-Box” of Treviso, Castelfranco and Radicchio. 12 count case only.

Fennel– The fennel bulb’s texture is similar to celery and can be thinly sliced and roasted, sautéed or boiled. The fronds can be minced and added to dishes the way you would use a fresh herb, making this root vegetable nearly entirely edible. Fennel is slightly sweet with a hint of black licorice. Sold by the 12 count case or by the piece.

holiday beverages

clover eggnog mc 300x300North Fork Chai Concentrate– An aromatic, spicy, and sweet concentrate from North Fork Chai Co. in Newcastle, CA. This concentrate boasts high quality, simple ingredients that are full of flavor. Simply add 2 ounces of concentrate to 12 ounces of your milk of choice for an outstanding chai latte. Sold by the gallon.

TCHO Drinking Chocolate– Made from ground up dark chocolate bars to create an intensely rich, deep fudgy flavor. Reminiscent of decadent European-style drinking chocolate, TCHO’s not-too-sweet version is perfect for making a cozy cup of extraordinary hot chocolate. Sold by the 3.3# bag.

Clover Eggnog– A holiday classic! Creamy and perfectly spiced eggnog from Clover Sonoma. Clover’s simple ingredients lead to a rich, homemade taste. Sold by the half gallon.

Barsotti’s Apple Cider– 100% apple juice. Depending on the season, Barsotti swaps their apple “juice” label to read apple “cider”. Perfect foundation for multiple holiday favorites such as hot spiced apple cider, apple chai lattes, or apple cider cocktails. Sold by the gallon.

numi tea


Tea box st 300x300Numi Tea blends premium full-leaf quality teas and herbs with only 100% real fruits, flowers, and spices for the perfect balance of richness and nuance. All of their teas are USDA Certified Organic, Kosher, and Halal. Numi teas are packed in verified non-GMO compostable filter-paper tea bags. Each tea is sold by the individual box. We currently stock the following varieties:

Black teas
Aged Earl Grey (18ct box)- Assam black tea aged with real bergamot orange.
Breakfast Blend (18ct box)- a rich hearty blend of black teas.
 
Green teas
Jasmine Green (18ct box)– green tea scented with real jasmine blossoms.
Gunpowder Green (18ct box)- full leaf, smooth green tea pearls.
 
White Teas
Orange Spice (16ct box)- white tea, real orange peel & spice.
White Rose (16ct box)- white tea and fragrant rose buds.
 
Herbal Teas (Teasans)
Moroccan Mint (18ct box)- refreshing sweet mint leaves.
Chamomile Lemon (18ct box)- sweet flowers and bright lemon myrtle.
Rooibos Chai (18ct box)- warming spices and earthy vanilla tones.
Honeybush (18ct box)- sweet honey South African nectar.
 
Decaf Tea
Decaf Ginger Lemon (16ct box)- decaf green tea, ginger and lemongrass.
 
Turmeric teas
Turmeric Amber Sun (12ct box)- with rooibos, cinnamon and vanilla.
 
Cold Brew Iced Teas
Each bag brews 1 gallon of tea. Sold by the 24ct box only.
Berried Treasures– A blend of dried hibiscus, currants, pineapple, apple, cherries, and bananas for a natural sweetness.
High Mountain Black Tea– Made of the finest whole leaf, single-estate black tea leaves. Low in astringency, rich in flavor, and clean on the palate.
Citrus Green Tea– Smooth green tea infused with a refreshing lemon zest.
 
To help elevate your tea service, we will provide a complimentary tea display rack or wood chest when you buy 8 or more boxes!

Market Outlook - November 14, 2019

riverdog farm seasonal favorites

spinach riverdog bloomsdale 300X300Riverdog is a 450 acre, certified organic, diversified family farm located in Guinda (Capay Valley), CA since 1990. Owners Trini Campbell and Tim Mueller grow a variety of fruits and vegetables using a system that promotes healthy soil and a sustainable ecosystem around the farm. Although we offer an array of produce from Riverdog, here are some seasonal favorites we are currently stocking:

Bloomsdale Spinach– A sweet, heirloom variety with a deeper and more interesting flavor than the standard flat leaf spinach. Each leaf is heavily crinkled, giving it a heartier texture perfect for sauté-ing or wilting; no need to separate leaves from the stem. It may also be enjoyed in salads, appetizers, soups and braises. 4# case.
Chard– Varietal chard has deep green leaves and brightly colored stalks. Chard has a more mild flavor in comparison to other leafy vegetables. It can be tough when eaten raw, so it is best sautéed or braised after removing the stem from the leaf. We are currently offering the sweet, leafy green in three different colors from Riverdog. Green and red chard are both sold by the 12 bunch case or by the bunch. Rainbow chard is sold by the 12 bunch case only.
Collard Greens– A southern cooking staple! Collards have dark green leaves with tough stems and tend to be very bitter. A long and slow cooking process will create a more mild flavor and tender texture. They are most commonly sautéed and then simmered for a few hours. Collards are sold by the 12 bunch case or per 3 bunches.
King Richard Leeks– An heirloom variety of leeks with an edible 6-10 inch blanched white stalk; longer than the traditional leek. Their flavor is sweet and delicate. The tough, strappy, green leaves should be trimmed away, leaving the pale green and beautiful white stalk. King Richard Leeks add wonderful flavor to stocks, soups, stews and braises. They can also be blanched and served chilled in salads, fried for garnishes, or grilled as a vegetable side. Available in a 12ct case.

Twin peaks orchards

twin peaks mandarins 300x300Founded in 1912, Twin Peaks Orchard is a 5th generation family farm specializing in a variety of stone fruit, citrus, and persimmons. Twin Peaks also has a small organic section called Orchard Delights that is personally operated by our very own Camelia Enriquez Miller. We are proud to offer the following seasonal items:

Satsuma Mandarins- a seedless, easy to peel mandarin with rich, tart-sweet flavor. Satsuma Mandarins thrive in the foothills of Placer County as both elevation and the pattern of cool nights contribute to a healthy crop. 25# case or by the pound.

Meyer Lemons- most likely a cross between a lemon and a mandarin. The Meyer is somewhat smaller than a regular lemon, rounder in shape, with smooth skin, and a distinct taste as the flesh is much less acidic making them sweeter than other varieties. 10# case or by the pound.

Amagaki Persimmons– Also known as cinnamon persimmons, these sweet beauties are golden fleshed with brown flecks. Amagaki persimmons have a buttery texture and a cinnamon sweetness. They are more astringent than Fuyus but Twin Peaks has perfected a curing process that removes the astringency. It leaves the Amagaki crisp yet creamy with an unmatched sweet flavor. Amagakis are larger than Fuyus, and have a great shelf life. They are delicious enjoyed out of hand, in salads, and can be lightly cooked but not baked. Available in a 10# case only.

cowgirl creamery


hop along cowgirl mc 300x300Cowgirl Creamery was founded by Sue Conley and Peggy Smith in 1997. Prior to, both women established careers in prominent Bay area kitchens. Two decades later, they’ve earned dozens of awards, have 2 creameries and 4 retail stores, and they have produced over 2,000 tons of cheese that is loved by chefs and consumers alike. Cowgirl Creamery cheeses are recognized and loved for their unique flavor profiles and high quality ingredients. One reason that Cowgirl Creamery cheeses are so special and delicious is that each cheese starts with milk made from only one source creating distinct flavors that can’t be created anywhere else. We proudly offer the following:

Mt. Tam– Their first aged, soft-ripened cheese is named for a Northern California landmark, Mt. Tamalpais. This elegant triple cream cheese has the delectable flavor of cultured butter with hints of white mushroom. Mt. Tam starts with milk from Straus Family Creamery. Available year-round. 8oz round.

Red Hawk– This cheese cannot be made anywhere else because the wild bacteria that defines this bold, sumptuous cheese are native to Point Reyes. Red Hawk is aged four weeks and washed with a brine solution that creates the sunset red-orange rind. Its flavor is rich and smooth, complemented by pungent aromas. Available year-round. 8oz round.

Hop Along– A rich, semi-firm organic cow's milk cheese washed with organic cider and aged 45 days. Hop Along offers bright acidity and flavors of brown bread and milk chocolate with a distinct savory note toward the rind. Hop Along is only available seasonally and will be in stock for the next few weeks. 5# wheel.

Chimney Rock- During four weeks of aging, this soft cheese develops a bloomy rind which is then spritzed with wine. It is then rolled in dried shiitake mushrooms, black pepper, and summer savory. Chimney Rock is a soft textured cheese with earthy flavors and hints of apricot and orange blossom. Only available during the fall. 8oz round.

Market Outlook - October 31, 2019

Fall farmer's market
November 6th, 2019 | 10am-1pm 

Our annual Fall Farmer’s Market is just around the corner! This event will give you an opportunity to meet the local farmers and producers who supply us with their local crops and products. The event is open to all restaurant employees and is a great opportunity to educate yourself and your staff about how your food is grown and where it comes from. Please come, meet the farmers, sample delicious treats from local chefs and learn about the benefits of supporting the Farm to Fork movement.
We have over 30 chefs and farmers joining us this season. This market will feature a wonderful selection from our purveyors and farms, including: Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms, Elegant Beans, Field Fresh Farms, Full Belly Farm, Jones & Co. Vanilla, La Tourangelle, Nicolau Farms, Riverdog Farm, Rue & Forsman Ranch, Sierra Nevada Cheese Co., Sparrow Lane, Twin Peaks, Yeung Farms, and Z Specialty just to name a few!
We are fortunate to have a generous amount of chefs who will be aiding in showcasing the local produce and locally crafted products. A few of our participating restaurants include: Alaro Craft Brewery, AR Provisions, Asante Catering, Bella Bru, Beth Sogaard Catering, Buho Bakery, Fixins, Grateful Bread, Mulvaney’s B&L, Nixtaco, Origami, Taste, Volcano Union Inn, The Waterboy, Watershed at the Owl, and more!
Everyone in the industry is welcome to attend and we encourage you to spread the word!
*Get to know the people that grow your food and supply your kitchens every day!
*Catch up with industry friends and network!
*Raffle prizes from local restaurants and vendors!
*Mac Knives and Stagger Lee items available for purchase!

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sciabica olive oil tour

Join us for a day in the groves! We will be touring Sciabica Olive Oil, located in Modesto, CA. To better accommodate our guests, we have changed the date to Monday, November 11th. The tour will kick off at 8:30am and return to Sacramento at 3:00pm. The Sciabica family has graciously offered to show us their entire production process. From start to finish, we will have the opportunity to experience harvesting, pressing, and bottling. After finishing our tour of the property, lunch will be provided by the Sciabica family in their olive grove. You do not want to miss out on this day full of wonderful experiences and education!

Sciabica’s California Olive Oil was founded by Nicola Sciabica in 1936. Nicola Sciabica chose Modesto to settle in and grow his olives because it reminded him of the warm Mediterranean climate he was used to in Sicily. The Sciabica family has been cold-pressing olive oil on the same property in Modesto for over 80 years. They are the oldest producer in the United States. Today, the third and fourth generations of the Sciabica family carry on the family tradition of olive oil production.

Contact your sales rep or our office to RSVP! Keep an eye on future market outlooks and our social media for more upcoming events!
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cowgirl creamery


hop along cowgirl mc 300x300Cowgirl Creamery was founded by Sue Conley and Peggy Smith in 1997. Prior to, both women established careers in prominent Bay area kitchens. Two decades later, they’ve earned dozens of awards, have 2 creameries and 4 retail stores, and they have produced over 2,000 tons of cheese that is loved by chefs and consumers alike. Cowgirl Creamery cheeses are recognized and loved for their unique flavor profiles and high quality ingredients. One reason that Cowgirl Creamery cheeses are so special and delicious is that each cheese starts with milk made from only one source creating distinct flavors that can’t be created anywhere else. We proudly offer the following:

Mt. Tam– Their first aged, soft-ripened cheese is named for a Northern California landmark, Mt. Tamalpais. This elegant triple cream cheese has the delectable flavor of cultured butter with hints of white mushroom. Mt. Tam starts with milk from Straus Family Creamery. Available year-round. 8oz round.

Red Hawk– This cheese cannot be made anywhere else because the wild bacteria that defines this bold, sumptuous cheese are native to Point Reyes. Red Hawk is aged four weeks and washed with a brine solution that creates the sunset red-orange rind. Its flavor is rich and smooth, complemented by pungent aromas. Available year-round. 8oz round.

Hop Along– A rich, semi-firm organic cow's milk cheese washed with organic cider and aged 45 days. Hop Along offers bright acidity and flavors of brown bread and milk chocolate with a distinct savory note toward the rind. Hop Along is only available seasonally and will be in stock for the next few weeks. 5# wheel.

Chimney Rock- During four weeks of aging, this soft cheese develops a bloomy rind which is then spritzed with wine. It is then rolled in dried shiitake mushrooms, black pepper, and summer savory. Chimney Rock is a soft textured cheese with earthy flavors and hints of apricot and orange blossom. Only available during the fall. 8oz round.