December 17, 2015: Gather

Hello all,
We hope you’re enjoying your holiday season, and are happy to offer a little something to make it easier and more delicious. We’re calling this menu Gather, after our best wishes for your December days: that you have people you like around your table, and good warm delicious things to feed them. Braised beef shanks, celery root and squash risotto, baby vegetables and special greens, and even a cranberry upside-down cake make this one extra good for that.

This crate will be available, in a regular size feeding about four, and a small size feeding about two, on Thursday, December 17: for pickup from our kitchen in Berkeley from 3:00 to 7:30 pm, and for delivery in San Francisco from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. If you order a Winter Gift collection as well (or parts thereof), you can get them at the same time. The Vegetarian version contains the risotto, the Omnivore’s version contains the beef shanks, and the All-in has both.
It’s like this:
Braised BN Ranch beef shanks (a quart and a half/one quart)
Classic and velvety, with red wine and vegetables.
Celery root and squash risotto (24 ounce jar/one pint, plus fennel squash broth and cheese)
Comforting comfort food, rich and sustaining: we’ll give it to you with a jar of stock and one of grated Pecorino Romano, and instructions for finishing it perfectly.
Baby turnips & parsnips (24 ounce jar/pint jar)
Poached in wine and broth and butter.
Braised mixed greens
Grow up big, strong and delicious.
Gremolata (8 ounce jar/four ounce jar)
This week’s magic maker--for shanks, risotto, and swirling into future soups--is greater than the sum of its parsley, lemon, garlic and olive oil.
Mâche (quarter pound)
This tender, nutty, tiny green is special treasure this time of year; we’re excited to give it to you.
Marinated crottin (2 cheeses/1 cheese)
Whole small cheeses in olive oil with herbs, to serve right away or keep for a bit.
Sage walnuts (12 ounce jar/8 ounce jar)
Crispy, herbed nuts, equally suitable for midnight snacks and festive cheese boards.
Cranberry upside-down cake (a cake feeding about 6, or one feeding about 3)
We have a crush on this cake, and we think you will, too. For surprise guests, or breakfast, as you like.
Extras this week include our own addictive little rye caraway crisps, Nuthouse granola, and Morell’s rosemary bread, as well as elements from our Gift collection, while they last.
Finally, a reminder that we are offering platters for holiday parties this season, for pickup or delivery.
A very warm and joyful season to you! We’ll see you soon.
All our best,
Jennifer & Laura