Who We Are
At Bi-Rite Creamery we make ice cream, soft serve and baked goods by hand in small batches, to taste like the stuff we grew up with. We strive to create unique and delicious flavors with local, handmade and organic ingredients in a responsible and sustainable way.
Bi-Rite Creamery is a member of the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses, which began with the opening of Bi-Rite Market in 1940 (click here to learn more about the history of Bi-Rite). As two long time San Francisco pastry chefs, we started baking for Bi-Rite Market in 2002 in a rented kitchen, packing up the goods and driving them to the store every day. When an empty space across the street from the Market opened up, we jumped on it! When we opened in 2006 we wanted to provide something for the neighborhood that didn’t already exist, so in addition to our baked goods, we created ice cream recipes from scratch.
We were proud to be the first ice cream shop in San Francisco to use Straus Family Creamery organic dairy, the first certified organic dairy west of the Mississippi; only 45 miles away, they supply all of the organic milk and cream for our ice cream and soft serve. Our flavors rarely have more than five ingredients, no stabilizers, and nothing artificial.
Early on, we became obsessed with making the most intensely flavored ice cream possible; we felt that all too often, ice cream didn’t taste enough of whatever it was supposed to be. We believed that lemon ice cream should be really lemony, butter pecan should taste like butter and pecans, and chocolate should be intensely chocolatey.
In the bakery adjoining our ice cream kitchen we make everything that goes into our ice cream, whether it's brownies, peanut brittle, or the snickerdoodles for Ricanelas. Our Coffee Toffee ice cream is made with coffee from Ritual Coffee Roasters a few blocks away, and almond toffee that we make here in our shop. Our Honey Lavender is created with organic dried lavender and honey harvested from our Sonoma farms and sometimes our own rooftop hives. Our Rocky Road is made with house made marshmallows and house made chocolate-covered almonds. Our Roasted Banana is created by roasting organic bananas with brown sugar until tender and caramelized.
We also support local farms and respect the seasons. Balsamic Strawberry is one of our most popular flavors, but we only make it in the spring and summer, when local strawberries are at their juicy, fragrant peak. All of the granitas, sorbets and popsicles we make are from fruit sourced from local farms and orchards. Our Concord Grape popsicles are made from grapes grown on our own farm in Sonoma. Come winter, we switch over to Earl Grey, Eggnog, Peppermint Stick and Orange Cardamom to take advantage of the local citrus harvests.
We bake cakes, pies, puddings, pastries and breads; our changing menu reflects the fruits offered by each season as well as holiday classics like pumpkin pie, Christmas stollen and hot cross buns. Many of these are available for purchase here and at Bi-Rite Market, and others can be ordered from our catering menu.
Not only do we care deeply about our ingredients; we also care about the impact we have on our environment. We use cups and spoons that are biodegradable, our sugar cones are made from organic ingredients, and we source our ingredients as locally as we can. Our tastes are served on metal spoons that don't create waste. In doing so we save over 500,000 plastic spoons from filling our landfill every year. Because of these practices, we're a certified San Francisco Green Business.
We're also a proud member of SFMade, the San Francisco non-profit organization working to strengthen our city's economic base by developing the local manufacturing sector.
Anne & Kris