Growing up, the winter was my favorite time of year because it meant that the ornament box got unearthed, the air got crisper and cleaner, and cookies, fruit pies, roasted root vegetables and peppermint candies would litter every surface in the house. Now, the trees in Berkeley get heavy with every color of fruit during the fall and winter. While peaches and strawberries disappear from the farmer’s markets and grocery stores, the abundance of apples, squashes and clementines more than make up for their absence. These Bay Area artisan food purveyors offer the best of both worlds with their Holiday menus that take advantage of the holiday season with locally in-season ingredients.
Frjtz is one of the best places in the Mission to stop by with some friends for a beer, a burger, and some Belgian-style French fries (along with some of their famously creative dipping sauces). And, it just got in the Christmas spirit with the new addition of sweet potato French fries and eggnog lattes.
Scream Sorbet has been a staple at farmer’s markets in the greater Bay Area for years, and its new storefront in Temescal is offering an even wider choice of delicious sorbet to choose from. Cashew Nog, Cranberry Apple Cider, Gingerbread Walnut and Peppermint Chocolate are just some of their new holiday creations. Don’t wait to try these additions to the Holiday menu- they won’t last forever.
Sutro’s has as an iconic standing in the San Francisco food scene, and with good reason. Their Holiday menu offers the perfect variations on the traditional fare, enjoyed while taking in the amazing views of the Sutro bath houses and the ocean waves. Sutro’s is offering a special menu for Christmas day, including a salad of Sonoma baby greens, a maple duck breast entree with dried apricots, currants, arugula and pomegranate, as well as a traditional French onion soup.
Millennium’s winter harvest menu offers the best of what’s in season now, with pan roasted new potatoes and a sweet and bitter green salad with candied butternut squash, rosemary smoked pecans and an apple cinder mustard vinaigrette. Don’t miss the maple roasted banana squash with faro risotto. And remember to save room for the ice cream sandwich dessert made with chocolate zucchini cookies filled with pumpkin ice cream and a bourbon cinnamon anglaise- you can start your diet next year.
Photo: Lisa Santaniello