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Yes, We are Open on Thanksgiving!

posted on November 20th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Waited till the very last minute this year? Not to fear, we have you covered. Not only do we still have fresh, free-range and organic turkeys available in our meat department, but we are also stocked with plentiful pumpkin and pecan pies in our bakery as well as fully cooked sides in our deli. From our roasted yam medley, to cornbread stuffing, to mashed potatoes, to cranberry sauce, you can find all of your favorites. So rest easy tonight knowing all...or most of the work is already done for you! Just don’t forget the rolls...or the wine. And yes, we are open on Thanksgiving Day for all of your last minute needs. See your store's hours below. Thanksgiving store Hours: Hollywood: 7am-7pm La Jolla: 7am-6pm Manhattan Beach: 6am-6pm Woodland Hills: 6am-8pm Newport: 6am-6pm Palm Desert: 6am-6pm Rolling Hills: 6am-5pm Santa Monica: 6am-8pm South Pasadena: 6am-8pm West Hollywood: 7am-10pm Westchester: 6am-7pm Westwood: 6am-8pm Read More

Bristol Farms Free‑Range and Organic Turkeys from Mary’s

posted on November 16th, 2018 by Dani Fogel

When it comes to putting on a spectacular Thanksgiving soirée, we can all admit that the turkey is the most stressful part of the meal. That’s where Mary’s free-range turkeys come to the rescue. Since 1954, Mary’s Turkeys has been a family-owned and operated business with three generations of farmers who know the ins and outs of what it takes to raise some seriously delicious birds. Even more than that, they also take pride in bringing the turkeys up in humane conditions. The entire stock at Mary’s Turkeys is free-range, fed a non-gmo vegetarian diet, and raised without any trace of antibiotics, preservatives or hormones. The birds are also locally-sourced and call California their home. To take it a step further, Mary’s Turkeys also offers certified organic birds. For an even more interesting way to talk about the history of the Thanksgiving holiday, you can also purchase a Mary’s Heritage turkey. These birds are based off the first breed that ever existed in… Read More

Pie‑Oh‑My! Our Holiday Bake‑Off {recipe contest} is Here!

posted on November 13th, 2018 by Dani Fogel

Apples and pumpkins and pecans, oh my! From buttery crusts to decadent fillings, it just wouldn’t feel like the holidays without the smell of a freshly baked pie in the air. We all know making dessert can be an exact science, so this year, we want to honor the bakers in our life with a heaping slice of love. Think your classic apple makes others want to hide in the orchard? Does your grandma’s homemade creation have people trying to hunt down a secret ingredient? If so, this contest is for you. First, bake your signature pie anytime between November 12th and December 31st. Then, get your masterpiece ready for its close and snap a well-lit photo to send with your entry. Usually, natural light is best. Submit your pic and the full recipe on Instagram by using the hashtag #BFholidaypiebakeoff or email us at e-mailer@bristolfarms.com to be considered. Keep an eye on the pie prize: grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card and two runner-up winners will score $100 gift… Read More

Bristol Farm’s Own Brining Blend

posted on November 7th, 2018 by Dani Fogel

When it comes time to start gobbling, a perfectly brined bird is the word. Thankfully, our very own blend of aromatic salt, herbs and spices does half of the work for you… one less thing to worry about once your kitchen is covered in all the Thanksgiving fixings! Turkey is generally the most daunting part of the Thanksgiving feast but a simple brine will ensure that the most flavorful and juicy turkey you've ever served. To start, select a fresh, free-range, non-GMO turkey from Bristol Farms' meat department as well as the brining blend. Then, night before Thanksgiving, dissolve one cup of brine into one gallon of boiling water or stock. Boil until brining blend has dissolved. Let cool completely. Then, place your bird in a large stock pot, bucket, or bag and pour brining blend over top, completely submerging the turkey. Refrigerate overnight and your turkey work is nearly done! Then on Thanksgiving Day, simply remove your turkey from the brine, rinse well with water, and… Read More

Wine Wednesday: Long Neck South Africa Chenin Blanc

posted on October 31st, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

For those who prefer white wine with the approaching Thanksgiving feast, but want a change from Chardonnay, Long Neck Chenin Blanc is a crisp, refreshing, and easy going alternative. If you bring it to your holiday celebration, this will cause some excitement. The nose has a distinct amount of lemon with notes of pear and white peach . The palate starts off bright and light, with fresh apples, lemon, and hints of white peach mingling about. Easy drinking and refreshing, the ending is crisp with great lemon and orange notes. South African wines are winning high praise and recognition for their quality on the international stage. The richly textured soul of their wines is imbued by the natural gifts of the South-western Cape, where nature marries the key elements of soil and climate to provide a rich bounty for the vine. Suggested Retail $9.99 Sale price is 2 for $10.00! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Promo valid from October… Read More

Your Ultimate Thanksgiving Feast Countdown Planner

posted on October 30th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

At last, there's the crisp Autumn air we've been waiting for! And with November officially here tomorrow, we can all really start thinking about the holidays - specifically, Thanksgiving. The feast that takes days of preparation is just 3 weeks away and if we want to make this very special day run smoothly...and deliciously, it's important to start planning now. So here's your Thanksgiving Feast Countdown Planner...so you won't miss a single beat when it comes to the much anticipated, Turkey Day! 3 Weeks Out: Plan Your Menu -How many guests to account for? -Going traditional with a turkey OR changing it up this year with ham, roast beef, or our very own special porchetta? -What kinds of sides to pair with the bird (or other meat) -Vegan friends or family to consider? Bristol Farms Vegan Field Roast is an excellent option! Collect your recipes (check out your family recipes + blogs, magazines, etc. for inspiration) Make Your Shopping List -We suggest… Read More

For the Love of Charcuterie Contest: Winners

posted on October 23rd, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

If you follow Bristol Farms on Instagram or if you receive Bristol Farms emails, then you probably know that we ran a pretty epic charcuterie contest last month that recently ended a few weeks ago. We asked you to create your most picture-worthy cheese and charcuterie spread, using your favorite combo of soft and hard cheese, salt cured Italian, French, and Spanish meats, and of course some pretty little extras like jams, olives, nuts, fruit, and more... You guys really came through on this one. With over 100 #FortheLoveofCharcuterie submissions via Instagram or submitted directly to our email, you killed it. You photos were beautiful and your creations were quite honestly, impressive. Narrowing down only 3 winners was quite the task....took much debate and even tugged at our heart strings a little since there were just so many prize-worthy submissions. Here are our Top 3 Winners: Grand Winner: Yassie @dishdetective We chose Yassie's charcuterie as our grand prize winner… Read More

All Hallow’s Eve Checklist

posted on October 23rd, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Can you believe Halloween is just one week away? October has already come and {almost} gone. What do your Halloween plans entail? For many of us, the actual night, which falls on a not-so-fun Wednesday this year, will consist of trick-or-treating with our little ones all dressed up in costumes of their choosing. An evening with way too much candy and possible battles to relinquish said candy, it's just one of those holidays the kids can't resist. We have bags upon bags of candy just waiting for you too. Because unless you want to turn off your lights...and maybe the doorbell ringer too, the kids will be a-coming for their treats. And while candy is a Halloween must, there are tons of other fun items to consider too. Full Disclosure: We do not have your scary and elaborate haunted decor or your costumes. But we do have loads of candy, Autumn ciders and beer, party ware, decor,  and of course, every kind of pumpkin you could ever want. Here's Your Halloween… Read More

Full Moon on Wednesday = 40% off Cypress Grove Midnight Moon Cheese!

posted on October 22nd, 2018 by Roberto Lewis

This Wednesday, (10/24) we'll have a full moon shining bright in the night's sky...which means all day on Wednesday, we'll be offering the Cypress Grove classic goat cheese Midnight Moon for 40% off. Cypress Grove Chevre, based in Humboldt County, California, has been producing award-winning cheeses for thirty-five years. At the annual World Cheese Awards, Midnight Moon has medaled every year since 2014. Searching for healthy dairy alternatives for her children, Cypress Grove founder Mary Keehn taught herself the discipline of goat breeding and the art of cheese making.  She traveled to France to apprentice under established cheesemakers and began commercially producing goat cheeses under her own label in 1983, creating early hits such as the wildly popular Humboldt Fog.  As the Cypress Grove product line grew in reputation, Keehn returned to Europe, engaging with world-renowned cheese masters to create innovative variations on time-honored recipes and traditions. Keehn traveled… Read More

Wine for the Weekend: Torrevieja Malbec Reserva

posted on October 18th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Mendoza has become a hub of Malbec production, so how does a vintner make his rendition stand out? If you’re the winemaker for Torrevieja, you begin with only the finest grapes available, then give them the attention they deserve in the cellar. From the length of the fermentation to the selection of the oak barrels used for aging, no detail is too small when it came to making the Torrevieja Malbec Reserva. This wine’s color and appearance are a dark ruby red with elegant purple shimmers,” the Torrevieja vintner notes. “It has a velvety texture with a clear taste of black raspberry and black cherry.” Our tasting panel enthusiastically concurs. Suggested Retail $19.99 For one week only, sale price is 2 for $15.00! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Promo valid from October 17 - 23 Read More

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