October is American Cheese Month, established by the American Cheese Society to showcase North America’s delicious and diverse cheeses and the farmers, cheesemakers, and chefs who bring them to tables across the continent. To celebrate, the Ferry Building and Cowgirl Creamery will be hosting special demos and highlighting an array of cheese-centric dishes from Sunday, October 13 through Friday, October 18, 2019.
The event officially kicks off on Sunday, October 13 with a series of demos to take place throughout the Ferry Building Marketplace, including a Raclette station at Cowgirl Creamery and a pimento cheese spread with freshly-baked biscuits from Biscuit Bender. A special preview will be held the previous day at Saturday’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, where Pier 23 Cafe Chef Joey Altman will be onsite from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. hosting a market to table demo. Chef Altman will be preparing Roasted Broccoli, Black Bean & Cheddar Dip featuring Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese, a farmers’ market vendor.
Other weekly specials include:
A daily “Cheesy Hour” at Cowgirl Sidekick Café (Monday-Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.) where guests can indulge in Raclette, freshly melted and served on Acme bread with house-made pickles
Empanadas de Queso from El Porteño Empanadas, filled with Cowgirl Creamery’s Red Hawk triple-cream cheese
Wild Huckleberry Cheesecake from Cheesequakes, made with berries sourced from fellow Ferry Building merchant Far West Fungi
Jacky and Michael Recchiuti are just about the sweetest couple, so it should be of no surprise that every aspect of their company philosophy is delicious. Sourcing locally whenever possible, partnering with the best chocolate companies, and supporting community by working with non-profits: these are the just some of the things that make Recchiuti so beloved. Each step of their philosophy takes their confections to the next level, such as their work with the non-profit Creativity Explored, San Francisco-based non-profit that supports artists with disabilities. For Recchiuti Confections ongoing Artisan Series, the truffles are adorned with art by artists who otherwise aren’t given a voice. What’s sweeter than that?
There have been many cross-genre collaborations in the marketplace over the years, like Stonehouse Olive Oil using Acme bread, DELICA using Acme bread, Blue Bottle using Acme bread… wait… But seriously. There have been many moments of the merchants in our marketplace working together that inspire and are inspired, and the newest one is Cowgirl Creamery and Frog Hollow Farm! Farmer Al of Frog Hollow Farm and Cowgirl Creamery co-founder Peggy Smith have been friends for years, working as shop neighbors for years at farmers’ markets and in our marketplace. Both Frog Hollow and Cowgirl are committed to Organic Ag and producing delicious food. And now we get to reap the benefits of that friendship! Cowgirl Creamery’s very own Sue Conley will pair some of Northern California’s most iconic cheeses—Mt. Tam, Estero Gold Reserve and Seascape— with Frog Hollow Farms fresh fruits, dried fruits, conserves and baked goods. All you need to do is order online and open the box when it arrives! So for your aunty who visited last year and can’t stop talking about her visit to the building, you can now send her a taste of the place for a limited time. And when that limited time is over, just come on down and visit us!
About 5 years ago we realized we had many local business wanting to open shops at the Ferry Building – but simply no room to expand. Finally, we realized that storage space along the north arcade between Gott’s Roadside and the Clock Tower could be a space for small retails shops. And so after a few years of planning, earlier this year we opened shops on the OUTSIDE of the building. We’ve watched the farmers market do it three times a week for years, no matter rain or fog, so we thought we’d do it too! Under the North Arcade of our façade, facing the Embarcadero, there are now five wonderful shops, each offering something unique and delicious. And to celebrate our brand new shops, we are presenting a monthly event that we are so proud of. From July through October, every third Thursday we’re setting up a Night Café. We dress up the place with red tables and chairs, and also some red balloons (alas, not 99…). Amplified music and special samples from the five North Arcade shops in a beautiful atmosphere, what more could you want for a late lunch date or an early evening snack!