For a delectable start to your day, stock your kitchen with These locally made products.
Photography by Jennifer Martiné, Styled by Karen Shinto
We’ve all heard the popular sentiment, new year, new you. And while that’s easier said than done, we’ve got one simple way kick off 2015 right: a better breakfast. The most important meal of the day tastes even sweeter knowing you’re supporting hard-working Northern California food purveyors.
For a perfect morning meal, start with Saint Benoît Creamery’s Meyer lemon yogurt. Produced in Sonoma County, Saint Benoît’s organic yogurts are made with whole milk from Jersey cows in the French style, for a sinfully rich and creamy texture. $2.49–$6.49, found at Whole Foods Walnut Creek; stbenoit.com.
Top your yogurt with handmade, all-natural Lafayette Loree’s California granola. When Lafayette resident Lorey Konieczny’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, Konieczny felt compelled to create a healthy food her mother could eat, and the granola was born. It features raisins, honey, and almonds sourced from local farmers. $11.99, found at Diablo Foods.
For a touch of sweetness, add a drizzle of Steve’s Bees honey. Steve Gentry’s family has lived in Orinda since the late 1800s, and Gentry specializes in raising honeybees that thrive in the East Bay. Find Gentry at a local Saturday farmers market year-round to pick up a jar. $12.99, found at Diablo Foods; stevesbees.org.
More Local Morning Must-Haves
The Smoked Olive in Sonoma makes (you guessed it) a smoked olive oil, which adds an extra hit of flavor when lightly drizzled over scrambled eggs. $20.99, found at Draeger’s Market Blackhawk; thesmokedolive.com.
Bo’s Best pancake and waffle mix got its start in Lafayette resident Denise O’Keefe’s family. What began as her mother’s recipe with a few minor tweaks turned into Bo’s Best, which now includes mixes for everything from pancakes and waffles to crepes and gluten-free treats. Visit the website to find tips for making the perfect hotcakes. $5.99, found at Diablo Foods; bosbest.com.
If you prefer something sweeter than coffee, KL Keller Foodways’ European drinking chocolate with fleur de sel caramel uses chocolate from E. Guittard, another Bay Area favorite. Simply add hot water or steamed milk (or a dairy substitute) for a creamy treat. $13.95, found at The Pasta Shop; klkellerfoodways.com.
San Francisco’s Hey Boo coconut jam is made with premium coconut milk, cane sugar, and egg yolks. The resulting spread pairs perfectly with hot-off-the-griddle pancakes or steaming waffles. $11.99, found at Draeger’s Market Blackhawk; heyboojams.com.
If you need your morning cup—or cups—of java, the same East Bay family that founded McLaughlin Coffee Company in 1983 continues to roast Arabica beans daily in Emeryville. Try Max’s Blend dark roast: full-bodied, with rich flavor and a smoky finish. $9.99, found at Diablo Foods; mclaughlincoffee.com.
3615 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 283-0737, diablofoods.com.
Draeger’s Market, Blackhawk
4100 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville, (925) 648-5800, draegers.com.
Whole Foods, Walnut Creek
1333 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek, (925) 274-9700, wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/walnutcreek.