Biscuit Bender

Biscuit Bender brings a taste of the South to the Bay Area with handmade buttermilk biscuits. All pastries - sweet and savory - are baked fresh daily and derived from our biscuit dough!

Ask A Bay Area Expert: Ideas For Hostess Gifts

CBS Local

Whether it’s a dinner party or an upcoming holiday event, bringing a gift to the hostess is a great way to show thanks for the occasion. But choosing the perfect gift for the hostess can sometimes be a bit difficult, especially when other guests are also bringing gifts. For some great ideas, party planner Samantha Spector, of San Francisco-based Milk & Honey Special Events ,offers the following great suggestions when picking out host/hostess gifts this season. What makes many of these gifts attractive is that most are from locally owned businesses.

They treated you, so treat them to breakfast the next morning by giving them a basket of pastries. Try double bacon maple biscuits from Biscuit Bender, a bottle of Biscuit Bender’s honey butter and coffee beans from Blue Bottle. Both Biscuit Bender and Blue Bottle are located in the Ferry Building, so you can pick them up in one trip. Other biscuit flavors Biscuit Bender has on its menu include cinnamon bun and Mexican hot chocolate. (Biscuit Bender half-dozen box, $17; Blue Bottle coffee beans, $19-$25).

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Comforts of the flesh

San Francisco Bay Guardian

Prather Ranch is to be commended for raising sustainable, humanely-reared meats with a whole-animal (let no part go to waste) sales model. A few months ago, Prather opened American Eatery, providing meats to go in drool-worthy dishes. American Eatery executive chef Erica Holland-Toll came from the former ACME Chop House and Lark Creek Inn. Long using Prather Ranch meats at her restaurants, she was well-qualified to oversee the Ferry Building menu.

I'm particularly smitten with the maple-smoked ham and cheese biscuit ($8). The thick biscuit cushions Prather Ranch's thinly shaved slabs of ham, San Joaquin Gold cheese, a fried egg and red eye gravy mayo. Biscuit Bender's flaky buttermilk biscuit is the right choice. A local baker whose biscuits can also be found at Mission Cheese and Hollow, Bender wisely makes larded and non-larded versions. Ah, lard! Kudos for keeping tradition alive. I devour the sandwich with a Blue Bottle cappuccino, then sigh with contentment.

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