Celebrating the One-Year Mark at Bernal's 331 Cortland

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The artisans of the ~331 CORTLAND MARKETPLACE~ culinary marketplace in Bernal Heights are throwing a party to celebrate their first anniversary, and the whole community is invited to share in the fun. At 6pm on Friday April 22nd, the vendors are starting off a two-day event with demonstrations, classes, and a raffle benefiting the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Community Center’s Senior and Student gardening program. New events will be announced on Twitter as they’re added.

The one-year mark comes with some changes too as both El Porteño Empanadas and ICHI Sushi are ready to move on from the small business incubator site. El Porteño will focus on expanding their market presence at the Ferry Building and in Whole Foods Markets, while ICHI is busy with their new sushi bar.

Within the space, Paulie’s Pickling and Bernal Cutlery will be expanding their kiosks. Bernal Cutlery plans to offer a larger inventory of knives, and Paulie’s Pickling will increase their sandwich offerings (they’ve already grown from 4 to 12 sandwiches, including “Bernalogna” and beef brisket) and will add new items, like cookies from Debbie Does Dinner and rugelach from Black Jet Bakery. By the way, you can also nab Paulie’s pickles at Whole Foods Market on Haight, Home Restaurant, Smoke BBQ, Lilah Belle’s, The Liberty Café, and a couple local bars (The Dogpatch Saloon, Marlena’s, Stray Bar, and Wild Side West).

Spice purveyor Tammy Tan of Spice Hound is expanding with classes, starting with an intro to sea salt class on Saturday April 9th at 2:30pm, featuring an overview of salt, sea salt and processed salt comparisons, and salt and food pairings. Email for more info. Plus they’re re-introducing their hot chai due to popular demand.

Meanwhile, 331 Cortland is seeking new prepared-foods vendors to join the marketplace. Send proposals to Debra Resnik, and include a menu and descriptions of how your business will use the kiosk, how your business will be staffed, and how your concept would complement the other vendors.