Mission dwellers have a grazing option today. Starting at 5 p.m., Bi-Rite Market
(3639 18th St. at Guerrero) is setting up a Thanksgiving tasting station
set up in front of the store -- samples of Bill Niman's BN Ranch heritage turkey, cranberry relish made with honey from the Bi-Rite Sonoma farm, pumpkin and pecan pies, and related Thanksgiving dishes. Bi-Rite is the only San Francisco retailer to carry BN's heritage turkeys, which are heirloom breeds pasture-raised in Sonoma (Bi-Rite also carries birds from Good Shepard and Diestel). The sample party runs till 7 p.m. today, a repeat tasting happens Saturday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
If you're looking for something less traditional for Thanksgiving than a heritage gobbler, consider turducken from 4505 Meats. Rock star butcher Ryan Farr is taking orders for the turkey-duck-chicken mashups (stuffed with cornbread-chicken sausage stuffing) through Nov. 20. The birds are organic and free range, and the turducken comes in two sizes: 15 pounds ($200) and 20 pounds ($250). You'll have to pick it up in Potrero Hill, or opt for overnight shipping (which is extra). Place an order by e-mailing Meats@4505Meats.com. Cash or check only.
[Full disclosure: Mary Ladd does occasional work for Bi-Rite's catering department.]