As we've noted
, in advance of his Maiden Lane bakery (due this fall), William Werner's Tell Tale Preserve Co. has set up a case of treats at Coffee Bar
in Potrero Hill and launched a monthly offering of what it calls its Society bag. The preorder, prepay bags (actually burlap sacks adorned with a letterpress tag, $35 via PayPal) are then available at Coffee Bar for pickup.
Yesterday was pickup day. We felt something like elation when we unwrapped all the little bags and boxes inside. There was a jar of sangria-spiked jam made earthy with the addition of Black Jack figs and dark Valrhona Tainori chocolate, something that took willpower to avoid devouring straight with a spoon. A mini poundcake was almost savory with its rich notes of salted caramel and roasted cacao nib. Coconut-brown sugar shortbread sablés and cocoa-black sesame sablés, both crumbly and chewy, were particularly hard to ration. Cubes of paté de fruit, made with Mutsu apples and Concord grapes, held vividly fresh flavors. And it was really fun watching people's eyes light up as strings of espresso caramel ran down their chins.
Follow the Tell Tale blog to find out the date and contents of the November Society bag.