A simultaneous welcome party and anniversary celebration went down Saturday at 331 Cortland, the six-stall food marketplace in Bernal Heights. The welcome party was for Spice Hound, Tammy Tan's mini emporium of spices and salts, which is in the space vacated by Della Terra Organics in July. Tan has been vending primarily in the South Bay at the Campbell farmer's market (her warehouse is in Sunnyvale) but was keeping an eye out for a San Francisco location. "I never saw the space when it was Della Terra," Tan said, "but talked with [331 Cortland owner] Debra Resnik late in the summer and then came to check it out. It's a great fit."
Also celebrated: The six-month anniversary of 331 Cortland itself. Free bites included banana dulce de leche empanadas from El Porteño and garlic dills from Paulie's Pickling. How do the vendors feel about 331Cortland six months in? "The collaborative aspect is a gift," said Erin Archuleta, co-owner of ICHI Lucky Cat Deli. "Our work can be solitary at times but here we can share feedback and community." Added Bernal Cutlery's Josh Donald, "I had been sharpening knives at home for several years but now I have great exposure."