A new food company, Render, Sonoma, Calif., launched its inaugural collaboration with James Beard Foundation Award-winning Chefs, Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, owners of the Michelin- starred restaurants State Bird Provisions and The Progress in San Francisco. The first product to hit shelves is the whimsically named State Bird Seed, a crunchy mix of puffed quinoa, seeds, herbs, and spices that can be enjoyed on its own as a snack or crumbled as a topping on everything from oatmeal and yogurt to salads and meat.
State Bird Seed is based on a dish Brioza and Krasinski make at their restaurants. Their restaurant staff find the mix so addictive that they often end up snacking by the handful. Organic, vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO, State Bird Seed is currently available in three flavors: Almond Rosemary, Sea Salt, and Furikake. The 3.5-ounce resealable bags are $4.99 each. State Bird Seed is available in independent natural and specialty foods stores in Los Angeles including Bristol Farms, Erewhon, Jimbo's, and Rainbow Acres, and on Render's online store.