I am really excited share with you this fabulous new concept in Berkeley.
Mission Heirloom is currently in Beta with their order ahead gluten free and paleo meals, and they are in the process of building a cafe in Berkeley.
Mission Heirloom was founded by co-owners Yrmis Barroeta and Bobby Chang. Their mission is to provide nutrient dense, chemical free, organic meals that can help your body be the healthiest it can be.
Yrmis and Bobby have very high standards: NO processed refine oils, sugars, gluten, grain, legumes, NO cooking with plastic, aluminum, technique that introduce toxins, umami, and NO using ingredients that sound like chemicals.
I had a hard time trying to decide exactly how I wanted to write this article about Mission Heirloom. I spent three hours talking to Yrmis, learning all about the steps they take to keep your food in the purest form.
I decided the first step would be to take you on a visual walking tour would be the best way to start out your introduction to Mission Heirloom.
Mission Heirloom rents a dedicated gluten free kitchen at Berkley Kitchens. When I first saw the building, I noticed there were a lot of restaurants and food companies cooking in a lot of separate kitchens. When you go upstairs and down the long hallway, your first clue that you found the right place is this sign on the door. Mission Heirloom keeps their door closed to prevent any residual chance of any cross contamination floating in from down the hall.
When you open the door, you will first notice this big air purifier. It ensures the space stays gluten free 24/7.
Next to the fancy air purifier is a huge zero waste reverse osmosis water filter. All water used in the kitchen goes through this filter. It is the only one with an organic shell so water never touches plastic. Minerals are added back to the water after it goes through the purification process.
One thing I have never seen is a steam oven. It cooks with 100% humidity. Yrmis explained to me that this is important so that the fat and protein molecules don’t burst during the cooking process. When protein and fat molecules burst, it releases free radicals and becomes carcinogenic. Burst proteins also cause natural msg and caramelizing and grilling can accelerate this process. This is why you see a lot of stews on Mission Heirloom’s menu.
(This is going to be the envy of most kitchens. I would be the happiest girl to have a spice rack like this!)
All of the spices used at Mission Heirloom are purchased whole from a local San Francisco company called Spicely. Their spices are processed in a controlled atmosphere so they do not get moldy. The spices are guaranteed not to be radiated and are 100% organic. The chef grinds spices as they are needed for the recipes.
All pots and pans have been special ordered and are 100% steel. Yrmis is proud to say that Mission Heirloom is 90% plastic free and no containers used leech chemicals into the food. They even have steel containers for their Vitamix machine! (I had no idea that Vitamix’s containers contain bpa. I have heard the new containers do not contain bpa, but you have to special order them.)
And now on to more important things. The food. One thing I really admire is the group lunch that the Mission Heirloom team enjoys with each other every day. Everyone grabs a bowl and goes outside to eat lunch and just hang out.
Here is Executive Chef Christian Phernetton getting everyone’s lunch ready.
Freshly ground organic lamb meatballs with yellow carrots, hazelnuts, elderberry, carrot mash, and purslane.
You have to try the Yuccan Crunch crackers. They are crunchy and delicious. The team likes to spread ghee on the yuccan crackers and then salt.
While the cafe is under construction, you can order meals for pick up. All meals are packed in mason jars. Customers drop off their used mason jars when they are picking up their next order. If you sign up for their mailing list, you get an email each week with the following week’s menu. You can order and pick up at their Berkeley Kitchen location, or pick up in San Francisco. Mission Heirloom will also be selling through Good Eggs shortly.
Mission Heirloom’s cafe is under construction. It is located at 2085 Vine Street in Berkeley. If you are on their mailing list, you will get the notice when the cafe is open for business.
I was given the Goat’s Kick and Carrot & Kale and a few other things to try at home. The meals comes with easy to follow instructions.
Here is our dinner cooking on the stove.
This Goat Kick dish was our favorite. It had so much flavor. It worked perfectly with the yellow carrot and kale salad. (And we loved dipping the Yuccan crackers into the sauce!!)
I highly recommend you check out Mission Heirloom and see what your favorites are.