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Food for Thought: Eat My Blog Bakesale This Saturday
Danh, center, helps customers during December's Eat My Blog Bakesale. (Photo by current events via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
They eat, they write, we read. But when it comes to raising money for a great cause, local food bloggers, writers, and even some professional chefs, are getting in the kitchen to make goodies themselves. Eat My Blog is a bi-annual bakesale organized by Cathy Danh of Gastronomy blog, with the help of some of the city's most beloved bloggers, foodies, and food pros; this Saturday at Tender Greens in West Hollywood marks its second occasion.
Last December the effort raised over $3,000 for the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, and Danh says that this time around, the goal is to top that amount. With a staggering roster of baking bloggers, Eat My Blog promises to have dozens of sweet ways for the community at large to satisfy their sweet tooth and support a great cause. Danh explains the natural relationship between food aficionados and the recipient charity:
We decided to donate our proceeds to the LA Regional Foodbank because their mission resonates with the LA food blogging community. We're a group of people who make eating well a priority, so it makes sense that we'd want to extend that privilege to everyone in our city. Too many people go hungry everyday. This is our way of making sure that fewer people are food insufficient.
The nouveau popularity of fundraising bakesales is hard to attribute, though perhaps it comes as a counterpoint to the big-box retail culture, combined with a focus on local and homemade that stems partly from the slow economy and largely from the drive to be sustainable and non-corporate. Danh's take on it is as simple as a chocolate chip cookie: "Maybe it's because our society yearns for quaint community gatherings," she offers.
Photo of the LA Times Test Kitchen's cake in Dec. '09 by current events via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
The sweet reward of Eat My Blog is indeed twofold; not only does the money go to help those in need of nourishment, but you'll come away with some tasty treats. What, of the plentiful contributions, does Danh think we should seek out on the sale table? "The dulce de leche brownies from Charles of 100 Miles are sure to be amazing -- he's using a recipe from David Lebovitz. Jo from My Last Bite and Phil of My Life as Foodie's are collaborating on bacon wrapped bread-sticks," she suggests, adding, "I'm also looking forward to Quyen of Kitchen Runway's Salted Caramel Chocolate Bars and Ravenous Couple's che xoi nuoc (Vietnamese tapioca dessert)." Check out the full, mouthwatering menu here.Other high-profile contributors include special donations from local chefs and restaurants including chef and KCRW Good Food host Evan Kleiman, Chicks with Knives, Debbie Lee, Chef Ludo Lefebvre, Drago Centro, Starry Kitchen, Bakelab, Cube, Fraiche, Choppe Choppe, Hollywood Corner, Valerie Confections, Plaisir, Scoops Ice Cream, and Tender Greens.
100% of the sales will go to the LA Regional Foodbank. There will be over 2,000 items from over 70 bakers (include yours truly's Smoked Salt Toffee), priced from $1-4. Items will include jams, candies, pastries and more, many vegan and/or gluten free.
Eat My Blog Bakesale
Saturday June 19th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tender Greens West Hollywood, 8759 Santa Monica Blvd.