National Food Blogger Bake Sale, Los Angeles

by jenjenk on April 19, 2010

For those of you who have not met Gaby Dalkin of What’s Gaby Cooking, you could not possibly understand what a machine this girl is.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with her previously on our macaron class with Sweet Tartelette and her energy just amazes me. I have yet to have an email or phone conversation with her where she was just relaxing away the day, doing absolutely nothing. If I had 1/4 of her energy, I’m sure I could rule the world.  But I don’t so I just need to put that dream to rest.
The same energy went into her desire to set up the National Food Blogger Bake Sale to support Share Our Strength, an organization that fights childhood hunger.  She reached out to food bloggers from across the nation to participate.  In Los Angeles alone, she had about 50 people signed up to bake for the event.  I had about 1200 stickers to price out the goodies and we were far short of the number of stickers we actually needed!  The tables were barfing baked goods – we were better stocked than most bakeries I’ve seen.  It was awesome.
Sherry Yard supporting the Bake Sale
One highlight of my day there was seeing Sherry Yard.  Wow.  SHERRY YARD of the “Desserts by the Yard” and Spago’s fame.  I snatched up a lot of her baked goodies [new stuff that wasn’t in her cookbook] as I watched her compile a stash of her own box of food blogger goodies. How awesome to have her support??
Esi doing her sales thing
The cause, as important and worthy as I think it is, was overshadowed by the fact that I felt blessed to spend time with such a great group of people.  We’ve got ourselves such a great community and I feel let down at the end of each event because of the uncertainty of the next time I’ll get to see them! Esi, Dishing Up Delights, suggested a potluck for our next event.  I think I’m going to have to put on my Event Planner hat on and round something up, along with the help of unsuspecting Rachael of La FujiMama. [Lucky her to be my constant victim]
wonderful models: Jenny from Picky Palate and Rachael from La Fuji Mama
Gaby, many, many thanks to you. Congratulations on a job well done and I can’t wait for next year’s bake sale!!
For those of you who were not able to make it to the Los Angeles Bake Sale [and yes, i know who you are], it’s not too late to support Share our Strength. Please click HERE to make a donation.  I thank God that the only hunger I’ve ever known only lasted a few hours at most [on account of the fact that I never miss a meal, as my ever expanding @$$ would attest to] and I’m sure that many of you are in my same boat [which really, weight-wise, us in the same boat is a very bad thing].  So please, please, please…any little bit helps.  Please donate NOW.
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Fuji Mama April 19, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Oh my goodness! I can't believe you actually posted that picture! I am SO going to kill you! LOVE the potluck idea. :)

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Cathy @ ShowFoodChef April 19, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Love the pot luck idea and your writing is SO fun. Always great to see your gorgeous self!

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Jen April 19, 2010 at 8:49 pm

R: it was either that or the egg photo…and well…we both know that one will never make it on the pages of anywhere…

C: it's always great to see your beautiful smiling face!!!

can't wait to see you both soon!

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Gaby April 19, 2010 at 10:48 pm

omg that pic of Rachael is going to be my new twitter image for sure!! haha love it! Jen – you ROCK!!! Thank you soooo much for everything! LOVE the pot luck idea!!! I would be down to host it at my bosses house when they are out of town at the end of May! I'll ask them if its ok! xoxo

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Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite April 19, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Congrats on a great sale for a wonderful cause!

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Esi April 20, 2010 at 12:10 am

I get that same let down feeling when I leave you guys. It was a great day!! Let's plan something for soon.

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Manggy April 20, 2010 at 2:47 am

How wonderful of Sherry Yard! Let's see if those baked goods make it into a future cookbook, hehe 😉

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Nicole, RD April 21, 2010 at 5:18 am

What a wonderful event! It looks like such a fun, tasty time helping feed so many people going hungry. Thank you for doing this.

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LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! April 21, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Hi! I just discovered your blog through ActiveFoodie on twitter! I can't believe we haven't met. I wasn't able to make it to the bake sale, but my cookies did. Love your blog, I will be visiting more often now :)

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