Bakesale for Japan: April 2, 2011

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, 
can transform the world. --Howard Zinn

Sister bakesales: Akron Vegan Bakesale for Japan (Akron, OH) 
                                         Toronto Bakes for Japan (Toronto, ON) 

When: Saturday, April 2nd from 10am-2pm  
Who:  Professional and amateur bakers, cooks, artists, artisans, and musicians coming together around food to make something BIG happen.
How: Want to help?  We'll need bakers, artists, volunteers, and lots and lots of customers.  Please send offers of help to
Why: So we can donate BIG BUCKS to Peace Winds Japan and help our brothers and sisters over there in the best way we can.  Stay tuned for details.

We will be folding 1,000 paper cranes to send to friends in Japan.  Do you have origami paper to donate?  Can you teach others how to fold cranes on the day of the sale?  If so, send me an email.

Our long list of accomplished collaborators includes folks from: 
  • Pizzaiolo
  • BiRite Market & Creamery
  • Gioia Pizzeria
  • A16 & SPQR
  • Chez Panisse
  • Peko-Peko
  • ClaireSquares
  • Tartine Bakery
  • Summer Kitchen Bakeshop
  • Starter Bakery
  • Bakers Dozen
  • Viola 
  • Blossom Bluff Orchards
  • Tell Tale Preserve Company
  • Four Barrel Coffee
  • Blue Bottle Coffee
  • Mr. Espresso
  • Oxbow Public Market
  • June Taylor Company
  • Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe
  • Bar Jules

...and so many more that I haven't had time to list.  I will keep adding to this list later in the week!

Last year, we raised $23,000 at our Bakesale for Haiti.  Can we double, triple, or quadruple that number this time?

If you'd like to offer a corporate sponsorship, match, or involve your organization, please email me at

Don't live in the Bay Area?  Host your own Bakesale for Japan on April 2nd!  Let's band together and take this thing national.  Email me and I will get you set up.  

Please check back daily for updates.


i've had mixed results with the tartine cookbook.

recipes that are awesome:
chocolate-almond toffee
roasted bananas
chocolate pudding--really delicious, but i stress the importance of using high quality cocoa and chocolate. i used valrhona cocoa (which has no equal, in my opinion) and el rey chocolate.
lemon-almond tea cake
buttermilk scones
walnut-cinnamon slices

recipes that suck:
chocolate pots de creme--they don't have nearly enough sugar
croissants--way too much butter (and for me to say that, they must really have too much butter)
lemon cream--way too eggy. yuck. i have a major problem with eggy custards.