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.

bakesale for japan, anyone?

alright folks, i'm thinking bakesale for japan on saturday, april 2nd.  i'm gonna work with sylvan to find the right organization to donate proceeds to.

who's with me?

i'll need bakers, cooks, graphic designers, PR peeps, volunteers, and lots of customers to make it big.

let's see if we can break bakesale for haiti's record ($23,000)!

email me at if you want to help, and make sure to let me know what your skillz are!


10:32 pm--edited to add: 

Here's what I know so far:

  • It will be on Saturday, 4/2
  • We now have three locations: 
    • Oakland: Pizzaiolo
    • Berkeley: Gioia
    • San Francisco: BiRite Market
  • You DO NOT have to be a professional cook/baker to participate!
  • If you are donating goods from a certified/licensed food business, you are welcome to label the goods with your logo/identity if you wish.
  • Individually wrapped treats,packaged dozens and half-dozens, as well as whole cakes/pies/tarts/loaves etc. are preferred (rather than a basket of cookies meant to be sold one by one)
  • Bake as much as you like!  The more stuff we have to sell, the better!  We literally cannot have too many baked goods.
  • Gluten-free/ dairy-free/ vegan items are welcome and should be clearly labeled as such.
  • All items must be delivered with a complete list of ingredients, as well as an item name.  
  • Please plan to deliver your goods in containers you will not need returned.  
  • If you'd like to donate a non-food item, such as artwork, a gift certificate, etc, please email me with specifics 
  • I will also need quite a few volunteers to help organize, collect, and distribute baked goods, as well as work the sales, so if you're not into baking, let me know if you want to help in this way.
  • Japanese specialties such as mochi and other delicacies are more than welcome.  
  • We sell everything by suggested donation, so the more delicious/special the items, and the nicer the packaging/presentation, the more money we can get! Please keep this in mind (i.e. no cake mixes and regular old rice krispie treats, please).  
Please keep an eye on my twitter (@ciaosamin) and blog (ciao samin) for periodic updates.

When I get a flier made sometime this week, I will be sending it to all of you to help spread the word!

Tell all of your friends!  We cannot have too many volunteer bakers, and we certainly cannot have too many patrons!!!

Thank you!