Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Los Angeles Bakesale for Japan April 2 10am-2pm

I am currently working with Samin Nosrat and all of her Bay Area supporters on raising money through an old fashioned Bakesale for Japan.  They are setting up shop all over the Bay Area.  I am currently looking for a place to host the event.  Please forward this page to any Restaurants/Cafes/Bakeries that might be interested.  Here is a list of Supporters so far (some locations are TBD):

Oakland--Pizzaiolo (5008 Telegraph Ave.)
Berkeley--Gioia Pizzeria (1586 Hopkins St.)
San Francisco (Mission)--Bi-Rite Market (3639 18th St.)
San Francisco (Fillmore)--SPQR (1911 Fillmore St.; also closing for lunch on 4/2 to offer special panini with all proceeds going toward Japan relief)
San Jose--Roy's Station (197 Jackson St.)
Marin--coming soon
Napa/Sonoma--Oxbow Public Market (644 1st St., #D; email
Santa Cruz--Lulu's at the Octagon (at the Museum of Art and History--118 Cooper St.; email
Los Angeles--Black Cat Bakery (519 S. Fairfax Ave.; email
Los Angeles--Forage (3823 West Sunset Blvd.; email
Los Angeles--Angeli Caffe (7274 Melrose Ave.; email
Los Angeles--BLD (7450 Beverly Blvd.; email
Los Angeles--Brentwood Country Mart (225 26th St., Brentwood; email
Culver City--Akasha (9543 Culver Blvd.; email
Pasadena--Chefs Center of California(45 N. San Gabriel Blvd., Pasadena; email
Portland, OR--Ristretto Roasters (3808 N. Williams Ave.; email
Portland, OR--Barista (Pearl Location at 539 NW 13th Ave.; email
Boston, MA--Ula Cafe (284 Amory St.; more info here; email
Philadelphia, PA--South Street Philly Bagel (613 S. 3rd St.)
Seattle, WA--CakeSpy Shop (415 E. Pine St.)
NYC--coming soon (email
Austin, TX--AustinBakes
Salt Lake City, UT--coming soon
Maui, HI--coming soon
Sacramento, CA--coming soon
Ashville, NC--Bake It Pretty (58 Wall St.; also donating a % of online sales from 4/2)

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

Last year they raised $23,000 at their Bakesale for Haiti and we'd like your help to raise more.  With your help, we can break their bakesale record!

Here's what I know so far:
  • It will be on Saturday, 4/2 from 10am-2pm
  • You DO NOT have to be a professional cook/baker to participate!
  • We currently have 15 locations and counting with more TBA around the Nation. 
  • Please label all donated food items with your Brand Identity and product name.
  • Please email me at with a list of all items donated, ingredients used, and quantity of items being donated.
  • Individually wrapped treats, when possible, as well as half-dozens, dozens, whole cakes/pies/tarts/loaves etc. are preferred (rather than a basket of unwrapped 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/ nut 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).  
  • We will be folding 1,000 paper cranes at the bakesale locations.  If you can donate origami paper or teach others to fold cranes, please let me know.  
Please keep an eye on Samin's twitter (@ciaosamin) and mine (@bre_varela) and blog (ciao samin) for periodic updates.

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

If you cannot bake, please support us by spreading the word via twitter, FB, your school listserv, etc.  And of course, do come buy some sweets on Saturday, April 2nd!

Thank you!
Please email me at if you are interested in helping in anyway.


  1. Hi Breanne, Sabrina's Sweetery would love to donate some decorated cookies to this event (Pasadena location). Thank you for coordinating for this important cause!

  2. Wonderful idea! And I love that there are so many ways to help - donate, bake, sell - plus its something people can do with their kids. I have tweeted and re-posted. Thank you for organizing an event that is both helpful and brings people together.

  3. Thank you for all of your lovely comments! Hope to see you both there.

  4. this is great, I am in to support