Monday, May 24, 2010

Nashville's Food Bloggers Cook Up a Bake Sale for Flood Relief

Posted By on Mon, May 24, 2010 at 12:42 PM

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Lindsay of the always delectable Love and Olive Oil blog sends word of what promises to be a sweet way to help raise money for Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee and their efforts to provide relief to victims of the recent flooding. She's organizing a the Sweet Relief Bake Sale set for 1:30 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, May 29, where Nashville food bloggers will team up to create a fantastic spread of baked wonders. Feel free to not just sample the goodies, but also bring your own. Food bloggers, non-food bloggers and food blog fans are more than welcome to participate in the event, which will be held at the Green Wagon at 1100 Forrest Ave. in the Five Points neighborhood of East Nashville. The organizers are looking for helpers and bakers regardless of blogging status.

To help get the word out, Lindsay has created a FaceBook event for this where you can RSVP and share the event with your friends. If you'd like to help out and/or bake for the event, please email her and let her know what you would like to bring so she can make sure we don't all bring tollhouse cookies. This is a food blogger bake sale after all, so be creative!

Plan on bringing 12 to 24 servings of whatever you decide to bake. They're not requiring that all goods be wrapped/bagged/packaged, but if your item is particularly messy or needs it, please do so as you see fit. Easy packaging ideas may be muffin cups, plastic bags, cello wrap, Saran Wrap, etc. It doesn't have to be complicated.

The organizers to sell all goodies for $2 each (though larger donations will be encouraged), so please bake accordingly. You may decide to, for example, package two or three small cookies together in a bag or cut your brownies to a specific size you feel warrants a $2 price tag. This could very well change depending on what people decide to bring, and they may end up charging different amounts for different products.

Beverages are fair game as well, if anyone would like to bring some fresh lemonade or iced tea or something along those lines. Or if anyone has any leftover cases of bottled water, they will sell those as well.

So there's really no excuse for not pitching in to help out this fun event. But if you're not in the mood to bake, then make sure you at least drop by to buy some of these treats.

I'm not much of a baker, but I do want to learn, so I'm planning to try something out. If it's a total mess, expect to find something that tastes shockingly similar to the free sugar cookies that they keep in a plexiglass box near the door at Harris Teeter.

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