Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Bloggers, Diners and Restaurants Give Back: Flood Relief Update

Posted By on Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Chocolate-cherry-cake and cream-cheesecake balls by blogger Lani Crump
  • Chocolate-cherry-cake and cream-cheesecake balls by blogger Lani Crump
This past Saturday, well over a dozen Nashville food bloggers contributed some of their talents to the Sweet Relief Bake Sale which was graciously hosted by the Green Wagon on Forrest Avenue near Five Points in East Nashville.

Organized by Lindsay Landis at her blog "Love and Olive Oil," the event was primarily publicized on the blogs of other local volunteer food writers, and it was a big hit.

A partial list of participating bakers included:

Kelly of Sallaboutme
Kira of Food alla Puttanesca
Beth of Eat. Drink. Smile
Erin of One Particular Kitchen
Lesley of Lesley Eats
Jennifer of Kittywink’s Mewsings
Leah of So How's It Taste
Tabitha of Life a la Mode
Danielle/Crystal of That Vegan Blog
Erin of Erins Food Files
Jacklyn of Jaye Walking
Annakate of La Aguacate
Lani of CrumpyCakes
Jennifer of A Nasty Bite
Jenn of Flamingo Bear
Janet of Music City Foodie

These ladies were even kind enough to allow at least one guy to pitch in and were very understanding when my definition of "baking" stretched out so far as to include cutting up some Krispy Kremes and dumping condensed milk and fruit cocktail on them. However, I did make the spiced rum butter sauce that I poured over the top of this bread pudding melange.

More amazing than the fact that some nice folks actually complimented my efforts, was the fact that in just a couple of hours, this grass-roots effort raised over $1,000 for Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee for their flood relief efforts! Always thoughtful, Lindsay and her husband Taylor dropped off the unsold leftovers at the Nashville Union Mission so folks there could enjoy some sweet treats, too.

The sense of community fostered by this remarkable group of food bloggers was palpable as folks pitched in to move tables around and eagerly buy desserts from one another: including cookie dough cupcakes, Mexican chocolate brownies, espresso chocolate toffee, blue velvet cupcakes, peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, lemon streusel bars and a loaf of Guinness bread with molasses that called to me like a siren from the minute I walked through the door.

Thanks to all who helped, and you should add them all to your blogrolls so that you can join in on the conversation and recipe swapping. As a matter of fact, we at Bites should too. (HInt, hint SouthComm IT department.)

In other flood relief news, with a few checks still outstanding, the total raised at last month's Eat Out for Nashville event has pushed past the $50,000 mark! Thanks to all the restaurants who participated and the diners who turned out in droves. Special recognition is due to O'Charley's Corp. for including over 25 of their locations in the effort and to Doug Hogrefe of Amerigo for being the impetus behind this great idea.

In fact, Amerigo made the largest single location donation raising $7,500 and then generously adding an extra $2,500 over and above their proceeds to make it an even 10 grand! We are truly fortunate to have people like these involved in our food community.

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