Last week, an amazing thing happened. Our friends, our families and our community came together and we made a difference. For weeks, Jenny and I had been doing what we could to make this event happen, and it was time for us to get out of the way. We watched breathlessly the night of November 19 as everyone prepared for the next morning, for Will Bake for Food.
Five weeks ago, this was just an idea. Four weeks ago, 60 had signed on to help. Three weeks ago Cakespy delivered us a rockin poster. Two weeks ago, we started painting signs. And a week ago, it all came together.
Our first item to sell out was Eric Rivera’s mysterious golden ticket candy bars, at about 7 minutes (congrats, Shirley!). The next was about 10 minutes later (either those Meyer Lemon Cookies or the mini Pear Frangipane tarts, it’s a toss-up). It just kept going until we ran out about 90 minutes into a 4-hour block. We packed up early, still taking donations as we drove away that afternoon.
I’m sure you’d like me to get to it, so here it is – the tally:
- 1631 items sold by 54 bakers, including 108 cupcakes, 82 whoopie pies, 473 cookies, and 150 vanilla beans
- 2 drink dudes who pulled 138 cups (55 coffee, 83 cider) in 90 minutes
- 300 people through the door in under 2 hours
- about 20 volunteers who made the event sing
- 1903lbs of food and $946
Northwest Harvest called me on Monday absolutely astonished. They hadn’t expected as much. They only sent one poor driver because the typical event usually collects a tenth as much food. A tenth. One or two of their boxes, he said. This poor guy (and a few of our guys—thanks Walt!) got nearly a TON of food onto his truck. And they didn’t even know about the cash donations, some of which we are donating to the church for giving us the space for free.
Well before the end of the day, people told us they expected us to do this again next year, and they were signing up a year in advance. ‘Think of the advantage we have by doing this together,’ somebody told me. Together, a couple of dozen things apiece, look at it. Yup.
And all the while, Jackie Baisa snapped us some great shots. I’m glad she was there and had her wits about her – I didn’t. For those of you who didn’t get pictures, here’s a slideshow of hers. If there are any that you want to use here for a blog post or for your portfolio, drop us a note. And if you took pictures that you would like to share, please send us a link and we’ll add it to this post.
The snow’s slowed down our raffle drawing – I’ve got the box, Jenny’s got some of the gifts – and we’re trying to get together this Saturday for a swap so we can share those winners too. But until then, revel in it. 1903lbs.
PS – If you want a complete breakdown of all the items sold at the event, let me know. I wanted to do some sexy infographics, but I lost steam once snow started falling.
PPS – And yes, we’ll do this next year. We’d like this to be our holiday season event, if that’s OK with y’all.