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  1. We did it, again!

    November 24, 2011 by bake4food

    Before the doors opened for Will Bake for Food 2011, a line of eager patrons awaited, ready to ogle the array of treats. They fought over who was first in line, nearly breaking down the door in the process. And after the doors opened, they kept coming (all told, 260 of them), stuffing our cash box to the brim and filling five huge barrels full of food.

    Three hours, $2,571 and 828 lbs of food later, the WBFF team popped a bottle of Prosecco to celebrate the incredible success of the event.


    Dawn Wright’s mini-cheesecakes flew off the tables; our first item to completely sell out. Adrienne Vernon’s magical rice krispy treats graced the faces of many a sugar-rushed toddler. And the smell of Michael Natkin’s espresso brownies wafted through the air—anyone who passed by was merciless to their gorgeous scent. Coffee connoisseurs Brett Hanson and Curtis Lu were busy pouring cups of Velton’s Coffee and local apple cider. And all the while Justin Marx was passing out vanilla beans and collecting tickets for the raffle, which included gift certificates to great local spots like the Brave Horse Tavern and Bastille.


    We couldn’t have done it without the amazing bloggers who baked, packaged and sold their creative, sugary treats. And we couldn’t have done it without the eager public who came in droves to feed their sweet teeth in the name of charity. Thank you, thank you, thank you to every blogger, every baker, every volunteer and every patron who made this event possible. Special thank yous to Justin Marx for soliciting prizes and running the raffle, to Curtis, Brett and Velton’s Coffee for supplying us with oh-so-delicious beverages, and to Mary McMurray for documenting the event with her gorgeous photography.

    For you number minded folks, here are the stats on the event:

      •  46 bakers, 3 drink pourers
      • 1862 items for sale
      • 26 cups of cider, 29 cups of coffee
      • 604 cookies, 57 cupcakes, 4 different kinds of marshmallows
      • 53 high-ticket items (costing over 10 tickets each)
      • Out of 92 individual items, completely sold out of 26 items
      • 3980 tickets collected, including 250 tickets for the 13 raffle prizes
      • Collected 828lbs of food and $2571
      • 260 people through the door


    Sadly, we didn’t completely sell out this year, and neither did we meet our goal of doubling last year’s numbers (in food, at least). But what little we had left over was taken to the Rainier Valley Food Bank to spread the sweet around, and the Emergency Feeding Program assures us that the whopping amount of money we raised will go very far in their hands, since they can obtain bulk discounts to food that the public can’t.

    This being our sophomore event, we learned a little more this year about how to make Will Bake for Food run more efficiently and become more lucrative. Next year those lessons will serve us well, and it will be the best bake sale yet. If you’d like to participate, please shoot us an email at willbake4food (at) gmail (dot) com. We’d love to have you.

    Thank you again, to all of you. Are hearts are full and our brains are buzzing on how to make WBFF III the biggest, sweetest sale yet.

    -The Jennys and Team

    For Mary’s full Flickr photo stream, click here.

  2. See You Saturday!

    November 10, 2011 by bake4food

    Join us on Saturday, November 12 for Will Bake for Food – a food blogger bake sale to benefit the Emergency Feeding Program.

    Over 50 bakers will fulfill your most Willy Wonka dreams, loading the University Heights Center with sugar and spice. Bring canned goods or cash donations in exchange for tickets – and go on a sweet shopping spree. Doors will open at 11am and will run as long as we have goodies – last year we sold out in 90 minutes, so come early for the best selection!

    In addition to an amazing selection of goods, we’ll have artisan coffee, fresh local cider, and milk for the kids.
    And if your sweet tooth is already satisfied, check out the incredible raffle we’ve pulled together for you this year too.

    Please join us to make this the biggest little bake sale of the season and help those most in need.

  3. T-minus 5 Days

    November 8, 2011 by bake4food

    Will Bake for Food is just 5 days away and we bakers are warming up our ovens and decorating goodie bags for the folks who are coming on Saturday. We hope you stop by after visiting the U-District Farmer’s Market – in addition to hot coffee, sweets and treats, we’ll have a representative from the Emergency Feeding Program on hand to answer your questions about this fantastic program.

    Please join us in taking care of others in our community.

  4. “Like” us on Facebook!

    November 3, 2011 by bake4food

    Of course you already like us. But now you can do so over on that little corner of the web called Facebook. Click on over, give us a thumbs up, share us with your friends and help us spread the word about the sale.

    A little over a week to go, y’all!


  5. Want a Sneak Peek?

    November 3, 2011 by bake4food

    Will Bake for Food is a little over a week away and we’re starting to get a good picture of what kinds of baked goodies to expect that morning. Remember, last year we had 1600 items and we sold out completely in 90 minutes – so come early if you want the best selection!

    Come early and you might find:

    A whole heritage apple pie
    Homemade pop tarts
    Mini cheesecakes
    Homemade Twinkies
    Pumpkin walnut cupcakes
    Savory biscuits
    Captain Crunch Peanut Butter Cereal brittle
    Bacon gingersnaps
    …and much, much more!

    And while you’re here, check out some of the new additions to the raffle table and meet some of this year’s participating bakers!

  6. Raffle Prizes and Posters – Good News!

    October 28, 2011 by bake4food

    We’re just shy of 2 weeks from the big day, and have a couple of announcements to share.

    First of all, you’ll notice there’s a new page in the menu (above) for the Raffle. Justin Marx has done an amazing job gathering some really cool raffle prizes for this year’s raffle, and we wanted to share all the goodies in advance. And wait until you see the ticket box!

    Secondly – for the bakers and volunteers – the posters are in! We’ll be following up with you directly, but I’ve included it here to give you a sneak peek.

  7. We get a press release!

    October 26, 2011 by bake4food

    The always fabulous, ever-talented Naomi Bishop has written us a press release that will be going out this week: 

    October 26, 2011

    For Immediate Release:

    Will Bake for Food: Nov. 12, 2011

    Successful Sale Returns for Second Year: Bigger, Better, Fully Baked


    (Seattle WA) – Saturday, November 12th, 2011 Local food bloggers are turning homemade Twinkies into more than just a creative treat. After collecting one ton of food and raising $1000 at last year’s Will Bake for Food, organizers have upped the ante for this year’s impromptu bake sale. With food blogging luminaries such as Molly Wizenberg of Orangette and Michael Natkin of Herbivoracious hawking their wares, they hope to double last years’ numbers. All donations from the sale on Saturday, November 12th at University Heights Center (next to the U-District Farmers’ Market) will be donated to the Emergency Feeding Program.

    At the sale, non-perishable food items or monetary donations can be traded for tickets to spend on blogger-made baked goods, from cookies to the aforementioned Twinkies, whole vanilla beans, various gluten-free items and local apple cider. Lucky for attendees, freshly brewed coffee is also available, since the sale starts at 11am and getting there early is well advised—parking will be tight and last year’s event sold out completely in 90 minutes (this year’s sale will continue until 2pm, if the goods last that long).

    Organizers Jenny Miller (Rainy Day Gal) and Jenny Richards (Purple House Dirt) have poured their passion for food into this event, stating that they believe that everyone should have access to nutritious meals. Will Bake for Food is their fun way to bring the community together to fight hunger.

    ‘Will Bake for Food’ will occur Saturday, November 12th, 2011 at University Heights Center, across from the University District Farmers’ Market, from 11am until 2pm. For more information and a complete list of participating bloggers, please see You can also find Will Bake for Food on Twitter: @WillBakeforFood.


    If you’ve got an “in” with any local media, please let us know and we’ll send you a copy. Let’s get tons of coverage, fill donation barrels to the brim and feed hungry bellies all over this city! 


  8. Countdown: 19 Days left!

    October 25, 2011 by bake4food

    Will Bake for Food 2011 is less than 3 weeks away, and there are some really exciting developments to share!

    Our friend, Justin Marx, has pulled together an amazing raffle that will blow you away. Over the next few days we’ll start to share the prize details – you won’t want to miss out! Look for the Raffle page and check out some of the generous gifts given to us by local supporters.

    Brett and Curtis from Drippr are back for another shot at hot drinks this year, and word is that they’ll be brewing individual coffees as well as the press pots. They’ll be serving Velton’s Coffee, a local roaster from Everett, WA.

    And our bakers list is finally getting nice and full – check out the Bakers page to see who’s returning, and who’s new this year!

  9. Grab a Badge!

    October 14, 2011 by bake4food

    We’d love it if you’d grab a badge for your blog or website and link back to Will Bake for Food. The more eyes we can get on this site, the more people will come to the event, which means more food for hungry people in our community.

    Only a few more weeks to go! We’re getting excited!




  10. We’re Still Looking for Bakers!

    October 3, 2011 by bake4food

    Howdy folks!

    We’re just about 5 weeks away from the big event, and we’re thrilled that so many people have joined us on this amazing journey. We do, however, have room for more! If you’re a baker and want to help with this year’s Will Bake for Food bake sale, reach out! We’re in the process of updating our volunteer lists, our notes to bakers, and this site (with new pictures, hopefully), and this is the perfect time to get in.

    What’s involved? This is the fun stuff. Bake items for the sale, package them individually, and then show up to sell and hang out with a ton of other bakers and local folks with a sweet tooth. If you’re not available to join us that day but you’re willing to drop off before the event, we’d be grateful, as would the Emergency Feeding Program, this year’s beneficiary.

    Drop us an email or send us a note on Twitter and we’ll get you on the program!