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
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