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WBFF 2010

Last year, 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.

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 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.

Thank you to everyone who made this incredible day possible. We’ll see you next year.

2010 Press Links:
Rainy Day Gal
Gluten Free Foodies
Gluten Free Foodies
Fresh Picked Seattle
Ree Becki is Supergirl
Seattle Magazine
The Stranger
Seattle Weekly
King 5 Events Calendar
Frantic Foodie
Seattle Times
Edible Seattle
Fresh Picked Seattle
The Hazel Bloom
Ravenna Blog
Kristin Pot Pie
Cooking, Gluten-Free
OC 2 Seattle
Eric Rivera’s Cooking Blog
The UW Daily
Daily Candy
Seattle Times Weekend Picks
Java Cupcake
Satisfy the Craving
Going for Seconds
Wasabi Prime
OC2 Seattle
Cook Craft Grow
Gluten Free Foodies

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