This Saturday May 14th is the second annual NATIONAL FOOD BLOGGERS BAKE SALE, where bloggers bake up the fabulous goodies you’re always seeing online and make them available to you in real life, then they donate 100% of sales to Share Our Strength. There are two San Francisco locations this year: come by 18 Reasons (10am-6pm; 593 Guerrero St. at 18th St.) or Kiehl’s in Pacific Heights (noon-4pm; 2360 Fillmore St. at Washington) for items like blueberry hand pies, macaron pops, mochi, salted caramels, gluten-free lemon poppy seed loaves, mango mousse cake, and whoopie pies.
This is a nationwide event, so tablehopper readers outside SF can look for a local bake sale on organizer Gaby Dalkin’s website. Last year’s SF Bake Sale raised $1700, with hopes to double that number this year. Funds raised support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America through their “No Kid Hungry” movement by helping fund after-school and summer feeding programs.
Also happening this Saturday is the NEW TASTE MARKETPLACE at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church (noon-5pm; 500 De Haro St. at Mariposa), featuring lovingly made local food, live music, and many first-time vendors eager to debut their goods. The market’s goal is to connect the community to great food, and increase awareness about hunger issues in San Francisco.
Some of the new items in May are “Soft Gold” ghee from Ryan Dematteo and gluten- and nut-free crunch caramels from The Nutless Professor. Also, some veteran vendors are collaborating to bring together paired food and drink, like Mission Gastroclub’s smoked pork shoulder with savory strawberry risotto paired with SodaCraft’s smoked strawberry vanilla soda. Look for a complete list of vendors at newtastemarketplace.org, and see photos from previous markets on Flickr.
New Taste Marketplace is a fundraiser for the The Food Pantry, which distributes groceries to over 600 low-income participants every week. The food pantry is set up farmers-market style, providing literally tons of fresh fruits and vegetables, rice, beans, pasta, cereal, bread, and more.
Saturday May 14, 2011