Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Help Feed Hungry Kids at April 17 Chef-Driven Bake Sale

Just because we don't see it doesn't mean it isn't there. "It" is local childhood hunger and it's something that freelance food writer Erin Jackson feels strongly about obliterating. So Jackson decided to launch a fundraiser that would support the nonprofit No Kid Hungry, a campaign organized by Share Our Strength. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending child hunger a national priority.

Jackson created the Bake Me SomeLove initiative to promote and brand her events. The first one will take place this weekend on Sunday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. She calls it the Chef-Driven Bake Sale.

The Chef-Driven Bake Sale features a baker's dozen of San Diego's top chefs who will be creating  sweet and savory treats for the public to purchase at one of the coolest venues in downtown San Diego--LOUNGESix, the poolside rooftop lounge at Hotel Solamar, which also is home to JSix.

The $5 admission fee will give attendees the opportunity to purchase treats like Rachel King's Almond Joy Bars, Kayli Faucher's Cookies N Cream cookies, and Francis Laureano's Assiago Bavarian Pretzels with Grain Mustard. Each treat will be on sale for $5 with all proceeds going to No Kid Hungry.

Chef Matt Gordon of Urban Solace
"I've been wanting to do something like this for about three years," Jackson said. "Serious Eats, which I used to write for, had a pie social and it sounded like so much fun. It was people getting together and eating sweets to support the community. But I thought about it and I like going to bake sales. Doing a bake sale with a charity component was what I decided on and I wanted to support No Kid Hungry because it encourages people in their communities to get involved in ending childhood hunger."

The challenge for Jackson was choosing chefs. "I had a dream list of people whose desserts I've enjoyed over the years. The hardest part was narrowing the list down because of space restrictions at LOUNGESix. And when I finally came up with my first picks and everyone said yes I was really blown away at how everyone saw the value of it and wanted to participate."

Chef Vivian Hernandez-Jackson of Azucar
Freelance pastry chef Rachel King explained why she got involved. "Erin actually contacted me. It's an amazing organization that helps feed hungry kids. I know they hold bake sales across the country and was excited to get involved."

Freelance pastry chef Rachel King
The event will also feature JSix bartender Chris Burkett and his signature cocktail for Chef-Driven Bake Sale.

Participating chefs include:

  • Donna Antaloczy – Ironside Fish & Oyster
  • Tae Dickey – BIGA
  • Rygie Dy – Bottega Americano
  • Kayli Faucher – The Crack Shack
  • Matt Gordon – Urban Solace
  • Christian Graves – Jsix
  • Rocio Siso‐Gurriaran – Nine‐Ten
  • Vivian Hernandez‐Jackson – Azucar
  • Rachel King – Indie
  • Francis Laureano – Crafted Baked Goods
  • Donald Lockhart – Cusp
  • Jojo Rossi – Whisknladle Hospitality
  • Jessica Scott – Puesto
To buy your admission ticket for the event, go to their Eventbrite page. LOUNGESix is located at 616 J Street in downtown San Diego.

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