For those of you who have not met Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking, you could not possibly understand what a machine this girl is. I've had the pleasure of working with her previously on our macaron class with Sweet Tartelette and her energy just amazes me. I have yet to have an email or phone conversation with her where she was just relaxing away the day, doing absolutely nothing. If I had 1/4 of her energy, I'm sure I could rule the world. But I don't so I just need to put that dream to rest.
The same energy went into her desire to set up the National Food Blogger Bake Sale to support Share Our Strength, an organization that fights childhood hunger. She reached out to food bloggers from across the nation to participate. In Los Angeles alone, she had about 50 people signed up to bake for the event. I had about 1200 stickers to price out the goodies and we were far short of the number of stickers we actually needed! The tables were barfing baked goods - we were better stocked than most bakeries I've seen. It was awesome.
One highlight of my day there was seeing Sherry Yard. Wow. SHERRY YARD of the "Desserts by the Yard" and Spago's fame. I snatched up a lot of her baked goodies [new stuff that wasn't in her cookbook] as I watched her compile a stash of her own box of food blogger goodies. How awesome to have her support??
The cause, as important and worthy as I think it is, was overshadowed by the fact that I felt blessed to spend time with such a great group of people. We've got ourselves such a great community and I feel let down at the end of each event because of the uncertainty of the next time I'll get to see them! Esi, Dishing Up Delights, suggested a potluck for our next event. I think I'm going to have to put on my Event Planner hat on and round something up, along with the help of unsuspecting Rachael of La FujiMama. [Lucky her to be my constant victim]
Gaby, many, many thanks to you. Congratulations on a job well done and I can't wait for next year's bake sale!!
For those of you who were not able to make it to the Los Angeles Bake Sale [and yes, i know who you are], it's not too late to support Share our Strength. Please click HERE to make a donation. I thank God that the only hunger I've ever known only lasted a few hours at most [on account of the fact that I never miss a meal, as my ever expanding @$$ would attest to] and I'm sure that many of you are in my same boat [which really, weight-wise, us in the same boat is a very bad thing]. So please, please, please...any little bit helps. Please donate NOW.