BAKE & GATHER: RUSTIC CANYON | February 25 | 9am-12pm | $8,200
Our inaugural Bake & Gather For Good Event started with our founding member Zoe Nathan (Huckleberry, Milo & Olive, etc.)! This event was held on a beautiful Saturday morning on February 25th at the Rustic Canyon Recreational Center and Park. We had an incredible turnout and raised $8,200 for The ACLU Souther California & Public Counsel.
BAKE & GATHER: SILVER LAKE MEADOW | March 11 | 1pm-3pm | $3,440
Our first Bake & Gather For Good Event on the Eastside in Los Angeles! Hosted by Roxana Jullapat (We Are Friends & Family), Harriet Ha (Alimento) and Na Young (Proof Bakery). This Bake & Gather featured a raffle for a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, a Kid's Fun Run and a tremendous spread of cookies and bars! $3,440 dollars was collected to benefit the ACLU and ProPublica!
BAKE & GATHER: Cook's Garden by HGEL, Venice Beach | March 25 | 10am-12pm | $2,000
Featuring a collective of young, talented bakers and chefs including Neidy Venegas, Trang Tran & Debbie Renteria (Rose Cafe), Keely Gonzales & Jessie Liu (Providence), Ivan Marquez (Broken Spanish), Jamie Mejia (Franchelles), Amanda Estrella (Lodge Bread), Lincoln Carson (Pastry Chef), Julia Taylor Brown (Teebsie) and Coffee from Caffe Luxxe. Rain was in the forecast but the sun decided to show up since we were gathering for good! Together we raised $2K in sales alone for ACLU and Watts Community Healing Gardens.
BAKE & GATHER: Silver Lake meadow | april 9 | 12pm-2pm| $3,697
Our second edition Bake & Gather featured some incredible powerhouse bakers and chefs who delivered a beautiful spread of cookies, shortbreads, bread loaves, quiche and even a PIE raffle! Hourie Sahakian and friends from Bestia, Here's Looking at You, Bub & Grandma's Bread, Caffe Luxxe Coffee and Saffron's Lemonade Stand gathered their community together to raise a serious amount of dough for ACLU & Planned Parenthood!
BAKE & GATHER: St. Louis | Niche Food Group Commissary Kitchen | april 15 | 10am-2pm| $3,000
Our very first Bake & Gather in Missouri! We were so so excited to work with Mathew Rice and this incredible team of bakers, chefs and treat makers who worked tirelessly to dedicate themselves to spread love and positivity in St. Louis! We provided Mathew with help from afar but it was his incredible team who really did all the heavy lifting! All of these beautiful bakes were sold out in the first hour and they raised $3K for ACLU and International Institute of St. Louis. It was such a success that they can't wait to plan another event later this summer! Congrats to everyone!! (Photography & Event Hosted by Mathew Rice & Amanda Wilens)
BAKE & GATHER: LESLIE SHAW PARK | april 23 | 9am-11am| $1,005
We couldn't have been more excited to see our Bake & Gather pop up in the Jefferson Park community at their beautiful Leslie Shaw Park. Sarah Lange (Bearclaw Kitchen) and her wonderful team baked their hearts out to sell delicious cookies, scones, cinnamon buns and MORE! Special thanks to local City Bean Roasters who donated cold brew for the event. Proceeds were donated to A Sense of Home.
BAKE & GATHER: HISTORIC DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET| MAY 7 | 9am-1pm
On a chilly beautiful Sunday morning, we gathered with Monica May, owner of DTLA's Nickel Diner, as she hosted a sister Bake & Gather event for the Downtown Women's Center. Many contributing bakers from Huckleberry, We are Friends & Family and more provided a beautiful spread of delicious bakes! We were so thankful to be included in Monica's event!
BAKE & GATHER: Ventura Bell Arts Factory| May 13 | 3pm-7pm| $1,693
We loved working with Deb Dawson, Desserts to Die For, to create a wonderful afternoon at the Bell Arts Factory in Ventura! This was so much more than just about the baked goods because there were a ton of local bakers, contributing artists, vendors and even a taco truck! Proceeds were donated to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.
BAKE & GATHER: Hatchet hall | May 20 | 10am-12pm| $2500
We loved partnering with incredibly talented pastry chefs, Paige Russell from Hatchet Hall, Sasha Piligian with Squirl, Jacqui De Borja of Jodge Bread, and Rose Lawrence of Red Bread along with Menotti's Coffee and Tehachapi Grain Project on the first Bake & Gather in Culver City! It was a wonderful spread of delicious cookies, pies and even whole grain bread and Weiser Farm Carrot cupcakes! In a short 2 hour window, these amazing ladies raised nearly $2500 for United We Dream and the Environmental Defense Fund.
BAKE & GATHER: UNION | May 21 | 11am-2pm| $4100
We loved working with this powerhouse group of hosts who totally rocked the socks off our Sunday! The insanely talented ladies of Union Restaurant, Lincoln, Little Flower, C'est La Vie and Intellegentsia Coffee partnered together and really brought their A-Game to Pasadena! We sold out in under 3 hours and raised an head spinning $4100 all donated to the local chapter of Planned Parenthood Pasadena / SGV.
BAKE & GATHER: CAKE MONKEY | May 27 | 10am-2pm| $1700
The wonderful ladies behind Cake Monkey Bakery and collaborating photographer/baker Staci Valentine joined together and opened up their LA space for their community to gather for good! Everything in the case was up for grabs and it took all the energy we had to not buy up all those mini-cakes. :) These ladies also had fun face painting for little tots in addition to their delicious treats and coffee. They donated $1700 to MEND Poverty who's mission is to break the bonds of poverty by providing basic human needs and a pathway to self-reliance.
BAKE & GATHER: Ojai Greater goods | June 10 | 9:30am to 12:30pm| $4675
Our movement is moving North!! This was the first edition of Bake & Gather in Ojai with the out-of-this-world talented Kate Pepper of Kate's Bread. In this small sleepy town of Ojai, there is an explosion of tasty baked goods that are second to none! Joining Kate was a talented team of contributors including The Farmer and the Cook, Sun Oven Bakery, Beacon Coffee and more! Together they created one of the most incredible spread of baked goods, flowers and organic local fruits. In a few hours, they raised $4675 and donated proceeds to Girls Empowerment Workshop and Greater Goods proving that we are all better together. (Photography by Stephanie Chen)
BAKE & GATHER: Culver City | June 24 | 10am-12pm| $2,200
Another fabulous Bake & Gather for Good but this time in Culver City thanks to The Gourmandise School in Santa Monica, Platine Cookies, Tehachapi Grain Project and Caffe Luxxe! These wonderful ladies and gentlemen brought their A-Game to provide the wonderful community insanely delicious croissants, cupcakes, cookies and most importantly... made to order s'mores! In less than two hours we raised $2200 for 826LA: Writing & Tutoring, Food Forward and Tehachapi Grain Project.
Scoop & GATHER: St. Louis | June 24 | 2pm-4pm | $2,500
Our good folks in St. Louis, Mathew Sweet, Niche Food Group and many friends hosted their 2nd Gather for Good event but this time focused on ICE CREAM! This was the inaugural Scoop & Gather event and featured special ice cream flavors and ice cream-inspired baked goods from St. Louis’s top pastry chefs like Neapolitan cookies, rainbow sherbet cake and, of course, an abundance of sprinkles! All proceeds from the event benefited the International Institute of St. Louis locally as well as ACLU of Missouri. For $10, attendees were able to sample all special ice creams, which will include collaboration flavors between Rice and Cree, inspired by her book, as well as selections from Becky Jacobs at Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream. Rice and Sarah Osborn, executive pastry chef of Pastaria and Sardella, who curated the list of accomplished chefs to participate in collaboration with local blogger Feed Me With Amanda. The event will also featured local design collaborations with Daily Disco and Cheree Berry Paper. Thanks so much to everyone who made this event a huge success! (Photography by Amanda Willens)
Bake & GATHER: Venice Beach | july 1 | 1pm-3pm | $1700
Gather for Good came back to Abbot Kinney but this time in the beautiful Venice Pop Up Park with an all-star lineup of chefs, bakers and ice cream makers! We kicked off the 4th of July holiday weekend with an amazing line up of the best treats in LA including BBQ from Ol'Skool BBQ, Ice cream sammies from Sweet Rose Creamery & Red Bread and other delicious treats from Caffe Luxxe, Sqirl's Sasha Piligian, Corn Dogs from Michelle Lainez of Chef Michelle & Company, cupcakes from Stephanie Chen of Sugarbear Bakes, and hand pies and scones from
Jaqui DeBorja of Granddaughter. All proceeds were donated to ACLU & Culinary Corps.
Bake & GATHER: LOS Angeles | july 15 | 10am-1pm | $700
Gather for good brought LA art, pastry and coffee lovers alike together with this wonderful Saturday Bake & Gather. We met at the Wallspace Gallery in Los Angeles where people gathered in a beautiful gallery to admire local LA artists and delicious treats provided by Chef Taji Marie, Ali Talia and Caffe Luxxe. From cookies to baguettes, this group of smiling people didn't stop till the last cookie was sold! Our favorite touch was the inspirational quote signs that Taji and team created. What a wonderful way to spread an important message! All proceeds were donated to support the Westside Children's Center and the ACLU.
Bake & GATHER: Rustic canyon | september 16 | 9am-11am | $8,124
It's been a crazy ride since our inaugural Bake & Gather event at the Rustic Canyon Recreation Center back in February! With all the heartbreaking events happening around the world, we wanted to bring it back to our community to gather together to support the Hurricane Harvey and Irma victims. Milo & Olive, Huckleberry, The Gourmandise School in Santa Monica and Caffe Luxxe banned together to bring a beautiful spread of delicious pastries, bread and coffee. Even the kids set up a fun lemonade stand to help out! We invited Side Projects to join with their woodworking bus so proceeds could be donated to their efforts for spreading art education for all ages along with Dream Team LA to help spread the word on helping with the recent news on DACA. Proceeds were donated to the Houston Food Bank and UNICEF Disaster Relief.
Zen & GATHER: House of woo | october 15 | 12pm-6pm
We had a lovely zenfilled day at House of Woo located in the Arts District of DTLA. House of Woo is our wonderful partner who designs our Better Together t-shirts and totes. In collaboration with Uplifters Ranch, Annie Free and Alexander Gray, House of Woo, created a special Zen Rock Garden art installation and DIY workshop for adults and kids to reach their inner peace. All proceeds from the rock garden and energy crystals were donated to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).
Gather for good: a toast to the holidays | December 18 | 6pm-8pm | Over $3000
To wrap up a wonderful year of giving, we hosted an evening of raffles, delicious food and drinks. Featuring Baker’s Kneaded, Chef Michelle & Company, Hearth and Olive, Amy Atwood Wine Selections, Angel in your Kitchen and more. We said farewell to 2017 by raising money for The Sadalsuud Foundation, a non-profit org supporting Syrian Refugees & building community throughout Lebanon.