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A few short weeks ago I received an email from Kathryn (@ATXGastronomist) asking if I would be part of the @AustinBakes for Japan event, helping out with PR/Social Media efforts, as well as baking gluten-free items.  Of course I said yes to this request, how could I not say yes? Austin, TX has such an amazing food community and the fact we were pulling together food bloggers, bakers, local businesses and individuals interested in helping out with the relief efforts for Japan was touching to stay the least! Listen to an interview with Cecilia Nasti of KUT Radio 90.5 Field & Feast on how this event came to fruition!


Let me just say that Kathryn our fearless leader (@ATXGastronomist), pulled this event together in less than 30 days with a fantastic group of Austin Foodies: Lisa (@LisaisCooking), Shelly (@Franishnonspeak), Stephanie (@VeganLazySmurf) and Carly (@lifeincocktails).  Special mention to Annie over at @Keepercoll, Jodi of @TastyTouring for your awesome efforts on the Social Media & PR front and to the Austin Food Blogger Alliance for the mention(s) on our event!

With five (5) locations in and around Austin, @AustinBakes raised over the $10,000 goal initially established for AmeriCares.  Austin Bakes Locations:

South Austin location – Hotel San Jose
East Austin location – Nomad Bar
West Austin location – The Shops at Mar Vista
Central Austin location – Foreign & Domestic
Downtown Austin location – Woof Gang Bakery

And with tireless group of volunteers & sponsors that helped, the Austin Food Community rock out this event, we could not have done without you! Check out photo’s of all the amazing baked goods & locations:

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Sponsors included:

Bake Sale Austin

Better Bites Austin

Cake Maker 3000

Chameleon Cold Brew

Coco Paloma Desserts

Community Renaissance Market


Curious Confections

Foreign & Domestic

Lemon Grass Concepts

Keeper Collection, LLC

Miles of Chocolate

Nathan Russell Photography

Objects of Confection

Pie Fixes Everything

The Pie Society

The Shops at Mar Vista

Suga Plump Pastries

Sugar Mama’s Bake Shop

Sugar Tooth Bakery


Sweet Pop Shop

Tiny Pies

Whole Foods Austin

Woof Gang Bakery

Yelp Austin

Austin Bakes Media Coverage

@AustinBakes event caught some local media attention to further help support the relief efforts for Japan, with a feature by Jade Mingus of KVUE News: Austin Bakes for Japan -KVUE News Coverage

Here are a list of media links that helped support the event & thank you to each and every one of you:

Big Hearted Bakers.” Cecilia Nasti, Field and Feast, KUT 90.5 FM, Podcast.
Austin Bakes for Japan: Citywide Bake Sale this Saturday.” Becky Bullard, Austinist.
Guilt-Free Pastries.” Michelle Savage-Mena, Austin Post.
Austin Bakes (DELICIOUSNESS) for Japan.” Brittany Christa, Study Breaks Magazine.
Four Places Austin Singles Should Be This Week.” Jen Blair, Citysbest.com
Citywide Bake Sale to Raise Money for Japan Relief Effort.Addie Broyles, The Austin American Statesman. March 28, 2011.
Food Love Austin.”, Susan Gayle, KOOP radio, 91.7 FM. March 24, 2011.
April 2 citywide bake sale supports relief in Japan.” Addie Broyles, The Austin American Statesman. March 22, 2011.
Bloggers for Japan.” Bloganthropy. March 22, 2011.

One more special shout out to the East Austin location Crew:

Anna –@KeepItLuce

Hilah -@HilahCooking

Julie & Colby –@jkru

Elizabeth -@LocalSavour

Sarah – @Scissorina

Mary Helen – @MaryMakesDinner

Thanks ladies & gent for making Saturday such an amazing day (yes that is us spelling out Japan) and thanks for sharing The Modern Gelatina’s gelatin molds! We have to get her to teach a class for us all! They were so incredibly tasty!

Even though the Austin Bakes for Japan Event is over you can still continue to donate to the relief efforts by clicking on this link we’ve set-up for AustinBakes.  As of this post, AustinBakes for Japan raised $11,540.07 & counting! Be counted in part of the relief efforts assisting Japan and thank you Austin for your support!

Photo credit goes to @lizmlove & a link to her amazing work: http://ht.ly/4t0F6