Thanks to all of you who had a hand in raising $1,900 for Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids Society last weekend!
Thanks to all the bloggers, who donated their time baking, packaging (into the wee hours of the night!), advertising on their blogs, traveling to the bake sale and volunteering at the booth.
Thanks to Joel, Jillian, Alan and Alison for allowing us to use the space at Casel Marché and Market 17, and for putting up with our seemingly endless requests for storage space, bags, staplers... and moving a 6' table out of my trunk! So many people who came by talked about how they always drove by the building or wondered about the space and were so glad to have an excuse to check it out!
Thanks to the talented Chelsea Klukas for designing our gorgeous poster!
Thanks to Avenue Magazine, Metro News, FFWD, CBC Radio and all the other media outlets who picked up the bake sale and spread the word.
Thanks to Chef Mario from Pimento's and Mighty Skillet for being there on Saturday to give everyone something savoury before they came in for something sweet!
Thanks to B. for running little errands for me and for leaving me a bit of corned beef hash for lunch ;)
But most of all, thanks to everyone who came by to buy some goodies and support a fantastic cause, whether you read about us from your favourite blog, heard about us in local media or came to support a friend. And thanks to all of you for your patience - I definitely did not expect this sort of turnout for this event and couldn't help but feel a little guilty later on in the day when people came by to only find a handful of treats on the table!
Thank you again for a very successful bake sale - I have lots of ideas of how we can make it even better (and maybe crack the $2,000 mark?) for next year, and hopefully years to come.
I've heard lots of you gush about certain baked goods since the bake sale, so I will try to keep this space updated with the posts as they come up!
Anna from Anna's Appetite brought Cranberry Walnut Lemon Scones and Black & White Cookies
Catherine from Chatterpin brought the most gorgeous Chocolate Sundae Cupcakes and Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting.
Jen L. from Chocolate & Ginger brought a tower of gourmet treats - Chipotle Bacon Caramel Popcorn, Valrhona Brownies with Winter Citrus Chevre, Rosemary Toffee Shortbread and Momofuku Mini-Crack Pies - before running a 1/2 marathon! All the treats were gone within two hours. Jen also brought a small batch of Mini-Rosemary Pear Cornbread Muffins to replenish our stock on Sunday!
Wendy from Clearly the Place to Eat brought some yummy S'Mores Brownies and Lemon Glazed Sugar Cookies done up in some cute Valentine's-themed packaging!
Stephanie E. from the popular blog Clockwork Lemon brought five loaves of Wild Rice & Onion Bread, as well as some Brown Butter Rice Krispie Squares. B. bought a loaf of the bread and it's soft and pillowy, and excellent with this British medium cheddar that he gets at Costco.
The girls of Club Club promoted their upcoming "cook"book Booze Booze with boozy cookies - "Old-Fashioned" Snickerdoodles (with bourbon and bitters) and Margarita Coins - packaged with hand-stamped napkins.
Dan from Dan's Good Side, who helped me organize the bake sale, brought "Dan's Good Cookies" - Lemon Rosemary Shortbread with Balsamic Raspberry Compote.
Cheryl from Dining Room Empire brought Tonka Bean Cherry Brownies and Blueberry Rosemary Brownies for Saturday, and then a batch of Chocolate Chip Cookie bites and Poached Pear Cardamom Muffins on Sunday... and she's due to give birth in a month!
Local celeb Julie outdid herself as usual, with slutty brownies, chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, ganache truffles and a few loaves.
First-time baker David from F-Log for Thought brought the most gorgeous Red Velvet Cupcakes, after two test batches! I unfortunately couldn't get my hands on any, but am sure they were as delicious as they looked.
Alison from Fig & Fennel brought yummy chocolate cupcakes topped with malt balls and giant heart-shaped sugar cookies decorated with pink frosting and cinnamon hearts!
Food Mamma Fareen brought beautiful boxes of Caramel Popcorn Twists and Chocolate & Almond Whipped Shortbread, plus a few squares of Almond Roca shortbread.
Jacinthe from Food with Presence brought an unusual but tasty treat - Spicy Caraway Cheddar Biscotti!
Stephanie A. from Global Dish made Toasted Coconut and Dark Chocolate Meringues, one of the few gluten-free goodies at the sale.
Barb from Just a Smidgen brought Heartland Café Nutri Cookies and Sweet Briar Rose Petal Cookies, and took some gorgeous photos at the event!
Miss Foodie, aka Patricia, brought Andes Mint Chocolate Meringues, which sold out in no time at all.
Gwendolyn from Patent and the Pantry had to bake a double batch of her delicious dark chocolate chunk cookies because she kept eating the cookie dough ;)
Jen N., who writes Prairiesummers, a German-English food blog, brought some Chili Chocolate Cookies with Lime and Cocoa Nibs - little bites bursting with flavour. Jen also brought adorable little Citrus Cakes spiced with cardamom.
Bonnie from Scrumptiously Fit Food brought some scrumptious chewy butterscotch coconut brownies topped with marshmallows... not exactly fit! ;)
Megan, The Vegan Cookbook Aficionado, made some of the most delicious treats that could probably convert any meat-eater. The Peanut Butter Strawberry Tarts were so good that Megan made them twice, and everyone loved the soft, savoury Vegan Pizza Rolls.
The boys at This Sh*t's Delicious
Michelle from yumyumyummers made bags of mini heart-shaped sugar cookies on Saturday, then brought over some delicious truffles on Sunday.
We also had some non-food bloggers bake! Lori, the 10 Cent Designer, saw that our gluten-free supply was not meeting the demand and brought some giant double chocolate pecan cookies, while Lily, a friend of Jen N.'s, brought some traditional Chinese egg tarts.
Last but not least, I brought Vanilla Bean Marshmallows with Toasted Coconut! Recipe to come soon (after I catch up on my work and a few more blog posts!)