When I arrived at Tender Greens on Saturday afternoon, I didn’t know what to expect. I haven’t attended a bake sale in ages however this was no ordinary bake sale. This bake sale was special and it was benefiting a worthy cause. Here’s the lowdown: Organized by Cathy Dahn (gas•tron•o•my) and the EMB Committee, food bloggers, restauranteurs and businesses come together and share their baking talents by donating their favorite baked items for sale to raise money for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. How cool is that! When scanning the list of contributors, it graced an impressive list of individuals whose own work I admire and I knew I was in for a treat…literally!
After enduring a bit of traffic on Laurel Canyon, I finally arrived at Tender Greens. Tables full of sweet goodies were set out in the patio area in front of the restaurant facing busy Santa Monica Boulevard. There was so much to choose from and friendly, helpful volunteers were ready and eager to assist customers with their purchases. After all was said and done, I came away with a goodie bag filled with sweet treasures that I would enjoy and savor over the next few days. I was really impressed with the creative packaging that a few of the contributors came up with. My favorite was A Spoonful of Sugar‘s packaging of her Cream Cheese Brownie. That little pearl at the end of the wire whisk on her tag gave it a simple, but elegant little touch.
So what did I come away with? Almost a dozen treats and I even surprised myself! I only intended to pick up two or three items and was shocked when I saw my bag halfway filled with sweets! I kept telling myself, “It’s okay. The extra pounds will be worth it…it’s all for a good cause!”
I tried to keep it balanced (meaning, not buying everything in chocolate!) and I think I did a pretty good job. So far, I’ve had the Yule Log–the cake itself was moist, the filling chocolaty and creamy. It’s about the size of a Twinkie and so good! I liked that it was dipped in white chocolate, giving an additional dimension of flavor to the cake. I enjoyed it with my Soy Eggnog Latte from Starbucks. I’m looking forward to trying the Chocolate Bread Pudding tonight for dessert and the Eggnog Muffin for breakfast tomorrow morning with my morning latte.
All in all, it was a successful event and I’m looking forward to actually being a contributor and participant in the next Eat My Blog installment next year. For more information or press related to this event, please visit the Eat My Blog site.
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