When Samin Nosrat comes knocking at our door with an idea, she doesn’t have to work too hard to convince us. Samin is an extremely talented chef and selfless giver of her own time. She teaches others about cooking (she’s led many a class at 18 Reasons), and pours herself into the Bay Area food community.
So when asked if we’d host a Bake Sale for Japan, we jumped right on board. Her idea for raising money for Japan was this: a simultaneous nationwide bake sale, hosted at some of her favorite bakeries, restaurants, and other businesses featuring baked goods made by some of the most talented professional and amateur bakers around.
To make it even more exciting, we’re the only place of all of her locations to host an art sale as well. Samin has lots of artist friends and she’s chosen 18 Reasons as the place to have them collectively donate art to sell for the cause. Several of them (including the one who made this classic logo design) are printing bags, shirts, and wall prints with special Japan-related designs.
When the earthquake hit Haiti last year, Samin organized a similar conglomeration of bake sales (including one here at Bi-Rite), and the combined effort raised $23,000. She wants to “double, triple or quadruple” that number this time around, and based on the amazing network of locations she’s organized around California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Texas, New York and more, her vision seems possible!
Bi-Rite is matching up to $2,500 raised at our bake and art sales to help meet her goal.
Samin chose Peace Winds Japan as the organization through which to channel all money raised, for various reasons. She says they’ve been on the ground in Japan for 15 years, so they already have ties to the people and city infrastructures. Their work in Japan is focused in the Miyagi prefecture, and they partner with Mercy Corps.
We’ll see you on Saturday from 10-2! Or if you can’t be with us in person, donate now!