Greetings from 18 Reasons! I wanted to share a fabulous blog post from Irvin Lin, who co-leads our monthly bakers’ social hour, DIY Desserts, with fellow dessert lover Melanie Duve (Melanie’s Blog). Irvin writes the baking blog Eat The Love and he describes last month’s event with such verve and joy that I couldn’t keep it to myself. He sums up why 18 Reasons hosts DIY Desserts perfectly. Here’s an excerpt and a link to the full post (which includes photos of DIY Desserts and a killer genoise boysenberry cake recipe):
“Once a month, the amazing 18 Reasons, a community space affiliated with BiRite Market, holds a DIY Dessert evening where they invite people from all over the San Francisco Bay Area to stop by and bring a dessert based on that month’s theme. I’ve been co-hosting the DIY Desserts for the past couple of months and the awesomeness that has occurred there is nothing sort of amazing. This past January’s theme was no different with their New Year’s “Make Something New!” theme where they challenged bakers to bring something they had never made before (good, bad, ugly). . .
. . . Tart sweet lemon shaker bars, and tangy plum balsamic jam bars were a great treat to munch on, while whoopies pies totally brought back childhood nostalgic memories. Well, someone’s childhood nostalgic memory, as my childhood memory was of red bean paste desserts and pineapple cakes, but you know what I mean. . . And then there’s Suzie who showed up with cake she dubbed “Rum Disaster Cake” because she had a problem unmolding the cake from the pan. I LOVED that she showed up with a cake full of personality, named it the “Rum Disaster Cake” and owned up the fact that not every cake looks perfect. What matters most is how it tastes, and this cake was a winner. Moist and wonderful with tropical coconut and boozy rum flavors married together for an awesome dessert delight.
. . . I had a chance to sample some ridiculously good desserts as well as meet some awesome people, which is really what the DIY Dessert event is all about. Meeting local bakers and dessert lovers and eating desserts! Don’t you wish you could be there? If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area you can! It’s the second Wednesday of every month at 18 Reasons.” Full post here.
Thanks, Irvin for being so ridiculous and awesome yourself. And for spreading the love.
DIY Desserts takes place on the second Wednesday of every month from 7-9PM at 18 Reasons. Come join us – we welcome all bakers of all levels!