Nationwide Bakesale, Dine Out Events Help Support Relief Efforts for Japan


When a massive earthquake struck Haiti last year, Samin Nosrat felt compelled to do something – so she organized a Bay Area bakesale for Haiti, raising $23,000 to help survivors rebuild their community. When hearing about the devastation of the recent Japanese quake and tsunami, she began planning another bakesale, with people reaching out and wanting to help nationwide.

“Bakesales are so community oriented – they are all inclusive and there is nothing elitist about them. It’s something everybody can participate in. When people reached out to help beyond the Bay Area, it became an avalanche,” said Nosrat.

Thanks to Nosrat’s efforts, the Bake for Japan bakesale will take place this Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations across the country, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the relief effort in Japan. The list of participants continues to grow as the date get closer, but thus far, there are over forty restaurants and bakeries involved in the bakesale including:

The Tartine Afterhours chef isn’t just focusing on big names, she’s calling on all bakers – large and small – to participate. Even if you can’t spend the day in the kitchen preparing, stop by restaurants like Ristretto Roasters, Pizzaiolo, and Black Cat Bakery to eat some delicious food and feel good about giving back.

“All the proceeds are going to Peace Winds Japan which is a not for profit, non-government organization that has been running for over 15 years,” Nosrat explained.  “After I did a bunch of research, I learned that Peace Winds will use 100% of the proceeds directly on food, blankets and shelter for the victims – no money will be wasted.”

While she isn’t focusing on the money, Nosrat hopes to raise at least $100,000 for Japan.

More restaurants and locations are being added every day, to find participating restaurants in your neighborhood and more information on the event, please visit the Bake For Japan website.

In addition to the nationwide bakesale, there are a number of restaurants participating in dining out for Japan events all across the country. Eateries in  Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco are also helping to raise money for Japan. Portlanders can get out there and dine tonight as well, when nearly every restaurant in the city will be contributing a percentage of sales to support relief efforts.

~Kirsten Saladow

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