A Perfect Event Holds Bake Sale for Japan

By Patty Wetli | Friday, April 1, 2011

In the wake of a natural disaster, what’s the best way to help? If you’re George Clooney, you throw a global telethon. If you’re a baker, you make brownies.

This Saturday, April 2, bakers and pastry chefs across the U.S. will hold the most quintessential of American fundraisers—a nationwide bake sale—to benefit victims of Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Bake Sale for Japan will go to Peace Winds Japan, a Non-Governmental Organization that provides support to people in distress.

A similar event, Bake Sale for Haiti, raised $23,000. Organizers hope to double, triple or even quadruple that amount for Japan.

While bake sale locations lean heavily toward the West Coast, Nicole Greene and Debi Lilly have made sure Chicago is represented this weekend.

When Greene, owner and operator of Truffle Truffle, first logged onto the Bake Sale for Japan website to see how she could contribute, she was surprised to discover that Chicago—actually the entire Midwest—was missing from the list of participants.

She called up Lilly, owner of A Perfect Event. “Deb can plan a party in 10 minutes,” Greene says, and the two quickly put Chicago on the bake sale map. Lilly offered up her shop, located on Lincoln Avenue’s Antique Row, to host the sale, with Greene contributing the sweets.

“It’s really awesome to tap into a national movement,” Greene says.

Truffle Truffle, based in Skokie, is best known for its artisanal chocolates and modern updates of classic American treats like S’mores. (Look for the confections at Southport Grocery & Café and Provenance Food & Wine.) For the bake sale, Greene went in a different direction, drawing on Asian fusion flavors.

“There will be all the stuff you’d normally find at a bake sale, but with an Asian-inspired twist,” she says. Her menu will include sake and lime brownies, and mango cupcakes with pineapple frosting.

Greene and Lilly have done their part. Now it’s time for you to do yours. Get yourself to A Perfect Event (an RSVP would be nice), 3050 N. Lincoln, 12 – 3 p.m., Saturday, April 2. Buy some baked goods, sip a sparkling tea and help the people of Japan.

There’s never been a better excuse to indulge your sweet tooth.

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