Monday, March 1, 2010

National Food Bloggers Bake Sale ~4/17/10 Share Our Strength


The National Food Bloggers Bake Sale-New Jersey
which took place on April 17, 2010 WAS A SUCCESS!
Click here to find out more.

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Do you love to bake and live in New Jersey?

Love to hear from you! READ ON...

Hi, I'm Carmen Ortiz, and will be heading the

National Food Bloggers Bake Sale in New Jersey

benefiting Share Our Strength.

Why focus on childhood hunger?

Hunger impairs a child’s health in significant and long-lasting ways, including physical and mental development.

The good news: You have the strength to make a difference in a child’s life.

Share Our Strength (SOS) is working to end this INVISIBLE HUNGER.
They can only do it with YOUR HELP.

There are MANY ways to help. See how you can make a difference.
What am I doing to make a difference?
I’ve joined the first National Food Bloggers Bake Sale which will take place nationwide on April 17, 2010.

I am a Food Blogger. My blog is called

This bake sale kicks off the Share Our Strength fundraising season with proceeds going to them to help feed hungry children all over America!


The bake sale is organized by Gaby Dalkin of

Food bloggers from across the country will contribute by holding bake sales in their states. I will be leader of the bake sale for the state of New Jersey.

I, Carmen, NEED YOUR SUPPORT in making New Jersey’s bake sale a success!

What is needed for the Bake Sale on April 17, 2010 - Saturday?

  • Baked goods from home bakers or bakeries or restaurants

  • Sales help to help sell the baked goods

  • Set Up Crew on day of event

  • Distribution of Flyers & Getting the word out before the event

  • Are you a musician (instrumentalist)? Why not play for 20 minutes or so? Call me!

Send me an e-mail at if you are interested in helping out with the NATIONAL FOOD BLOGGERS - NEW JERSEY bake sale.

All proceeds go to SHARE OUR STRENGTH. It will benefit New Jersey grant programs.
Their mission >>> To END CHILDHOOD HUNGER.

The LOCATION for the National Food Bloggers Bake Sale - New Jersey

will be Shop Rite of North Brunswick.

Shop Rite of North Brunswick
400 Renaissance Boulevard East
North Brunswick, NJ 08902-5100
Tel: 732 940-3112

Date: April 17, 2010 ~ Saturday
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Took a drive to the municipal building to obtain permits.

Shown in picture above: Milvi Weiner, Deputy Clerk.

She helped me with the necessary documents needed for the bake sale.

Jim Longo, of the Health Department, also assisted me in what I needed for the bake sale.

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Preeti Desai of Preetalina Photography,

will be photographing the National Food Bloggers Bake Sale on 4/17/10.

I met Preeti on flickr and she kindly volunteered to take photos of the bake sale.
We met at Dunkin Donuts for a quick meeting. She is such a nice person! We had a great time discussing photography and the bake sale over coffee and muffins.

A little about Preeti:

Preeti is a self taught photographer. She has been involved with Photography for five years.

She loves photography, reading, travel, & animals. She has also volunteered at an animal shelter.

Her favorite cuisine is Mexican. She is a chocoholic. Her favorite dessert is dark chocolate truffles with raspberry filling.

Preeti owns a photography business (and website), an etsy shop and blog. You can also see her photography on flickr.

Check out Preeti’s links below.

Preetalina Photography


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Below is the Press Release that will be in newspapers in April:

Contact: Carmen Ortiz
Telephone: 888 600-1936

Americans Rally Around Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale® to End Childhood Hunger

North Brunswick, New Jersey – With spring right around the corner, it’s time to join Share Our Strength® and bake a difference! Share Our Strength, a national organization working to end childhood hunger in the United States, reports that thousands of Americans are signing up to help make sure no kid in America grows up hungry by participating in Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale, presented by Domino Sugar and C&H Sugar. Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale is a national effort that encourages individuals to help end childhood hunger by holding bake sales in their communities.

In these tough times, neighbors, co-workers, businesses and families nationwide are making a difference. Share Our Strength is challenging volunteers all across the country to come together and help answer an important question. How many bake sales can volunteers hold in three days to help end childhood hunger? 500, 1000 or maybe 2,000! Teams are forming now for the Bake Sale National Challenge, April 16-18th. Sign up, select a day, choose a location and be counted.

As part of the effort, the first annual National Food Bloggers Bake Sale will be held on April 17, 2010, Organized by Gaby Dalkin of, food bloggers from across the country will unite to support the cause by holding bake sales in their states. Readers will have the opportunity to taste the baked goods from their favorite food blogs at each state’s bake sale location. For more information on participating in the National Food Bloggers Bake Sale, or to find a National Food Bloggers Bake Sale location near you, visit

Funds raised through Great American Bake Sale support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America by helping fund afterschool and summer feeding program. “Today, more families in America are facing hunger due to the economy and rising unemployment,” said Bill Shore, Share Our Strength Founder and Executive Director. “Summer is an especially difficult time because nearly 17 million children facing hunger in America no longer have access to the school meals they rely on,” added Shore.

Great American Bake Sale empowers individuals, including children, to make a difference in their own communities and become part of the solution. Since 2003, more than 1.7 million people have participated in the Great American Bake Sale, raising nearly $6 million.

Great American Bake Sale is also supported by Family Circle, Food Network, and Ultragrain. To register or learn more visit

About Share Our Strength
Share Our Strength® is the leading national organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. We weave together a net of community groups, activists and food programs to catch children at risk of hunger and ensure they have nutritious food where they live, learn and play. We work with the culinary industry to create engaging, pioneering programs like Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation; Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale®; Share Our Strength’s A Tasteful Pursuit; Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out; and Share Our Strength’s Operation Frontline. Visit

Share Our Strength – 1730 M Street, NW - Ste 700 – Washington DC 20036 – Tel 800 969-4767

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Here is a v i d e o from Share Our Strength.
Listen to what they have to say about ending childhood hunger.

As of April 13, 2010, these are the bloggers who will be leading bake sales in their state. Information obtained from Gaby Dalkin’s blog:

Alaska Laura from What’s for Dinner Mom
Fireside Books (720 Alaska Street. Palmer Alaska) 10:00am – 2:00pm

Arizona – Janet from La Due Crew
Scottsdale 5th and Wine (7051 E. 5th Avenue Scottsdale, AZ 85251) 11am – 3pm

Los Angeles

Gaby from Whats Gaby Cooking
Morel’s French Steakhouse and Bistro at The Grove (189 The Grove Dr) 10:30am – 1:30pm

San Francisco
Anita from Dessert First
Omnivore Books (3885a Cesar Chavez Street San Francisco, CA 94131 ) 12pm – 3pm

Colorado – Kate from Treat
Boulder Public Library (1001 Arapahoe Avenue Boulder, CO 80302) 10 am until we run out!

DC – Colleen from Foodie Tots
Historic Eastern Market (7th and C Streets, NE, Washington DC) 9am – 12pm

Florida – Natasha from That’s So Yummy and Renee from Flamingo Musings
Orlando Central Winds Park (1000 E Sr-434, Winter Springs, FL 32708)

Miami Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156) 9:30 till we run out!

Georgia – Tami from Running with Tweezers
Cabbagetown Market (198 Carroll Street) 9am – 1pm

Illinois – Maris from In Good Taste
Cake Smash (2961 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60657) 12pm – 3pm

Kansas – Kristen from Dine and Dish

Kentucky – Melissa from My McDonald Meal
Georgetown Kite and Culture Festival (Georgetown, KY) 10am – 2pm

Massachusetts – Kathyann from Mother May Have
Savoring East Somerville Celebration (125 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144) 1:00am – 3:00 pm

Michigan – Megan from What’s Megan Making
Kava House in Grand Rapids. (6333 Kalamazoo Avenue Southeast) 10:00am – 2:00pm

New Jersey Carmen from Baking is my Zen
Shop Rite of North Brunswick (400 Renaissance Boulevard East North Brunswick, NJ) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New York – Jacquie from The JLH Life
Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene (176 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn) 10:00am – 5:00pm

North Carolina – Shari from Tickled Red
Penny from In Mimi’s Kitchen (Central NC)

Oklahoma – Ashley from Vanilla-Cinnamon
Canadian County Historical Museum (300 S. Grand El Reno, OK 73036) 10:00am – 1:00pm

Oregon – Gina from Change Becomes Change
Virtual Bake Sale – Check it out here

Pennsylvania – Jen from My Kitchen Addiction
Central Pennsylvania – Outlets at Hershey, PA (46 Outlet Square, Hershey, PA 17036) 10am – 3pm

Philadelphia – A Full Plate on Liberties Walk (1009 N. Bodine St Philadelphia, PA 19123) 10am – 2pm
Pittsburgh Giant Eagle in Harrison City, Pa. (2000 Penny Lane Dr, Jeannette, Pa 15644) 10am – 2pm

Rhode Island – Jennifer from Savor the Thyme
Westerly – The Pizza Place Restaurant (43 Broad Street, Westerly, RI 02891) 11 am – 3 pm

Utah – Maria from Two Peas and their Pod
Salt Lake City -at Dan’s Market (1360 S Foothill Blvd) 10:00am – 2:00pm
Orem - at Shirley J’s (15 East 400 South) 10:00am – 2:00pm

Virginia – Susan from She is Becoming Doughmesstic
C&P Discount, 323 North Main Street. Pearisburg, VA (10 am – 2pm)

Washington – Keren from Frantic Foodie
Metropolitan Market (100 Mercer Street. Seattle, WA 98109) 10am – 12pm

Ways to donate to Share Our Strength

By donating to Share Our Strength, you share in the mission and strengthen the efforts to end childhood hunger in America.

How Far Will Your Donation Go?
Every donation helps those in need. For example:
$25 will help feed a child three meals a day for more than a month.
$50 can connect two children with nutritious meals for the entire summer when school is out.
$100 will help provide 25 grocery bags of healthy foods for families at food banks.

Other Ways to Give
Make a Donation in Someone's Name Birthdays, weddings, Mother's Day and other holidays are great ways to honor them in meaningful ways.

Make a Monthly Donation For the cost of eating out each month, you can help Share Our Strength end childhood hunger in America.

Donate via Paypal

Make a text donation Wireless phone users can donate $5 to Share Our Strength by simply texting the word "SHARE" to 20222 on their mobile device*. Donations from the text program will help provide food for the 12.4 million children at risk of hunger in America and will help address the recent increase in demand for food aid across the nation.

Share Our Strength

ACT NOW. Children need you now.

Peace & Love,

My contact information ~
Name: Carmen Ortiz


Telephone number: (888) 600-1936

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The Cooking Photographer said...

Hi Carmen,

1st, this is a great cause! I was there for part of it when Jen worked on the logo you put on your page. I am so proud to say that you are my friends.

I hope to join in the cause soon too. For now I've just been donating funds. I think participating in the bake sale is much better.

Second, I just opened your tee-shirt and cute little magnetic calendar! Thank-you so much. I think about you and your business often. I want everything to work for you and for you live your passion.


Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Hi Laura,

Thank you for your sweet words. I would have gone to NYC to meet you when you were there for the Bake-Off, but I knew you had a full agenda. Congrats on the win!

The logo is beautiful! I feel honored to be a part of such a great cause.

I hope you can bake for the bake sale. Take pictures!

I'm glad you liked the t-shirt and calendar.

I am slowly getting the business off the ground. I've advertised in THE KNOT.

My dear, glad we are blogger friends!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Carmen, this is such a great cause. Thank you for letting us know about it. I stopped by to say hello and stayed much longer than I had intended. I'll be back often. You have a lovely blog.

Unknown said...

Hi Carmen. I just saw your note post in ours group on flickr, you look for a photographer, and i like the ideal and wan to help you; send me the information at:
or my website is:

Hernan vargas




Thank You.

~ Carmen Ortiz - blogger (Baking is my Zen)