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Toronto Bakes for Japan This Weekend

7 Apr

Toronto Bakes for Japan

More than 12,000 deaths. Over 15,000 people missing. 160,000 displaced. Total damage costs estimated at as much as $300 billion. The impact of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Japan nearly a month ago is staggering. Fortunately, social media and some generous organizations and individuals have come together over the past several weeks to hold fundraising events to help in Japan’s rebuilding efforts.

Toronto Bakes for Japan is one of those fundraising events. This Saturday and Sunday, participating venues across the city will hold bake sales, with proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross Society, which is leading relief efforts on the ground in Japan. Baked goods are being created by a team of volunteer bakers – both professional and amateur – and a wide selection of cookies, cakes, pastries and other sweet treats will be available at each listed venue.

Those who aren’t into baked goods will still find plenty to enjoy at Toronto Bakes for Japan. Great prizes donated by bakeries, cooking schools  and other organizations will be available through auctions and raffles. A selection of art works created specifically for the event will be auctioned off Sunday at Liberty Noodle, and the band Graydon James and the Young Novelists will also play at that venue on Sunday.

Heena from the blog Tiffin Tales and Niya from Destiny, Domesticity & Dirty Secrets are the brains behind Toronto Bakes for Japan. They were inspired by the Great Kiwi Bake-Off, which raised more than $16,000 for relief efforts following the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, and a U.S.-based bake sale fundraising effort that raised $23,000 for relief in Haiti and is back to help the people of Japan.

I’m a sucker for baked goods, which is why I usually make an effort to stay away from them as much as possible. But this weekend, all bets are off. I’ll be at the Evergreen Brick Works on Saturday morning on the hunt for cookies, butter tarts and scones… It’s for a great cause, after all.

Cookies, Champagne and a Cluster of Urbanites: Win tix to a fab networking event!

24 Nov

Last year I was invited by our friend Lisa to a very unique cocktail party that she held in her home.

It was a women-only networking party that was also a cookie exchange. Everyone was asked to bake a few dozen cookies (or bring a bottle of bubbly if they weren’t into baking) and the idea was that we’d all get to take home an array of goodies for the holiday season. And, the party was to be filled with fabulous women entrepreneurs, freelancers and tons of creative types, so it was kind of a no-brainer for me to want to attend.

I didn’t know a single person other than our host and though I tend to be outgoing, I was admittedly still a bit intimidated. But as soon as I had my glass of champagne in hand and the cookie exchange got started I was instantly at ease. Who knew that cookies could be an icebreaker?

We moved around the main floor of the house where all of the cookie creations were set up in stations, and chatted each other up as we filled our containers and stocked up on the goods. Apparently cookies + booze = instant friendships.

Everyone marveled at the creativity and variety of the cookies. I recall hand-painted macarons, dulche de leche sandwich cookies, good ‘ol fashioned gingerbread women (of course), cranberry shortbread, something involving clusters of chocolate-covered Chinese noodles (they were surprisingly delicious) and my very own chocolate-toffee-pecan biscotti, a legendary recipe my mom graciously passed on to me.

It was a great night and I really did meet some amazing women who did become new friends and great contacts. What a creative way to bring people together for the holidays!

Well, Lisa’s at it again this year. Only this time, it’s a full-blown extravaganza being thrown by The Hip and Urban Girl’s Guide; a lifestyle blog and Lisa’s own entrepreneurial venture.

HUG, as it’s known, throws unique networking events all year long. This year’s Cookies and Champagne Party is being held in a beautiful art gallery space in Toronto’s Distillery District. The event will involve about 175 guests (that’s a whole lotta cookies!), swag bags, a holiday ‘market’ with local vendors and artisans selling holiday gifts, and knowing Lisa, lots of surprises.

Communal Table is giving away a pair of tickets to this awesome event!

All you have to do to enter is join our Facebook page (if you’re already a member then you’re one step ahead of the game!) and leave a comment on our Facebook wall saying you’d like the tickets and letting us know what you love about Communal Table and what you’d like to see more of from us in the new year. That’s it; easy as pie (or cookies, in this case).

The winner of the tickets will be able to choose whether they would like to participate in the cookie exchange or simply attend the event for networking and mingling (no baking necessary). This giveaway is of course only for our female readers, but not to worry – we have lots of exciting things planned over the next month for all of our cyber friends.

There are still tickets left to purchase for this event as well, so check out the website for more info and details. I’ll be there and I’d love to mingle with some of you!

The contest is open only until midnight Thursday Nov 25th, so it’s a quickie. We’ll post the winner on our Facebook Page on Friday.

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