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Local community fires up ovens this weekend for Austin Bakes for West fundraiser

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Bake for West blue bonnet cookies from Capital Cake Chick
Bluebonnet cookies by Capital Cake Chick, these cookies will be available alongside over 40 business sponsors donating baked goods to Austin Bakes for West. Courtesy of Austinbakes.com
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Bake Sale for West Texas. Courtesy of Nathan Russel Photography
Peanut butter cookies from Stetted
Peanut butter cookies from food blogger Stetted. Courtesy of Austinbakes.com
Bake for West blue bonnet cookies from Capital Cake Chick
bake sale
Peanut butter cookies from Stetted

In the past few weeks, we’ve heard some heartwarming stories about Central Texans banding together to help victims of the horrible West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion. This weekend, home bakers and local businesses alike will fire up their ovens to bake up tasty treats for the citywide Austin Bakes for West bake sale. The sale will be held Saturday, May 4 at eight locations throughout town.

The bake sale is modeled after Austin Bakes for Bastrop and Austin Bakes for Japan, which were both organized by a community of food bloggers and local citizens following the wildfires and tsunami of 2011 and raised nearly $12,000 and $14,000 for both causes respectively. The fundraising goal for this weekend’s Austin Bakes for West is $15,000, and head organizer Kathryn Hutchison is optimistic about achieving it.

“It’s been amazing that pretty much the same group of people have worked together on these bake sales over the past few years,” says Hutchison. “Only about a quarter of us are food bloggers, and the rest are Austinites who just want to do something useful. It’s really amazing to be a part of a community like this.”

Over 80 home cooks and dozens of local businesses will be contributing baked goods including kolaches, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, pies and pastries of all kinds. Several home bakers are creating Texas-themed confections for the sale, while others will be baking locally sourced, organic, vegan or gluten-free items. In addition, customers may purchase gourmet pastries that have been donated by Austin bakers and restaurants including Crema Bakery, Bellissimo Bakery, Contigo restaurant, Easy Tiger, Greenling, Whole Foods, the Pie Society, Sugar Circus and more.

Bake sale locations include:

Bee Cave: Whole Foods Market Bee Cave 
12601 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave, TX 78738
Austin Bakes will be in the outdoor dining area outside the storefront.

Central Austin: Foreign & Domestic
306 E. 53rd Street, 78751
Austin Bakes for West will be set up in the restaurant parking lot.

Central Austin: Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew
6610 N Lamar Blvd, 78757
Austin Bakes for West will be set up in the restaurant parking lot.
Look for kolaches made with Stiles Switch sausage at this sale site!

Downtown Austin: Whole Foods Market Lamar 
525 North Lamar Boulevard, 78703
Austin Bakes for West will be on the northwest side of the storefront, in the outdoor dining area.

East Austin: Springdale Farm 
755 Springdale Road, 78702
Austin Bakes for West will be outside the farm stand.

Northwest Austin: Whole Foods Market Gateway
9607 Research Boulevard, #300, 78759
Austin Bakes for West will be outside the storefront.

Round Rock: Round Rock Market Days 
221 E. Main St., Round Rock, TX 78664
Austin Bakes for West will be in the sanctuary (main building) of the church.

South Austin: Crema Bakery & Cafe
9001 Brodie Lane, Suite B, 78748
Austin Bakes for West will be outside the bakery.
Crema will be donating 10% of bakery sales that day to Austin Bakes for West.

All funds raised will go to AmeriCares disaster relief efforts in West, whose efforts include assisting partner agencies in providing short- to intermediate-term financial burdens caused by the explosion.

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For more information about the sale or to make a gift online, visit www.AustinBakes.com. The city-wide sale takes place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

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