Grawemeyer's, a German-American restaurant on South Main, graciously let us use the space in front of their shop again this year. Our sale took place during the monthly South Main Art Trolley Tour, when art galleries along South Main (one of the city's art districts) have openings and other special events going on. We had the sale on that night last year too, and since we had perfect weather last year, we had tons of foot traffic.
But this year, Mother Nature decided to bring a few thundershowers through, so we had less traffic. And every time the sprinkles started, we had to pull our tables under the restaurant's awning. But despite the crappy weather and having less business than last year, we still raised $600 for the Humane Society, only $100 less than last year! Go us!
Cassi and I both ordered Vegan Bake Sale tees from the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale website!
We had so many contributions from Memphis' most talented vegan bakers. I mean, bakers came out of the woodwork for this!! We filled up two long tables with sweets, and bakers kept dropping things off throughout the night. So I'll just apologize now for this incredibly epic photo-heavy post. I made Vanilla Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World because they were easy and cute:
And I made White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. Here there are before packaging:
And there they are all wrapped up and ready to sell:
I also made from Lemon Cooler Cookies (shortbread balls rolled in a lemony powdered sugar) from Vegan Food Gifts. Also pictured here are Nicole Dorsey's Cranberry-Ginger Cookies:
Stephanie (Poopie Bitch on the PPK) of Swell Baked Goods brought all kinds of awesomeness.
She made several savory items to go against the bake sale grain. And, of course, she had sweets too. There's were Olive Boules (mini bread bowls!), Cheezy Chive Scones, Cheezy Bacon Scones (made with coconut bacon!), Chocolate Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars, and Cherry Berry Crumb Cake:
Cassi, a friend of mine who just went vegan a month or so ago, made these Almond Butter Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies. They were low-cal and gluten-free!
And she made Coconut Burfi! If you've never had burfi, you're missing out. It's like Indian milk fudge minus the chocolate. So good! It was almost gone when I snapped this pic!
Shay took some time out from being a new mom to make some super-duper Fudgey Brownies!
Treats with a Twist blogger Melissa Kerras made these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (I forgot to write "peanut butter" on the label, but I'm sure people could figure it out ... they smelled heavenly), which were gone before I had a chance to buy some:
She also made these amazing Chocolate Chunk Cookies. And yes, I did get to sample those. Yum!
Dawn Vinson of the Downtown Memphis Commission made Chocolate Chip Cookies and Key Lime Raspberry Bars. I didn't get to try either, but I heard people raving about those lime bars all night!
Amy Schiller made three delicious treats! Orange Cupcakes!
Peanut Butter Blondies (I just had one today ... OMG!). People were raving about these all night:
And Cheezy Popcorn (made with nooch):
Valerie, who maintains the Memphis Vegetarians/Vegans Facebook page, brought some delicious Orange Cranberry Scones with a Vanilla Icing:
Vivian made some Chocolate Coma Cupcakes (these had chocolate chips inside!). So good! I had a leftover one yesterday. Yum, yum, yum!
I forgot to photograph a few more goods that arrived after the sale started. I'm missing a picture of Deirdre and Hannah's scrumptious Cake Balls. And I'm lacking a picture of Katie's Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Candy. But I can attest that both were very yummy! I tried to buy many of the treats at the sale for myself before they were all gone.
I do, however, have a picture of our bake sale mascot — Flicka! Katie, who does some PR work for the Humane Society, brought an adoptable pit mix named Flicka to meet and greet the customers. She only jumped on the table and tried to steal a cupcake once. Flicka was so well-behaved and such a charmer. She came from a bad situation, and when she was rescued, she was all skin and bones. But look at her now! She's up for adoption at the Memphis Humane Society if you're interested!
Thanks to all the amazing vegan bakers! And thanks to all of our customers for helping us raise money for pups like Flicka!