Bakers Against Racism

Baking For A Cause

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WEB EXCLUSIVE There are plenty of resources available out there for educating yourself on and contributing to the fight against racial injustice. This one involves cookies.

Earlier this month, Washington D.C.-based pastry chef Paola Velez put out a call on her Instagram account asking professional bakers, chefs, home bakers and cooks across the country to participate in Bakers Against Racism, a bake sale dedicated to fighting against racism in America with food.

Velez asked that participants make a dessert to sell and then donate the majority of the proceeds to a charity that supports black lives. So far, more than a thousand individuals and businesses nationwide have joined the bake sale, including Raleigh’s lucettegrace, Union Special and Raleigh Night Kitchen and Durham’s Loaf Bakery and East Durham Bake Shop, which is featuring baked goods from a number of local home and professional bakers.

Sarah Thor's Glazed Lavender Lemon Cake Slices, available through East Durham Bake Shop
Sarah Thor’s Glazed Lavender Lemon Cake Slices, available through East Durham Bake Shop | Photo courtesy of @rahktoro on Instagram

Loaf Bakery is offering a cookie box filled with two dozen cookies and is donating proceeds to Emancipate NC. lucettegrace is selling a cook’s dog treats and donating 75 percent of sales to RaleighPACT. Night Kitchen is also selling cookies, with proceeds going to the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Union Special is baking up strawberry pithivier and pecan frangipane with all sales going towards NC Black Alliance. East Durham Bake Shop is asking buyers of the variety of baked goods it offers to donate to Sankofa Farms or SAAFON.

A majority of Raleigh’s Bakers Against Racism began preorders on June 15 with pickup set for Saturday, July 20, though some of the local bakeries are also offering stop-in purchases on Saturday as well.

Learn more about the bake sale at and visit each bakery’s or individual’s Instagram to pre-order.

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