Chicago Bakers, Including a James Beard Winner, Firing Up Their Ovens for #BakersAgainstRacism

Offerings from Publican Quality Meats (publicanquality / Instagram)Offerings from Publican Quality Meats (publicanquality / Instagram)

In the fight against racism, bakers around the world are firing up their ovens as part of a virtual bake sale to raise funds for organizations that support equality and justice for all.

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The Bakers Against Racism campaign, which culminates Saturday, started in Washington, D.C., and has since gone global. A host of Chicago-area bakers have taken up their whisks and spatulas in the cause, professionals and amateurs alike, ranging from Publican’s Greg Wade, a James Beard Award winner, to high schoolers with Instagram followers.

The premise is simple: A baker offers a special item or two for sale, customers place their order, and the sweets are either picked up or delivered on Saturday. Many of the specials are available in limited quantities and some have already sold out. 

Each baker has chosen where to send proceeds. Chicago beneficiaries include My Block My Hood My City, Brave Space Alliance, Black Lives Matter Chicago chapter, the Transgender Law Center and Assata’s Daughters, among others.  

We’ve rounded up some of the Chicago-area participants. Check Instagram, #bakersagainstracism, for anyone we might have missed.

City Mouse at the Ace Hotel. Pastry chef Felicia Mayden and executive chef Matt Danko are baking up treats.

We are now taking orders! Chef @matt_danko and I will be baking up some treats in participation with @bakersagainstracism virtual bake sale. All proceeds will go to a local organization called “I C.A.R.E Ministries OSTP” that provides after school care to youth through academics, holistic and spiritual empowerment on the West Side of Chicago in the Austin, Garfield and West Humboldt Parks areas. For more information please visit —————————————————— Please call @citymousechicago at 312.764.1908 or email your order at [email protected] Cut off for ordering is Friday (6/19) at 12pm. Pickup at City Mouse in the West Loop is Saturday (6/20) starting at 10am. #bakersagainstracism #citymousechicago #supportbakers #supportblackbakers #blacklivesmatter #supportsmallorganizations

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Aya Fukai, owner of Aya Pastry.

Paula Haney’s Hoosier Mama Pie Company, with locations in Chicago and Evanston.

Floriole owner Sandra Holl will split her proceeds between Brave Space Alliance and Urban Growers Collective. 

Publican’s head baker Greg Wade and executive pastry chef Erika Chan are both contributing.

Anna Posey, co-owner and pastry chef at Elske, will be selling slices of carrot cake.  

Pre-orders are live!!! Head over to to place a pre-order. I’m working with #bakersagainstracism and their global wide, virtual bake sale to help bring awareness and support to #blacklivesmatter Orders are for boxes of Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan and Gluten Free options available). Boxes are $20 and 100% of my profits will go to @colorofchange. If you’re not in the Chicago area, or just want to support without cookies, an option to donate is also live on my website. Orders will be available for pick up on Saturday 6/20. Donations will be sent, and posted, on Sunday 6/21. #susiebrownsbakery #chicagobakers #bakeforacause #supportthemovement #chocolatechipcookies #vegan #glutenfree #cookiesfordays #onechefatatime #fightinginjusticewithfood #racismisreal #smallchangeforbigchange

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#bakersagainst presale is now live!! We are happy to be joining in the cause! Join us as we raise funds for @myblockmyhoodmycity ! We are donating 100% of proceeds from the sale of chocolate macarons to take a stand against racism, fascism, and the unjust treatment of Black people in America. Please email [email protected] for orders! Check the bio for the link to the order form! We are selling Chocolate Macarons! Macarons are gluten free and if you have never had one before, they can be described as almost a “brownie like” treat. We are selling macarons starting at $2 a piece with a minimum order of 12 macarons. They stay great in the freezer so if you cannot eat them all at once, they will stay fresh until you are read to eat them! Pievibes is donating ingredients, labor, and delivery to the cause. ALL funds raised will be donated to @myblockmyhoodmycity ! Please share with friends in the surrounding area if you think they would be interested! Orders start today, and we will stop taking orders June 20th! The sooner you get your order in, the easier for us so please do not hesitate! You have an option of pickup June 26-28th between 10-2pm at the NW corner of 18th and Allport in Pilsen (right across 18th St from S.K.Y and Dusek’s and across Allport St from Procopius Church). We will meet you outside at the time of your arrival. We are also going to offer $10 delivers to all of Chicago and the surrounding Chicagoland area June 27-June 28thbetween 3-6pm. PAYMENT IS DUE AT THE TIME OF PRE ORDER. I accept Venmo and Zelle QuickPay. Please DM me or E-mail to place your order or with any questions you have.

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Today is the day!!! Click the link in my bio to order cookies and give money to Brave Space Alliance! Orders open until 8am Thursday, June 18th or until we sell out! #bakersagainstracism @wesley_albus and I are baking up some cookies to support @bravespacealliance - the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, and designed to create and provide affirming and culturally competent services for the entire LGBTQ community of Chicago! We’re baking up: -Chocolate Chip/Almond Buttercream cookie sammies - Dark Chocolate Cayenne Cookies - Lemon Sugar Cookies Cookie Boxes are $15 for 1/2 dozen (two of each cookie), or $25 for a dozen (4 of each cookie). Pickups available 9am-12pm just north of Wrigleyville in Saturday, June 20th, with local delivery available in the afternoon. Order cookies and help us support @bravespacealliance !!!! Hit that order form and make it rain - get cookies in exchange #blacklivesmatter #blacktranslivesmatter #bakersagainstracism

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Ever wished you could eat a homemade pop tart AND donate to an organization doing incredible work to create a more equitable, just, safe society in Chicago? NOW YA CAN. I’m joining the #bakersagainstracism movement started by @smallorchids @badwolf_88 and @robrubba to take a stand against unjust treatment of Black people in the US with the thing I know best: food. Proceeds from the sale will go to @myblockmyhoodmycity Hit up the link in my bio to learn more! Presale starts 6/15! . . Art by @robrubba . #pageandplate #chicagofood #chicagobaker #foodphotography #foodtographyschool #feedfeedbaking #foodwinewomen #eatpretty #bakeandshare #bakeoftheday #thebakefeed #blacklivesmatter

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Bakers Against Racism details are live! Swipe through to learn about the two items I will be selling: pastry samplers and cookie samplers! . I’m thrilled to be splitting 100% of my proceeds between @assatasdaughtersig, @black.feast, and @officialblmp. . . Assata’s Daughters is a Black woman-led, young person-directed organization rooted in the Black Radical Tradition. Assata’s Daughters organizes young Black people in Chicago by providing them with political education, leadership development, mentorship, and revolutionary services. . . Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project (BLMP) envisions a world where no one is forced to give up their homeland, where all Black LGBTQIA+ people are free and liberated. BLMP builds and centers the power of Black LGBTQIA+ migrants to ensure the liberation of all Black people through community-building, political education, creating access to direct services, and organizing across borders. . . Black Feast is a culinary experience that weaves food into a celebration of Black artistry. Curated by two Black queer artists, Founder and Director Salimatu Amabebe and Head of Design Annika Hansteen-Izora, Black Feast was founded on the premise to rail and dance against the erasure of Blackness in the food and art worlds. . . I will post updates to my story as items get close to selling out, but I recommend getting your orders in ASAP! Link to the order form is in my bio✨ Let’s do this! #bakersagainstracism #bakersagainstracismchicago

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Cookies and slices of cake or pie can add up to some serious coin. Heather Bodine-Lederman, owner of Pie Pie My Darling vegan bakery, collected more than $4,000 for Brave Space Alliance in just two days of her own fundraiser. 

In just TWO DAYS you babes helped us raise $4,105 for @bravespacealliance!!! I’m adding 10% of our sales from the past week to that, so the grand total going to BSA is $4,425! My hands are literally SHAKING I’m so blown away, and so touched. We just picked the winners in my story (and decided to make FOUR rainbow cakes instead of three), and the winners are MEGAN GARCIA, MELISSA RUSHING, BLAIR MCKEE, and CLEA DORUELO! Winners—please email us to coordinate pickup! Thank you all SO much from the bottom of my heart for being a part of this. Truly couldn’t have done it without you and it means the world to know I’m followed/supported by people who actually care and want to make a difference If you didn’t win a cake this time around, know that your contribution is deeply appreciated Please follow @bravespacealliance if you don’t already, and consider signing up to contribute to them monthly. Let’s keep fighting for the rights of our fellow humans. BLACK LIVES MATTER @afrobohemianrhapsody #blacklivesmatter #blacktranslivesmatter #bakersagainstracism

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