I was privileged to participate in a great event over the weekend, created to raise money for an important cause.
The second NYC Annual Holiday Cookie Swap, hosted by Bloggers Without Borders, brought together local food bloggers at the fabulous Hill Country Barbecue. Each blogger brought a dozen (or more) cookies for “swapping”, which took place after a delicious barbecue buffet. But of course the main reason we were there was to raise money and awareness for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
From the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer site:
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was founded by parents who were moved to act after enduring their son’s battle with cancer. They were shocked to learn that the main reason over 25% of kids diagnosed with cancer do not survive is because of a lack of effective therapies. And the reason for the lack of therapies was very simple: lack of funding. They pledged to support the development of new and better treatments by giving people a simple way to get involved. They came up with the idea of a larger-than-life bake sale with the goal of baking 96,000 cookies with friends and volunteers. Dozens of other families whose children were also battling cancer got involved and began to take orders for cookies from friends, co-workers, and neighbors. All 96,000 cookies were sold, and the event raised over $400,000 for pediatric cancer research.
The event was truly joyful (and FOOD-ful!) – the bakers and bloggers definitely brought their “A” game, and the selection was astounding. There were even some ”baking celebrities” in attendance - Dorrie Greenspan (let Justin Bieber-like shrieking ensue), Sarabeth and Alan Richardson were there, along with my personal local fave.
We drank mini-margaritas, ate mouth watering ribs and each brought home a box filled with treats (and some shiny new cookie cutters too!). We raised money for an incredible cause and rang in the holiday season on a high note for sure.
To see my photos from the event, click here.
NYC Holiday Cookie Swap partners and sponsors:
Hill Country Barbecue
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer
Bloggers Without Borders
GladWare (donated containers)
Cheap Cookie Cutters (donated cookie cutters)
Oxo (raffle prize)
KitchenAid (raffle prize)
Wiley Books (raffle prize)
To read some other blog posts on the event:
from Three Many Cooks
from Justcook NYC
from The Diva That Ate New York
from In Medias Recipe
from Healthy Green Kitchen
from Sweets by Sillianah
from Open Mouth Insert Cookie
from One Tough Cookie