New Ways to Aid Japan- Bake sales, Groovy Gear


Dear Readers - many of you have kindly been asking after my family and friends in Japan. I'm happy to report we have finally connected with all our family and friends.

While we are relieved, it is obvious to the world that much of Japan is still in dire need of our help. Donations to relief organizations are important but I know there are many other ways we can help as well. I'm trying to find a way to make in-kind donations of clothing, blankets and such and will post when I find some way that we might do that.

For now, here are some...


The Japan Society is hosting a vigil tonight at the Old South Church. I believe seats are still available, but limited. It's free but you must register to gain attendance.

They are also organizing a Concert for Japan. Saturday April 9th. 100% of proceeds from this event will go to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

Japan Society presents a 12-hour concert benefiting organizations that directly help people affected by the earthquake and tsunamis that struck Japan. With dozens of music acts and performances throughout the day, confirmed performers for the gala blocks, organized by John Zorn, include Philip Glass amp;amp; Hal WillnerLou ReedLaurie Anderson and ZornRyuichi Sakamoto; and Bill Laswell and gigi band. In addition, special activities will be available for all ages, from making origami cranes and washi lanterns for good wishes to unlimited access to Bye Bye Kitty!!!.

$5, cash at door (Does not include gala blocks, auditorium seating is first come, first served.)

$100 per gala block (includes Entrance Fee and assigned seating)
Limited to Two Tickets per order per gala block
Advance sales begin Tuesday, March 22 at 11:00 AM

Confirmed gala blocks are:

1:00 PM Gala Block
Philip Glass, & Hal Willner
Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson & John Zorn

6:00 PM Gala Block Ryuichi Sakamoto solo
Bill Laswell with gigi band

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Concert for Japan is generously supported by Mitsubishi International Corporation and Kikkoman Corporation


Okay - all you bakers and crafty types. Here's a creative effort going on - it's a nationwide Bake Sale! I saw a tweet about it and had to find out more. Here is what I learned from Tara Bellucci. Thanks Tara for taking the initiative to mobilize Boston's baking bloggers into action!

From Tara:

About the national Bakesale for Japan:
Samin Nosrat is a SF Bay area cook/teacher/writer (Pop-up General Store, Tartine Afterhours) whose bakesale for Haiti raised $23,000 last year. This year, she's expanding to include bakesales across the country. As of today on the national facebook event, there are currently 20 locations in the US. The charity is Peace Winds, a disaster relief organization.

All events are on APRIL 2 from 10-2 local time.

Specifically about BOS:
I write for Apartment Therapy and I saw this post about Samin and the bakesale on our sister site, The Kitchn. I tweeted about the article, mentioning that I would bake/volunteer if there was a similar thing in Boston. Samin replied and asked if I wanted to organize the Boston event, and so here we are. Ula Cafe has graciously offered to host; they've been looking for a way to help as one of their staff is Japanese.



  • You DO NOT have to be a professional cook/baker to participate!
  • Bake as much as you like! The more stuff we have to sell, the better! We literally cannot have too many baked goods.
  • All items must be delivered with a complete list of ingredients, as well as an item name.
  • Please plan to deliver your goods in containers you will not need returned.
  • Gluten-free/ dairy-free/ vegan items are welcome and should be clearly labeled as such.
  • Japanese specialties such as mochi and other delicacies are more than welcome.
  • We sell everything by suggested donation, so the more delicious/special the items, and the nicer the packaging/presentation, the more money we can get! Please keep this in mind (i.e. no cake mixes and regular old rice krispie treats, please).
  • If you are donating goods from a certified/licensed food business, you are welcome to label the goods with your logo/identity.




  • We will need people to organize, collect, and distribute baked goods, as well as work the sales, day-of and prior. Please email bosbakesale@gmail.com to sign up.
  • We will be folding 1,000 paper cranes at the bakesale locations. If you can fold/teach people to do so, please go to Tumblr page here to sign up.



  • If you would like to donate directly to Peace Winds, please look up BOS Bake sale on FirstGiving.org.
  • If you’d like to donate a non-food item, such as artwork, a gift certificate, etc, please email bosbakesale@gmail.com with specifics.
  • If you can donate origami paper, food/water for volunteers, etc, please email bosbakesale@gmail.com with specifics.




Please “attend” the Bakesale for Japan event on Facebook and invite your friends to do so. It has all the details for each of the events happening nationally. Ask businesses to post our event flier or donate to the cause.

Shelter boxes are an interesting idea. I don't have any personal knowledge of them or how the company works but I do know they were on the ground in Japan within 24 hours. We know there are going to be many folks in need of shelter for some time.

Boston's Chef community is so generous and they're chipping in, again. A Multi- chef meal with many generous donations and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Japan Red Cross will be held at Boston's Oiishi restaurant on Washington Street.



Let’s Help, Answering the Call!

Oishii Boston hosts fundraiser to support disaster relief efforts in Japan

WHAT: Ting Yen, owner of Oishii Boston, will host the “Let’s Help, Answering the Call!” disaster relief fundraiser at his restaurant on April 3rd with all proceeds benefitting the Japan Red Cross Society. Ting Yen has enlisted the help of fellow local chefs that are all rallying for the cause. At the event, Anthony Caturano (Prezza), Dante de Magistris (Restaurant dante & Il Casale), Evan Deluty (Stella), Luis Morales (Radius), Kang San (Oishii Too Sushi Bar) and Jeff Nace (Neptune Oyster) will join Ting Yen to create culinary history in a fun, interactive way for an incredible cause.

WHERE: Oishii Boston – 1166 Washington Street, Boston

WHEN: Sunday, April 3rd at 5:30pm

COST: $100 per person (100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Japan Red Cross Society)

TICKETS: Tickets are available by calling Oishii Boston at: 617.482.8868

We are digging deep and sending me. Will I see you there?

For those who like wearable rather than edible art, or maybe in addition to, I have two cool finds.


Joan's Jewelry is often seen on stars like Cameron Diaz on their red carpet struts. Joan is a jeweler with a heart. The motto "Philanthropy is Beautiful" is born out by the long, long list of charities she has designed signature pieces to support. 100% of the profits from the sale of this beautiful pendant go to the charity of your choice supporting those affected in Japan.


The folks at Cafe Press are also printing these cool T-shirts, in a limited edition. CafePress will donate $10 to the American Red Cross - Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami for every Limited Edition Japan Relief T-shirt sold at www.cafepress.com through March 31 , 2011.