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Baking contest and King Arthur Flour truck will grace island next week

By Staff | Mar 16, 2016

The King Arthur Flour bake truck will be located at The Community House from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. Individuals can enjoy a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie while donating to the house’s renovation project. PHOTO PROVIDED

Sign up for a cake and pie baking contest, donate to The Community House renovation project while enjoying a King Arthur Flour cookie and have dinner with friends and neighbors next Wednesday.

King Arthur Marketing Program Manager Julie Christopher said about six months ago Marge Meek, with the Sanibel Community Association, reached out to a gal who organizes King Arthur Flour’s baking contests. She said they do more than 160 baking contest a year.

“It’s something we would like to say we are good at organizing,” she said laughing. “Believe it or not, they can get tricky and there is a lot that goes into them.”

King Arthur Flour was excited to be involved in the baking contest, as well as a few other events on the island that day.

“We love baking contests,” Christopher said. “Bakers love to show off their creations from their home kitchens. It’s an opportunity to shine among their neighbors and fellow townspeople.”

On Wednesday, March 23, at 6 p.m. The Community House potluck will be held for individuals to gather and have a community dinner. Individuals are encouraged to bring an appetizer, main dish, bread or vegetables for six people. Water and ice tea will be provided. Although there is no admission charge, attendees are encouraged to donate to The Community House renovation project.

In addition to the monthly potluck dinner, a baking contest, tastings and a baking demonstration will also make up the festivities that night.

The baking contest is open to nonprofessional, home chefs of any age. Those interested must stop by The Community House for an entry form, which must be returned with their recipe by March 21. Participants must use King Arthur Flour as an ingredient for their cake, or pie and the pie crust must be homemade.

The contest is limited to the first 15 cakes and 15 pie entries.

The participants will be judged on taste, overall appearance, creativity and texture.

“This is a very broad category to just say pie and cake,” Christopher said. “That opens the door for a lot of interpretation. It’s pretty informal.”

First, second and third place prizes will be given for both the cake and pie entries. The first place winner will receive a King Arthur Flour baking cookbook, second place will receive a $50 gift certificate to King Arthur Flour and the third place winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to King Arthur Flour.

The awards will be announced around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, followed by a cinnamon roll demonstration and sampling by Christopher at 7 p.m. A drawing will also be held for two King Arthur Flour cookbooks during the potluck dinner.

The festivities with King Arthur Flour will begin earlier in the day with the Bake For Good program. The Lee Virtual School and Sanibel Community Church, students in grades fourth, through seventh, will participate in the event, which begins at 3 p.m.

Christopher said the students will learn how to make bread from scratch in 50 minutes with their instructor Amy Driscoll. She said Driscoll will walk the students through the process of preparing dough from start to finish. During the demonstration two students will be chosen to be her assistant.

Before the children leave, they will be given four pounds of King Arthur Flour, a package of yeast, a bread bag, recipe booklet and a bowl scraper.

“The children will be given the supplies to take home to bake two loaves of bread,” Christopher said, adding that one loaf is made for their family, and the other is given to the community.

For more information about the program, visit KingArthurFlour.com/learnbakeshare.

The King Arthur Flour bake truck will also make a stop at The Community House from 2 to 6 p.m.

“The bake truck has been cruising around Florida since December. This day is the second to last commitment to Florida,” Christopher said. “The bake truck cruises around and goes to festivals on the weekend, bake cookies and do cookies for donation (that) benefits local charities. Local to wherever the truck is parked at the moment.”

She said since the company feels strongly about combating hunger in the United States, the donations typically go towards a food pantry, food shelf, or organization that serves meals.

Since the truck will be located at The Community House, donations for the chocolate chip oatmeal cookies will go towards the renovation project. A scoop of Tommy William’s homemade ice cream will also be served as individuals drive through the parking lot.

The Community House must raise $1 million in the next month to support its renovation project.

“Enjoy the cookie and give a donation to the renovation of the Community House project,” Christopher said.

For more information, call (239) 472-2155.

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