Not-to-Miss Global Flavors at the Upcoming Friendly Feast Chef-Driven Bake Sale
If your idea of a perfect Sunday includes savoring tasty baked goods, save the date for the Friendly Feast Chef-Driven Bake Sale on Sunday, May 6th.
The culinary fundraising event at Herb & Wood will showcase signature creations from a baker’s dozen of San Diego’s best pastry chefs—including internationally inspired items that highlight global ingredients like matcha, ube, kalamansi, cacao blossom, and passion fruit.
Faye Rodriguez of Faye’s Desserts, an indie bakery that supplies goods to Privateer Marketplace in Oceanside, is creating two exclusive cupcake flavors that honor her Filipino mother’s cooking.
Her chocolate champorado cupcake is an homage to a favorite childhood breakfast: warm chocolate rice pudding topped with crispy bacon.
She also dreamed up a cupcake inspired by banana lumpia—a special treat her mom would make a few times a year. The brown sugar cupcake is filled with banana curd and topped with caramel icing and crispy lumpia wrappers.
Jose Alonzo, who recently celebrated his two-year anniversary at Nine-Ten, is also drawing from his Filipino heritage for inspiration. The executive pastry chef will whip up a batch of eye-catching ube and coconut cream éclairs with purple glaze and fluffy filling.
“Éclairs are a standard pastry in every bake shop, so I wanted to take that and fuse it with flavors that represent me as a pastry chef and a Filipino,” he says.
Doughnut fans won’t want to miss Francis Laureano’s table. The executive pastry chef of Frat Boy Donuts will debut two new cronuts: a Southeast Asian variety topped with passion fruit icing, coconut cream, and tropical fruit; and a baklava cronut with Nutella and pistachios.
The tasty mash-up features fried croissant dough topped with flaky phyllo pastry soaked in spiced honey syrup. Francis says he learned to make baklava from his mother and a Greek chef, and was able to fuse the Filipino and Greek techniques together to create the unique, Mediterranean-inspired treat.
To see a complete list of participating chefs and purchase tickets, check out the event listing on Facebook.