Selling bread & anti-racism

double vaxxed & feeling good about spring

Good morning bread friends!

This weekend was a particularly exciting weekend in my household. This was the weekend that my wife and I got our second covid vaccine shot!

We staggered the days that we got our shots. So I got mine on Friday and she got hers on Saturday so that if either/both of us felt any of the flu-like symptoms we could hopefully take care of each other. We each had some period of feeling tired with a headache… but overall not too intense of reactions. During this weekend of feeling somewhat under the weather, we reflected on how wild it was that this was the first time anyone in our house has been under the weather in at least 14 months. Anyway, I hope you’ve all had the opportunity to get vaccinated or had the opportunity to get an appointment to get vaccinated. It takes all of us doing our part in order to protect each other.

Ordinarily, over the weekend I do some thinking about what I’ll write about in my newsletter for Tuesday. Between getting our vaccines and trying to foster an enjoyable Mother’s day for Melissa, it was a full weekend without much time for creative brainstorming. But you’re in luck because I still have a bunch of exciting resources to share with you from the #DoughSomething campaign.

First, go order yourself some bread for Thursday 🥖

When the weather warms up it requires some adjustment to the dough preparation process in order to control for the dough being a bit warmer. Every season presents different challenges, but as you can see from this picture of today’s bread… I feel like this is the week that I’m really getting my arms around the process again. I’m super excited for you all to order bread for Thursday pick up. Go ahead and make your orders on the website now. Reminder: 100% of profits from all bread sales this month will be donated to Asian Americans Advancing Justice as part of the #DoughSomething campaign.

Next, sign up for a Virtual Happy Hour on May 24

In support of the #DoughSomething campaign to raise funds for Asian Americans Advancing JusticeMonica Eng from WBEZ will be moderating a frank discussion about race, identity, and the restaurant industry, featuring renowned chefs Nyesha Arrington, Erik Bruner-Yang, Brandon Jew, Beverly Kim, and Preeti Mistry.

You can sign up here for that virtual happy hour fundraiser. Tickets are only $10. If you do attend, you can know that not only will I be watching at the same time as you… but I’ll almost certainly be shaping dough to make Tuesday’s bread at that exact time.

Finally, get some techniques to interrupt racism!

Some of you may recall that a few weeks ago I shared links to a Bystander Intervention training that was being put on by Asian Americans Advancing Justice & others. I heard from one of you that attended the virtual training workshop and really appreciated what you learned. That was extremely heartwarming to me to learn that someone on this little newsletter list was responding to take steps to equip themselves with more tools to fight back against anti-Asian hate.

I plan to make it to one of these training in the coming days. If you choose to sign up for one of these free training please let me know, so that we can chat about it.

Thursday, May 13, 7:00PM: Register here
Monday, May 17, 12:30PM: Register here
Thursday, May 27, 1:00PM: Register here
Thursday, May 27, 7:00PM: Register here

This one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!'s 5D's of bystander intervention methodology. We'll start by talking about the types of discrimination that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now - from microaggressions to violence. You'll then learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities.

We'll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. At the end of our practice scenarios, and you'll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see Anti-Asian/American harassment.

That’s all I got for this week. I hope everyone is having a beautiful day as you read this.


the village baker