Bakers Against Racism raises funds for reproductive rights


A holiday-inspired cookie jar for Bakers Against Racism will benefit reproductive rights organizations. Photograph by Jonni Scott

When Bakers Against Racism started in DC during the racial justice protests in the summer of 2020, the grassroots organization went viral, spread around the world, and raised over $2.5 million in the world through individual bake sales. Since then, networks of professional and amateur bakers have raised funds for a myriad of causes. Most recently: DC Bakers Against Racism’s “Activation “Let’s protect our bodies”a response to the quashing of Roe v. Wade in June.

More than 30 of the city’s top pastry chefs, plus talented independent bakers in media and hospitality, have banded together for a party-sized cookie swap box that will raise money for the DC Abortion Fund and Planned Parenthood. Boxes start with a minimum donation of $100 to either organization – although attendees can make an additional donation – and will be picked up at the community organization and womxn shop Fatal Woman in Cleveland Park on Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (more details below). The goal is to raise at least $10,000 for reproductive rights.

“For chefs, it’s hard for us to protest — they’re always performing while we’re working,” says co-organizer Rochelle Cooper, pastry chef at Duck and the Peach on Capitol Hill. “There is both power and security in numbers here – if we all do it together we can make an impact.”

The inspiration came from an annual holiday cookie exchange hosted by Cooper, food writer Nevin Martell (a Washingtonian contributor), and others. Other friends and colleagues joined in this fundraiser, resulting in a diverse cookie box with global flavors. Attendees can expect ube-flavored crinkle cookies from Desserts by Audrey [Valerio]; Caitlin Dysart’s apricot and cornmeal confections at 2941; sweet and savory vegan cookies from Sticky Fingers owner Doron Petersan; galleta arcoíris (rainbow biscuits) by Isabel Coss de Lutèce, and more. Male chefs are also helping the cause, including a surprise treat from Pogiboy/Hiraya’s Paolo Dungca and yuzu matcha cookies from Chang Chang’s upcoming talent, Pichet Ong.

Boxes can be reserved by sending $5 via Venmo to @cookieswapbox to help pay for packaging (any excess will be donated at the end of the sale). Once Cooper confirms receipt, attendees are asked to donate directly to the DC Abortion Fund or Planned Parenthood, and complete the order by emailing proof of donation to [email protected] This will count as a payment and allow you to pick up a box on Saturday. August 20 at Femme Fatale (3409 Connecticut Ave., NW).

food editor

Anna Spiegel covers the restaurant and bar scene in her native DC. Before joining Washingtonian in 2010, she completed the MFA program at the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in New York and St. John, in the US Virgin Islands.


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