Dulceria Bakery closed its doors at the end of February. In an open letter on her website, owner, Dulce Monterrubio, said: “What started in 2016 as an act of resistance, healing and support for communities directly impacted by the hateful rhetoric and actions of our very own President flourished into a beautiful space of belonging, community action, and modern pan dulce enjoyment.” However, she went on to say, that after the January break, “it became clear to me that the level of physical and emotional investment needed to sustainably grow Dulceria without compromising its role as a community building space (and my well being) is beyond what I can realistically continue to do.”
Peter Jacobson and his uncle, John Earl, of Lands End Pastry Company, missed last year’s World Pasty Championships after flight delays landed them in Heathrow after the competition had closed. In order to fund this year’s trip to the championships, Jacobson launched a GoFundMe page. As he explains on the campaign, “This is a big investment for us with all of the travel expenses and the fact that we will have to close our restaurant while we are gone.” Their GoFundMe page is gf.me/v/c/kq8t/help-pete-get-to-the-world-pasty-championships
Dairy farmers live where the political battlegrounds are, including Minnesota, according to National Milk Producers Federation. “They didn’t ask to be there, but if they’re potential difference-makers, it’s worth knowing what they want,” a release said. What dairy farmers want are: Expanded exports; a workable farm-labor system to maintain productivity; and ensuring fake dairy products are properly labeled to end consumer deception. “And maybe a candidate could consider drinking a refreshing glass of whole milk at an event,” the release suggested.
Midtown Global Market held a soup competition in early February with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Global Market, whose mission is to “sup-port the Midtown Global Market as a vital community resource that supports small business, cultural diversity and free/low-cost programming.” Taking home the top prizes were: Jakeeno’s, first place; Manny’s Tortas, second; and Pham’s Rice Bowl, third.