Saturday, August 24, 2013

Baker Blues & Dumpster Divers: Saturday Adventures

A trip with my hubby to the Venice Boardwalk for a bite to eat earlier today landed us at Jody Moroni's where we nabbed a table and were enjoying our hot dogs and fries watching the human parade passing by.

Our appetites were almost sated when we lost them altogether as a women, then two men started digging through a trash can in front of us, pulling out surprisingly large quantities of the same meal we were just finishing. The third dumpster diver, a barefoot man in his 20s or 30s--it was hard to tell--bent almost double trying to see what food there was in the can, then after retrieving what he could, moved on to the next receptacle a few yards further down.

The crowd just kept lining up for hot dogs, no one giving the man a second glance.

The purpose of the outing was to visit the nearby Buckwild Gallery to check out the Depressed Cake Shop, a pop-up bakery to  benefit NAMI LA, the Los Angeles chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness. I thought it was a novel idea when I read about it in an article by writer Amy Scattergood in the LA Weekly. The cakes, cupcakes, cookies and confections were all donated and seemed to share a similar color scheme--shades of gray or black and white on the outside--gray for depression. Gray for the sadness the homeless--many probably mentally ill--feel as they forage through garbage cans in search of stray fries and hot dogs on the Venice Boardwalk.

Along with the gray cupcakes, Shaile Socher, a sugar artist at Shaile's Edible Art, was selling exquisite gray-tinted flowers made out of sugar paste to benefit NAMI.

The homeless man was wearing gray too.


  1. Hi Ruth... thanks for the mention and it was a great benefit.. it was exciting being part of it too.. I am going to make more gray and black flowers too since I seemed to like them a lot!!!

    1. Hi Shaile,

      Thanks for your comment! I loved it--and your beautiful sugar-paste flowers. Perhaps I'll sign up for one of your classes--and blog about it! And thanks for your blogging tips. It was nice to meet you.

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    1. Thanks for checking it out, Lynn. Please keep checking!