Posts Tagged ‘Dessert Corps’

It is bitter cold outside on the strets of Greenpoint & Williamsburg. Once a week, there is an amazing meal put together by volunteers, served with love and nutrition in mind. Each week about 10 volunteers from the neighborhood bake up a sweet treat in their home kitchens and bring it to the soup kitchen to be served.

Sign up to bake by sending an email to craigskitchen@gmail.com.

  • Wed Dec 29. New Years Cake (any type of holiday cake you love to bake!)
  • Wed Jan 5.  Bread Pudding
  • Wed Jan 12. Apple Pie or Apple Cake
  • Wed Jan 19. Babka, Cinnamon rolls, or Cinnamon Cake
  • Wed Jan 26. Brownies or Blondies or your fave “bar” creation!
  • Wed Feb 2. Pound Cake or Angels Food Cake (we will top it w/ this yummy plum & peach sauce we made over the summer and canned for a cold winters day…) Need 4 bakers
  • Wed Feb 9. Pineapple Upside Down Cake or Apple Upside Down Cake Need 5 bakers
  • Wed Feb 16. Valentines Cupcakes! Need 0 bakers!
  • Wed Feb 23. Carrot Cake Need 3 bakers

Once you have rsvp-ed, we will put you on our master list. The weekend before the meal, we will send you a reminder email with the drop-off logistics.

There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer at the soup kitchen in the upcoming year, either at fundraisers or at the weekly meal or on weekend workdays. Join our volunteer mailing list to keep updated…

Thanks for your support of this project; Nothing beats a homemade dessert!


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lil' volunteers watering the soup kitchen garden

It has been a few busy months @ the soup kitchen. We planted and tended a garden, which doubled in size from last year. Big thanks to the compost donation from Kate Zidar & the North Brooklyn Compost Project. Our plants are seriously thriving in the worm-ladden, black gold they gave us! Also, super props to all the local gardeners who sprouted seeds and donated plants–vegetables, trees, & flowers– for this year’s garden. The harvest has just begun but it has been a fruitful start; herbs from the garden have been amazing and the cucumber plants have been producing enough for lots of salads, pickles, and soups.  We are looking forward to harvesting the tomatoes, jalapenos, radishes, fennel, celery, carrots and various herbs until the cool days of October set in. We have a great lil compost baby that looks like it might be taking over the garden with a crop of pumpkins. If you would like to volunteer in the garden, join the facebook group to be plugged into work-days & watering schedules. [There will be a big workday in early November[ stay tuned for details]

Summer is a busy time at the kitchen and we are always looking for extra hands. On Wednesday the kitchen runs from 3pm-9pm & the Food Pantry prep runs from 5-9pm as well. Lend a hand in cooking, serving, cleaning, taking out the trash, mopping floors, unloading vegetables and making bags for the pantry. On Saturdays, volunteers meet at noon to unload vegetables and prep for the upcoming week’s meal. Gardening is also always on the agenda.

Dessert Corps is still running strong, bringing the sweet desserts even in the hot hot heat of the Summer. Email craigskitchen@gmail[dot]com if you can bake for any of the following meals.

  • aug 18: zucchini cake or fruit pie.  NEED 4 MORE VOLUNTEER BAKERS
  • aug 25: brownies, blondies, or fruit bars. NEED 1 MORE VOLUNTEER BAKER
  • sept 1: pound or angel’s food cake. NEED 6 MORE VOLUNTEER BAKERS
  • sept 8: fruit buckle or coffee cake. NEED 6 MORE VOLUNTEER BAKERS
  • sept 15: chocolate cake w/ fruit topping. NEED 6 MORE VOLUNTEER BAKERS
  • sept 22: zucchini cake or fruit pie. NEED 6 MORE VOLUNTEER BAKERS
  • sept 29: brownies, blondies or fruit bars. NEED 6 MORE VOLUNTEER BAKERS

We have a lot planned for the Fall in terms of fundraising $$ for food & supplies for the upcoming winter. Supper clubs, concerts, brunches, and more. Let us know if you would like to become more involved.

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Thanks to everyone who has been baking. It is a highlight of the meal…

If you would like to bake for any of the following meals or to get on our volunteer list, please email craigskitchen [at] gmail [dot] com

  • April 14.  Carrot Cake.  Need 5 volunteers
  • April 21.  Apple Cake.   Need 2 volunteers
  • April 28.  Brownies.  Need 4 volunteers
  • May 5.  Cookies.  Need 2 volunteers
  • May 12.  Zucchini Cake.  Need 10 volunteers
  • May 19. Chocolate Cake.  Need 10 volunteers
  • May 26. Apple Pie or Apple Cake.  Need 10 volunteers

Also, we have A LOT of frozen blueberries. If you want to pick some up in order to create a delicious blueberry based dessert, give us a shout.

volunteer baking = we all eat (yeah) cake

pumpkin cheesecake brownies. march 2010

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Cupcakes from the "Valentines meal"

We are recruiting volunteer bakers for the following weeks; If you would like to bake, send us an email at craigskitchen [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Feb 24. Apple Bars.
  • Mar 3. Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies.
  • Mar 10. Fruit Buckles
    • Buckle is a dessert which combines fruit, a rich cake batter, and a streusel topping. The result is a rich, dense cake with a moist crumb which is sometimes compared to a coffee cake.
    • i have frozen fruit from over the summer. Hit me up if you want to use some.
  • Mar 17. Blueberry Pie Bars
    • i have frozen blueberries from over the summer. Hit me up if you want to pick up some.
    • Need 7 volunteers
  • Mar 24. Pound Cake or any other “plain” or “slightly fruited cakes” that the chefs can top with a yummy fruit sauce
    • Need 4 volunteers
  • Mar 31: Whoopie Pies
    • Need 5 volunteers


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Diners are digging the live music at the weekly meal

As we move into the cold months of Winter, our dessert donations are keeping things sweet and scrumptious! Below is the calendar for the next six weeks. Please email us if you would like to become a volunteer baker. [craigskitchen (at) gmail (dot) com]

  • January 13:   Pineapple Upside Down Cake. (Need 0 volunteers)
  • January 20:   Babka, Cinnamon Rolls, or  Cinnamon Cake (Need 1 volunteers)
  • January 27:  Brownies (Need  0 volunteers)
  • Feb 3:  Apple Pie (Need 9 volunteers)
  • Feb 10:  Cupcake Maddness (Need 5 volunteers)
  • Feb 17:  King Cake or any type of festive “Mardis Gras” cake (Need 7 volunteers)
  • Feb 24:  Apple Bars (Need 9 volunteers)


Regular drop off of the desserts is from 3-6pm on Wednesday @ 136 Milton St.
The meal is served at 6pm, with diners streaming in for about an hour. Dessert starts getting served around 6:15pm.
The dessert type determines the plating situation. If you drop off at the church, come back and say hey to the cooks in the kitchen.
Feel free to stay and help serve…

If Wed from 3-6pmish does not work for you, there are  other drop off  options in both Greenpoint & Williamsburg on Tues & Wed.

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IMG_9993 Join the Dessert Corps and become a volunteer baker, supporting the sweet spot in the meal of our neighborhood soup kitchen. Each week 10 locals bake up a storm around a collective theme, delivering them* for the weekly Wednesday night meal at the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen.  Weekly themes are likely to include seasonal fruit-based desserts.

Send an email to craigskitchen@gmail.com in order to plug into the baking calendar.

Weekly Themes

  • November 18. Apple Crisp, Crumble, or Buckle. [Ya’all Rock! Need 0 volunteers]
  • November 25. Homemade Whipped Topping and/or Homemade Cranberry Sauce [Need volunteers!]
  • December 2.  Bread Pudding. [Need 4 Volunteers]
  • December 9. Honey Cake. [Need 4 Volunteers]
  • December 16. Holiday Cookies. [Need 2 Volunteers]
  • December 23. Chocolate Pie. [Need 7 Volunteers]
  • December 30. New Years Cake. [Need 6 Volunteers]
  • January 6. Apple Cake. [Need 7 Volunteers]

**Exact delivery logistics are sent in a reminder email the weekend before. In general, bakers can drop off at the soup kitchen before 6pm or we offer a drop off on tuesday & wednesday at a Williamsburg and a Greenpoint location.

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pic by volunteer baker missginsu @ flickr.com

pic by volunteer baker missginsu @ flickr.com

email craigskitchen@gmail.com to sign up to bake a sweet treat for the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen.  [list last updated sat oct 10]

  • October 7. Pear Cake. 0 bakers needed
  • October 14. Pear or Apple Upside Down Cake. 4 bakers needed.
  • October 21. Pear or Apple Bars. 7 bakers needed.
  • October 28. Halloween-y Chocolate & Pumpkin Pie. 5 bakers needed
  • November 4. Apple Pie. 6 bakers needed
  • November 11. Apple Crumb Cake. 6 bakers needed.
  • November 18. Apple Crisp, Crumble or Buckle. 5 bakers needed.
  • November 25. Thanksgiving PIE. 13 bakers needed.

Volunteer bakers bake yummy dishes riffed off a central theme and deliver them to drop off points in Greenpoint or Williamsburg on Tues or Wed or at the soup kitchen on Wednesday afternoons. Meal is served at 6 on Wed. Logistics and some sampler recipes are mailed the preceding weekend to participating volunteers.

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