cupcakes and cocktails 2013
austin food blogger alliance

One of the greatest pleasures I have as a food blogger is working with a community of dedicated, talented, local bloggers of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance.  I enjoy the distinct honor of holding the Development Chair on the board, which allows me to learn from, and alongside, some very sharp cookies, as well as the vibrant Austin food community, at large.  
This week, the Austin Food Blogger Alliance is delighted to utilize our collective voice in support of the ARC of the Capital Area through our 2013 Cupcakes & Cocktails Fundraiser, to be held at Le Cordon Bleu, at The Domain, in Austin.
The event is open to the public, and details can be found below.  Come join us for food, fun, revelry, and perhaps a little extra sparkle.
Dust off your best cocktail duds, and come join in the fun!
Austin Food Blogger Alliance Hosts
Second Annual Cupcakes and Cocktails Fundraiser
Proceeds benefit ARC of the Capital Area
Austin, Texas—The Austin Food Blogger Alliance is hosting its annual Cupcakes & Cocktails fundraiser, this year benefiting ARC of the Capital Area. The event will be held from 6 to 9p.m., Friday, July 19 at Le Cordon Bleu in The Domain.
Samples of local spirits and sweets will be served for a good cause, along with a silent auction of culinary surprises.
Local bakers from Sugar Mama's Bakeshop, SugaPlump Pastries, Delish, Blue Note Bakery, Butter Stick Bakery and Crema Bakery and Cafe will be serving up cocktail-themed cupcakes at the event. Libations will be provided by Treaty Oak Distilling, T1 Tequila, and Hops and Grain. Le Cordon Bleu in The Domain, Google+, and Central Market are also supporting the event.
Since the organization was founded in 2011, The Austin Food Blogger Alliance has given back to the Central Texas community through advocacy campaigns, volunteer projects, and fundraisers.
The group’s previous philanthropic partners include the Sustainable Food Center, The Capitol Area Food Bank, SafePlace, and others. In 2012 the inaugural Cupcakes & Cocktails benefit raised over $4,500 for BakeAWish, a culinary nonprofit that provides birthday cakes to underprivileged children and the elderly in Central Texas.
The event is open to the public; general admission tickets are $35 each and may be purchased at

The ARC of the Arts Studio and Gallery Show
About Austin Food Blogger Alliance
The Austin Food Blogger Alliance seeks to support a local membership of food bloggers and the community through educational initiatives, social events, and philanthropic endeavors. Founded in 2011, the Alliance has over 150 members. The 501(c)7 nonprofit is the first blogging organization of its kind in the United States and serves as a model internationally. The Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook was published by The History Press in 2012. For more information, visit
About ARC of the Capital Area
ARC is a nonprofit committed to promoting independence and choice by providing individualized services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has a wide variety of programs, including: an art studio, case management services, guardianship services and juvenile justice services. Visit to learn more.
Regina shares her artwork, and the story behind it, at the ARC of the Arts Studio and Gallery Show.
Matches adults with disabilities with professional artists in the community.
Provides individuals with developmental disabilities and their families with access to holiday assistance, medical/adaptive equipment and supplies, and crisis assistance to help with housing, utilities, medical payments, transportation and childcare costs.
Coordinates a range of community integration services and supports to help adults with developmental disabilities, many of whom live alone, to achieve and maintain personal independence.
CLASS offers individuals with disabilities who need attendant care an alternative to institutionalization by helping them access the resources they need to live and work as independently as possible in the community.
Includes low or no-cost parent mentoring, special education advocacy, support groups and guardianship services for parents and caregivers of children with developmental disabilities.
Helps under-resourced families to establish guardianship of children with developmental disabilities who have recently reached or will soon reach adulthood (age 18).
Provides educational advocacy and support to help youth with developmental disabilities (ages 11-17) and special education needs to complete school, stay out of the justice system and become contributing members of the community.

Nicole, the talented artist, introduced us to her parents as her benefactors.  She made my day.  And her artwork, an uncanny animal likeness of a certain pair, hangs proudly in my home.  
It is also an honor to have from maggie's farm be a part of the lineup of stellar products and services offered as a part of the evening's silent auction. If blue-ribbon jam,jelly, relish, chutney, marmalade and dessert glazes are your kind of thing, be sure to drop by and throw your hat into the ring for a custom gift basket of from maggie's farm bestsellers.  

We'd all love to see you there!


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