Cook with Hella Vegan Eats!

I am enamored with Hella Vegan Eats! Tiffany and Sylvee, the two ladies behind HVE, are always impressing me with their culinary prowess and their charm.

Fat Bottom Bakery has gotten the chance to team up with Hella Vegan Eats for events around Oakland and we always have an amazing time. Getting to hang out with these rad folks AND eat their amazing food is pretty incredible! Their passion for good food is evident in the dishes themselves, whether its tamales, coconut ice cream, or one of their many other offerings. HVE always serves up tasty vegan food that showcases the quality ingredients and delicious veggies.

HVE is hosting a Nigerian and Latin cooking class on March 21. 2012 in collaboration with La Cocina and Chiefo Chukwudebe of Chiefo’s Kitchen. Here’s what Tiff and Sylvee have to say about what their upcoming class is all about:

Because vegetables are delicious. For serious. In this class we’ll make vegan food because it tastes good, not just because it’s vegan. Think plantain and cabbage dishes from Nigeria and Latin American inspired dishes like Bell Pepper Ice Cream and platanos from Oakland’s Hella Vegan Eats.

I am sure this class will be amazing and you better believe they have a thing or two to teach about cooking!


FBB & Hella Vegan Eats at this week’s Art Murmur!

We are so, so excited to return to Oakland Art Murmur this month because this time we’re doing things a little different, and it’s surely going to be the best ever!

This month we’ll have a booth on 23rd street (just off Telegraph, in the main vendor area) as well as walking around with our cupcake trays as usual. Having a booth means we can serve you more than just cupcakes this time round– we’ll also have Fall apple galettes! Oh, and did I mention we’re sharing the booth with our friends from Hella Vegan Eats??

You may remember them from Art Murmurs past, or some of the Underground Markets, or maybe you’ve been lucky enough to attend one of the fabulous events they’ve catered. If you’ve had the pleasure of tasting their food you’ll know I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s good. Like, SO GOOD. Maybe even the best in town. Yeah, I went there.

So! Please come visit us this Friday and get a whole plateful of the tastiest vegan food Oakland has to offer. We’ll be bringing pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, apple galettes, and teaming up with HVE on spiced pumpkin horchata! The Hella Vegan ladies will also have their delicious seasonal vegetable tamales and a full array of homemade salsas for you. How could you resist?

Sale books and cupcakes and raffles!

If you didn’t make it out to the Issues Anniversary party last weekend, allow us to recap for you what you missed:
There were out-of-control stacks of sale books lining the sidewalk, giant piles of t-shirts for only $10 (Joy Division? Check. The Smiths? Check. The Issues store logo? Double check.), free food provided by Casa Latina, free palm reading, free beer(!), a giant raffle with prizes from more than 20 local small businesses, and, of course, a table full of Fat Bottom baked goods.
It sounds like almost too much, right? Like you can’t even imagine how awesome it was? Or maybe you just need photographic evidence to believe this shit really happened. Well, we’ve got that for you too.

Allow us to start with our own goods:
We’ve got mint chocolate and vanilla strawberry cupcakes…

And chocolate chip and maple-walnut cookies.


Debbie and Tiffany demonstrate the proper way to be stoked about baked goods.

Indigo is unsure…

…But comes around after a bite or two (we knew he would!)

Fan, helper, and sometimes-photographer of Fat Bottom Bakery, Jose, fell in love with a puppy.

Meanwhile, inside the store, Issues owners and friends work diligently to keep their valued customers happy.

While outside, we prepared our raffle prize to go to its lucky recipient– we told you we had a prize in the raffle, right?

Carolynn even made a fancy box for it.

Raffle time came around at 4pm, and store-owner and generally-awesome-lady Noella got the crowd pumped up…
Seriously, the crowd was like 20 times that big. It was massive. Like, too-big-to-all-fit-in-one-photo-style.

We couldn’t have had a better time!
I’m telling you, that’s genuine delight on our faces.

All in all, it was a pretty perfect day. We got to meet tons of new local folks and convince them of our merit as a local Oakland business (I think it’s called “networking” or something), run into some good friends, meet some cute dogs, hang out with the folks from Issues and even win a prize (I won a tote bag from Spectator Books in the raffle!). Oh, and we got sunburned! That part may not have been perfect, but rest assured it was our own damn fault.