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Autumn News from Short Street Cakes: Cake Ladies and Sugar Skulls!

Cake Ladies: Celebrating a Southern Tradition- The Book Is Out!
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Friends, it is with great excitement and gratitude that I announce that my book, Cake Ladies: Celebrating a Southern Tradition, is now available for purchase wherever books are sold!  Click on the image to the left to order from Amazon, or, better yet, purchase a copy at your local, independent bookstore!  This book represents two years of my life and the hard work of many talented people.  I have grown so much as a person through this process, and I am so grateful to have had this experience.  And the best part: I now have the opportunity to retrace my steps, visit the Cake Ladies that I have grown to love, and share the book with others by embarking on a book tour!  I will be visiting at least eleven cities over the next three months, including a Pig Pickin' in Cedar Grove, NC, a reception at the Southern Food Museum in New Orleans, and a party in my hometown of Marietta, GA.  Please join me for book signing and cake eating: click here to see a list of tour dates and locations.  And thank you.
Asheville Book Launch Party!
And to kick off the tour: please join us for a cake-filled, kid-friendly, cocktail-licious celebration of the publication of Cake Ladies! This Sunday, October 16, at 5pm at Forsythia Hall, just north of downtown Asheville, we will celebrate with cake, a book signing, a brief reading, signature beverages by the wonderful Miss Glo, and a little dancing (or a lot of dancing).  $3-$5 suggested donation at the door gets you in the running for our awesome raffle of books, flowers, cakes, and t-shirts!  Sponsored by Calliope Cut Flowers, Boomboxes Etc., and Malaprops Bookstore.  Books will be on hand for purchase and signing; a few of the book's featured Cake Ladies will be in attendance, too!  Click on the image to the right for more details. 
Meanwhile, Back at the Cake Shop:
Obviously, all of this galavanting and book-writing would not be possible without the support of the extraordinarily strong, smart and capable crew at Short Street Cakes.  Our business continues to grow, and this year I have watched our four full-time Cake Ladies flourish, both professionally and personally.  Their above-and-beyond efforts have allowed me to be available for working on the book, and in turn, they have brought their unique talents to create an even more dynamic energy to the Cake Shop.  Hannah has taken over coordination with retail, wholesale and consignment sales, as well as holiday sales and special events, and Anna (pictured) has stepped up to coordinate and execute wedding cakes.  Emilou has taken on the entire purchasing and inventory angle of our work, and Lucy continues to astound us with her all-natural, all-beautiful, intricate cake designs.  We've also had the pleasure of welcoming four new part-time staff members to support the Cake Ladies in their work, and their fresh energy and willingness to work hard and learn quickly has been so exciting.  Stop by the Cake Shop soon to see just how well it's all working!  
Oh, and Four More Things:
click here for our brand new menu!
1) New Menu.  Click on the picture to see our new and improved Cake Menu!  We've streamlined the "simple" cakes, making it a build-your-own system with several choices.  We've kept ALL of the Classic and Deluxe flavors from the previous menu, and added several more, like a Salted Caramel Cake and Hannah's now-famous Banana Split Cake.  Check it out and let us know what you think!
2) New, beautiful Cake Shop retail shelves. (pictured).  Our wonderful friend, artist Peter Parpan, hand-built these tall and truly beautiful shelves to hold our newly expanded retail section, including the Cake Ladies book, handmade art by Hannah Dansie and Celia Barbieri, cake stands, candy, and:
3) Scratch-made Curds. For sale by the half-pint!  Due to the recent popularity of our Buttermilk White Cake, we've found ourselves with a surplus of egg yolks.  And when life gives you egg yolks, make Lemon Curd!  Emilou has been cooking and canning our lemon, lime, and orange curds for sale in the cake shop.  It makes a great gift. 
4) T-Shirts!  We're also using the shelves to display the new t-shirts our friends over at On Point Printing whipped up.  The awesome Short Street Cakes logo t-shirts are available in mens, womens, and youth sizes, and they are pretty.  Only $15 each!
And While We are on the Subject of Food...
I've been excited to be a part of a small working group that has, over the past 6 months, been organizing and advocating for the creation of a Food Policy Council for Asheville.  A Food Policy Council is a working body of all community members, non-profits, grassroots groups, and governmental agencies that want to address food security issues for an area.  (Food Security is a state in which all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food to maintain a healthy and active life, FYI). Food security encompasses issues of poverty, public health, local commerce, and sustainability.
I'm pleased to announce that the first convening of the Food Policy Council for Asheville/Buncombe will take place on October 21, from 1-4pm, at the Sherrill Center on the campus of UNCA.  This will be an action-oriented group that will work together to create immediate and long-term solutions to the broad-ranging challenges to food security for our community.  We need to hear your voice.  Click on the image for more info, or go here to read a copy of the working group's white paper.  Special thanks to Bountiful Cities and City Councilman Gordon Smith for your dedication to this issue.  See you on the 21st!
Sugar Skulls and Dias de Los Muertos at Short Street Cakes!
Happy Halloween!
This year we will again be hosting our traditional Dias De Los Muertos Celebration.  Starting on Monday, October 24, through Monday, November 1st, handmade Sugar Skulls will be available for purchase at the Cake Shop, with a table set up with decoration supplies, so that families and individuals can come together and remember loved ones who have passed.  A portion of proceeds from the sale of the sugar skulls will go to benefit Coalicion de Organizaciones Latino-Americanas.  Our Ofrenda will be set up, and the altar will be taken to join the day of the dead celebration at Mayfels on Monday night, November 1st!  Please feel free to bring offerings of food, candles, and other treats to respectfully honor those who have passed.   
Cake Shop Info:
Short Street Cakes is located at 225 Haywood Road in East-West Asheville, just up the hill from the River Arts District.  we are open 7 days a week: Monday through Saturday 8am til 6pm, and Sundays 10-2. 
phone: 828.505.4822
menu at
Please allow 48 hours for advance cake orders, or stop by and see what we have on hand!
The mission of Short Street Cakes is to add meaning to life’s celebrations by providing beautiful, delicious, all-natural, scratch-made cakes, and in so doing, generate a sustainable livelihood for our employees, educate the community about traditional foodways, and support the local food and agriculture economy.
Short Street Cakes • 225 Haywood Rd. • Asheville • NC • 28806
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