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Nashville’s Outstanding Pastry Chefs Contribute to the Ultimate Thanksgiving Bake Sale

The bake sale, organized by Amanda Virgillito, benefits The Foundation for Children with Neuroimmune Disorders

The bake sale art is by Virgillito’s daughter, Anna
Squeaky Wheel PR

Amanda Virgillito of Squeaky Wheel Public Relations firm is hosting a virtual Thanksgiving bake sale featuring whole desserts from some of Nashville’s top pastry chefs, restaurants, and bakeries. The bake sale benefits The Foundation for Children with Neuroimmune Disorders — a cause near and dear for Virgillito, as her own daughter was diagnosed with PANDAS in 2018.

The Foundation for Children with Neuroimmune Disorders is a nonprofit that works toward improving outcomes for these children, with a focus on research and physician education. Next spring, they’ll host a virtual inflammatory brain disorders conference, and Virgillito is working to meet the state’s fundraising goal so any and all doctors in Tennessee have access to attend.

“If there’s one thing I know about Nashville’s hospitality community, it’s that this is where the helpers are,” said Virgillito. “They show up. They say ‘yes.’ They fill needs when they see them. This is an all-star lineup of talent, and the public will have some fantastic choices for their Thanksgiving tables.”

Once again that sentiment proves true in Nashville, as 26 different pastry chefs, bakeries, and restaurants are donating their pies, cakes, danishes, and more to Virgillito’s cause. All desserts are priced at $25, $40 and $60. All items are available on a limited, first come first served basis.

See the whole whopping menu of 60 different sweet offerings and order online here via Hathorne’s website (starting Wednesday, November 18 at 9 a.m.). Pick up is also at Hathorne (on the patio), on Wednesday, November 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Confirmed restaurants and bakeries for the bake sale include:

8th & Roast (buttermilk pie)
Arnold’s Country Kitchen (Southern pecan pie, spicy chocolate pie)
Bastion (chess pie)
Biscuit Love (b-rolls)
Caity Pies (bourbon caramel apple pie, cran-raspberry gingersnap pie)
Chauhan Ale & Masala House (gulab jamun cheesecake)
Christie Cookie (chocolate chip cookie cake)
City House (sweet potato meringue cake)
D’Andrews Bakery (carrot layer cake, Jack Daniels pumpkin pie)
Dessert Designs by Leland (caramel bundt cake)
D.Kates Catering (fudge pie)
Fat Belly Pretzel (pretzel danishes and pretzel bizmarks)
Goo Goo Cluster (3rd Avenue heartache cake)
Hathorne (dark chocolate cremeux pie)
Jasper’s (chocolate mocha layer cake)
Little Gourmand (red berry tart, a dozen assorted macarons)
Loveless Cafe (chess pie)
Mangia Nashville (gluten-free and regular tiramisu)
McCabe Pub (sour cream coconut cake)
The Mockingbird (pumpkin cake)
Nicky’s Coal Fired (bourbon pecan pie)
Lisa Marie White (eggnog bourbon bundt)
Pink Door Cookies (a dozen cookies: 6 pumpkin pretzel, 6 cranberry white chocolate cookie butter)
Jessica Bedor of Proper Bagel (pumpkin roll cake, cookie dough tart)
Sinema (British apple crumble)
The Painted Cupcake (pumpkin pie)

“This is an old-fashioned bake sale with a few adjustments in response to the pandemic,” said Virgillito, “I’d love to visit with guests as they view all the gorgeous baked goods on display, but safety is paramount. We do plan to have a few last-minute offerings available for those who wish to stop by. We’ll be set up on Hathorne’s patio under a tent to allow for social distancing, and masks are required.”

Looking for a savory turkey, dressing, and sides to accompany dessert? Refer back to the 2020 Thanksgiving takeout guide and get those orders in soon.