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An All-Asian American Pastry Pop-Up Comes to Portland

Bakers Box spotlights local AAPI bakers across the nation. Its eighth edition takes place October 26 at Berlu.

By Katherine Chew Hamilton October 8, 2021

A pastry box from a Bakers Box pop-up in San Francisco

Berlu is known for its pastry boxes boasting slices of green pandan honeycomb cake and mango rolls. But soon, the restaurant will be spotlighting a different kind of pastry box.

Bakers Box is a nationwide project featuring local AAPI bakers in a different city every month; past events have included New York City, Chicago, LA, and Washington, D.C.

The Portland edition of Bakers Box takes place on October 26 at Berlu and will feature 18 desserts from 18 Portland-area Asian American and Pacific Islander bakers, from pop-up talents like Alexandria Guevarra of Allie G’s, Anh Tran of Hey Chaudy, and Lisa Nguyen of HeyDay Donuts to bakers with storefronts like Jin Caldwell and Kyurim Lee of Jinju Patisserie and Thuy Pham of Mama Dút Foods

The Bakers Box project got its start in March 2021 in New York City to celebrate Women’s History Month and shine a spotlight on Asian American women pastry chefs. Now, the project has expanded to include AAPI bakers of all genders. It’s just one of several projects from With Warm Welcome, a Los Angeles-based community organization aimed at amplifying the role of Asian Americans in hospitality, founded by restaurant industry vet Arnold Byun. Along with the Bakers Box project, With Warm Welcome also has a podcast featuring AAPI restaurateurs, tastemakers, food entrepreneurs, and other food industry folks.

A $100 ticket includes two boxes of pastries, with nine treats in each box. Plus, 10 percent of proceeds benefit the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO). Tickets go on sale October 10 at 10 a.m. EST—purchase online here. The full list of bakers is below 

Box 1 of 2

Ada Chavez / Kumare PDX

Alexandria Guevarra / Allie G's

Anh Tran / Hey Chaudy

Dana Pham / Let's Be Sweet Bakery

Geleen Abenoja / Shop Halo Halo

Hailey Zhou / Self

Hanna Gregor / Self

Helen Nguyen / Cake Batch

Holly Ong / SIBEIHO

Box 2 of 2

Jin Caldwell + Kyurim Lee / JinJu Patisserie

Laina Yoswein / Omija Home Bakes

Lisa Nguyen / HeyDay

Maya Okada Erickson / Self

Mio Asaka / Mio's Delectables 

Thuy Pham / Mama Dut Foods

Vince Nguyen / Berlu Bakery

Wendy Zhang / Self

Xuan Bale / A. Dood Baked Goods

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