Sweet Elena's New Equipment Fund

$670 of $10k goal

Raised by 12 people in 19 months
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Elena Salsedo  SEASIDE, CA
We are in need of a new pie press, new espresso machine and new slicer.  We hope the community we bake for will support us to get the new equipment we need to continue baking.

I opened Sweet Elena's in 1992 in Sand City.  Prior to opening Sweet Elena's, I worked at Ventana in Big Sur as a pastry chef for fourteen years. Mentored by Chef Albert Kumin of the International Pastry Art Center and Cornelius Van Peski of Carmel, my love for culinary arts grew.

Born and raised in North Africa and France, with an Italian Mediterranean background, food was always an important part of our lives.  My father was a winemaker and ran a vineyard in Tunisia and later in France.  My mother was a "gourmande" and bought our food daily at the local farmer's market.  We had big family reunions and spent a lot of time cooking such foods as grillades (grilled meats and vegetables), couscous (a North African dish), homemade pasta and ravioli.

Sweet Elena's is an artisan bakery, where everything is made from scratch, reminiscent of home country cooking, using fresh and local ingredients.

The farmer's market with its seasonal variety of products has been a great source of inspiration for my cooking:  Fruit pies and tarts (Meyer lemon, cherry, peach, nectarine, apricot); vegetable, chicken & chard, spinach & mushroom galettes; quiches.  Our delicious granola, made with Amen Bee honey, crisp biscotti with anise, and our star cookie filled with raspberry jam have a big following. 

When Sand City initiated the local arts festival, Sweet Elena's started a tradition of showcasing local artists.  A cozy gathering place, great art, and delicious food.
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Posted by Elena Salsedo
19 months ago
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I am still a bit shy about all of this But seems it could really help us generate the money we need for new equipment which my business seems to have a hard time generating. I hope to be able to get the pie press, that is going to be a big hole in our bank account. So thank you every one for helping! Very grateful to live in this community.
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Margaret Carey Lang
15 months ago
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Hey, Elena. You might want to add some incentives for each donation level - that always attracts attention ♥ Like a cookie for $10, a bag of granola for $50, etc. Good luck!

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$670 of $10k goal

Raised by 12 people in 19 months
Created September 25, 2015
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Elena Salsedo  
$25
Anonymous
15 months ago
$25
Margaret Carey Lang
15 months ago
EH
$100
Erlinda Hiscock
18 months ago

Wishing you the best of luck with this endeavor.

PF
$50
Patti Fashing
18 months ago
$25
Anonymous
18 months ago
$100
Anonymous
19 months ago
TL
$25
Terri Larson
19 months ago

I have not had the pleasure of experiencing your store but after seeing all of Paul Tuffs pictures and food reviews I want to help keep you going until I get there

PT
$25
Paul Tuff
19 months ago

Thanks for all the delicious food and beverages and for showcasing local art.

$20
Anonymous
19 months ago
$100
Anonymous
19 months ago
Margaret Carey Lang
15 months ago
1
1

Hey, Elena. You might want to add some incentives for each donation level - that always attracts attention ♥ Like a cookie for $10, a bag of granola for $50, etc. Good luck!

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