Denver Planned Parenthood bake sale: Chefs raise $25,000

Casey Giltner, Provided by Baltz

Customers line up outside The Populist on Sunday waiting for the bake sale to support Planned Parenthood. Some people waited for an hour or more to enter the event.

A line stretched down the block to get into The Populist restaurant’s neighborhood bake sale on Larimer Street in Denver on Sunday. By the end of the four-hour event, the baked goods had sold out, twice, and 1,500 attendees had contributed $25,000 to Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

“It was a moment of tremendous empowerment for all who were there,” said Theo Adley, the Populist’s executive chef and the fundraiser’s organizer. “This was a demonstration of solidarity from the Colorado hospitality industry’s support of women’s rights, reproductive rights and fundamental human rights.”

Adley worked with around 20 other Denver chefs, bakers, restaurateurs and bar and coffee shop owners to put together the event for Planned Parenthood. In a release last week, he said that the nonprofit sexual health organization was under attack and needed “community engagement and support now more than ever.”

On Sunday, organizers reported a line forming outside the restaurant ahead of the 10 a.m. bake sale’s start and up until the event was over. Some customers waited in line for an hour or more.

Once inside, there were booths with packaged treats, from babka to budino. Attendees could also buy coffee or wine with their snacks to eat on the restaurant’s patio. The initial lineup of goodies sold out by noon, leaving the chefs to go back into the kitchen and “get creative,” according to Adley.

Based on the success of the first, he is already planning a second event. Though the date isn’t finalized, those interested in attending can follow The Populist on Facebook.