OTR's Please hosts 'Bake Sales' with some of America's best female pastry chefs

These monthly Sunday brunches/pop-ups feature baked goods and wine from female winemakers

click to enlarge Please is putting a focus on female pastry artists and winemakers this summer. - Photo: Brooke Shanesy
Photo: Brooke Shanesy
Please is putting a focus on female pastry artists and winemakers this summer.

Cincinnati chef and entrepreneur Ryan Santos is doling out extra treats this summer at his OTR eatery Please with a series of “bake sales,” hosted by some of the finest pastry chefs in the country.

The goal of the Please Bake Sales is to celebrate female pastry chefs from some of “America’s most touted restaurants and food publications” with a part brunch/part pop-up, says a recent press release. And all will be complemented by featured wines, exclusively from female winemakers.

The series kicks off May 20 with Stella Parks, a food writer from Lexington whose book, BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts, made it on the New York Times bestseller list. When not baking handmade delicacies, Parks is likely cooking up articles for Serious Eats, where she serves as senior editor.

Baker Sasha Piligan, from Los Angeles-based Sqirl, comes to the restaurant on June 3, followed by Zoe Taylor on July 22. Taylor is a decorated pastry chef from Milktooth in Indianapolis and an outspoken advocate about gender bias and injustice in the restaurant industry.

On August 5, expect simple elegance from Anna Posey, the artist-chef who recently opened Elske in Chicago’s West Loop with her husband, David. Bon Appétit ranked Elske as the second-best new restaurant in America last year.

Maya Erickson will close out the experiment on September 23 with treats inspired by Thailand*. Erickson originals include strawberry nahm gati (strawberry, coconut broth, palm seed, rice dumpling and chia seeds) and ice cream mamuang (mango sorbet, turmeric rice cream and cayenne-salt tuile). 

Please Bake Sales take place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on select Sundays, May through September. Events are first come, first served.

Please is located at 1405 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine. More info: pleasecincinnati.com.

*An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Erickson was from Thailand

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