May is Mental Health Month, and Scene contributor and sweets maven Megan Seling has come up with a fantastic way to raise both awareness and funds for the Tennessee chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness with an all-star bake sale. The Depressed Cake Sale is an initiative started in London in 2013 featuring all sorts of baked goods and desserts that are decorated gray (or grey in London), black or silver. The sweets are intended as a way to start conversations and address the stigmas associated with depression, anxiety and mental illness
All the baked goods will be priced at $5, with proceeds directly benefiting NAMI Tennessee, and Seling has brought together an astonishing roster of talent to contribute. Seling is no slouch herself, as her compatriots here at the Scene can attest, and she’s even a published cupcake cookbook author. (An aside: an Amazon search for Megan also reveals an astonishing ode to her written by perhaps the most prolific performer on the internet, Matt Farley.) When Seling put out the call for volunteer bakers, she was overwhelmed with support.
The list is still growing, but here’s who has already agreed to participate:
Jessica Bedor of Sinema
Diana Lee Zadlo of The BE-Hive
Rebekah Turshen of City House
Megan Seling of Bake It in a Cake
The Scene’s own Amanda Haggard
The Depressed Cake Shop will be held noon to 4 p.m. May 18 at Anaconda Vintage (1062 E. Trinity Lane, next to Grimey’s). Get there early before we buy everything!