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Queen Bean is a pastry project fundraiser from Rachel Mennies designed to help the treat-lovers of Chicago support their community while eating delicious baked goods.

Pastry boxes will 1. include four treats that make use of seasonal and local ingredients whenever possible; 2. feature my favorite flavors (salty-sweet! herbal! chocolate every day!); 3. accommodate all vegetarians and, when possible, vegans too; 4. support rotating organizations and causes, with 100% of proceeds donated.

April Menu: Drop Day 4/24/22

  1. Kinako, black sesame, and strawberry neapolitan sugar cookies

  2. Miso-maple-orange mini loaf cake

  3. Rye and everything bagel-spice challah knots

  4. Triple cocoa sea-salt brownies* 

*vegan! if you're vegan I will happily make you a box of just these

June Fundraiser

I'm taking a pause in May—watch this space for June box updates!

Previous Fundraisers

All proceeds from the April 2022 box were donated to Market Box, a volunteer-driven mutual aid project that bulk-buys food from small farms and distributes it for free to 400+ households per month across the South Side of Chicago.


All proceeds from the March 2022 box were donated to World Central Kitchen, who is currently distributing food—including hot, fresh meals—across five countries to Ukrainian refugees fleeing their homes for safety. 🌻🇺🇦

All proceeds from the February 2022 box were donated to Brave Space Alliance. Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, designed to create and provide affirming and culturally competent services for the entire LGBTQ+ community of Chicago.


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Pastries, please!

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As a home baker who cares a lot about your safety & has loved ones with food allergies, a caveat: my kitchen should not be considered allergen-safe, even if a box doesn't explicitly list an ingredient you might be allergic to. Pastries prepared for the fundraisers may contain wheat (...always), dairy, eggs, peanuts/tree nuts, soy-originating ingredients, and/or other common allergens, and could also contain traces of other allergens from my home fridge/pantry/etc.

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