One morning David Ligatich discovered some Gresham magic while he was waiting for his cinnamon rolls to prove before going in the oven.
Usually, in the Gresham Biscuits Café kitchen, 1905 N.E. Division St., Ligatich would put the trays full of gooey treats on a counter to rest and let the yeast rise. But that morning had been a particularly inspired preparatory session, so to find room he placed one tray above the freezer.
When he later brought the pan back down, he was stunned to see how much the cinnamon rolls had expanded.
"This doesn't happen at the other location in Vancouver," Ligatich said with a laugh. "It's something about being in Gresham that makes them expand."
Those special Gresham cinnamon rolls, which are one-third larger than they should be, are the highlight during the early stretch of the Fill-A-Bag fundraiser events, which runs for two months in support of SnowCap Community Charities.
From 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, community members can pick up their own batch of cinnamon rolls. This is the third year Ligatich has been baking for SnowCap, and he expects to serve about 1,000 rolls.
"It's been a popular event because people get to buy something with all of the money supporting a good cause," Ligatich said. "The whole goal behind this is to raise awareness for SnowCap."
The cinnamon rolls are $5 each, and 100% of the money goes to SnowCap.
This year people can download order forms via Facebook —https://bit.ly/31S3Fnz — which is the best way to ensure you secure the tasty treats. Ligatich does plan to have about 200 to 250 rolls available to walk-ins, but he doesn't expect them to last very long.
"We love Gresham," Ligatich said. "This is one way for us to give back."
SnowCap Community Charities is the largest nonprofit food pantry in the state and serves as a safety net for residents across East Multnomah County. It provides food, clothing, advocacy and other resources to people from Gresham, East Portland, Troutdale, Fairview and Wood Village.
Learn more about the nonprofit and Fill-A-Bag at snowcap.org.
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