By Grace Elkus
Updated: January 30, 2017

Today's #BakeItForward celebrity supporter is Kate Jacoby, co-owner, pastry chef, general manager, and sommelier at Vedge in Philadelphia, PA. Kate is raising awareness for Chenoa Manor, an accredited non-profit animal sanctuary and youth assistance facility located in Avondale, PA. Chenoa is run by Dr. Rob Teti, a Vedge customer and friend of Kate's.

"[Chenoa] is home to about 300 rescued farm and exotic animals, all tended by Dr. Teti with the assistance of local "at risk" teens who learn compassion and accountability by caring for the animals," Kate said. "I've visited on several occasions, and they do fantastic work. We've even had some of the teens stage in our kitchen when they've demonstrated an interest in the culinary arts. I really can't say enough wonderful things about Chenoa."

Kate made homemade soft pretzels to share with Chenoa, the recipe for which can be found below.

Inspired? Try your hand at a savory treat like Kate did, and bake a second batch for a local charity or someone who means something to you. Deliver the treats, and show them how much you appreciate them.

Check back tomorrow to see who else is joining us to #BakeItForward.

Kate Jacoby's Soft Pretzels

  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 4 ½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • Some coarse salt