Is Boichik Bagels the NY-style bagel purveyor the Bay has been waiting for? (Photo/Alix Wall)
Is Boichik Bagels the NY-style bagel purveyor the Bay has been waiting for? (Photo/Alix Wall)

Best bagels in the Bay? Fundraiser for undocumented fire victims has the answer

Bagel lovers gathered on Sunday in San Rafael to vote for their favorite bagel in a benefit for UndocuFund, which is helping undocumented workers affected by the Sonoma County fires. The event, called Bagala!, was organized by Andrew Naja-Riese and Laurie Leiber. Organizers had narrowed the many Bay Area bagel choices down to eight competitors, and those who attended voted on their favorite. Over $2,500 was raised by 60 participants.

New pop-up Boichik Bagels of Alameda came in first place, with Marla Bakery of San Francisco coming in second and Bake Your Own Amazing Bagels from Oakland in third.

Said Boichik Bagels founder Emily Winston: “I’m so honored to have won with all the top bagels in the region in attendance. It’s great confirmation that I really should be moving ahead with this, and I hope to have a brick-and-mortar open before the year is out.”

All eight businesses donated their bagels so proceeds could go directly to fire victims, with Wise Sons of San Francisco and Larkspur, Beauty’s Bagel Shop of Oakland, Berkeley Bagels and Baron Baking of Berkeley and Levy’s Bagels & Co. of Alameda all competing, in addition to the three winners.

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Alix Wall is a contributing editor to J. She is also the founder of the Illuminoshi: The Not-So-Secret Society of Bay Area Jewish Food Professionals and is writer/producer of a documentary-in-progress called "The Lonely Child."