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Pastry Chicago Hosts Gingerbread Competition

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sizing up the competition: First- and second-place winners from last year's contest. Photo courtesy of Pastry Chicago.

It’s time to channel your inner Martha Stewart. Pastry Chicago is sponsoring its fifth annual gingerbread house competition, open to amateur bakers, enthusiasts and students.

This year’s theme is “Frank Lloyd Wright architecture” and as long as your entry is edible, almost anything goes (including interior lighting). Registration is free but limited, and due by Nov. 30. The event itself is open to the general public and is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Hotel Sofitel Water Tower, 1 – 3 p.m. Chef Nicholas Lodge, a master cake artist and instructor at the French Pastry School, will be on hand for a baking demonstration of holiday desserts. Chef Lodge may not be a household name, but you’ve likely heard of at least one his clients—he created one of the official wedding cakes for Lady Diana and Prince Charles.

The gingerbread houses will be judged by local pastry chefs and winners will receive KitchenAid products.

UPDATE (1:23 p.m. Nov. 17): Another gingerbread contest with a Frank Lloyd Wright connection: Edible Edifice, presented by the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, will benefit efforts to restore one of Wright’s masterpieces. The competition’s sponsors including The Bleeding Heart Bakery; owners Michelle and Vinny Garcia are among the judges. Check this link for info on registrations fees and rules and regulations.

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