Gingerbread house competition helps kids
BEAVER CREEK The competition keeps getting tougher each year at CASA of the Continental Divides Annual Gingerbread House Competition and the real winners are the children who benefit from the advocacy that the event helps CASA to provide. This years competition, held on Friday, Nov. 23 in Beaver Creek, featured entries from 11 professional chefs, 12 amateurs and 24 children.Bernie Oswald and Brian K. Williams swept the professional division for the 5th year in a row with their Austrian Christmas Hause featuring their trademark marzipan people populating a festive Austrian chalet. This year they were given a run for their money by the Ritz Carlton, Bachelor Gulchs entry, A Ritz Christmas, crafted by chef Michael Pearson in the form of a gingerbread jet. Third place was taken by Stephen Fullers Christmas Around the World. Stephen is a Summit County chef representing Bubba Gump Shrimp Company who was entering the competition for the second time. All of the professional entries were full of imagination and showed the full range of what talented pastry chefs can create out of gingerbread. Prize money of $1,000, $500 and $250 from CASA and the Beaver Creek Resort Company was awarded to the respective winners.The amateur division was won by Susan Morans entry Santa Stops for Cocoa. Susans entries have garnered many ribbons in previous years competitions as well. The second place winner was The Voyage of the Gingerbreader, a sailing ship based on the Chronicles of Narnia created by the all-male team of Andrew Royster and the Episcopal Church of the Transfigureations Srhi Guys. Close on their heels were the all-womens team of Emily Lange, Melody Rosen, Beth Levin-Rosen and Maddy Trtanj with their Hogwarts Gingerbread Castle. The child entries were split into two divisions this year; the blue ribbon in the 8- to 12-year-old division was won by Jared Horn whose intricately detailed entry was titled Mining in Colorado. Katelyn Young took 2nd place with Santas Colorado Cabin and Sarah Barca took the yellow ribbon with her entry, Frosty. All three of the winners had competed in the gingerbread house competition before and in addition to their ribbons they won savings bonds donated by 1st Banks of Avon and Silverthorne.The division for children 7 and younger was won by Samuel Temple of Faribault, Minn., whose entry was transported to Beaver Creek in the family car carefully packed in Styrofoam. It was entitled Native American Christmas. Dominic Lettovskys Christmas Church took second place in the division and August Mayer won 3rd with his Seuss Chalet. Winners in the younger division also received savings bonds from 1st Banks. In addition to being a showcase for the vast culinary talent in Eagle and Summit counties, the event was a great kickoff to the holiday season with hundreds of families enjoying the sights and the smells of gingerbread, peppermint and gumdrops.
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