Gingerbread Contest

By on 12 December, 2011 in Food, Holidays with 0 Comments


A little blurry, but here's the Marcus Whitman in gingerbread.

This past week one of us was in Walla Walla, Washington – a small town in Eastern Washington known for its sweet onions, a prestigious liberal arts college, wineries and a state prison. We’ll let you guess which of these attractions brought us there on business. While there, we stayed at the historic Marcus Whitman hotel, a grand old castle of a place filled with seasonal decorations guaranteed to Christmas up the heart of even the crustiest old atheist. One of the more amazing displays was a gigantic gingerbread house of the hotel, to scale, with a big mountain next to it and a train running around the display. You could watch this for hours and feel yourself warming with cheer and goodwill.

Montgomery needs some similarly gingerbreaded monuments. Louisa’s Bakery has got just the thing. If you’re feeling artsy, need to unleash your inner decorator, or have just been watching too many episodes of Curb Appeal, Louisa’s Bakery is having a gingerbread house decorating contest this month. Kits can be picked up on Dec. 12 (today), and decorated houses should be returned on Dec. 16. We know, we know, that the flyer (below) says that you have to have ordered your kit already. But we called the good folks at Louisa’s and they said just come on by and you can order a kit today and even into the week. They will announce winners on Dec. 17, so get going if you’re going to build something sweet. Evidently the prizes will be from local merchants.

If you’re stuck for ideas, we’ve dreamed up a few locally-inspired ones for you:

  • Gingerbread Governor’s Mansion – one of Montgomery’s most stately landmarks, which you now have the opportunity to improve by sticking candies all over it.
  • Gingerbread Cramton Bowl – celebrate the recent remodel by staging your own Turkey Day Classic with edible players.
  • Gingerbread Montgomery Mall – re-imagine this former shopping paradise as a Winter Wonderland. Or don’t, because nothing says delicious like an enormous monument to gingerbread vacancy.
  • Gingerbread Riverwalk Ampitheater – for a real architectural challenge, re-create the sweeping white cover over the stage.
  • Gingerbread Capitol – although this may be fun to build, and delicious to eat, there may also be something cathartic about smashing the whole thing like a rampaging Godzilla.
  • Gingerbread Shakespeare Festival – Build a scale model of Montgomery’s leading theater facility. Then enjoy eating it afterward. Bonus points for candy geese.


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