Our 2nd annual gingerbread house contest was a huge success!! We had 12 incredible entries this year (up from 4 last year), and we hope that number will triple again next year. The judges were impressed with all of the gingerbread houses, but to their dismay they had to pick 3 winners in both the 'adult' and 'children' categories. Judging was based on originality, adherance to theme (which was 'wild west' this year) and overall appearance (handmade decor carried more weight than prefabricated, no inedible items were allowed). Prizes included dinner for two at the Cass House, a $100 gift certificate to Schooner's, a $50 gift certificate to the Sea Shanty, and gift baskets from the Brown Butter Cookie Company, the Cayucos Candy C0unter, and the Full Moon Wine Bar. Our judges this year were Teri Bayus (food writer for the Tolosa Press), Glynnis Chaffin Tinglof (a magnificently talented local artist), and our very own chef Jensen Lorenzen.
First Place went to Carolyn Tran and the girls at the Brown Butter Cookie Company (of course!):
Second Place went to Jeanette and Mika from the Full Moon Wine Bar:
Third Place went to the girls at Schooner's Wharf:
The 'People's Choice' award went to Terri Minetti from Old Creek Ranch:
With the 'Cass House' by Sara Stanger in a near tie, it is a perfectly delicious replica of the Cass House (we will be displaying this masterpiece in our lobby until December 23rd for those of you who weren't able to see it in person, she would have won 1st or 2nd place but she didn't get the memo on the theme and 'no edible items allowed'):
Western storefronts by Kerry Friend:
'Hotel' by Dezarae Germond from the On the Beach Hotel (this house was very impressively tall, the picture does't do it justice, I can't imagine how she got all of those walls to stay together!)
'Feliz Navidad' by Tracy Taylor (this house was Teri's favorite, it was definitely the most detailed and fun, a beautiful piece of gingerbread art by a very talented local artist!)
And last but not least our four children's entries, all equally as impressive as the adult's:
'General Store' by Lani Krossa
'Library' by the Cayucos Library Children's Art Workshop
'The Wild West' by Genevieve Dandurand
A little holiday cheer from Madison Neville
Great job everyone!! I hope to see you all again next year!