Gingerbread, Icing are Building Blocks of These Award-Winning Creations - Pioneer Press

Gingerbread, Icing are Building Blocks of These Award-Winning Creations

By NANCY NGO | | Pioneer Press

PUBLISHED: December 7, 2017

Nearly 75 community members and area businesses competed in Norway House’s 2017 Gingerbread Wonderland contest, submitting gingerbread creations that looked as artful as they looked delicious.

Creations included iconic Twin Cities haunts, such as the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden in Como Park and Target Center, as well as festive, candy-laden designs and winter wonderlands.

Winners in seven categories were selected by judges Sue Zelickson, James Beard Award winner and founder of the Charlie Awards, Women Who Really Cook and the Minneapolis and St. Louis Park Kids Cafes; Kim Ode, cookbook author and Taste reporter for the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune; and Nancy Ngo, food and lifestyle reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

There’s still a chance for visitors to weigh in on their favorites, too. Visitors can cast ballots for “People’s Choice” winners in children’s and adult categories through Dec. 20. The winners will be announced Dec. 21. The gingerbread exhibit runs through Jan. 7.

In the meantime, here are the winners:

Best of St. Paul — “828 Summit Avenue,” by Bretta LeVasseur and Penny Birdsall, St. Paul

Best of Minneapolis — “Turnblad Mansion,” by Kirsten Poppenhagen of Slate and Stone Catering at the American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis.

Best of the Northwoods — “Stabbur,” by the Norway House Tuesday Knitters, Minneapolis

Best International — “Suomi Kylä (Finnish Village) and Sauna,” by Susanna Siltanen and Ava Ojo, both of Minneapolis, and Elizabeth Brauer of Luumu Finnish Delicacies + Design, St. Paul

Most Creative — “Como Park Japanese Garden,” by Hanna and Eloise Brandt, St. Paul

Best of Show — “Mosque,” by Colette Bartkowski, Edina

Best Kids — “Candyland,” created by Cora (age 7), Philip (age 5) and Mark (age 3) Gentry, St. Paul; “Giant Slide,” by Margot Taylor (age 5), with help from Kirsten Taylor and Stephanie Weir, Minneapolis; and “My Skyscraper,” by Marilla Emery (age 6), Stanton, Minn., with help from grandmother Lois Nokleby of Minneapolis.


  • What: Gingerbread Wonderland contest winners exhibit

  • When: Through Jan. 7

  • Where: Norway House, 913 Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis; free adjacent parking is available.

  • Admission: $5, free for children 12 and younger.

  • For more information: 612-871-2211;