Thursday, November 9, 2006

Chocolate and Gingerbread

Two years ago, I remember hearing about some kind of gingerbread house show in Utah, right after it happened. Last December I tried looking for it again, and I couldn't find anything about it. And this year... well, this year I managed to find it just in time. The Gingerbread House Festival will be held this weekend at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah. It's too late to enter a house (which is too bad, because I would have tried to build one otherwise), but it's not to late to just go, and take a look around. According to the article that I read, admission is only $3 (or $2 for children). I'm going to drag my wife over there on Saturday morning and take a look around.

Fortunately, I had plenty of warning for the Utah Chocolate Show, which is happening next weekend. I even had plenty of time to build a chocolate showpiece for it, since I was told about it back in June. Unfortunately, I don't know how to build a chocolate showpiece. I still can't temper chocolate properly. Luckily for me, one of the classes offered this year is Chocolate Showpieces Made Easy, taught by Chef Raymond Lammers. Chef Lammers is the pastry chef at the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, UT and reportedly a member of the US Pastry Team. I've been to a demonstration by him before, and he's fun to watch and to learn from. If all goes well, then maybe I will be able to submit a showpiece for next year's show.

Are there any other significant culinary events coming up in the Greater Salt Lake area that I might be missing out on? I would love to hear about them. Send an email to joseph at thatworks dot com and we'll see if I can make it.


  1. Paige and I went to the Gingerbread Competition at Thanksgiving Point last year. Lots of fun.

  2. up in seattle, there is a hotel that does a giant gingerbread town for christmas-time every year. i went to see it every year until starting college. it's completely amazing. with any luck, i might be able to send some pics this year

  3. If anyone reading this blog plans on spending anytime in Omaha between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the gingerbread display at the Mormon visitor's center (aka Winter Quarters) is always a must see.


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