While we were previously waiting on some information regarding the event, we can now give you an idea of all that goes on at the lavish benefit party known as the 16th annual Gingerbread and Jazz Gala, which took place Nov. 13.
The event, hosted at the insanely cool Historic Day Nursery (see archived photos here), benefits Early Connections Learning Centers. Edie Adelstein and I were fed, wined, dined, danced and given ice cream cones until we could take it no more.
Communications director Mary Beth Burichin says more than 300 people purchased $100 tickets, raising over $40,000 to support ECLC, numbers on par with previous years.
And of course, a party's never a party without a gingerbread house. Here's how Burichin described it:
The Gingerbread Masterpiece Challenge teams are invited to compete using a gingerbread house pattern and set of rules that we provide. They initially submit a theme and team member names for acceptance into the competition and then pre-bake and pre-build the houses. They also do a heck of a lot of pre-planning and crafting of heir decorations before arriving. The two-hour competition then involves decorating the houses. They also donate the finished houses to Early Connections which offers them to the highest bidders during a silent auction held the night of the event.
The contest, eventually won by Chef Sugar's Cakes and Confections, awarded $500 to first place and $125 each to runner-ups from the Garden of the Gods Club, Little London Cake Shoppe and First Presbyterian Church, as judged by chef Brent Beavers from Guiseppe's Old Depot Restaurant.