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Friday Slide Show: Gingerbread 2012 Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

2 December 2022

A gingerbread house has to have molasses and ginger at least but a little imagination helps hold it all together. These beauties were on display in the Palace Hotel lobby in 2012.

It was the sixth time that local community organizations partnered with the Palace Hotel's culinary team for its Annual Gingerbread Decorating Competition. Visitors were able to vote for their favorite piece and enter to win one of three weekend stays for two at the Palace, which included Sunday brunch in the Garden Court.

Ten years ago.

The Giants had just won their second World Series under Bruce Bochy and that inspired a gingerbread Mount Rushmore with Buster Posey, Sergio Romo and Pablo Sandoval carved into the summit. Tim Lincecum made it to the top, too, but on the left side. The piece by 7x7 benefited the San Francisco Travel Association Foundation.

In Have a Very GUMPSY Holiday by designer Dan Worm to benefit Meals on Wheels, Santa crossed the finish line first but not in a sleigh. He had already delivered the presents to reduce weight.

The San Francisco Ballet presented The Nutcracker stage complete with nutcrackers (what else?) to benefit the San Francisco Ballet's Children’s Enchantment Fund.

Project Open Hand concocted a two-story Holiday Ski Lodge with Tori Campbell, KTVU 2 news anchor, to benefit Options Recovery Services in Berkeley. It featured an illuminated rooftop garden.

And in a gingerbread house that resembled a doll house, a balding mouse can been seen looking out a bedroom window. Titled 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bay Area, it benefitted their own organization.

The last piece we photographed with our Nikon D300 and 50mm f1.4 Nikkor at f2.8 and ISO 800 was the Sugar Plum Pastry Shop by the friends of SFCASA to benefit SFCASA itself. Fortunately the shop was brightly lit because the displays are only very dimly lit.

We complained about that in our 2014 slide show of that year's Gingerbread Houses.

And, just to be thorough, there were three we didn't photograph:

  • Chinatown Wise Shopping = A Better World by Bev Spector to benefit WildAid
  • The Cliff House by Marla Tellez, news anchor of NBC Bay Area, to benefit Sacred Heart Community Center
  • Green House created by Jo Anna Guerra and Don Benorden to benefit Project Open Hand

That was then. We don't see any mention of the contest this year. Which is a pity because we've suddenly developed something of an appetite for gingerbread.

(As we approach the 10th anniversary of Photo Corners this month, we're revisiting images we took before the launch. It's been refreshing for us and perhaps instructive to you to see how far we've come since then. -- Editor)

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