Sixty-five student teams used more than 700 pounds of gingerbread, 1,200 pounds of icing, and 2,000 lbs of candy in last Thursday's 11th Annual Northeastern Gingerbread House Construction Contest. Levine Marketplace was transformed into a winter wonderland and 130+ students took over the dining hall to create their gingerbread masterpieces.
With the houses already assembled at Dancing Deer Baking Company, the student teams concentrated solely on their decorating strategy - and many came with laptops and computer printouts of elaborate plans found online. The finished houses, which ranged from classic houses to Hogwarts Castle, were then put on display in the Gingerbread Village inside Stetson West's Xhibition Kitchen. Voting for first, second, and third place occurred in the XK and, for the first time, online. Every "like" a photo received in NU Dining's Facebook photo gallery counted as a vote and these votes definitely influenced the outcome.
Without further ado, the winners of Northeastern's 11th Annual Gingerbread Construction Contest are...
-- 3rd PLACE --
Lexy von Keszycki and Sarah Printy: #30 - "Disney Christmas Castle"
-- 2nd PLACE --
Eric Panicucci and Garrick Dixon: #1 - "Santa's Ski Lodge"
-- 1st PLACE --
Kennan Hye and Emily Huizenga: #56 - "Christmas Up House"
Not only is this event a great way for the students to relieve some stress on the day before their final exams begin but it is also a chance to give back to the community. All of the completed gingerbread houses were delivered to Pine Street Inn and Rosie's Place in Boston for display in their dining facilities. In addition, Dining Services matched the winners' cash prizes with donations made in their names to the U.S. Marines Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots Program and Haley House, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that uses food as a vehicle to help alleviate suffering, build new skills, and bring communities together.
Congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone that participated and voted!