Both home bakers and professionals earned kudos for their expertise and imagination in Norway House's second Gingerbread Wonderland contest, which is open for viewing through Jan. 8, 2017, at 913 E. Franklin Av. in Minneapolis.
Bakers won in a variety of categories. Drum roll!
Best gingerbread creation made by a professional baker: Mill City Museum by Sweet Retreat in Edina
Best gingerbread creation made by an amateur baker: Cathedral by Colette Bartkowski of Edina
Best gingerbread creation representing Minneapolis: Minneapolis City Hall by Heather Vick of Minneapolis
Best gingerbread creation representing St. Paul: Minnesota State Capitol by Honey & Rye Bakehouse in St. Louis Park
Best gingerbread creation representing the suburbs: Log Cabin by Nancy Olson of Maple Grove
Best whimsically designed gingerbread creation: Janice and Katy Svaren of Apple Valley
Best use of materials in a gingerbread creation: Susan Droegemueller of Wayzata
Best classically designed gingerbread house: Sarah Bartkowski of Edina
Best gingerbread creation made by a child under age 12: Beatrice Holterhaus of St. Paul
People's Choice Award for best overall gingerbread creation: Cathedral by Colette Bartkowski of Edina
Winners were selcted by Twin Cities food experts Kim Ode of the Star Tribune Taste section, Nancy Ngo of the Pioneer Press Eat section, and Sue Zelickson, founder of the Charlie Awards, Women Who Really Cook and St. Louis Park Kids Cafes.
The gingerbread creations may be viewed during Norway House hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. New Year's Eve. Closed Mondays and Dec. 23-25 and New Year's Day. No charge for children under 13; $5 for adults and seniors. For more information, visit norwayhouse.org.