Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Gingerbread House Throwdown this Sunday at 2pm. Carnival at St. Rose

This Sunday, December 20th, local culinary schools will compete in a live chef challenge on Sunday at 2 pm at the Carnival at St. Rose located at 7th & K streets.

The gingerbread house throwdown, hosted by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, will display the aspiring talent of students from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, the Institute of Technology and The Art Institute of California – Sacramento.

The public is invited to watch the live 2-hour event at the Carnival at St. Rose while teams assemble their gingerbread masterpieces up to 2 feet high in the air. A panel of distinguished Sacramento chefs will judge the gingerbread battle including Chef Andrea Reiter of Ten22 in Old Sacramento, Chef Elaine Baker (who will be featured on this blog in an interview next week) of Grange Restaurant at The Citizen Hotel and Chef Russel Michel from the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel. Local Sac Foodie blogger Julie Berge will host the event.

The audience will also partake in the judging process and honor a team of students with a people’s choice award. The grand prize for the winning team will be an opportunity to shadow one of judges on the job in their kitchen and earn bragging rights for their school.

About Carnival at St. Rose
The Carnival at St. Rose is located at 7th and K streets and is open daily through January 3 from noon until 8 pm. The carnival features a 30-foot ferris wheel, giant slide, classic carnival games, and fun food vendors. The arcade at the carnival includes old school favorites like pinball, skeeball, Centipede, Ms. Pacman, Frogger, Donkey Kong and more.

Admission to the event for a 2-hour session is $6 for children under 12 and seniors over 55, and $7 for adults. The two-hour admission includes unlimited access to the carnival games, arcade and rides. Private parties and group discounts are available with advance reservations.

The Carnival at St. Rose is produced by the DSP and presented by the Westfield Downtown Plaza. The event is sponsored by the University of San Francisco – Sacramento Campus, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Johnny Rockets, Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza, and the Sacramento News & Review.

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