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The 5th Annual Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smackdown
August 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
For 60 years, the sole judge of the Oregon State Fair’s Chocolate Cake Contest has been the one and only Gerry Frank — public servant, businessman, and cheerleader for all things Oregon. Back by popular demand, the Oregon Historical Society will host its fifth annual Celebrity Chocolate Cake Smack-down in downtown Portland with Gerry as the judge. Come and watch as local community leaders and media personalities present their best recipes for judgment, and join in the tasting once Gerry declares a winner!
April Baer: Host, State of Wonder, Oregon Public Broadcasting
Brett Baker: President, Austin Industries; Past President, Portland Rose Festival Board
Emily Burris: Weekend Anchor, KOIN
Ryan Deckert: President, Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington
Lani Faith: Executive Director, Beaverton Arts Foundation
Laura Gunderson: Editorial Page Editor, The Oregonian
Mark Hanken: COO, Special Olympics Oregon, Assisted by daughters Claire and Lucy
Lori Hardwick: Fundraiser Extraordinaire, Assisted by daughter, Piper (2016 Champions)
Dwight Holton: CEO, Lines for Life
Nkenge Harmon Johnson: CEO, Urban League of Portland
Lori Kuechler: Director of Development, Marketing, and Communications, Bradley Angle
Suzanne Nance: President and CEO, All Classical Portland
Cassidy Quinn: Host, Tonight with Cassidy, KGW
Connie Seeley: Executive Vice President, OHSU
Lane Shetterly: Oregon Community Foundation Board Member; Former Oregon Legislator
Angelica Thornton: Co-Anchor, KATU Morning News
Keren Brown Wilson: President and Founder, Jessie F. Richardson Foundation
Gerry’s tips for making a winning chocolate cake include:
- Aesthetically pleasing design
- Keep it simple – pure chocolate is best
- Avoid dryness in the cake recipe
- Dark chocolate is preferred to white chocolate
- And most importantly, the richer the better!
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