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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!

Celebrity Contestants

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:

  1. Aesthetically pleasing design
  2. Keep it simple – pure chocolate is best
  3. Avoid dryness in the cake recipe
  4. Dark chocolate is preferred to white chocolate
  5. And most importantly, the richer the better!

Ability Accommodation Information

This event is Handicap Accessible.


August 12
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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