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Gingerbread and Zombies

Over the last few weeks, our office has definitely been feeling the holiday spirit. And not just because we’ve been preparing for the holidays since July, but because we’ve been taking part in a museum-wide gingerbread house-making contest. So since early November, my department has been strategizing, spying on our competition, figuring out how to best utilize Twizzlers, and discovering that rubber cement and gingerbread do not play well together.

Our competition was fierce, from a culinary team from Terzo Piano (talk about an unfair advantage!) to Membership to Media Production and Services. We were all given materials, a deadline, and assigned a type of building. (Which my department ignored, but rules are made to be broken, right?) The challenge was on...

Since the team that worked on our house was comprised of Marketing, Public Affairs, and Communications, we began our planning by playing to our strengths…we started with the tagline. Paul J. ingeniously came up with “Night of the Living Bread” and our house instantly became a haunted one (see above). It includes a boarded-up house, a graveyard, a spooky tree, and zombies. Lots and lots of mini-gingerbread zombies.

The winners were chosen a few nights ago at a holiday party by a group of children and although we didn't win total bragging rights, we still finished in a very respectable third place. See below for all of the entries...

1st place: a bank/treehouse by Culinary Catering. Check out that cantilevered branch! A feat of pastry engineering!

2nd place: the Chicago Theatre from the Membership department. Love the marquee!

3rd place: close-up of the zombies from "Night of the Living Bread." Zombies by Lauren, blood by Carla.

4th place: Museum Education recreated Magritte's Time Transfixed. Amazing.

A firehouse from Media Production and Services. Comes with a hose, but sadly no fire pole.

A Barber Shop from the team in the Garden Cafe. Best use of frosting as snow!

Post Office—complete with postman—from Culinary Pastry.

An art school with school bus, clocktower, and plenty of candy children from Catering Sales.

And to round things out, a mini-Terzo Piano from the Terzo culinary team. Unfortunately, the mini-lunar lander is just out of the picture!

And if we've got you in the creative holiday spirit, bring your family to the museum on December 17 and 18 to make your very own gingerbread fortress!