Gingerbread Contest Judges

Submissions will be evaluated by our judges on December 16th. Enter by December 15th to be eligible for prizes!

Want to enter? Simply fill out the entry form above and submit the photo of your gingerbread house for judging. Registration is $5.

Chef Bill Taibe is the culinary creator behind beloved local eateries, The Whelk, Jessup Hall, Ka Wa Ni and Don memo. He has appeared  on The Martha Stewart Show, the Today Show and Moveable Feast. He is featured in Harvest to Heat Cookbook, which highlights the relationship between the top chefs of our country and the farmers with which they work. Bill was named a James Beard-Best Chefs in America: Northeast Semi-finalist in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015.

He is heavily involved in the Westport/Weston community and supports many local charities and organizations through his own personal networking and restaurant resources. He currently sits on the board of Food Rescue US and is the President of the Westport Farmer’s Market.

Victoria Kann is the award winning illustrator and author of the bestselling children’s series Pinkalicious, featuring the whimsical and effervescent character of Pinkalicious and her brother Peter—now an animated series on PBS!

Chef Lorilynn Bauer was trained at the Culinary Institute of America and has worked in restaurants across the nation. She spent six years as Cat Cora’s sous chef on Iron Chef America and is the co-author of The Art of the Perfect Sauce (Page Street Publishing). A world traveler, expert gardener and avid photographer Chef Bauer currently works managing high-end estates for America’s elite.

Stephanie Webster started her career as both an eater, photography editor, and digital strategist in the NYC advertising world. She launched in July 2009, a culmination of her experience with creative concept development, branding, and art direction. She has published multiple CT dining guides, the Fairfield County Chef’s Table book, and the CTbites Hot Dish podcast. She is an advocate for the restaurant industry and founded Food For Behind The Lines, a philanthropic organization created to feed and support unemployed restaurant workers. Her quest to find great food in Connecticut is ongoing and all consuming. When she is not eating, she can be found listening to live music, traveling, or seeking out fun stuff with her three girls and husband in Westport, CT. 

Alyson Luck has over 13 years of working in Arts Education at both the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Jewish Museum in New York City. As the Senior Manager of School, Youth, and Family Programs, Alyson supervised a team of 30 educators specializing in engaging visitors of all ages in Modern and Contemporary art. Prior to the Guggenheim she worked at The Jewish Museum as the School Outreach and Curriculum Resource Coordinator as well as the Teen Programs Coordinator. She has her Master of Science in Education for grades first through sixth and Museum Education from Bank Street. She has her B.A. in Art History from the University of Michigan. As a native of Westport, Alyson is thrilled to be part of One River School’s latest chapter.

Monique Hodges is the current president of the Westport Young Woman’s League which she joined in 2016. A Wethersfield native who works as a Dermatological Sales Representative, Hodges moved to Westport last Fall from Norwalk where she lived after graduating from the University of Connecticut, Storrs in 2009. She credits her experiences as a member of the WYWL with her love for Westport and choice to make the town home.   

Edward Gerber, a retired financial regulator with the FDIC, returned to Westport 10 years ago to save a family  home the 1764 Sturges – Wright House from demolition . After serving in leadership positions with the Westport Museum and the Historic District  Commission, he now serves as Chairman of Preservation Connecticut’s  Stewardship committee and as a member of Historic New England’s Board of Overseers.

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