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TCC’s sweetly designed gingerbread houses to be auctioned for charity

If gumdrop rooftops and candy cane driveways sound yummy, bid on a gingerbread house crafted by the culinary arts students of Tidewater Community College.

two culinary students working on gingerbread houses
Amber Coles and Shante Bond add piping
and decorations to their gingerbread houses.

All proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.

The gingerbread houses will be on display Dec.13-14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the culinary arts dining room of the Walker Building of TCC’s Norfolk Campus, 350 Granby St. To view the houses, email Bids can be emailed to Sarah DiCalogero at The houses will be available for pickup on Dec. 15.

Each gingerbread masterpiece started with an idea and blossomed into a culinary delight too sweet to eat. The houses are the final exam for the Introduction to Baking class taught by chef Karin Grice. “We encourage students to let their creativity shine with this project,” Grice said. “It’s about taking what we’ve learned and adding that personal touch.”

Jessica Martinson, who aspires to be a pastry chef, said she spent nine hours making her template and a 3-D model before building her house.

Culinary student mixes icing and decorates gingerbread
Morgan Knauss works with different colored
icing to perfect the details on her house.

“It’s been amazing to bring my idea to life,” she said. “I enjoyed the decorating part best, but it was much harder than I thought. Getting the pieces cut and fitting them together was definitely challenging.”

For more information about culinary arts at TCC, contact Don Averso, program head, at 757-822-1350 or