For over 50 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 fourth 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 to be announced soon!
Ability Accommodation Information
This event provides the following accommodations:
- Handicap Accessible
President, Portland Rose Festival Board
President, Regence BlueCross BlueShield
Editorial Page Editor, The Oregonian
Lori Hardwick - 2016 Champion
Fundraiser Extraordinaire, with her daughter, Piper
CEO, Portland Business Alliance
President, Kuni Foundation
External Affairs Director, Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Affairs
Nkenge Harmon Johnson
Chief Executive Officer, Urban League
Reporter, KOIN 6 News
Host of KPTV's "More Good Day Oregon"
Oregon Historical Society Board of Trustees
CFO, Oregon Historical Society
CEO, Special Olympics Oregon
Executive Director, Barran Leibman, LLP
Executive Vice President, OHSU
Ruth Shelly - 2017 Champion
Executive Director, Portland Children's Museum
General Counsel, Cura
Keren Brown Wilson, Ph.D.
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!
There will also be a raffle to win a chocolate cake!