For the love of fudge

By Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer March 12, 2013 10:49 pm

Lynn Guild, right, congratulates and presents Carla Gottlieb with a granite cutting board for winning Best of Show at Fudge Off Face Off during Second Saturday Art Walk. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Lynn Guild, right, congratulates and presents Carla Gottlieb with a granite cutting board for winning Best of Show at Fudge Off Face Off during Second Saturday Art Walk. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Culinary artists captured the hearts of 140 fudge fanatics during the Second Saturday Art Walk Fudge Off Face off. 

Art Walkers tasted 18 kinds of the confection, including pumpkin, lemon-lime, espresso, French roast, brandy and pecan.  A total of $150 was raised and donated to the Chetco Activity Center’s Meals on Wheels program in memory of Carl Rovainen.

The big winner of the evening was Carla Gottlieb, who had never made fudge before and was encouraged to enter by her coworkers at Mainbrace Technologies. Gottlieb won the Best Specialty category for her Oregon Hazelnut Cherry fudge and went on to take Best of Show. Carla’s fudge was voted the best by the Walkers, as well, winning the Walkers’ Choice prize. 

Jane Turner’s Chocolate Walnut fudge was judged Best Traditional.

Dori Blodgett’s European fudge amassed a stunning number of combined Walker/$1 ticket votes — and the Most Votes Total award. 

Judges were Pete Chasar and Mayor Ron Hedenskog. Also attending and providing entertainment were members of the cast of Brookings-Harbor Community Theater’s “Alice in Wonderland.” The Queen of Hearts (Evan Wise) was also a judge.

Lynn Guild, who suffered much social-media smack talk from her fudge nemesis Dori Blodgett, was unable to set her fudge and disqualified herself.

“I’ve competed with Dori for two years. Both times, my fudge failed. Coincidence? I think not,” Guild said.