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Let The Hotel Holiday Decorations Extravaganza Begin

November 24, 2009 at 5:35 PM | by | ()

Pshaw. This is child's play.

Not only do hotels like to dream up some Holiday Cocktails for lushes like us but they also like to go crazy with Holiday Decorations. So until the holidays are over, we'll be profiling some of the more outrageous ones we hear of and see. Know of an over-the-top decoration we should check out? Send it to us!

Move over John Galliano-designed Christmas Tree at Claridge's. Here's comes The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte's ginormous gingerbread house. The LEED-built hotel is creating a 10x14' environmentally-friendly, all-organic Gingerbread House that will be available for public viewing on Friday, November 27.

The structure will be overseen by Chef Jon Farace and the structure will be built by Jonathan Gellman of Skyward Builders, "using efficient framing practices, recycled nails and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified lumber and OSB panels obtained from within a 500-mile radius of the hotel." So it truly is green.

Now here's what it takes to build something this big:

· 350 pounds of organic white, brown and confectioner’s sugar
· 70 pounds of organic egg whites
· 300 pounds of organic bread flour
· 100 organic eggs
· 24 pounds of molasses
· Four pounds of salt
· Four pounds of baking soda
· 120 pounds of shortening
· 24 ounces of cinnamon
· Two gallons of organic milk
· Eight ounces each of nutmeg, allspice and cloves
· Nine ounces of ginger

FOUR POUNDS OF SALT? 100 EGGS? You know what? We're going to stick to the little gingerbread house making kit that we grabbed at the grocery store. That's just the right amount for us.

[Photo: Yumiang]

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