In an annual tradition that gets better every year, three of Utah’s finest hotels are featuring giant gingerbread creations at their properties.
At Deer Valley, both Stein Eriksen Lodge and Montage have impressive confections to behold while The Grand America is delighting downtown.
Stein Eriksen Lodge
At Stein Eriksen Lodge, the crowd-pleasing, fanciful and intricate gingerbread display of "Minion Mayhem" is featured prominently in the Main Lodge next to the 32-foot tree.
Elaborate gingerbread masterpieces have been delighting visitors for 12 years now here. Overseen by Executive Pastry Chef Ann Giles Sweisford, the scene took three weeks worth of planning. The framework was designed by Stein Eriksen Lodge's General Manager, Dan Bullert, with the engineering department and construction of the Minion party required a staff of ten people, with at least three working on it at a time.
"Each year, I try to create a whimsical world that makes the children light up with excitement when they visit," said Ann Giles Sweisford, Stein Eriksen Lodge Executive Pastry Chef.
The gingerbread scene features more than 400 pounds of gingerbread, 250 pounds of sugar on the roof of Gru's house, 50 pounds of sugar for the grout work and 30 pounds of fondant.
In addition to marveling at the gingerbread masterpiece, guests of all ages can express their own creativity in gingerbread classes led by Chef Sweisford and Executive Chef Zane Holmquist. The Build Your Own Gingerbread House parties cost $60 per participant and include hot chocolate, gingerbread panels, icing, candies and instructions and gingerbread recipes from Chef Sweisford. Reservations can be made through the concierge at 435-645-6460.
At Montage, another giant gingerbread house alongside two dog houses for the property’s canine ambassadors Monty and Jonas has been constructed this winter. The house was built by Montage’s Executive Pastry Chef Raymond Lammers who’s history includes a number of years of gingerbread creations for Stein Eriksen Lodge.
Grand America is featuring another fanciful creation in downtown Salt Lake City. It was constructed with 400 lbs. of sugar, 1,200 eggs, 600 candy canes and 25 lbs. of chocolate to name a few. You’ll be welcomed by elves bearing chocolates when you wander down the hall to visit.