By Terry Trucco
The Gingerbread Extravaganza – the annual line-up of holiday sweet shacks at Le Parker Meridien – is among my favorite New York hotel traditions.
For the last five years, the hotel has invited local bakeries, restaurants and caterers to cook up the ultimate gingerbread creation built around a theme for display in the hotel’s mirror-lined 56th Street atrium. You can’t touch (or nibble) – the edible masterpieces are encased in Plexiglas boxes – but you can look at a line-up of clever constructions worthy of a nod from Cake Boss – or Gretel.
Last year’s Landmarks Around the World inspired a gigantic brown Sphinx sporting a Santa hat, a gingerbread Loch Ness Monster iced in green, and a lifelike rendering of the Lincoln Memorial with Honest Abe warmed up by mittens and earmuffs.
This year’s eye candy is closer to home with brown cookie interpretations of Quintessential New York. Still, the jauntily iced Empire State Building by Le Monde, which scores points as 2013’s tallest gingerbread tower, would have fit in beautifully last year. (more…)