The iconic Portland hotel continues long-standing holiday tradition with an annual unveiling of magnificent gingerbread display; Event is free and open to the public
WHAT: The 2017 Gingerbread Masterpiece Unveiling, hosted by The Benson Hotel
The 46-year holiday tradition continues as The Benson Hotel invites the public to the unveiling of this year’s Gingerbread Masterpiece. The architectural feat promises only one hint to this year’s theme: “castle.”
“The Gingerbread Masterpiece is a time-honored Portland tradition that we’re pleased to bring back every holiday season,” said Anne Grothe, Hotel Manager of The Benson Hotel. “Chef Diffendorfer has been creating these masterpieces for us for over 25 years, and we love sharing his magical works of art with locals and visitors alike. In the spirit of the holidays, we also encourage all who come to give back this season by bringing an unwrapped toy for Make-a-Wish Oregon .”
WHERE: The Benson Hotel
WHEN: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
DETAILS: The annual unveiling will take place at The Benson Hotel’s grand lobby, surrounded by festive trimmings of more than 300 poinsettias and a magnificent 20-foot Douglas Fir Christmas tree. Attendees can enjoy delicious cookies, hot cider and live holiday music as the anticipation builds to view this year’s Gingerbread Masterpiece. The event is free and open to the public.
For 25 years, culinary artist Chef Diffendorfer has created massive, sprawling landscapes from Santa’s North Pole to a historical replica of downtown Portland. This year’s display required approximately 150 pounds of gingerbread and 20 pounds each of white chocolate and marzipan to create.
The masterpiece will be on display through December 27. Attendees are encouraged to donate unwrapped toys to Make-a-Wish Oregon, to help local children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions celebrate the holiday season. For more information on the 2017 Gingerbread Masterpiece and The Benson Hotel, please visit www.bensonhotel.com.
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ABOUT THE BENSON
Established in 1913, the historic Benson Hotel combines European elegance and charm with modern luxuries. Located in the heart of downtown Portland near sightseeing, tax-free shopping, nightlife, performing arts and museums, The Benson Hotel features 287 guestrooms and suites with high-definition LCD televisions, high-speed wireless, alarm clocks with iPod/mp3 stations, organic bamboo robes and slippers, Sealy® Tempur-Pedic sleep system beds and more. The property is also home to The Palm Court restaurant and bar, as well as more than 18,000 square feet of versatile meeting and event space. For more information visit www.bensonhotel.com. If you would like to stay in touch, please “Like” us on Facebook at The Benson Hotel , “Follow” us on Instagram at thebensonhotel, or “Follow” us on Twitter at @TheBensonHotel.
ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH® OREGON
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Oregon chapter is one of 62 Make-A-Wish chapters in the United States. With the help of generous donors and 300 volunteers, the Oregon chapter has granted more than 3,300 wishes in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. For more information about Make-A-Wish Oregon, visit oregon.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.