The historic Portland hotel’s established holiday ritual begins with an unveiling of magnificent gingerbread display
WHAT: The 2018 Gingerbread Masterpiece Unveiling, hosted by The Benson Hotel
The 47-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: “royal.”
“This is a special year for The Benson as we celebrate both change and time-honored traditions. From completeing our newly renovated guestrooms and suites to bringing back The Gingerbread Masterpiece each year, we strive to maintain the highest guest experience in everything we do,” said George Schweitzer, Managing Director of The Benson Hotel. “We are so thrilled that Chef Diffendorfer continues to create these masterpieces for us for over 26 years, and to share his holiday magic with the community.”
WHERE: The Benson Hotel
309 Southwest Broadway
Portland, Oregon 97205
WHEN: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 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 26 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 of chocolate, buckets of royal icing and 50 pounds of marzipan to create. Chef Diffendorfer began his career as The Benson Hotel’s gingerbread creator 26 years ago. A graduate from the Western Culinary Institute, Chef Diffendorfer served as The Benson’s pastry chef. He was a student of Industrial Design at the Art Institute of Portland, earned a degree in geography, and taught baking and pastry at the Institute for 8 years.
The masterpiece will be on display through December 26. Attendees are encouraged to donate unwrapped toys to Human Solutions, a local organization whose goal is focused on serving the community and local families affected by homelessness and poverty. The organization is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. All the toys and items collected during the holiday season will go into their Holiday Store, which serves over 500 children in the community, and is open for three days a week before Christmas. For more information on the 2018 Gingerbread Masterpiece and The Benson Hotel, please visit www.bensonhotel.com.
ABOUT THE BENSON HOTEL
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 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. If you would like to stay in touch, please like on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram.
ABOUT HUMAN SOLUTIONS
Human Solutions envisions vibrant, healthy neighborhoods where all people can share in the security, hopes and advantages of a thriving, supportive community. Human Solutions operates as a nimble, financially strong organization driven by our passion, strategic goals and guiding principles. Human Solutions counters the forces that keep people and communities in poverty by building relationships and assets that create opportunity – today and for future generations.