Created by the Chefs at the Roosevelt Hotel
The pastry team at The Roosevelt Hotel in downtown New Orleans is hard at work creating their famous gingerbread display. This year, the theme is New Orleans’ most famous plantation homes: Laura, San Francisco, Nottoway and Oak Alley.
Head Pastry Chef Deborah Heyd is using gum paste for the doors, gelatin sheets for the windows and white royal icing to keep one hundred pounds of gingerbread cookie standing erect. The assortment of trees in the bayou scene is guaranteed to impress the entire family. Cypress trees using grape leaves covered in chocolate, oak trees with hand-piped icing leaves and modeling chocolate will cover the rest of the grounds.
The plantation homes are being shaped using the original blue prints and the miniature “Oak Alley” was built to scale. The rest of the homes are still in the works but as the deadline approaches, the team is excited for the challenge.
The gingerbread display will be constructed in Teddy’s Cafe in The Roosevelt Hotel lobby beginning Friday, November 29th. It will be completed Sunday December 1st and remain on display through the holidays.
From John Nguyen of the Roosevelt Hotel:
"Hi, my name is John Nguyen. I was the pastry cook that visited you a little over a month ago asking for blueprints of the plantation for me to scale up a gingerbread display. Attached are some of the progress photos taken with my phone. I have some pictures of the skeletons of the oak trees before they are covered in chocolate along with a closeup of the trunk. Also in one of the pictures shows the fireplaces as shown in the blueprint that you were able to give me. I know you mentioned the 28 columns, but once we decorated the house, the columns kind of blocked the view of everything that was done to it, so we went with fewer columns. Also included is a link to an interview WGNO did with my pastry chef about the gingerbread display. Happy Holidays!"