‘Santa’s German Gingerbread Village’ At Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Guests and residents of Oahu are invited to visit the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani to view their annual ‘Santa’s German Gingerbread Village’. The display was open on Executive Chef Ralf Bauer and his team worked extremely hard to complete the project and were set to put in approximately 750 hours to fully complete it! November 23 and will be open to the public until January 2 in the lobby at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani.
The entire exhibit will call for the expertise of Chef Bauer, Pantry Chef Annie Tungpalan, Executive Sous Chef John Hightower, and the Engineering department at the hotel. Santa’s German Gingerbread Village stands at over 14.5 feet high, 24 feet wide, and will be constructed with 225 gallons of icing, 140 pounds of dark chocolate, 50 pounds of white chocolate, and 70 sheets of gingerbread. The village will imitate the holiday spirit of quaint mountainside villages in Germany, where Executive Chef Bauer is from, while maintaining a Hawaiian feel with recreations of iconic Hawaiian structures like; Kawaihao mission church, the Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa, the Iolani Palace, and this years addition The Aloha Tower.Chef Bauer said “Every year, we look forward to seeing the children’s joy as they discover every detail of the village and have the chance to make their own gingerbread houses”. In 2009 the hotel won “Orbitz Best Decked Out Holiday Hotel” because of the holiday cheer that they spread to the guests and visitors of the hotel . We took a trip down to the Sheraton in Waikiki to check out ‘Santa’s German Gingerbread Village’ for ourselves. It was a very nice looking exhibit with lots of holiday cheer. What a feat for the team of Chefs and Engineers at the Sheraton Kaiulani, and the recreated Hawaiian building looks just like their real-life counterparts. With all this gingerbread laying around it was hard to resist the temptation, but we made it out without any incidents. Next year we’ll bring along our own little snacks to enjoy while looking at all of the hard work that went into the Sheraton’s ‘Santa’s German Gingerbread Village’.