Events — 03 December 2010
Movies Filmed in New York City…Gingerbread Style

If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to spend a night inside the posh Le Parker Meridien hotel on West 56th Street, or even if you’ve wandered through the chic lobby on your way to the famed Burger Joint which sits inside, you know how truly extravagant and special the place feels. But at a starting price of $500 per night, clearly isn’t paying for this writer to spend a night in such luxury. Instead, we’re going to bring to light a festive exhibit on display in the hotel lobby, which becomes a seasonal must see if you’re waiting to check in or grabbing a burger at the aforementioned Joint.

The 2nd Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza officially opened on December 1st. The showcase features assorted bakeries and restaurants taking a movie made in New York and depicting a small scale representation of a scene using only desserts. Gumdrops, icing, and sprinkles are innovatively implemented all around, while the smell of the gingerbread permeates the annex, overpowering even the smell of juicy burgers. The tasty entrants in this year’s display include such giants as Norma’s, The Treats Truck, and the always delectable Buttercup Bakery.

Each of the eight gingerbread creations represent some of the most iconic “Movies Made In New York”- West Side Story, Ghostbusters, King Kong, and Big- to name a few. The event is sponsored by the hotel, and visitors are encouraged to visit the concierge desk to receive a ballot and pay $1 to choose their favorite depiction. The top display will be selected from the most votes cast. Entrants will have the chance to become the one lucky winner of a trip to Palm Springs, CA for a 5 night stay at the luxurious Parker Palm Springs. But most of all, the proceeds generated from the event go directly to City Harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization which helps to feed the homeless and hungry. And with temperatures continuing to drop precipitously, we can’t think of a better charity to help fund. And if the thought of going to look at gingerbread displays doesn’t entice you, the fact that the funds are going to a tremendous cause should.

For more information on the showcase, check out Le Parker Meridien and check out City Harvest for more information on the cause.

- Jane Van Arsdale

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