View From the Plaza

A Gingerbread La Fonda

The construction and decoration of our Gingerbread La Fonda is complete!  It’s a holiday tradition  that delights all the senses and signals the start to a joyous season of good food, good friends and good cheer in our favorite gathering place – the lobby of La Fonda on the Plaza.

Gingerbread La Fonda on display in our lobby.

Gingerbread La Fonda on display in our lobby.

What does it take to build a hotel out of gingerbread? An amazing team of culinary artists, a few additional staff volunteers, at least twenty pounds of gingerbread, royal icing, cinnamon sticks and a whole host of candy including gumdrops, candy canes, hard candy, red hots and M&M’s.

Just some of the candy used to decorate the Gingerbread La Fonda.

Just some of the candy used to decorate the Gingerbread La Fonda.

Everything except for the tiny paper farolitos that light the gingerbread hotel’s rooftop is edible.

The ladders are made out of cinnamon sticks.

The ladders are made out of cinnamon sticks.

This year, Chef Lane Warner enlisted the help of Angel at our front desk to craft the tiny paper farolitos. His culinary team spent an entire day making the gingerbread, cutting out the pieces and building the structure. Another half day was spent adding the icing and candy decorations!

The tiny paper farolitos were all made by hand.

The tiny paper farolitos were all made by hand.

Congratulations to Chef Warner, Gil Mesa, Hugo Esparza, Candelario Rivera, and Octavio Ruval-Cava for another beautiful Gingerbread La Fonda. Come visit our lobby to see the deliciousness in person!

Chef Lane Warner and Gil Mesa put the finishing touches on.

Chef Lane Warner and Gil Mesa put the finishing touches on.

12 Responses to “A Gingerbread La Fonda”

  1. Jerry

    The pictures are great, but the house itself is fantastic! You should see it in the evening, with the colored miniature farolitos on top.

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  2. Julie Hoops

    Makes me want to return for a winter visit to take in the ginger bread! I loved my summer stay about 3 yrs ago and enjoy catching up from the view from the plaza! Happy Holidays!

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