Thursday, December 30, 2010

Le Parker Meridien's Gingerbread Extravaganza!


For the second year in a row the Le Parker Meridien Hotel, located at 119 West 56th Street in Manhattan, is hosting a free Gingerbread Extravaganza showcase in their lobby atrium. On display from December 1, 2010 until January 9th, 2011, the creations were all created by local bakeries, a food truck and restaurants.  The theme chosen this year was "Movies Made in New York."  I blogged about last year's wonderfully creative exhibit, which you can see at this link, and I knew I had to see this year's efforts.


Here we see "A Night at the Museum" baked by Soutine Bakery


Notice the dinosaurs on the top floor of the museum!




The iconic Kong holding a gingerbread Fay Wray in his arms on top of the Empire State Building!




I loved the marshmallow man!




It has Tony and Maria dancing on the roof!




Do you remember "Zoltar," the fortune teller machine in the movie?




Such a cute Stuart Little!




It contained lots of wonderful NYC scenes!


For only $1 visitors can vote on their favorite gingerbread creation, with the proceeds donated to City Harvest, the food rescue organization dedicated to feeding the city's hungry men, women and children. In addition to spreading holiday cheer, if you buy a ticket to vote, your generosity is rewarded with a chance to win a 5 night stay at the luxurious Parker Palm Springs to be determined by a random drawing!


Which NYC movie location gingerbread
 creation would you vote for?


As New Year's Eve approaches I'd like to thank all of my blog readers and followers for your friendship and support! I can't believe I will be entering my fourth year of blogging! It has been very fulfilling to me to be able to take you along on my jaunts around the boroughs of New York City and the other places I've traveled in the past few years. Blogging has enriched my life very much, both through the research I do for my blog and by reading all of your wonderful blogs.  I look forward to a new year and I wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful 2011!


I'm adding this post to Michael's blog Designs by Gollum "Foodie Friday," Sandi of The Whistlestop Cafe Cooking "Friday Favorites Linky Party, Cindy of My Romantic Home "Show and Tell Friday," Laurie of Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of my Favorite Things-Saturday, and Beverly of How Sweet the Sound for Pink Sunday!  Thank you to all the gracious hostesses of these events for allowing us to share in all the fun!




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69 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

What creative bakers! King Kong is my favorite. You're reminding me that I haven't been to see the annual gingerbread competition at Peddler's Village, Pa.- not too far from me.

Vee said...

Stuart Little! He's adorable and that's the one I'd vote for. You don't suppose it's the fact that I'm just fresh from an afternoon of sledding and watching Charlotte's Web, do you?

I'm so glad that you blog. I can NOT imagine Blogland without Mille Fiori Favoriti in it.

Ginny said...

These are all just wonderful!! I've been clicking on several to see the details. I love the lifesaver made into a Christmas wreath on the Stusrt Little scene. Finding your blog was indeed a high point of my computer fun this year, a delicious joy to the eyes! Hope you have a wonderful New Year!!

Sarah said...

Pat, these are all fabulous. I'd love to see this exhibit. Stuart Little gets my vote! That sweet little guy has long been one of my favorite book characters.
Thanks for sharing! ~ Sarah

pam said...

Love these. For some reason "The Sweet Smell of Success" really stopped me....I like it a lot.
Pat, I too can not imagine peeking into your world. You do an amazing job of being our tour guide. Thank you for all your hard work. Happy New Year!

Jojo said...

I love them all but my favorite would have to be BIG.

The Gathering Place said...

What fun things you get to see! I think Christmas must be one of the best times to visit New York. The gingerbread houses were amazing.

Claudia said...

The Sweet Smell of Success is amazing. But so is King Kong and Stuart Little is cute and I don't know how I'd vote. Love Tony and Maria on the roof. Imagining On the Town, Hello Dolly, Miracle on 34th Street...
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You know I will obsess on this all night. Happy New year, Pat!

Annesphamily said...

"THe Sweet Smell of Success" really gets my vote! I love them all though. The talent and the design is amazing. I wish I were there. You are one amazing tour guide and I would love to visit NYC with you! Happy New Year! Anne

Beth said...

I love this post, and I love the concept of a blog about NYC. Since NYC is a place I want to visit someday (I've been there on business but didn't get to explore to my heart's content) - I have decided to explore your blog for ideas and inspirations. Also, I'm your newest follower! I invite you to follow me back at either my food/tea/tablescaping blog or my gardening blog.
http://foodasart-beth.blogspot.com

http://beyondthegardengate-beth.blogspot.com

Blessings, Beth

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh WOW, Pat... They are all wonderful. SUCH creativity... I guess my fav would be King Kong, although I love the first one of the museum... INCREDIBLE... Thanks for sharing... What a neat project to donate the money to City Harvest.

I've LOVED getting to know you --and your beautiful blog. Thanks, Pat.

Hugs,
Betsy

Elen Susan said...

That is a set of Mind blowing pictures on christmas. It is really very cool. Loved your blog soooooo much.
Wishing you a very happy new year!

Donnie said...

Those were really great. Every year Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC does a gingerbread house contest. They are so creative. Have a Happy New Year.

Kathleen said...

I remember this from last year, loved it!
For a minute I thought Zoltar was Osama Bin L!
I like the Stuart Little. I read that to my class every year. The movie was so NOT like the book!

Happy New Year, Brooklyn Pat!

Kris said...

Oh my goodness...you make me want to go back to NYC so badly!!! I adore that city. You show some very fun things! Lucky lady!!

thestonerabbit said...

I loved the King Kong creation....they were all wonderful. After trying to help the Grand Girl decorate a gingerbread house in Oct. (it was a kit with a HWeen theme) I realized my cake decorating skills were very rough. I can't imagine creating the masterpieces those bakers did!

Hope the snow is cleared for you guys now!

Happy Pink Saturday and a very Happy New Year! L, Dana

Farmchick said...

Well, I like Ghostbusters and my daughter's vote is for Stuart Little.

Theanne... said...

I would vote for "The Sweet Smell of Success"...I too am so happy I found your blog...the 9 months Don and I lived in NJ, we traveled over to NYC a lot, we both loved our visits...whatever else we did, we always went to China Town...NYC has so much energy and diversity and I love how that comes through on your blog...have a Happy New Year...

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That is an extravaganza! Another friday favoriti for sure :-)
Happy New Year!

Sara said...

Such creativity! Cupcake Cafe's display is my personal favorite...just because it is different from the others and I really like those gingerbread people. But Stuart Little is very adorable too....

Cheryl D. said...

Fabulous! I really wish I could see this in person!

Jacqueline said...

So hard to decide,but Stuart Little and the Marshmallow man were my two favorite individual pieces. Probably Stuart. What fun and what creativity. I love that the people get to vote! Have a wonderful New Year.

Relyn said...

How marvelous. Thanks so much for sharing this! I was stopping by because I wanted to wish you a happy new year and thank you for being a follower of my blog. It means a lot to me. Thank you. May your new year be filled with laughter, more joy than sorrow, peace, and wisdom. Blessings to you. Happy new year!

Pondside said...

While I loved Stewart Little, I'd have to vote for The Sweet Smell of Success - too, too well-done!

Pattie T. said...

These are WONDERFUL. I love them all, but have a particular fondness for the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters.

Liz said...

Those are so cute... I have to go with Stuart Little! I think that is the cutest! :)

Merry Christmas!

~Liz

Jo said...

some of these are just stellar ... i'm in love with the stuart little ...totally adorable!

Elen Susan said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words of encouragement.

Gracie said...

My fav is Stuart Little, such a cutie!! Happy New Year to you Pat and to your beloved family!

Trotter said...

Hi Pat! Lovely... Many times I stayed at the Parker (rooms over the 36th floor to view Central Park...); I miss it... ;)

Have a Happy and Successful New Year!! Wish you all the best!!
Horus and Sobek wait for you at Kom Ombo. Enjoy!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Oh my gosh...what a piece of artwork!!!! Sincerely, this is a whole new kinda artform and such a pleasure to view.

My Show n Tell Link---where it's kinda fodder for the National Enquirer Tabloids. Do stop by if you can, I'd love your opinion.

Happy New Year

Old Kitty said...

Oh West Side Story!!! Cos of little Maria and Tony and the gangs all being gingerbread people looking ever so cute! LOL!! Wow!! These are amazing!!! I hope everyone gets to eat these afterwards! LOL!!! And bet they taste yummy too!! Last year's one had got to be that gorgeous Chrysler building!!!!

What a brilliant way to raise money for a great cause and to have fun too!! Wonderful, thanks for sharing these pics here!!

Have a brilliant New Year Pat!! May you and yours have a fantastic celebration!! Cheers!! Take care
x

TheRobotLunchBox said...

I love the Ghostbusters one! So cool! NYC seems so awesome, I hope I make it there someday!

Snap said...

Too much fun and I'd vote for Stuart Little (although I really liked the marshmallow man). Happy New Year to you. Thank you for taking me on your travels. I've enjoyed each and every post.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Its hard to choose which one to vote for. Everything was cute and what craftmenship or bakership.Thank you for sharing the trip with us.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

West Side Story would be my choice.

Because my husband loved West Side Story, some of the music was featured at our wedding in 1969. For a wedding present he gave me a custom made charm with one hand on one side of the disc and one heart on the other side. I wore it on a bracelet that was my great-grandmother's when she married one hundred years earlier in 1869.

You've brought back wonderful memories. Happy new year Pat.
Sam

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Wonderful post Pat...these were all so whimsical. Love the Ghost Busters theme and King Kong. They are all so creative. Thank you for a years worth of remarkable pictures. I can't wait to see what you come up with for next year. Happy New Year to you and your family!
♥, Susan

Maria M. Boyer said...

Well, West Side Story is one of my favorite all-time movies, and that Stuart Little is spot-on!! But my vote would go to the Sweet Smell of Success. The scene is so rustic, it's GORGEOUS! Which one did you vote for?

Jenny said...

These are wonderful.

I am enchanted by them all but especially by Ghost Busters. Perhaps it is because it envision all that creamy, dreamy, fluffy ghost frosting!

Thank you for a spectacular send off to 2010!

I look forward to sharing 2011 with you and send you blessings and hugs from chilly Arizona.

La said...

King Kong is my favorite over-all. I do like certain elements of some of the others: Stuart Little and Marshmallow Man in particular.

Happy New Year, my friend. I look forward to seeing what you have in store for 2011. La

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Oh my gosh, how creative! I love them all!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

...i loved seeing all of this...wish i was there in person...

sending you warm new years wishes, my friend

and looking forward to our continued friendship in the new year....

sending love,
kary and teddy
xxx

Sheila said...

Thanks for showing us the creative gingerbread creations. Congratulations on so many years of blogging. Checking your latest post is always a highlight of my computer time. I also enjoy looking back on your blog list from time to time. You really should publish a coffee table book! I know many others have made this comment so maybe one day you will. Happy New Year!

I Like To Cook 222 said...

I love the gingerbread house! So beautiful! I've been meaning to hop into the city to see this ! Love the ghostbuster one!

Judie said...

I have to vote for BIG with Tom Hanks. It is one of my favorite movies.

I do like Ghostbusters, and Stuart Little, though.

Tara said...

Hey Pat

I forgot about this! What a great event, King Kong being my fave! Enjoy New Year! :0) Best wishes-TARA

Rettabug said...

What a spectacular display! I'm sooo jealous of all the wonderful places you get to go & see, Pat.

Happy New Year, Honey & a great big 'thank you' for all the wonderful places you take us, with your camera. You've widened my horizons immensely!

Hugs,
Rett

steviewren said...

I'm impressed by all of the detail in The Sweet Smell of Success.

Which one was your favorite?

Happy New Year to you bloggy friend! Best wishes for a wonderful 2011.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pat, how absolutely adorable! I love it all,but Stuart Little is just PRECIOUS! King Kong is a close runner up, though. How neat!

Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year. May it be filled with blessings overflowing.

Love you...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Ⓙ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

I was loving King Kong until I saw Zoltar!!! He gets my vote!

Happy New Years, Pat!!

diane b said...

Stuart little gets my vote. I wonder who eats them after the show?

Tracy said...

haha... such FUN & what imaginations! I'd have to go with the "set" of Stuart Little--it's just too darn cute! ;o) Gosh, my teeth ache just thinking about all the sugar... LOL! Thanks for the exceptionally great posts/photos through December--it's been exciting to see what you serve up here each week, my friend. Wishing all the VERY BEST in 2011! ((HUGS))

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I love the marshmallow man!

Thank you so much for all your fabulous posts. I know you put so much work into each and every one. Your pictures are always superb and your descriptions fantastic. I know we all appreciate all your hard work. I wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year filled with many blessings.

Slee said...

i love the gingerbread buildings!

thanks for sharing and happy pink saturday.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

All so fantastic!! Thanks for sharing!!

Happy New Year!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Sue said...

What a really fun way to remember films made in NYC! Love the marshmallow man, myself.
You had some great posts all year long, Pat. Keep up the good work and thanks for continuing to enlighten us as to all the great sites in your neck of the woods! ~ Sue

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Pat, these are each such works of art! I'm amazed at what some people can create using food. What imaginations and talent. I think I'd probably have to vote for Sweet Smell of Success - it just looks so intricate and detailed. Thank you for taking us along to see this, and thank you so much for linking it to Favorite Things. Wishing you a wonderful 2011! laurie

RNSANE said...

What marvelous creations these bakers produced for their gingerbread movie exhibits. I'm hard pressed to pick a favorite one, that's for sure. It's a shame they can't all be eaten at the end of the display period ... they look so yummy.

I have loved your blog, Pat. It is always such an inspiration to me. You do such an excellent job with your narratives and the pictures are also superb.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Happy New Year Pat...hoping that you are thoroughly dug out by now! That was some storm...hope it is the only one we see this winter.
♥, Susan

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You always make me want to visit New York, Pat!! Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy, joyful and proserpous new year!

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Wow...what an awesome display. Choosing a fav is a tough call. I think I'd have to go with Ghostbusters...for sentimental reasons :)
Happy New Year Pat!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What amazing detail! I love Stuart Little! Happy New year, my friend! ♥

Dishesdone said...

They're all so good, but my vote would go to Ghostbuster's! Who ya gonna call? Love that one!

Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy New Year, Pat!

Oliag said...

If I had to choose just one I think I would have to pick King Kong...or maybe A night at the Museum...what a difficult decision! Which one did you vote for?

Happy New Year Pat!

Junie Moon said...

It's so amazing seeing all the gingerbread concoctions, just blows my mind. Happy New Year to you!

nanny said...

I would have to vote for Big!!! they are all so creative...
I look forward to 2011 and your wonderful blog and all of the fabulous places you take us!

myletterstoemily said...

i am always amazed at the ingenuity of
the human mind. such creativity and
talent to carry out the thought.

will have to agree with vee and vote for
stuart little, as he is a favorite of mine.

thank you for always giving us a bit of
enchantment and culture.

many blessings on your new year!

Beverly said...

Happy New Year, dear Pat. I love this post, and I will definitely show it to my husband. He loved seeing your post about this last year.

New York must be such a great place to live, and you have shared so many of the terrific locations with all of us.

Thank you for your kind and giving heart and spirit.

Happy New Year to you and your family.♥

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Oh my gosh you wrote about this last year and I remember saying, "I totally have to go to this!" And I've STILL never made it. This year you'll have to let me know when you're going and I'll stage a break out from the office, lol!