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Hilton Austin Carries On Annual Holiday Tradition
Hilton Austin & The Gingerbread House Project
December 14, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - Hilton Austin believes there is no better way to spread holiday cheer than by bringing a special holiday event to the patients at Dell Children's Medical Center. As part of the annual event, the pastry team will create 20 special gingerbread houses and all the sweet treats to decorate the homes. The pastry department uses ice cream cones for the trees, and shredded what, pretzels, Jolly Ranchers, M&Ms, among other sweet treats for deocations. The entire project uses about 65-70lbs of frosting for constructing the houses and assembling the village.
"This project is an opportunity to take a break from the day-to-day, and do something nice for the community. Around the holidays, this is a really nice thing to be able to do," said Mark Dayanandan, executive chef. The executive chef created the project 15 years ago, and partnered with Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas about four years ago. "Dell Children's Center is a wonderful place for the project. The staff are always really helpful. By bringing the houses to the center, more kids are able to come and build a gingerbread house."
Hotel volunteers will spend several hours at the center, waiting for each patient to add their special touch to a house. When the volunteers time at the center is over, all 20 gingerbread houses will be transported back to the hotel and assembled in the master village. Creating the village takes roughly two days to complete and will live in the lobby until after the New Year. Hilton Austin invites local Austinites to visit the village and celebrate this special project.
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