The International Culinary Center is across the street from where I take yoga. They have a restaurant that I have never been to, but have always wanted to go to, that is run by the students called L’Ecole. A 3 course lunch only costs $32 with option to add wine pairings (the school has a sommelier course bien sûr) raising the tab to either $56 or $68 depending on how fancy you want to go. They also offer a 2 and 4 course lunch so you have lots of options. By NYC standards this is very good value. So if you live here or are visiting check it out, they serve lunch and dinner Monday to Friday and you can make reservations here.
I digress…after yoga I peaked into the window which always has a display of student creations, which tend to mostly be Wedding Cakes. Given the season they had been replaced with a huge ski slope winter scene (above). Certainly the largest, mostly food, festive, seasonal creation I think I have ever seen.
What impressed me most was their take on a gingerbread house, er, I mean a pretzel house?I love how structural it is, who ever made this has a career in architecture if they decide to give up on pastry.My guess is it was several people who worked on this. Personally I wished they didn’t use plastic elements like the ski lift in it, just aesthetically I feel it’s unnecessary, even tho it’s very clever. It just amazes me how pretzels can be put into a context where I totally buy them as “logs” and the almond bark chimney is brilliant. Are those big green strawberries in the flower box outside the window? Truly a masterpiece of taking everyday candies and snack food and transforming them into a winter wonderland!
So do you think there is gingerbread behind all those pretzels? I would ever try to make something like this, I’m still working on layer cakes 😉 Anyone out there do Gingerbread or other types of house/landscapes like this for the holidays?