This past Sunday, our family was invited by the Four Seasons Silicon Valley, to their first annual gingerbread decorating workshop, which is part of their ongoing Quattro Events and Four Seasons Entertain (U)niversity.
We really did not know what to expect, especially since we have never been part of such a workshop, and, since it was their first, there was no past blueprint to follow. However, we were confident that this event would be fun to attend and would enhance our holiday experience in Palo Alto.
The Four Seasons Silicon Valley’s Executive Pastry Chef, Eric Keppler, outdid himself with the preparation for this sold out event. He was the mastermind behind this workshop and started preparing for it months ahead. He wanted this event to be both festive and an excellent learning opportunity for all the attendants. And, by keeping in line with the Four Seasons solid reputation, the event offered an upgrade to a traditional gingerbread decorating workshop.
No details were overlooked. In the Ballroom, there were gingerbread houses already assembled on the tables ready for their makeover, and icing along with piping bags. There was a very generous candy bar, completed with festive-themed candy and sweet and savory treats, aprons, hats, and name tags for decorators. To keep the festive atmosphere going, outside the Ballroom, there was a dessert table which included a wide variety of delightful desserts and signature beverages, both virgin and alcoholic.
The workshop led by Chef Eric, offered simple and easy to follow instructions. Understanding the foundation of what makes a great gingerbread house was a key factor, although creativity also played a major role.
At the end of the workshop, our faces reflected accomplishment and pride. Veteran decorators and amateurs alike bonded and celebrated each other’s outrageously creative designs.
This was a memorable event and we decorated four gingerbread houses at this fantastic Four Seasons event. Of course it would have been nice to keep all four. However, in the spirit of the holiday season, my eldest son decided to spread the love and gift his gingerbread house to his 5th grade class for their end of year party. What a great holiday gesture!
I truly hope that this event will be offered again next year, as we are sure that everyone present thought that this sweet family holiday fun was spectacular and would love to be back decorating gingerbread houses at the Four Seasons. For those who missed it, make sure you sign up for the Four Seasons newsletter to get up to date information on all their upcoming events. You can find all the necessary information here on their events page.
All in all, this event was a holiday experience that we will cherish for years to come!