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2019 Gingerbread Display

The unveiling of the hotel’s annual gingerbread display, a cornerstone of the Willard InterContinental’s holiday décor, is one of the most highly anticipated events each holiday season. Every year, The Willard’s pastry department works to create a gingerbread display that pays tribute to an iconic landmark around the nation’s capital.

In honor of the Giving Back Campaign this holiday season, the Willard InterContinental has chosen to pay tribute to the campaign and the newly formed partnership between both organizations through their annual gingerbread display.  A cornerstone of the Willard InterContinental’s holiday décor, the unveiling of the gingerbread display is one of the most highly anticipated events each holiday season. Every year, The Willard’s pastry department works to create a gingerbread display that pays tribute to an iconic landmark around the nation’s capital. This year, The Willard InterContinental is thrilled to announce that their 2019 gingerbread display is of the Jefferson Memorial, including the Tidal Basin and D.C.’s iconic cherry blossom trees, in an effort to bring awareness to the hotel’s campaign and the ongoing efforts needed to preserve the Tidal Basin, named one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation 

Standing at 8.5 feet by 5 feet, The Willard’s gingerbread display features the famed Jefferson Memorial, including its various unique attributes including the bronze statue of Jefferson by Rudolph Evans and all four quotations from Jefferson’s writings that are carved into the walls of the actual memorial. The display also includes an audio feed of Thomas Jefferson’s inaugural addresses, as well as a real water component to simulate the Tidal Basin, complete with live fish. Intricate chocolate techniques, including the use of over 15 lb. of modeling chocolate, along with 200 gum paste flowers, brings one of D.C.’s iconic cherry trees to life in the display.

Spearheaded by Executive Pastry Chef Jason Jimenez, Pastry Cook Magenta Livengood, and Engineer David Sanabria, the display took over 600 hours to complete and was officially unveiled on November 20 in tangent with the launch of the 
Giving Back Campaign. Visitors to The Willard can view the gingerbread display through January 1, 2020.