Thursday, November 28, 2013

World's largest gingerbread village at Hall of Science

From the NY Times:

To call it a village would seem to diminish its Lilliputian sprawl, seeing as how it encompasses 164 structures and weighs in at slightly more than 1.5 tons, including a stuporous 2,240 pounds of icing.

Clearly this is no ordinary gingerbread village.

It is, in fact, the world’s largest such creation, built piece by piece by Jon Lovitch in a closet-size kitchen in his South Bronx apartment — a monument to the idea of working big on a tiny scale.

The exhibit, “Gingerbread Lane,” is on display at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. The Guinness Book of World Records last week declared it the world’s largest entirely edible gingerbread exhibit.

If the Guinness people saw how he made it, they might have declared it the world’s craziest project.

Mr. Lovitch, a 37-year-old chef, did all of the cooking and culinary construction work at home before assembling the village at the Hall of Science. Besides the icing, the village also includes 400 pounds of candy and 500 pounds of gingerbread dough.

All of the pieces — from the brownstones, to the two-foot-high nutcrackers made of many layers of royal icing — were made by Mr. Lovitch, usually late at night after returning from work as the executive sous chef at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.


Anonymous said...

how is this waste of food scientific?

Anonymous said...

"how is this waste of food scientific?"

Joyless one, you have my pity.

Le Gross Foo Chat said...

I think I understand about this. You picture what you can do, and briefly you think, "Oh, that's too much, I could never finish." And then you say to yourself, "Challenge accepted!"

J said...

I don't mean to sound like Neil Degrasse,I just think in a place devoted to science,it's the wrong venue for such a thing.

and why do people "quote"before they comment.

Anonymous said...

So it is clear what they are referring to when they reply in response to a particular comment or statement.

Of course it would be easier to know what I was referring to if I had put
"and why do people "quote"before they comment."
before my comment, especially if there were other comments between mine and the one I was responding to.

Anonymous said...

It's such a totally crappy excuse for a science museum, they're probably ecstatic to have a ginger bread display exhibited there.

It's an absolute disgrace that a major metropolitan city as large as NYC has such a small, unsophisticated, done-on-the-cheap outdated science museum. And the Queens Botanical Garden just looks like a big patch of weeds. At least weeds are free, so they're in their budget, apparently.

If you want to see an outstanding science museum, go to the one in Toronto, Liberty Science Center in NJ, or even Baltimore. Don't bother with the garbage one here.