If you're in the Charlotte, N.C., region this holiday season, here's something you might want to check out. The Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, a newly opened LEED certified hotel, took inspiration from its environmentally friendly status and created a 10-foot by 14-foot organic gingerbread house for the holidays.
The Green Gingerbread House was built by Jonathan Gellman of Skyward Builders. He used efficient framing practices, recycled nails, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified lumber and OSB panels obtained from within a 500-mile radius of the hotel. It also contains the following ingredients:
- 350 pounds of organic white, brown and confectioner’s sugar
- 70 pounds of organic egg whites
- 300 pounds of organic bread flour
- 100 organic eggs
- 24 pounds of molasses
- Four pounds of salt
- Four pounds of baking soda
- 120 pounds of shortening
- 24 ounces of cinnamon
- Two gallons of organic milk
- Eight ounces each of nutmeg, allspice and cloves
- Nine ounces of ginger
The Green Gingerbread House was unveiled Thanksgiving weekend and will remain on display to the public throughout the holiday season.