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. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

A huge, organic gingerbread house
The Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte uses organic ingredients, LED lights and a green vegetated moss roof on it’s holiday house.