Not So Silent Night! Is a popular holiday tradition made possible by a joint effort among the casinos and 103.3 KLOU The Christmas Station to benefit the Center for Hearing and Speech. A $25 tax-deductible reservation fee is required to eat inside the gingerbread house, goes directly to the center.
"As early as July, we started receiving calls as far away as New Mexico, from guests who wanted to make sure we were continuing the tradition," said John Johnson, executive chef at River City Casino & Hotel. "Of course, we wanted to make this year's house even more spectacular. We've added a nook with a chimney that features a huge Christmas tree. My son came up with the idea of adding a giant coconut snowman."
The gingerbread house at River City Casino was built using 600 pounds of gingerbread, 170 pounds of powdered sugar and 70 pounds of rice crispy treats. It also features 900 gingerbread shingles, 35 gingerbread men, four oversized cupcakes, a musical Christmas tree, a giant coconut snowman and a 25-pound chocolate Santa Claus.
Culinary arts teams constructed a two-story gingerbread house at Ameristar using 700 pounds of gingerbread, 225 pounds of powdered sugar and 26 pounds of modeling chocolate. The house features window dormers, 60 hand-painted holiday scenes, a fireplace and a Christmas tree. Each house seats six.
The gingerbread pre-fixe menu option costs $20 per guest and will include a choice of gourmet turkey or glazed ham with trimmings. Diners may also order breakfast, lunch or dinner from the restaurant menus.
Seating times are available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call 314-388-7625 for reservations at River City or 636-940-4454 for reservations at Ameristar.
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