Pomerado News – Inn builds life-sized gingerbread house

Sweet dream: Inn builds life-sized gingerbread house
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak 

December 2013

If looking for inspiration on how to decorate a small gingerbread house, the Rancho Bernardo Inn has a life-size version that might spark some sweet ideas.

The 9-foot high, 12-foot wide house can be viewed for free in the RB Inn’s lobby, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive. It will remain on display through the New Year.

Pastry Chef Margaret Carvallo has led the four-member team for the past four of the five years the inn has had the house as part of its annual holiday decorations. When she joined its staff, Carvallo said the house was one of the first things she was told about.

“I had never made a life-size gingerbread house before,” Carvallo said of her 12 years in the baking industry. The lifelong county resident graduated from the California Culinary Academy.

“I really like that it brings the team together,” she said. “It really does feel like Christmas.”