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Sweet tribute to Palace of Fine Arts

San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts is recreated in gingerbread, candy and frosting by Angela Salvatore, executive pastry chef of the Waterbar. This unique gingerbread “house” will be on display through Dec. 31.
San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts is recreated in gingerbread, candy and frosting by Angela Salvatore, executive pastry chef of the Waterbar. This unique gingerbread “house” will be on display through Dec. 31.

Some restaurants display elaborate gingerbread houses during the holiday season. This year, San Francisco’s Waterbar created a gingerbread Palace.

Going on display Tuesday, the Waterbar’s salute to the iconic Palace of Fine Arts celebrates the 100th anniversary of San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exhibition. With its familiar lagoon and picturesque setting, the beloved Palace is one of the few remaining structures from that 1915 world’s fair.

For this centennial Christmas commemoration, the Palace was recreated with candy cane columns and a frosting pond. Angela Salvatore, Waterbar’s executive pastry chef, used springerle cookie molds to replicate the Palace’s art deco frescos. Lollypops stand in for trees while gummy penguins and turtles frolic in the blue icing lagoon.

Measuring 18 inches high and 24 inches wide, this edible Palace will remain on display through Dec. 31. The Waterbar is located at 399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco. For more details, click on www.waterbarsf.com.

Debbie Arrington: 916-321-1075, @debarrington

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