Not Your Normal Santa Sculpture at WDW Swan and Dolphin

I’ve seen snow Santas and sand Santas but the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotel has a Santa sculpture I’ve never seen before – a life-size chocolate Santa.

The entire display, complete with armchair, fireplace and Christmas tree, is made from 1,200 pounds of chocolate.

According to the hotel, their world-champion executive pastry chef, Laurent Branlard, used 880 pounds of dark chocolate, 132 pounds of milk chocolate, 154 pounds of white chocolate and 120 pounds of cocoa butter.

They also say this amazing creation contains almost 3,000,000 calories. Something tells me Weight Watchers would not approve.

Not sure what they’re going to do with the sculpture when the holidays are over, but I sure hope they have the air conditioning cranked up to prevent it from melting in the meantime.

[Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin]

Gaylord Palms Introduces New Food and Wine Club

The Gaylord Palms resort in Kissimmee is reaching out to local foodies with a new wine-and-dine membership club.

For $150 per person, or $240 per couple, members in the Cork & Fork Club get priority invitations to select culinary events, and access to a private culinary concierge. Members also enjoy benefits such as a free night’s stay, 20% discounts at resort restaurants and lounges, a $50 spa voucher for a 50-minute treatment, and more.

The resort boasts a number of dining experiences including the Old Hickory Steakhouse, Sunset Sam’s Fish Camp, South Beach-style sushi at Sora and the Mediterranean-inspired Villa de Flora.

Not sure if membership is for you? The Gaylord Palms will be hosting a launch party for the Cork & Fork Club on September 22, 2010. The resort will be offering samples of food and wine from its restaurants, and the $25 per person fee to attend can be applied towards the membership price.

Call 407-586-0708 for more information.

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