OLD SAYBROOK — At Saybrook Point, you may have missed a sweet construction project underway.
This holiday season at Saybrook Point included a yearly labor of love by their pastry chef who spends many hours creating a unique display featured in the lobby.
This year, Pastry Chef Shayna Levine, has created an impressive confectionery sculpture that is a replica of the inn’s Tall Tales Guesthouse, replete with its Italianate design and sloping Mansard-style roof. The completely edible model is displayed on a 6-foot by 3-foot base complete with illuminated lighting.
“The likeness to the Guesthouse is remarkable, Shayna took great care and precision, studying the architectural drawings to mirror an incredible similarity that is right out of Candy Land. This is surely a work of art for all to see,” says John Lombardo, general manager of the inn and marina.
Guests are invited to stroll in the lobby and enter a drawing with their best guestimate for how many pieces of candy were used in assembling the house; the closest guess will win first prize of an overnight stay plus there are second and third place prizes as well.
Pastry Chef Levine, a New London native, is also a graduate of Johnson & Wales culinary program in Providence, R.I. Many nostalgic candies and hand-crafted sugar work are present in the work, including original NECCO Wafers, Pez, gum drops, chocolate nonpareils, licorice, and many more varieties.
The delicately-made window panes are crafted from a special high temperature sugar that is melted and stretched out at a specific temperature. Confectionary-laced balconies and candy cane porches are lit up by hundreds of twinkling fairy lights inside the masterpiece.
Saybrook Point is partnering with the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce to raise funds for the C.A.R.E.S. (Committee for Active Recovery Efforts) which benefits local residents who need help with basic needs due largely to COVID-19. A voluntary donation box is available by the display and Saybrook Point will be making its own monetary and goods donation as well.
Learn more about Saybrook Point Resort & Marina at www.Saybrook.com.
— Submitted press release