Winterthur, Kennedy and gingerbread

Winterthur’s Yuletide Tour this year includes a 6-foot-long edible gingerbread house made to coincide with Winterthur’s Jackie Kennedy exhibit — Jacqueline Kennedy and H.F. du Pont: From Winterthur to the White House.

The house, commissioned by Winterthur is a replica of the du Pont family house and follows the Kenney tradition of having gingerbread at the White House during the Kennedy administration, according to Jason Brudereck, Winterthur’s public relations manager and communications director.

The relationship between Kennedy and H.F. du Pont goes back to 1961 when the then-First Lady appointed du Pont to lead the restoration of the White House interiors.

Bredenbeck’s Bakery, of Philadelphia, made the gingerbread house using more than 150 pounds of cake and icing, and took more than 140 hours to make.

“We were so lucky to be asked to be a part of this. What an honor. We kind of agonized over it, but then also found the joy in trying to celebrate Christmas and the beauty of this building, said chief baker Diana Anello.

It’s also the largest piece the bakery has ever made in-house, she added, and said it would likely still be edible when the exhibit closes on Jan. 8.

Brudereck said there are several new parts to this year’s Yuletide Tour beyond the gingerbread house. Also new is a toy train display that’s open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and Wednesday evenings in December from 5-8 p.m.

The entire Winterthur Yuletide Exhibit runs through Jan. 8.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.



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