Kick-start year-end celebrations with festive delights at Checkers Deli by executive pastry chef Siddharth Prabhu.
Highlights include Magical Snow Globe, a composition of tiramisu, luscious chocolate mousse made with 64 per cent dark chocolate from Ecuador and hazelnut crisps; Christmas Tree Macaroons with pistachios, almonds and candied cherries; Gingerbread Spice Cheesecake Yule Log, a reinvention of Hilton Singapore's award-winning American Cheesecake, with crushed gingerbread cookies and rich ginger spice cream; Orange & Pistachio Yule Log, with light pistachio mousse, tangy orange mousse, chocolate, hazelnuts, almonds and candied orange; Chataignier Yule Log, with moist rum-flavoured chocolate sponge, light chestnut mousse and premium French chestnuts; and desserts and breads such as Panettone, German Stollen, Apple Strudel and Mince Pies.
Also available for take-home are Gourmet Roasts such as Roasted Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing and hearty Roasted Australian Sirloin of Beef and a selection of Foie Gras items.
Where: Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Road
When: Till Dec 25
Price: Gourmet Roasts from $128+ - $358+; breads, cookies & chocolates from $3+; foie gras from $55+ - $102+: cakes & puddings from $22+ - $88+; gingerbread house $98+
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Shangri-La Hotel fosters family traditions and togetherness with a series of gingerbread house weekend workshops next month, conducted by Area executive pastry chef Herve Potus. Parents and their children can enjoy the German-American tradition of decorating freshly baked gingerbread houses with frosting, candies and chocolates.
Each child will receive an exclusive apron and hat in festive colours and their decorated gingerbread house to take home. Free-flowing festive snacks such as Frosted Berry Tartlets, Chocolate Profiteroles, Rainbow Donuts, Smiley Cupcakes, Christmas Panettone and Cookies will further sweeten the afternoon.
Where: Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Road
When: Dec 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21, 3 - 4pm
Price: $68 nett for a parent-child duo for each workshop
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SWISSOTEL MERCHANT COURT
Chef Jason Teo presents a new creation for Christmas: Nonya Laksa Turkey, marinated in Peranakan spices and served with glutinous rice wrapped in lotus leaves and a special laksa gravy.
The dish will be part of the lunch and dinner buffets at Ellenborough Market Cafe next month and will also be available for takeaway.
Where: 20 Merchant Road
MRT: Clarke Quay
When: Lunch & dinner, Dec 8 - 31; for take-home, Dec 8 - 26
Price: $138++ for takeaway; seven days advance notice required; last order Dec 19, noon
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THE FULLERTON HOTEL
The festive season begins at The Fullerton Hotel with a Christmas light-up ceremony in the atrium, featuring a candle-lit march-in to tunes rung out by handbell musicians, plus complimentary festive goodies such as Gluhwein (mulled wine), hot chocolate and Christmas cookies.
Customise your own gingerbread cookie ($5 nett) - full proceeds will go to funding Bursary Awards for underprivileged children from Hope Centre Singapore.
The same evening, experience the cooking of the hotel's general manager Giovanni Viterale and executive chef Sandro Falbo at Town Restaurant's Fullerton Chefs For A Cause Buffet Dinner; $20 from each diner will be donated to Hope Centre.
Where: 1 Fullerton Square
MRT: Raffles Place
When: Nov 28, 7pm onwards
Price: Buffet dinner $98 nett an adult, $54 nett a child
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This article was first published on November 21, 2014. Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to straitstimes.com for more stories.