West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort unveils impressive 1,000-pound chocolate holiday display

By Lynn R. Mitchell


Pictured clockwise from top left: Jean-Francois Suteau, Executive Pastry Chef at The Greenbrier, stands next to one of his chocolate creations; some of the resort’s holiday-themed chocolate structures; The Greenbrier’s impressive 1,000-pound chocolate Christmas display.

The Greenbrier, the historic destination resort set in the foothills of West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, has unveiled a holiday-themed chocolate display made up of over 1,000 pounds of chocolate, donated by Cacao Barry, to commemorate the festive season this year.

The display was constructed by the resort’s Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Francois Suteau and his pastry team, and took three months to complete. Chef Suteau is an expert in his field, having been named the U.S. Chocolate Master at the World Chocolate Masters competition in 2013 as well as one of the “Top 10 Pastry Chefs in the United States” by Dessert Professional Magazine in 2011. As Executive Pastry Chef at The Greenbrier, he oversees all desserts for the resort’s 14 restaurants, cafes and lounges, in addition to 24-hour in-room dining.

The Greenbrier is known for its annual “60 Days of Holiday Cheer” (from November through New Year’s) which encompasses activities and events for guests and visitors such as weekly tree lightings, meet and greets with Mrs. Claus at the Christmas Shop, gift-wrapping seminars, holiday culinary demonstrations, ice skating, photographs with Santa Claus, The Nutcracker Ballet, a Christmas Eve Wine Tasting, a Christmas Eve Gingerbread Ball, WVU Puppet Mobile Christmas Show, a New Year’s Eve Gala, New Year’s Day Brunch, and more. The Greenbrier also holds an annual “Dream Tree for Kids” holiday gift drive, which aims to donate more than $1 million in toys and clothes to local and national charities in 2014.

Located in White Sulphur Springs in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier has been welcoming guests since 1778. Known as “America’s Resort,” it encompasses more than 10,000 acres of undulating landscape that includes: four golf courses (including the exclusive Greenbrier Sporting Club’s private course); a championship indoor and outdoor tennis facility (including five outdoor clay courts and five indoor courts); The Greenbrier Clinic (specializing in executive health); a 40,000-square-foot spa; a mélange of sporting activities; shops; private homes at The Greenbrier Sporting Club; guests-only casino; and, at its heart, a vast and imposing grand hotel. Purchased in 2009 by West Virginia entrepreneur James C. Justice II, The Greenbrier has undergone a $250+ million restoration and is now home to The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR, FedEx Cup event, and will soon launch The Greenbrier Medical Institute, a state-of-the-art medical complex on the resort’s grounds.

Press release provided by The Greenbrier

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