Your Go-To Holiday Beverage By Pastry Chef David Laufer

By Katlyn Moncada
In Food

The Chase Park Plaza will kick off its second annual holiday extravaganza this Thursday, Nov. 26, with its highly popular Thanksgiving Day brunch. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on Dec. 1 at 5pm in the not-to-be-missed grand lobby, where executive pastry chef David Laufer has created a life-size Winter Wonderland Gingerbread Village—which took three days to build—that will be on display through Jan. 2.

Photo courtesy of The Chase Park Plaza

Photo courtesy of The Chase Park Plaza

To truly impress your guests during the holidays this year, Laufer has shared a simple, yet decadent dessert beverage perfect for entertaining or a night in.

Spiked Hot Chocolate 
(Serves 2)

4 c whole milk
½ c sweetened condensed milk
¼ c cocoa powder
1 T. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 c Bailey’s Irish Cream

Combine all ingredients except baily Irish cream; heat till hot; take off stove and add liquor. Serve in mug with chocolate shavings and marshmallows.

Here’s The Chase’s festive lineup of holiday events:

Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Brunch (10am-2pm, Starlight Roof, reservations required)

Dec. 1: Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive by horse-drawn carriage (5-7pm)

Friday/Saturday Dec. 4-19: Carolers & Mrs. Claus (5:30-7:30pm)

Dec. 6: Hanukkah events at Chasers (1-3pm)

Dec. 13: Breakfast with Santa (9am and 11am, Starlight Roof, reservations required)

Dec. 20: Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Claus and the elves at Chasers (1-3pm)

Dec. 25: Christmas brunch (10am–2pm, The Preston, formerly known as Eau Bistro, reservations required)

Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve (9p.m., live music at Café Eau, $20 cover)

Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Dinner (5-10 p.m., The Preston, formerly known as Eau Bistro, reservations required)

Jan. 1: New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet (6 a.m.–1 p.m., The Preston, formerly known as Eau Bistro, reservations appreciated)

The Chase holiday events are available to the public, as well as hotel guests. For additional details and the full calendar of events, click here. Call 314.633.3056 to make reservations.

232 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End

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