Some holiday-related facts about the South’s Grand Hotel:
The Peabody will serve Thanksgiving dinner to about 1,800 guests, between Thanksgiving brunch and holiday events in Chez Philippe and Capriccio Grill, according to the hotel. For Thanksgiving meals at the hotel, that amounts to about 140 turkeys the Peabody chefs will prepare, along with 500 pounds of potatoes and 20 pounds of cranberries. Also part of the feast – 200 pounds of green beans, 400 pounds of free range chicken, 120 pounds of prime rib, and the hotel expects to go through 30 gallons of orange juice and 150 bottles of champagne. A 36-foot-long dessert table will include 600 mini cookies, 400 mini cheesecakes, 400 crème brulee minis, 200 bite-sized brownies, and 5,000 other small desserts.
Looking ahead to Christmas:
The Christmas tree that stands in The Peabody’s Grand Lobby is 30 feet tall and has about 20,000 lights on it. It takes 20 florists 7 hours to put up and decorate. There are an additional 11 Christmas trees and 600 feet of lighted garland used to decorate the Lobby, Mezzanine and remainder of the hotel. The grand lobby is where the hotel also presents a giant gingerbread display featuring a traditional Christmas village. It was made using 400 pounds of sugar, 120 pounds of flour, 4 gallons of molasses, 300 eggs plus 8 gallons of egg whites, 5 pounds of gingerbread spices, and 50 pounds of assorted candy.
Here’s a time-lapse video of the tree going up: