Goshen Gourmet: Ravanelli's Gingerbread Houses are Picture Perfect

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs 475.122155

There are some holiday traditions in St. Louis' Illinois suburbs that are just sweeter than others.

At both Ravanelli's restaurants -- in Collinsville and Granite City, Illinois -- the Christmas season brings out the artist in family, staff and friends. These "architects of icing" design and create the most incredible gingerbread houses many people have ever seen.

In fact, the term "house" is certainly a misnomer. The gingerbread structures on display this year range from a dreamy fairytale castle to a bayou swamp shack (complete with alligator).

After you've decided which gingerbread creation is your favorite, be sure to save time for lunch or dinner at Ravanelli's, a Metro East favorite since 1964.

They're famous for their pressure-cooked chicken, Italian specialties( including a wonderful Rigatoni Cassarole)and tasty steaks.

A buffet is available at lunch Monday through Friday so you can try a bit of everything.

Ravanelli's soups change daily (my favorites are Clam Chowder on Fridays and Cream of Chicken on Sundays) and their salads are huge and topped with a Garlic Ranch house dressing.

Don't miss gourmet pies for dessert (Pecan, Berry, Coconut Cream, et. al.), a square of bread pudding, a deep Chocolate Cake or the enormous Carrot Cake.

Daily specials are offered at lunch and dinner and kids eat free on Tuesdays.

You can learn more about Ravanelli's restaurants here.

And you can get a $5-off coupon when you join Ravanelli's e-mail club.

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Rochelle Edwards
S. Todd Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage - Burlington, ON
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These are fantastic! I gave up making my own since I eat more icing before it ends up on the house so as all good agents know, my lack of foundation makes it colapse under the weight of the delicious candies.

If I am ever in the area, I will have to stop by for the buffet it sounds so delectible.

Dec 22, 2009 12:58 PM #1
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA

Nancy, I remember a few of these around out home years ago. But the scale was much smaller. lol Merry Christmas!


Dec 22, 2009 02:24 PM #2
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

I love those gingerbread houses! How cool is that? But what is pressure cooked chicken? I haven't heard of that.

Dec 22, 2009 03:09 PM #3
Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

Wow! Those are really gorgeous, so elaborate. I don't think I could put together a falling down cabin.

Dec 23, 2009 05:09 AM #4
Nancy Milton Holtzscher
RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs - Edwardsville, IL
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR

Hey, Rochelle, Steve, Lisa and Leslie!  Thanks so much for visiting the blog and for your comments. I know I couldn't do this, so I am impressed too. (Last night my daughter and her friend made one in our kitchen and it's a wreck,)  Lisa, the chicken looks and tastes like fried chicken, but it's not greasy so I think they use a pressurized cooker of some sort to do the job. It's crispy outside but moist inside -- really terrific.

Dec 23, 2009 08:08 AM #5
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

I definitely need to stop there when I'm in town!

Dec 28, 2009 11:28 PM #6
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