breakfast with santa

For the second year in a row, we went to Fahrenheit for Breakfast with Santa. I think I was more excited than my two-year-old for this outing.

Granted, my overall experience with kids and Santa is rather limited. But I can’t imagine someone doing a better job than Rocco Whalen and the entire staff at Fahrenheit. Yes, there are kids everywhere. And yes, it can be rather chaotic. But it’s very well-organized chaos and it’s what you’d expected when you put Santa, elves, food, tons of kids, presents, Elmo and Buzz Lightyear all in one space.

From the moment you walk in, they are prepared for you. There are coloring pages, crayons and crafts (Natalie made her first stocking) on the table to occupy the minis. Plus there are plenty of snacks to hold them over until your table is called. The server greets you immediately to take drink orders and to make sure everyone understands how the day will go. Then they send the adults over to enjoy a deluxe Bloody Mary and mimosa bar with all the trimmings.

Shortly after everyone is seated, the kids are greeted by some very familiar faces, including Minnie and Mickey, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, The Grinch, an incredibly friendly elf and of course, the big guy himself – Santa. All of these kids could barely contain their excitement, except my daughter who spent the majority of the breakfast covering her eyes. She is obsessed with Sesame Street, but something about seeing them in person was just too much for her. She never cried, but rather refused to open her eyes, except of course to find the French toast on her plate.

They had a separate area for families to see the very realistic looking Santa and take pictures, and they also took pictures for you, and everyone left with a photo of the day and a special Santa’s Helper apron.

And of course, there’s the food. Now you just know with Rocco, you’re in for a treat. He doesn’t offer brunch except for I believe just on this occasion, so you know he’s going to do it right. There was plenty of wonderful choices for kids of all ages, from bananas foster French toast to lobster ravioli, truffled eggs, a carving station and smoked salmon pizza.

I am not one for buffets and typically try to avoid them at all costs – except this one. For two years now, we were beyond happy with our food. And that’s why we will be back, year after year for as long as they host it. It’s our new family tradition. And if this is something you like to do with your kids, I highly recommend you look into it for next year – but look early. After six years now, he’s established a bit of a cult following and they book up fast.

By the way – if you like Fahrenheit, a $200 gift card could be yours, plus about $1,800 in other local – amazing – eats. That’s a lot of short ribs! All you have to do is donate $5 to Veggie U. Learn more here.


  1. Posted December 9, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Wow, this sounds like a great time. Was it open to the public? I did not hear about it. If so, how much were tickets? I think it’s something we’d definitely like to check out next year.

  2. Michelle V
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    It most definitely was! You should read CF more – I posted about it :) just kidding!

  3. Live to Cook
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Seriously??? I read every entry. I must have had a busy day and only glanced over it.

  4. Henry
    Posted December 13, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    It was awesome and I can’t wait to go again next year. It will def be a family tradition

  5. Heather
    Posted December 15, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    This was a lot of fun, but I have to say that it was never on Fahrenheit’s website. It seemed that there was no real advertising for it. From the sold out crowd, it wasn’t really an issue though.