NEWPORT BEACH — Michael Owens had to fight temptation while he put together the Island Hotel’s annual Christmas display — and he won some of the time.
The hotel’s executive pastry chef had the task of overseeing the lobby display that accompanies the Island’s holiday toy drive, which benefits the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. Inside the front doors, Owens helped to set up two statues, a giant greeting card and a mountainside village all made out of chocolate and confections. At least, most of it ended up in the display.
“I’ve eaten way too much candy over the last six weeks,” Owens said Tuesday as he honed the final touches of the installation. “You’re sitting here putting M&M’s on the roof, and it’s hard not to put one in your mouth.”