We recently had a question submitted by a reader regarding the vegetarian meal at ‘Ohana. Now that Chef TJ has taken his culinary skills to the Grand Floridian, our reader, who is celebrating her birthday at ‘Ohana, wondered if Chef TJ’s famed vegetarian meal (six courses!) was still being offered.
I’m not sure what the current meal is for vegetarians at ‘Ohana since Chef TJ left, so here’s what I suggest — contact the Disney Special Diets folks (email SpecialDiets@DisneyWorld.com or call 407-WDW-DINE or 407-824-5967) and ask them what number to call if you have a special diet, have booked a particularly special meal, and would like to speak with a particular restaurant.
Once you get a direct number for ‘Ohana, ask if you can set up a time to speak by phone directly with the Chef at ‘Ohana, explaining that you booked a birthday meal there based on the rave reviews, but you understand there’s a new Chef there and you’d like to discuss options with him ahead of time since this is a special meal for you. Share the same info with him and see if you can work together to create a multi-course birthday dinner menu.
Be persistent about wanting to talk with the chef. You might run into cast members who want to treat this like “just another veggie meal,” but let them know that it’s special to you and that you want to plan ahead with the Chef.
I’m hoping this will work for you! I’m pretty sure Chef TJ moves around at the Grand Floridian, so you could potentially book something like Citricos and ask that Chef TJ supervise the birthday dinner as well.
Let me know how it works out!
For more details, check out our eating Vegetarian in Disney World resource page!
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