2012 Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Menus, Meet the Chefs, Special Rates

As you know, the Walt Disney World The Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic is back this year with seminars, tastings, sweets, and beverages! And scroll down to see some special rate codes from Disney Food Blog for this year’s classic…

The Third Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will take place Friday, October 12, and Saturday, October 13, 2012, from 5:30 – 9:00 pm at the Swan and Dolphin Resorts in Walt Disney World. These resorts are just a short walk from Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which means this is a great way to supplement your 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival trip!

Food and wine lovers can immerse themselves in this culinary festival while strolling the Crescent Lake causeway. Savor culinary delights from the resort’s award winning restaurants and lounges while listening to live music.

With 17 restaurants and lounges, the Swan and Dolphin resorts have a nationally-recognized culinary team that can’t wait to show off their talents! I had a chance to go to the event last year, and I can highly recommend it.

Swan and Dolphin Causeway

Tasting Booth Menus

Choose selections from over 30 stations that showcase food and drinks from Shula’s Steak House, Il Mulino New York Trattoria, and Todd English’s bluezoo, among other great Swan and Dolphin restaurants.

Also select from your favorite beverages, including wine, sake, beer, and cocktails. If you love wine, vintages will be offered from around the world. With over 70 certified wine sommeliers and more than 1,400 wine selections, this beverage team has a lot of knowledge to share!

Shula’s Steakhouse
Friday and Saturday: Carved Prime Rib with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Shula's Carved Prime Rib, Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Cib’s Smoke Shop
Friday: Texas Style Beef Brisket, Fried Pickles, Brioche Puree
Saturday: Smoked Pork Belly, Garlic Toast, Baked Bean Foam

Beef Brisket

cibs smoked pork belly

Todd English’s bluezoo
Friday: “Shrimp Cocktail” Steamrollers; plus Oyster selections will include Traditional Rockefeller – Creamy Spinach, House bacon, Parmesan; Six Shooter – Bloody Cocktail, Horseradish, Celery, Corona, Lemon Foam, Old Bay; and Traditional – On the half Shell, Choice of Mignonette or sauce
Saturday: Pan Seared “Shrimp n Grits”, Seared Local Shrimp, Anson Mills Cheese Grits (I’ve had the shrimp and grits from bluezoo, and they’re well worth the trip!). Plus Oyster selections will include Southern Comfort – Grilled Oyster, Saltine, Hot sauce; Crispy Fried Oyster – Old bay; and Frenchy – Crème Fraiche, Hackleback Caviar, Pickled Onion

bluezoo shrimp cocktail steamrooler-Heirloom Beet Salad

Shrimp and Grits, Todd English's bluezoo

Low Country Jumbo Shrimp and Grits at bluezoo (restaurant dish)

Cabana Bar and Beach Club
Friday: Pork Carnitas – Braised Pork, Sofrito, Pita, Pico de Gallo, Iceberg Lettuce
Saturday: Blackened Fish Taco, Cabbage, Pico de Gallo, Cilantro

cabana pork carnitas

Fish Taco Cabana Bar

Laurent Branlard – Pastries and Desserts
Friday & Saturday:

  • Macaroon — Fresh raspberry and mandarin cream macaroons
  • Intense Dark Chocolate Cake — Flourless Sponge, Concha Mousse
  • Lemon S’mores — Graham cracker sable, lemon peel chocolate cream, lemon hazelnut crunch, lemon whipped cream
    Exotic and Vanilla Cream Dome — Coconut dacquoise
  • Carrot Cake Verinne — Orange mousse, caramel sauce, soaked carrot cake, vanilla whipped cream , carrot meringue
  • Paris Brest — Crunchy pate a chou, praline cream, milk chocolate disk


Intense Dark Chocolate Cake

The Fountain
Friday and Saturday: Falafel: Chickpea Fritter, Tahini, Traditional Garnish

fountain falafel

Il Mulino New York Trattoria
Friday: Free Form “Lasagna”, Herbed ricotta, fresh pasta ribbons, seasonal organic vegetables, mushrooms, pecorino
Saturday: Fried Calamari, Spicy Marinara

Freeform Lasagna Il Mulino

Calamari, Il Mulino

Fresh Mediterranean Market
Friday and Saturday: Custom blended mini Burger, Cheddar Cheese Roll, Truffle Aioli, Caramelized Onions

Fresh Mediterranean Mini-Burger

Garden Grove
Friday and Saturday: Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Sliders, Iceberg lettuce, Old Bay Aioli, Sesame Rolls

garden grove jumbo lump crab cake slider

Friday: Dragon Roll: Crispy Shrimp, Tuna, Avocado
Saturday: Spicy Yellow Fin Tuna, Nori, Seasoned Rice

Kimonos Dragon Roll

Michael Mina
Friday and Saturday: Michael Mina’s Hamachi Parfait, Crispy Rice Cake, Wasabi Tobiko


Quench your thirst with drink choices such as Wine Tastings, Beer, Sake, and Wine! Wine Tastings will include bottles from Washington, Oregon, California, Chile, Argentina, Spain, France, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa. For sake choose from Ty Ku Black and Ty Ku Silver.

Special Rates From Disney Food Blog

The best part? DFB has special rate codes for you for this year’s Classic! Booking a room at the Swan or Dolphin means you won’t have to worry about getting “home” after the event.

Plus, you’ll be able to easily walk into Epcot to enjoy the Food and Wine Festival during your stay! Rates start at $285 per night for two people, and include access to the Food & Wine Classic.

Call 888-828-8850 for reservations and ask for one of the following rate codes for these packages!

Package 1 – One night stay, plus causeway tickets for two! Ask for rate code DFBFWCL1.
Package 2 – One night stay, plus causeway tickets and seminar tickets for two! Ask for rate code DFBFWSM1.
Package 3 – Two nights stay, plus causeway tickets for two for both nights. Ask for rate code DFBFWCL2.
Package 4 -Two nights stay, plus causeway tickets for two for both nights AND seminar tickets for two! Ask for rate code DFBFWSM2.

What do we love about staying at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin? The close proximity to Epcot is extremely convenient. In fact, you can walk or boat to two Disney theme parks – Epcot AND Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And just like Disney-owned hotel guests, you’ll also have exclusive access to theme park Extra Magic Hours and Disney Transportation.


If you choose not to purchase a package, you can purchase your causeway tickets for this 2012 event for $80 per person, inclusive.

A La Carte Tickets

And here’s another great option for guests with limited time and/or light appetites! A La Carte tickets will be available for purchase at the event. At $2 each, these tickets are perfect for those with a lighter appetite and for young children. Offerings range from two to four tickets per item!

Disney World Dolphin Resort

The event includes an incredible causeway full of delicious goodies (you can check out menus and celebrity chef appearances!), plus informative and fun seminars (I loved the Mixology one last year).

Meet the Chefs

Todd English

Todd English

Todd English is a celebrity chef, author, entrepreneur, and television personality based in Boston. He is best known for his restaurant, Olives, located in both Boston and Las Vegas and his TV cooking show, Food Trip with Todd English, on PBS.

Michael Mina

Michael Mina

Michael Mina (born in Cairo, Egypt) is an award-winning American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author. He is the executive chef at his two namesake restaurants in San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Robert Ciborowski

Robert Ciborowski

Robert Ciborowski brings a wealth of experience in the food and beverage industry to his position as the executive chef for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. He honed his culinary skills at some of the world’s finest restaurants and hotels including The French Laundry, Atlantis Resort and The Ritz-Carlton.

Christopher Windus

Christopher Windus

Chef Chris Windus is the executive chef at Todd English’s bluezoo at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. He leads his team in serving coastal cuisine at English’s first venture in Orlando, Florida. Windus joined bluezoo in 2003 as the assistant chef.

Laurent Branlard

Laurent Branlard

Laurent Branlard is the executive pastry chef for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. A native of France, Branlard is a highly accomplished pastry chef who holds the distinction as the only two-time winner of the World Pastry Team Championship. He holds the distinction of being named one the Top Pastry Chefs in America.

Be sure to make your way to the 2012 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic this year!! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

(And don’t forget to check out our other posts about the 2010 and 2011 Food and Wine Classic!)

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