News! Jiko Wine Dinners in May at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

If you’re a fan of Jiko – The Cooking Place AND wine, plan to attend a wine dinner this May! These exclusive dinners come around rarely, since Jiko actually arranges for winemakers to come directly from South Africa to present to guests.

On May 4th, Jiko will present a South African Winemakers Tour. And The Wines of Warwick Estates will be presented on May 16, 2013.

South African Winemakers Tour

Who: Abrie Beeslar, Kanonkop; Peter De Wet, Excelsior; Gavin Slabbert, Raats Family Wines
When: Saturday, May 4th; 6:00pm
Reception Location: Arusha Terrace

Reception Menu:
Spinach and Mushroom Dumpling, Paneer Cheese, and Harissa Sauce
Fire Roasted Corn Cake with Applewood Smoked Bacon
Braised Beef Short Rib, Cracked Pappadom, and Peppadew-Cucumber Raita
Excelsior Chardonnay, Robertson

South African Wine at Jiko

First Course
Grilled Moroccan Spiced Quail, Chickpea Puree, and Wilted Greens
Side By Side Chenin Blanc Tasting
Raats Original Chenin Blanc, Coastal Region
Raats Chenin Blanc, Coastal Region

Second Course
Tunisian Olive Oil Poached Butterfish, Chorizo Bobotie, and Crispy Okra
Side By Side Chenin Blanc Tasting
Raats Original Chenin Blanc, Coastal Region
Raats Chenin Blanc, Coastal Region

Watermelon and Tomato Salad, Sherry Vinaigrette
Kanonkop Kadette, Stellenbosch

Ostrich, Herb Pasta, and Spring Vegetable Medley
Kanonkop Pinotage, Stellenbosch

Chocolate Chile Molten Cake and Drunken Cherries
Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon, Robertson

Wines of Warwick Estates

When: Thursday, May 16, 2013; 6:00pm
Reception Location: Sunset Lounge

Reception Menu:
Braised Curried Tomatoes, Toasted Millet Bunny Chow, and Gooseberry Marmalade
Rooibos Honey Smoked Quail, Compressed Orange, and Sweet Potato
Cinnamon-Dashi Oysters and Chili Pearls
Warwick “Professor Black”, Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch

Wine Room at Jiko.

First Course
Berber Spiced Duck Confit, Potato Gaufrettes, and Mango Sambal
Warwick “Old Bush Vines” Pinotage, Stellenbosch

Second Course
Creamy Zellwood Corn Soup with Jumbo Lump Crab
Warwick “The First Lady” Chardonnay, Stellenbosch

California Delta Asparagus, Exotic Greens, and Wild Mushrooms
Warwick “Three Cape Ladies”, Stellenbosch

Ember Charred Buffalo, Curried Lentil Puree, and Roasted Vegetables
Villafonte “Series C”, Paarl

Cape Town Malva Pudding
Warwick Estate “The First Lady” Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch

South African Winemakers Tour and The Wines of Warwick Estates Details

Note that the following details apply to both events.

Time: 6:00pm Reception/6:30pm Dinner
Cost: $160, plus tax and gratuity
Dress: Business Casual Evening Attire
Location: Meet in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Lobby, Sunset Lounge
Reservations: Contact Victoria Thompson at

Each event is limited to 40 guests. Each event requires a credit card guarantee, and there is a 3 day cancellation policy.

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