Chef Robert Irvine Cooking “Dinner:Impossible” in Epcot?

Chef Robert Irvine from Food Network’s Dinner:Impossible is running around the World Showcase today with a team of Disney volunteers. What are they doing? Looking for food! Chef Irvine, it’s been reported, will be cooking our Give a Day, Get a Disney Day media event dinner tonight! (Update: to see the full meal and photos from the event, check out our Dinner:Impossible post here!)

Stay tuned for photos of the food. For now, here’s a few pics of Chef Irvine headed around Epcot and getting to work in his kitchen.

Chef Irvine and Team Run to Find Food

Chef Irvine and Team Run to Find Food

The Chef and His Team Pause to Deliberate

The Chef and His Team Pause to Deliberate

Chef Irvine's Advance Team Prepped Each Upcoming Location for Filming

Chef Irvine's Advance Team Prepped Each Upcoming Location for Filming

Chef Irvine's Kitchen in World Showcase

Chef Irvine's Kitchen in World Showcase

LIVE Food News and Photos: Disney World Media Event

UPDATE: Read about the Opening Date for Be Our Guest Restaurant and Reservations Info!

I’m reporting this week from the Walt Disney World Media Event showcasing the new Give a Day, Get a Disney Day volunteer program! Last night was the kick-off event, and we heard some fun dining news and got to taste some great eats over at the ESPN Wide World of Sports! (Psst — if you just want to see pics from the kick-off party, scroll down.)

Disney Food News
Unfortunately, I didn’t hear any BRAND new Disney food news, but recently opened restaurants Kouzzina and Sanaa were mentioned, along with the upcoming Be Our Guest restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern, to be found in the new-and-improved Fantasyland in 2012.

Other fun mentions that some of you might not have heard about are the two new, “interactive” restaurants on board the brand new Disney Cruise Line cruise ship, The Disney Dream. These include the Enchanted Garden, which magically transforms your surroundings from early morning to a night sky while you dine, and the Skyline Lounge, which has walls that change to reflect a new city scape each day!

Skyline Lounge

Skyline Lounge

Enchanted Garden

Enchanted Garden

Media Event Treats and Eats
The event kick-off was held in the ESPN Wide World of Sports on Walt Disney World property. The first part of the evening was a [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up, February 7, 2010

Eat hereHere’s the food news of the week, highlighted here on the Disney Food Blog:

Also, if you didn’t see it already, be sure to check out our first ever Disney food photo quiz. You can see the answers at the bottom of this post. Now, on to the round-up!

SamLand’s Disney Adventures shares a great detail from Pinocchio’s Village Haus in Disney World. Be sure to check the comments, where Anthony from DLRPMagic shares a very related detail from Disneyland Paris!

Orlando Sentinel shares more construction pics from Epcot.

DLRPToday, same folks from DLRPMagic, incidentally, reports that Hurricanes Discotheque will be closing permanently on March 31, 2010.

Designing Disney takes us to Disneyland’s Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor.

Disney and More reminds us that Disney Legend Walt Peregoy’s artwork is currently being exhibited at the Chocolate Bar in Encino, CA. I call this a food post because of the location. I think it works. Walt is best known for his work on 101 Dalmatians.

Stuff From the Parks shares a cool Haunted Mansion “I Scream” ice cream spoon from the 1969 Haunted Mansion grand opening promo. Learn more about the “I Scream” promo from this Imaginerding post.

The OC Register explains how Disney’s paying employees to lose unhealthy, excess weight.

2719 Hyperion is able to take its eyes away from the goodies and document the decor at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios Beverly Sunset Sweet Spells shop (also known as the Scary Apothecary).

WDW Alone reminds us to get training for the Wine and Dine Halloween 5K fun run

Orlando Sentinel reports that central Florida and the Disney area is the Word’s Most Celiac Friendly Destination!

DF 82 brings us back to Disneyland Paris with a look at Toad Hall.

Main Street Gazette shares a trip to Le Cellier — including a photo of the Chocolate Moose.

Disney Parks Blog has some suggestions for Date Night at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney.

Disney’s California F&W Festival: Annual Passholder Advance Ticket Sales

DLRFoodWinelogosmallDisneyland Annual Passholders will be able to purchase reduced-price, advance tickets starting today for Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival special events, including winemaker dinners, a new Brewmaster Dinner, and the Festival finale celebration “Taste Food-Wine-Life.” To purchase, log into Disneyland’s AP Special Offers Page.

For more details, pricing, and information about these events, see our Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival page.

The general public will be able to book events starting February 16th at 10am, via the Disneyland Food and Wine Festival page.

Thanks to the Disney Parks Blog.

WDW Downtown Disney: Goodbye McDonald’s, Hello Pollo Campero

pollocamperoAccording to the Orlando Sentinel, McDonald’s is pulling out of the Disney World entertainment district, Downtown Disney.

The McDonald’s restaurant at Walt Disney World’s shopping-and-dining district will close April 30, Disney said this afternoon.

This is the part of the fall-out from the end of the Disney/McDonald’s exclusive sponsorship agreement, which terminated in 2004.

“Our alliance partners are ever-changing and this shift in our relationship with McDonald’s reflects the dynamic nature of the sponsorship business,” Disney spokeswoman Zoraya Suarez said.

The replacement restaurant, Pollo Campero, is a Latin chicken fast-food chain. Business Wire is reporting that the chain is joining forces with franchisee Levy Campero to provide a new concept restaurant in Downtown Disney based on Pollo Campero’s standard family-style Latin dining coupled with new fresh, healthy menu additions, like chef-made salads, sandwiches, fruits, and healthy snacks as well as vegetarian, gluten-free, sugar-free, low-sodium or organic offerings.

Pollo Campero is scheduled to open in Fall 2010.

MK Renovations: Mrs. Potts’ Cupboard & Main Street Ice Cream Parlor

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Mrs. Potts’ Cupboard
In keeping with the upcoming Fantasyland revamp into a forest wonderland housing princesses, mermaids, and beasts, Mrs. Potts’ Cupboard has lost her clock tower and has received a renovated thatched roof.

Check out WDWMagic for before/after pics!

Main Street Ice Cream Parlor
WDWMagic is also reporting that the Main Street Ice Cream Parlor has disappeared behind a scrim due to extensive external renovations. The parlor is currently open to guests during construction.

Disney Food Round-Up: January 31, 2010

Eat here As usual, when there’s a lot of Disney food news during the week, we recap our Disney Food Blog stories for those who might like to take a look. This week, we have:

And here we go — off into the wonderful world of Disney Food posts from this week!

AKLResort.com shares a two food related blog-posts this week: a sample menu for the Kilimanjaro Club Concierge Lounge and info on grocery items available at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

OC Register reports the closure of Disneyland’s Tomorrowland Terrace until this summer. The kitchen is being expanded and renovated.

The WDWToday Podcast aired a Healthy Eating in WDW show with special guest: me. :-)

The Disney Chick makes what sounds like just about the best soup ever: Roasted Garlic and Gruyere Cream Soup from Victoria and Albert’s.

Heatherw25, an avid scrapbooker, posted a bunch of Disney Food Scrapbooking Lay-outs on her blog this week!

The Disney Parks Blog has some awesome grooms’ cakes from Disney Fairytale Weddings!

Touring Plans visits my favorite place and yours, La Cava del Tequila! Don’t forget that you can see the full La Cava del Tequila menu here on the Disney Food Blog :-)

Main St. Gazette shares fantastic photos of one of my favorite areas of Disney World — the Sunset Ranch Farmer’s Market.

Passport to Dreams takes a retro peek at Columbia Harbour House. (Also, you don’t want to miss their detailed look at the Caribbean Plaza — not a food article, but wonderful nonetheless.)

Dis Unplugged takes us to Disneyland twice this week with posts on the Carnation Cafe and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen.

And, finally, just because when I find things like this on ebay, it’s my job to let you know about them: a Disney Characters Spork Collection.

Tables in Wonderland February Dining Events

Tables in Wonderland has sent information about some more incredible dining options for February 2010! I’ve posted images first, but printed info is right below the images! (You can click on the horizontal images for a larger version.)

Also, be sure to check out the other Valentine’s Day dining options in Disneyland and Disney World here. [Read more…]

Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival 2010

DLRFoodWinelogoDisney’s California Food & Wine Festival takes place at Disney’s California Adventure Park from April 16 to May 31, 2010. The festival includes delicious culinary demonstrations, wine seminars, celebrity chefs and more — all highlighting the wonderful dishes California has to offer along with a look at international cuisine.

Like Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, some events are included with Park admission, others require separate tickets and reservations.

What Can I Do There?
Here’s just a sampling of the events available at the 2010 Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival. To see ALL of the events available, including dates, times, prices, and reservation information, visit our Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival page!:

  • “Taste of California” Marketplace: Sample unique foods created specifically for the festival, wine and beer pairings, and tapas-sized portions of gourmet items.
  • Chef Showcase Stage: See celebrity and noted chefs, including chefs from the Disneyland Resort, showcase their expertise!
  • NEW! Brewmaster Dinner: The Karl Strauss Brewing Company hosts this delicious and educational event, where gourmet dishes are expertly paired with, well, suds ;-)

    Date: Friday, May 7
    Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Location: Steakhouse 55

  • Napa Rose Cooking School: Chef Andrew Sutton enlightens guests, leading them through the creation of a 4-course meal. (I hope it includes that hot cocoa he made on the Guy Fieri Disneyland Holidays show!)

    Date: Saturdays, April 17, May 1, 8, 15 and 22
    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Napa Rose, Disney’s Grand California Hotel®

  • Wine, Beer and Spirits Education and Tasting Seminars: Seminars will be led by noted winemakers, brewers, and distillers. Some will also include Disneyland sommeliers.
  • Junior Chef: A favorite from previous years, this is cooking class for chefs ages 11 and under.
  • Festival Wine Walks: This is a lot like the World Showcase Wine Walk in Epcot! Each walk allows you to purchase a tasting passport and select up to four tastes from around the world, or from a single region.
  • Festival Beer Walk: Sample beers, lagers, and ales from around the world.
  • Much More!!: Remember: these are just a few of the options available during the festival! Check out our Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival page for ALL of the details, including times, dates, prices, and reservation information!

I’ll see ya there! ;)

New Angus Burgers at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

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Update!
@marcomboy tweeted to me the following regarding his Pecos Bill’s Angus Burger review!:

Tried the new Angus burger @ Pecos Bill. Manager was going around and asking for opinions on its first day of being served.

The burgers are pretty lean. Not too greasy. They had a decent char on them, like you would over BBQ at home. Good stuff.

Then, based on comments I’d received on this post, I asked him if the buns were falling apart. He responded:

I don’t remember them crumbling like I know wheat buns can. Both my wife and I took full advantage of the condiment bar. Onions, mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes, the works — and they seem to hold up just fine.

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WDWInfo is reporting that there are two new burgers on the menu over at Pecos Bill’s! They will now be serving a one-third pound Angus burger and a one-third pound specialty Angus burger.

No word yet on price, or on what, exactly, differentiates a “specialty” angus burger from a regular angus burger, but I just figured I’d let those of you who like some serious meat know about the change!

Thanks to Kelly Tressler for the heads up!