2009 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Details

Details are trickling out about the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

To book any and all activities and events, reservations open on August 11 at 7:00AM. Call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Theme park admission is usually required, along with a reservation and extra payment for the event.

Check out the Disney Food and Wine Festival Page for info and more updates.

Culinary Adventures — Signature Dining Experiences
Celebrity chefs pair up with Walt Disney World restaurant big cheeses to develop a 5-course meal. Schedule and celebrity chefs include:

10/1 6:30 p.m. Jiko–The Cooking Place — Suvir Saran
10/1 7:00 p.m. Portobello Italian Trattoria — Tony Mantuano
10/13 6:15 p.m. Ragland Road — Kevin Dundon
10/15 5:30 p.m. Flying Fish Café — Tim Keating
10/16 6:30 p.m. bluezoo — Todd English
10/22 6:30 p.m. The Wave — Frank Brough
10/25 6:30 p.m. Victoria & Albert’s — Scott Hunnel
10/29 6:30 p.m. California Grill — Brian Piasecki
10/30 6:30 p.m. Wonders Retreat — Jean Claude Boisset vs. Jean Charles Boisset Wines
11/5 6:30 p.m. Cítricos — Phillip Ponticelli

Price: $100.00-$375.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Theme park admission is not required.

Food and Wine Pairing Meals
An old favorite returns.

Saturdays, 2:30–4:00 p.m. — Tutto Italia Ristorante
Mondays, 3:30–5:00 p.m. — Tokyo Dining
Tuesdays, 3:30–5:00 p.m. — Restaurant Marrakesh

Price: $55.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Theme park admission is required.

Mexico Tequila Tastings
A NEW addition!
La Cava del Tequila, Mexico Pavilion

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

Price: $35.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Theme park admission is required.

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Disney Food Post Weekly Round-Up: July 19

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So MANY fantastic food posts this week…you’re in for a treat! Here we goooooooo!

Deb Koma at All Ears interviews Marianne Hunnel, manager of culinary programs for the 2009 Food and Wine Festival: Hopefully I’m hiding my jealousy…is it working? ;-) Read this if you’re planning on heading down to the festival in Sept/Oct/Nov! There’s also a prelim lineup of events so you can get an idea of how you’re going to have to work your current dining plans around the Food and Wine collection of seminars and events.

Disney Geek Dad discusses his Top Seven Favorite Snacks at Disney World: A great list, including some you wouldn’t find on typical lists — anyone up for some Figaro Fries?

Main Street Gazette highlights A Recipe from Epcot’s France Pavilion: But they didn’t find it in any restaurant… . A heartwarming and interesting post; just what you’d expect from this fantastic website.

SoloFriendly visits Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney Hollywood Studios: Continuing the string of great Disney food reviews by SoloFriendly; you won’t be disappointed this week either.

Kati’s Kupcakes shares photos of her Alice in Wonderland Cupcakes: An adorable group of cupcakes, including the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and, of course, the Queen of Hearts. You can see more of Kati’s Kupcakes on her website.

DVCbyResale highlights the Boardwalk’s Flying Fish Cafe in this week’s “Main Course” segment: Some delicious food photos from a restaurant that’s often overlooked.

All Ears makes the list twice with this review of the Kidani Village Poolside Dining service: One of the first of its kind on Disney property, I hope it continues! I love the idea of room service by the pool…

Disney Food Weekly Round-Up: July 12

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Some really interesting Disney food posts around the web this week! You’re gonna love ‘em!

SoloFriendly Reviews Spoodles: This restaurant will be replaced by Cat Cora’s Kouzzina this fall, so make your reservations quickly! SoloFriendly writes a glowing review.

PRD3000’s Revenge at 50’s Prime Time Cafe: Finding a way to “fight back” after being stuck in the corner singing “I’m a Little Teapot” for putting elbows on the table. Talk about needing a fastpass for the bathroom… .

WatchMeEat Tries Out Lottawatta Lodge at Blizzard Beach: Most of this post is about Blizzard Beach (which many of you will find interesting, I’m sure), but if you just want to see food, scroll down for pics. Great review of Blizzard Beach, to boot!

Kevin Kidney Details the History of Disneyland’s Birthday Cake Room: While it may be a stretch to include on a food blog, this is a really interesting article for you Disney history nuts out there. At least it has “Birthday Cake” in the title.

Beaches and Cream to Serve Breakfast

Beaches and Cream

Beaches and Cream

Editor’s Note: Beaches and Cream is not serving breakfast at this time.

From the Disney Rumor Mill:

It’s being reported that Beaches at Cream at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts will be serving a counter service breakfast selection starting this Friday, July 10th, 2009.

Reports say that menu items will include platters with eggs, bacon, and toast; or pancakes and bacon. Also available will be omelets and children’s platters.

At 11AM, the service will be turned over to the standard table-service lunch menu (and will then count as a table service credit on the dining plan).

Carthay Circle Club…

Artist Rendition of Carthay Circle Theater (c)Disney

Artist Rendition of Carthay Circle Theater (c)Disney

…or Triple C. Rumor has it that this will be the Disney California Adventure cousin to New Orleans Square’s hidden treasure, Club 33.

Built inside the Carthay Theater on Buena Vista Street (and all part of the current DCA facelift project), the Carthay Circle Club will offer members a feel of the type of club Walt himself might have frequented. They will relax in an Animator’s Lounge while waiting for their table to be ready in the spanish-style dining room upstairs. An open show kitchen, displays of photographs and memorabilia dating back to Walt’s early days as an animator, and wide vista views of the park and scenery beyond offer a stunning backdrop to each meal.

Club members will have a variety of perks as well, as do Club 33’s members.

Word is that Club 33 wait listers will have first dibs on a Cathay Circle Club membership, but steady your bank account now: Club members will pay $10,450 up front and $3,275 annually in dues.

The Wave Discovery Dinners for Tables in Wonderland Members

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Tables in Wonderland, formerly the Disney Dining Experience, is a fantastic dining discount program available to Florida Residents and Disney World Annual Passholders. As a part of the perks of membership, Disney has begun offering a series of “Discovery Dinners” at Disney Contemporary Resort’s The Wave Restaurant. Here’s the info on the upcoming dinner:

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Wave Restaurant is delighted to offer a special series of dining events for the Tables in Wonderland Members. Chef Dylan Schauwecker and Sommelier Steve Shepherd will be welcoming three individuals with a great vision for the future at The Wave’s next Discovery Dinner. Bert Roper is an Inductee at the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame. He is a lifelong citrus farmer and world renowned inventor in addition to being a visionary. Mr. Roper has joined with Tim Blank who is an expert in Hydro-Organic food production to create a rooftop hydroponic garden in downtown Winter Garden, Florida. This working garden located on top of the Winter Garden Theatre represents their vision on how to create sustainable agriculture that can help feed our planet. Tim Blank is President and CEO of an international sustainable food production company called Future Growing. Guests will be sampling products grown in hydroponic towers that sit 4 stories above downtown Winter Garden. Lastly from Opici Wine Company, Donna Perrin will be joining us. Donna was integral in assisting with the selection of the wines for this discovery dinner and will be sharing her knowledge of these wines with our guests.

Reception
–Kilroy Sparkling Shiraz, Barossa Valley
–Cured Pork Crostini with Sweet Potato Brandade
–Gingered Kobe Beef Sliders with Grilled Jicama and Onion

Salad
–Warwick Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch
–Poached Lobster Salad, with local Hydroponic Greens, Avocado, and a Tomato Vinaigrette

Appetizer
–Hill of Content Pinot Noir, South Australia
–Cold Smoked Muscovy Duck with Caramelized Georgia Peaches over Brioche

Entree
–Rustenberg Chardonnay, Stellenbosch
–Wild Sockeye Salmon with a Citrus Beurre Blanc, Israeli Couscous, grilled Asparagus, Artichoke and Santa Sweet Tomato’s

Dessert
–Mt. Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling, Clare Valley
–Summer Fruit Shortcake with Purple Micro Basil Sorbet and Sweet Summer Salad

Cocktails: 7:00 p.m. Wave Lounge at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, First Floor
Dress Code: Casual Evening Attire
Dinner to follow in the Restaurant
$92.00 per person, includes tax and gratuity

FOR RESERVATIONS:
Please email nicole.l.rainear@disney.com with your interest to book, your name, daytime phone number, home address, and the number of people in your party. You will be notified on a first come first serve basis and your credit card will be taken over the phone. The event will be limited to 50 Guests.

SAVE THE DATES:
§ Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival: September 25 – November 8, 2009.

§ Tables in Wonderland will continue The Wave Discovery Dinner series in November 2009.

Disney Food Menus and Maps Now on Official WDW Website

While the Disney Website re-vamp gave a lot of us headaches for a while, I’m very pleased to see that they’ve added two planning tools to the dining section that have been sorely needed.

Menus
You’re not the only one who faithfully prints out the menus for all your ADR restaurants and pores over them for weeks deciding exactly what you’re going to order. Apparently, enough of us are obsessed enough with Disney food that Walt Disney World has seen fit to pander to our idiosyncrasies and finally post many of their restaurant menus on their website! What’s so great about that, you ask? Two things:

  1. The menus are authoritative, so they’ll likely be up to date.
  2. They’re PDFs of the actual menus used in the restaurants! That means there’s just that added bit if Disney Magic and themeing that you get to glimpse before your trip!

Here are a couple of screen shots of how you can get to the menus on the Disney website. You begin by searching “Dining,” and clicking on the restaurant for which you’d like details. From there, you’ll see a screen that looks like this:

Location of Menus on Disney World Website Restaurant Pages

Location of Menus on Disney World Website Restaurant Pages

Simply click on the menu for the meal you’re curious about, and out pops a cool PDF that looks exactly like the menu you’ll get in the restaurant in Disney World. Here’s Liberty Tree Tavern’s dinner menu:

Menu PDF Pulled Up When Choosing Menu Option From WDW Website

Menu PDF Pulled Up When Choosing Menu Option From WDW Website

Unfortunately, Disney doesn’t yet have ALL menus available, but you’ll find that about 80%-90% of what you’re looking for is there. Remember that buffet menus change daily, so those are often not posted.

Maps
Disney has also added what many of us consider to be the quintessential planning tool, maps, to its individual restaurant pages.

Map Section of Disney Restaurant Web Pages

Map Section of Disney Restaurant Web Pages

Simply click on the “map” icon; when the map is pulled up, scroll down the list to the left until you find the restaurant you’re looking for. Its location will be highlighted on the map!

This is a great planning tool to help you determine where you’ll need to be in your touring plan (e.g. what rides you’ll want to be scheduling for before and after lunch) around the time of your restaurant ADR.

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Visual When Opening Map From Restaurant Page on WDW Website

Happy Planning!
The Disney World website is getting more and more user friendly, and the inclusion of these tools, along with the interaction of the Mom’s Panel and other informative additions, makes me optimistic that the site has the potential to be a truly useful planning tool–even for veteran Disneyphiles!

If you’ve seen or used other great Disney dining planning tools, I’d love to hear about them!

California Grill: Spots Still Available for Independence Day Dinner July 4th!

THE CALIFORNIA GRILL HAS AVAILABILITY FOR THEIR INDEPENDENCE DAY DINNER ON JULY 4TH.

California Grill has availability for their Independence Day Dinner, an exclusive dine-a-round Food and Beverage event with well bar. Guests can dine on Summer Lobster Rolls, fresh sushi, Boneless St. Louis style pork ribs, Black Angus Strip Steaks, sweet buttered corn, summer salads, a variety of desserts, and many more exquisite dishes.

They will have characters, a DJ with dancing, strolling entertainment, fortune teller, and magician. This wonderful meal offers an incredible viewing location of the Magic Kingdom’s Disney’s Celebrate America! – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky at 9:00pm and then the festivities continues with additional viewings of firework presentations at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at 10:00pm. This is one celebration no one should miss!

Adults and children are $220. The price includes tax and gratuity. Call 407-WDW-DINE or enter 6:30pm, July 4th into the reservation request for California Grill in Disney’s online system.

Good luck!

Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party Photos!

THANK YOU to Zapperz at My Disney Mania for allowing me to use his stunning Wishes Dessert Party photos from this weekend. Stop by his blog and see more of his photos from his trip (including a few from the Museum of Pintiquities)!

The Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party is currently running from June 23 through August 28. (9/18 Update: The Wishes Dessert Party has been extended through January 2nd, 2010!) It includes exclusive viewing for Wishes fireworks and a self-service dessert buffet. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

You can read more about the event on our previous Wishes Dessert Party blog post.

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Tomorrowland Terrace--Location of the Dessert Party

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Sunday Round-Up June 28: Disney Food Posts From the Week

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Lots of fun food posts about Disney this week! Enjoy!

SoloFriendly takes an in-depth look at Animal Kingdom’s newest table-service restaurant, Yak and Yeti: As always, great commentary and fantastic photos. Also a plug for great Disney service, which we always like to see.

Win a pair of tickets for an advance screening of Julie & Julia with Scott Joseph Orlando and the Divas of Dish on July 23rd: A fun opportunity to preview this foodie-heaven film (starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Amy Adams) two weeks before it hits theaters! And, if you’re from out of town, you’ll just have to book a trip to Orlando if you win… won’t you?

The Touring Plans blog hits the China, Norway, Germany, and American Adventure pavilions on this week’s “Drinking Around the World” post: Kristen and company enjoy some Tsing Tao, Beck’s, Carlsberg, and the seasonal Beach Bum Blonde Ale…after which I hope they went and ate something absorbent!

Etckt takes a look at dining in Epcot and dining the Magic Kingdom: Rarely do you see an overview blog of dining in a particular park, so these are a great opportunity for anyone interested in seeing all of their options at once. I have to beg you to click on these links for the photography alone if nothing else, however; Matthew is skilled with a lens, ladies and gentlemen.

Orlando Sentinel’s The Dish blog highlights the Epcot Food and Wine Festival: The Epcot Food and Wine Festival is less than three months away! While details and specifics won’t be released until late July (and booking of special events will have to wait until August), Heather McPherson gives a great overview of what to expect in this post.

Lifthill’s “Walt Disney World’s Best Breakfast” article about Tonga Toast at the Kona Cafe: A good intro to the Kona cafe plus pictures of tonga toast and coffee; what could be better??