Victoria & Albert Website and New Queen Victoria’s Room Menu

Queen Victoria's Room at Victoria and Albert's

Queen Victoria's Room at Victoria and Albert's

News! You recall when we speculated about a new, exclusive Queen Victoria’s Room addition to Victoria and Albert’s? It’s here! You can read about it on the new Victoria and Albert’s website: Queen Victoria’s Room description.

They also have menus posted, including the Chef’s Table and Queen Victoria’s Room Menu. I’ve typed it out below:

CHEF’S TABLE AND QUEEN VICTORIA’S ROOM SEASONAL MENU
Amuse-Bouche
Deviled Quail Egg with American Caviar
Tomato-Fennel Custard Baked in the Shell
Heirloom Tomato Sorbet with Olive Oil Powder
Italian Buffalo Mozzarella with Toasted Pine Nuts
Tomato Carpaccio, and Octopus
Bruno Paillard Brut Première Cuvée NV

Sesame-crusted Bigeye Tuna with Tatsoi Salad and [Read more…]

Sneak Peek at a Dinner in the Great Movie Ride

After seeing last week’s post about the Tables in Wonderland dinner at Disney World’s Great Movie Ride, @janettwokay shared with me some photos from her recent Disney Fairy Tale Weddings vow renewal celebration held in the same venue! Here’s a great way to get a good idea of what dining inside the ride might be like!

This is also a good way for those of you contemplating using the GMR as a venue for your private celebrations to see what could await you…

Gangster Scene: Appetizers
Guests began the evening in the Gangster Scene, where cocktails were served and appetizers were passed. Tables were set up simply: black and red linens and rope adorning the chairs. In the background, you can see a pianist tickling the ivories — he played throughout the cocktail service.

Tables in the Gangster Set

Tables in the Gangster Set

A bartender was set up over to the side. There’s a great photo of a still set up behind him! Even the service was themed: beer cans were served in paper bags, wine was served in coffee mugs, and mixed drinks were served in mason jars.

Bartender in Gangster Scene

Bartender in Gangster Scene

The cocktail hour included various appetizers, including: [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 10, 2010

Eat hereBefore I launch into the round-up, here are a few quick reminders about some big food news reported this week:

Now, off we go to the round-up! Plenty of good Disney food writing this week, including some great news items:

StitchKingdom reports that the Cantina de San Angel refurbishment is underway.

WDWMagic has a photo gallery of the Cantina refurb walls, and also has photos of pizzeria construction in Italy.

WDWNewsToday shares photos of the Crystal Palace refurb and a dry Splash Mountain at Disney World!

Imaginerding has the second of two posts in its Restaurantosaurus Book Update.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets shares photos and info about a 1967 LP titled New Year’s Eve at Disneyland, presented by Pepsi-Cola.

MagicCityMayhem posted a twitpic of the new Give A Day. Get A Disney Day. souvenir popcorn buckets at Disney World. You can find Magic City Mayhem here.

The Disney Blog has new about the eggs at House of Blues Restaurants, including Downtown Disney Orlando.

Everything WDW considers the merits of the Disney Dining Plan.

Main St. Gazette visits WDW’s Cinderella’s Royal Table.

A Walt Disney World Career celebrates dining at 50% of WDW’s table service restaurants. I shall have to go add up my own experiences and see if I’m even close!

Orlando Sentinel’s Daily Disney shares the recipe for Tony’s Town Square’s Tomato Dip with Goat Cheese.

Finally, here’s one I missed a while back (sorry!). Magical Kingdoms Disney Blog shares a review of Free Dining in Disneyland Resort Paris.

Thanks for sharing all of your news, thoughts, and insights about Disney food! Have a great week!

New Tables in Wonderland Dinners Announced

Tables in Wonderland has announced four members-only dinners happening in January and February 2010. To attend the dinners, you must be either a Florida resident or an Annual Passholder at Walt Disney World, and have a valid Tables in Wonderland membership.

January
1/15/10: The Great Movie Ride Dinner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Um…can I say COOL!? You get to have dinner inside the ride, as in reception in the Gangster Scene, plated dinner in the Western Scene, and dessert in the Land of Oz. No kidding.

$155 per person, 7:30-9:30pm. Send an email to WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@disney.com with your name, phone number, home address, number of people in your party, and your interest to book. Members will be notified on a first-come first-served basis.

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GreatMovieRideTIW

1/20/10: The Wave’s Discovery Dinner at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
This month, the dinner features [Read more…]

Hope for Wishes Dessert Party in Spring 2010

Our Plate of Goodies at the Wishes Dessert PartyWDW Magic is reporting that while the Wishes Dessert Party at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has ended its run, there’s hope that it will return in the Spring of this year.

To read more about the Wishes Dessert Party and to see photos and prices, see our other Wishes Dessert Party blog posts.

2010 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Dates

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

October 1-November 14, 2010!

To get all the latest information about the 2010 Festival, including events, programming, international marketplaces, and more, check out our 2010 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival page! For specifics, click on the links below:

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Guide and map

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival International Marketplace Booth and Menus

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Free and Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concerts

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Party For the Senses

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 3, 2010

Eat hereWelcome to 2010! I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend. And I know a bunch of you are gearing up for January and February Disney trips, so get that laundry folded and in the suitcase, already!

Now, everyone’s posting some really fun things about Disney food in the past couple of weeks, so I can’t wait to share the latest with you.

First, however, I need to share some news — one of my favorite counter-service offerings, Animal Kingdom’s Picnic in the Park, will become a “seasonal” offering after January 2, 2010. “Seasonal” in Disney-speak can mean anything from open once a decade to open all the time except when it rains, so we’re not really sure what it means in this case.

Now, on to the Round-Up!

Daveland Blog shares some cool Blue Bayou photos from Disneyland.

Samland’s Disney Adventures shares a fun imagineering detail about Tony’s Town Square, which includes information about Le Chapeau next door, Walt Disney, Lillian Disney, and a puppy… .

The Disney Blog has an awesome story about a giant Wall-e made of donated food cans, which will eventually benefit local food banks.

Cake Wrecks reminds us that even though a lot of us are getting fatter, our character cakes are getting fatter, too!

Studios Central posted a great twitpic that reminds us of Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano. Don’t forget to drop by Studios Central directly for info on DHS!

Imaginerding found some interesting books at Animal Kingdom’s Restaurantosaurus

Teacups and Toasters has a series of posts on the Disney Wonderland Tea you can find throughout the parks and resorts.

DLP.info shares the scoop that Earl of Sandwich will be opening a location at Disneyland Resort Paris. The site also shares a fun story on Mulled Wine at DLRP.

The Orange County Register reported in December that Robert Irvine is possibly being courted for an appearance at the Disneyland Food & Wine Festival.

Laughing Place reports that Epcot’s Refreshment Port, which used to be home to McDonald’s products, is now selling Latin-inspired foods such as empanadas and dulce de leche sundaes.

Cooking With Mickey is looking for your suggestions for recipes you’d like to see on the blog!

Main Street Gazette highlights a video and notes from Gary Vaynerchuk’s Portuguese Wines presentation in Epcot.

WDW Magic has the news that Studio Catering Company will be closed from February 15th, to March 27th, 2010.

Disney Every Day shares a video of the Boma Breakfast Buffet.

Great links this week! Have a good first week of 2010!

Volunteer for a Day and Get a Free Disney Ticket!

Give a Day Words

Here’s a great way to celebrate the New Year!! Disney’s “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” promotion begins today, January 1, 2010! Via this promotion, you can trade a day of volunteering at one of several nonprofit organizations for a Disney park ticket. (See more from the “Give a Day” Announcement Event here.)

Why Not Volunteer for a Food-Related Charity?
If food is your passion, consider volunteering for a charity focused on promoting healthy eating or eliminating hunger. There are plenty of organizations where you and your family can “give a day,” and the Hands On Network, which is managing the volunteering portion of Disney’s promo, has a great Hunger in America fact sheet you can use to show your kids why hunger still happens in America and why their hours of volunteering are so important.

Disney Parks announces "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" program

How to Get Involved
If you’re interested in volunteering, head over to the [Read more…]

Disney Food News: Big Stories of 2009

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

Happy New Year’s Eve, all! It’s been a wonderful nine months since I’ve started the Food Blog, and I look forward to more exciting Disney food news, reviews, photos, history, and everything in between as we march into 2010.

Thank you for reading, sharing incredible pictures and stories, and keeping me company as I rattle on and on about one of my favorite things: Disney food!

Now, what better way to culminate the decade of the “noughts” than to remember our big Disney Food news stories from this year? Original? No. Still fun? Yes! Here we go…

KouzzinaNew Disney Restaurants Open in 2009
This has been quite a year for new restaurants in Disney parks!

  • Sanaa, a restaurant that incorporates a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach, opens in Animal Kingdom Lodge’s new Kidani Village.
  • Cat Cora opens Kouzzina, her first signature restaurant, on the Disney World Boardwalk.
  • Paradiso 37, a hub of delicious tapas and tequila, opens in Disney World’s Downtown Disney.
  • Celebration Round Up and BBQ heats things up again at Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch.
  • Disney World’s Animal Kingdom introduces a new type of quick-service dining with the Picnic in the Park.
  • Customize your own rice bowl at the renovated and re-placed Lucky Fortune Cookery in Disneyland.
  • Disney World’s La Cava del Tequila brings Mexico’s favorite drink to the forefront in the World Showcase. The sheer number of varieties on the Cava del Tequila menu is astonishing.
Screen Shot of Online Advanced Dining Reservations System

Screen Shot of Online Advanced Dining Reservations System

Online Advanced Dining Reservations and Online Menus at DisneyWorld.com
Finally. After so many years of setting three alarms for 6:50 AM and convincing everyone in the household to call on a different phone line…we have online ADRs! [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 27, 2009

Eat hereWelcome to the last Disney Food Post Round-Up of 2009! Here’s the latest news and some great stories about Disney Food posted on the web this week:

NEWS
Possibly a new Pizza Place in Italy?

More thoughts about restaurant changes in Italy and Mexico from Progress City USA.

Citmagazine reports that Disneyland Paris is launching 16 private theme park dinner events for groups. Thanks to Chip for the link!

WDW Daily News reports that Veranda Refreshments is now open in Disney World’s Adventureland. The seasonal spot is supposed to be open at least for the next week.

STORIES
WDW Central visits Epcot’s Club Cool.

Imaginerding makes Geppetto’s Gingerbread Cookies for the holidays!

Global Disney Pinvestigation has some amazing photos of Christmas in Disney parks as well as a great pictoral review of Christmas Pins past and present.

Disney Parks Blog has a mouth-watering photo of a Disney holiday treat!

Main Street Gazette highlights Disney World’s Kona Cafe. Also, starting very soon, you can look forward to the the Main St. Gazette featuring Disney food articles every Wednesday!