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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@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.


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!

Disney Parks Blog Confirms Epcot Pizzeria

Construction From Front of Pavilion

Construction From Front of Pavilion

The Disney Parks Blog has confirmed information about the Italy pizzeria that we already knew…:

  • There will be a pizzeria in Epcot’s Italy
  • It will open later this year (DFB Note: we’ve heard September 1st floating around)
  • It will have authentic Neapolitan pizza and other Italian dishes
  • The restaurant will be run by the Patina Group, who also runs Tutto Italia

BUT — they’re also telling us some things we didn’t know:

  • The restaurant will seat 300
  • It will have “traditional Florentine architecture,” including vaulted ceilings and outside dining
  • The pizzeria will be “family style,” which could mean several different things
  • The pizza will be from a wood-burning oven
  • They’re…um…importing the water — though they don’t say from where they’re importing it…

    It’ll be imported from a source where the composition most resembles water used in Naples, Italy, to make the authentic Italian dough.

Even though Disney Parks says the restaurant doesn’t officially have a name, we still think it’ll be a lot like Naples 45 in New York and Disneyland, and that the menus will be close to what we reported last week. But, Disney’s been known to pull the old switcheroo, so we’ll keep our ears open and our eyes peeled! Click here for Epcot Italy Pizzeria construction pics.

Free Tortillas in Disneyland

(c) Disney

(c) Disney

The OC Register recently reported a fun fact about the Mission Tortilla Factory next to Paradise Pier: free tortillas!

If you’re hungry during your California Adventure touring, duck over into the Factory for Disneyland’s very own tortilla tour! At the end of an interesting tour about California’s tortilla history and the inner-workings of a tortilla factory, guests are sent off with a fresh tortilla for free!

Disney Food Round-Up: January 24, 2010

Eat hereWelcome to a brand new week with a whole lot of Disney food news! Let’s recap of the news covered right here on the Disney Food Blog, just in case you missed it:

Also, Disney food fans should check out the latest WDWToday Podcast — I got to sit in and talk about eating healthy in WDW!

Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide, restaurant critic extraordinaire, reviews San Angel Inn.

SamLand’s Disney Adventures visits the Tiki Room Lanai in Disneyland and shares his Dole Whip. Did you know the Tiki Room was envisioned by Walt as a dinner theater restaurant?

Daveland takes us to the Hollywood Brown Derby. (Amazing photos, yet again.)

Main Street Gazette takes us on Epcot’s World Showcase Wine Walk!

Duckman’s Blog shares a fantastic story about a custom cake at the Polynesian.

TouringPlans.com goes to Kouzzina! Opa!

AllEarsNet has an incredible report about a vegan meal at ‘Ohana. Chef TJ does it again!

All Things Cupcake spotted some great cupcakes at Disney World!

Only WDWorld shares a delicious look at Epcot’s Tangierine Cafe.

Orlando Sentinel’s Daily Disney shares a blast from the past with six recipes from Spoodles, and also asks Is Rainforest Cafe or T-Rex better for kids?

Speaking of Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex, WDW Central wonders if the entertainment justifies the expense.

Thanks again for all the great food posts! Looking forward to this week’s delicious Disney posts.

Disneyland Wine Bar Re-opens During Wine Country Trattoria Refurb

backlot noticeThe OC Register is reporting that a long-closed wine bar in Disneyland has been reopened for a few months.

The bar is open while the Wine Country Trattoria restaurant is closed for refurbishments. Workers are expanding the seating area and kitchen, which is being renovated, said John McClintock, a Disneyland Resort spokesman.

The Trattoria will re-open in April or early May, and the renovations will provide more seating in the upper-level Vineyard Room area.

Robert Mondavi operated the Golden Vine Winery area during the first eight months of Disney’s California Adventure’s existence, but the wine maker pulled out of the restaurant and wine bars because of losses at the time.


Speculation: Disney’s Aulani Restaurants & New Saratoga Springs Quick-Service

There are a few new, yet-to-be-named restaurants that we get to start speculating about. These include the two restaurants at Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawai’i, and the new quick-service dining location scheduled to open with the upgraded Paddock Pool at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. All are set to open in 2011.

Aulani Restaurants
According to several articles posted about Disney’s new Aulani Resort and Spa in Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawai’i, the resort will have two restaurants. I haven’t found any [Read more…]

Epcot Italy Pizzeria: Naples 45 Menu

New York's Naples 45

New York's Naples 45

WDWNewsToday is reporting that the Epcot pizzeria currently under construction will be another Patina Restaurant Group “Naples 45 Ristorante e Pizzeria.” (See Construction Pics here.)

This is a chain restaurant with its original location in New York City (on 45th St., which is where the name “Naples 45″ was born), and another location in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney.

Both the Disneyland and New York City locations are table-service, and the menu includes a wide variety of appetizers, soups and salads, fish and meat dishes, and pizzas. No word on whether the Disney World location will be table-service, counter-service, or both.

Here are the New York restaurant’s menus — no idea if they’ll be the same, but I bet they’ll translate at least some of these dishes to the WDW location:
Naples 45 Breakfast Menu (note — the World Showcase location means breakfast might not be served in the Disney World Naples 45)
Naples 45 Lunch Menu
Naples 45 Dinner Menu
Naples 45 Dessert Menu

New Cantina de San Angel Construction Pics: Mid-January 2010

Construction is fully underway at Cantina de San Angel for its transformation into a brand new 400-seat, waterside restaurant that includes both table service and quick-service options. The restaurant, located across from the pyramid in Epcot’s Mexico pavilion, will go from 3,500 square feet to 12,000 square feet.

The Cantina is bundled up tightly and there’s very little to see, says Erin Foster, who was recently in Disney World and snapped some photos.

Fingers are crossed that the Cantina will be ready for action by the time the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival rolls around!

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New Epcot Italy Pizzeria Construction Pics: Mid-January 2010

As you know, the creators of Italy’s Tutto Italia, Patina Restaurant Group, are in the process of adding a pizzeria to the World Showcase pavilion. (See the proposed name and potential sample menus here.)

To date, thoughts are that the pizzeria might be an extension of Tutto, as there doesn’t seem to be much of an “entrance” to the pizzeria. Here are thoughts from Erin Foster, who was recently in WDW and sent back some photos:

The construction in Italy is very out in the open. The workers have full view of the guests and vice versa. I wonder why there is no giant privacy screen like usual. There are no signs indicating to guests what the construction will be. Also no immediately apparent means of accessing the construction from the park. Perhaps this will be through the lobby of Tutto Italia?

Possibly, the stone wall around the construction will be taken down once construction is completed; it all remains to be seen! The area set aside for the construction is much bigger than the original Italy restaurant, however, so I, for one, and hoping there’s a ride involved in the construction as well…

Italy Pizzeria Construction close up

View From Front of Pavilion

View From Front of Pavilion

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