Walt Disney Family Museum Cafe

Walt Disney Family Museum Dopey ModelBy now you’ve seen countless harbingers of the Walt Disney Family Museum’s historic October 2009 opening. Tickets are on sale, and sneak peeks of gallery items have been floating around the web for a while now. (Here’s an interesting introductory article by WDWforGrownups.com.)

And while I can’t wait to see Walt’s father’s fiddle, the first Dopey model figure from Snow White, Walt and Lillian’s marriage certificate, and everything else in those galleries, you KNOW what I’m most excited about in this brand new Disney establishment… .

All we know right now is that the Museum Cafe will be run exclusively by Wolfgang Puck, which you know is nothing to sneeze at if you’ve ever experienced his incredible restaurants. We’re hoping for more info about potential dishes soon, but in the meantime, the website lets us know that the cafe, “offers a menu inspired by fresh, local ingredients including healthy, organic items and many child friendly selections.” Sounds very San Francisco-y and yummy, don’t you think?

I probably won’t be able to get there for the museum’s opening, so should any of you D23ers or San Francisco-ans be willing to take photos or share a review of the cafe, let me know!

Sneak Peek at Kouzzina Menu

Cat Cora and Mickey

Cat Cora and Mickey

*Update August 17, 2009*: Disney World has posted menus for Kouzzina!
Kouzzina Menu: Dinner
Kouzzina Menu: Breakfast
Kouzzina Menu: Dessert

You can see some photos of some new Kouzzina menu items here!

The restaurant had a “soft” opening on August 15th. Grand opening is still scheduled for September 17th.
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Also, thanks to DisBoards poster, StepDisney, here’s another sneak peek at what might be on Kouzzina’s menu!

Appetizer:
Saganaki
Spinach Salad
Spanakopita
Goat Cheese Stuffed Grape Leafs
Vongole (clams, Sausage, Wine Broth & Garlic Croutons
Calamari & Lemons
Brick Oven Bread
Kouzzina Spread
Kouzzina Sampler

Dinner Entree:
Oak Fired Pork T-Bone
Wood Grilled Flank Steak
Fisherman’s stew
Cinnamon Stewed Chicken
Char grilled Lamb Burgers
Traditional Whole Fish
Spiced Briami (Oven roasted Veggies, Oregano & Mazithra Cheese with Orzo)
Greek Spinach Pie
Tastitsio ( Greek Lasagna)
Slow cooked lamb shank

Dessert:
Baklava
Chocolate Budino Cake
Galaktoboureko – Custard in Baked Phyllo Dough & Vanilla Praline Ice Cream
Loukamathes – Freshly made greek donut dipped in warm honey
Yogurt Sorbet with fruit & mint syrup
Greek Cookies

Thanks to @jlovely for the tip!

Disney Food Post Weekly Round-Up: Part II

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Here’s the second in this week’s Round-Up series! Thanks to everyone out there covering such great Disney Food topics!

Main Street Gazette bids farewell to Spoodles: Main Street Gazette designer Eric Hoffman provides a tribute to Spoodles and memories of his family’s most recent meal there.

Scott Joseph discusses Party for the Senses changes and Paradiso 37: Legendary food critic Scott Joseph gives his view on this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival Party for the Senses updates as well as his review of Paradiso 37.

The Orange County Register analyzes Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue menu changes in Disneyland: Scroll down through the article to catch the info about the barbecue. It follows some other interesting info about Disneyland’s recent changes and construction.

SoloFriendly recaps her trip to Tangierine Cafe: SoloFriendly reviews the very popular counter service restaurant in World Showcase’s Morocco pavilion — and explains why the name has that weird spelling!

StitchKingdom shares the new Cap’n Jack’s All-Day Menu: WDW’s Downtown Disney has added Cap’n Jack’s to its list of all-day eateries.

Disney Food Post Weekly Round-Up: July 26

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There has been SO much Disney food news this week! Free Dining Offer extensions, 2009 Epcot Food and Wine Festival details announced, and an opening date for Cat Cora’s new Kouzzina restaurant (book your ADRs now), among other items! You can always catch up by visiting our Disney Food News section (you can get there by clicking on the little newspaper icon in the right sidebar).

In the meantime, there have also been some great Disney food posts on the web! Here we gooo!

SoloFriendly reviews Downtown Disney’s Wolfgang Puck Cafe: Another balanced review from SoloFriendly about her recent WDW trip. Great detail…and a scrumptious photo of some cobbler a la mode!

The OC Weekly highlights Disneyland’s Club 33: Few of us know the real deal on this membership-only club in Disneyland; this blog takes a look at the length of the waiting list and the cost to be a member…if that’s even an option anymore!

TheDisneyChick shares the recipe and photos of her foray into making Boma’s Melktart: Anyone who’s tasted this yummy dessert at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Boma restaurant knows that it’s yummy and likely none-too-easy to make! TheDisneyChick is always kind enough to provide photos of the process for anyone brave enough to tackle the recipe. (And, yes, it’s technically from July 15th, but it’s awesome, so it’s here.)

The TouringPlans.com Blog reviews Epcot’s Biergarten: Kristen shares insights into the decor, food options, and entertainment at Epcot’s Germany Pavilion table-service restaurant — and a photo of her companion’s liter of beer! (FYI. That’s a lotta beer.)

MissKim highlights here some Disneyland dining reviews from her recent family vacation: This is part three of her reviews section, so be sure to scroll back through the posts to catch parts one and two!

ScottJosephOrlando is polling for the best pizza in Orlando!: Okay, not really “Disney,” but for any of us who have tried to find a good slice in the World, you KNOW we need this information! Head on over and check the stats!

Have a great week all! I hope to see you over on our DisneyFoodBlog Facebook Page!

Disney World Free Dining Extended Through December 17th

Disney World Free Dining
Disney just announced that Disney Visa Cardmembers can now book the “Free Dining” package through 9/27-12/17 (codes EVN or GCA). Word is that this will be extended to the general public on Sunday.

Specs:
1. Book a full price WDW vacation package (3 nights minimum + at least a one-day theme park ticket).

2. If you’re in a value resort, the free dining package includes the Magic Your Way + Quick Service Dining plan. If you’re in a moderate or deluxe resort, the free dining package includes the Magic Your Way + Dining plan.

3. For those in a value resort, upgrading to the regular dining plan = $10/adult/day and $2/child/day; upgrading to the deluxe dining plan = $42/adult/day and $12/child/day. For those in a moderate or deluxe resort, upgrading to the deluxe dining plan = $32/adult/day and $10/child/day

4. You must book this offer by 9/26/09.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Kiosk Countries and Menus

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Click Here for 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus for the World Showcase Booths!

Below, you’ll find the 2009 Booths and Menus from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. While many are being duplicated for the 2010 festival, click on the link above to see full menus and photos for the 2010 Booths.

Come hungry, and sample some tapas-sized portions of these delicious items all the way “around the world!”

Athens, Greece
Location: Canada Pavilion

* • Greek Salad with Pita Bread
* • Spanakopita (Savory Spinach and Cheese Pastry)
* • Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki
* • Baklava
* • Beverage Selection: Boutari Moschofilero, Boutari Santorini, Kourtaki Mavrodaphne of Patras, Tsantali Rapsani

Bangkok, Thailand – NEW
Location: Africa Outpost

* • Chicken and Coconut Soup, with Mushrooms, Lemongrass & Ginger
* • Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp
* • Beverage Selection: Singha Beer

Barcelona, Spain
Location: Mexico Pavilion

* • Taste of Spain (Serrano Ham, Chorizo, Manchego, Olives, Tomato Bread)
* • Red Snapper Escabeche
* • Crema Catalana
* • Beverage Selection: Poema Cava Brut, Bodega Don Olegario Albariño, Poema Verdejo, Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial

Bologna, Italy
Location: Italy Pavilion

* • Pizza
* • Cannelloni
* • Polpetti (Italian Meatballs with traditional tomato sauce)
* • Beverage Selection: Prosecco, Chianti Placido, Pinot Sartori, Acqua Panna, Primavera (Strawberry, Banana, and Peach Slush)

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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…