By 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!
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.
Also, thanks to DisBoards poster, StepDisney, here’s another sneak peek at what might be on Kouzzina’s menu!
Goat Cheese Stuffed Grape Leafs
Vongole (clams, Sausage, Wine Broth & Garlic Croutons
Calamari & Lemons
Brick Oven Bread
Oak Fired Pork T-Bone
Wood Grilled Flank Steak
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
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
Thanks to @jlovely for the tip!
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.
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!
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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.
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!”
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
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
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)
Details are trickling out about the Epcot International 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.