Disney Food News Pin Board
DISNEY FOOD NEWS AND UPDATES
In order to make sure you hear everything we hear, I created this Disney Food News Pinboard to capture the bits and pieces of information we receive through the grapevine.
I’m so grateful for all of the tidbits of info that I hear from readers and friends — I rely on you guys to be my eyes and ears for the DFB since I’m in Texas. If you hear a piece of Disney Food News, please pass it along to us via twitter, facebook, or email so that we can post it either on the Blog or on the Pinboard!
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Here are some news tidbits that we don’t have a full post about on the site, but that are important to know for your next Disney vacation!
Orange County Restaurant Week at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen: Check out the menu specials at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen for Orange County Restaurant Week.
New Menu at Maya Grill: Maya Grill at Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort has released a new menu. Check it out here.
Four Seasons Orlando Events: Four Seasons Resort Orlando has announced several upcoming special dinners, including some with special James Beard Award nominated guests:
March 6, 2015
Guest Chef Dinner with Cleveland & Heath
PB&G Chef Gerald Sombright will welcome guest chefs Jenny Cleveland and Ed Heath, a 2015 James Beard Award nominee, from Cleveland-Heath restaurant of Edwardsville, IL for a worldly dining experience featuring locally sourced cuisine and a Southern-foods inspiration. The team will present a cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception followed by a six-course dinner. The menu includes such mouth-watering options as Waygu Beef Pho; Pork Belly with Watermelon, Pickled Jalapeño and Mint; Goat Chiva Cubana with Black Beans, Mint, Radish, Red Onion; Beef Tongue Green Bean Casserole; and Tart Cherry Pie a la Mode.
Time: 6pm: Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, 7pm: Dinner
Location: PB+G (the poolside restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Orlando)
Price: USD 75.00 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity; wine pairings offered for an additional USD 35.00, beer pairings offered for an additional USD 25.00. Pairings presented by Sommelier Jill Davis.
March 23, 2015
Four Seasons Resort Orlando has teamed up with local distiller St. Augustine Gin to create an evening of creative cocktails & cuisine. Enjoy a four-course dinner by Capa Chef Tim Dacey along with libations by Mixologist Anna Mitchell McElroy.
Price: USD 95.00 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity
April 18, 2015
Farmers & Fizz
Join Chef Gerald Sombright of PB&G and Sommelier Jill Davis for a four-course farm-to-table experience featuring Lake Meadow Naturals and wines from the Champagne portfolio of Terry Theise, author of Reading Between the Vines.
Price: USD 145.00 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity
May 2015 (date to be announced shortly)
Rajat Parr Wine Dinner
Capa is pleased to welcome Rajat Parr, world renowned sommelier, author of Secrets of the Sommeliers and winemaker of Domaine de la Cote & Sandhi Wines, for a five-course dinner by Chef Tim Dacey with wines from Parr’s own projects. Parr is a 2015 James Beard Award nominee on behalf of the Mina Group for Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional.
Price: USD 195.00 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity
June 25, 2015
Markham Wine Dinner
Join Brian DelBondio, President of Markham Wines, for a four-course pairing dinner led by Executive Sous Chef Sam Faggetti.
Price: USD 125.00 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity
Space is limited at all of the above special dinners, and advance reservations are required. Reservations: 407-313-6161.
Sunset Ranch Market Update: Fairfax Fare at the Sunset Ranch Market in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is no longer open for breakfast. The Quick Service restaurant options for breakfast are Trolley Car Cafe, Starring Rolls Cafe, and Writer’s Stop.
Cookes of Dublin Menu Update: The Doh Bar no longer appears on the menu (what??!!) at Cookes of Dublin in Downtown Disney Orlando. Thanks to Reader Emily for this information.
Kona Cafe Updates: Reader Emily also reports that her family was able to order the ‘Ohana bread pudding to be brought to their table! “The portion was plentiful, the single serving about the same size as the portion for 2 people served at ‘Ohana. Came with the same lovely sauce and ice cream!”
Also, the “New York Strip is now served with a maple bacon butter instead of teriyaki pineapple. It is served with choice of potato and seasonal veggies (mine was delicious broccoli). Half of an entire bunch of garlic cloves come roasted as well, ready for delicious spreading. It was incredible!”
Thanks for the updates!!
Pacific Wharf Cafe Menu Update: At Disney California Adventure, Pacific Wharf Cafe’s menu has been updated and now appears much smaller. For example, the Chili and Shrimp Louie Salad have been removed.
Thanks to Reader Janet for the heads up.
Liberty Tree Tavern Rehab Announcement: Walt Disney World has announced that Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Tree Tavern will be closed for refurbishment as of July 6, 2015. No official re-opening date has been released, however it’s anticipated to re-open just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Online Disney Menus Revamped: The online Disney restaurant menus at www.disneyworld.com have a new format. Check it out!
Storybook Treats Updated Menu: Storybook Treats at the Magic Kingdom has removed milkshakes from the menu and in their place are orchard cherry and cake batter frozen yogurts for $3.99 or a Disney Dining Plan snack credit. Thanks to DFB Reader Kyle for the heads up!
Stitch Waffles at ‘Ohana: Stitch-themed waffles are now being served at ‘Ohana’s family-style breakfast in the Polynesian Village Resort. During this festive breakfast, Mickey Waffles are still being served as well! Source: Tikiman
New Menu at Victoria Falls: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is home to the Victoria Falls Lounge. Stop by and try the new menu featuring flavors of Africa and India! Choose from artisinal cheeses, tandoori chicken wings, “pork” wings, Peri Peri scallops, chickpea bites, and more tapas. Source: Disney Parks Blog
Boatwright’s Menu Update: DFB received an anonymous tip about upcoming changes to the Boatwright’s Menu. This restaurant is nestled inside the Port Orleans Riverside Resort. Let’s take a look…
Amelia’s Salad: spinach salad with seasonal ingredients with house-made vinaigrette
Crescent City Gumbo: chicken and Andouille gumbo, slow-cooked in a Cajun-spiced broth
Plantation Salad: romaine, Parmigiano-Reggiano croutons and prosciutto with house dressing
Ol’ Man Island Oysters: lightly fried oysters with house-made remoulade and watercress salad
Colonel’s Peace’s Crawfish Pieces: crispy crawfish bites, served with house-made remoulade
The Big Easy: grilled New York strip with brandy-peppercorn sauce with Yukon gold potatoes, arugula and balsamic dressing
General Fulton’s Prime Rib: carefully seasoned and slow roasted, served with horseradish mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and red wine demi-glace
Jackson Square Etouffee: crawfish simmered in a rich seafood sauce over rice
The Louisiana Lugger: sweet tea-brined pork chop with sweet potato hash and citrus-whiskey glaze
Sassagoula Short Ribs: slow cooked, boneless beef short ribs with cheesy grits and red wine
Gulf Delta Chilled Shellfish: tender seasonal shrimp and crawfish with pickled vegetables and Bloody Mary cocktail sauce
Red Velvet Cheesecake: with bourbon-vanilla cream
New Dessert at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has debuted a new dessert. It’s a Warm Glazed Doughnut stacked with Cinnamon Apples and topped with vanilla ice cream.
Photo Packages Will Discontinue at Cinderella’s Royal Table: As of January 4, 2015, print (photo) packages will no longer be included at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Don’t forget that Cinderella’s Royal Table closed for a lengthy refurbishment on January 5th.
Sanaa Menu Update: Chai Cream is no longer appearing on the menu at Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Thanks to DFB Reader Abby for the heads up!
Tables in Wonderland Update: Les Chefs de France is no longer accepting the Tables in Wonderland discount for dinner. Tables in Wonderland is still being accepted for lunch. Also, Tables in Wonderland is now being accepted for Mickey’s Backyard BBQ.
New Risotto Side Dish at Le Cellier: Guests dining at Le Cellier in Epcot, we’ll find that the mushroom risotto is no longer being served with the Filet. This pic was shared by DFB Reader Diandra: Notice the NEW pea risotto!
Flo’s V8 Cafe Menu Change: Flo’s V8 Cafe in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure will no longer be serving breakfast. If you’re a fan of the Brioche French Toast, stop by soon! Watch here for more information. Source: MousePlanet
Victoria & Albert’s: TripAdvisor names Victoria & Albert’s as the #3 Travelers’ Choice Favorite Fine Dining Restaurant in the United States! Source: TripAdvisor
Splitsville Adds Gluten Free Dishes:
Sixteen new gluten free dishes have been added to the regular Splitsville menu. This Downtown Disney location in Orlando now features delicious, gluten free dishes including: rice bowls (fiesta chicken, steak fajita, Asian shrimp and spicy veggie) served with sticky rice; pizza crust; sushi rolls with no rice (The Alberto with spicy tuna and avocado rolled in thinly sliced cucumber and served with lemon ponzu sauce); Blazing Chicken (tenderloins in spicy Buffalo sauce), steamed edamame and seared ahi tuna (also served as a salad with spring mix and Asian pear dressing); turkey BLT salad (roasted turkey, lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, bacon, red onion, and blue cheese); blackened mahi mahi with spicy voodoo shrimp; and grilled salmon.
Earl of Sandwich App: Get a FREE sandwich, salad, or wrap with after your 7th visit. Download the new app to your smart phone!
Chips & Slices Open at Lake Buena Vista Golf Course: Check out Chips & Slices before or after your round of golf at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf. Serving breakfast and lunch, plus beer and mixed drinks!
Updated Menu at Disneyland’s Harbour Galley: Harbour Galley in Disneyland has debuted new menu items including a classic lobster roll and shrimp Cobb salad. The popular Broccoli and cheddar cheese soup and clam chowder selections will still be offered. While the broccoli-cheese baked potato has been removed, a new shrimp salad topped spud joins the popular bacon-cheese-sour cream potato on the menu. Creamy cole slaw has been added to the barbecue chicken baked potato too. There’s also fresh fruit and a Kids’ Power Pack (yogurt, fruit, veggies, crackers and milk or water)!
New Entertainment at Scat Cat’s Club at Port Orleans French Quarter: Scat Cat’s Club in the Port Orleans French Quarter resort has new evening entertainment. While jazz musician Elliot Dyson is no longer performing, Tom Casey (pianist and vocalist) will appear Friday through Monday at 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30PM. Source: WDW For Grownups
Heinz Natural Ketchup: Disney’s Hollywood Studios counter service condiment kiosks now feature Heinz Natural Ketchup packets. They are made with real sugar instead of corn syrup. Thanks to Reader Steven for the heads up!
Disney World Receives Gluten Free Award: The 3rd Annual Gluten Free Award Winners were announced and Disney World received top honors for a gluten-free vacation destination!
Ghirardelli Snack Credit: Disney Dining plan snack credits can be used at Ghirardelli’s Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop. Anything below $5 (before tax) is a snack credit and includes the Decadent Drinking Chocolate. Snack credits can be used at the Soda Fountain and the Chocolate Shop!
Thanks to Reader Heidi G. for the heads up!
Walt Disney World Restaurant Closures
Cinderella’s Royal Table: Cinderella’s Royal Table restaurant is undergoing a lengthy refurbishment. Guests visiting Walt Disney World should expect the princess-themed restaurant to be closed from January 5 – March 6, 2015.
Liberty Tree Tavern: Walt Disney World has announced that Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Tree Tavern will be closed for refurbishment as of July 6, 2015. No official re-opening date has been released, however it’s anticipated to re-open just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Flame Tree Barbecue is closed in January 2015 for a 3 month refurbishment.
Disneyland Restaurant Closures
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