DISNEY FOOD NEWS AND UPDATES
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Four Seasons Resort Orlando Celebrates First Anniversary: The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is celebrating its first anniversary on August 3, 2015. The Resort received the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award ranking for the second year in a row.
Special Anniversary Dinner at Ravello
Enjoy a delicious three-course meal at the Resort’s Italian restaurant, helmed by Torino, Italy native Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi. All of the pasta, breads, and pizza dough at Ravello are made fresh in-house daily, and many recipes Schenardi uses are from his grandmother’s kitchen, bringing an authentic taste of Italy to diners at Ravello. The Ravello dinner on August 3 is offered at $33 per person.
The three-course dinner menu includes:
•First Course – Beef carpaccio with cured mushrooms, pickled radish and watercress; or Cesare with hearts of romaine, Parmigiano, anchovy and focaccia croutons; or grilled calamari with orange, fennel, arugula and capers
•Second Course – Veal Milanese with oven-roasted tomatoes and herb salad; or grilled chicken with EVOO and herb crushed potato, seasonal vegetables and natural jus; or pan seared salmon with string beans, pancetta and fregola
•Third Course – Fabrizio’s tiramisu and gelato duo
Special Anniversary Dinner at Capa
Celebrate with a three-course dinner at Capa, the Resort’s signature rooftop steakhouse, featuring prime meats, fresh seafood, and an array of Basque-inspired Spanish tapas. Capa features an open kitchen and stunning views of the lakes and woodlands. Diners can also step outside onto the terrace to watch the nightly Magic Kingdom Park fireworks. The Capa dinner on August 3 is offered at $55 per person.
The three-course dinner menu includes:
•First Course – Fideos – smoked mussels with saffron and fennel; or albóndigas – lamb meatballs with plum and goat cheese
•Second Course – Carne – bavette, foie, sunchoke and radicchio; or eschabache – tuna, tomato, saffron and potato •Third Course – Churros de Madrid with chocolate sauce; or crema Catalana with cinnamon hojaldre
For dinner reservations, call 407-313-7777.
Be Our Guest Breakfast Reservations: Be Our Guest breakfast can now be booked through October 3, 2015! Thanks to reader Bryan Turner for the heads up!
Citricos Wine Dinners: A series of wine dinners have been announced for Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian resort.
Sept 9th- Merlot with John Blazon MS- $195/per person (inclusive of gratuity) plus tax
Oct 14- Jarvis Winery, with David Crane- $195/per person (inclusive of gratuity) plus tax
Oct 21- Champagne- Carnard Duchein with Jade Apisuk- $195/per person (inclusive of gratuity) plus tax
These events have very limited seating in the Chefs Domain.
To book, please respond via email to Keith.Gimbel@disney.com. Include the number of guests in your party with their names, cell phone number, and a good time to call for your credit card guarantee information (48 hour cancellation policy applies).
Founding Chef of Disney’s Les Chefs de France Dies: Well-known French culinary figure, Roger Verge, passed away recently at his home in Mougins. As one of the original owners of Les Chefs de France in Epcot’s France pavilion, he regularly visited Epcot in its early years. Along with French Chefs Gaston LeNotre and Paul Bocuse, Verge also assisted with the opening of Bistro de Paris in 1983. Source: Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide
Menu Update at Boatwright’s: Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort has updated its menu offerings to Guests.
While the Gulf Delta Chilled Shellfish has been removed from the lineup, the Ol’ Man Island Oysters have been added, now combined with the new Colonel’s Peace Pieces, featuring a blend of lightly fried oysters, crawfish, shrimp, okra, and drizzled with the house-made remoulade.
Joining the appetizer selection will be the Pirogue Platter, including the Chef’s selection of meats and artisanal cheeses.
The Ponchartrain Pasta will now include orecchiette pasta, Andouille sausage, and fresh shrimp, complimented with fresh corn, and tossed in a light cream sauce. The Voodoo Chicken will now be accompanied by fluffy waffles and garnished with maple bacon gravy.
Add Shrimp Creole, Crab Imperial, or Crawfish Mac n’ Cheese to enhance your entrée experience.
Reservations Now Available for Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Reservations for the Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package are now available through September 7, 2015.
The Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package includes:
–See Anna and Elsa in the reserved viewing for Frozen Royal Welcome, complete with regal refreshments—water, a selection of soft drinks, and ice cream
–Reserved seating for your choice of (1) show time of For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
–Frozen Fireworks viewing with dessert party, a dazzling nighttime display of fireworks paired with Frozen-themed desserts as well as specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Cost is $69 for adults, $39 for children ages 3-9 (tax and gratuity are included). Reservations can be made online or by calling 407-939-3463. Package availability is limited; so reserve now!
Turkey Legs in the Magic Kingdom: Note that turkey legs will no longer be served from Frontierland and Liberty Square kiosks. Look for this hearty snack at Cool Ship in Tomorrowland going forward.
New Menu at Maya Grill: Maya Grill at Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort has released a new menu. Check it out here.
Sanaa Menu Update: Looks like the Beef Short Rib is no longer available, but the Spicy Durban has returned. Thanks to Daniel Staten for this update!
Cookes of Dublin Menu Update: The Doh Bar no longer appears on the menu (what??!!) at Cookes of Dublin in Downtown Disney Orlando. But we’ve talked to the chef, and it will be back eventually! 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.
Storybook Treats Updated Menu: Storybook Treats at the Magic Kingdom has removed all specialty sundaes from their menu, including the Brownie Sundae, the Strawberry Shortcake Sundae, and the Chocolate Chunk Cookie Sundae. They have also removed frozen yogurt from their offerings. Caramel topping was still available as of June 11, but it’s not currently on the menu.
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
Walt Disney World Restaurant Closures
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.
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