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!
Flying Fish Wine Dinners: Flying Fish Cafe at the BoardWalk Resort has announced some wine dinners. See below for information. Other Flying Fish Dinner dates are offered through the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
“Gems of Italy Wine Dinner” – Thursday, October 2, 2014
Featuring Special Guest, Pierluigi Gaeta, Marketing Director-Vias Imports Ltd., NY with some extraordinary selections from all around Italy’s Top Wine Producing Regions; 6 pm Reception – 6:15 pm Dinner
“Moet & Chandon” – Thursday, October 9, 2014
Featuring Ms. Kate Hoof Moët & Hennessy Portfolio Manager of North Florida & William Hyatt Director of Trade Development-Moët & Hennessy USA; 6 pm Reception – 6:15 pm Dinner
“Beaulieu Vineyard” – Thursday, October 16, 2014
Featuring Ms. Alexandra Marshall Director of Wine at Diageo Napa, California; 6 pm Reception – 6:15 pm Dinner
“Gems of France” – Thursday, October 23, 2014
Featuring Mr. Andy McNamara Director of Fine Wine / Master Sommelier, Premier Beverage Company with some extraordinary selections from all around France’s Top Wine Producing Regions; 6 pm Reception – 6:15 pm Dinner
“Pierre Spar” – Thursday, November 6, 2014
Featuring Mr. Patrick Aledo General Manager, Alsace, France; 6 pm Reception – 6:15 pm Dinner
“Chef’s Cooking Demo” – Saturday, November 8, 2014
Featuring Mr. Stig Jacobsen with some extraordinary selections from the Flying Fish Café award-winning beverage program; 12:45 pm Reception – 1:00 pm Lunch
Please note that seating is Limited to 32 Guests for each event. Prices and menus will be available 3 weeks before each event and Flying Fish Cafe will send out reminders. Call 407-939-5102 at your earliest convenience to reserve space.
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!
Napa Rose Refurbishment: Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel will be closed August through September for refurbishment. This Disneyland restaurant is tentatively scheduled to re-open on September 21, 2014.
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.
Summer Dinner Menu at Carthay Circle: Chef Andrew Sutton has added new seasonal dishes to the menu at Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure. From appetizers to entrees to desserts, the new menu items are sure to delight guests!
Garden View Tea Room Refurbishment: The Garden View Tea Room at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is closed for refurbishment until August 20, 2014. While afternoon tea will not be served during this time, the My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party will be held at Citricos.
Cinderella’s Royal Table Refurbishment: The Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella’s Royal Table restaurant will undergo a lengthy refurbishment in early 2015. Guests visiting Walt Disney World should expect the princess-themed restaurant to be closed from January 5 – March 6, according to WDWMagic.com.
Free Dining Pin Codes: Take note that some DFB Readers have received a pin code for free dining with dates that are a little different than the ones they have already released. The dates are for arrivals Aug 25- Oct 3, Oct 19- Nov 1, Nov 9-22, and Dec 12-23. Booking must be made by September 12, 2014. Watch your emails and other Disney mailings closely. Thanks to DFB Reader Sue for the heads up!
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!
Citricos Wine Dinner: Citricos has announced a wine dinner for July 24, 2014. Starting at 6pm, five courses of delectable food and wine will be served in the Chefs Domain. Limited seating is available for $155/per person (inclusive of gratuity) plus tax. A credit card guarantee is required when booking at 407-824-3988 or Keith.Gimbel@Disney.com.
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
Four Seasons Dining: Four Seasons Resort Orlando will open in Summer 2014 at Walt Disney World. Excellent dining opportunities will include creative cuisine prepared at its restaurants and lounges. Ravello specializes in tastes from the Amalfi coast prepared in its open kitchen. Enjoy a fireworks view from the rooftop at Capa where tapas and steaks will be showcased. PB+G is the pool’s bar and grill where salads and poolside fare will be coupled with smokehouse BBQ specialties. Hang out in the lounge with its central bar, dine on floating pavilions, or opt for convenience with grab and go. In the golf clubhouse, Plancha will offer Cuban American cuisine in a lakeside setting. Guests will also have access to some special Walt Disney World offerings – including a unique on-site Disney Character Breakfast with Goofy and Pals!
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!
New Menu Item at La Cantina de San Angel: Epcot’s counter service restaurant, La Cantina de San Angel, is now serving a Barbacoa Torta with Barbacoa, sour cream, guacamole, and black beans. Source: @erwalker23
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
Hat Lady Show Ends at Rose and Crown: The Hat Lady Show will no longer be performed at the Rose & Crown Restaurant in Epcot. Source: WDWMagic
New Breakfast Item at Kona Cafe: For a lighter option, try the new egg white omelet with roasted red peppers and goat cheese at the Kona Cafe. Courtesy of Reader Stephanie!
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!
Kona Island Sushi Bar: While you may still order sushi here, it is no longer being made by a chef behind the bar. Sushi is now prepared in the kitchen at the Kona Cafe in the Polynesian Resort.
Thanks to Mike Scopa for the info!
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!
Restaurant Updates at Disney’s Vero Beach: Disney’s Vero Beach Resort has made some changes to the resort dining options. Shutters is now open exclusively for dinner. The lunchtime menu at The Green Cabin Room has been expanded and a range of menu options are now available at the Bleachers Bar and Grill. Room service, however, is no longer available.
DVC Member Gatherings with Refreshments: The Sleeping Beauty Pavilion at the Disneyland Hotel will host a weekly Disney Vacation Club Member Gathering. DVC Members are welcome to the Royal Member Gathering each Monday at 8am to play games, enjoy light refreshments, meet a Disney Character, and receive a DVC gift. Friends and family are welcome to join in on the gathering with a member. A DVC Member ID Card is needed for admittance. In Hawai’i, Aulani DVC Members are welcome to gather on select Monday mornings at 8am for a chat with coffee.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Restaurants: According to our friend and colleague Cheryl Perlmutter, “Just went to DHS and they changed the rolls in the park to Udi brand rolls, which are not egg free.” This pertains to the bread rolls served at the restaurants and could affect some special diets.
Walt Disney World Restaurant Closures
Cinderella’s Royal Table: Cinderella’s Royal Table restaurant will undergo a lengthy refurbishment. Guests visiting Walt Disney World should expect the princess-themed restaurant to be closed from January 5 – March 6, 2015.
Garden View Tea Room at Grand Floridian: The Garden View Tea Room at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is closed for refurbishment until August 20, 2014. While afternoon tea will not be served during this time, the My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party will be held at Citricos.
Captain Cook’s at Polynesian Resort: Undergoing a refurbishment with a re-opening this summer. Temporary quick service location is in the Great Ceremonial House. The menu offering will be similar, but no Dole Whips. The temporary location will be open daily from 6:30AM to 4:30AM.
Kouzzina by Cat Cora at BoardWalk Resort: Closing at end of business day on September 30, 2014. A new restaurant, Trattoria al Forno, will open at this location December 2014.
Intermission Food Court at All-Star Music: Closed for renovation from August 1 – December 20, 2014. A Grab ‘n Go food and beverage location will be opened in the arcade.
Recent closures include Pollo Campero, Bodie’s All-American, and BabyCakes NYC.
Disneyland Restaurant Closures
Napa Rose at Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel: Closed August through September for refurbishment. This Disneyland restaurant is tentatively scheduled to re-open on September 21, 2014.
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