Disney Food Post Round-Up: August 7, 2011

Kevin Kidney's WDW ceramic paper cup

Two words sum up this past week: Free Dining! It’s now available for the rest of 2011 and Spring 2012! See more details below.

After you book your vacation package, make sure to reserve your ADRs early! Any time free dining is offered, table service restaurants tend to be in high demand and often fill to capacity.

Latest Disney Food News

Reminder: The DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book Now Available!

Our friends over at Walt Disney World For Grown-Ups were inspired to create a list of their top five Magic Kingdom snacks after checking out our newest e-Book, the Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks! Many thanks, WDWFG!

You can get your own inspirational copy of our new mini-guide here! ;-)

On to the Round-Up!

Progress City, U.S.A. shows us a coaster from World Showcase! Hint: It’s not a thrill ride.

Studios Central helps us stay cool with refreshing beverages at Hollywood Studios. Bottoms up!

Bonnet Creek Blog shows Florida’s largest cupcake created during Cupcake Lovers Weekend at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World salutes National Tequila Day!

Main Street Gazette visits the Anandapur Local Foods Cafe this week!

The AllEars Blog takes us up close to the new restaurant complex at Disney California Adventure. Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta and Paradise Garden Grill serve up yummy eats at Paradise Pier!

All Fare’s Food Blog shares a personal experience with obtaining Disney’s Advance Dining Reservations for dining. And she even uses The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining for guidance! Woo-hoo!

BBQ Weekends at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Get ready for the debut of BBQ weekends at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek! Visitors to O-town will find themselves heapin’ helpings of BBQ while celebrating finger-lickin’ fun! Bonnet Creek, located within the gates of WDW property, boasts a 482-acre nature preserve, elegant rooms, and a Guerlain spa, which can be enjoyed between the scheduled barbecue events.

Get your brews and barbecue on August 5-7 and 12-14 as part of Bonnet Creek’s SummerBlast!

Miami Chef Michael Love

Chef Love, a BBQ pro and author of “Love In The Kitchen – Women Love Men Who Can Cook,” will join the festivities on August 5th and 6th.

Top Chef Finalist Howie “Bulldog” Kleinbert

Miami Chef and BBQ aficionado, Howie “Bulldog” Kleinbert of Top Chef fame, will host a summer barbecue at the Smokin’ Hot Barbecue Buffet on August 13th. Chef Kleinbert is the owner of Bulldog BBQ, which Bon Appetit magazine named one of the hottest new barbecue restaurants in the country.

BBQ Themed Events

The Smokin’ Hot BBQ Buffet
The Bonnet Creek Q Crew will be serving up beef brisket, pulled pork, side dishes, and a Dutch oven dessert. Join the sizzlin’ hot fun Friday from 3-9pm, Saturday from noon – 9pm, and Sunday from Noon – 3pm. BBQ plates will cost $12-$14 (depending on selections). A Kids’ plate, for children 12 and under, is priced at $8.

The “Beer-B-Q” Station
The Florida Beer Company (largest craft brewer in Florida) will be serving the latest ice-cold Florida brews for you to sample!

Florida Beer Company Brews

The Hilton lounges and Beech pool bar will bring an exceptional [Read more…]

Flanagan Wines Dinner at Bull and Bear


The Waldorf Astoria Orlando is home of the award-winning Bull and Bear Steakhouse, which will host a private dinner with winemaker Eric Flanagan. Wines from the Flanagan Estate (Sonoma, California) will be featured at this exclusive dining experience. And several dishes highlighted in our recent review will be on the menu!

The Flanagan Wines dinner will include four courses of Bull and Bear cuisine paired with fabulous Flanagan wines. At this distinguished meal, Eric will introduce his first Chardonnay, which was barrel fermented in fifty percent new French Oak. The French Oak was made by Philippe Melka and sourced from a distinctive Sonoma vineyard.

Eric began his vineyard in 1999 from the ground up on Bennett Ridge in Sonoma County, producing wines that reflect the soils and climate of his Estate site. Flanagan Wines now produce 500 cases of Cabernet and 100 cases of Syrah. For more information, visit www.flanaganwines.com.

Dining Room Seating

Date

Monday, June 27 2011, at 6:30pm

Cost

$135 per person plus tax and gratuity

Reservations

Call 407-597-5409 and specifically request the Flanagan wine dinner

Cupcake Lovers Weekend at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek!

OK, for those of you headed to Orlando (or who live near Orlando) in July, I am truly jealous. The first ever Cupcake Lovers Weekend at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek has officially been announced!!

Scheduled for July 8-10, 2011, this sugary-sweet weekend is open to all guests at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort (sounds like the perfect follow-up to dinner at La Luce…).

As the resort celebrates its SummerBlast! promotion, this event will focus on cupcake-themed activities and events. Most importantly, guests will be able to sample [Read more…]

Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards Include Several WDW Area Restaurants

For those of you who plan your Walt Disney World vacation around your gastronomical dreams, you may want to take note of the restaurants listed in this year’s 13th Annual Foodie Awards by the Orlando Sentinel.

Readers and critics chose these restaurants for their outstanding cuisine, and with five of the restaurants located within the WDW theme parks, you’ll need park admission and an Advance Dining Reservation to cast your vote for best meal. Check them out here! [Read more…]

Review: Bull and Bear Steakhouse at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Orlando’s new Waldorf Astoria is a sister hotel to the legendary Waldorf in New York City. We were lucky enough to dine at the hotel’s steakhouse, The Bull and Bear, which is patterned after The Bull and Bear Steakhouse in New York’s Waldorf.

Atmosphere

The Bull and Bear feels like an exclusive club, and it’s not a place to go if all you want is a quick meal — this is where you go when you want a meal to treasure. The entryway is stacked with the best wines, the cozy dark woods and brass decor will immediately make you feel as though you’ve walked into a Rockefeller’s library, and attentive and smoothly-running service will ensure that you feel like the most important person in the room. Dining here means being pampered, and everyone deserves that once in a while.

Entryway

But, surprise, you’re not in an upscale vintage Steakhouse in Manhattan; you’re in the middle of Walt Disney World property! That’s right — when you get a “theme park view” at the Waldorf, you really can see the theme parks…and Downtown Disney, and Pop Century Resort, even. [Read more…]