Guest Review: Chef Robert Irvine Culinary Demo at Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Join us in welcoming 14-year-old guest author Katie Smith with a review of the culinary demonstration given by super popular Chef Robert Irvine at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! I love hearing about the Food and Wine Festival from the perspective of one of our  younger readers! Thanks,  Katie!

On Thursday October 25, 2012, my family and I got to see Robert Irvine’s culinary demonstration at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.


We had been to Cat Cora’s culinary demonstration earlier that month and thought we knew what to expect. Turns out, we had no idea. I am a huge fan of Robert Irvine, so I was really excited to watch him cook and eat his food!

To start out, there was a representative from Hannah Winery & Vineyards from Sonoma County, California. The wine was a Hanna Chardonnay.

All about Hannah Winery & Vineyards

Then Robert was introduced and proceeded to tell everyone to stand up, put their cameras down, their hands in the air and to go wild. It was a good way to warm up the crowd.

Then, he started cooking the dish, which was a Seared Scallop, Polenta, and Demi-glace. He was very big on audience participation and had an audience helper on stage almost the whole time.

Cooking Polenta with Robert Irvine


The scallop was cooked perfectly, the polenta was creamy and delicious, and the [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland: March 2012 Events

Tables in Wonderland has announced three special events for March 2012 — An Illuminations Dessert Party on St. Patrick’s Day, a specialty Irish lunch at Raglan Road, and a dinner at The Wave!

Illuminations Dessert Party

Location: Italy Pavilion at Epcot
Date: Saturday March 17, 2012 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Cost: $55 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.

You are invited to a private Tables in Wonderland Dessert Party! Come enjoy a front row presentation of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, while you sample platters of delectable desserts and rich coffees.

Dessert Party - click image for larger version

Dessert Buffet Menu
Trio of Mini Gourmet Doughnuts (!!!!!) with Coffee Gelato
-Tennessee Bourbon Glazed Dark Chocolate Doughnuts
-Carmel Nut Glazed Apple Pie Spiced Doughnuts
-Raspberry Glazed Buttermilk Doughnuts
-Served with [Read more…]

Review: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Scent Demonstration

This year was my first experience at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, and I will tell you this, it will not be my last. I’m pretty much addicted. Eating & drinking my way around the world? A cranberry bog? AND super cool special events like the Scent Demonstration?  All of this while the kids are at home with Grandma & Grandpa… one can’t go wrong.

Anyhow, I happened to get super lucky that AJ had purchased tickets for the festival’s Scent Demonstration and then couldn’t use them.  When I was asked to go cover this event I had a million questions, the first being, “What in the world is a Scent Demonstration?” As well as, “Are they going to teach me how to use my nose correctly?” And,  “Have I been using it wrong all these years?”

The Scent Demonstration Took Place in the Festival Center

Well, here is how Disney describes it:

“Scent Demonstration – NEW!: Join scent critic Chandler Burr for a unique double-culinary experience—a meal made entirely of scents! You’ll also get to taste one of the courses, prepared by a Disney chef. Sunday, Oct. 2 from 2:45 to 4:00 p.m. $13 per person, tax included.”

I have to admit, although the description had me intrigued, I immediately thought of a field trip that I went on with my son last year at a nature center. One of the activities was to sniff certain bottles filled with “local” scents.  We’re talking everything from sweet honey smell to nasty stinky skunk. So at this point, I’m thinking the demonstration could go either way! Also knowing that my husband and I are both super sensitive to strong perfumes, I was a little nervous and didn’t want to leave the event sniffling and sneezy.

Our event took place at 2:45, so after the [Read more…]

Review: Cake Boss Buddy Valastro’s Culinary Demo at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

While I was in Epcot last month, I had the chance to attend an Epcot Food and Wine Festival culinary demonstration featuring Buddy Valastro (who considers himself a “baker” rather than a pastry chef)!

You might know him from TLC’s The Cake Boss, a show centered on his family’s “Carlo’s Bakery” in Hoboken, NJ.

Cake Boss Ticket


Arriving at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Center (the former Wonders of Life pavilion in Future World), I picked up my ticket at the will call booth and headed over to the culinary demonstration area. This spot has been significantly upgraded from last year, with a classy “vineyard” style and upscale show kitchen.

Culinary Demo Set-Up

I grabbed a seat up front and took a look at the recipe for the creation the Chef was going to share with us: [Read more…]