Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 9, 2012

Cheers to food and beverage news from Gaston’s Tavern (finally)! With the announcement of the signature brew and those gooey cinnamon rolls, I’m looking forward to stopping by with friends. Care to join me?!

LeFou's Brew at Gaston's Tavern

Disney Food News

Read on for yummy restaurant and food news from Disney!

  • Disney will release new collector’s pins with the opening of Be our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern!
  • Gaston’s Tavern at the Magic Kingdom will offer the non-alcoholic LeFou’s Brew along with signature cinnamon rolls!
  • Backlot Express in Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a new menu with Buffalo chicken nuggets; and ABC Commissary has changed up their offerings as well. (More on that soon!)

We’ve got more food news (including restaurant closure updates, new menu at ABC Commissary, Margarita/Tequila Flight Promo at La Hacienda and San Angel Inn, new drinks at Animal Kingdom, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Update — Lunch With John Lasseter

A new signature event has been added to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival line-up. On October 19, Citricos will host a lunch perfect for Pixar fans at 12:30 for $130.

John Lasseter and his wife Nancy will present their California wines at this event. Chef Philip Ponticelli will pair Lasseter wines with seasonal cuisine.

A DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book Review

Thanks to Disney by the Numbers for reviewing our DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Pick up your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival today, and start planning.

Don’t forget our great DFB Deals of the Week on this Guide (get $3 off this week)!

DFB Podcast Episode 8 and 9 Now Available


We’re pleased to announce that the eighth and ninth episodes of our podcast have been released! In these episodes we’re chatting about Best Breakfasts in Disney, and the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Head over to DFBPodcast.com for the details… . And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSS or on iTunes!

On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups looks at a new food truck – The Tailgate Grill – at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Walt Disney World.

Cookie Madness bakes up some BoardWalk Brownies!

Cake Wrecks looks at Darth Vader cakes that have definitely gone to the Dark Side.

The Walt Disney World Restaurant Tour takes us to Raglan Road at Downtown Disney Orlando.

Main Street Gazette cooks up a 50’s Prime Time Cafe recipe – Grandma’s Chicken Pot Pie!

Daveland dines at the Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure. Gorgeous pictures!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World toasts La Cava’s third birthday!

DFB Podcast Episodes 8 and 9 Now Available!

It’s a two-fer!

Yep — you lucky commuters, treadmillers, and general podcast listeners have over an hour’s worth of DFB Podcast to download right now! (What a great way to head back to work after the Labor Day weekend, eh?)

The eighth and ninth episodes of our DFB Podcast are now posted and ready for downloading! AND — the ninth episode has a special discount code for for our Food and Wine Festival e-Book, so listen quick! :-)

Episode 8 — Best Breakfasts

In Episode 8, we run through our very favorite table-service breakfast options in Disney World and Disneyland (yep — there are plenty!). I can’t wait to hear what some of yours are!

Episode 9 — Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips

In Episode 9 we’ve compiled some of our top tips for the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! If you’re headed to Epcot this Fall, take a listen and start planning away!

Click here for Episode 8, and click here for Episode 9. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSS or on iTunes!

Take a listen and let us know what you think!

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Best Values at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Seminars and Demonstrations

We’re gearing up for the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Travelers to this 17th annual event will find an abundance of eats and drinks to enjoy at the marketplace booths around World Showcase. But if you want to take advantage of my favorite value of the festival — read on!

Seminars and Demonstrations at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Several times per day during the festival, guests have the opportunity to take part in culinary demonstrations or beverage seminars.

Featuring specialty wineries, beverage companies, or chefs (sometimes celebrity chefs!), the demos provide a walk-through of a recipe creation (plus your very own serving!), or a discussion and tasting of several beverages. Most seminars and demos are held inside the Festival Welcome Center in Epcot’s Future World.

Culinary Demo Ticket for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

But the best part? These only cost around [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Kalua Pork Sliders

Many a wish came true when the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival booth menus were announced this year with the popular Kalua Pork Slider back at the Hawaii kiosk!

Once the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival begins on September 28th, you’ll be able to down as many of these as your wristlet gift card can handle!

Hawaii Booth at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

But in the meantime — and while we’re counting down to this year’s festival — we’ve got the recipe for what’s officially called “Kalua Pork Sliders with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise!” Who’s ready for dinner? ;-)

Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise

The 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival starts soon, and you know our advice: plan, plan, plan. Check out our preview of the Festival, including World Showcase booth menus food photos here!

Want to get even more information? Take advantage of our Grand Launch sale on the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! Details here!

Kalua Pork Sliders with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise

Makes approximately 15 Sliders
INGREDIENTS:
Kalua Pork Ingredients:
1 (4-pound) boneless pork shoulder (also called boneless pork butt)
1 large organic banana leaf, cut in half widthwise (optional)
Coarse salt and freshly ground [Read more…]

2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminar Details

We’re excited to finally share the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary and Beverage Seminars and Demonstrations details!

Buddy Valastro at a 2011 Culinary Demonstration

After a long wait (and just in time!), the details on the low-cost seminars and demos that make up the meat of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival are available.

Click through to our Culinary and Beverage Seminars and Demonstrations page to see links to the Culinary, Beverage, and Mixology events.

Seminars and demos are priced between $9-14 this year, and feature chefs and beverage companies that are at the top of their game. Check the details to find your favorites, like Warren Brown, Robert Irvine, Cat Cora, and more!

Booking

Booking will be available for most events on August 14th, 2012, at 7am EST. Guests will be able to book the events online at as well as by phone at 407-WDW-FEST.

Booking for Tables in Wonderland Members, Annual Passholders, and DVC Members will begin August 10th at 8am EST for seminars, demos, and Mixology events only.

Discounted pricing is available Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, and DVC members at $12/$9. This applies only to [Read more…]

2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Event Updates

We have a bit of new information — including pricing, dates, and times — for some highly-anticipated events at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

As always, you can visit our Epcot Food and Wine Festival index page for all updates at any time. Bookings will begin for special events on August 14th, 2012, at 7am. Call 407-WDWFEST or book online for some events at disneyworld.com/foodandwine.

New Epcot Food and Wine Festival Details

Italian Regional Food & Wine Luncheon: Replacing the French Regional Lunches this year are Italian Regional Food & Wine Luncheons in Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar. Noon-2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Cost is $75 (plus tax, gratuity included, park admission required).

Veal Parmesan at a 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Event in Italy

Party for the Senses: Held this year on October 6, 13, 20, and 27, and November 3 Party for the Senses in the World ShowPlace is back. As we previously reported, there are three tiers of pricing this year:
1.) A reserved table on the main floor ($170 plus tax, gratuity included, park admission required)
2.) A reserved table in the premium Wine View Lounge is $270 plus tax (gratuity included, park admission required)
3.) General admission $145 plus tax (gratuity included, park admission required). Both of the reserved seating options also include a specialty cocktail and early admission at 7:15 p.m.

Party For the Senses 2011 -- all photos copyright DisneyFoodBlog.com

Marketplace VIP Access Chef Tours These take place at 10:30am each Wednesday during the festival and feature five dishes and five beverages (alcoholic). The tour will last 2 hours. Cost is $90 [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Belgian Waffle Recipe

Belgian waffles have been a staple of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival for the past two years, and I thought it would be fun to feature the Disney Belgian Waffle recipe as we countdown to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The Belgium Booth at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

We’ll feature a few more recipes as we continue the countdown to September 28th! If you try them out, be sure to let us know! :-) Stay tuned to our 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival pages for all the latest details…

Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream

Belgian Waffles with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream

Serves 4 (makes 8 4×4-inch waffles)

Belgian Waffles
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon dry active yeast
1 1/2 cups [Read more…]

Guest Review: Italy Dessert & Wine Event at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Join us in welcoming guest author Michelle Buchecker with a review of the Italy Dessert and Wine tasting event at last year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival. While we’re not sure yet if this event will be repeated at the 2012 Festival, it’s likely that it will!

Tutto Italia and Gusto Wine Cellar

We attended the Italy Dessert and Wine event that was new to the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. First and foremost, do not make the mistake we did by booking this event on the same day as your Biergarten lunch!

We had lunch at noon, and the event was at 2 pm. Not nearly enough time to digest. (Editor’s Note: I can second that!)

Atmosphere

The event was held in the back room of Tutto Italia. The check-in process went very smoothly, and we were escorted to a table that the 2 of us shared with 6 other people. There were about 50 guests in total and all chairs were taken.

The main presenter, Gabriele, was charming and humorous. He was obviously native Italian, and he took the time to introduce each course. The wine rep from Batasiolo, Jerry, mentioned that he was told to keep his comments short so we could eat and drink more. But at the beginning of each course, he did introduce each wine and described it.

Jerry warned us that all wines at the tasting were frizzante, which means they are lightly bubbly and have low alcohol content to keep it sweet.

Eats

Now on to the courses!

Dessert and Wine Menu

The first course was a Tiramisu paired with the Batasiolo Asti. I found the contents of the Tiramisu pretty basic: repeat layers of soaked ladyfingers and mascarpone topped with a cocoa dusting and chocolate curl.

The presentation was nice as this was all in a Martini glass. The Asti was sweet and crisp.

Tiramisu

The second course was Cannoli. This was huge!! While we were served utensils with it, Gabriele commented that he had to give us the knife and fork but encouraged us to eat it with our [Read more…]

News! Flying Fish Cafe Epcot Food and Wine Festival Events and July Wine Dinner

The Flying Fish Café Team at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort has scheduled a July Wine Dinner!

Also, Winery Series events that will take place during the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival have been announced (including a brand new dessert-focused event)!

July Wine Dinner

This Winery Event will take place July 26, 2012. Special Guests Ronald and Marianne Lachini –- Founders/Owners of Lachini Vineyards in Newberg, Oregon — will be on hand to greet guests.

Time and Cost
6:00 pm Reception; 6:30pm Dinner
$149.00 per person, (inclusive of gratuity) plus tax

Flying Fish Cafe Tables and Murals

Lachini Vineyards Bio - click image for larger version.

Call 407-939-5102 at your earliest convenience to [Read more…]

2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival News: Menu Items, Events, and Chefs

Once again this year I had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing Chef Marianne Hunnel, a long-time Disney Chef who has been in charge of development for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival for the past 7 years!

For a bit of background on Chef Hunnel as well as some info about how the Epcot Food & Wine Festival comes together each year, be sure to read our 2011 interview of Chef Hunnel!

She’s truly one of the most joyful and delightful people I’ve ever spoken with — you can tell this woman is passionate about the Festival and about making sure that Disney guests are pleased with their experience, and that she has a blast doing her job.

Chef Marianne Hunnel

2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Taste Your Way Around the World

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival theme this year is: Taste Your Way Around the World, and it will take place from September 28th through November 12th — a whole 46 days!

As always, you should keep an eye on our 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page for details throughout the summer. We’re updating all the time over there so that you have the latest news and information.

And, luckily, Chef Hunnel was able to tell us some interesting details that we get to share exclusively with you today! Here are a few fun secrets and tips to keep in mind if you’re headed to Epcot this Fall!

New and Returning Items at the World Showcase Booths

While many of the fan favorite menu items will be returning (yep — the Canadian Cheddar Cheese soup is back!), some booths will feature past menu items with a “twist,” says Hunnel.

For example, the steamed mussels at the Belgium booth will be slightly different than guests remember.

And it sounds like the Australian lamb chop will return with a mint pesto sauce this year (subject to change, of course).

Belgian mussels with garlic and cream

Germany will introduce a twist on the ham and cheese spaetzel with a new schinken noodle gratin dish.

Also, New Zealand has traded in the lamb slider for a lamb meatball with tomato chutney.

There will be around 12 dishes that will be completely new to the World Showcase Marketplace Booths this year! Here are just a few…: [Read more…]