Review: Catching Up With Disney Chefs in Chicago

I absolutely love when we get to publish posts like this. Disney chefs are often incredible stars in the culinary world, and it’s always fun to see where they’ve been and where they’re going! You don’t always expect the chefs behind a theme park kitchen to be trend-setters, but Disney hires only the best… . Welcome Werner Weiss from Yesterland with an interesting review of a recent cooking event in Chicago highlighting two folks with connections to Disney!

I had the pleasure of attending all five of the F.I.T. City Cooking Demos at the “Good Health is Always in Fashion!” event on August 26, 2011, at Macy’s on State in Chicago.

Macy's on State retains numerous references to when it was the flagship store Marshall Field's

The five featured Chefs — Ryan Hutmacher of the Centered Chef; Tom Douglas, who has ten restaurants in Seattle; Meg Colleran Sahs of Terzo Piano at the The Art Institute of Chicago; Randy Zweiban of Province in Chicago; and John State of Seasons 52 in Schaumburg, Illinois — all did a great job. The demos were all interesting and entertaining — and smelled good. Macy’s employees served samples of each Chef’s dish to the audience. The demos and samples were free.

You may wonder why this event should be of interest to readers of the Disney Food Blog. It’s because two of the participants have strong ties to Walt Disney [Read more…]

Disney World’s Flying Fish Cafe Wine Dinners Announced

The Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort will be hosting Wine Dinners during the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival.

Five delicious dinners are slated, in addition to the Signature Dinner scheduled for November 3rd (which we’ve heard is sold out, but we hope it’s not)!

Add a Flying Fish Wine Dinner to your Festival touring plans for a truly memorable occasion. We absolutely adore Flying Fish Cafe, and I hope you will, too!

Flying Fish Chef's Counter

Wine Dinners Are On the Following Dates:

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Disney-Linked Presenters Host Chicago Cooking Demos

Chicago natives will want to join in a day of fun for the family at the “Good Health is Always in Fashion,” event on August 26, 2011, which will highlight good nutrition through cooking demos and seminars!

Culinary demos will be hosted by Pam Smith, the longtime host of the demonstrations at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival.

Pam Smith Presents at Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demo

Cooking Demos

Pam Smith, the nationally recognized nutritionist (author of The Energy Edge) and culinary consultant, is scheduled to host the complimentary cooking demonstrations, including Fresh, Innovative, and Tasty (FIT) demos from local and celebrity chefs!

11:00 am Chef Ryan Hutmacher
12:00 pm Chef Tom Douglas
1:00 pm Chef Meg Colleran Sahs
2:00 pm Chef Randy Zweiban
3:30 pm Chef John State

Disney Food fans will recognize one of the presenters — Chef John State! Currently the head chef at Seasons 52 in Schaumburg, Illinois, Chef State oversaw the opening of [Read more…]

2010 DFB Choice Award Winners

Around here, we believe there’s no better restaurant recommendation than the one we get from another Disney fan. So, in our quest to provide the very best information about Disney restaurants, we’ve created the DFB Choice Awards!

Over 500 readers sent in their nominations, and thousands have voted for the top nominees to create this list of [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 12, 2010

Flying Fish Serving Breakfast

Welcome to the December 12th Weekly Round-Up! First, the news:

  • Don’t forget to vote for your favorites in the DFB Choice Awards! Casting your vote will help other Disney guests to make decisions about their dining planning thanks to your experience and thoughts.
  • Disney’s providing quick-service coupons in Disney World and Disneyland. Click here for more info.
  • Flying Fish Cafe is currently serving Kouzzina‘s breakfast menu while Kouzzina is undergoing refurbishment.
  • Don’t forget to check out SamLand’s Disney Adventures for an opportunity to give back this holiday season!

And don’t forget to check out our suggestions for holiday gifts for the Disney foodie in your life!

  • Disney Food Blog Holiday Gift Ideas, Part 2
  • Disney Food Blog Holiday Gift Ideas, Part I
  • And now, on to the round-up!

    Culinary in the Country, one of my favorite food blogs, brings us a great trip report from WDW!

    Kevin Kidney has a fitting nod to Walt Disney on what would have been Disney’s 109th birthday.

    Main Street Gazette finds one of the strangest banana splits I’ve ever seen

    etckt has compiled a list of the films included in the clips at Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Sci-Fi Dine-In! Awesome!!

    Cupcakes Take The Cake has cupcakes that remind me of 1. Peter Pan, 2. Animal Kingdom, 3. Pop Century Resort…in that order.

    Eating (and Drinking) Around the World makes Morocco’s Beef Kefta Pocket from the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

    Two Boos Who Eat have their “Disneyland Monday” post, which is pretty funny… but if you love Tron, you might not want to read…

    Disney Food Pics of the Week: FISH!

    Thanks to all who have contributed their photos to the Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza! Keep sending them along! This week, the Disney Food Pics of the Week feature (drumroll please………) FISH! Yep, I grabbed some interesting, delicious, and…um…well, you’ll see…photos of fish to share on this week’s Food Pics of the Week!

    Yummy fish and chips from Rose and Crown in Epcot! Photographer: Steph_In_MA

    Rose and Crown Fish and Chips

    The famous Flying Fish Cafe Potato-Wrapped Snapper! [Read more…]

    Guest Review: Flying Fish Cafe Chef’s Counter

    I recently “met” (not yet in person yet, but I hope soon!) a few Disney foodies who have sought out some great culinary experiences. I’ve begged a couple of them to put together guest posts, and the first is this fantastic review from Chelsi Murphy of the new Flying Fish Chef’s Counter at Disney World’s Boardwalk! Take it away, Chelsi!

    The Flying Fish Café is connected to The Disney Boardwalk Resort. It has been consistently one of our favorite restaurants through the years. When it was announced in April that Chef Tim Keating would be offering a Chef’s Tasting Wine Dinner at the Chef’s counter, we knew that we would have to book it for our next trip out in July.

    Atmosphere:
    The Flying Fish Cafe is a beautiful and whimsically decorated restaurant overlooking the busy hustle and bustle of the Boardwalk. The Chef’s Counter is to your left as you walk in and gives you an up close and personal view of Chef Keating and his crew preparing the night’s menu. [Read more…]

    Review: Flying Fish Cafe

    During April’s 5 Stars to Mickey Bars event, I was very grateful to have the opportunity to dine with some incredible women at the Disney World Boardwalk’s Flying Fish Cafe!

    Atmosphere
    Flying Fish Cafe has a whimsy about it that you don’t find at many of Disney World’s signature restaurants. The ocean-side carnival theme — including massive and colorful murals on the walls — fits well into the Disney World Boardwalk area. Even a few of the columns in the restaurant look like they’re covered in gold fish scales.

    Flying Fish Cafe Tables and Murals

    And the flying fish dangling via parachutes from [Read more…]

    Disney Food Post Weekly Round-Up: August 8, 2010

    Via Napoli Dining Room

    It’s been another news-filled week for the Disney food world! Here’s the latest:

    Also, a quick reminder for those of you coming back from Disney trips: we’d love to see your pics over on the Disney Food Blog flickr page! And now, on with the round-up!

    Future Probe reviews Epcot’s Coral Reef Restaurant.

    Disney Parks Blog reports on a new brunch and Bloody Mary bar at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney.

    Designing Disney takes us back to the Cafe des Visionnaires of yesteryear in Disneyland Paris.

    Disney Daddy shares the details from his Lunch with an Imagineer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. These days you can experience Lunch with an Imagineer at Flying Fish Cafe!

    All Ears‘ Deb Martin Koma interviews Marianne Hunnel about this year’s Food and Wine Festival.

    Main St. Gazette takes an in-depth look at a fun vegetable garden in Epcot from the 2010 Flower and Garden Festival, which happens to include eats like Ursula’s Onions, Peter Pan’s Peas, Mickey’s Beanstalk Beans, Kanga’s Purple Kale, and Stitch’s Strawberries!

    Makin’ Memories Photo Blog showcases dessert pics from the recent Tables in Wonderland Great Movie Ride dinner.

    A Taste of Disney shows us how to make Jiko’s filet mignon with mac and cheese and red wine sauce.

    Chip and Co looks at Disney World restaurants from a senior citizen’s perspective.

    Of course there are lots of reports from Via Napoli‘s early days! Check out Mousesteps, Jeff Lange, WDW Radio, Jack Spence’s Report, Zannaland, Disney Every Day, The Daily Disney, Laughing Place, Theme Park Insider, WDW News Today x2, Orlando Attractions, WDWMagic, and Inside the Magic for even more pics and reviews.

    The Five Best Steaks in Disney World

    I started out this evening writing a post about the best underrated steaks in Disney World, but then realized that I hadn’t even done the five best steaks in Disney World, yet! So here you go! (Also, please note that this post isn’t about the best steakhouses in Disney World — that’s another post altogether…which Jeff promised me he’d help write…right, Jeff?)

    The Five Best Steaks in Walt Disney World

    Yachtsman Steakhouse Cowboy Steak

    Yachtsman Steakhouse is a tidy little nondescript restaurant churning out some really incredible food. All light woods, white tablecloths, and windows, you really don’t know what to expect when you walk in; but do me a favor and order yourself a steak.

    The Cowboy Steak is just about my favorite cut of meat. It’s a ribeye that still has its bones, and it has incredible flavor all on its own. However, I always order it with some melted garlic butter on top, which makes it even better.

    Sadly, the Cowboy Steak isn’t on the menu at “press time,” but they change the steaks up quite regularly at Yachtsman Steakhouse, so think happy thoughts and maybe it’ll be there when you are.

    Cowboy Steak with Potato Gratin

    Le Cellier Filet

    Ah, yes. How would I dare do a “best steaks” post without include this darling of the Disney set? Luckily, I’m right there on the bandwagon with everyone else who loves the Le Cellier Filet with Wild Mushroom Risotto and White Truffle-Herb Butter Sauce.

    The filet is always tender, and coupled with that superstar mushroom risotto it just can’t go wrong.

    Le Cellier Filet — Dinner Portion

    Jiko Filet

    Found in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jiko is a bit of a dark horse in the favorite steak category. But anyone who’s tasted it knows that their Oak-grilled Filet Mignon with Macaroni and Cheese and Red Wine Sauce is a force to be reckoned with.

    The macaroni and cheese adds a sharp taste while the red wine sauce adds a tangy accompaniment to the smooth Filet. It really is an orchestration of flavors that anyone can enjoy. I mean, just look at that picture! Don’t you want to dive in?!?

    Filet and Mac and Cheese at Jiko

    Shula’s Steak House Cowboy Steak

    What can I say — another cowboy (did you know I currently live in Texas?). Shula’s Steak House is a fascinating place for so many reasons — Don Shula himself, the 48-ounce eat-it-all-and-you-get-your-name-on-a-plaque steak, the menu on a football, and so much more. But today we’re just talking about steak, and the steak is luxurious. Shula raises his own cattle, and there is a bit of a “Dolphin Difference” at this place. The meat isn’t dressed in any special way, but the taste is out of this world.

    Cowboy Ribeye

    Flying Fish New York Strip Steak

    While there are several restaurants that I could slide into this final spot, Flying Fish Cafe wins the slot because it’s innovative and eager-to-please. It’s an incredible steak at a seafood place — pretty hard to come by, yet I’m always hearing recommendations about it! When I finally tried their signature Char-crusted Certified Black Angus New York Strip Steak with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Root Vegetables, and Pole Beans with Classic Sauce Foyot, I understood what all the shouting was about.

    It has a different taste to it than any other steak I’ve eaten in Disney restaurants. The char-crusting gives it a depth that might be a bit too much for some folks, but for a steak-lover like me makes it just unique enough to edge out other favorites.

    Flying Fish New York Strip Steak

    By the way, I didn’t know what Pole Beans were, either. Apparently they’re just beans that are grown on poles or trellises. See, I learn so much by writing this blog.

    Let the Discussion Begin

    I know that there are a lot of you meat-heads (ha ha) out there who have different ideas about the best steaks in Disney World, so let’s hear ‘em! Like I said, I’m putting together a post about the most underrated steaks in Disney World, and I can always use suggestions!

    Let me know your favorites in the comments section below :-)