Mini “Food & Wine Festival” at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney This Week

Well, we lost the REAL Disneyland Food and Wine Festival this year, but those lucky enough to live near Disneyland or who happen to be on vacation there at the moment can consider taking part in the mini “Food and Wine Festival” that is happening at three of Downtown Disney’s Restaurants through June 3rd!

Enjoy delicious food, spirits, and wine from Italy, Spain, and Mexico at Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar, Tortilla Jo’s, and [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.

Tables in Wonderland July Events: Great Movie Ride, Food and Wine Festival, and More

Tables in Wonderland events for July are available!! Be sure to sign up fast, as these are SURE to go quickly! With a sneak peek into the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival and two Great Movie Ride dinners, these will be the hot tickets for July! Good luck!

Sneak Preview: Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival, Celebrating 15 Years of Delicious Discoveries

Where: Epcot® – Wonders Retreat, located on the 2nd floor The Wonders of Life Pavilion
When: Thursday, July 8, 2010; 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Price: $95.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.

With the 15th annual Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival just around the corner, we would like to invite Tables in Wonderland members only to a “sneak preview” of this year’s Festival!

Be the first to sample the food and hear speakers talk about what new and exciting things we have in store for you this year! Learn what new marketplace kiosks will be added this year, as well as new special events. You will find out all of the information before it goes live on the website, and before reservations open to begin booking the events. Be the first, and be “in the know” as we celebrate 15 Years of Delicious Discoveries!

To keep up with all the current news and information about the 15th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, be sure to check out our 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page! Check out the info in red for new marketplaces, new events, and other breaking info!

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The Wave . . . of American Flavors Discovery Dinner
When: Thursday, July 15, 2010; 6:30 p.m. Reception 7 p.m. Dinner
Where: The Wave . . . of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Please meet at restaurant’s main podium
Price: $92 per person, includes tax and gratuity
Dress is Casual Evening Attire

Brooks Tropicals has been growing tropical fruits and vegetables in Florida and the Caribbean since the 1920s. Brooks sells more than 28 different tropical fruits and vegetables; its specialties are SlimCado avocados, Caribbean Red papayas and Florida starfruit. Representing Brooks Tropicals at this event will be Mary Ostlund, director of marketing

Hispanics call Caribbean Red papayas by the nickname “fruta bomba,” literally “bomb fruit.” One look at the three-to-five-pound fruit will tell you why. Consumers sometimes wonder whether the Caribbean Red is genetically modified, which it is not. It is naturally large and naturally good for you.

The SlimCado has a great avocado taste; it’s a much lighter-tasting avocado. It should be, with less than half the calories and a third less fat than the Hass avocado. And it’s so much bigger! SlimCado avocados can be three to five times larger than a Hass avocado.

Last but not least, the last tropical fruit star of the menu for this event is a star in itself – the starfruit. Brooks Tropicals was a U.S. pioneer for this Asian treat. Starfruit grow under the canopy of the rainforests in Southeast Asia. In Florida, Brooks grows them in the sandy soils of Pine Island on the west coast of Florida.

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Special Event The Great Movie Ride Dinner
Where: Disney’s Hollywood Studios™
When: Friday, July 16 and Saturday, July 17, 2010; 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Price: $155.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.

Arrive at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™ and walk through the courtyard of the Majestic Graumann’s Chinese Theatre. Then you will be invited to come inside The Great Movie Ride after the attraction is closed with exclusive backstage VIP access!

We’ve cleared the track for you to walk through and dine inside the attraction where you will experience some of the most classic scenes in motion picture history. Sets from Busby Berkeley musicals, crime dramas, old-fashioned Westerns, and more!

We were lucky enough to post some fantastic photos from a friend’s special event dinner in the Great Movie Ride! While the Tables in Wonderland event won’t be this fancy, you can still get the idea! Click here to see photos from a special event dinner in the Great Movie Ride!

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Introduction to Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival

If it’s a Wednesday in May, it must mean…Mirror Image Post day!!! Hooray!!! That’s right, today you get a two-fer — Ryan from Main Street Gazette and yours truly here at the Disney Food Blog are reviewing “mirror-image” food topics in Disneyland and Disney World. This week we’re taking a look at Disney’s Food and Wine Festivals, and I get to talk about Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival — which is going on RIGHT NOW!

Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival Overview

Disneyland Resort’s Food and Wine Festival is a fun, diverse, and exciting six weeks full of celebrity chefs, California cuisine, artistic exploration, great wine, and good beer. And here’s something you might not know — the festival takes place primarily within the gates of Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park!

Chef Showcase Stage

This year, the Festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary! It’s still a rather small festival, but with blockbuster seminars from chefs like Guy Fieri, Cat Cora, Keegan Gerhard, and Robert Irvine, along with fantastic wine and beer walks, tastes of incredible California ingredients, and a hip, “never-know-what-to-expect-next” atmosphere, the Festival fits its location and fills its six week stint perfectly.

How do you know what’s happening, and when? Disney has it [Read more…]

Name Revealed for “Hacienda de San Angel,” Werther’s Comes to Epcot, and Other News

Just wanted to share a few more tidbits of news about the newest restaurants in Epcot’s World Showcase as well as some other Epcot food news!

Via Napoli and Hacienda de San Angel

First, as you know, Epcot will be revealing two restaurants this fall: Hacienda de San Angel is the new name for what was known as the Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion. This location will serve as a counter service eatery during the day, and a table service eatery at night.

Via Napoli, in the Italy pavilion, will be a brand new 300-seat restaurant in Epcot’s World Showcase. The recent news is that the wood-fired pizza ovens in the restaurant will represent three volcanoes in Italy!

The two will open in September, and should be added to Disney’s Advanced Dining Reservations availability in July or August, according to the announcements made at today’s D23 Flowers and Fireworks event.

Stay tuned this week for even more details and announcements about Via Napoli and Hacienda de San Angel! To follow the News stories about these restaurants, check out these links:
Cantina de San Angel construction pics
Cantina de San Angel Concept Art Released
More News on Cantina de San Angel refurb and Via Napoli
Naples Review: Is this What We Can Expect From Via Napoli?
Via Napoli Concept Art Released
Our Guess on the Italy Pizzeria Menu
Italy Pizzeria Construction Pics
Disney Parks Blog Confirms Pizzeria

Werther’s Candy Store Comes to Germany

Word is that Germany’s Goebel Shop in the World Showcase will become a Werther’s Candy Shop by September, 2010. While you’re waiting, check out what it might look like via this The Disney Blog link — seems that Werther’s has shot candy commercials in Epcot’s Germany, turning that exact store into a Werther’s shop…

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates

As you know from our previous post, it looks like Belgium and South Korea will be joining the other country-specific booths on Epcot’s World Showcase Promenade this Fall at the 2010 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

Belgium, Singapore, and South Korea Rumored to be New 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

According to the twitter feed of a friend at the D23 Flowers and Fireworks event this weekend, we’ve learned some exciting new information about the 2010 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

As you know, the festival revolves around dozens of country-specific tasting booths, which are set up along the World Showcase Promenade. Every year, Disney World has added one or two new booths to the mix (last year, we got to sample Thailand and Brazil).

Word is that this year, Epcot will be introducing Belgium, Singapore, and South Korea to the line-up! (I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping for chocolate in that Belgium booth!)

There are other surprises, too! Disney’s introducing a special 3D Dessert party and more! Stay tuned to our Epcot International Food and Wine Festival page for the latest info!

Wine and Dine Half Marathon News!

Good news! If you want to celebrate with your favorite runners after Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon on October 2nd, you can now purchase Wine and Dine Half Marathon after-party tickets for $35 per ticket! Just call 407-WDW-IRUN for details and to order your ticket. (They’re saying we’ll get some great after-hours access to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, too!)

Also, FYI, the Wine and Dine Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay races are now both 50% full, so get your registrations in soon!! You can also still register for the Mickey’s Halloween Family Fun Run 5K, taking place on the morning of October 2, 2010.

We’ll see you there!

My After Party Ticket

(hat tip to StitchKingdom)

Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 9, 2010

Welcome to the Disney Food Post Round-Up! The big news this week: FREE DINING! Yep, it’s been announced. Check out the details for 2010 Disney World Free Dining Promotion right here. AND, if you’re in a humorous mood, check out my tongue-in-cheek “pros and cons of free dining in Disney World,” which I wrote up last year!

Also, I’m home from a wonderful week exploring Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival and will continue posting coverage of the event throughout the month, but you can check out information about the Festival and my posts to date here! Now — on to the round-up!

Cakewrecks has an awesome series of Star Wars cakes in honor of Star Wars day. (BTW, don’t forget to check out the latest Star Wars Weekends info over at Studios Central!)

Family Rambling has a great recap of her weekend eating around Walt Disney World!

Playground Magazine has a Q&A with managing editor Jenny Fauser, who discusses great tips for Dining in Disney World.

Main Street Gazette visits the Main Street Confectionery in Disney World! (Note: Main Street Gazette and Disney Food Blog will be blogging about “mirror image” locations in Disney World and Disneyland throughout the month of May, so stay tuned! Click the following link to see my corresponding piece for this week about Disneyland’s Candy Palace.)

Babes in Disneyland has everything you ever wanted to know about Disneyland Corn Dogs!

Theme Park Insider poses some interesting answers to the question, “What would you do to help make theme park food better [read: healthier] for visitors?”

Tikiman Pages has some favorite recipes from the Polynesian Resort! (Sorry, Tikiman! Hadn’t seen this page before or I would have posted it sooner!)

Vintage Disneyland Tickets has a 1969 train menu from the Union Pacific Railroad Streamlined “Domeliner” service to Los Angeles, which features Disneyland on its front and back covers! (OK, argue if you want that this isn’t “Disney food,” but it’s cool and you know it.)

Disney Every Day has a Sushi review at California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Chip and Co has a review of Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

The Orlando Sentinel brings us a blast from the past — a Lau Lau Clams recipe originally from the Papeete Bay Verandah’s dinner buffet! (Thanks to George Taylor from for the tip!)

And if that’s not enough reading for you, be sure to check out the DisMarks Disney Blog Carnival 3rd edition! There’s tons of great Disney articles from both new and veteran Disney bloggers. :-)

Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival — Merchandise

Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival has some fantastic merchandise for sale! You can find aprons, button-down shirts, t-shirts, pins, coasters, artwork, and more — all showcasing Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival’s tagline, “The Art of Flavor.”

You can find merchandise in several locations throughout the Disneyland Resort, including the Food and Wine Festival Center in Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park, the gift shop in Disney’s Grand Californian Resort and Spa, and the Food and Wine Festival merchandise cart in the center of Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park. Here are a few of our favorite items:

Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival Specialty Items

We headed back into Disney’s California Adventure to sample two of the Food & Wine Festival‘s signature items this year. Signature items are located at counter-service spots around the park, and the two we sampled were found in Taste Pilot’s Grill and Award Weiners.

These signature dishes are sized larger than the tapas that can be found at the “Taste of California” area in the Festival Center. They are served as standard counter-service meals, including a side dish — usually fries, chips, or apple slices. The cost for the larger items is reflective, sometimes topping out in the teens!

Mangia Meatballs
The Mangia Meatballs are a cross between an Italian Sausage and a meatball sub sandwich. The three meatballs on a cornmeal hoagie roll were accompanied by marinara, onions, and peppers, creating a slightly spicy dish.

While the meatballs tasted pre-packaged and had a mushier texture than I was anticipating, the marinara with onions and peppers was quite good. The whole thing was topped off with fresh mozzarella cheese — un-melted — which added positively to the taste. Overall, I wouldn’t get it as an entree if I had other choices, but it wasn’t the worst meatball sub I’ve ever had. I’d give it a 6 out of 10. This dish can be found at Award Weiners.

Mangia Meatballs at Award Weiners

Meatball Close Up

Pulled Pork Sandwich
The pork sandwich surprised us both. We were expecting dry, over-cooked meat with too little taste (so often the case with mass-produced pulled pork), but the sandwich was actually quite good. The serving of pulled pork was extremely generous, and the taste — with just the right amount of BBQ sauce [Read more…]