2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Grand Marnier Tasting — Taste, Shake, and Indulge Like the French

Today, we are heading back to the France Pavilion for another fun 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival review!

One of the things that I love the most about the festival, year after year, is the inclusion of hot trends. Often, these reach far beyond just food and wine.

In the last few years, mixology has continued to gain popularity as people look to perfect their cocktail-making skills. And we’ve really enjoyed seeing the trend play out at the festival with the introduction of mixology demonstrations and special events.

During my recent visit for opening week at the festival, I had the opportunity to attend the Grand Marnier Tasting. This special event — officially named Taste, Shake, and Indulge Like the French — takes place on Saturdays during the festival, from 2:30-4PM, at Monsieur Paul.

Monsieur Paul Restauarant in Epcot's France Pavilion

Note that many folks have had Disney reservations agents tell them that the tastings are full, or non-existant, when actually there are still seats available. This may be due to guests asking for the Grand Marnier event instead of referring to its actual title — Taste, Shake, and Indulge. Definitely an understandable mishap, but just an FYI.

Atmosphere

Finding Monsieur Paul is a bit tricky. You enter the posh restaurant through this unassuming little door toward the back of the France Pavilion. (If you’d like to see a bit about Monsieur Paul, read my dinner review here.)

Monsieur Paul Entrance

Enter through the small door, and your eye is immediately directed upward via a winding staircase. And that’s good, because that’s where you’re going! (There’s also an elevator if you prefer.)

Monsieur Paul Entrance and Staircase

Once upstairs, you’ll notice a relaxed yet refined vibe that tells you you’re in an upscale restaurant — but your comfort and enjoyment are what is most important.

Monsieur Paul Seating

Banquettes and cushioned chairs are comfortable places to spend the afternoon. Seating is assigned, so you will most likely be making some new friends during the event!

A Very Comfortable Seating Arrangement

Eats

“Eats” is a bit of a misnomer here. We will be eating. But the star of this show is Grand Marnier in all its glory.

When I arrived, I was greeted with a [Read more…]

Review: L’Artisan des Glaces “Ice Cream Martini” in Epcot’s France

Yesterday, we took you on a little tour of the brand new L’Artisan des Glaces ice cream and sorbet shop in Epcot’s France!

L'Artisan des Glaces in Epcot's France

View from Epcot's L'Artisan des Glaces ice cream shop

Today, it’s time to check out one of the true indulgences offered at this decadent spot: the ice cream martini!

Ice Cream Martini in Epcot's France

L’Artisan des Glaces Ice Cream Martini in Epcot’s France

On the menu at L’Artisan are 16 flavors of ice cream and sorbet, which you can order in cones or in cups.

Current L'Artisan des Glaces Flavors

Sorbets at Epcot's France

But the most decadent item on the menu is the option to top your flavor choice with [Read more…]

Disney Dream Dining: Food Photos From the Royal Palace

Royal Palace Restaurant on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship

Hey all! The countdown has begun! The Disney Dream Dine Around begins in just one day, and I’m still eagerly accepting your questions about dining on the Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship.

Got Questions?
So far I’ve got some great dining questions to investigate — even one about Dole Whips! If you have a question about dining on the ship, send it my way via twitter or facebook!

But In The Meantime…
Now, while I’m still anticipating my sailing, cast members and friends are returning from even earlier cruises bubbling over with positive reviews of the ship’s restaurants and food!

You can expect much more where this came from, but here’s a little photo blog of one friend’s meal at the Royal Palace restaurant on the Disney Dream, which was his favorite of the three rotational dining restaurants! Clearly he dined on some incredible food; let’s take a look… [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 10, 2010

Karamell Kuche Caramel Corn

Whew! After a week of celebrating the WDW Foodie Fest‘s great memories, we’re back with the Round-Up and going strong!

Our biggest news these days is from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival:

Now, on to the round-up!

Babes in Disneyland‘s Lisa brings us a great video interview with a look at Disneyland Halloween Treats! Check out the blog for a recipe for those gingerbread Mickey Beignets!

Passport To Dreams Old and New has an incredible overview of how the “Phantom Food Scare of 1971,” and other concerns regarding feeding the masses, has affected changes in Disney Park design.

Eating (and Drinking) Around WDW heads over to Epcot’s newest counter-service spot, Cantina de San Angel.

Main Street Gazette asks can a meal be good based solely on the restaurant atmosphere, using Animal Kingdom’s Restaurantosaurus as the example. (Personally, I’m a big fan of the chicken nuggets there, but, what can I say?)

Studios Central lists and discusses his top 5 favorite entrees in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Frugal Dinks share their review of the Saki Seminar at the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic.

Touring Plans heads to Whispering Canyon Cafe.

AllEars reviews the Grand Marnier “Taste, Shake, and Indulge Like the French” deminar at the Food and Wine Festival in Epcot.

The Givens Chronicles is giving away a 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Cookbook! Be sure to enter to win — it’s a great compilation of old and new recipes this year.

Cooking With Mickey reviews Akershus in Epcot’s Norway!

Disney Dispatch reviews the menu at the United States Booth at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 4th, 2010

Happy July 4th

Happy Independence Day!

The big news this week is: Only 90 days until the 2010 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival begins!! I’ve re-vamped the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page to be even more useful for your planning. (Breaking news, including the new info on the Grand Marnier Tasting event, is at the top of the page.)

Also, don’t forget that the new Taste of Africa Street Party is slated to begin this week in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. AND those Downtown Disney cooking classes are calling your name on July 10th!

Finally, stay tuned this week for more info about the WDW Foodie Fest meet-up on October 3rd, 2010!! Save the date!

Now, on to the round-up!

Food Finds With Robin showcases some delicious photography that captures some sweet treats in Disneyland.

Main Street Gazette takes us to Cafe Rix in Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

A Taste of Disney whips up a batch of Le Cellier’s Beer and Cheese Soup in this cool video. He also gives you the recipe if you’d like to make it at home.

The OC Register reports that Disneyland Resort’s liquor license has been updated to allow special bar set-ups for this summer’s Glow Fest in Disney California Adventure.

Chip and Co takes a look at casual dining options in the Magic Kingdom.

Disney Shawn checks out Surf Doggies in Typhoon Lagoon.

The Daily Disney shares the recipe for Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli from California Grill. Yum!

All Ears Net has a fun photo gallery of the Polynesian Resort’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show.

Theme Park Insider has announced the winners for the 9th Annual Theme Park Insider Awards. Bistro de Paris and Chefs de France have taken top spots in the running! See Orlando Restaurant Guru Scott Joseph’s take here.

The Disney Parks Blog posted some great stories this week, from the wonderful (Coffee With Walt) to the helpful (Top 5 Restaurants Where You Get the Most for Your Money) to the delicious (Sweet Treats for Summer)!

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Details on Grand Marnier Tasting at 2010 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Scott Joseph Orlando is reporting a few more details on the Grand Marnier Tasting events that are scheduled to be part of the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival‘s Taste, Shake, and Indulge series this year.

When: Saturdays in October from 2:30-4:30 PM at Bistro de Paris in Epcot’s France Pavilion.
What: The seminars will consist of tasting a full range of Grand Marnier liqueurs and a mini-class on how to shake and muddle Grand Marnier cocktails. Guests will be treated to Bistro de Paris-prepared flambeed crepes Suzette and frozen souffle glace.
Pricing: Cost will be $45 per person, including tax. Epcot admission is required and must be paid separately.
To Book: Call 407-WDW-FEST after 7AM on July 20th, 2010.

Be sure to check out our 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page for more information and breaking news about this year’s events.