Disney Food for Families: Learning Opportunities for the Budding Chef

Disney Food for Families columnist Erin Foster captures some great ways to encourage your kids’ love of cooking!

Obviously one of the many reasons that families find Disney destinations to be such compelling vacation spots is that the parks and resorts are fully prepared to accommodate the interests of children. At various points, all of my girls have been captivated with the idea of becoming a chef (well, at least until they began to realize that kitchens have to be cleaned after they are used).

Disney does a wonderful job of indulging the interests of the budding chef by allowing children, and their parents, plentiful opportunities to observe and interact with the real-life culinary craftspeople that make the food magic happen.

Where to Learn from the Masters: Sweets

Our favorite Walt Disney World venue for chef interaction is at Goofy’s Candy Company at Downtown Disney. On one recent trip, my girls and I spent over an hour standing at the candy prep counter there watching a cast member make pan after pan of swoon-inducing fudge.

Fudge in the pan

Fudge prep at Goofy's Candy Company

We have found that the cast members there are particularly gracious in taking the time to explain to curious bystanders exactly what they are doing, and why. We’ve even been offered small tasting spoonfuls of warm fudge batter to better assess the product as it transforms from [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 26, 2010

Magic Kingdom Christmas Tree

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! We’re looking forward to the new year here at Disney Food Blog, where we’ll be unveiling some fun new features we’ve been working on. In the meantime…

Here’s the latest Disney Food News!

Now, on to the round-up!

Disney Parks Blog was teeming with foodie fun this week. Check out this great recipe for a Tom and Jerry (these are really popular in my hometown, so it’s fun to have the Disney recipe for them!).

Main Street Gazette features one of my favorite brownies on Disney property — the paw print brownie from Animal Kingdom’s Kusafiri Bakery.

Yesterland — in an oldie, but goodie history article — discusses the Tahitian Terrace, and gives us a menu to peruse!

Watch Me Eat goes to Pollo Campero in Disney World’s Downtown Disney!

Makin’ Memories has a fun video from Karamell-Kuche in Epcot’s Germany!

Free Caramel Corn for Disney World Annual Passholders

It’s true, it’s true! Disney World annual passholders can get free caramel corn at Karamell Kuche in Epcot’s Germany through December 11th.

This is the size of the caramel corn bag when you get it

The bag is small — about half the size of a regular small bag, but it’s enough to have a nice snack as you walk through World Showcase.

Just heed a few warnings though: [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 5, 2010

Welcome to the first Disney Food Post Round-Up of December 2010!! As always, we’ll begin with the news:

  • Don’t forget to vote in our DFB Choice Awards! The awards have been set up so that Disney Food Blog readers can help future Disney-trippers by letting their favorite restaurants be known! You can vote through December 22nd.
  • Disney’s launched its own snack chip line in the parks!
  • Take a look at some new Le Cellier menu items.
  • The Coke Freestyle Machine, featuring 106 flavors, is now at WDW’s Downtown Disney movie theater.
  • Disney World Annual Passholders can get a free (small) bag of Karamell Kuche caramel corn from December 4-11! Just show a valid photo ID with your Annual Pass to get the treat.

Also, I’d like to share with you a very special holiday request from a very special colleague. The SamLand’s Disney Adventures Blog is reaching out to the Disney Community to help raise funds for Women at Work, a nonprofit focused on helping people learn career skills and find employment. Please stop over to SamLand to read his request on behalf of this great organization.

Now, on to the round-up!

ABC News has a showcase of Mickey Shaped Food! (Thanks to Erin Foster for the heads up!)

Main Street Gazette reviews the WDW Contemporary Resort’s Contempo Cafe.

DLRP Magic shares the great news that Disneyland Paris has just added restaurant menus to their site!

Yesterland shares the history of L’ Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante in Epcot (an oldie, but a goodie).

DisneyShawn gives us more Club 33 goodness.

Party Through the Parks highlights more holiday drinks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 7, 2010

Brewer's Collection at Disney's California Food and Wine Festival 2010

Hey all — welcome to the Disney Food Post Round-Up!

The big — and sad — Disney food news this week is about Disneyland’s unfortunate announcement that Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival will be canceled in 2011 and 2012, with no promises that it will return in 2013. You can read my thoughts here.

Also, we’re going into the final week of the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! I hear the lines are getting really long, so plan ahead! You can see all of our coverage here, and World Showcase Booth food photos, menus, and prices here!

Now, on to the round-up!

Yesterland has a photo eulogy for the Disney World Downtown Disney McDonald’s — along with a couple of construction pics from the upcoming Pollo Campero!

Frugal Dinks has a great review of the Food and Sake pairing in Epcot’s Japan at the Food and Wine Festival!

Main Street Gazette has another peek into the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Check out these gorgeous photos (and review) of the United States booth’s incredible heirloom tomato dish.

WDW Today Podcast has a very cool (if I do say so myself…) look at the new restaurants in Epcot’s World Showcase…and Karamell Kuche, too!

Mouseplanet has the dish on ordering celebration cakes in Disneyland!!

DisneyGeek has a pic of some Disney-branded potato chips in Disney California Adventure (Disney makes ‘tater chips?)

The Culinary Cellar enjoyed a wonderful visit to the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill, with a few extras thrown in!

Disney Parks Blog showcases the Thanksgiving Buffet at Vero Beach Resort, as well as this great video about creating quick, easy, and beautiful caramel ice cream toppers from one of our favorite Chefs — Kevin Dundon (see our interview with Chef Dundon here)!

Remember! The Orlando Food and Wine Festival is November 13-14 — learn more over on Watch Me Eat.

Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 31, 2010

Disney Halloween Decor...Featuring Caramel Apples

Happy Halloween! Don’t forget to check out some of the many spooky and fun treats found in Disney Parks:
Halloween Cupcakes in Disney Parks
Disneyland Halloween treats
Disney World Halloween Treats
Even MORE Halloween Treats in Disney Parks

And here are some of our favorite Disney food posts from around the web:

Watch Me Eat heads to WDW’s House of Blues for the Gospel Brunch!

Disney Parks Blog showcases an incredible Halloween Wedding Cake!

Main Street Gazette tempts us with a trip to Karamell Kuche!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World makes Sweet Potato Puree with Mango BBQ sauce from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Theme Park Mom comments on La Hacienda de San Angel’s decor!

Wine-Girl.net reviews the Disney World Downtown Disney Portobello Meatball Bar.

Scott Joseph Orlando Scott Joseph also takes us to La Hacienda de San Angel with his expert review.

Everything WDW reveals the 2011 date for the Wine and Dine run!

How It’s Made: Caramel Corn From Epcot’s Karamell-Küche

A self-described “lover of all things Disney,” Mary Jo Collins takes a look at how the Karamell-Küche cast members make a little magic!

Karamell-Küche Caramel Corn

Move over Dole Whip and Carrot Cake Cookie, there is a new snack on the block and it has all the buzz of Foodies traveling to Walt Disney World! On September 30th, Epcot opened a new caramel shop in the Germany pavilion, called Karamell-Küche. It’s sponsored by [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.

Deconstructing a Karamell-Küche Cupcake

One big question I kept getting asked after posting the photos from Epcot’s new Karamell-Küche caramel store last week was: how was the cupcake?

I figured I needed a few illustrations, so here we go:

Karamell-Küche vanilla cupcake

The cupcake itself is pretty large. It comes in vanilla and chocolate flavors, and the frosting [Read more…]

First Look! Epcot’s New Karamell-Küche

Epcot’s Karamell-Küche (German for Caramel Kitchen) opened its doors today for the very first time! You’ll recall, this is the shop that is replacing the old Glas und Porzellan shop at the entrance to the Germany pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase.

Filled with delicious smells of caramel corn and caramel apples, the golden-hued shop beckons those who enter to stare at the incredible treats behind glass counters. Luckily, they’re giving out samples of the [Read more…]