Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 7, 2013

Hey all! I’m writing to you from 30,000 feet as I’m on my way to Walt Disney World! Stay tuned this week for tons of live updates and photos from me via twitter and facebook!

Looks Like Spice Road Table Guests Will Have a Great View of Illuminations!

In the meantime, the big Disney food news this week is the confirmation of a new restaurant opening in Epcot’s Morocco. We broke the news back in 2012, but we’re excited to see that it’s now official!

Later this year, you’ll be able to enjoy Mediterranean cuisine via small plates and tapas at the Spice Road Table on the World Showcase Lagoon waterfront! Read more about the new Epcot Morocco restaurant here!

Disney Food News

Short and savory!

  • Tables in Wonderland members can enjoy a discount at La Nouba at Downtown Disney on select dates April through June. Plus, a beer dinner has been announced for The Wave restaurant.
  • A new restaurant will be opening this year in Epcot’s Morocco called Spice Road Table. Construction has already begun, and guests will find merchandise that was sold in the shops on the waterfront now being sold at Tangierine Cafe!

And there’s more where that came from! Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board. This week, we featured spring events at Ralph Brennan’s, custom food vinylmations at the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland’s Tiki Room, and an honor for Victoria & Albert’s Restaurant!

Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

Thanks to Stephanie Miller for sending over this awesome Hoop Dee Doo Revue ticket from the 80s! She says “80’s Hoop De Doo. Price was right! Same Strawberry Shortcake.” Love it!

Hoop Dee Doo Revue Ticket from the 1980s

Reader Laura tweeted a picture from Sleepy Hollow Refreshments in the Magic Kingdom. She shares “Finally tried this huge and yummy waffle with chicken, loved it! Thanks @DisneyFoodBlog for the recommendation!” Hooray!! See our review here!

Chicken Waffle Sandwich at Sleepy Hollow!

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On to the Round-Up!

First of all, a BIG thanks to Jen Yates at Epbot.com and Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing for sharing our post about the Disneyland Haunted Mansion dinner with their readers. These are two of my fav-o-rite websites, and I urge you to go check them out if you haven’t already! Seriously. Go now. We’ll wait…

Tonga Toast for Sunday Brunch? Yes, please!

WFTV shares great Sunday brunch restaurants at the Walt Disney World resort.

Zagat named Victoria & Albert’s as one of the top 15 iconic restaurants in the United States.

Seattle Times announces that Starbucks hired Walt Disney executive Matthew Ryan for the new position of global chief strategy officer.

Just Jenn Recipes features some really fun Star Wars recipes here!

Yesterland visits the 2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival’s new food kiosks!

Main Street Gazette reviews the Starring Rolls Fruit Tart in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The Atomic Grog recaps the news and rumors regarding the restaurants at Disney Springs!

Dinner and a Show: La Nouba and House of Blues Team Up for Savings

On Tuesday through Saturday evenings, La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues are offering a dinner and show package! This opportunity gives a 25% savings on Category 2 seats for the 6:00pm performance. Dinner and one of the best shows I’ve ever seen for under $100? I’m game!

Cirque du Soleil La Nouba

Plus, you’ll enjoy a meal at House of Blues of an Appetizer, Entrée, Non-Alcoholic or Non-Specialty Drink, and a Dessert. Check out info on the Crossroads menu that debuted at House of Blues in December 2011 and see the Crossroads at House of Blues Dinner Menu here.

House of Blues Rack of Ribs

Booking Dates:
May 7, 2012 – June 30, 2012
Valid for 6:00 pm Shows Tues-Sat: June 1 – 30, 2012

Guests can book Dinner and a Show by calling [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland: La Nouba Discount, Flower Power, and The Wave

There are some fun Tables in Wonderland perks and events over the next couple of months! First up, members will receive a discount on Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba tickets in Orlando’s Downtown Disney from April 17th-May 11th! Next, another Flower Power Happy Hour will be happening in May. And The Wave has another great dinner planned!

La Nouba Discount

Tables in Wonderland members will receive a discount on tickets for themselves and up to three guests at 6pm and 9pm performances Tuesday-Saturday between April 17th and May 11th, 2012.

Tickets will be Category 2, and price will be $66.75 for adults and $54.00 for kids. Call 407-WDW-SEAT (407-939-7328) to purchase tickets! (Must show current Tables in Wonderland card when picking up tickets at the Box Office.)

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Flower Power Happy Hour

Held in the special event space atop the Norway Pavilion at Epcot®, join your fellow Tables in Wonderland members for a cocktail hour and then reserved seating for the Flower Power concert of Herman’s Hermits starring [Read more…]

Guest Review: Epcot Food and Wine Festival’s Party for the Senses

Please welcome guest author Melissa Sorrells Galley with a review of the October 15th, 2011, Party for the Senses at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Thanks to Melissa for TONS of awesome and useful PftS tips!!

Party for the Senses is a truly magical dining event offered on Saturday nights throughout the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Bringing food and beverage specialists from around the world in one giant, colorful pavilion, the Party takes place in the World Showplace, located between the United Kingdom and Canada pavilions on the west side of the World Showcase Lagoon.

Signage outside World Showplace

Atmosphere

Parties this year last from 7:30-10pm. Cost is $145 per person, and $260 for the Wine View Lounge (not including park admission, which is required). In addition to the wonderful food and drink, the ticket price includes performances by the artists and entertainers of Cirque Du Soleil La Nouba during the Party as well as reserved seating for the Eat to the Beat Concert prior to the Party.

Check In
When you arrive, there will be a huge throng of people gathering outside the gates of the World Showplace Pavilion. Resist the urge to join them! Check in for Party for the Senses is located near the [Read more…]

Review: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Party for the Senses

So this is pretty exciting — I finally got to attend a Party for the Senses at this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

For those who aren’t sure what I’m talking about (I know — “Party for the Senses” can sound a bit odd!), the Party for the Senses is held most Saturdays during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival each year. This exclusive event impresses the taste buds, of course, but it also aims to awaken all of your senses. During this 2 1/2 hour extravaganza, food and beverages flow freely as awe-inspiring entertainment is performed by Cirque du Soleil, La Nouba.

Party for the Senses at World Showplace Pavilion in Epcot (Photo copyright Disney)

There are two more parties being offered this year — November 5, and November 12 — for $145 per ticket (plus you’ll need Epcot park admission). Note that the Wine View Lounge upgrade, which includes private tables ($260) is sold out. Reservations can be made at 407-WDW-FEST or at Disneyworld.com/foodandwine.

Interestingly, the artfully prepared menus (including chefs and vinters) change, so your party may not have the same offerings as the one that we attended.

Now that we have the specs out of the way, let’s get into the meat of the night!

Atmosphere

We attended the Party for the Senses during the “Deluge of 2011,” as I like to call it. That’s right; we got all gussied up and sloshed over to Epcot on October 8th. When we arrived at the World Showplace [Read more…]

Cirque du Soleil Returning to 2010 Party for the Senses?

It looks like acrobatic group Cirque du Soleil will be returning to Disney World’s 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Party for the Senses events!

Cirque du Soleil La Nouba

While the troupe was one of the highlights of parties in the past, they were noticeably absent from 2009 parties. Now, Disney’s dedicated Food and Wine Festival website is claiming that the performers will return to the event once more!

This is great news for those spending $135 on top of Epcot’s admission price for entry into this extravagant evening of culinary adventures and outstanding entertainment.

As always, we’ll post more details as we have them. In the meantime, check out all of our information on the 2010 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

Details are subject to change.