Thanksgiving and Christmas Menus in Walt Disney World Restaurants

Chef Robert Getchell

I had the chance to chat with Chef Robert Getchell from Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Sanaa Restaurant recently about the holiday menus that are available at Walt Disney World restaurants this year!

Holiday Menus in Walt Disney World
Here are the details on holiday dining in Disney restaurants from Chef Getchell:

Most restaurants will offer their whole regular menu, or a slightly limited version of their regular menu, along with a “special for the day.” Specials will be themed to each restaurant, but at the same time will be very familiar to the guests as a traditional family meal.

For example, Sanaa will be offering an African-spiced turkey breast, dark meat gravy, cranberry and dry cherry chutney, and butternut squash as our special for holiday dining.

Other examples of holiday menu items include an Oak rotisserie turkey dish at California Grill; and a smoked turkey breast with sage butter, smokey butternut squash, and [Read more…]

Gluten Free Items at Epcot Food and Wine Festival

A huge thanks to Genevieve Sobieski, who wrote to me with a list of gluten-free dishes at this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival International Marketplace booths! She received this information from Disney special diets Chefs.

Canada Booth: Maple-Glazed Salmon with Lentil Salad

Click on the countries listed to see full menus, photos, and prices from each booth! To see a list of all the booths with links to menus, photos, and prices, click on our Epcot Food and Wine Festival International Marketplace Booths page.

Gluten Free Menu Items at Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Canada:
— Maple-Glazed Salmon with Lentil Salad
— Chicken Chipotle Sausage with Sweet Corn Polenta

South Korea:
— Lettuce Wraps with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw

Australia:
— Grilled Lamb Chop with Roasted Potato Salad and Red Wine Reduction

United States:
— Bison Chili with Wild Mushrooms, Cabernet, and Pepper Jack Cheese
— Heirloom Tomatoes with Oregon Blue Cheese, Red Onions, and Basil

Brazil:
— Grilled Pork Skewer with Farofa
— Shrimp Stew with [Read more…]

Countdown to Epcot Food and Wine Festival: China, Ireland, Morocco

Here we go with another fun Countdown to Food and Wine post! The Epcot Food and Wine Festival will begin in just a week, and I’ve decided to share my excitement by counting down to the Festival with a sneak peek at the International Marketplace booths that will be located around the World Showcase Lagoon!

For those who haven’t had the chance to go to the Festival, one of my favorite parts are the dozens of International Marketplaces — little booths, or kiosks, set up that represent a specific country or region. Each booth offers a short menu of tasting plates and drinks from the country or region represented. These tasting items cost anywhere from $2-$7, so they’re a great way to enjoy the Festival without breaking the bank.

Today, I’m going to highlight the representative menus from China, Ireland, and Morocco!

Green Tea Plum Wine Cooler

China

China’s introducing some new menu items this year, but bringing back my favorite part of the menu from 2009 — the Green Tea Plum Wine Cooler! Here’s the full menu for China:

  • Black Pepper Shrimp with Sichuan Noodles
  • Pork Pot Stickers
  • Xinjiang Barbecue Chicken Stick
  • Tsingtao Beer
  • Dragon’s Hollow Chardonnay
  • Green Tea Plum Wine Cooler
  • Happy Lychee

I am going to be all about those pot stickers this year!

The China booth will be located [Read more…]

Exclusive: First Look at Menus and Details from the Swan & Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

I recently had the incredible opportunity to speak with Anthony “Tony” Porcellini, the Director of Food and Beverage at the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort and the brains behind the brand new annual Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic!

Tony was kind enough to share with me a few more details on the upcoming event, including menus for the tasting booths, specifics on the seminars, and a few surprises for next year’s event! I also received fantastic photos of some of the menu items that will be available in the tasting booths! You can see a few of them below, and a few more will be highlighted over the upcoming weeks.

What We’ll Be Tasting at the Food and Wine Classic

Six Swan and Dolphin restaurants will be featured at the Causeway tasting stations on Friday and Saturday nights (October 8th and 9th, 2010). The offerings will change each night, so be sure to check out the menus below before deciding your dates (or just head over both nights — that’s what I’d do!)

Todd English’s bluezoo
The first night of the festival will feature one of the restaurant’s trendiest dishes: Shrimp Steamrollers! According Tony Porcellini, to make the steamrollers, bluezoo Executive Chef Chris Windus basically “deconstructs a shrimp cocktail in a tube.” Eating them is an even bigger adventure! Chef Windus will be on hand at the tasting booth to demonstrate.

bluezoo Steamroller

Another trendy dish takes the stage at the bluezoo booth on Saturday. Pipettes filled with buerre blanc sauce will spear small pieces of scallop and bacon. To eat, simply pull the scallop and bacon from
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2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fisherman’s Stew

Disney’s showcasing another menu item from the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — the Lobster and Scallop Fisherman’s Stew from the Ireland Booth!

Lobster and Scallop Fisherman's Pie

Also on the menu in Ireland this year are:
Kerrygold® Cheese Selection (click here for photo)
Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Ganache (click here for photo)
Guinness Draught
Bunratty Honey Meade Wine (click here for photo)

Click here to see more 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and photos!

Thanks to Stitch Kingdom for the heads up!

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Marketplace Booths and Menus


Menus are up for the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival World Showcase booths! Peruse them and let us know what you’re going to try!

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths and Menus

(Even better, I’m slowly, but surely, putting up individual pages for each booth — check out the hyperlinks to see photos from last year’s events.)

2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Preview

Since I’m not based in Florida, I asked my great friend and colleague (and Disney World Moms Panelist) Suzannah DiMarzio of ZannaLand, to attend the Tables in Wonderland preview of the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival in my place. She kindly obliged and put together this fantastic review of the evening!

Of course, for all the latest information and breaking news, check out our 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival pages. Take it away, Zanna!

Concept Art for the 2010 Food and Wine Festival Entryway Display at Epcot

On July 8, 2010, I was given the amazing opportunity to be a special reporter for the Disney Food Blog and experience the Tables in Wonderland Food & Wine Festival Sneak Preview. This was the third Tables in Wonderland special event I’ve attended and the experience was, as always, uncompromisingly good. Here is a rundown of the evening’s service, all of which were previews for upcoming dishes at Epcot’s 15th Annual International Food & Wine Festival:

Arrival

The event took place in the retired Wonders of Life pavilion. It had been quite some time since I’d been inside, so it was really cool to see the building still there (though it could really use some pressure washing on the outside!) and most of the inside still intact. Of course it was sad not seeing the big Cranium Command sign, the cool exercise bikes that showed Main Street, USA, on the TV screens as you pedaled, and Body Wars.

We were escorted backstage through an area next to Body Wars at the old Frontiers exhibit (still there for the most part). We ascended in a beautiful, mirrored elevator to the second floor and what used to be the VIP Lounge when Wonders of Life was functioning with a sponsor.

Passed Appetizers

The moment we stepped off the elevator and found our place card with table location on it, we were given our first wine selection: Paul Cheneau “Lady” Blanc de Blanc Cava from Spain. It was a lovely sparkling wine that came in a beautiful bottle.

Soon servers came around with our reception selections: Roasted Corn and Cheese Empanada from the Argentina kiosk;

Corn and Cheese Empanada from Argentina

Lettuce Wraps with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw from the new kid on the block, South Korea; [Read more…]

Starting Oct. 27th: Make Your Disney Dining Reservations 180 Days in Advance

Easier to Get at 180 Days Out?

Easier to Get at 180 Days Out?

It’s time to start thinking about your food 6 months in advance again, my friends! It’s being widely reported that, starting October 27th, 2009, Disney Dining reservations can be booked 180 days in advance of your check-in date.



Don’t forget that you can now book online! Also, you can find maps and menus on the Disney website.

Happy planning!