NEWS! Downtown Disney Foodtopia Coming This October!

Welp, Downtown Disney Orlando has added another awesome food-focused piece of news to the Food Trucks and Disney Springs Restaurants!

Throughout October, eight Downtown Disney restaurants will feature 3-course dinners at bargain prices at the NEW Downtown Disney Foodtopia event!

Menus

Three full courses and a non-alcoholic beverage are included! Let’s take a look at some of the menus…

Paradiso 37: Choose from blackened mahi sliders, a hearty beef burrito, or chicken enchiladas paired with a starter and dessert.

Paradiso 37 Chocolate Stack Dessert

Planet Hollywood: Entree options are Celebrity BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger, lasagna, or Southwest Salad.

Wolfgang Puck Café: Start with garlic and white bean hummus, a Caesar salad, or butternut squash soup. Entrees include pesto chicken, crispy pork loin, or spaghetti Bolognese. Desserts are key lime pie, carrot cake, or a brownie sundae. See our Wolfgang Puck Cafe dinner review here!

Carrot Cake at Wolfgang Puck!

Splitsville: Choose from eight appetizers and 10 entrées, with a brownie and ice cream for dessert.

Splitsville -- Outside View

Fulton’s Crab House: Shrimp cocktail, steamed clams and mussels, or jumbo lump crab cake to start; a whole Rhode Island lobster, cioppino, or filet mignon for an entrée, and a Tollhouse Cookie sundae, key lime pie, or root beer float for dessert.

Details

Dates and Times:
October 1 – 31; 5:30-7:30PM

Cost:
Prices do not include tax and gratuity.
$30: Bongos Cuban Café, House of Blues, Paradiso 37, Planet Hollywood, Portobello, Splitsville Luxury Lanes, and [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 18, 2012

Green Cider in Epcot for St. Patrick's Day

We’re having fun discovering foodie specials during our visit to Disney World! Yesterday, Epcot was a sea of green as guests celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with green beer and green-tinted Grey Goose Slushies!

But there’s lots more Disney Food News to tell you about! But first — have you listened to our new DFB Podcast, yet? We’d love to hear your feedback on our first ever Podcast all about Disney Food!

Disney Food News

Here’s the latest…

For more sweet and savory food news, stop by our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

The DFB Mini-Guide to Epcot Snacks e-Book is Now Available!

The DFB Mini-Guide to Epcot Snacks e-Book is the fourth in our Disney Food Blog mini-guide series, created to supplement our Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book.

Here you’ll find in-depth information, HUGE color photos, and first-hand reviews about classic and new-to-you Epcot snacks — in great detail!

The DFB Mini-Guide to Epcot Snacks is an instantly downloadable PDF guide with over 180 pages of information and advice on over 150 delicious snacks that you can savor in Disney World’s Epcot.

Get your copy today!

On to the Round-Up

AKL Resort shares the wine – Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz – sold at the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s gift shop.

Gorillas Don’t Blog visits 1967 Plaza Restaurants in Disneyland.

Travel Blogs on Huffington Post shares a slideshow of some new dishes on the Disney Fantasy!

A Taste of Wonderland dines gluten-free at Animal Kingdom’s Yak & Yeti.

Gastropodtravels reviews Remy aboard the Disney Dream. Take a look at that cheese trolley!

Main Street Gazette stops by the Cookes of Dublin in Downtown Disney.

WESH.com shares dining tips to beat the crowds at Walt Disney World. Oh, yes, those tips are courtesy of yours truly!

All’s Fare Food Blog finds Beatles’ yellow submarine kitchen accessories in Epcot’s United Kingdom.

National Noodle Month Special: Mushroom Ravioli Appetizer!

I had a great meal at Portobello Trattoria in Disney World’s Downtown Disney yesterday, and heard about a yummy new app that will be available for the “next seven days” in celebration of national noodle month: Mushroom Ravioli in a Parmesan Cream Sauce.

I even snagged a dish to try so that I could review it for the blog! (I promise I don’t usually order three appetizers — just an FYI for when you see the review of this lunch in a few weeks!)

Portobello

The fresh ravioli will be an appetizer portion (which was four large raviolis), and is stuffed with chunks of Portobello, Cremini, and Shiitake mushrooms. The whole thing is covered in an uber-rich, thick Parmesan cream sauce and topped with fried mushrooms!

Mushroom Appetizer

The ravioli tastes fresh and light, and the chunks of mushroom are [Read more…]

News! Disney Chef Scott Hunnel Named James Beard Award Semi-Finalist; Wolfgang Puck To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year the James Beard Foundation spotlights the best food and beverage professionals by bestowing the Beard Awards — considered one of the highest culinary honors in North America!

The semifinalists in the 2012 Restaurant and Chef categories have been announced, and we’re thrilled to see two Disney chefs on the list! In addition, several Orlando-area chefs were also named. The finalists will be announced on March 19, 2012, in Las Vegas. And we’ll be cheering on our faves when the winners are announced on May 7th in New York City!

Best Chef – South, Semi-Finalists

Scott Hunnel, Victoria & Albert’s Restaurant
Congratulations to award-winning chef, Scott Hunnel of Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa! Under Hunnel’s innovative leadership, Victoria and Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort has won many prestigious local, national, and international nods.

This exclusive restaurant has also won nine consecutive AAA Five Diamond Awards and twenty consecutive Mobil Travel Guide Four Star Awards.

Chef Scott Hunnel

James and Julie Petrakis, The Ravenous Pig
The Ravenous Pig is located in Winter Park, FL, very close to Orlando and Walt Disney World. Stop in for “an American gastropub experience” — casual dining with [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: February 12, 2012

Marceline's Rose Cupcakes in Disneyland

Can you feel the love in the air? Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and whether you have a “special someone” to share it with or not, it’s still a primo excuse to eat some chocolate!!!

Wishing all y’all a super week with a special chocolate-y something on Tuesday! (C’mon…treat yourself!)

Disney Food Blog News

Just a few quick news bites from the Disney Food Blog here!

Disney Food News

Here’s the yummy deets from this week!

For more delicious food news, stop by our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

Disney Pic-O-the-Week

One of our favorite Disney food bloggers, Andy Jackson from Eating (and Drinking) Around the World, sent over news that the turkey leg graphic is now showing up on hats in Disney World!

On to the Round-Up

New Disney Books! Just wanted to give a heads up that we’ll be sharing the news about a couple of great Disney books very soon! Check out the 2011 Earbook by Kevin Yee, and Walt and the Promise of Progress City by Sam Gennawey! If you’re a Disney book-a-holic, pick ‘em up!

Disney History showcases a new book that will feature Disney’s poster art (speaking of books!). Check out the Casey’s Corner poster!

Exploring WDW shares the latest menu from the Anandapur Tea Company showing that the Disney Dining Plan is now accepted at this Animal Kingdom location.

Disney Tourist Blog reviews Disneyland’s Village Haus restaurant.

Main Street Gazette visits the Grand Floridian Cafe to sample the unique Grand Sandwich.

DisneyParks Blog highlights fave vegetarian options found at quick-service locations at the Disneyland Resort.

Beers and Ears has created an Iphone App to help you zero in on your favorite brews while in Walt Disney World.

Review: Portobello Restaurant

Located in Downtown Disney, Portobello (formerly the Portobello Yacht Club) is currently in an upswing. Consulting Chef Tony Mantuano — you’ve seen him on Top Chef Masters — has renovated the menu into a short, but delicious list of rustic, hearty Italian trattoria food.

Atmosphere

While simple, the decor offers a neutral and natural setting for a delicious meal. Unlike the more themed restaurants on Disney property, this one seems to prefer that we [Read more…]

News: Disney World Meatball and Beer Bar; New Disneyland Crepe Menu

Here’s a bit of mid-week news for ya:

Disneyland Cafe Renee Crepe Menu

DisZine has had a series of posts on Cafe Renee, a new crepe and funnel cake stick location in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney. The crepe menu is the newest addition of information:

Cafe Renee Crepe Menu

Looks delicious, doesn’t it?

Portobello Meatball and Beer Bar

The Disney Parks Blog is reporting on the new Meatball and Beer bar dreamed up by [Read more…]

Food Post Weekly Round-Up: October 18th

backlot noticeAnother jam-packed week of Disney updates this week, including the good news that Liberty Tree Tavern will be offering character meals during the Crystal Palace refurbishment, January 3 – February 14, 2010!

Check out the links below to see more about Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival Party for the Senses, the Children’s Miracle Network Classic Wine and Dine Walk, a fun Portobello Restaurant promotion, the brand new Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, and more!

Orlando Sentinel reminds us why this year is a great year to try the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Party for the Senses. Scott Joseph Orlando also might be able to convince you with his review of a recent Party for the Senses.

The Disney Blog shares a fun promotion at Portobello Restaurant in Downtown Disney.

Disney Geek Dad highlights one of my favorite counter service restaurants, Casey’s Corner.

WDW Daily News shares the good news that the audioanimatronic of Ratatouille’s Remy will remain at Epcot’s Chefs de France.

The Disney Parks Blog shares the announcement of the new Wine & Dine Half Marathon, debuting October 1-2, 2010.

The Disney Chick walks you step-by-step through the Liberty Tree Tavern Apple Cobbler Recipe! Yum!

Theme Park Insider shares some deeelicious-looking pics of theme park barbecue, including Disneyland’s Celebration Barbecue at Big Thunder Ranch.

MousePlanet shares the details and menu for the upcoming Children’s Miracle Network Classic Wine and Dine Walk along the fairways of Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course from November 12-15, 2009. Remember that if you’re a Disney Visa Cardholder, you can get free admission to the tournament!