Dining in Disneyland: Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Gingerbread House Workshop

We shared our Haunted House Building Workshop experience with you and guess what? It’s time to make reservations for the next holiday event at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney! I’ll be there, will you?

Reservations are filling up fast, so book quickly!

See you there!

Dining in Disneyland: Special Menu Event at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

Looking for an adventurous dining opportunity? Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is hosting a special menu event on Thursday, November 17th, at 6:30pm.

Created by Executive Chef Darrin Finkel, the meal is titled “A Modern Twist on New Orleans Classics” and features 6 different courses.

Special Event Menu

Cost is $99 per person (tax & gratuity not included) and reservations must be made.  For more information or to reserve your seats, please call the Jazz Kitchen directly at 714.776.5200.

Dining in Disneyland: Haunted Gingerbread House Workshop at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers signed up for a fun Halloween Haunted Gingerbread House Making workshop in Downtown Disney Anaheim! Check out the spooooky results and then sign yourself up for this Sunday’s Workshop!

After reading about the event online, I decided to reserve a spot for my family at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen’s Haunted House Building Workshop in Downtown Disney. Building a messy candy house in someone else’s kitchen means no mess in my own kitchen!

(Note: If you are in the Disneyland area, you still have time to register for the October 30th [THIS SUNDAY] Haunted House Workshop. Call Bruno Duarte at 714.776.5200 from 10am-4pm on Friday, October 28th to make your reservation. More about this later!)

When I called for my reservation, I was told two things: bring a box to carry your house home in and bring “extra” candies and decor for your house.  I really had no idea what to expect at this event, I just knew that it sounded pretty fun.  A friend of mine also signed up for the workshop, so she was in charge of our “extras.”  I will say right now that if it wasn’t for her, our houses would be pretty pathetic looking.

Unfortunately, I did not have my listening ears on when I made my phone call to reserve a spot, because in my mind the event started at 11:00.  When we walked up to the podium to “check in” we were told it doesn’t start until 12:00, which is clearly visible on the poster in front of the restaurant… Oops.  We figured with an hour to kill it would be a good time to head over to Jamba Juice for a smoothie.

Proof of a Noon Start Time

When we came back, we realized how serious people were about their Haunted House building. There were people with foil wrapped cookie sheets, special boxes, and bags and bags of goodies to decorate their houses with.  My novice family lined up and marched up the stairs to where the workshop was taking place.  This being only the second year of the Haunted House Workshop, there appeared to be an even mix of newbies and return professionals from [Read more…]

Wine Dinner at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen: June 1st, 2011

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District is serving up a wine dinner with Robert Michero, a managing director at Maddalena Brands, San Antonio Winery on Wednesday, June 1st. Come expecting to enjoy some delicious food including goat cheese and andouille stuffed zucchini blossoms, lamb wellington, a banana fosters redux, and much more.

Location: Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney
When: June 1st at 6:30pm
Cost: $125 per person (plus tax and gratuity)

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Each course will also be paired with either champagne, wine, or sherry. Featured wines include [Read more…]

Disneyland’s Tortilla Jo’s, Ralph Brennan’s, and House of Blues offer Summer Events

Three of our favorite restaurants in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District are offering some really fun events this summer!! (So jealous of you guys who get to go do this stuff!!)

Tortilla Jo’s Salsa Nights

Location: Tortilla Jo’s
Dates: Wednesday, May 4, from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.;
Thursday, May 5, Cinco de Mayo Celebration from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Cost: No cover charge

Tortilla Jo’s is sponsoring Salsa Nights with live [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 20, 2011

Cupcake from Hollywood Studios

Hi, all! My biggest and favorite news of the week is the launch of The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining! A hearty THANK YOU to those who have purchased a copy; it’s been such an honor to hear positive comments and feedback this week. I’m truly grateful.

Also, I’ve been reporting from Disney World since Thursday and will continue to do so until Wednesday. Watch my feed on facebook and twitter for real-time updates and photos from the World!

And now, on to the round-up!

DisZine shares the news about The Wave’s new breakfast buffet in Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

About Theme Parks shares the results from the Readers’ Choice Awards!

Main St. Gazette takes us to Mexico’s San Angel Inn in Epcot!

Pooh’s Travels writes about Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland!

Studios Central follows up on last week’s Sunset Ranch Market post by explaining the trucks of produce nearby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

St. Patrick’s Day Events and Menus in Disney World and Disneyland

We certainly don’t need a reason to celebrate (with beer!) while visiting a Disney park, however we’re really excited about the extra Irish-inspired fun that Disney is dishing up for St. Patrick’s Day. Below, we detail events and special menu items throughout Disney World and Disneyland!

Raglan Road, WDW Downtown Disney
Raglan Road opens their doors at 11:00AM on St. Paddy’s Day for a full day of festivities! The fun begins at Noon with musicians, dancers and face painting. While savoring the traditional Shepherd’s Pie, look for the house band, Creel! In the evening, toast your Irish friends and watch eLevation as they perform your favorite U2 songs. There is a $10 cover charge.

Raglan Road

Earlier in the week, Raglan Road is celebrating with a few more events! This Sunday, attend their first ever traditional Irish Ceili (pronounced kay-lee) and join in the Irish dancing! As Lorraine from Raglan Road says, “We’re pushing the furniture back and letting everyone join in!” Sounds like fun! Click the image for [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 9, 2010

Lady and the Tramp Cake Topper

Howdy, all! We are firmly ensconced in 2011, and I hope it’s treating you well. First up, as always, the news! But stay tuned — lots of great new sites in the round-up this week!

And now — on to the round-up!

A Wedding Cake Blog showcases some gorgeous and whimsical Disney Wedding Cake Toppers! Belle, Cinderella, Bride and Groom Ear Hats, even Lady and the Tramp!

WDW for Grownups has a fun primer on couponing in the Disney World area — check it out and save some cash on meals and entertainment the next time you’re in Orlando!

Two Boos Who Eat takes us to Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor in Disneyland!! YUM!

Jessica Loves Cupcakes gives us an overview of cupcakes in Disneyland — including a fun Minnie Mouse cupcake antenna topper I hadn’t even seen before!

Main Street Gazette takes us on a tantalizing tour of The Wave at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

RoriTravel’s Florida takes us out to Rix Lounge at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort!

WDW Radio focuses on the UK pavilion with guest stars Mark and Emma (my new friends from the UK!)

A Taste of Wonderland covers a few of the new dining spots in WDW!

No Park Tickets? No Reservation? No Problem!

The main complaint I hear regarding the re-instated 180-day window for Disney World Advanced Dining Reservations is that it’s impossible to get a seat in a restaurant “on a whim.” I wanted to address that concern and add another challenge: what if you don’t have park tickets, either?

I thought it’d be fun to tackle this situation and suggest a few spots in both Disney World and Disneyland for those who find themselves in this “pickle!”

Beaches and Cream Beef Sandwich Au Jus

Walt Disney World

Nope! I’m not kidding. It doesn’t have to be a hassle to find a good, table-service meal in Disney World — even when you don’t have a reservation or a park ticket! Here are four of my favorite go-to locations at all different price points:

Beaches and Cream $
Welcome back to the 1950’s soda shoppe! Beaches and Cream is located at Disney’s Beach Club Resort and doesn’t even take reservations, so you won’t ever run into the no ADR problem! This spot serves simple, but delicious, [Read more…]

“I’m Going to Disneyland!”

Yep, the Disney Food Blog train is headed to California next month to cover Disney’s fifth annual California Food and Wine Festival at Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park!

We’re pretty excited around here and wanted to share a little pre-trip “Dining Line-Up” for those of you who might be interested. Feel free to shout out your suggestions for dishes to try, counter service to sample, and your favorite snacks we shouldn’t miss. Here’s where we currently have reservations:


We’re excited to take you all with us to the Festival! In the meantime, be sure to check out our Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival Guide. If you’re headed to the festival, click on our nifty “Reserve Now!” links to go straight to the Disneyland Website and reserve spots at your chosen events.