News: More Details About Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is fast approaching! In little more than a month — September 25, to be exact — the event will kick off a celebration that lasts more than seven weeks.

One of the events that is sure to appeal to families and kids of all ages is Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak!

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This special scavenger hunt sends you on a journey throughout World Showcase in order to help Remy find all of the ingredients for his world-famous Ratatouille. [Read more…]

Guest Review: Disney Cruise Line’s Remy

Join us in welcoming back Victoria Kabakian! She’s treating us to a review of the ultra-posh Remy — a Disney Cruise Line fine-dining restaurant.

Welcome to Remy

Welcome to Remy

The crème de la crème of Disney Cruise Line dining is without a doubt Remy, the Ratatouille inspired restaurant on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. On a recent cruise on the Disney Fantasy, I finally got to check out the “other” adults-only dining option from Disney Cruise Line.

The classic ships (Disney Magic and Disney Wonder) only feature Palo, a wonderful Italian restaurant inspired by Venice, but the two newer ships have also added this French culinary experience deriving half its menu from Chef Scott Hunnel from Walt Disney World’s Victoria & Albert’s and half from Chef Arnaud Lallement from L’Assiette Champenoise, a Michelin three-star restaurant in Tinqueux, France, to create a gastronomic collaboration that is worth every penny (and calorie).

Atmosphere

Located on deck 12 aft (that’s the ship’s rear end for you land-lubbers), Remy is the ultimate tribute to the most perfect “little chef” there ever was. Even before entering the main dining room, two of the wines that are featured in the film Ratatouille are displayed in the wine case: a 1961 Château Latour (featured in the scene where Chef Skinner and Linguini are drinking in the office) and a 1947 Cheval Blanc (featured in the restaurant review scene with Anton Ego). And by the way, you can actually purchase these wines at Remy from their wine vault if you’d like. They cost $13,000 and $25,000 respectively.

1961 Château Latour

1961 Château Latour

1947 Cheval Blanc

1947 Cheval Blanc

Wine vault

Wine vault

Past the wine display is the intimate and elegant dining room, with windows stretching from end to end. This is truly the perfect setting for enjoying a view of the sunset during your meal. In fact we did, and trust me, it was stunning.

The view from our table

The view from our table

Sunset

Sunset

Details featuring Remy and his brother Emile can be found throughout the main dining room. Remy is found hidden in glass atop one of the vibrant chandeliers. He is carved in wood on the backs of chairs. Remy and Emile are stitched into the fabric of the booths and their figures frame every mirror in the space.

Remy atop one of the lighting chandeliers

Remy atop one of the lighting chandeliers

Rat detail on the back of a chair

Rat detail on the back of a chair

Part of the gorgeous dining room

Part of the gorgeous dining room

Rats stitched onto a booth

Rats stitched onto a booth

Remy on one side of a mirror

Remy on one side of a mirror

And his brother Emile on the other side

And his brother Emile on the other side

Upon further exploration, there are two additional dining rooms: a small wine room and of course the beloved Gusteau room, which is a replica of Gusteau’s restaurant in Ratatouille and even features a painting depicting the kitchen at Gusteau’s. A hand-woven carpet (one of three on the ship — the others are found in the atrium and the bridge where the ship is navigated). We’re told it took several months to create.

The Gusteau Room

The Gusteau Room

The hand-woven carpet is a focal point

The hand-woven carpet is a focal point

The painting of Gusteau’s kitchen

The painting of Gusteau’s kitchen

Eats

Although Remy also offers a Champagne brunch (at a $50 surcharge) on sea days, on this recent cruise we decided to splurge on dinner (a $75 surcharge plus $99 more if you add the wine experience, which we did not). First and foremost, the meal begins with a very special Champagne cocktail inspired by a very special character in the film, Colette.

 

The Colette

The Colette

The Colette is prepared tableside and includes a bit of strawberry, a mint leaf, some Absolut Pears, and Taittinger Champagne. By mixing the Champagne with a spirit, the bubbles dissipate, but by adding a small bit of dried apricot at the end, it creates an effervescent effect that mimics the natural bubbles in Champagne. It’s like a fun magic trick that you get to drink. Cheers.

Tableside preparation of the Colette cocktail

Tableside preparation of the Colette cocktail

After the strawberry and mint, they add the Absolut Pears

After the strawberry and mint, they add the Absolut Pears

Taittinger Champagne

Taittinger Champagne

Adding the bubbly

Adding the bubbly

The dried apricot replaces the lost bubbles

The dried apricot replaces the lost bubbles

The finished product

The finished product

Even before menus are presented, another taste of apparent magic hits your plates. The amuse bouche is a small sphere of deep-fried tomato soup. How is it made, you ask? Well after guessing that it’s prepared similarly to the way Chinese soup dumplings are made (using gelatinized broth in the filling, which then essentially melts when its heated), our amazing server Guiseppe confirmed that my suspicions were on the right track. How does it taste? Like deep-fried tomato soup, and oh so good.

Deep Fried Tomato Soup

Deep Fried Tomato Soup

A selection of fresh breads including tiny baguettes, multi-grain, and caramelized onion brioche are offered up next along with creamy butter from Vermont and sea salt from Bordeaux in France. The baguettes feature the perfect sound that Colette describes in the film as being a sign of great French bread. It has that crackle and that perfect taste and texture. The brioche is delicate and rich, another classic French creation. The multi-grain is the only bread I didn’t try.

The rat-detailed bread plate

The rat-detailed bread plate

Bread Selection

Bread Selection

Butter and Sea Salt

Butter and Sea Salt

The menu is divided in half with two tasting menus (with a la carte options as well so you can easily mix and match). The Saveur menu (meaning “flavor” in French) is created by Lallement, while the Goût menu (meaning “taste”) is created by Hunnel. Both are exquisite options, and while my sister opted to stick to the Goût side of the menu, I tried a little bit of each.

Dinner Menu

Dinner Menu

Our next treat from the chef before starting our official first course is langoustine with lobster bisque and lettuce reduction. The bite of langoustine is perfectly tender and succulent atop the super flavorful mound of bisque. The flavor of the sea really shines through here, creating a lovely start to this very special meal.

Langoustine with lobster bisque and lettuce reduction

Langoustine with lobster bisque and lettuce reduction

For our first course, we both selected the Wagyu carpaccio with ratatouille, basil coulis, 8 year aged Modena balsamic, and Parmesan crisps. The cold ratatouille is actually hidden underneath paper-thin layers of one of the world’s most famous beefs. The soft textures of the beef and ratatouille are offset by the Parmesan crisps, while the basil coulis and aged balsamic each provide contrasting nuances of herbaceous freshness and sweetness.

Wagyu Carpaccio

Wagyu Carpaccio

Ratatouille hidden underneath

Ratatouille hidden underneath

For our second course we tried the scallop crusted with masago (Japanese pearl rice) and served with a curried coconut broth, shiitake mushrooms, and bok choy. The scallop itself is the largest scallop I’ve ever seen in my life. It is perfectly cooked, still soft and slightly under in the center, with a lovely crisp texture on the exterior from the masago. The curried broth is so full of flavor, I wanted to tip the edge of the bowl directly into my mouth and slurp. Don’t worry, I didn’t. Anton Ego wouldn’t approve of that behavior!

Scallop with curried coconut broth

Scallop with curried coconut broth

Our third course is a polenta and chicken egg yolk stuffed ravioli served over a mixture of corn, black barley and poulet rouge topped with a sweet corn emulsion. This course truly encompasses the chicken AND the egg. I love the sweetness in this dish from the three different uses of corn (polenta in the filling, and corn in the base and in the emulsion). The chewiness from the black barley adds a great textural element, and of course the oozing yolk is the highlight of the dish.

Ravioli

Ravioli

Mmmmm, runny yolk!

Mmmmm, runny yolk!

My sister’s entrée from the Goût side of the menu is onion ash and black Hawaiian salt dusted lamb medallions, asparagus, marble potatoes, and pickled onions. The meat is succulent with a very unique flavor from that onion ash dusting. My sister only spared me one bite (but it was a wonderful bite) and she couldn’t stop swooning about her choice. It really is a lovely dish.

Lamb

Lamb

My entrée from the Saveur side of the menu is cold smoked and pan-roasted Wagyu beef with carrot puree, baby carrots, an orb (thanks, molecular gastronomy) filled with more carrot puree and braised short rib, spinach coulis, and served with a tableside drizzle of Bourguignon sauce. The beef is cooked perfectly and is so utterly tender. The bit of carrot puree and braised short rib that is encapsulated on the dish (not too visible in the picture, unfortunately) is a really neat surprise. It almost bursts in your mouth with sweet carrot puree and then that delicious meatiness that is short ribs. Oh yes. No regrets.

Wagyu Beef

Wagyu Beef

At this point because we were here for my birthday (belated, but still worth celebrating!) the chef actually came out and took a photo with us and then signed personalized menus for us. What a great treat!

Personalized signed menu

Personalized signed menu

Next it’s time for the famous Remy cheese [Read more…]

You Know You’re Eating in Disney World If… (Part Three!)

We had a lot of fun with our first two sets of “You Know You’re Eating in Disney World if…” posts, and we couldn’t help putting together one more! (Check out “You Know You’re Eating in Disney World When… Part I“, and “You Know You’re Eating in Disney World When… Part 2!”)

Read on to find out how dining in Disney World might be a little bit different than your typical mealtime!

Are any of the items on our list ringing your bell? Let us know in the comments how you know that –

You Know You’re Eating in Disney World If…

1. You buy the popcorn just to get the container.

Because Everybody needs a little Dumbo purse. Right?

DUMBO!!!!

Style with Dumbo

2. You see a rat in the restaurant…and you want to take a picture with it.

Everybody say, “Cheeeeeeze!” (What? Too much?)

Mickey!!!

Mickey!!!

3. You can have beer in three different countries — before noon.

Oh Epcot. How we love [Read more…]

Guest Review: Remy Champagne Lunch Aboard the Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship

Join me in welcoming Amanda Allen (a WDW Moms Panelist) with a decadent review of the new Champagne Lunch at Remy aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Fantasy.

Psssst! Wanna know a secret? Remy, one of the adults-only restaurants on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream Cruise Ships, serves a Champagne Lunch once during select cruises that have sea days.

You can’t reserve a table for this meal online, and you won’t find it mentioned in the Daily Navigator. Since a mere 40 spots are available for this special lunch, it’s advertised only to concierge guests and those who have dinner at Remy, but anyone is welcome to reserve a table.

Remy Table

Atmosphere

I’d read rumors online of this new meal at Remy so when I boarded the Fantasy for a Western Caribbean cruise in June, I stopped by the restaurant to ask if the champagne lunch would be served during my voyage.

Raised Seating Area

I learned that Remy began serving the lunch in May, and on the Western cruises, it is held only [Read more…]

Disney Cruise Line: “Hidden Remy” Photo Tour and Food Review

Disney Cruise Line’s Remy is a signature restaurant aboard the fleet’s newest ships — Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Inside this opulent restaurant, understated (and hidden) images of the “Ratatouille” Chef Remy have been placed throughout the dining room. Reader (and WDW Moms Panelist) Jonas Karp uncovers some of the hidden Remys before sharing his mini-review and food pics!

Atmosphere and Hidden Remys

When you arrive at Remy, there’s a LOT to take in!

But once you’ve scanned the room, you’ll start to see a familiar image peeking at you from some well-hidden places! Remy — the main character from Disney’s Ratatouille, is hidden throughout the restaurant!

Wait, don’t sit just yet! Did you check out the back of your chair?!

Back of Chair

Remy can even be found atop the chandeliers!

Remy Lighting

And just when you think this is just a squiggly form of modern art, you notice that Remy’s profile is popping [Read more…]

First Look! Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship Specialty Cocktails

The Disney Fantasy was christened in New York City this week, and eager passengers await their first voyage on the newest Disney Cruise Line ship!

We wanted to share a few of the specialty cocktails you’ll find on board — you know we’re all about prioritizing any on board credit you may have received! ;-)

Adults-Only Restaurants

The Fantasy’s adults-only restaurants, Palo and Remy, will offer some delicious ways to complement your meal!

Remy

The uber-posh French restaurant, Remy, features a cocktail that is expertly handcrafted at your table. The signature cocktail “Collette” combines Taittinger Champagne and pear vodka, then is garnished with fresh blueberry, dried apricot, and mint leaf.

We loved this one! :-) The cool science-y part? When vodka is mixed with champagne, the champagne loses its bubbles! The sugar being released from the piece of candied apricot re-creates the effervescence! Taste? Incredible.

Collette Champagne Cocktail

Remy also boasts two wine lists! A special list of nearly 200 wines features vintage French wines, and Remy’s Vault holds the exclusive list with rare wines from around the globe. The latter lists includes a 1947 Château Cheval Blanc, which was the wine requested by the food critic from “Ratatouille” and retails at $25,000 per bottle. You’ll also find a 1961 Château Latour, which was also featured in the film.

Bottles from the Vault are presented by a white-gloved sommelier in an elegant velvet box with the wine on a silver-plated plaque.

White Gloves found near the Remy Vault of wines

Check out our review of Remy aboard the [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 30, 2011

Halloween Themed Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Happy Halloween weekend! Let’s skip the tricks and get right to the treats — beer, food, wine, candy, and appetizers are all in the news this week.

And don’t forget to stop by the Main Street Bakery to get your homemade ice cream cookie sandwich on their specialty Halloween cookies! :-) Here we go…

Latest Disney Food News

Read on for this week’s Disney Food news highlights!

Find more Disney news on our Disney News Pin Board, updated regularly with Disney Food News both big and small!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates

We’ve passed the midway point of the festival, but there’s still a LOT of eating to do! Here are a few ways to stay up to date:

Stay tuned to our continuing coverage of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival over on our Epcot Food & Wine Festival Pages!

Review of The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book

The Disney Food Blog’s Guide to Dining in Walt Disney World features 250 full-color pages of information, planning suggestions, tips, and details about eating in Disney World.

According to The Clothspring, “The money saving advice in this book pays for itself! You get insider tips and expert advice on food in Disney. Author AJ Wolfe, also author of the Disney Food Blog, has compiled the best, easiest to follow guide on Disney food you will find on the market.”

Read the rest of the review here!

Before planning YOUR Disney World trip, order your copy here!

On to the Round-Up!

DisZine features an awesome Halloween sale at the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Walt Disney World! Book now for several months out and get an added “treat!”

WESH.com features some delicious pumpkin-y goodness in an article about Disney World Halloween Treats and Tips (by yours truly!!)

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World takes us on a fun tour of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Cinderella's Carriage at Dallas Arboretum Pumpkin Patch

The Dallas Arboretum highlights their 2011 fairytale theme in the pumpkin patch. Check out the amazing Cinderella’s Pumpkin Village.

Main Street Gazette samples an old-fashioned candy apple at Candy Cauldron in Downtown Disney!

AllEars.Net shares Deb’s bits and bites from her last WDW trip! Find out Deb’s faves and not so favorite eats! Don’t forget to take the AllEars 2011 Food and Wine Festival survey here.

WDWRadio has us craving fried chicken with this recipe for Buttermilk Fried Chicken from the Pop Century Resort!

Disney by Mark reviews the September 30 Xante Mixology seminar at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Disney Parks Blog has a great video about a new dish at Remy on the Disney Dream:

Disney Dream Recipe: Smoked Bison from Remy

We’re still covering our visit on the January Christening Cruise, which we like to refer to as our Disney Dream Dine Around! And today I’ve got a recipe from the Disney Dream to share with adventurous chefs!

Smoked Bison at Remy

Where to Find It

At Remy aboard the Disney Dream, diners may want to enjoy this appetizer from the tasting or a la carte menu. In this French-inspired restaurant, at least you can pronounce the name of this selection! ;-)

Remy is located on Deck 12 and is an adults-only restaurant that surpasses the luxury of the adjacent Palo. This is one of the finest dining experiences at sea!

How to Make It

OK, so this recipe is probably a bit too involved for me to try, but some of you adventurous chefs out there should be able to find the substitutes and give it a go! Let us know how it works out!

Smoked Bison with Melted Fennel and Leeks, Hearts of Palm Salad and Blood Orange-Tangerine Vinaigrette
Serves 8 as an appetizer

Bison Ingredients
1 pound buffalo tenderloin
3 tablespoons fennel pollen
Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper

For the bison: [Read more…]

Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship Restaurants and Dining Options

We had a great time sailing on the Disney Dream and doing a thorough Dine Around in January 2011. During that sailing, DFB researched (um, okay, ate) our way through the bountiful offerings on this all-you-can-eat cruise.

Disney’s next cruise ship, the Fantasy, is set to sail its maiden voyage in March of 2012. The 2,500 passenger ship will be identical in size and layout to the Disney Dream, although the two will not be exactly the same. Let’s review the venues for food and beverages on the Fantasy!

Main Dining

On board the Disney Fantasy guests will have many options when it comes to dining. They can of course choose to follow the rotational dining schedule that is set before departure, or opt out on certain nights to enjoy restaurants like Cabanas, Palo, and Remy.

The main dining options on the Disney Fantasy will be similar to those offered on the Disney Dream; the main changes will include a new show that will be offered at Animator’s Palate, a entirely new them for the adults-only district on the ship, and design changes for some of the other restaurants.

Animator’s Palate
Animator’s Palate is one of the main dining experiences on all three existing Disney ships, and the Fantasy will be no exception. However on the Fantasy, guests will experience the all new “Animation Magic” show starring none other than Mickey Mouse.

Animator's Palate

Diners will be treated to a truly magical experience led by Sorcerer Mickey. Watch as the characters on the wall move from black and white to color, and experience the Beauty and the Beast classic “Be Our Guest” in a whole new [Read more…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Seafood Dishes

Thanks for submitting your photos to the Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza! These photographs are fantastic! This week, the Disney Food Pics of the Week feature tantalizing seafood dishes!

Grilled Mahi-Mahi created with ragu of rock shrimp served on Jasmine rice topped with hearts of palms at the Coral Reef in Epcot.
Photographer: Julie Nova/travelhyper

Grilled Mahi Mahi

Langoustines Royale Sauce César is a Royal Norway Lobster with Caesar Sauce served at the adults only restaurant Remy aboard the Disney Dream.
Photographer: Kristen Kirk VanTassle/TheDVCMom

Royal Norway Lobster

Kona Sushi with California Roll, Tuna Poke and [Read more…]